Speaking about the general level of freedom, and what happens with the spooks' information, I think we probably think the same thing: Americans have a significantly larger set of freedoms than the citizens of China, and have less to fear from the government. However, the spooks in both countries have more or less the same objectives and probably similar methods.
No... you see the spooks in China are trying to prevent the people of China from exercising political power and the replacement of the current party in power with any other party. The spooks in the US are trying to prevent violent attacks. They aren't involved in preventing the replacement of the current party in power with any other party and the people of the US do exercise political power, as we will all see on November 4. It's the difference between a democracy and a totalitarian dictatorship. T