My translation of the doublespeak: We're going to create a false reality that the President spying on Americans was legal. (note: The transcript has not been published yet, but it should be out here soon.)
"The alteration of the past is necessary for two reasons, one of which is subsidiary and, so to speak precautionary. The subsidiary reason is that the Party member, like the proletarian, tolerates present-day condidions partly because he has no standards of comparison. He mush be cut off from the past, just as he must be cut off from foreign countries, because it is nedessary for him to believe that he is better off than his ancestors and that the average level of material comfort is constantly rising. But by far the more important reason for the readjustment of the past is the need to safeguard the infallibility of the Party. It is not merely that speeches, statistics, and records of every kind must be constantly brought up to date in order to show that the predictions of the Party were in all cases right. It is also that no change of doctrine or in political alignment can ever be admitted. For to change one's mind, or even one's policy is a confession of weakness. If, for example, Eurasia or Eastasia (whichever it may be) is the enemy today, then that country must always have been the enemy. And if the facts say otherwise, then the facts must be altered. Thus history is continuously rewritten. The day-to-day falsification of the past, carried out by the Ministry of Truth, is as necessary to the stability of the regime as the work of repression and the espionage carried out by the Ministry of Love." (bold emphasis added) written in 1949 by Geore Orwell 1984
No one defends the President's Warrantless Domestic Spying program as legal anymore. Nearly everyone now believes that the President broke the law when he ordered the NSA to spy on Americans and refused to follow the FISA law while doing so.
The question is now, what to do about it. The establishment Democrats are terrified to come out against the President on this issue. They think it's "too complicated" for the American public to understand that a sitting President broke the law (how condesending...). Republicans think they can change the law so the President's illegal actions are legal and that Americans won't understand the bait and switch.
Senator Russ Feingold this morning on This Week openingly, bravely and PATRIOTICALLY called for a Censure Resolution on President Bush to hold the highest law office in the country accountable for blatantly, arrogantly and dictatorily (see Nina Totenberg's account of O'Conner's speech to Georgetown University this week) ignoring and breaking the law of this country and acting unconstitutionally against his own people.
The damage control was swift.
"War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength." "Big Brother is Watching..." Orwell