Skip to comments.Bush seeks probe in wiretap leak, asks to renew Patriot Act
Posted on 12/19/2005 10:45:48 AM PST by demlosers
Bush seeks probe in wiretap leak
WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (PG) - US President George W. Bush said Monday he expected a "full investigation" into who leaked information about a secret wiretap program, calling that disclosure "a shameful act."
"It was a shameful act for someone to disclose this very important program in time of war," Bush said at a year-end press conference.
The president said he had not ordered a formal probe because the Department of Justice was following procedures triggered by leaks of classified information and will "proceed forward with a full investigation."
Bush urges Congress to renew Patriot Act
WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (PG) - US President George W. Bush on Monday called on Congress to renew the Patriot Act, calling the controversial package of anti-terrorist laws vital to preventing a repeat of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Bush told a news conference a minority of US senators were putting the country at risk by blocking renewal of the act, due to expire in 12 days, out of concern over infringements of civil liberties.
"Congress has a responsibility to give our law enforcement and intelligence officials the tools they need to protect the American people," the president told reporters.
"The senators ... must stop their delaying tactics and the Senate must vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act," he said. "In the war on terror we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment."
Bush spoke amid growing concern that his administration might have exceeded its legal authority in gathering anti-terrorist intelligence, particularly his authorization of phone and e-mail monitoring without court approval.
I hope they find the SOBs and fry them.
It infuriates me to know that last night, Bush just handed his head over to the Dems on a silver platter. He has given the Dems fodder for the upcoming election by admitting wrong doing instead of showing that they DID find WMD. So I guess this Novak/Plame thing hurt worse than we imagined. It took Rove out of commission (apparently) because to out of freaking nowhere start going "We were wrong, but since we started, we gotta still be at war". Stupid Stupid Stupid
If that's the reason to renew it, then don't: it's guaranteed not to prevent anything. Instead, pass a new act that overrules any restrictions on concealed carry by citizens with no convictions, and encourage everyone to arm themselves.
Time for a disinformation war.
If the Bush administration was clever, they'd start feeding varied dummy "classified" information to certain individuals and segments of the CIA, NSA, FBI, Pentagon, Justice Dept. etc. All of the 'dummy info' will be somewhat selatious and damning of the Bush administration, and all of it will be false and harmless.
When the leaks start coming out, hells should roll.
Not a half bad idea. Such would help enable them to trace the leak and identify where it's coming from. It would also drive the Dems crazy ... which is a short trip, and is always fun to watch.
I'd have called them trators.
Rush really took off after the traitors today. He said they're running around claiming they didn't know about the wire tapping, while they knew it all along. He said he wants them investigated and thrown out of Congress.
Thank you, Rush.
I keep thinking, if the senators were of the same caliber as those who held that office during WWII, we'd be seeing NONE of these leaks....NONE of the two-faced, self-aggrandizing charades playing out today. The bulk of the senators today are not men at all...they're weasels.
And all along the MSM knows that the President did not exceed his authority.
The Patriot Act + the Constitution + the Congressional Resolution of Sep 18, 2001 give the president all the authority he needs to pursue anyone he thinks threatens the US.
Read 'em and weep MSM...And know that I despise you, and even more for your hatred of my country and your siding with and aiding and abettin of its enemies.
The only problem with that is that the MSM would roll with the fake stories and even a documented "sting" would be spun as the WH covering.
Just look at how the whole timing issue and congrasional notification issue of this bogus "spying" story have been ignored.
I think Bush is telling the Country that the Democrats think they can do it better, and the REpublican congressmen agree with the Democrats, so he is going to let them. Bush has no loyalty to the GOP that has abandoned him.
Somebody needs killing over this/ Politics in which a rotten POS discloses secret information isnt politics any more Its treason.
This is like blabbing that we broke the Enigma machina.
Traitors are traitors, betrayal by them just depends on whose ox is being gored at the time.
Whoever did this should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Start with the senators who are blocking the renewal. They probably are tying to cover their own butts, or someone close to them.
>>>I think Bush is telling the Country that the Democrats think they can do it better, and the REpublican congressmen agree with the Democrats, so he is going to let them. Bush has no loyalty to the GOP that has abandoned him.>>>
You may be right. He's a lame duck, he just left the GOP out to dry, just like they did him.
First of all, I think we need to find out if these wiretaps were illegal. From all that I've read and heard, including from people whose opinion I respect on such matters, like Bob Barr, they were illegal and unconstitutional. If that's the case, then I'm more concerned about the people committing the initial illegal acts than some whistleblower who is merely exposing illegality.
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