The so-called "warrantless wiretapping" program is one of the most controversial steps taken by the Bush administration in its so-called War on Terror. The Bush White House has said that the wiretaps are necessary in these "perilous times" and that national security and the preservation of state secrets are reason enough to justify the program. Candidate Obama denounced the program and said the program was "illegal", but as a senator Obama also voted to protect phone companies that complied with Bush's requests for phone records and that granted the administration easier access to intercept private phone calls.
Read the attached New York Times story by clicking on the title of this post. Or listen to the On the Media clip below. Ask yourself: Should the government have the right to listen in on private phone calls WITHOUT establishing probable cause? What dangers might result from such a program?