By the way, since Steanso tends to lean a wee bit to the left (no, no- it's true) and may not always give conservatives their proper due on those occasions when they stand up and fight for the good of the country (instead of simply toeing the Republican party line), I would like to take a second to say that I've been kind of impressed that a few Republicans have actually stood up and expressed their dismay and disapproval over this whole domestic wiretap program. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-New Mexico, chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, has come forward with demands that Bush's eavesdropping program be subjected to a "complete review" in order to determine its legality, Constitutionality, and suitability for continued operation. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania stated that he fundamentally disagreed with the White House's assertion that the 2001 resolution granting the president the authority to go to war also granted the power to eavesdrop on domestic phone conversations. Specter has urged the White House to make the entire NSA eavesdropping program open to Congressional review. Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican expressed reservations regarding the program, stating that he "never envisioned" that his vote for the 2001 resolution would be construed as a vote that the president would later use to try to circumvent FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act).
Anyway, I just think it's nice to see a few conservatives stand up and say that the law's the law, and we're not going to let you trample on it even if you're the president. I think that the fact that Republicans are breaking ranks on this also shows the severity of the issue (even if most of the American public hasn't really seemed to click to the fact that the president committed numerous federal felony offenses by taking part in this wiretapping scheme without obtaining any warrants).
For those people who are out there who still don't get it, Steanso would just like to point out that illegally ordering an intelligence agency to spy on thousands of Americans is a much bigger deal than getting a B.J. from a White House intern. The only person who should have really cared about Monica Lewinsky was Hillary (and maybe Chelsea). Who should care about having their phones illegally wiretapped by the federal government? Probably everyone in this country who ever wants to hold a private conversation on a phone again.