Larry and Ted, Lisa and John:
U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, has thrown in with some strange bedfellows in co-sponsoring the Safe Act, a revision of the Patriot Act (which has kept us safe here at home since 9/11): U.S. Sens. Ted Kennedy, Russ Feingold, Lisa Murkowski and John Sununu. Alas, their new bill might take away safeguards that were in place prior to 9/11.
In a Feb. 23 roundup item, The National Review said:
"Under current law, investigators can ask courts to issue "sneak and peek" warrants, in which the target is notified after the search has taken place. This is a common-sense procedure: Sometimes the FBI needs to be able to search Tony Soprano's home without tipping him off. The Safe Act would restrict this ability. It does not just modify the Patriot Act; it would actually restrict law enforcement more than the pre-Patriot law. Terrorism investigators would be operating under more constraints than they faced before September 11."
The short item concludes that Attorney General John Ashcroft will recommend that the president veto the Safe Act if it reaches his desk. Sez The National Review: ``Let's hope that enough congressmen have the sense to keep that from happening."
Earth -- to Larry Craig: What are you doing throwing in with Ted Kennedy?