that was a pretty good excuse.<quoted text>
International calls, dufus. Anything leaving or entering the United States is allowed to be inspected/investigated by the Executive Branch. The only thing the Patriot Act did was allow the investigation to follow the lines of communication.
That would never have been even proposed if judges like the one that prevented the FBI from looking into Moussaoui's hard drive and reading the 9/11(2001) plans directly off the hard drive before the attack didn't exist. If those judges didn't exist, the 9/11(2001) attack would never have happened and there would not have been a war.
But, international calls are under the Constitutional jurisdiction of the Executive Branch. Folowing the leads could present problems when judges like the above referenced real-world judge would pass the information to Al Qaeda.
try this one....Nixon. Fema. E.O. 11490.