It's permitted by 50 USC 1802, which is posted on several threads here on FR.
When Harry Reid says "President Bush broke the law!!!" he insinuates that Bush did something illegal and implies that it was for some personal gain.
I appreciate your citation of 50 USC 1802 but even if the action of our president *was* illegal, most people would consider it acceptable if it was done to protect our citizens or nation.
I think that this is another example where Bush is in the right, and rather than immediately cite 50 USC 1802, he is letting the Democrats step into the deep doo doo a bit further before he drops it on them.
The fact they continually overshoot the target is doing them more damage than if they simply shut up and did nothing.