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December 19, 2005

Bush's Press Conference, Live-Blogged

At Anklebiting Pundits, in case you missed it.

First Question: Will you order investigation into leaks, and why didn't you go to court?

Answer: It was a SHAMEFUL ACT. (Absolutely!). The fact that we're discussing this is a victory to the enemy, and yes, that enemy still exists. The revelation of this program will cause them to change tactics. Gives example: In the 90's Govt. was following Osama, who was using certain type of telephone was revealed by the press and Osama stopped using the phone and changed behavior.

As to why he didn't go to court- after 9/11 knew we're fighting difft. kind of war. Asked administration what was best way to protect Americans. Looked at possible scenarios, and the answer was the current program because it enables the govt. to be "fast on their feet". FISA though, is for long term things, and this kind of action requires fast response. Asked then whether he had power to do this under law - said yes because of Patriot Act and Constitution.

I give him props for the SHAMEFUL line, but he never answers if there will be an investigation. It's about time the Bush Administration got more serious about protecting vital American national security secrets.

Preferred answer: There will be investigations, and those found guilty of illegally leaking highly-classified information will be stripped of their commissions and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Mr. Bush, the American people and the various leakers in the intelligence community will not take these laws seriously until you do.


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