Secret White House recordings

Here’s a curious snippet from a speech Bush gave on April 20, 2004:

Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. 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.

(thanks to Atrios reader k for the quote)

That would seem to conflict with Bush’s recent adamant admission that the United States government does not, in fact, get court orders.

By the way, that admission, according to former White House counsel John Dean, makes Bush “the first President to admit to an impeachable offense.”

Update: Bush’s quote is making the rounds thanks to those pesky kids and their internets. A couple sightings: DNC blog, Hotline Blog and Brendan Nyhan. Pass this one on.

One Response to “Secret White House recordings”

  1. K Says:

    Has anyone seen the documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room? I heard it completely captures the scandal and shows the outrageousness of what Enron was trying to pull off.
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