Lying about spying: I've been tending to let other blogs deal with what's happened with the NSA, but Andrew Sullivan has dug up some quotes that are too damning to ignore. Both are from 2004:
Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires - a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so.
A couple of things that are very important for you to understand about the Patriot Act. First of all, any action that takes place by law enforcement requires a court order. In other words, the government can't move on wiretaps or roving wiretaps without getting a court order.