FEINGOLD’S SHAME. Rich Lowry posted this today on NRO’s The Corner:
I’m just emerging from a mag deadline so excuse me if this has already been pointed out. But has anyone noticed that Russ Feingold is the “The Senator Who Would have Made It Illegal to Act on the Phoenix Memo?” The Phoenix memo, of course, came from the FBI field office there in July 2001, and recommended that the FBI canvas flight schools nationwide for suspicious Arab students. But with his “End Racial Profiling Act of 2001,” Feingold would outlaw “a law enforcement agent relying, to any degree, on race, ethnicity, or national origin in selecting which individuals to subject to routine investigatory activities, or in deciding upon the scope and substance of law enforcement activity.” So, while the rest of the nation rues the missed clue in the Phoenix memo, Feingold should be glad–the FBI, in passing it up, was already operating on his principles.