Let me first say that I am in favor of the President authorizing the National Security Agency's interception of telephone calls, emails and other correspondence between suspected terrorists outside the United States and persons inside our borders without getting warrants from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA).
This is not like the unwarranted strip searches of the little old lady going through airport security, while other more likely suspects waltz through.
There has been no admission that there has been any surveillance of communications between persons inside our borders without getting warrants from the court, but it defies common sense that surveillance of the person in the United States would stop after intercepting an international call from a suspected Al Quaeda operative.
If the President abuses this power, something should be done to reign in the program, but there is no indication that there have been any abuses and the critics should just button their lip until there is.
Posted by Rick | December 20, 2005 11:04 PM