Gonzales said he had begun meeting with members of Congress on the Bush administration's view that Congress' authorization of the use of military force after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks was ample authorization for the surveillance.
"Our position is that the authorization to use military force which was passed by the Congress shortly after Sept. 11 constitutes that authority," Gonzales said.
This is the most outrageous powergrab by the Executive since James K. Polk's infamous "I want to eat a british baby, they's tasty! decree" of July 1846.
"54-40, mmmmmmph, basted -- or fight!"