That was what Casey Stengel used to ask, watching the hapless Mets play baseball.
I’ve used it before, when talking about Los Amigos Arbusto.
Well, there’s reason to bring it out again. In the new (to me) blog firedoglake, they have a post pointing out the Pandora’s Box opened by the NSA wiretaps, when it comes to prosecutions.
Brief summary: Just about every defense lawyer for any terror-related suspect can now at least claim the evidence against their client was obtained illegally. This may or may not be true, but it essentially puts the various US Attorneys in question on the defensive in every single case.
Had the Bushies just, you know, followed the rules, this wouldn’t be a problem at all. But, as it is…
So I guess there’s no real reason for the administration to be upset about the lack of an extension to the USA PATRIOT Act. Turns out the NSA wiretaps are a stealth repeal of the act, for all practical purposes.
It’s almost enough to make you Google the term “failure”, with “I Feel Lucky” turned on.