08 January 2006

TV Guide: Frank Rich

If fictional terrorists concocted by Hollywood can figure
out that the National Security Agency is listening to their
every call, guess what? Real-life terrorists know this, too.
So when a hyperventilating President Bush rants that the
exposure of his warrant-free wiretapping in a newspaper
is shameful and puts "our citizens at risk" by revealing our
espionage playbook, you have to wonder what he is really
trying to hide. Our enemies, as America has learned the
hard way, are not morons. Even if Al Qaeda hasn't seen
"Sleeper Cell" because it refuses to spring for pay cable,
it has surely assumed from the get-go that the White
House would ignore legal restraints on eavesdropping,
just as it has on detainee jurisprudence and torture.