The Jan. 21 editorial, Healthy debate over snooping, listed three takeaways from the president’s recent speech on surveillance, the most burdensome being to add more layers of oversight to the National Security Agency’s intelligence-gathering activities.
Should another 9/11 be thought imminent as a result of NSA surveillance, time could be of the essence. Thus, it hardly seems appropriate that the hysteria over imagined NSA privacy abuses, which even the president himself says do not exist, should be politically placated at the expense of national security.
Former U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey’s reaction to the president’s recent speech sums it up well: “When it comes to intelligence-gathering, the president would rather protect us from hypothetical abuses than from present dangers.” Surely, the nation’s security deserves better than that.
William J. Hopwood, Miami