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Friday, August 11, 2006
OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "'This wasn't supposed to happen today,' a U.S. official told the Washington Post of the arrests and terror alert. 'It was supposed to happen several days from now. We hear the British lost track of one or two guys. They had to move.' Meanwhile, British antiterrorism chief Peter Clarke said at a news conference that the plot was foiled because 'a large number of people' had been under surveillance, with police monitoring 'spending, travel and communications.'

Let's emphasize that again: The plot was foiled because a large number of people were under surveillance concerning their spending, travel and communications. Which leads us to wonder if Scotland Yard would have succeeded if the ACLU or the New York Times had first learned the details of such surveillance programs."