Friday, October 12, 2007

Why It Isn't Domestic Spying

Our NSA listens in on conversations that cross into our territory on their way from one foreign country to another foreign country. But it is not domestic spying no matter how many people insist it is (tip to Instapundit):

A lucky coincidence of economics is responsible for routing much of the world's internet and telephone traffic through switching points in the United States, where, under legislation introduced this week, the U.S. National Security Agency will be free to continue tapping it. ...

... After the Democrats took over Congress in 2007, the administration put the NSA surveillance programs under the supervision of a secretive spying court, which ruled shortly thereafter that wiretapping U.S.-based facilities without a warrant was illegal, even for the purpose of harvesting foreign communications.

This advantage will erode as the luck of being the cheapest source of routing services fades. We'd best hope we use this temporary edge while we can to destroy the jihadis and strangle the ideology that incubates this hatred.