PHONE SPYING REQUESTED 7 MONTHS BEFORE 9/11?
Why, that would be in February, 2001. You know when the president takes the oath of office? January 20th. So that means trying to establish this "call monitoring" program was one of the Bush administration's first orders of business. Bush wouldn't even have been in office for an entire month before he wanted to start undermining civil liberties, without even waiting to have 9/11 as an excuse to do so.
But having said that, it now occurs to me that this revelation actually strengthens the case for 9/11 being an inside job. After all, would any administration do something so dictatorial (i.e., start spying on phone records--or at least try to figure out how to spy on phone records) if it didn't think it had some sort of political cover, like say, a new Pearl Harbor coming down the pike?
That is to say, if you had no idea that a new Pearl Harbor attack was gonna go down, but, like Bush, you had just lost the popular vote and yet still been installed in office by the "activist judges" of the Supreme Court, you might not want to start such a program because discovery of it would be devastating politically.
But on the other hand, maybe you wouldn't worry about political devastation even if you were unelected given that you knew a new Pearl Harbor attack was gonna go down which would give you "political capital" for years and years.
Hmmmm...either way, Bush is destroying America and must be stopped...the war on "terror" is a war on our freedom....