Domestic Spying For Dummies
I consider myself fairly well-informed about current events, but I also miss a lot. So here's a basic and totally honest question: Has the Bush administration ever tried to explain why the existing FISA procedure was/is insufficient for the NSA surveillance program? Of course, I've heard the Scott McClellan-esque bromides about "protecting the American people" and "a president's inherent powers during wartime", and I realize that the insufficiency of those explanations is the basis for the current controversy. But particularly considering FISA allows for the issuance of a retroactive warrant, has the administration ever attempted to offer any substantive or technical explanation for its end-around of the FISA court?