Maggie Gallagher

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

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.