NSA Critics Quiet on Canadian Intelligence Surveillance Success
Critics of the NSA surveillance program should pause to take note of the number of lives saved by Canadian Intelligence's own communications monitoring program today. They should note that 3 tons of ammonium nitrate for explosives were found. That's three times the amount used in the 1995 Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City. Three times. How many Canadian lives might that have saved?
And it was all triggered by the Canadian surveillance program, a program that was and is unabashedly domestic in nature, not limited to calls to or from overseas contacts, as is the American NSA program currently under fire. That criticism is utter nonsense.
Ed Morrissey spells out the plainly logical at Captain's Quarters.
The issue of Internet monitoring has some in the US uncomfortable about breaches of privacy. However, the terrorists use that as a decentralized communication method, and a willful refusal to investigate these communications is sheer folly, as this raid attests. Should the Canadians have eschewed their investigation -- and waited until this group killed hundreds or thousands of people before knowing anything about them? The Internet is not a private network, as some could argue the phone systems provide. Communications are not point-to-point but broadcast, and the expectation of privacy in Internet communications should have disappeared long ago.
If we want to catch these people before they strike, then we had better know when, where, and how they communicate for coordination and recruitment, and be prepared to stop them as the CSIS has apparently done today.
As stated plainly before in what became referred to as the MilBlogger's Manifesto, it seems as if the argument is not of the manner in which to defend America. For far too many, it is clearly an argument of whether to defend her.
Those same American critics would be the first to cry that the federal government 'failed to protect them' because of intelligence failures should a terrorist attack be carried out. An attack like the one(s) just thwarted by Canadian Intelligence. Note the absence of apology from the Canadian government.
The alert should be the first to ignore their cries, should this ever occur, for these Americans are demanding the very conditions under which such 'failure' would occur.
But it would not be a failure of the Intelligence Community. It would be a failure of the intelligence of the community.