by John Hawkins | January 17, 2006 9:07 pm
“Prior to 9/11/01 there were at least 19 al-Qaeda members in the United States. They had committed no acts of terrorism. But they planned to. Members of our intelligence community evidently did not listen to the phone calls they made to, and received from, their employers abroad. Nor were their communications with one another monitored.
Most Americans probably believe that should have been done — that had it been done 3,000 American might not have been murdered. But the CCR, the ACLU and others are essentially saying that 9/11 was a fair price to pay to guarantee their idea of privacy rights. And if we have to pay that price again, so be it.
Also: It seem ludicrous on the face of it to argue that the President has the power to fire a missile at a terrorist leader such as Ayman al-Zawahri — but not to listen in when he phones friends and family in America.” — Cliff May
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