December 21, 2005: Bush calls for renewed anti-terrorism powers (AFP)

  • “The terrorists want to hit us again,” Bush told reporters in prepared remarks on the South Lawn of the White House. “We must have the tools necessary to protect the American people.”
  • “At the same time as we protected the American people using the Patriot Act, we’ve also protected their civil liberties. There is extensive oversight on this very important program,” the president said.