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Intrusive sweep has yielded little of value

File this under “short-term memory loss” or “how stupid do they think we are?”

After National Security Agency Deputy Director John Inglis was forced to admit to Sen. Patrick Leahy that the bulk collection of phone records of millions of Americans under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act has been key in stopping only one supposed terror plot – and that “plot” was a wire transfer of some $9,000 by Basaaly Saeed Moalin, who, along with three others, was convicted of providing “material support” to Al-Shabaab, based in Somalia, dubbed a “terrorist organization” – we are treated with: “Intercepted messages led to U.S. travel warning” in the Aug. 4 newspaper. “Intercepted messages.” See! They really are making us safer!

Why a report from the Deutsche Presse-Agentur? Did officials think that if it came from the New York Times it would be too obvious?

Douglas Aerie

Buffalo