Tuesday, February 07, 2006

From the "You can't make this stuff up" division.

Librarian takes heat over search.
In the face of a storm of protest, Newton officials defended their decision to demand that the FBI obtain a warrant before searching the public library's computers to track down who had e-mailed a threat to Brandeis University.

The head librarian's defiance prompted a rare public rebuke from the US attorney in Boston and a tongue-lashing from a conservative radio talk host who called her a ''loony liberal.

''Getting a warrant is very time-consuming," said (US Attorney Michael J. ) Sullivan, who ordered the FBI search. ''You have to collect facts, prepare an affidavit, present it to a judge . . .That's valuable time that's potentially lost in an investigation."

That whole democracy thing is such a pain in the neck.

Donald Rumsfeld compares Chavez to Hitler
"I mean, we've got Chavez in Venezuela with a lot of oil money. He's a person who was elected legally -- just as Adolf Hitler was elected legally -- and then consolidated power and now is, of course, working closely with Fidel Castro and Mr. Morales and others."

Just this morning I was thinking the same thing about President Bush - elected legally (at least the 2nd time, mostly) and then he starts trampling on civil rights - but I figured it was too over the top, even for me.


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