The new House leadership discovers that, at least when it comes to setting counter-terrorism policy on terrorist eavesdropping and detention, it was easier to criticize from the minority than govern from the front:
“If you just say you’re standing up for civil liberties, the American people are with you, but if you say terrorism suspects should have civil liberties, it stretches Americans’ tolerance,” said Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), who along with Hastings represents Congress on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, a human rights monitor. “It’s a tough issue for us…”
(Florida Rep. Alcee) Hastings predicted that administration officials will announce that the current permissive law has thwarted terrorist attacks and saved lives but will withhold details as classified.
“Then Bush walks all the way to the end of his administration with no changes,” he said.
No, not that. Can’t anyone do something?!?
THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!