John Schmidt served under President Clinton from 1994 to 1997 as the associate attorney general of the United States, and is now a partner in a major Chicago law firm. In today's Chicago Tribune Mr. Schmidt begins his op-ed piece very simply:
President Bush's post- Sept. 11, 2001, authorization to the National
Security Agency to carry out electronic surveillance into private phone calls
and e-mails is consistent with court decisions and with the positions of the
Justice Department under prior presidents.
Read the whole thing. I wonder how much attention this will get in the rest of the mainstream news media. I'm not optimistic.