That was just one of them there were three in succession, all of which
did serious damage to ongoing efforts to track down, kill and capture
Since the programs and their results are covert, we can't actually
discuss the methodology or the results. We're forced to take the word
of people we ought to inherently distrust. That healthy distrust is
offhandedly referred to as checks and balances, but it is distrust
that keeps government on the straight and narrow.
I don't know probably anything beyond the odd trivia answer, but my
trust / faith level in the past few administrations is not very high.
Was it wrong to _publish_ SWIFT et al details? If I had more faith
that the President is working to preserve my freedoms, I might say
yes. As it is, I would say that they made a judgment call that these
weren't anti-terror programs, despite the nomenclature.
The leaker who divulged classified information is another story. That
person is clearly violating the law. Whether he will be seen as a
future Nathan Hale or Benedict Arnold depends entirely on how the
results of those programs will be used by government. Sometimes, the
law stands in the way of what's right. I don't think there is a clear
case for determining what's right and wrong in the SWIFT disclosure.
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