While the media yelps about Bush bypassing FISA and implies compliance with it is easy and provides no barrier to needed intelligence on terrorist activities, it conveniently ignores its own reportage which earlier indicated that the FISA court contributed ot 9/11. Here's one example, via Sweetness & Light:
"The inside story of the missed signals and intelligence failures that raise a chilling question: did September 11 have to happen?
By Michael Hirsh and Michael Isikoff
May 27/02 ...NEWSWEEK has learned there was one other major complication as America headed into that threat—spiked summer.
In Washington, Royce Lamberth, chief judge of the special federal court [the FISA Court] that reviews national—security wiretaps, erupted in anger when he found that an FBI official was misrepresenting petitions for taps on terror suspects. Lamberth prodded Ashcroft to launch an investigation, which reverberated throughout the bureau.
From the summer of 2000 on into the following year, sources said, the FBI was forced to shut down wiretaps of Qaeda—related suspects connected to the 1998 African embassy bombing investigation.
'It was a major problem,' said one source familiar with the case, who estimated that 10 to 20 Qaeda wiretaps had to be shut down, as well as wiretaps into a separate New York investigation of Hamas.
The effect was to stymie terror surveillance at exactly the moment it was needed most..."
Clarice Feldman 12 28 05