Defenders of the Bush administration's illegal warrantless wiretapping policy argue that it was different from Watergate, because the illegal means were used only for the noble end of fighting terrorism. The policy, while forbidden by the law, was, they said, not abused for political gain.
The evidence supporting this claim was the fact that no evidence of such abuse was in the public domain, which would be completely unrsuprising if the program were abused for political gain, since it was all top secret.
Erick Lichtblau and James Rising report in the New York Times
new details are also emerging about earlier domestic-surveillance activities, including the agency’s attempt to wiretap a member of Congress, without court approval, on an overseas trip, current and former intelligence officials said.
knock me over with a wrecking ball. I am so not surprised. I wonder if any of the people who argued the now falsified defence of the Bush administration are surprised.
Who would have thought that secret programs are used by people who have no respect for the law as such for purposes other than the ones they present in public.