Sunday, October 02, 2005

Typical weekend, typical issues...

CNN reports today that under the Patriot act, the FBI has had some trouble making sure they wiretapped the right phones, and that has caused a couple of problems:

"The bureau's acknowledgment that it makes mistakes in some wiretaps -- although not specifically roving wiretaps -- came in a recent Justice Department inspector general's report on the FBI's backlog of intercepted but unreviewed foreign-language conversations.

The 38,514 untranslated hours included an undetermined number from what the FBI called "collections of materials from the wrong sources due to technical problems." "

Huh? Thirty-eight thousand, five hundred fourteen HOURS of untranslated tape??

That's over four years of 24/7 translating. Is there room in NCLB for foreign language instruction? Even in the name of the national interest?

The other thing that caught my eye was this:

"Spokesman Ed Cogswell said that language describes instances in which the tap was placed on a telephone number other than the one authorized by a court.

"That's mainly an instance in which the telephone company hooked us up to the wrong number or a clerical error here gives us the wrong number," Cogswell said."

So a teacher pulls that crap? What happens? I can hear the conversation:

"Sorry, sir. I placed the points on a test other than the one authorized by your son..."

Or better yet:

Sorry, ma'am. Someone else hooked me up to a number I didn't want. It's not really your daughter that concerns me after all...."

Here's their whole story...

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