President Bush addressed Thursday a newspaper report that the National Security Agency was collecting records of tens of millions of ordinary Americans’ phone calls.
Bush neither confrimed or denied the report that AT&T Corp., Verizon Communications Inc., and BellSouth Corp. began turning over records to the NSA shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as USA Today reported based on anonymous sources it said had direct knowledge of the arrangement.
“Our intelligence activities strictly target al-Qaida and their knwon affiliates,” Bush said. “We’re not mining or trolling through the private lives of innocent Americans.”
Bush said any domestic intelligence-gathering measures he’s approved are “lawful,” and he says “appropriate” members of Congress have been briefed.
So why not allow the DOJ to investigate then? If this is so “legal” there should be nothing to hide. True the same man calling this “legal” is the same man that said “who would of thought the levees would break”, “you’re doing a heckuva job Brownie”, “if anyone in my administration leaked the identity of a CIA agent they will no longer be in my administration”, “Harriet Miers is the best pick for the Supreme Court” and on and on and on. No one has any reason at ALL to believe a single word Bush says. He has proven himself a liar time and time again.
John has a quick synopsis of Bush’s speech up.