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Date published: 2005/12/18

The BBC says:

President George W Bush has admitted he authorised secret monitoring of communications within the United States in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks.

The monitoring was of "people with known links to al-Qaeda and related terrorist organisations", he said.

He said the programme was reviewed every 45 days, and he made clear he did not plan to halt the eavesdropping.

He also rebuked senators who blocked the renewal of his major anti-terror law, the Patriot Act, on Friday.

By preventing the extension of the act, due to expire on 31 December, they had, he said, acted irresponsibly and were endangering the lives of US citizens.

The president, who was visibly angry, also suggested that a New York Times report which had revealed the monitoring on Friday had been irresponsible.

Why is it that Republican presidents (Nixon, Reagan, Bush) feel the need to constantly break fundamental laws? It's not as if the most powerful person on earth could not do things legally. At least Nixon was intelligent and Reagan had the excuse of senility. Bush is just a nasty piece of work (and not very bright and in over his depth). He's now so discredited that it's hard to see anyone paying serious attention to anything he says any more. Of course the Republican Party is rotten to its core (e.g. Ollie North is treated by them as a hero, in spite of his dreadful behaviour under Reagan), so it's hard to see any improvement in the situation as long as they remain in power.

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