According to a forthcoming piece in U.S. News & World Report, the Bush administration's contempt for the Constitution extends well beyond conducting warrantless wiretaps, as illegal as that is. Apparently, they argued early on that the president also had the right to conduct warrantless physical searches of the homes and offices of anybody they chose. They asserted that the president had the inherent right to break into anyone's home or anyone's office, whenever he wanted, on whatever whim he felt, with no obligation to show just cause or explain his reasons before a court of law -- not even after the fact, as FISA allowed with wiretapping.
The utter contempt for the Constitution here -- specifically, the entire Fourth Amendment -- is just staggering. As law professor Jonathan Turley notes in this appearance on Keith Olbermann's show, the Bush administration "treats the Constitution as some kind of legal technicality, instead of the thing we're fighting to protect."
According to these yokels, we have to destroy America in order to save it.