Re: I know the Reg hates Google but
None of these companies have a choice in 'co-operating' with the NSA, it's all done at the end of a metaphorical gun barrel. Point your hate in the right direction, the US and UK govs.
No, you are absolutely right, when the NSA comes to those companies, they have to obey. Except those companies do have one thing they can do - they do not have to have physical nor corporate presence in the US. If google were *so* upset about it, after the first order came in they could have announced that they were upping sticks and moving everything outside of NSA's explicit reach.
"Due to the current political climate and state intrusion we can no longer operate in the US. Please direct all queries to Fort Meade."