The Wall Street Journal has an article quoting key lawmakers who are members of the congressional intelligence committees, the very bodies who are supposedly secretly briefed on all the government’s activities, saying that the people of the US are even less safe now than they were before 9/11.
Americans shouldn’t feel safer today than they did before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees said Sunday.
The country now faces a larger number of threats from splintered terrorist groups and more complex weapons than when the U.S. began combat operations in Afghanistan in 2001, the lawmakers said on CNN’s State of the Union. At the same time, the nation’s spy programs–which can help foil terrorist plots–are under heavy scrutiny that could ultimately lessen their effectiveness.
“The threat is higher today and we’re probably less safe,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said.
Of course, they are using this to argue that the recent efforts to curb in the NSA and other government spying in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations are a bad thing. They want more unfettered government snooping.
But the alternative case can also be made that the so-called ‘war on terror’ has been a colossal failure and that the massive expenditure by the government on anti-terrorist activities, all the wars with their massive death and destruction, all the violations of people’s privacy rights, all the human rights violations around the world, have failed in their stated goal of ‘making us safer’. So the conclusion of our worthy legislators: We need to do more of the same!
Of course, many people warned that this would be precisely the outcome, that making more enemies in the world by throwing our weight around hardly seemed like a good strategy.