What's Stopping Cheney From Adopting the Same Idea?
Uwe Schunemann, the Interior minister of Lower Saxony in Germany, has proposed electronically tagging purported Islamic militants. The question is, why didn't Dick Cheney think of this first?
Of course, the social and economic morale of Germans has been low in recent years and makes such a suggestion of lashing out at immigrants, namely Turkish Muslims, par for the course.
Germany, if you'll recall, was deeply against Bush's war against terror, so much that their former chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, solely ran on this discontent. Schunemann's idea is rooted not on Bush's premise that terrorists aim to destroy the West, ironically, Germans are more practical. To them, the Muslims are ruining their society, just as the French think North African Muslims are diluting their country and just as red state Republicans blame the demise of jobs and border security on Mexicans.
So, what's stopping the Bush administration from proposing a similar initiative? If the President can so eagerly back the very notion that the government can spy on its citizens with nary a warrant, why couldn't they round up "suspected" (whatever that would mean) terrorists in the United States and slap surveillance devices on their ankles.
The "suspected" part of the equation is what is scary. Just ask any "too" Arab-looking Muslim how embarrassing a trip to the airport can be.