Even after years of operation, The New York Times could uncover no evidence of unlawful behavior or misuse of the data. President Bush subpoenaed international data with one dogged single-minded goal: Track down men who want to blow up innocent people.
When exposed to information about efforts like this by President Bush, I am not outraged. I'm deeply grateful. And worried now about who might die now that The New York Times has published this information.
Memo to New York Times: Since protecting innocent human lives from attack is clearly not for you a good enough reason to respect classified information vital to national security, let me offer you another, more powerful motive for the future: One more expose like this, and you may elect a whole lot of Republicans.
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.