Defense & National Security

Bush Right to Stick to His Guns on NSA

The New York Times has attacked President Bush for allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor the activity of suspected terrorists.

But investigative reporter Richard Miniter tells HUMAN EVENTS: “Surveillance of suspected terrorists is no more spying than police staking out a crack house is spying.”

This attack by the Times is just the latest media myth against the War on Terror, says Miniter, veteran investigative reporter and author of Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror.

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Furthermore, says Miniter, “The U.S. government is not ‘spying’ on Americans. The NSA is only targeting people who have received a phone call or an email from a known al Qaeda terrorist. People who merely oppose the Bush administration and are not in contact with terrorist groups have not had their phones tapped.”

The FBI and the CIA have used similar surveillance techniques against mobsters and spies for the past 30 years. Following the 9/11 attacks, these two agencies set their sights on terrorists inside the United States. To date, more than 600 suspects have been arrested and two known attacks inside the U.S. have been thwarted.

In his controversial new book, Miniter has gathered information from over 100 interviews with high-level sources around the globe and sifted through the written record to expose media myths from the Left and the Right, such as:

  • Why Canada is the real border-control threat to the United States
  • Why racial profiling will not stop another massive terrorist attack
  • Why Iraq is not another Vietnam
  • Why Halliburton did not make a fortune off of Iraq
  • Why poverty does not cause terrorism.

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