Via USA Today:
Days after the Sept. 11 attacks, the head of the National Security Agency met his workforce at the nation’s eavesdropping and code-breaking headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., near Washington, for a pep talk.
“I told them that free people always had to decide where to draw the line between their liberty and their security,” Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden told lawmakers a year later. “I noted that the attacks would almost certainly push us as a nation more toward security.”
Within weeks of Hayden’s talk, Bush did just that