The government eavesdropping is conducted according to the law. Nothing that has been done thus far is illegal. And the rights of the citizenry have been protected. "Given the nature of the data being collected," writes Mukasey, "and the relatively small number and awful responsibility of those who do the collecting, the claims of pervasive spying, even if sincere, appear not merely exaggerated but downright irrational." Well, I part company with Mukasey here. Given the nature of the IRS scandal and of the Justice Department's hassling of journalists, there are grounds for our suspicion.
Yet Mukasey is convincing, though I wish he had taken up the question of the dimwit who was the Guardian's and the Post's source. His name is Edward J. Snowden, and today he is trying to pass himself off as a modern-day Daniel Ellsberg. I say of him as I said years ago of Ellsberg. Throw the book at him. He has endangered the security of the country.