In 2006, both Alberto Gonzales, then the Attorney General and Harriet Meirs, denied such extensive spying was going on. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/02/AR2006030201783.html.
Tice said that the spy agency also combined information from phone wiretaps with data that was mined from credit card and other financial records. He said information of tens of thousands of U.S. citizens is now in digital databases warehoused at the NSA.
“The National Security Agency had access to all Americans’ communications,” he said. “Faxes, phone calls and their computer communications. … They monitored all communications.”
Did the NSA show the necessary probable cause? It appears that they did not.
Did Gonzales know about this? How else could it happen.
What should happen now? Should a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate this? Should Gonzales be indicted?