NSA Wiretapping Benched

Ever wish you could whisper in the president's ear? Give him advice on issues plaguing the nation? Well, here's your chance to tell the world what you would do if you were president of the United States. Each week we'll ask our readers a question about an issue facing the nation and post your responses here.

Today's question:

If YOU were president, how would you react to the federal judge's ruling against the NSA wiretap program?

Click here to read the judge's opinion (pdf)

Click on the links in the box on the right to read recent stories on this topic, then e-mail us at speakout@foxnews.com. Check back during the day to read more responses from FOX Fans and to see if yours was posted.

Check out what FOX Fans are saying:

"If I were president, I would order the justice department to appeal the ruling through the proper channels all the way to the Supreme Court." — Michael (Springfield, PA)

"A federal judge who fails to understand the Constitution should be ignored. President Bush should not even give this ruling the importance of filing an appeal." — Kay (Odessa, TX)

"Allowing any kind of wiretapping without warrants creates too many issues. Our legal system is supposed to possess a series of 'checks and balances' that compels our government to ensure our safety and security, without sacrificing basic rights and freedoms." — Mike (Derry, NH)

"I would get a stay on the order and continue the surveillance. I do not think the judge had any jurisdiction or legal grounds for the decision. The persons filing the suit had not been monitored and, therefore, had no standing in the court." — C.F.

"I can understand and respect the convictions of people's privacy, but times have changed and we need to understand that we are not competing with Russia to see who can have the biggest weapons of destruction. We need to know what is taking place in our own backyard. We cannot take chances on how someone might feel about someone listening to their conversations." — David (Washington D.C.)

"President Bush and his administration are doing the right thing by wiretapping. The liberal judge who ruled against this necessary program has sided in with the A.C.L.U. Her decision was not in the best interest of the security of this country. Congress needs to step up to the plate and support NSA and its current program." — Don (Bountiful, UT)

"As Commander in Chief, I would have the authority to wage military action, which includes foreign intelligence gathering. Under that precept, our foreign intelligence has every right to monitor international phone calls, especially those identified as enemies of the U.S." — Lee (Roswell, GA)

"If I were president, I would ignore the judge's ruling and have the attorney general investigate her for treason. There is no excuse for the judge ruling that the federal government cannot monitor conversations between suspected terrorists. The only thing the judge's ruling does is make it easier for terrorists to kill more Americans." — Mike

"Everything in his power must be done to override this ignorant decision! Immediately seek a higher court ruling and take it to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. I would also put the vote to the people." — Carolyn (Sunnyvale, CA)

"If I were president and the legality of one of my programs was questioned by the judicial branch, I would go to Congress and request the legal authority to continue - just as our fore-fathers directed. I would feel extremely fortunate that Congress is controlled by my political party, and since the program is not infringing on civil liberties, I would know they would support me and pass legislation promptly." — David (Texas)

"If I were president, I would file an appeal and request that implementation of the ruling be delayed until after the appeal process is complete. The crux of the appeal should hinge on two facts. First, that the wiretapping is primarily aimed against foreign nationals who are not protected by the U.S. Constitution, and second, that no actual human ear listens to the conversations until after probable cause is determined by a computer." — Edward (Redmond, WA)

"If I were president, I’d likely carry the process one step further and investigate the judge involved for ties to the A.C.L.U." — Norm (Florida)

"I would definitely speak out and become much more vocal than President Bush has been on this matter." — Bill (Georgetown, TX)

"If I were president, I would not try to force other countries to have a democracy while leading my own as if it were a monarchy. I would obey the law." — John (Arkansas)

"If I were president, I would pay more attention to obeying the law, and less to personalizing and attacking the judge. I would call an emergency meeting of Congress and include the Supreme Court. In the strongest language possible, I would tell them that we are in the most dangerous war in our history and we must use all of our resources to defeat the enemy even if some of our civil rights must be put on hold until it is over." — Bob (Shreveport, LA)

"I would seek the judge's removal from the bench if possible, as she's known to have made decisions based on her political beliefs in the past." — Scott (British Columbia)

"If I were president, I would be doing everything possible to get this ruling overturned. People could literally die because this judge does NOT live in the real world. Every minute that we cannot track these terrorists puts everyone in jeopardy." — Arlene (Memphis, TN)

"If I were president, I would defend the surveillance of phone calls to the Middle East. If one has nothing to hide, why should they care? I would go directly to the Supreme Court to reverse the decision. We need to get tougher with these terrorists, before it is too late." 3 Donna

"If I were president, I would respect the courts’ decision and honor and respect our constitution as I committed to in the oath he took at his inauguration. Unlawful government powers are more of a threat to the nation’s citizens than foreign threats." — Mark

