From the New York Times:
Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.
Why do I have the suspicion that when people look back on this presidency it will be called “one of the worst administrations ever?”
More from the article:
Mr. Bush’s executive order allowing some warrantless eavesdropping on those inside the United States Ã‚Â including American citizens, permanent legal residents, tourists and other foreigners Ã‚Â is based on classified legal opinions that assert that the president has broad powers to order such searches, derived in part from the September 2001 Congressional resolution authorizing him to wage war on Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, according to the officials familiar with the N.S.A. operation.
Hmm… it seems Congress gave the President more than just the authorization for war.
Some officials familiar with it say they consider warrantless eavesdropping inside the United States to be unlawful and possibly unconstitutional, amounting to an improper search.
You think? Does anyone in D.C. read the Constitution any more?
The article is quite lengthy but worth the read.