this could be good news.
as long as the bush administration utterly refused to let anyone outside of the executive branch see the details of the surveillance program it raised the specter that they were doing something really bad, like spying on political opponents, etc. the problem was that their refusal really made no sense. after all, there are people with security clearances in both of the other branches of government (the FISA court judges and the members of the various congressional intelligence agency oversight committees). they could let give straight answers to outsiders without jeopardizing any classified material. in light of this common sense solution, their intransigence over the past 2 months only raised suspicion that something rotten was going on.
assuming the bush administration really does fully disclose the details of the program to the full oversight committee, we might finally put the most serious fears about this program to rest.
i'm cautiously optimistic.