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Bush: Spy Program Isn’t ‘Mining’ Private Info

Posted on May 11, 2006
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“We’re not mining or trolling though the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans,’’ Bush says, without directly addressing the NSA program reported in USA Today.

  • Meanwhile, GOP Sen. Arlen Specter demands that phone company executives testify before Congress about the data they provided to the NSA.

  • Bloomberg:

    May 11—President George W. Bush defended the collection of U.S. phone call data and said the government is ``fiercely’’ protecting the privacy of ordinary citizens.

    ``We’re not mining or trolling though the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans,’’ Bush said before departing Washington to give a commencement address in Mississippi. Collection of data about communications inside the U.S. is a part of efforts to prevent another terrorist attack.

    Bush’s made the unscheduled remarks after USA Today reported that said AT&T Inc., BellSouth Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. secretly provided the phone records of millions of Americans to the National Security Agency. The agency, which collects and interprets electronic intelligence, has compiled a massive database with the information, the newspaper reported.


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    By Mace Price, May 13, 2006 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment
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    “We’re not mining or trolling through the personal lives of innocent Americans.” Well yeah, that’s right, and if Anna Nicole Smith knocked at my front door and asked if she could come in? I’d tell her to get lost too.
    As Ol’ Bullshit Bill Clinton said at his deposition “Well that depends on what your definition of “is” is.” If you ask me it would in this case depend on what The Decider’s definition of an “innocent American” is. And judging by the gang at this website? As well as its learned commentators?...Well…

    As Patrick Leahy said “Does anyone really think Al Qaeda operatives spend a lot of time talking on the phone?”

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