Police-State Mathematics

Today on Face the Nation, former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden was talking to Bob Schieffer about the most recent round of surveillance revelations. Schieffer said it sounded like Hayden thought maybe the government should go public with at least some of the information it’s been keeping secret. Hayden’s reply:

Here’s how I do the math. I’m willing to shave points off of my operational effectiveness in order to make the American people a bit more comfortable about what it is that we’re doing.

Talk about lowering expectations! As we breathlessly wait for President Obama’s “debate” and “dialog” about security versus privacy, keep in mind that the intelligence community will be grudgingly willing to allow the public to be “a bit more comfortable”.

We deserve better.