You can’t make this stuff up.
The defense of the NSA program by these two authors is of particular note because of the authors’ affiliation with the Cato Institute that describes itself as “dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace” and having a “strict respect for civil liberties and skepticism about the benefits of both the welfare state and foreign military adventurism.” The authors’ article is providing valuable cover for the advocates of the mass spying program.
The authors of the article Kristol is promoting are Cato Institute Center for Constitutional Studies President Roger Pilon and Cato Institute Adjunct Scholar Richard A. Epstein who wrote an attempted sweeping exculpation of the National Security Agency (NSA) and all the branches of the US government for the NSA’s mass spying on phone calls.
Legally, the president is on secure footing under the Patriot Act
Umm … not if the Patriot Act is unconstitutional. And even if a Cato scholar believes the Patriot Act to be technically legal, he should be bashing it as an obnoxious overreach, not using it in an apologia for another obnoxious overreach.