Meanwhile, Bush is portrayed as the tough fighter of terrorism, willing to make the tough choices to defend America’s national security. In short, his crimes are portrayed as badges of honor.
There’s just one problem: this isn’t a question of whether America supports domestic surveillance operations against terrorists or not. This is a question of whether America supports those operations without requiring a warrant.
… The question reporters should be asking is “Why did the President order domestic surveillance operations without obtaining constitutionally-required warrants?” That is behavior that most Americans who believe in the Constitution likely do not support at all.
… If the surveillance operations he ordered were so crucial and so important to protecting our country, how come he didn’t get a warrant? Surely something so critical to our security would have easily elicited a warrant from a FISA court already inclined to issue warrants in the first place, right?
And that gets us right back to the most important question: why would the President deliberately circumvent a court that was already wholly inclined to grant him domestic surveillance warrants? The answer is obvious, though as yet largely unstated in the mainstream media: because the President was likely ordering surveillance operations that were so outrageous, so unrelated to the War on Terror, and, to put it in Constitutional terms, so “unreasonable” that even a FISA court would not have granted them. [emphasis added]
The lack of warrants shows that they are using this new surveillance system to do things that they couldn’t get a warrant to do.
What other reason COULD there be to not get warrants?