Saturday, December 17, 2005

Jennifer Loven (Associated Press) reports that Pres. Bush has now publicly admitted that he personally authorized secret surveillance of US citizens. The admission breaks with Bush’s habit of denial and ambiguity.

Loven reports that, drawing on images of Franklin Roosevelt’s “fireside chats,” Bush defended his actions claiming:

What Bush doesn’t seem to get is everyone who abuses power justifies it by claiming that it’s done for the “common good.” If asked, Saddam Hussein would say the same thing.

The problem is there are laws against secret surveillance of US citizens, which, by definition, means it's not for the common good.



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