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11/17/2003 Archived Entry: "Legislation that's classified?"

A FEW DAYS AGO I MENTIONED A NEW BILL TO EXPAND FBI POWERS to snoop into our financial lives. In more news of the weird, Norm Singleton, legislative director to the only constitutionalist congressman, Ron Paul, wrote to Declan McCullagh's PoliTech list to say, "Most members did not read this bill because the details are 'classified' and only one copy is available for members to go to a certain room and sit there and read it!"

'Classified' legislation? I sure hope that's just a bitter phrase to describe the now-common policy of keeping bills as unavailable as possible before final votes. Bad enough we have "classified" presidential directives.

Future scenario:

"Up against the wall, scumbag! You're under arrest!"

"Wha'd I do? Wha'd I do?!"

"It's classified, dirtball! One more question like that, and we'll toss in a half dozen espionage charges, too!"

Nah. Not yet, anyway.

Posted by Claire @ 12:30 PM CST

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