07 April 2006

Why the Patriot Act was posturing, not action

Yet another long litancy of how the FBI actively CYA’d itself in to inaction before the 11 Sep attacks. But we can’t blame just the standard bureaocratic power tripping and inertia. The fact that the FBI has repeatedly failed to upgrade its information infrastructure to the point where it can supply e-mail addresses to all of its agents was no small part of the problem. None of this, of course, is addressed by the Patriot Act and there’s no evidence that any of it will be fixed or even tinkered with before the next successful attack.

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Going for the votes

[source, source]

Senate Democrats refused to allow consideration of an amendment yesterday that would bar illegal aliens convicted of felonies from obtaining U.S. citizenship.

Democrats said the amendment would “gut” the immigration bill under consideration in the Senate and refused to allow a vote on it.

“It hurts the bill,” said Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. “It hurts the very foundation and what I believe is the spirit” of the legislation.

Apparently the Democratic Party knows who the likely Democratic Party voters are.

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In too deep

Uh-oh. Via Instapundit, there is some evidence that some Leftists are beginning to realize what a putz Joe Wilson is. Fortunately, the moonbat contingent is willing to defend Wilson to the death of the Left (see the comments).

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