Privacy advocates on both the left and the right have undermined homeland security and weakened law enforcement, according to the book "Skating on Stilts," by Stewart Baker. Case in point: Efforts to collect detailed data on all passengers flying into the U.S. Only portions of that program survived after the privacy lobby railed against it -- for no good reason, Baker believes. "They seemed to have lost any sense of responsibility, either for past disasters or for future security," he writes in the book, which is reviewed here.

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