February 7, 2006
Here is a question: if we are hit by another massive terrorist attack, will you want to know that your government did all in its power to have stopped it? And if we are not attacked again and the reason is that we monitored the communication of the terrorists so that we stopped them, will you wish that such monitoring had not been done to protect someone’s mistaken interpretation of the Constitution?
Liberals claim they want everything done to protect us, yet they say what the president is doing is unconstitutional spying on Americans. They know better, or at least I hope they know better, but they are willing to play politics with the lives of millions of people in order to win the next election. I know that’s strong, but how else to interpret their behavior?
Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez was correct in his testimony yesterday in which he defended the president’s right to monitor through the national security agency calls coming from outside the country from suspected terrorists to people inside the country who are suspected of being their co-conspirators. This is a war and if we don’t behave like it we will be sorry.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.