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-- and down in Washington and Steve Moore is here he's a senior economics writer.
At the Wall Street Journal did say that the revelation of this and spying program if you want to call that this information gathering program.
I was shocking nonetheless and then this comes out Steve just certain rear -- your reaction to what we found out over the weekend.
Well you asked the question at the top of the show is -- hero and held always not a hero I think he has leak classified information that could really put -- -- in the war on terror.
By the way we have a great piece in the Wall Street Journal today by former attorney general Michael Mukasey making exactly that point that.
The disclosure of these techniques that we're using to try to Jack.
Track down terrorists is not is is job giving a lot of application that terrorists that does that makes it harder for -- -- the did -- The next not -- -- and then you know.
They -- this is a business show all right I'd get one thing people should should consider is the extent to which -- terrorism has a very negative effect -- -- on the way our economy works and on the markets I mean if someone.
I came in and announce the next half an hour that bomb blew up at a school glory or shopping -- -- just think of what that would do to the economy and the markets up.
This is very serious business he should not be treated as a hero or some kind of whistle blower.
But potentially as a crime at all by the way Booz Allen may be of some trouble as -- contractor as well.
Yet -- had virtually all of its revenue comes from Bill White for the government let's stay on the of the issue of his this is leaking of information.
It raises the question -- should fewer.
Particularly contractors to look at those numbers a different way at one point four million people have top secret clearance.
More than a third of those are contractors do we need to dial back who has clearance do we need to do a better job of granting access.
You know they get out not really qualified to answer that question but I will say that's that you know when we have these top secret.
-- espionage programs and counterterrorism programs and you leak the information to the process and that it is it is broadcast all over the world.
It makes it very difficult for us to track down these terrorists in these spies so.
And there are very negative ramifications to this very high cost the United States government.
-- I'm surprised actually that so many people in the media and the country are treating snowed -- some kind of a hero.
Steve and focus on the deed on surveillance program what we know about it we know a lot more intense than we did just a few days ago.
The president really drove Hahn trying -- balance.
-- freedom and our safety and inconvenience.
And Steve I want to know what you think about this surveillance program does it.
Does -- have the right balance in your mind between sacrificing.
Our privacy and protecting our freedom.
In a day and I am a civil libertarian I used to work at the Cato Institute -- so -- obviously believe very strongly in Americans at liberty and freedom but I'm also -- hawk when it comes the do -- a war on terrorism I'm in my office used to be right across the street from ground zero itself.
I think about that every day and look I think that if it takes -- these kinds of surveillance.
Techniques to -- the next to a terrorist attack -- that I'm for it and by the way we know from some of the evidence that's come forward.
-- -- last week or two that these kinds of surveillance techniques have been accurate and have been.
-- that they have in terms of boiling terrorism so I would ask your question to say.
Look we are living in a new age where -- we know that terrorists are trying to.
-- -- blow up schools and buildings and that guy had disrupt our whole way of life in this country bad and I do think these kind of techniques are probably necessary.
Incredible story and there are so many pieces to it just when it can't get any stranger it does state thank you so much.
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