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Bush has changed his position on wiretapping

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Hey everyone. Take a look at what Bush said on April 20, 2004. It seems to me that he has changed his position on this issue. Suprise surprise. Oh, and for those who want to attack the website, it's from the White House's website.


So the first thing I want you to think about is, when you hear Patriot Act, is that we changed the law and the bureaucratic mind-set to allow for the sharing of information. It's vital. And others will describe what that means.

Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time 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. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.

But a roving wiretap means -- it was primarily used for drug lords. A guy, a pretty intelligence drug lord would have a phone, and in old days they could just get a tap on that phone. So guess what he'd do? He'd get him another phone, particularly with the advent of the cell phones. And so he'd start changing cell phones, which made it hard for our DEA types to listen, to run down these guys polluting our streets. And that changed, the law changed on -- roving wiretaps were available for chasing down drug lords. They weren't available for chasing down terrorists, see? And that didn't make any sense in the post-9/11 era. If we couldn't use a tool that we're using against mobsters on terrorists, something needed to happen.

The Patriot Act changed that. So with court order, law enforcement officials can now use what's called roving wiretaps, which will prevent a terrorist from switching cell phones in order to get a message out to one of his buddies.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/04/20040420-2.html
He values the Constitution? Yeah right!
 

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What did you expect? Bush is always changing his position.
 

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He actually didn't change positions on it. He out and out lied. He lied to Congress and he lied to the American people, directly and blatantly. Scott McClellan actually skirted a question regarding these statements, claiming that the press is probably taking them out of context. The 12/20/05 White House press briefing is available at C-Span.org.
 
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