At the State of the Union, Bush put the NSA program squarely in the context of protecting Americans from terrorist threats. Democrats have framed the issue as “domestic spying.” Which is it? Is this “circumevention” of the FISA court legal? (Fourteen legal scholars argue it is not.)
Seventh circuit judge Richard Posner asks “What if Wiretapping Works?” over at The New Republic, and has argued that we have a domestic intelligence crisis.
Is the President advocating an imperial presidency at the cost of American civil liberties and the consent of Congress? Or is he doing what any American would demand: everything in his power to keep us safe from terrorism?