January 31, 2006

This figures, doesn't it?

From the man who, in 2001, authorized the National Security Agency to begin carrying out warrantless wiretapping of thousands and thousands of phone and email communications:

You know, I don't email, however. And there's a reason. I don't want you reading my personal stuff. There has got to be a certain sense of privacy. You know, you're entitled to how I make decisions. And you're entitled to ask questions, which I answer. I don't think you're entitled to be able to read my mail between my daughters and me. [Emphasis added]

And no, this isn't an apocryphal remark, as I thought when I encountered a version of this quote, without a source, here at DED Space. A quick Googling showed that Dubya indeed made pretty much the comment that DED Space quoted, speaking last April 14 at the annual convention of the American Association of Newspaper Editors. [If you want to double-check me, the prez's full remarks are here.]

I'd comment more, but I think Dubya's provided sufficient rope that he can do the hanging by himself.

Posted by Magpie at January 31, 2006 12:35 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |