That’s the title of Debra Burlingame’s op-ed in this morning’s New York Post. Debra defends the NSA terrorist surveillance program, on which hearings are getting underway today in the Senate. She notes an NBC report that I didn’t know about:
Missing in the debate over the program to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists without a warrant is the question of whether or not it works.
A 2004 NBC report graphically illustrated what not having this program cost us 41/2 years ago. In 1999, the NSA began monitoring a known al Qaeda “switchboard” in Yemen that relayed calls from Osama bin Laden to operatives all over world. The surveillance picked up the phone number of a “Khalid” in the United States