Bush claims that during wartime he can do whatever is necessary -- even breaking the law and violating civil liberties -- in order to protect the nation. Some thoughts...
The war on terrorism is going to be a long war.
A war without a definitive end.
Bush can do whatever he wants during this war... That has no end.
When do his self-proclaimed and illegal executive powers end?
When he leaves office? But what if he decides to use his power to suspend elections or remain in office despite the elections? Can he use his wiretaps to coerce reporters into going along with him? Has he already?
Welcome... To the Bush Empire. Enjoy your stay.
Oh, and Andrea Mitchell knows about someone who isn't a terrorist, but who was illegally wiretapped. Here.