The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) may have the right idea, but it went about it in the wrong way. The civil rights organization has long been concerned about the broad latitude given the federal government under the USA Patriot Act, which gives the government more generous surveillance authority over those it suspects may be conducting terrorist activities.
In this particular case and others like it, the ACLU is worried about wiretaps approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The so-called spy court was established by Congress in 1978 and has approved thousands of warrants since that time. But since the 2001 terrorist attacks, Attorney General John Ashcroft has personally approved more than 170 emergency requests for spy warrants. That