King George's Problem

Max Boot has great fun jousting at straw men today. Well, not entirely straw men. The paranoid far left might indeed think there's a Nixonian plot to listen in on their phones for purely political reasons. That's not my point. I don't see why we can't monitor al Qaeda this way and follow the law, that's all. If we need to finesse the law, fine. One other critical point. Oversight helps identify errors and mistakes. It's a small insurance policy to avoid self-inflicted black eyes. And it's not as if this administration hasn't given itself a few. Too little secrecy can hurt us. So can too much.