life during wartime

Out with the old, in with the new: this week TIME announced its "Persons of the Year" (Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates). But before we celebrate, let's pause and remember last year's hero, George W. Bush, the "American Revolutionary" who on Friday was briefly bloodied by the New York Times' report on NSA eavesdropping and the Senate's rebuff on extending the PATRIOT ACT. Click on the caption to see his feisty retort:

time. gwb.jpg"American Revolutionary"

"This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security. Its purpose is to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the US, our friends and allies. Yesterday the existence of this secret program was revealed in media reports, after being improperly provided to news organizations. As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk. Revealing classified information is illegal, alerts our enemies, and endangers our country."


In an interview with CBS, this is what the Times' lawyer had to say (our apologies for the ad):

floyd abrams.jpgFloyd Abrams

On CBS' Face the Nation, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-NC), who voted in favor of the PATRIOT ACT extension, and Senator Joe Biden (D-DL), who didn't, described their common reaction to the president's forceful defense of the NSA program (click on caption):

"I mean, what the..."

The debate will no doubt continue for months.

In the meantime, there's always this guy...

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