In a recent speech in San Jose, Calif., U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey made the statement, "before 9/11 ... we knew that there has been a call from someplace that was known to be a safe house in Afghanistan, and we knew that it came to the United States. We didn't know precisely where it went," while trying to persuade people about the newly proposed updates to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act with immunity for telecommunication companies.

What is sad about this statement is that if it is true that the Bush administration knew a call was coming from a safe house in Afghanistan into the United States, they could have legally intercepted the call under the FISA law. They would then have 72 hours to go to the FISA court to get a retroactive warrant.

If Mukasey's statement is untrue, then it is significant that the U.S. attorney general would lie to the public to breed fear and manipulate the citizens of this country.

Either way, this is disturbing. The Congress should immediately investigate Mukasey's comments.

Dale Christensen

West Jordan