An answer at last

A lot of people wonder how exactly revelations of warrantless spying have harmed national security. I wasn’t able to watch the Senate hearings all the way through today, but at one point I did catch Gonzales giving an answer: the terrorists, you see, might forget about the possibility of surveillance, and speak openly about their plans — if only the media weren’t constantly reminding them.

So there you have it.

Here’s a transcript. This really is quite remarkable — the Attorney General of the United States is offering the sort of justification that you’d expect to get from some not-very-bright right wing blogger.