Getting backs to the wire taps...As usual we are mixing data on wire taps seeking evidence of civil and criminal and domestic law breaking, in with wire taps(electronic surveillance) between known/suspected international terrorists with people in the US? Wire taps for intelligence information in a wartime environment, versus wire taps to gather evidence in domestic legal matters.
The international surveillance(wire taps) which caused the furor, had resulted in no injury to US citizens. Thus when some tried to take the issue to court they were rejected as not having "standing"? By the law you have to be able to show some injury(standing) before you can claim injury in court. Shucks, the antiwar faction were again flailing away at an invented strawman?
Finally Congress passed legislation which alleviated the matter and was more in tune with recent technology plus wartime intelligence gathering techniques. And in spite of Democrat resistance let Telecom Companies off the hook for helping gather intelligence during a national emergerncy.