Eavesdropping Smokescreen

The headlines were ominous: ‘Bush Approves Eavesdropping on Americans’. Much worse than what the headlines should have read: ‘Bush Approves Investigating Terrorists’. It is now clear that President Bush had the constitutional authority to do it, as well as the moral obligation to protect the United States. I have seen no evidence whatsoever that this was used for purposes other than defending the country.

Bill Clinton used the NSA for economic purposes. That is OK? In 1995 he authorized the Attorney General to perform physical searches without a court order. That is OK? Jimmy Carter signed an executive order in 1979 authorizing the Attorney General to approve electronic surveillance without a court order. That is OK? Clinton and Carter’s surveillance was more intrusive than President Bush’s and aimed at non-terrorists. But President Bush using surveillance to get information on terrorists is wrong? Is it any wonder we are losing our freedoms?

As the facts come in it is clear that this was not a secret, except to the terrorists. Now, thanks to the New York Times and liberal extremist politicians it is known to everyone, including the terrorists. I thought we were going after terrorists and those who harbor and assist them. There has been a lot of assisting going on in my opinion from members of the media and self serving politicians. Providing aid and comfort to the enemy is what I believe it’s traditionally been called. It usually comes from the same media outlets and the same political cast of characters. This attempted scandal was started in conjunction with a book release, the voting on the Patriot Act, the overwhelmingly successful Iraq elections and surging approval ratings. The oldest dirty political trick in the book.

It is amazing that most of the people who cry about the rights of terrorists are silent about citizens losing their rights to their own private property. One of the most fundamental rights we have has been taken. It’s not a conspiracy theory. Not a wild accusation. It’s a done deal. Your grandparents can have their home of 50 years taken away so some rich developer can build a country club. But let’s scream from the rooftops over not playing fair with murderers…

When it’s all said and done it will be just another one liner for extremists trying to suck in the uninformed. “Bush lied”. Now it will be “Bush spied”. Doesn’t matter that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing. The truth is not what the extemists are about. They are about deception and hate. Where was the outrage against Clinton and Carter? Why are certain individuals consistently making life easier for the enemies of America?

So, consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, I authorize the interception of international communications of people with known links to al-Qaida and related terrorist organizations.

This program is carefully reviewed approximately every 45 days to ensure it is being used properly. Leaders in the United States Congress have been briefed more than a dozen times on this program.

And it has been effective in disrupting the enemy while safeguarding our civil liberties. This program has targeted those with known links to al-Qaida.

I’ve reauthorized this program more than 30 times since September the 11th attacks, and I intend to do so for so long as the nation faces the continuing threat of an enemy that wants to kill our American citizens.

– President Bush after terrorist surveillance leaked to the media (text of speech)

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