Dianne Feinstein pulled out the old tool of tyrants this week on the pages of the Wall Street Journal – fear. She claimed that if the NSA was in place before 9-11-2001, there would’ve been no terrorist attacks. The implication is, of course, if the NSA mass spying program is dismantled, you’re at risk of death.
Consider the case of 9/11 hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar, who was being watched by the CIA while he was in Malaysia. U.S. intelligence agencies failed to connect the dots before the attack to recognize that al-Mihdhar had flown with (future) hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi to Los Angeles in January 2000.
Intelligence officials knew about an al Qaeda safe house in Yemen with ties to al-Mihdhar as well as the safe house’s telephone number, but they had no way of knowing if anyone inside the U.S. was in contact with that phone number in Yemen. Only after 9/11 did we learn that al-Mihdhar, while living in San Diego, had called the safe house.
We spy, or you die.
That’s just what Dianne wants you to think
This kind of base fear-mongering is the lowest form of political sludge, and it shows that Dianne and her spying buddies are desperate.
Question: IF keeping a federal agent in your bedroom might stop a future terrorist attack at some point in some location in the future, would you allow it?
For many people, the constant monitoring of everything at every minute – is a serious line in the sand.
While her husband is no longer with the company (that we’re aware of) getting billions from NSA contracts, it sure seems suspicious that he used to profit from that federal agency.