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Monitoring Mosques


Re Rod’s post on the FBI plan to monitor mosques: Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), John Conyers (Mich.), and Russ Feingold (Wisc.) are protesting the FBI’s plan to require its field offices to count the number of mosques and Muslims in their regions. They are calling the order “an unconstitutional abuse of power.” How is it unconstitutional to open up a phonebook and draw up a list? The hamstringing of our intelligence services is shameful. Is it too much to ask that the FBI should be able to do things that 8-year-olds can do, such as surf the Internet and gather information that is available to the public?


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