After USA Today broke the "government is watching what numbers you dial" story yesterday, the President walked in front of the cameras early in the morning to try and stop the firestorm that was about to erupt. (The text of his short remarks are here). The appearance had to be in response to someone saying, "You gotta get out there!!! We're gonna get killed on this thing!!!" But he said this: "We're not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans. Our efforts are focused on links to al Qaeda and their known affiliates. " Every time the Administration gets accused of spying on Americans, it always uses lines like that. Question: If we know which calls are linked to al Qaeda, why don't we just go and pick those people up?
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