Presidential Power, At Its Lowest Ebb

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales left open the possibility yesterday that President Bush could order warrantless wiretaps on telephone calls occurring solely within the United States — a move that would dramatically expand the reach of a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program.

From the Washington Post, “Warrantless Wiretaps Possible in U.S..” It used to be that one of the things that distinguished us from others was that we paid lip service to the rule of law.