It seems that Scotty cited in defense of the warrantless spying on thousands of innocent citizens, a Clinton order to search the home of CIA agent and traitor Aldrich Ames. So, to the Bush administration, a probable cause search of one traitor's home is eqivalent to a fishing expedition on thousands of citizens, and Bush's spying orders are OK, because Clinton authorized a search WITH probable cause in the case of a traitor spy.
"Gore called the program, authorized by President Bush, "a threat to the very structure of our government" and charged that the administration acted without congressional authority and made a "direct assault" on a federal court set up to authorize requests to eavesdrop on Americans."
To be sure, the administration claims they only listened to Americans talking to known terrorists. But we know that to be a lie. The NY Times article posted earlier makes it clear that it was anybody who was called by anyone who had calls to or from a 'suspected' terrorist. So, my friend who's ex-boyfriend still calls her from Turkey is spied on, and I'm also spied on because she calls me to meet her for coffee sometimes. And maybe the other folks I call. Sounds like the health department tracking down who gave somebody the clap, doesn't it? How about you? Even if you don't know anyone who MIGHT know someone who knows a suspected terrorist - do you still believe Bush or anything that comes out of his mouth or administration? (You do? Well, I've got a car I think you'll be interested in. I fished it out of a bayou after Katrina, but it's dried out real nice, you hardly notice the smell an' cain't even see where the bodies were on the upholstery, so she should be worth, say, about 25 thou....).
"What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the president of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and insistently," he said.
Bush has pointed to a congressional resolution passed after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that authorized him to use force in the fight against terrorism as allowing him to order the program.
Gore, however, contended that Bush failed to convince Congress to support a domestic spying program, so he "secretly assumed that power anyway, as if congressional authorization was a useless bother."
Like say, Neil or Marvin?