As the fight continues over retooled FISA laws that would give the US Government more power to legally spy on us without warrants and that would give telecommunications companies retroactive immunity for what has already occurred, the LA Times tells us just how much losing some of our civil liberties has helped to this point.
The number of Americans being secretly wiretapped or having their financial and other records reviewed by the government has continued to increase as officials aggressively use powers approved after the Sept. 11 attacks. But the number of terrorism prosecutions ending up in court — one measure of the effectiveness of such sleuthing — has continued to decline, in some cases precipitously.
The trends, visible in new government data and a private analysis of Justice Department records, are worrisome to civil liberties groups and some legal scholars. They say it is further evidence that the government has compromised the privacy rights of ordinary citizens without much to show for it. (emphasis added)
Isn’t it nice that giving up our rights is working so well? Maybe we can waterboard a few more people to get these numbers up to where they should be…