I've done some reading here and there on the whole warrantless domestic spying thing. I think it's pretty clearly illegal. But let's assume for a second (and no more) that it's not - It should be. Really, how hard is it to get a warrant for this? From what I read, not very. In fact, if there's a time-sensitive issue, the statute in question provides the ability to install the wiretap and then get the warrant within 72 hours. Why should we even be asked to sacrifice our civil liberties for something like this? I'm sorry, but I just do not trust the government enough to believe them when they effectively say "We swear we had our very best people making sure that this was only being used against bad people." Even if it starts out that way, what does the future bring? Power corrupts, yadda yadda yadda.
As for the claim that the NY Times article breached national security, please someone explain to me how. I can't figure it out. Do the terrorists not think that the government is already eavesdropping on their communications? Isn't that specifically why they use code? So what, now they know the government might be doing it without a warrant, a warrant that was never difficult to get in the first place? Sorry, again, just not seeing it.