(Those with eyes that are sensitive to swearing might want to be careful. This one's kind of salty.)
You goddamn idiots.
What the hell are you thinking? That it was too hard to spy on people before? The only thing the Administration had to do under the FISA law was to get a warrant from a secret court - set up for the sole purpose of handing out spy warrants, mind you - within three days of the beginning of surveillance activities. That's it. It's not that hard to go to a judge and get a warrant, is it? Doesn't the whole process usually take a few hours?
This isn't about national security. This isn't about whether we can listen in on terrorists or not. This is about an administration that is too damn lazy and too damn conceited to follow the law. And you, in your infinite wisdom, think that if the President's too damn lazy to follow the law, the best course of action is to make it perfectly legal to be lazy. It doesn't matter if the new law opens the door to all kinds of potential abuses. We have to accommodate this President's laziness, don't we? Are you assholes going to peel him a grape and make his lunch, too? How about a law providing for members of the Intelligence Committee to carry Mike McConnell to work because he doesn't want to drive his car or take the Metro or even walk a couple of blocks?
Oh, wait, I forgot - the President's legal staff is too busy thinking of ways to screw over the gays to be bothered with paperwork. I guess it's just stupid of me to think that if the Administration can marshal all those lawyers to defend Scooter Libby that they can have someone fill out some paperwork within three days of a wiretap. My mistake.
And what the hell is that provision giving retroactive immunity to anyone who broke the law in previous illegal spying efforts, including the patsy spineless jackasses at the telecom companies and the lazy fat fucks in the Administration who apparently would rather listen to some Arab drone on about their love life to their friend in Saudi Arabia than simply file the paperwork for a warrant? Why do these idiots deserve immunity? Is being too lazy to follow the law not punishable any more? I got a parking ticket for not turning my car around so it faced the right direction before parking it, for fuck's sake. Can I get immunity, too? Oh, wait, that's right, I can't scare you with some bullshit claim about how national security interests depend on my laziness.
I don't know why the fuck y'all decided that you had to put in the effort to allow the President to be lazy. But pardon me for thinking that we ought to hold the highest law-enforcement agencies to the same goddamn standard that we hold the local cops to. Warrants mean something. They mean that it's that much harder for the Administration to fuck us all over.
But apparently causing a minor inconvenience in order to prevent massive abuse is passe for you guys these days. So fuck y'all.