With respect to the hypothetical
I constructed near the bottom of yesterday's
[S]uppose (just suppose) one key to preventing the latest plot was one of
the (allegedly) Constitution-skirting procedures Healy deplores.
Specifically, if not for one of those nasty NSA warrantless wiretaps,
we'd currently be watching news reports of a half-dozen planes
plummeting into various American cities.
Here's Time magazine on the methods used to
foil the British Muslim terrorists:
MI5 and Scotland Yard agents tracked the plotters from the ground, while
a knowledgeable American official says U.S. intelligence provided London
authorities with intercepts of the group's communications.
So no longer quite so hypothetical. Patterico has a good roundup
of links to others who speculate on this topic. I'm a little more
confident about saying that I'd prefer
Gene Healy et. al. to not be making the
call on acceptable intel-gathering methods.
via the Corner.)
The point of today's E. J. Dionne column is apparently
that it's fine for Democrats to campaign against the Iraq war,
but it's a "smear" if Republicans campaign on what they think
the likely outcome of the Democrats' policies would be. Tsk, E. J.
didn't take his even-handed pills this morning, did he?
On the other hand, if you don't read James Lileks every day, then
read him today. The whole thing is a wish-I'd-written,
but, I liked this:
And now I rest. Sorry — I had many things to discuss, but at the end
of the day they all seem obvious. Terrorists = bad. People who think the
arrests were a PR move = foolish. Likelihood substantial portions of the
business fliers will subconsciously adopt the nuke 'em from
orbit, it's the only way to be sure posture after learning they
can't take their laptops on the flight = high. Seriously, when I
learned that they were confiscating books today, I had a vision of a
plane full of people all staring straight ahead, hands in their laps,
waiting, waiting, waiting for it all to be over. No books. Because, you
know, they might overwhelm the cockpit crew with a dramatic reading.
Plus which, a couple old pictures to make you chuckle.
Let me put on my sysadmin hat to remind you: don't base your
password on your name, even if your name is kind of foreign.
Script kiddies will raise
(Via Bruce Schneier.)
Donald Hall take note: there is a huge
"poet laureate" and "Nobel laureate." But maybe not in the way you
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