Q: The FISA law allows you to start spying on somebody as long as you seek a warrent within 72 hours—and fifteen days in emergencies. If so, why did Bush need to claim the right to wiretap citizens without going through the FISA court?This is called "abuse of office," but unlike the other abuses of office Bush has committed, this one is clear cut.
A: Because he didn't want anyone to know who we were spying on or why.
P.S. Thanks, Mistuh Preznit, for the levee dough. It's probably the only thing you've done that's good policy.
*In the initial version of this post, I accidentally used the word "caveat." Thanks, G, for the correction.
UPDATE: Larry Johnson, who knows a bit about spying, weighs in:
It appears the most likely explanation is that the Bush Administration did not want to have to tell a Federal judge that they were using information obtained from interrogations that violated the spirit and the letter of the Geneva Conventions. Instead of protecting the nation the President may be covering his derrier.