'I Cannot Figure Out Why This Was Classified to Begin With' - James Fallows - The Atlantic:
quoting Fred Kaplan's interview with Brian Jenkins of RAND about the NASA PRISM electronic surveillance program:
"I cannot figure out why this was classified to begin with. It should have been in the public domain all along. The fact is, terrorists know we're watching their communications. Well, some of them, it seems, are idiots, but if they were all idiots, we wouldn't need a program like this. The sophisticated ones, the ones we're worried about, they know this. There are debates we can have in public without really giving away sensitive collection secrets. It's a risk, but these are issues that affect all of us and our way of life."
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