"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Friday, January 13, 2006
President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday waged a double-barreled assault on critics of the administration's domestic surveillance and opponents of the Patriot Act as part of an effort to address public skepticism and congressional opposition to tactics in the war on terrorism.
The president appealed for support for the war in Iraq and suggested more troops could be coming home "later this year" while Cheney aggressively defended domestic surveillance in the name of fighting terrorism.
Cheney suggested that if there had been secret wiretapping of suspected terrorists prior to Sept. 11, 2001, it "might have been able to pick up on two of the hijackers who flew a jet into the Pentagon."
The National Security Agency advised President Bush in early 2001 that it had been eavesdropping on Americans during the course of its work monitoring suspected terrorists and foreigners believed to have ties to terrorist groups, according to a declassified document.
The NSA's vast data-mining activities began shortly after Bush was sworn in as president and the document contradicts his assertion that the 9/11 attacks prompted him to take the unprecedented step of signing a secret executive order authorizing the NSA to monitor a select number of American citizens thought to have ties to terrorist groups.
All emphasis supplied; all bald-faced lies in the original.
Incidentally - this government must fall!