Friday, March 07, 2008

Need to Know

It has been stated that the terrorists know cells can be tapped -- true enough. However, being so open that they will know what we won't do to spy on them is valuable information for the terrorists. It let's them know how to avoid being spied on. I agree that oversight is part of the checks and balances built into our Constitution. The problem is that oversight can't be 100% transparent in this case. People uninformed about the intelligence community think that a security clearance of some level is an entitlement. They don't understand that the reason security works is because that "entitlement" is further controlled by demonstrating a "need to know". The American public has a right to know that our government is protecting them from unfounded invasions of privacy. They do however not need to know the details of what we are, or are not doing to spy on criminals and enemies that are out to do us harm.