Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Quote of the Day ... With Comment
"I don't think in the annals of criminal law there has ever been a case with this many significant problems."

Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, presiding in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui.

But then there's this:
The LAT focuses on the administration's near-perfect record of blowing—and overselling—terrorism cases. "There have been a lot of flubs," said one law prof. "The good news may be that there are not as many threatening people out there as we once thought."
It's amazing what hysteria will do to people. Ordinarily competent individuals suddenly become sloppy. Add to that the numerous Bush political appointees who run the show and you end up with a soupy mix of incompetence.

I never figured I'd have to relive the 50's and 60's again, figuring (incorrectly) that we had learned something from that hysterical period. But I guess each generation is doomed to reinvent the wheel.