Sunday, June 04, 2006

Internet Datamining Prevents Terror Attacks

There it is. Not hypothetical. Not Bush tricking us into a police state. Hell - not even Bush.

I take back some of the things I've said about Canada.

Whatever the conflicting concerns about the NSA datamining programs, it must be part of the calculus that these programs are, in fact, making us safer and preventing terror attacks. If the decision is that a governmental "hands off" policy (beyond even the constraints of the Constitution) is worth the dead Americans (and Canadians), then OK. But I, for one, am pretty OK with the balance we're striking, considering the cost-benefits we seem to be enjoying.

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