And here we find the ex-CEO of Google, in September, railing against this unbelievable overreach in the harshest, most convincing language he could muster. From Gizmodo:

In an event hosted by the New America Foundation foundation yesterday, Schmidt acknowledged that it's good to have conversations about what the government is doing. But as whether or not what the government is currently doing is OK, well, he's not going to judge. From the Guardian:

"There's been spying for years, there's been surveillance for years, and so forth, I'm not going to pass judgement on that, it's the nature of our society."

He's certainly not wrong about both spying and surveillance being pervasive. In its own way, Google is founded on (consensual) surveillance. Still, that's not to say Schmidt doesn't have any worries about all this jazz. They just lie elsewhere.

"The real danger [from] the publicity about all of this is that other countries will begin to put very serious encryption – we use the term 'balkanization' in general – to essentially split the internet and that the internet's going to be much more country specific. That would be a very bad thing, it would really break the way the internet works, and I think that's what I worry about."

Wait, that's the wrong article, sorry. Obviously there he's saying spying on everybody all the time is just fine by him. In fact, he's the guy who essentially said privacy is a quaint, outdated notion. No, what really got him mad is the fact that now he thinks GOOGLE is being spied on. And that's just not right, goddammit!

THIS is the excerpt I meant to paste above, from today's WSJ and Engadget:

"It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if true." His comment follows recentreports of a nefarious tool crafted by the agency and the UK's GCHQ that accessed Google and Yahoo data lairs without permission. Schmidt also said that to "potentially violate people's privacy, it's not OK," and that the broad public scrutiny months of leaks has uncovered is unnecessary to find a few bad eggs. Referring to claims that the NSA amassed phone records of 320 million people to actually investigate more like 300, the Google exec commented: "That's just bad public policy... and perhaps illegal." Not that the search giant has any personal experience with illegal data collection, of course.