Bush said only Americans in the United States who were talking with terrorists overseas would be targets of surveillance.
Spying has been a dragnet of all communications, as if trying to “harpoon fish from an airplane.”
“The National Security Agency had access to all Americans’ communications,” said Russell Tice, a former NSA analyst. “Faxes, phone calls and their computer communications. … They monitored all communications.”
For many reporters and news organizations every e-mail and phone conversation these reporters ever had with sources, editors and family members is captured: Without a warrant.