Ashcroft's Shadowy Disciple

Someone to Watch Over Us

What about the color or the "foreign" look of these suspicious persons? Pataki calls the hot line "a powerful new resource" against terrorism. I would suggest that he left out one crucial word in that phrase: "blunderbuss resource."

The United Federation of Teachers and other unions—"progressive" unions—enthusiastically endorsed Pataki, but I wonder how many of their innocent members may one day be ensnared in the dragnet of the governor's Statewide Public Security Tips Hot Line. Leaving office, George Washington warned that a government of overwhelming power "is not reason. . . . It is a force like fire, a dangerous servant and a terrible master."

But, of course, if you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about. Right?

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