It's official: In a decision rendered by US District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, it is against the law for any person, even a half-witted president of the United States, to listen in on the phone conversation of a private citizen without the benefit of a court ordered warrant. In the good judge's own words:
"It was never the intent of the framers [of the US Constitution] to give the president such unfettered control, particularly when such actions baltantly disregard the parameters clearly inumerated in the Bill of Rights".
What does that mean? It means that if this perfectly sensible decision can suvive a supreme court appeal (and that's a big if) the president of the United States and the Attorney General are guilty of impeachable offences. The White House spin on this one will no doubt be that this is just another victory for "Osama bin Ladin and the terrorists". Oh please! No one is denying them access to anything as long as they have the constitutionally mandated warrant!
Link: "The Rant" by Tom Degan.