The Bush Administration should be charged and brought to trial for illegal wiretapping. They had no right to tape the conversations that they did without a warrant and grounds for the wiretapping. It was illegal the way that they did the wiretapping and without anyone knowledge and it should have never been held up in court, the Constitutional rights were violated.
The wiretapping and other actions commited by the Bush administration after the tragedy on September 11 were, in my opinion, the worst possible ways to handle the situation. Terrorists hope to change a country through fear, thus crippling it. As a response the administration started spying on its own citizens, which is how the terrorists win. It was a travesty and should never have been allowed to happen.
The Bush Administration should not be charged and brought to trial for illegal wiretapping. It was not illegal to operate a wire tap the way that they did. While they may have been pushing the boundaries a little bit, I do not feel that any Constitutional right were violated with that.
No, the Bush Administration should not be charged for illegal wiretapping, because their activities were legal. Unlike the Obama administration's PRISM program, Bush's program was limited. Bush did not interfere with Americans' lives more than he had to. Also, in Bush's day, the threat of terrorism was more immediate and required a more swift response.
The Bush Administration shouldn't be brought to trial for illegal wiretapping since the administration was never found to be doing it. Wiretaps are mostly legal in the United States when done with a specific purpose after all. Therefore, Constitutional rights weren't necessarily violated by the Bush Administration during this time.
There are a couple of different questions being asked here, that deserve different answers. Did they violate rights? Yes. Is it illegal to operate such wiretaps? Yes. Do I think they should be charged and brought to trial? No. I think six years after we kicked the Republican thieves out of the White House, the trail has gone cold, there has been too much time to delete or fabricate evidence. Just let sleeping dogs lie.
Given the nature of the Patriot Act, it seems that any type of government surveillance has been deemed constitutional. Given recent acts of the NSA, wiretapping seems minuscule as opposed to all communications from every US citizen. I believe the Patriot act needs to be overturned or deemed unconstitutional due to wiretapping and surveilling innocent civilians.