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NYT Letters Page

Taking a look at the NYT’s letters page today regarding the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, 4 disaprove and 2 approve of the Times decision to run the story. The highlights:

I’m far more interested in eliminating terrorist threats to our security than learning about the details of C.I.A. operations, and trust the courts and Congress to opine on the legality of such operations. […]
Salvatore J. Bommarito
How much of a stretch is it for the Internal Revenue Service to be enlisted to subject Americans to audits because of contributions to groups it considers hostile to the administration? Amnesty International? MoveOn.org? The American Civil Liberties Union? […]
Beatrice Williams-Rude
When the National Security Agency’s phone monitoring was revealed, the program could still continue, but in this case, terrorists now know to avoid Swift, and will certainly do so. I appreciate the difficulty of deciding whether to publish an article, but in this case, The Times made the wrong choice. […]
Coleman Glenn
Right or wrong, the fact that so many of these programs have been carried out in secret, without sufficient Congressional or judicial oversight, means that the slow but steady erosion of constitutional principles of privacy and protection against unlawful search and seizure is taking place without any broad debate. […]
Leonard Novick
I’d rather know that the bad guys were being caught than having my “interest” in this story satisfied over this morning’s cup of coffee. […]
John A. Maher
The time to consider which programs are successful or not is after the troops come home, which in this case means a free Afghanistan and Iraq. Please consider the timing of your articles in matters of national security when troops are still on the ground. […]
Terri Wagner

It’s impossible to know what the actual approval/disapproval percentage was, but given the NYT’s historical aversion to running critical letters, I wouldn’t be surprised if 75% or more of their readers did disapprove.

Nathan GouldingNathan Goulding is the Chief Technology Officer of National Review. He often goes by “Chaka” in NRO’s popular blog The Corner. While having never attended a class in computer science, ...

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