Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Belmont Club's summary of blogs on NSA surveillance

The Belmont Club reviews them and notes,
However the legal arguments play out, a slightly different question already has a definite answer: the President does not, apparently, have the reliable ability to conduct surveillance of the enemy without the fact being revealed in the New York Times.
And over at World Wide Standard dot com a look back to Stewart Baker in Slate from 2003,
In the spring and summer of 2001, with al-Qaida's preparations growing even more intense, the turmoil grew so bad that national security wiretaps were allowed to lapse—something that had never happened before. It isn't clear what intelligence we missed, but the loss of those wiretaps was treated as less troubling than the privacy scandal that now hung over the antiterrorism effort....
We were troubled by the wrong thing for sure.

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