It has now come out that:
1. The Bush administration knew that domestic spying was illegal and therefore sought to change the law as part of the authorization to use force. Congress refused to go along. The Bush administration decided to go ahead with the illegal program anyway.
2. The FISA court itself sought to exclude evidence that had been obtained through the program--a clear indication that the court considered all such evidence illegal.
And yet some so-called conservatives still support this program! This amazes me! The FISA court is essentially a rubber-stamp organization that approves virtually 100% of everything that crosses its desk and even allows a 72-window for eavesdropping that it hasn't yet approved! And we're supposed to believe that this miniscule level of oversight is burdensome!