Warrantless Wiretapping Score Card
(1) The report issued Friday (compiled by the Inspector Generals of the various Intelligence Agencies) claims that it was much more extensive than BushCo made out;This comes from reading these new reports in The New York Times ~    . . .
(2) The CIA (at least) lied to Congress about the extent and operation of the program - that according to the current Director of the Agency;
(3) The then Vice President Dick Cheney ordered that lying;
(4) The same group of Inspectors General conclude that the domestic surveillance program was ineffective in generating "intelligence."
The upshot seems clear: Bush and his minions played on fear to design a program of surveillance that allowed them to sidestep judicial oversight; they then lied about to Democratically elected representatives charged with providing political oversight; they thereby subverted democratic arrangements and infringed individual liberties for a program that was useless in practical terms. You couldn't make this stuff up.