Friday, July 23, 2004

Good News, Bad News

Talk Left has some good news, bad news on the 9-11 Commission recommendations regarding privacy.  The ACLU has given its take on the report.  The good news is that the "report is critical of the Adminstration's excessive secrecy and of the USA Patriot Act. It does not recommend that any of the provisions scheduled to sunset be made permanent."  The bad news, from a civil liberties perspective, is that there "are calls for the backdoor creation of national ID cards in the form of a standardized drivers licenses and a cabinet-level intelligence czar. "  The ACLU feels the latter, in particular, would wind up being a tool of the president.   I think there is no need for this position; its important to have several tracks of intelligence, and one could argue that the military has a need for its own, independent intelligence.  Yes, there is a need for coordination between intelligence agencies, but isn't that what the National Security office does (except when Condi is on the job)? Our government has a pretty crappy track record with "czars" anyway.  Have the drug or energy czars been effective at all?  I didn't think so.


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