In his own words

The videotaped message that haunts the White House.


Kl
January 3, 2006 9:34PM (UTC)

Among the words haunting George W. Bush these days are ones he delivered in April 2004, at a Buffalo, N.Y., appearance he made to talk up the U.S. Patriot Act. Shown below, the key passage goes: "Anytime 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."

Over the weekend, Bush argued that he "was talking about roving wiretaps, I believe, involved in the Patriot Act. This is different from the NSA program" that he is now in hot water for. (Obviously, not everyone is buying that excuse.)

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