Skip to comments.Bush: Eavesdropping Helps Save U.S. Lives
Posted on 12/17/2005 5:21:42 PM PST by frankjr
Facing angry criticism and challenges to his authority in Congress, President Bush on Saturday unapologetically defended his administration's right to conduct secret post-Sept. 11 spying in the United States as "critical to saving American lives."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she had been told on several occasions that Bush had authorized unspecified activities by the National Security Agency, the nation's largest spy agency. She said she had expressed strong concerns at the time, and that Bush's statement Saturday "raises serious questions as to what the activities were and whether the activities were lawful."
"The activities I have authorized make it more likely that killers like these 9/11 hijackers will be identified and located in time," Bush said. "And the activities conducted under this authorization have helped detect and prevent possible terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad."
"I didn't hear him specify any legal right, except his right as president, which in a democracy doesn't make much sense," Bamford said in an interview. "Today, what Bush said is he went around the law, which is a violation of the law which is illegal."
Bush said leaders in Congress have been briefed more than a dozen times. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., told House Republicans that those informed were the top Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate and of each chamber's intelligence committees. "They've been through the whole thing," Hoekstra said.
The president had harsh words for those who revealed the program to the media, saying they acted improperly and illegally. The surveillance was first disclosed in Friday's New York Times.
"As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have," Bush said. "The unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk."
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The Libs are too busy protecting the terrorists to worry about the safety of U.S. citizens!!! Libs...keep on talking...the public sees you for what you are...traitors!!!
Why doesn't Pelosi cut out the nonsense and just tell the truth? Either she didn't allow herself the opportunity to know when the information became available, or she knew and is feigning outrage now.
I'm watching Fox right now and even they are still getting this wrong. They're saying Bush authorized domestic eavesdropping. No mention of the fact that these "domestic" calls were to persons overseas.
Dont worry Nancy, Bush isnt after your stash. Hes after terrorists.
It's about time W stood his ground instead of backpeddling. These congressional leaders, who have apparently been advised of the whole thing, now have to try to convince the country that they are outraged about the whole thing, as usual.
Bingo! Pelosi put out a press release admitting she was advised ... but, expressed concerns during the meetings.
The program has oversight from the three branches of govt., which is a hell of a lot more than you can say for Bubba Klinton's adventures in foreign and domestic policy.
Funny, I don't remember these media legal "experts" having these kinds of problems with Waco. And at that time, religious separatists and rednecks were the enemy, not terrorists.
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The President MUST send out the FBI to find, arrest, and prosecute the source of the intercept story. It either came from the Senate democrats, or democrats inside CIA.
This is all so orchestrated between the rats and the leftist media. They do this everytime there is good news coming out of Irag, such as the elections or constitution vote, or here at home during an important judge nomination, cabinet post, UN post, or important legislation vote. Anything and everything, from the plame game, gitmo, katrina, etc., and now this.
It's all so damn predictable.. and dangerous. America was attacked dammit, an act of war was waged against this country and these rat idiots REFUSE to accept that because they are not in power. God help us.
Yup, the dems have screwed us over. And when the next big one happens, it will be Bush's fault.
If a Lib Dem or a RINO wins the next Presidential election, expect a dirty bomb or a suitcase nuke detonation in a U.S. city before their first term is half over. They have no concern about the true threat that we face.
Her stash of Botox, evidently, is being depleted at an alarming rate.
The public sees a 10 second sound bite from the MSM. Not sure if they see the reality.
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