NSA vs. FBI….For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t get too excited about today’s New York Times story suggesting that the NSA’s domestic spying program accomplished nothing except sending FBI agents on hundreds of wild goose chases. Aside from the fact that the whole thing smells pretty strongly of a bureaucratic turf war, the effectiveness of the program just isn’t a big issue. Maybe it worked, maybe it didn’t. Not every program pans out.
What’s important is that the intercepts were done without a warrant even though the law expressly requires a warrant. That’s the issue.