"I completely agree with President Bush, and if I were president, I’d do the same. The decision should be appealed and, hopefully, the appeals court will have an positive opinion that is not in favor the judge." — Connie

"I very much disagree with the judge's ruling on the wiretap issue. They are taking away everything that is being done to try and protect America. If the left keeps doing this we will get hit again and who will get the blame? I am sick of this undermining of the governments efforts to protect us. I think the president should appeal the decision." — Megan

"If I were president, I would have her arrested for treason. She is aiding and abetting the enemy. You are either for us or against us." — Jennifer

"If I were president, I would agree to get warrants to tap communications from U.S. citizens." — John

"If I were president, I would use all of the legal power at my disposal to save human life against terrorists. I believe this has been done legally and our president checked this out before hand. Now, we have some liberal judge trying to change the law." — Ken (Tennessee)

"I would do exactly as the president is doing — express my total disagreement with the decision, exposing it for what it truly is a malicious, incredibly personal and political decision with no basis in fact. Next, I would begin to show more evidence of how the program has worked, and prove that is not used as a ‘domestic wiretapping’ scheme. Finally, I would appeal until it all is right again." — R. Brandon

"The U.S. Supreme Court will have to decide, and not just this ruling, but many others to come." — TR (Houston, TX)

"I would tell the judge that she is not living in reality. I would think the only people worried about wiretaps are the ones with something to hide." — Joyce (Frederick, MD)

"One judge does not run our country! Judges have way too much power and are not accountable to the people." — Ed (El Dorado Hills, CA)

"The president should do what he did and appeal the ruling. He should fight it hard and go public and get the citizens behind fighting the terrorists." — Tom

"If I were president, I would obey the law and the U.S. Constitution. If I needed additional laws to fight terrorism, I would ask Congress to pass them. I would NOT use the power of the presidency to spy on my political foes without warrants for political gain." — Jim (Grants Pass, OR)

"I would have reacted the same way as Bush did. However, he was a lot nicer than I would be. I think Bush has not done enough. It is a shame that one of the best programs to fight terrorism has been stopped and revealed to the world's terrorists because of politics and self-interest. Our constitutional rights have not been violated in any way with the NSA wiretapping. The program needs to continue." — James (Bremen, GA)

"If I were president, I would allow wiretapping secretly of all public phones (pay phones, etc) going to or from known terrorist countries. I would also monitor all visitors from terrorist countries that get phone or cell service established in their names. Any visitor from a terrorist country would automatically get filed so a court order will allow wiretapping to the residence they are staying. If these measures are not within the law, I would limit the number of visitors from terrorist countries arriving in the U.S. This way, they can physically be monitored by local police, FBI, Homeland Security, etc." — Edward (Chicago, IL)

"I would simply ask the question, 'Do you feel safer now than before this judge's decision?' Obviously, the anti-Bush folks would prefer to put myself and my family at a greater risk in order to advance their agenda. If I were president, I would have long ago clearly understood that I cannot kowtow to my opposition. I would realize that I was the one elected, not them, and no matter what I do, they will oppose it. So, I'd have to do what was necessary, rather than jeopardize the safety of this country. The Left seems to have no problem with jeopardizing it!" — David

"If I were president, I would familiarize myself with Constitutional law, or hire competent staff to advise me before embarking on such forays. Since the current President apparently deems himself above the law, there is little left to advise him about, except possibly preparing a defense, on the off chance his crimes get him impeached." — S.G. (Carson City, NV)

"If I were president, I would seek out a federal appeals court judge with more common sense, and get an immediate stay to this ruling while it is being appealed. Also, I would push for legislation which would establish a hierarchy of jurisdiction which limited the authority of low-level federal judges over matters of national security, so that such blunders could not be repeated. I wish that we could segregate the country to separate those who are quite happy having the government protect us from terrorists, from those who don’t want to be protected, so that the latter group could risk their own lives without risking ours." — Jack (Little Rock, AR)

"As president you will have to abide by the laws of the court. In this case, file for an appeal, as this judge did what was expected. Thus, if I were president I would let the various courts deal with it." — Ed (Central Point, OR)

"If I were president, I would admit that I had overstepped my power. However, I'd probably blame it on activist judges. That's always worked before." — Ralph (Joplin, MO)

"I would ignore the liberal, appointed judge and send the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court." — Henry (Hendersonville, NC)

"I would react exactly as he is reacting. I would use any power I had to override the decision. I often don't understand what people are thinking. What don't they understand about the world's situation? The president cannot let the ignorant jeopardize our safety. He deserves respect for holding steadfast even when most are against him. Someday he will be written about as a wise and persevering president – that is, if the country still exists." — Helen (Islip, NY)