Date registered: Nov 2004
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RE: Does the president have a right to spy on US citizens?
OK help me out, I am confused. Here is a speech from the President in April 2004: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/04/20040420-2.html
in it he says:
"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."
Now he claims that he does not have to go through any channel and not even back track to get a court order after the fact. And he and the Vice President insist that this is all within the constition framework and does not infringe on civil liberties...