What would require the President to avoid using the legal method? What if he and his cohorts were sure the FISA court would not approve of the targets? It would seem likely to me that that would be the only reason to break the law and sidestep the FISA court.
Holden beat me to it and published a list of some of the targets that would probably not have been approved by the FISA court.
The following is an incomplete list of individuals whose telephone calls and e-mail messages were monitored by the National Security Agency pursuant to an executive order signed by George Bush allowing surveillance of American citizens without a warrant.I believe he missed a few names though. Just off the top of my head...Ted Kennedy, Patrick Fitzgerald, Jimmy Carter, Russ Feingold to name a few. How many others do you think are on the list that FISA wouldn't approve?