After President Bush repeatedly stated to the American public “If Al Qaida is calling to you, we want to know about it”, evidence shows he could care less about the letter writing version to known terrorists in prison.
"The threat remains that terrorist and other high-risk inmates can use mail and verbal communications to conduct terrorist or criminal activities while incarcerated," concluded the inspector general's report of U.S. Bureau of Prisons facilities. But limited funding, in the face of a growing inmate population, has hindered newer efforts, the inspector general's report concluded.
So why would our President vociferously defend the “terrorist surveillance program” that leaves huge holes for the well known terrorists in U.S. federal custody? It is because federal employees are doing the work and not a government contractor? I would expect an honest answer, but this is the Bush administration. My experience has been no answer at all.