Illegal. Bob Woodward: "The end of July 2002, they need $700 million, a large amount of money for all these tasks. And the president approves it. But Congress doesn't know and it is done. They get the money from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War, which Congress has approved. ... Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this." ... "Powell felt Cheney and his allies [including Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith] and what Powell called Feith's 'Gestapo' office -- had established what amounted to a separate government."
One Sentence, Three Lies. Bush in his press conference: "They could still be there [WMD in Iraq]. They could be hidden, like the 50 tons of mustard gas in a turkey farm." ... Afterwards, the White House announced that the actual figure was 26 tons, they were found at various locations (not at a turkey farm) and there was no mustard gas at all. ... As Reagan once said, "Facts are stupid things."
"But there was nobody in our government, at least, and I don't think the prior government that could envision flying airplanes into buildings on such a massive scale." George W. Bush, April 13, 2004 ... In the same press conference, Bush said "part of [the reason I requested the PDB] had to do with the Genoa G-8 conference I was going to attend" in July 2001, where he was warned that bin Laden-connected terrorists were plotting to fly airplanes into buildings. Bush spent the night on a military ship because of the danger.