"There is a lot of money to be made in surveillance equipment, but the companies involved should be held culpable for the uses to which that equipment is put."
This is a horrible idea. The community has been fighting this idea for years. See for example software that can be used to decrypt/rip DVDs. Or BitTorrent, which is technically able to distribute large amounts of data without regard to copying terms. Or even the Tor network, which can be used to protect political dissent, but also for nefarious things that violate human rights. Or see the eternal "kitchen knife" example.
It's only a tool. The "how" and the "what for" depend on the end-user.
... Second, regarding Tor itself, Tor needs exit nodes to function. I'm not insane to associate my residential IP address with *possibly* criminal activity.