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Gonzales should forget appeal, improve program

Now that a federal judge has ruled the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program unconstitutional, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should focus on how to make the program legal.

Instead of appealing U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's ruling, Mr. Gonzales should work with Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court to devise a plan that will allow intelligence officers to listen in on terrorists' conversations without trampling on the rights of law-abiding Americans.

The bottom line is that there is already a mechanism in place — the FISA Court — that allows the National Security Agency to legally monitor suspected terrorists overseas.

If Mr. Gonzales is really interested in protecting Americans and his true agenda isn't expanding presidential powers, he will advise his boss to utilize the FISA Court.

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