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2005.12.17

We eavesdropped on the bad guys! Oh, my! -- Part 2

(Click here to see all of my posts in this series.)

From President Bush's radio address this morning:


In the weeks following the terrorist attacks on our nation, I authorized the National Security Agency, consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations. Before we intercept these communications, the government must have information that establishes a clear link to these terrorist networks.

This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security. Its purpose is to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies. Yesterday the existence of this secret program was revealed in media reports, after being improperly provided to news organizations. As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk. Revealing classified information is illegal, alerts our enemies, and endangers our country.


Read the entire official transcript, or watch a video of the address, here. I've done both. Great speech but I wish he'd practiced it a couple of more times before giving it. I didn't detect the "anger" that others say they did, and that disappointed me. It's past time for people from Bush on down to get heap highly pissed about what happened and do whatever it takes to keep it from happening again. Is it time for the NSA to start monitoring communications between CIA and NYT employees? I'm still running way behind from the TypePad fiasco. Read these:

Wind Rider: Hey!!! He CAN’T do THAT!!!! |

John Hinderaker and Paul Mirengoff react here.

Dafydd ab Hugh: NSA = "No Such Agency?"

Nick Danger: Bush Goes Off on the New York Times

Jeff Goldstein: The Revolution will be blogged, 8

Greyhawk: Espionage

Ed Morrissey:

Pres[i]dent's Address: Live Blog

Why Did The Gray Lady Play Coy With Its Scoop?

James Joyner:

Official: Bush Approved Eavesdropping

Bush Acknowledges Approving Eavesdropping

Tom Maguire: Bush And The "Secret" Eavesdropping

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Al at Cold Fury:  Much Ado About Nothing

Curt at Flopping Aces: We Are At War People

Sister Toldjah: Prez essentially says ‘let me do my job’

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(See "We eavesdropped on the bad guys! Oh, my! -- Part 3" here.)

Posted by Bill Faith on December 17, 2005 at 05:44 PM in NSA_Wiretaps, Surveillance/CIA-NSA-Media Treason | Permalink


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