The Bush administration is opening a campaign to push back against criticism of its domestic spying program, ahead of congressional hearings into whether President Bush has the legal authority to eavesdrop on Americans.
And remember, it’s all about the backdrop:
Bush will visit the ultra-secret National Security Agency on Wednesday, underscoring his claim that he has the constitutional authority to let intelligence officials listen in on international phone calls of Americans with suspected ties to terrorists.
But that’s not all. Alberto Gonzales has a speech scheduled on the issue for Tuesday and former NSA director Michael Hayden has an event at the National Press Club scheduled for Monday.
The administration does a good job scheduling a PR campaign. They do a bad job of following the law.