The Fourth Amendment specifies that any warrant must be judicially sanctioned for a search or an arrest, in order for such a warrant to be considered reasonable. Warrants must be supported by probable cause and be limited in scope according to specific information supplied by a person (usually a peace officer) who has sworn by it and is therefore accountable to the issuing court.
Note the words probable cause that the republicans seem to overlook. Judging from the events of the past several years this misadministration has been doing warrantless wiretaps for some time now. And just how did they propose to use this information as evidence in any court when information obtained without a warrant is not admissable as evidence? There is the fundamental violation of the fourth amendment in not seeking a warrant. So there is the FISA law in which a warrant must be obtained by that court. But this group seems to be too lazy to go to the court but instead goes directly to the phone companies and demands they cooperate. Some companies cooperated and a few did not. When lawsuits were brought against the phone companies for violating the fourth amendment all was lumped under national security and therefore secret. There was no independent review to determine if the phone conversations were indeed a violation of the amendment. Case closed. It's interesting to note that to get a warrant from a FISA court is simple process. Very few warrants have been turned down by the court. It is even possible to obtain a warrant within three days after an event if the cause is proven to the court.
Now we have the new FISA legislation that has given retroactive immunity from prosecution to the phone companies which leads me to believe that they did indeed violate our laws.
Once again our MSM is perpetuating misinformation on the warrantless wiretaping a violation of your fourth amendment rights. McCain is siding with Bush in saying that warantless wiretapping is legal. It is not. They also think that this is a popular program. It is not.
For more information and evidence of this administrations illegal deeds:
And finally we have the republicans justifications for illegal wiretapping that they state is in the constitution. Again as I mentioned above they omit those two words in the constitution that mean all the difference in the world - probable cause.