An excerpt, which gets right down to the crux of the issue that I’ve mentioned previously:
What is especially perplexing about this story is that the 1978 law set up a special court to approve eavesdropping in hours, even minutes, if necessary. In fact, the law allows the government to eavesdrop on its own, then retroactively justify it to the court, essentially obtaining a warrant after the fact. Since 1979, the FISA court has approved tens of thousands of eavesdropping requests and rejected only four. There was no indication the existing system was slow—as the president seemed to claim in his press conference—or in any way required extra-constitutional action.
And the part that gives me hope:
This will all play out eventually in congressional committees and in the United States Supreme Court. If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles of impeachment introduced. Similar abuse of power was part of the impeachment charge brought against Richard Nixon in 1974.
Hell, Congressman John Conyers isn’t even waiting. Go to his website and take a look at the report he just issued, and the call for action.
This situation distills nearly everything that has been going wrong in this country since the administration took over: The paranoia, the secrecy, the slow erosion of our freedom, the arrogance of an administration who believes that they are above the law, and the complicity of the media. It’s like a Greatest Hits collection for Outrage.