The impulse to do something, anything when faced with bad news and bolster their personal position come election time seems to make the members of both houses of Congress take leave of their senses. Read for yourself if House Bill 10 [in PDF](http://www.house.gov/rules/108hr10amndsub.pdf) or [in HTML](http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:H.R.10:) has anything to scare you in Title II.
Sponsored by Rep Hastert, J. Dennis [IL] and cosponsored by 26 others, the huge “9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act” committee document was issued October 4th. The Senate bill [S.2845, titled “National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004”]( http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:S.2845:) is not much better.
If you’re short on attention span read [News.com’s editorial by Declan McCullagh](http://news.com.com/Patriot+Act+redux/2010-1071_3-5414087.html).