Top 12 media myths and falsehoods on the Bush administration's spying scandal
Summary: Media Matters presents the top 12 myths and falsehoods promoted by the media on President Bush's spying scandal stemming from the recent revelation in The New York Times that he authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to eavesdrop on domestic communications without the required approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court.
1: Timeliness necessitated bypassing the FISA court
2: Congress was adequately informed of -- and approved -- the administration's actions
3: Warrantless searches of Americans are legal under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
4: Clinton, Carter also authorized warrantless searches of U.S. citizens
5: Only Democrats are concerned about the Bush administration's secret surveillance
6: Debate is between those supporting civil liberties and those seeking to prevent terrorism
7: Bin Laden phone leak demonstrates how leak of spy operation could damage national security
8: Gorelick testimony proved Clinton asserted "the same authority" as Bush
9: Aldrich Ames investigation is example of Clinton administration bypassing FISA regulations
10: Clinton administration conducted domestic spying
11: Moussaoui case proved that FISA probable-cause standard impedes terrorism probes
12: A 2002 FISA review court opinion makes clear that Bush acted legally
-Lies, all lies!!!