"The American people expect me to do everything in my power, under our laws and Constitution, to protect them and our civil liberties," [Bush] said....
...Mr Bush harshly criticised the leak that had made the programme public a day before his speech.
"Revealing classified information is illegal. It alerts our enemies," he said.
The New York Times reported on Friday that Mr Bush had signed a secret presidential order following the attacks on 11 September 2001, allowing the National Security Agency to track the international telephone calls and e-mails of hundreds of people without referral to the courts.
So we can do anything illegal we want to do, as long as we do it in such a way as to make talking about it illegal?
What a pity nobody ever taught John Gotti this trick.
...or Karl Rove.