Thank You, Spencer Ackerman

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December 31, 2009 5:11 a.m.
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In the less than a week since the Christmas Day bombing attempt on approach to Detroit conventional wisdom has already calcified around the notion that this represents an intelligence failure, an intelligence-sharing failure, and more evidence that we take a Keystone Kops approach to counterterrorism.

But of course it isn’t as simple as all that, and Spencer Ackerman has a succinct but fine-grained explanation of the policy implications involved here, as well as the potential trade-offs involved if you want the government to (over)react to every potential threat.

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