About bloody time!
In it's days of decline the U.S. is acting as if it was a kingpin. Already too much data is leaked to the US by the ever obliging security services through the Echelon Agreement as the intimate relationship between the UK and the US.
The US doesn't let foreign spies operate on US soil, but Britain does (Menwith Hill spy base near Harrogate in North Yorkshire).
The US has even arranged NO FLY status for a Canadian citizen travelling from Ottawa, Canada to another Canadian destination.
All manifests for flights departing Bangkok are transmitted to the US even for non-US flights.
Currently the Obama administration, as did the Bush administration, deliberately flouts the US Constitution in it's spying on US citizens - no warrants are needed under the Patriot Act (please hold your hand over your heart) to look at any computer system, tap communications, etc.
Europe's privacy is compromised enough, especially with the UK's password or 4 years in jail law, but he US wants everything on everyone.
Europe should stand up and be counted. Europe is bigger than the USA but it kowtows as if it was a nothing.
The US already taps cell systems internationally: see < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_telephone_tapping_case_2004-2005 >, < http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/02/phone_tapping_i.html >.
The Trade Centre incident in 2001 was a result of US laxity in their security system, just as was the Pearl Harbour attack.
The Detroit 'bomber' was US intelligence at it'd best. The father of the bomber alerted the US, It issued the bomber a visa notwithstanding, he was cleared to board a US bound flight. And these rear ends think they can better protect the world by capturing all data including petty value financial transactions.
Whilst I have sympathy for those civilians who have lost their lives, the US invites violent reaction because it's long snout is into everything, whether justified or not.