Feb. 8, 2006

Statement of Senator Russ Feingold on the President's Warrantless Wiretapping Program

Statement of Senator Russ Feingold on the President's Warrantless Wiretapping Program: "Statement of Senator Russ Feingold On the President’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program As Prepared for Delivery From the Senate Floor Listen to my Statement From the Senate Floor February 7, 2006 Mr. President, last week the President of the United States gave his State of the Union address, where he spoke of America’s leadership in the world, and called on all of us to “lead this world toward freedom.” Again and again, he invoked the principle of freedom, and how it can transform nations, and empower people around the world. But, almost in the same breath, the President openly acknowledged that he has ordered the government to spy on Americans, on American soil, without the warrants required by law. The President issued a call to spread freedom throughout the world, and then he admitted that he has deprived Americans of one of their most basic freedoms under the Fourth Amendment -- to be free from unjustified government intrusion. The President was blunt. He said that he had authorized the NSA’s domestic spying program, and he made a number of misleading arguments to defend himself. His words got rousing applause from Republicans, and I think even some Democrats. The President was blunt, so I will be blunt: This"