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No warrants for wiretapping? No problem in war

Quoting Alexander Hamilton's statement that the power to protect the nation "ought to exist without limitation," former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo vigorously defended warrantless wiretapping in a Wall Street Journal commentary, taking on last week's critical report by the inspectors general of five national security agencies: "Gathering intelligence — including intercepting enemy communications — has long been a key aspect of war. Our military and intelligence agencies cannot attack or defend the nation unless they know where to aim. As we confront terrorists who remain intent on attacking the U.S., using weapons we cannot anticipate, we should be skeptical of those who insist that we radically change the way this country has always made war."