At Least The Post Is Willing To Pose The Question

Fixing FISApdf (see earlier post on the FISA proposals)

Perhaps a more accommodating, updated FISA would encourage the administration to follow the law rather than circumvent it, but the administration’s testimony before the Senate intelligence committee last week on that subject was hardly reassuring. Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) asked if the administration had “any plans to do any surveillance” outside of FISA. “None that we are formulating or thinking about currently,” replied the director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell. “But I’d just highlight, Article II is Article II, so in a different circumstance, I can’t speak for the president what he might decide.” With answers like this, how can lawmakers trying to fix this statute have any confidence the administration will live by the rules Congress lays out?

Later: As noted in NYT Slams Bush on FISA, WashPo Minces (and in my earlier post), the NYTimes is a bit more savage on this subject.