Who says it has to be either or? That is, indeed, a false choice.
Check out this great (and short) video about the N.S.A. That’s our government. Is this what you want?
I supported Daniel Ellsberg when he leaked the Pentagon Papers. I support Edward Snowden. I support WikiLeaks and the redacting that was done.
So what kind of country do you want? What do you expect of your government?