In the weeks following the terrorist attacks on our nation, I authorized the National Security Agency, consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda (my emphasis added) and related terrorist organizations. Before we intercept these communications, the government must have information that establishes a clear link to these terrorist networks.
This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security. Its purpose is to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies. Yesterday the existence of this secret program was revealed in media reports, after being improperly provided to news organizations. As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk. Revealing classified information is illegal, alerts our enemies, and endangers our country.
to the NYT's TREASONOUS tripe are glossed over.
What the linked piece is, is a transcript of a 60 Minutes program from 2000 where the NSA was given the power to spy on DOMESTIC phone and internet traffic.
Now let's think about that for a minute.
GWB is an evil SOB for authorizing the listening in on INTERNATIONAL communications between KNOWN al-Qaeda operatives and people living in America.
While "that other guy" was just doing his job of protecting America, while blatantly trashing the Constitution.
We do not even know if the recipients of those calls were American citizens, all we know is that those calls came from some real bad guys and now we can't do it any more.
not because it was illegal (it wasn't) but because the bad guys know about it.
Once again, thank you New York Times.