Attorney General Gonzales now claims (with a twinkle in his eye) that Congress essentially gave Shrub the authority for domestic surveillance after the Sept. 11 attacks. Or to translate this into non-legalese for the proles living outside of the inner sanctum of DC--"What in the hell did you think this slimy dirtball mis-president of ours would do if we took him off his leash." Gonzales evidently believes that going through the normal channels would have tied the administration's hands, but we all know that the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, which was in charge of these things back in the days when we used to have a Constitution, was pretty much a rubber-stamp organization anyway.
Senator Feingold has rightly describes this as an "outrageous power grab" stating that "Nobody, nobody thought when we passed a resolution to invade Afghanistan and to fight the war on terror ... that this was an authorization to allow a wiretapping against the law of the United States." So now there will be an investigation . . . and another attempt to sweep the latest corruption of power under the carpet.