The Dots Are The Point!
I think by now all Americans agree that there are terrorists in the world who want to kill Americans. We may disagree on their motives and some of us even see justification in their acts. I want to survive so I tend to ignore the motivation angle and merely seek the death of as many of them as possible. Or apprehension before their act of terrorism.
Part of the apprehension process involves the gathering and analysis of information. It is what Mark Steyn calls unoriginally "connecting the dots". But he asks whether those screaming about the NSA program regarding collection of telephone call data actually believe that the dots exist.
Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) feels differently. "Look at this headline," huffed the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The secret collection of phone call records of tens of millions of Americans. Now, are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaida?"
No. But next time he's flying from D.C. to Burlington, Vt., on a Friday afternoon he might look at the security line: Tens of millions of Americans are having to take their coats and shoes off! Are you telling me that tens of millions of ordinary shoe-wearing Americans are involved with al-Qaida?
Of course not. Fifteen out of 19 of the 9/11 killers were citizens of Saudi Arabia. So let's scrap the tens of millions of law-abiding phone records, and say we only want to examine the long-distance phone bills of, say, young men of Saudi origin living in the United States. Can you imagine what Leahy and Lauer would say to that? Oh, no! Racial profiling!
Those who do see dots or are willing to avoid them for the sake of a privacy right are the dangerous ones in our midst. They have yet to be mugged by reality even after 3,000 bodies were incinerated on 9-11.