Our industrious leader is at it again? Or should I say 'your industrious leader?' I am only a visitor in this country, albeit a 5 year one at this present moment in time, and I still don't want to be associated with this man. Maybe I should become a citizen just so I can vote against him?
* Where the hell does he get off breaking the law? Oh, that's right, he's only doing it to keep you and I safe?? What a crock. He is doing it because he knows he can do it, and get away with it, much like the numerous deceitful things he has done while in office. He is a power hungry war monger who gets off on controlling the coutnry, and the world if he has his way? I am still surprised at the amount of people who can listen to this man and still think he has an ounce of credibility.
Then we have the pro life issues making the headlines. Hey, to tell the truth I am not a huge fan of abortion, but I also don't think that President Bush, or the fanatical Christians have a right to dictate their views to the women of this country. Bush will go as far as stating, "You believe as I do that every human life has value, that the strong have a duty to protect the weak … These principles call us to defend the sick and the dying, persons with disabilities and birth defects — all who are weak and vulnerable, especially unborn children."
This is just more of the hypocritical jargon that flows freely from this man's mouth! He has the nerve to profess that he values human life, and he has done more to negatively affect the poor, the un-educated and the sick, who cannot get the assistance they need because Bush is busy cutting of funding to pay off the rich thieves that he associates with. I won't even go into the issues revolving around the screw up that was Katrina! I wonder if action would have come quicker if there was a hurricane in the Hamptons?
'US PRESIDENT George Bush has rejected charges that he broke the law by ordering wiretaps of Americans without court-issued warrants, saying he had no regrets and would continue what he called his "terrorist surveillance program".
In a defiant speech to a largely supportive audience at Kansas State University, followed by an hour-long question-and-answer session, Mr Bush said he ordered the wiretaps after the terrorist attacks in September 2001 and only after he was assured that they were legal.
"It's amazing that people say to me 'Well, you're just breaking the law'," he said. "If I wanted to break the law, why was I briefing Congress?"
Mr Bush's speech was the opening salvo in the Administration's campaign to hit back at Democrats who have accused the President of breaching a 1978 law that makes any domestic eavesdropping illegal without a warrant from a special federal court.
According to a CNN poll last weekend, Americans are divided over the wiretaps, 51 per cent opposed and 46 per cent in favour.
Mr Bush said the eavesdropping was "narrow" and involved calls made by "somebody inside the United States and outside the United States and one of the numbers would reasonably be suspected to be an al-Qaeda link or affiliate".
"I am charged with protecting the people of America and I have the authority under the constitution to take the necessary steps to do so," he said.
The Administration's decision to mount an aggressive defence of the wiretaps is based on the calculation that Mr Bush's poll numbers might be bad on most issues, but on national security he still has majority support.
At the weekend, senior adviser Karl Rove set the tone of the campaign when he told the Republican National Committee that "Democrats are still operating in a pre-9/11 world while Republicans know that we are in a war against terrorism".
As part of the campaign, General Michael Hayden, a former head of the National Security Agency, the intelligence organisation that carried out the wiretaps, said: "Had this program been in effect prior to 9/11, it is my professional judgement that we would have detected some of the 9/11 al-Qaeda operatives in the United States."
But Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter, a senior Republican, has announced hearings into the wire-tap program starting on February 6.
After Mr Bush's speech, Senator Specter repeated his view that there were serious doubts about the legality of a secret domestic spying program without court approval.
And John McCain, the leading contender for the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nomination, has said the wiretaps were "probably illegal" and that Mr Bush needs to explain why he could not get court warrants.
In his wide-ranging speech, Mr Bush said he was deeply concerned about Iran.
"I'm concerned when Iran's President announces his desire to see that Israel gets destroyed," he said. "Israel is our ally and we're committed to the safety of Israel and it's a commitment we will keep.'
"And I'm concerned about a non-transparent society's desire to develop a nuclear weapon. The world cannot be put in a position where we can be blackmailed by a nuclear weapon."
Article from The Age newspaper (Melbourne, Australia)
* Sorry for the rant but I get a little peeved at everything this man gets away with.