Thoughts for Tax Day: A friend sent this article on various rules that restrict the U.S. government from investigating terrorists. The implication of the article is that we’d all be better off if the CIA and the FBI could work unfettered. Certainly the widows and orphans of September 11th would be better off. Yet our government has a history of pouring tremendous amounts of effort in the wrong areas, often resulting in months or years of misery for innocent people. One of the more humorous recent examples is Booker Prize winner Ian McEwan’s detainment at the Vancouver airport. We want the Federales to be strong enough to hunt down Saudi terrorists in flight schools but sufficiently weak that we can throw them off our own backs when necessary.
[As noted on Prairie Home Companion on Saturday, if you're sending a check to the IRS this year put a couple of extra stamps on the envelope because it's going all the way to Iraq.]