Friday, May 19, 2006

Where's the NSA Controversy?

Doesn't look like General Hayden is going to suffer from any public 'outrage' over the NSA's activities with regard to telephone surveillance. Does this mean I can claim victory on 'rowback?'

In the longer term, this will probably wind up looking like Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas. Back then, Americans believed Clarence Thomas during the confirmation hearings, but the media used a steady drumbeat of criticism and harping to create a post-facto perception that Anita Hill was wronged. Today, the American people are not especially bothered by the intelligence-gathering methods reportedly used by this Administration - but I'm sure the media will spend a few years drumming it into our heads that we judged wrong.

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