Two from Helen Thomas
"WASHINGTON -- We are now learning what President Bush considers to be the limits of his power -- nothing.
In recent public appearances, Bush defended his program of domestic spying without court approval, citing the inherent war powers of the presidency under the U.S. Constitution. He points to his status as commander in chief and the resolution -- approved by Congress three days after the 9/11 attacks -- authorizing him to use 'all necessary and appropriate force' against terrorists. It is an obvious overreach of presidential prerogative; thin justification for what amounts to a snooping foray against Americans and others in the United States.
It smacks of France's Louis XIV's famous dictum: 'L'etat, c'est moi' -- 'I am the state.'
The administration is on shaky legal ground. Last week, the Justice Department issued a 42-page analysis declaring the president 'will exercise all authority available to him, consistent with the Constitution, to protect the people of the United States.'"