Bush: U.S. doesn't eavesdrop on phone calls of ordinary Americans Tuesday, May 16, 2006; Posted: 12:41 p.m. EDT (16:41 GMT) President Bush speaks about telephone eavesdropping at the White House on Tuesday. International Business Directory Using the latest web technology, Taiwantrade helps buyers around the world and... www.taiwantrade.com.tw International Business Degree Online Earn your degree in Business entirely online. Choose from undergraduate,... www.degreeusa.com International Business Find some of the leading online schools for a degree in international... www.guidetoonlineschools.com More Useful Links • Electronics • Baby Registry • Notebook Computers RELATED • U.S. not 'trolling through personal lives' • Bush defends surveillance • Report: Firms aid eavesdropping • Reporter: NSA collects numbers WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush insisted Tuesday that the United States does not listen in on domestic telephone conversations among ordinary Americans. The president did not respond directly, however, when asked whether it was a violation of privacy for the National Security Agency to seek phone records of millions of people from telephone companies. The NSA has been collecting records of calls made in the U.S. by ordinary Americans as part of its anti-terrorism efforts, according to USA Today. The newspaper story followed reports that the NSA has been conducting eavesdropping on the electronic communications of suspected al Qaeda members and their contacts in the U.S. without warrants. "We do not listen to domestic phone calls without court approval," Bush said in an East Room news conference with Australian Prime Minister John Howard. "What I've told the American people is we'll protect them against an al Qaeda attack. And we'll do that within the law," Bush said. "This government will continue to guard the privacy of the American people. But if al Qaeda is calling into the United States, we want to know, and we want to know why," the president added. A Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thursday on Bush's nomination of Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden to head the Central Intelligence Agency. As the NSA director from 1999-2005, Hayden oversaw the government's warrantless surveillance program. Questions about that program, and the new revelations about the NSA's phone data bank, may be obstacles to Hayden's confirmation. Can someone please define "Ordinary Americans"? I would like to determine whether that includes me.