"It's true that some of the authorities would carry over to the period they were established for one year. That would put us into the August, September time frame. However, that's not the real issue. The issue is liability protection for the private sector. We can't do this mission without their help."
That is the Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell
So the real issue, according to Bush's Intelligence Director, is not their ability to spy on you...It is all about protecting your telecom company from your lawsuit, because they broke the law when they ...
Spied on YOU for the Bush Administration.
I think that it is worth noting that not all Telco's complied with Bush's request. Quest Communications, for one, pointed out that the request was unconstitutional and refused. AT&T and Verizon were happy to comply and only stopped when they quit getting paid.