Bush Claims Program That Monitors Tens of Millions of Americans ‘Strictly Targets Al Qaeda’

President Bush spoke moments ago about a USA Today report on a massive NSA database that collects information about all phone calls made within the United States. Bush did not deny any of the contents of the article, but he did say:

First, our intelligence activities strictly target Al Qaeda and their known affiliates. Al Qaeda is our enemy, and we want to know their plans.

USA Today, 5/11/06:

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T;, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.


The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans “” most of whom aren’t suspected of any crime.

Collecting information on “tens of millions of Americans” doesn’t seem very targeted.