This week on NOW:
Civil rights groups and some lawmakers were outraged when President Bush
admitted authorizing eavesdropping without court approval on American
citizens suspected of having links to terrorist organizations. Was the
move necessary to protect Americans, or was the President making an end
run around the law, claiming powers he doesn't have? NOW goes inside
the domestic spying controversy that has some calling for a
Congressional investigation. The report looks at why the President
might need to authorize spying on Americans without warrants, and what
the precedent could mean for civil liberties.
If confirmed, Judge Samuel K. Alito will find himself in the swing seat
on the Supreme Court, and his rulings could shift the court's position
on a variety of issues, including the hot-button issue of abortion.
David Brancaccio talks to Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans
for Life, a pro-life advocacy group, about what Alito's tenure on the
Supreme Court could mean for the future of reproductive rights.