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by Clarence Page
Republicans are not alone in their outrage that the
It's ironic to see the tables turned on conservatives, who tend to defend aggressive profiling, a legal form of prejudice, as a tool for pursuing terrorists and other criminals.
I'm on their side in this
At the same time, having a name and mission that are associated with cutting taxes and government spending is probably no less eye-catching at
That's what happened at the Cincinnati regional
The "inappropriate criteria" included searches for such politically loaded keywords as "tea party," "patriots," "take back the country" and "9/12" (associated with Glenn Beck's 9/12 Project). That process led to a disproportionate number of conservative groups having their applications held up for extra scrutiny that lasted more than a year, the report said.
As if that unfairness wasn't bad enough, it also didn't work. The IG found that of the 298 groups that the
In other words, the
"If you wanted to make a case against profiling," as Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo observed, "you couldn't pick a better example than what happened here."
But the big question occupying
"It's pretty inconceivable to me that the president wouldn't know," the Boehner said in an interview on Fox News Channel Wednesday. He was reacting to Obama's claim a week earlier that he did not know anything about the inspector general's report on the scandal before it was released earlier this month.
Boehner acknowledged that the president's
Yet by the end of the week there still was no evidence that President Obama knew about it any earlier than he said he did. Since the Watergate scandal, when President Richard Nixon directed the
That's how it should be.
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