January 24, 2006


Bush hits foes who say spying broke the law (Joseph Curl, January 24, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

President Bush yesterday took direct aim at Democratic critics on Capitol Hill who charge that a secret spy program he ordered in 2002 is illegal, saying, "If I wanted to break the law, why was I briefing Congress?"

Opening a three-day White House offensive to defend his decision to create the covert program, the president told nearly 10,000 people at Kansas State University that he has the authority under the Constitution to conduct foreign intelligence, as well as legislative approval granted by Congress three days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. [...]

"I repeat to you, even though you hear words, 'domestic spying,' these are not phone calls within the United States," he said, insisting that the program is "what I would call a terrorist surveillance program."

That's the value of focus groups.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2006 7:38 AM

When the only focus groups you liste to are the big money donors and the people on synchopatic web sites that punish anyone straying from the cause, you don't even care anymore about real focus groups or the fact that Americans can tell domestic phone calls and e-mails apart from foreign ones.

Posted by: John at January 24, 2006 9:35 AM

Speaking of focus groups, Democrats may have wanted to postpone the Alito vote to allow time for their own internal polling and focus grouping on their performances at the hearings.

Interesting that there was very little vitriol over the weekend, at least as reported by our local liberal rag.

The vote tally may prove illuminating.

Posted by: erp at January 24, 2006 10:27 AM