Why the change of heart, Al?
They’re trying to justify these warrantless wiretaps by saying, “Oh, it’s al-Qaida!” One guy is saying it’s just al-Qaida–the Hayden guy, and then on the other hand, you hear from the FBI that they were inundated with referrals on all kinds of stuff with these calls, so much so that they couldn’t get to their real work, and that none of the referrals led anywhere.
I think it’s a Roveian strategy: “We win on national security; we’ll scare people, and then we’ll just win.”
I have a high level of confidence that this is used to protect us, and I know that it has been successful in preventing terrorism.
There are certain things that are appropriate for me to know that is not appropriate for the bad guys to know.