Over the last couple of days, we've heard denials from all the telecoms that they actually did not provide the NSA with information about every single phone call placed within the United States since late 2001, despite what the widely read USA Today article may have said.
Today we learn that, just days before the story broke, Bush signed a presidential memo that, in effect, would exempt the telecoms from liability if they lied to the people, the press, and their shareholders about their activities.
I mean, I suppose it could just be a coincidence . . .