...But James Bamford, an expert on U.S. intelligence and the author of two books considered primers on the NSA, said the Justice Department’s arguments are refuted by Congress’s clear intent in 1978 to block warrantless surveillance and by its lack of intent to suggest such surveillance in October 2001.
“You could review the entire legislative history in the authorization to use military force and I guarantee you won’t find one word about electronic surveillance,” Bamford said. “If you review the legislative history of FISA, you will find Attorney General Griffin Bell testifying before the intelligence committee saying this was specifically passed to prevent a president from claiming inherent presidential powers to do this again.”
BushCo is apparently going to keep putting out the same pack of lies, over and over. Will the American people be stupid enough—again—to let even this blatant felony slide? Probably.