The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr.
Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any
power it is given and very likely abuse it. That is one reason we
have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear
after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by members of Congress who
mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of
unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.