The latest piece of crap to come out of the Regime is the idea that the disclosure of material by Snowden has caused the terrorists to change their tactics. As Vashnu Prudahar points out in the Mumbai Independent this morning, that would explain why the Boston Marathon terrorists weren’t picked up by PRISM. Oh, wait, that was before PRISM, he points out. As Prudahar notes, while many Americans were caught off guard by the NSA scandal, the terrorists have known for over five years about government monitoring, and the Boston Marathon bombing is proof positive that terrorists adapt quickly and quietly without stimulus from leakers.
I pointed out in several blog posts that the Boston Marathon bombing is a state murder case, not a federal terrorism case. My point on those threads was that the Boston Marathon bombers seemed to have avoided all the instrumentalities of interstate commerce and communication. In short, NSA snooping was unlikely to have ever tracked these folks, since the modification of tactics happened faster than the modification of counter terrorism. So, what’s next? Listening devices in every home?
The Regime must think we are all really, really stupid (and not just those who voted for the Regime). Clearly, the terrorists didn’t wake up last week and change tactics. The biggest threat to our troops in recent years have been IEDs. The “I” stands for “improvised.” That’s the biggest tool in the arsenal of the terrorist. When it becomes apparent that drones fixate on cell phone signals, they stop using cell phone. When cell members start vanishing after making a call on a Verizon land line in Virginia, the terrorists stop using land lines. Disclosure doesn’t force a change of tactics–it simply reveals how ineffective our counter terrorism tactics are.
A tactic I’d like to see change is an end to the constant stream of dishonesty pouring out of the White House.