Domestic surveillance is a double-edged sword in democratic societies like Germany. Citizens want their government to take action against opponents at home to protect the liberal way of life, but intelligence service operate in legal gray zones that oftentimes betray the very foundations of liberal society.
In spite of the impossibility of squaring this circle with democratic freedoms and security, Germans still wants to have their cake and eat it too.
Not everything the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) does is legal. Their opponents often define the laws, and it is not always possible to examine the German constitution before taking necessary action to avert potential threats. It’s a near-impossible act to balance, but while intelligence services must be subject to parliamentary control, a line must be drawn where the effectiveness of our intelligence services is jeopardized.