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W on not-so-SWIFT Leaking

Rough transcript from a little earlier:

YELLIN:  sir, some news organizations have reported about a program that allows the administration to look into bank records of certain suspected terrorists. My questions are twofold. One, why have we not gone to congress to ask for authorization for this program five years after it started. Two, with respect if neither the courts nor the legislature is allowed to know about these programs, how can you feel confident that the checks and balances system works?

POTUS:  Congress was briefed, and what we did was fully authorized under the law, and the disclosure of this program is disgraceful. We’re at war with a bunch of people who want to hurt the united states of america, and for people to leak that program and for a newspaper to publish it does great harm to the united states of america. What we were doing was the right thing. Congress was aware of it, and we were within the law to do so. The american people expect this government to protect our constitutional liberties and at the same time make sure we understand what the terrorists are trying to do. The 9/11 commission recommended this the government be robust. If you want to figure out what the terrorists are doing, you try to follow their money, and that’s exactly what we’re doing, and the fact that a newspaper disclosed it makes it harder to win this war on terror. Thank you.

 

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