ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Saturday, February 11, 2006

The Latest Rovian Ploy

Repeating public assertions about the NSA terrorist surveillance program in private - and allowing them to be transmitted to the White House press corp:

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Fri Feb-10-06 03:19 PM
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Latest Bush administration leak comes from ... Bush
Edited on Fri Feb-10-06 03:30 PM by sabra

Latest Bush administration leak comes from ... Bush

Thanks to an error by a White House technician, the sound of what were supposed to be private remarks to G-O-P House members was relayed to the White House press corps.

Bush made a brief public speech to lawmakers at their retreat on Maryland's Eastern Shore. He then shooed out reporters and photographers, saying, "I support the free press, let's just get 'em out of the room."

Once they were gone, Bush -- not realizing he was still audible -- said, "I expect this conversation we're about to have to stay in the room." He added, "I know that's impossible in Washington."

Bush then spoke for roughly two minutes on the war on terror and his warrantless eavesdropping program before the outside feed was switched off. On the surveillance, he repeated earlier assertions he'd cleared the program with top government lawyers.

more... this looks like a Rovian ploy, check out this headline:

Bush Reveals Rationale Behind Surveillance
In Candid Remarks to Fellow Republicans, Bush Talks About Rationale Behind Surveillance

CAMBRIDGE, Md. Feb 10, 2006 (AP)— President Bush defended his warrantless eavesdropping program Friday, saying during what he thought were private remarks that he concluded that spying on Americans was necessary to fill a gap in the United States' security.

"I wake up every morning thinking about a future attack, and therefore, a lot of my thinking, and a lot of the decisions I make are based upon the attack that hurt us," Bush told the House Republican Caucus, which was in retreat at a luxury resort along the Choptank River on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

The president said he asked the National Security Agency to devise a way to gather intelligence on terrorists' potential activities, and the result was the super-secret spy outfit's program to monitor the international e-mails and phone calls of people inside the United States with suspected ties to terrorists overseas. Bush said lawyers in the White House and at the Justice Department signed off on the program's legality, and "we put constant checks on the program."

"I take my oath of office seriously. I swear to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States," Bush said.

The president's comments on the NSA eavesdropping came after six minutes of remarks intended for public consumption. In them, Bush stroked lawmakers with thanks and gave a gentle push for his 2006 priorities in a scaled-back version of last month's State of the Union address.

It JUST HAS to be a Rovian ploy, since we know that if Bush really didn't know about the open mics, he'd have given the true reason for the NSA surveillance program - stopping political opposition by the Moonbat Left. At least, that's what all the commenters believe, like this one.

Be sure to read the whole thread... it's always good for a laugh. ARC's Law* proven in the original post, in case you're keeping track.

(* ARC's Law: As a Lefty online discussion thread grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one.)

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