February 11, 2006


Bush Reveals Rationale Behind Surveillance (JENNIFER LOVEN , 02.10.2006, AP)

President Bush defended his warrantless eavesdropping program Friday, saying during what he thought were private remarks that he concluded that spying on Americans was necessary to fill a gap in the United States' security.

"I wake up every morning thinking about a future attack, and therefore, a lot of my thinking, and a lot of the decisions I make are based upon the attack that hurt us," Bush told the House Republican Caucus which was in retreat at a luxury resort along the Choptank River on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

The president said he asked the National Security Agency to devise a way to gather intelligence on terrorists' potential activities, and the result was the super-secret spy outfit's program to monitor the international e-mails and phone calls of people inside the United States with suspected ties to terrorists overseas. Bush said lawyers in the White House and at the Justice Department signed off on the program's legality, and "we put constant checks on the program."

"I take my oath of office seriously. I swear to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States," Bush said.

The president's comments on the NSA eavesdropping came after eight minutes of remarks intended for public consumption.

Karl Rove earned his paycheck last night, huh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 11, 2006 11:03 AM

I'm impressed.

This prodigy of communications of excellence in communication succeeds at three levels.

At the first, the speaker merely states by the literal meaning of his words that his foreign terroriat surviellance program is legal. Easy enough--even a Democrat could figure that much out.

Next, "private" remarks are made, on which journalists "inadvertly" happen to "eavesdrop."
Lo and behold, it turns out that the "private" communication differs not from the "public." Thus it is demonstated that the President is one "in whom," as his favorite Philosopher put it, "there is no guile." Jn. 1:49.

It is at the a third level of meaning that we see the real masterpiece. When the public, in the person of some journalists, were permitted to eavesdrop on a "private" presentation, and no harm was done. The point was made, without words, and it were better made without words, that if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear from "eavesdropping."

A Baroque masterpiece--this is how a poem is written, according to Alenander Pope.

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learned to dance.
Tis not enough no harshness give offense,
The sound must seem an eco to the sense.
Soft is the strain where Zephyr gentle blows,
And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows;
But when loud surges lash the sounding shore,
The harsh, rough verse should like the torrent roar;
When Ajax strives, some rock's vast weight to throw,
The line too labors, and the words move slow;
Not so when swift Camilla, scouors the plain,
Flies o'er the unbending corn, and skims along the main.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 11, 2006 2:34 PM

Good ole Jennifer Loven. One of my favorite AP propagandists.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 11, 2006 3:39 PM

Karl earns his pay every day. His greatest coup was inserting the parasite wasps into the brains of Democrats to cause them to act like themselves in public.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 11, 2006 4:33 PM