Re: What is all this c**p about Cloud??
I guess you haven't been listening?
The scenario goes
The NSA can walk into any data centre in the US , say "we have a piece of paper here (which is not a federal warrant) that lets us take all your business records. By the way, our secret court has defined anything on servers run by a business as business records. Oh, and if you tell anyone about any of this you will go to jail and we will ruin your life, so don't try to check on that definition."
When you talk about the PATRIOT act you talk about spying, wholesale, on pretty much all internet traffic.
Oh yeah, I'm sure that's used only to stop terrorism, and not to:
Protect US financial interests
Blackmail highly (or well) placed people to do what the US wants.
Keep track of the movements of foreign dignitaries
Because the US is such a trustworthy country that would never do anyone any harm.
You also know that those RIPA requests you mentioned where people were abusing it to find out about the school thing? You understand you heard about that, right? It wasn't so secret they had to make a secret court to secretly decide the secret law interpretations that allowed them to do that.