It's not about intentions…

Just a short comment on the wiretapping/FISA controversy. I actually believe that the Bush team had reasonable intentions in their surveillance efforts. But that’s far from enough to justify it. Surely there are some reasons why they did not go through FISA, whether they ever spell them out. But there’s got to be some oversight on executive actions, and if the current system has unreasonable restrictions (possibly true, though I’m doubtful) then they need to propose changes that all branches of government can agree to.

One question for folks who don’t think this is a problem: Will you be happy when some future president, one you don’t like or trust, goes ahead with un-restricted surveillance of Americans with no oversight (based on the Bush precedent)?

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