Sunday, December 18, 2005
Bush Goes Off on the New York Times
It appears that President Bush has finally had his fill of intelligence agency "leakers" and their allies in the press who gleefully sabotage the Administration's efforts to combat terrorism in an effort to discredit Bush himself for political reasons.
As the Associated Press put it:
- President Bush said Saturday he personally has authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. more than 30 times since the Sept. 11 attacks and he lashed out at those involved in publicly revealing the program. "This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security," he said in a radio address delivered live from the White House's Roosevelt Room.
Well, that was overdue. Last time out, the New York Times blew the cover off the CIA's secret front airline. This time they've alerted the Bad Guys to a secret NSA program that spies on their phone calls.
- Appearing angry at times during his eight-minute address, Bush left no doubt that he will continue authorizing the program.
As to the New York Times' "angry members of Congress" who have demanded an explanation of the program, it seems they just aren't as important as they think they are. "Without identifying specific lawmakers, Bush said congressional leaders have been briefed more than a dozen times on the program's activities."
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