September 9, 2006

The continuing saga of a lying President

And this time about something other than sex. The Anonymous Liberal just reminds us of the many clear lies that this President continues to tell. Maybe he believes them. I don't know. But that isn't very comforting.
"In his third major address in as many days, President Bush on Thursday called for the passage of legislation authorizing his illegal NSA surveillance program. Here's what he had to say:

"Another top priority after 9/11 was improving our ability to monitor terrorist communications. Remember I told you thetwo [9/11 hijackers Hazmi and Mihdhar] had made phone callsoutside the country. At my direction, the National SecurityAgency created the Terrorist Surveillance Program. Before 9/11, our intelligence professionals found it difficult to monitor international communications such as those between the alQaeda operatives secretly in the United States and planners of the 9/11 attacks. The Terrorist Surveillance Program helps protect Americans by allowing us to track terrorist communications, so we can learn about threats like the 9/11plot before it is too late."

What a load of bull. Any FISA judge would have instantly authorized a warrant for Hazmi or Mihdhar or any other suspected terrorist. This is especially true after the passage of the Patriot Act shortly after 9/11. Indeed, this is exactly what FISA was designed to allow. The problem before 9/11 was not that the federal government lacked the power to spy on these guys; it was that it didn't put enough effort into doing so. The President is just flat out dissembling here."
I know the President himself has difficulty with the word "dissembling" but AL means he is lying here.

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