The President has authority and responsibility to conduct surveillance.

John Schmidt has a great, simple, description of the legal authority the President has to authorize surveillance both in and out of the country of those in contact with enemies, real or potential, of the United States. I will go farther than Mr. Schmidt and suggest that in addition to the authority, President Bush also has the responsibility to do everything possible to protect the citizens of the United States, their National interest and assets, and to defeat all enemies foreign and domestic.

As Mr. Schmidt says “That inherent power is reason to be careful about who we elect as president” and President Bush does understand the power provides authority while demanding the responsibility of taking action.

Thank you Mr. President.

Thank you Real Clear Politics for this from John Schmidt of The Chicago Tribune.

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