The level of stupidity that comment reveals is appalling. Since you probably slept through your American Government class in high school, here is how it works.
The executive branch consists of a vast bureaucracy of both political appointees and permanent employees. The political appointees range from the highly visible positions such as Secretary of State and Attorney General to much less visible positions – Assistant To the Ambassador to Chile. The permanent employees are non-political, and do the actual work – other than press conferences.
In as case like this, the wishes of the political appointees are honored only if they are legal. In this case, they are authorized by the Patriot Act.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler