"Total Information Awareness"
Remember that idea? Congress disposed of it back in 2002. But that didn't stop the Bush administration from doing it anyway. I tend to think these programs are useful and, with oversight, defensible. Some may be legal, under exceptions to the law. But the Bush administration - again - seems to think oversight is a dirty word; and no sane person can trust them any more. Money quote:
USA TODAY discovered the continuing TIA programs through entries in a public database of government contracts and a search of academic papers mentioning those contracts.
And so King George just does what he wants. In the end, his contempt for the constitution may undermine the perfectly defensible anti-terror programs he has instituted.