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Terror-Tap Savvy U. Va. Prof

Last week the House started to examine the National Security Agency’s al Qaeda wiretapping program.

University of Virginia Professor Robert Turner–a rare voice of reason during the House hearing–replied that that “If we say [the NSA] can’t look at anything that’s got [a] U.S. person involved without a warrant, we’re going to give [Osama bin Laden] the easiest way to immunize his whole communication system.” In other words, all a terrorist would have to do to mask his communications would be to cc: an American email address, putting it off limits to American surveillance. (Wall Street Journal editorial)

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