So is the government listening in on your call to grandma?
This entire flap over whether the President has the authority to authorize warrantless wiretaps is just insane.
First off the government is only listening to conversations from suspected TERRORIST to people in the US, not from you to your pot dealer down the street, or you and your mistress, or you and your psych doctor, so unless you have known terrorist calling you, you don't have much to worry about.
Next when you come back in to the United States from a foreign country, how many hoops as a citizen of this nation do you need to go through to get back in? You have to show paperwork, be subjected to questioning, and searches of your belongings and even of your body if they want, and yet people are having a fit that the government might be listening in on their communications that are coming in to the country, seems a little weird to me.
How about your false sense of security when your on the phone anyway. Everytime you use your cordless phone, and everytime you use your cell phone that communication is going over the air unencoded, and with a full spectrum analyzer from Radio Shack for about $800 I can tune in to those phone calls and listen to them like it was an FDR fireside chat. Don't even get me started on how easy it is to read your e-mail or tap in to your VOIP calls.
Finally who does have the authority to authorize wiretaps, a judge you say. So let me get this straight, you feel that essentially a glorified lawyer, who's rank in the political spectrum of things is slightly more then your local selectboard has the authority to authorize a wiretap, but the President of the United States, the man who's has the final decision on whether to launch nuclear weapons, can't have the authority to authorize a wiretap or appoint people to have that authority? You've got to be kidding me.
Think about it the next time some liberal tries to ram the argument of "Bush gone wild" down your throat. Unless he's talking about the Bush twin daughters, don't listen to him.