Eavesdropping 2.0

As soon as the Bush administration acknowledged in late 2005 that it had been listening to conversations between suspected terrorists overseas and people in the U.S. without obtaining a court warrant, Democrats started debating privately what to do about the so-called warrantless wiretapping. They quickly split into three camps: one wanted to outlaw the unsupervised surveillance, another preferred to rewrite the law to okay the practice, and a third just wanted to punish the White House for overreaching.

It has now become clear that the Democrats are taking the middle road, allowing the wiretapping to continue but with new legal hurdles...

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