Wednesday, December 21, 2005

What did the President know and when did he admit it?

The following is a quote from Remarks by the President in a Conversation on the USA P.A.T.R.I.O.T Act at Kleinshans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York on April 20th, 2004:

"Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution."

Please try to reconcile this quote with what the President acknowledged following The New York Times story on the secret eavesdropping program. And the new report that NSA officials say domestic calls were tapped as well.