Friday, April 15, 2005

Bush Says His Privacy Must Be Protected

President Bush said Thursday that the public should know as much as possible about government decision-making, but national security and personal privacy — including his — need to be protected.

"I believe in open government," Bush said at a meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. "I've always believed in open government. I don't e-mail, however. And there's a reason: I don't want you reading my personal stuff."

Bush once was a prolific e-mailer. But he signed off from cyberspace just before taking office in 2001 after lawyers told him that his presidential e-mail communications would be subject to legal and archival requirements.

"There's got to be a certain sense of privacy," Bush said. "You're entitled to how I make decisions and you're entitled to ask questions, which I answer. I don't think you're entitled to read my mail between my daughters and me."

But...but...Mr. DeLay (see previous post) says Americans wouldn't have a right of privacy if not for those cretinous librul judges. And Alberto Gonzales and John Ashcroft say they have to read our personal messages to make sure we aren't terrorists or something.

This stuff is all so confusing.


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