Apparently it got out that the US has been using “domestic spying” to gain intelligence to stop the next terrorist attack and Bush says that now that this is out in the open.
“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.”
The truth is we are at war, and in times of war things have to be done that normally would not be allowed. Take the camps that were built during WWII for Japanese-Americans, the Supreme Court ruled that they were constitutional even though they were in no way constitutional or right. The benefits of these camps, if any, may not be appreciated like they should be. Yes, they were wrong but does that mean that they didn’t save any American life? We will never know because we had them, but we will also never know what would have happened without them. In this case the wire-taps may not be right but in times of war the right thing to do is not always the right thing to do.