at least for those who paid attention:
While the Bush administration had defended its program of wiretapping without warrants as a vital tool that saved lives, a new government review released Friday said the program’s effectiveness in fighting terrorism was unclear.
The report, mandated by Congress last year and produced by the inspectors general of five federal agencies, found that other intelligence tools used in assessing security threats posed by terrorists provided more timely and detailed information.
Most intelligence officials interviewed “had difficulty citing specific instances” when the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program contributed to successes against terrorists, the report said..
Heck, when they had good intelligence data, they didn’t have the intelligence to use it. More data did not bring more intelligence.
It was never about national security. It was about power.
Afterthought: John Yoo comes in for special mention. But I bet I’ll still have his columns to ignore in the Philadelphia Shrinkquirer.