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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Go read this article, then come back and answer the following question for me. How come we can track down William Keys for taking a couple of stupid pictures, but our vast intelligence network cannot seem to find Osama Bin Laden?
...and another thing. Did the authorities really need to use the Secret Service to find Mr. Keys? I thought the Secret Service was tasked with protecting state dignitaries--not movie stars. Here's the Secret Service's Mission Statement:
The United States Secret Service is mandated by statute and executive order to carry out two significant missions: protection and criminal investigations. The Secret Service protects the President and Vice President, their families, heads of state, and other designated individuals; investigates threats against these protectees; protects the White House, Vice President's Residence, Foreign Missions, and other buildings within Washington, D.C.; and plans and implements security designs for designated National Special Security Events. The Secret Service also investigates violations of laws relating to counterfeiting of obligations and securities of the United States; financial crimes that include, but are not limited to, access device fraud, financial institution fraud, identity theft, computer fraud; and computer-based attacks on our nation's financial, banking, and telecommunications infrastructure.
Nope... I don't see anything in their mission statement about investigating cases where private individuals are taking pictures of other private individuals.


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