Friday, September 06, 2002

Nice job, Ashcroft. Can we fire him yet?

NOT because he's a theocratic lunatic.

NOT because he's trashing the Bill of Rights.

Simply because he's an incompetent bungler.

WASHINGTON -- Three months after Attorney General John Ashcroft said he would enforce an obscure law that requires non-citizens to notify the government when they move, immigration offices have been overwhelmed by 700,000 change-of-address cards. The cards now are in storage here, unread by government workers.

Ashcroft's plan was part of an ongoing effort to improve the monitoring of foreigners in this country, and to help U.S. agents track potential terrorist threats. It has run aground because the troubled Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was unprepared for the avalanche of paperwork created by the plan.