One would think that a key qualification to be the executive editor of Roll Call would be a minimum level of normal intelligence. Apparently not, as Morton Kondracke said that QWest was helping terrorists by not turning over phone call records of millions of ordinary Americans to the NSA. The last time I checked, the Fourth Amendment was still in the Bill of Rights. This makes Kondrake and the NSA the bad guys — and we are their targets. Here’s the footage from Media Matters.
Update by Stephen VanDyke: Here’s some history of the “Consitution is not a suicide pact” quote that was actually coined in 1949 by an anti-civil-liberties judge (it has since been flipped to be an anti-anarchy statement). The author makes a bolded distiction between when today’s judges say it and when pundits say it:
Pundits, Unlike Judges, Tend to Use the “Suicide Pact” Slogan to Defeat Civil Liberties
If judges have inverted the “suicide pact” slogan, however, pundit have hewn more closely to Jackson’s original meaning. For them, the situation seems always to be so urgent that a compromise with liberty is required.
Rather than being assured that the Constitution was not designed as, and thus will not become, a suicide pact, they are constantly worried that without an immediate crackdown, it will soon morph into just such a pact. Academics invoke “suicide pacts” in the law reviews when they want to demonstrate that they are tough-minded about hypothetical conflicts between liberty and security; editorialists do the same.