The problem here is that while anti-terror intelligence gathering is important, so also are little things like the Constitution, due process and individual rights. Those are pretty important. So much so that anything that comes close to breaching them needs first to be stopped and second to be very carefully overseen. Preferably by distrustful people.

Govt. Asks to Keep Eavesdropping Program

The Bush administration on Friday asked a federal judge to delay enforcing her order for a halt to the government’s warrantless communications surveillance program.The Justice Department argued that ending the intelligence-gathering program threatens “the gravest of harms to the government and to the American public” and leaves the country “more vulnerable to terrorist attack.”

Source – AP

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