December 28, 2005

NOTE THAT THIS IS THE DAILY NEWS, NOT THE POST (via Gene Brown):

Chuck and Hil play risky Patriot game (NY Daily News, December 27, 2005)

Absent full ringing Senate support for the renewal of those expiring sections of the Patriot Act - apparently it is beyond some of our good senators to comprehend that there really is a war on terror - we will, along with President Bush, settle for the temporary five-week extension that got okayed Thursday night as the pols beat it out the door for the holidays.

Fine. Let them continue to wrangle over this and that technical detail for a few weeks when they return in January. Let some have a good crow over the "defeat" they've just handed the administration. The important thing is that come the new year, the Patriot Act will still be in place and the FBI and CIA will continue to be able to share terrorism information. So, sorry, terrorists. Guess you can't start using your cell phones again after all.

As for our own Sens. Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, who joined their colleagues in that filibuster against the renewal of an utterly essential terror-fighting instrument - well, that was pretty outrageous of them, given that New York City and the security thereof is one of the primary reasons for the very existence of the Patriot Act in the first place.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 28, 2005 10:23 AM
Comments

Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman's been pretty good about the war on terror and Iraq since Sept. 11. We're not back to the era of 35 years ago, when the News was editorializing "Ho Becomes A Good Red" upon the death of the North Vietnamese leader, but the News' editorial stance over the past four-plus years has basically been Giuliani Republicanism, no doubt much to the consternation of some of the paper's columnists and other newsroom personnel.

Posted by: John at December 28, 2005 10:32 AM
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