The Cuban missile crisis represents an enduring tale of complacency, fragmented data, and the frantic race to pick signal out of noise.
Europeans have been claiming, to quote Captain Renault, to be “shocked, shocked” about American spying. They should know better.
Free societies can indeed restrain their intelligence agencies, largely by keeping them honest.
The NSA’s data-mining efforts seem, in the end, to be a tradeoff between national security and individual privacy that’s worth making.