The US President has admitted authorising a secret order allowing domestic spying after the September 11th attacks. George W Bush has defended the programme he says monitored people with links to al-Qaeda or related terrorist organisations:
“This is a highly classified programme that is crucial to our national security, and its purpose to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies,” he said.
The order allowed the tracing of international telephone calls and emailswithout referral to courts. The revelation comes as key parts of the US Patriot Act, one of the centrepieces of the president’s war on terror, were blocked by senators demanding increased protection of civil liberites.