Thursday, January 18, 2007

Improvements!!!

  • BushCo has reversed itself on domestic spying, deciding (conveniently, after the Democrats took control of congress and all of its oversight responsibility) that perhaps FISA could, after all, fit reasonably into our counter-terrorism program. It's a relief to those of us who have always suspected that our civil liberties and our survival are not mutually exclusive concepts.
  • The infamous no-fly list is being updated! While I think the no-fly list is generally a good idea, I have never understood the guilty-even-when-proven-innocent policies that make getting off of it extremely difficult to do. There were known cases of babies making the list -- obviously mistakes do happen. When we take extraordinary (and necessary) precautions like maintaining a no-fly list, we need an extraordinary process for correcting mistakes as we find them.

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