The conservative blogosphere has been going nuts in the coverage of the NSAGate. For those not familiar with this story, I think a simple summary can be made as follows: The President, George W. Bush, signed an executive order authorising the NSA to warrantlessly monitor international phone calls and emails made from the United States of America.
There is considerable debate about the legality of this executive order, considerable hyperventilating by the Democrats about not knowing about the program (even though top Democrats were briefed) and considerable debate about how detrimental this publicisation of this covert program to the US's national security.
Now, I am not a lawyer, am not well versed in the US constitution and associated Acts of Congress and don't have the time to look into this issue in depth. I therefore, leave the interested reader to read the usual detailed analysis and comments by John Hinderaker on Powerline Blog, some interesting commentary by a respected judge and a liberal kingpins [Hat Tip: RedState.org].
[Update: Colin Powell doesn't see anything wrong with Bush authorising covert NSA operation]
I also don't want to trouble myself highlighting the hypocrisy of Democrat's denial of the covert operation. This can be adequately found on Michelle Malkin, Michelle Malkin and Mike's Noise amongst others,
However, on the third issue, I would like to make a point that I have not heard anyone else making thus far on the detrimental effect this story has had on the US's national security. Alot of the conservative blogosphere has been huffing and puffing about the terrible effect this "expose" has on the US's "war on terror". They suppose that Islamofascists are ignorant about the US's intelligence gathering operations. How ignorant this is.
In fact, it is usually the other way around. If anything, Islamofascists are overly PARANOID about the US's intelligence services. It is usually from these people that the wildest conspiracy theories abound: the CIA and Mossad plotted to perpetrate September 11, the CIA and other Western intelligence services are controlled by Masons and Jews who plot to take over the world, etc, etc. In fact, if anything, Islamofascists underestimate the beauracracy and ineffectiveness of Western intelligence services (excluding perhaps the French and Israeli intel services) in dealing with the threat Islamofascists pose.
What this leak does highlight is the depths to which liberal leakers will go at sinking the Bush administration. And how suicidal their policy of leaking secret operations. Various pundits, including JustOneMinute and The American Thinker, are toying with the possibility of a criminal probe into the leak. I hope the filthy traitors willingly giving this Top Secret information to the Bush-hating NYT, WaPo and US News get locked up with the keys thrown away, if in fact this already hasn't happened.