Monday, December 19, 2005

DOESN'T ADD UP What's perplexing about the wiretapping story, thus far, is that's not at all clear what the Bush administration gained by breaking the law.

At his news conference this morning, President Bush sole justification for ignoring the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was the need to move quickly. But speed can't be the issue: FISA allows the executive branch to eavesdrop first and ask for a warrant later--up to seventy-two hours after surveillance has begun.

So what's going on here? What's being hidden?

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.