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Catfish and Cod
Friday, August 01, 2003
This should make many a blogger happy.
(Link path: Washington Post)

John Poindexter has resigned.

Poindexter, as many of you may recall, was the mastermind behind Total Information Awareness, lampooned by many a Website as the next step towards Big Brother. Before that, he was convicted of numerous high crimes and misdemeanors for his leading role as National Security Advisor in the Iran-Contra scandal. And previous to that, he had an illustrious career as an officer in the United States Navy.

While I honor Admiral Poindexter for defending my country for many years, his decisions regarding national security and public policy have been repeatedly repudiated by the government and people of the United States. It is my sound and reasoned opinion that he has no business in any "office of trust or profit under the United States", despite the court decision in 1990 to lift such restriction.

One of his out-of-control think-tank's many ideas was the recent Policy Analysis Market. Though the idea is well-regarded in the blogosphere, I oppose the development of such a "terror futures market" under government contract (it's a great private sector idea). However, this additional affront to Congress' sensibility has become the straw that finally broke the camel's back. Poindexter has succumbed to pressure and taken one for the team.

How will my fellow bloggers respond to Poindexter's fall? I predict that the good idea of PAM will not absolve Poindexter, in the blogosphere's eyes, from the utter travesty that arose from the development of TIA. Goodbye, Admiral. And good riddance.

UPDATE: Phil Carter explains why the Administration won't make headway on their brainstorming sessions.