We've all heard the [p]Resident's comments that he doesn't tend to read newspapers. It's becoming very obvious why -- They write down what he says and then expose it when he does the opposite. Regarding the question of the legality of NSA domestic wiretaps, James Ridgeway reports in The Village Voice,
Hmm. I guess if I had the propensity to twist words on a whim, I wouldn't read newspapers either.
...the New York Times revealed Sunday that when Bush couldn't get top level clearance for the wiretaps from deputy attorney general James Comey, two aides -- Andrew Card, White House chief of staff, and Alberto Gonzalez, then White House counsel and now attorney general -- went to George Washington University Hospital here, in a circuitous effort to get Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was recovering from gallbladder surgery, to sign off on it
Moreover, the AP reports that Bush, in Buffalo in 2004, was asked about a remark he made at an appearance in support of the Patriot Act, the president said, "Any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap," Bush said, "a wiretap requires a court order." He added, according to the AP: "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."