…to fight Jihadist terrorism. Andrew Sullivan’s obsession with Islamic terrorism, or radical Islam’s unique penchant for terrorism (it’s not easy to tell the two apart anymore), continues,
“But I don’t find such data-mining for national security purposes to be that horrifying. If that’s the price we have to pay for deterring Jihadist attacks, then we should recognize there’s a trade-off.
On that last point I agree. The only justification for it is the prevention of Jihadist terrorism.”
Sullivan’s views on this issue, whatever you think of him personally, are disturbing because of the lack of evidence substantiating them and the fact that he’d rather make up for that lack of evidence with blistering emotion rather than skeptical reason.
If this were Iran during the Green Revolution, and the government were using surveillance techniques like this to shut down protest, silence dissent, and imprison dissenters, I can guarantee Sullivan would be humming a different tune. But because we’re enlightened and our commander-in-chief is a thoughtful, pragmatic, neo-Reaganite, there’s absolutely nothing to see here.