“As President, I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I have no greater responsibility than to protect our people, our freedom, and our way of life. On September the 11th, 2001, our freedom and way of life came under attack by brutal enemies who killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. We're fighting these enemies across the world. Yet in this first war of the 21st century, one of the most critical battlefronts is the home front. And since September the 11th, we've been on the offensive against the terrorists plotting within our borders.
In the weeks following the terrorist attacks on our nation, I authorized the National Security Agency, consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations. Before we intercept these communications, the government must have information that establishes a clear link to these terrorist networks.
This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security. Its purpose is to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies. Yesterday the existence of this secret program was revealed in media reports, after being improperly provided to news organizations. As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk. Revealing classified information is illegal, alerts our enemies, and endangers our country. "
I am glad that President Bush took the fight to the media and the democrats today. With the senate failing to renew significant portions of the Patriot Act, and now this leaking of classified information that benefits the enemy, the liberal and democrats find themselves on the side of terrorism and our enemies once again.
The entire video is available at the Political Teen
Read the entire radio address of today.
There is great coverage at Outside The Beltway.
Read the article at News Max.
The Mudville Gazette is all over the story.
We can always count on Stop The ACLU to clarify these types of issues for us.