Wiretapping lies summarized
Slate has a succinct summary of a Bush lie about wiretapping: in 2004, long after the warrantless NSA wiretaps were authorized by Presidential directive, he said, while talking about the Patriot act,
[A]ny time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires—a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before we do so.
Scott McClellan, Undertaker of the Truth, says that was only in reference to the Patriot Act. Slate snarkily summarizes:
In other words, Bush was reassuring his fellow Americans that he wouldn’t impose warrantless wiretaps under the Patriot Act because he was already imposing warrantless wiretaps with no legal authority at all. He just forgot to say the second part.