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More snooping or better immigration monitoring?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, June 4, 2002

More snooping or better immigration monitoring?

Do we need more technology and more snoopers into our private lives in order to fend-off terrorists?

Newsweek magazine reports the CIA failed to inform the FBI about two of the September 11 hijackers it had been tracking for more than a year. If the FBI or the INS had been told what the CIA knew about the men, they might have been denied entry into the united states or at least monitored while in this country.

Alabama Republican Senator Richard Shelby has complained of "massive failures of intelligence at the CIA."

My question is, do we need more snooping without probable cause of a crime, or do we need to do a better job with immigration, with monitoring and with deportation of those here illegally?

Government rarely gives up powers once it has them. It's like a so-called "temporary tax." There is no such thing. The Senate Intelligence Committee begins hearings today on what went wrong last September. Maybe the answer to the problem is to fix what is broken before we give the government more power over us. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.