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Thursday, April 15, 2004

The Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal features an examination of Clinton administration policy to explain the reasons behind "Gorelick's Wall."

What's more, Mr. Ashcroft noted, the wall did not mysteriously arise: "Someone built this wall." That someone was largely the Democrats, who enshrined Vietnam-era paranoia about alleged FBI domestic spying abuses by enacting the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Mr. Ashcroft pointed out that the wall was raised even higher in the mid-1990s, in the midst of what was then one of the most important antiterror investigations in American history--into the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. On Tuesday the Attorney General declassified and read from a March 4, 1995, memo in which Jamie Gorelick--then Deputy Attorney General and now 9/11 Commissioner--instructed then-FBI Director Louis Freeh and United States Attorney Mary Jo White that for the sake of "appearances" they would be required to adhere to an interpretation of the wall far stricter than the law required.

It's really not helpful to cast recriminations about, especially for September 11, 2001. The main thing is that we stop the insanity, with all due respect to Susan Powter, and allow our intelligence agencies to actually defend us.

Poaching again from Power Line:

Miss Missouri was crowned as Miss USA last night. Shandi Finnessey is, of course, quite beautiful. Better yet, she is a Republican. From Reuters:

"A Republican, she told Reuters she would use her position to help explain America's involvement in Iraq. "What needed to be done had to be done," she said.

You go girl.

Jamie Gorelick's name keeps popping up.

It appears that Gorelick was the chief architect of the law that kept the FBI and CIA from sharing information which many people are indicating was the primary reason terrorists were able to kill over 3,000 people on 9/11.

Gorelick was the number two at the Justice Department during the Clinton years. While Gorelick may have been the architect, it's clear that the left wingnuts wanted this legislation because they trusted everyone else before they trusted their own government. "Everyone else" included mass murdering dictators like Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Kim Il Sung, and Yasser Arafat.

Apparently, as far as I can tell, the Democrats were willing to trust everyone to be nice and not use this gaping loophole to kill thousands of our people.

The Patriot Act was the end to that nonsense.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

I was so impressed by President Bush's news conference last night that I had to mention it. I didn't get to see it; I listened to it on C-Span.

I first found a transcript at National Review.