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  •  I don't think that anyone who is serious (1+ / 0-)
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    in their engagement in this discussion discounts the fact that this was a national security story.  The government may have an extremely fair point, but I do not think that we really know that yet.  Honestly, it seems to me that in a way the government is sort of their own worst enemy here.  What's done is done - that operative is done - that operation is over.  If they really wanted to keep this quiet and protect whatever else they have in the works, one would have thought they would have moved on and kept people from wanting to go back and review that mission.  Now everyone is going to be looking at it again and they've got a major news agency really pissed at them.

    •  As I noted in my other comment (2+ / 0-)
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      I can see the point of pursuing the leaker - whoever spilled the beans did some serious damage. But I haven't seen a satisfactory case that they needed to secretly pull the phone records. I'm not at all convinced the ends justified the means. And you raise an interesting point that doing so has been the cause of an uproar that has brought even more attention to operations searching for this bomb maker, who is apparently one smart and talented dude; and who is no doubt increasing his own security measures now.

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      by Catte Nappe on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:03:41 AM PDT

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