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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Batting .999 Is No Success In Fighting Terror

Ann Coulter explains how ludicrous is the argument by Democrats that Bush should have gotten warrants approved by the FISA court prior to wiretapping citizens since FISA was a "rubber stamp" (per James Bamford) anyway.

Naturally, one must then ask why go through such a formality and add delay to an investigation of likely terrorists if it is just going to approve the request all of the time? Since the people who were investigated had come up in "rolodexes' discovered from 2002 CIA raids on terrorists, it appears logical that the overseas communications were worth a listen. Isn't part of "Bush's failure to stop 9-11" a failure to connect the dots? Here are the dots and boy are they big!

Coulter disputes the "rubber stamp" allusion:

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the FISA court "modified more wiretap requests from the Bush administration than from the four previous presidential administrations combined."

In the 20 years preceding the attack of 9/11, the FISA court did not modify – much less reject – one single warrant request. But starting in 2001, the judges "modified 179 of the 5,645 requests for court-ordered surveillance by the Bush administration." In the years 2003 and 2004, the court issued 173 "substantive modifications" to warrant requests and rejected or "deferred" six warrant requests outright.

Even Bush critic-come-lately Andrew Sullivan calls the lack of a terror attack in the US since 9-11 "a big achievement". You have to bat 1.000 in this game.

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