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The name I've chosen comes from "Lord of the Rings," when Gandalf faces down the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. My Hebrew name is Esther (which is related to the word for "hidden" or "secret") Serafina (which means "burning"). This seems appropriate because although I don't usually put myself forward, I do care very passionately about a lot of things. Maybe through these blogs I can share some of these passions, as well as less weighty ideas and opinions, with others.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

From one of my favorite sites

Bush in 2004: We're "Getting Court Orders" and "Value the Constitution." Did He Know He Was Lying?

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

From a BuzzFlash Reader:

Notice what President Bush said in 2004 about wiretaps during a speech discussing the Patriot Act. This was from the White House Press Archive:

"Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any 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. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution."

- White House Press Release, April 20, 2004

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