Come on lets not be suprised about the NSA spying on people here or in the USA. For an awfully long time MI5 have used the NSA facility here in the UK to bypass our legislation, i.e. we need to monitor someone without a warrant....lets ask the NSA to do it. As to the NSA in the US, all they do is 'sponsor' a private institution, from 'private' funds of course, and let them do it, totally of the grid. If its rumbled, shut down the 'shop' front and open another, easy as PI. Anyone who is suprised by this is seriously naive.