The head of the National Security Agency (NSA Gen. Keith Alexander has claimed that the need for wholesale violations of Fourth Amendment rights was done in the wake of 9/11 owing to an absence of information on terrorists involved. He has claimed a need to be able to track back on contacts of suspects which means treating everybody as a suspect.
Sarah Palin, who we have not featured for some time has slapped down any contention that this action is keeping Americans safe, claiming that the NSA couldn’t stop two ‘pot smoking deadbeats with terrorist ties’:
“Our government spied on every single one of your phone calls but couldn’t find two pot-smoking deadbeat Bostonians with a hotline to terrorist central in Chechnya. Really?… And it’s built an apparatus to sneak into all of the good guys’ communications but…whoopsi-daisy… It missed the Fort Hood murderer of our own troops despite this Islamic terrorist declaring his ideology in numerous army counselling sessions and on his own business cards. But, whoops, no red flags there. Really?"
The Boston bombing could have been prevented had the authorities followed up on Russian requests for information on possible terrorist links of one of the perpetrators.
9/11 was in part allowed to occur by the same people failing to address suspicions of flying schools over gentlemen of Middle Eastern appearance who wanted to fly airliners but had no interest in takeoffs or landings.
It is highly unlikely that those who missed such simple clues are competent to get useful intelligence out of such a complex operation. If they do, they will probably screw it up again.