Intelligence analysts have become ‘victims of delusion’

Recently, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that America’s National Security Agency had perhaps “reached too far” in its massive collection of communications data.

That is a monumental understatement. From the start of America’s “war on terror,” overreach has been the norm. Recall former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: “Anybody, any one of these security experts, including myself, would have told you on Sept.11, 2001, we’re looking at dozens and dozens and multi-years of attacks like this.”

The fears and concerns were plausible extrapolations from the facts then at hand. However, that every “security expert” should hold such erroneous views is fundamentally absurd.

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