Remember when congress put some limits on the NSA’s ability to spy on people without warrants while simultaneously signaling that breaking the rules wouldn’t be penalized? Shockingly, the NSA seems to have gone beyond what those new rules authorized. But I’m not sure why Eric Lichtblau and James Rosen put this so far down:
While the N.S.A.’s operations in recent months have come under examination, 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.
You need to have limits on surveillance power or surveillance power will be abused. If members of congress are getting wiretapped without a warrant, something’s gone very badly wrong.