Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Utility of Spying

In today's New York Times there is an article entitled "Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends" by Lowell Bergman, Eric Lichtblau, Scott Shane and Don Van Natta Jr.

The article reports that the FBI's has complained that NSA's spying has produced a great deal of useless information.

The NSA's defense to this charge is that they have indeed produced a lot of information, although they apparently do not claim that any of it was useful for anything.

"I can say unequivocally that we have gotten information through this program that would not otherwise have been available," General Hayden said.
General Hayden is "the country's second-ranking intelligence official and the director of the N.S.A. when the [spying] program was started."


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