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January 12, 2005


Its probably no coincidence, but the blemish that causes your reservation is exactly what President Bush chose to commend (in general terms) about Chertoff's qualifications during the public appearance announcing his nomination.

BUSH: In the days after September the 11th, Mike helped trace the terrorist attacks to the al Qaeda network. He understood immediately that the strategy on the war on terror is to prevent attacks before they occur.

CHERTOFF: On September 11th, 2001, I joined members of dozens of federal agencies in responding to the deadliest single attack on American civilians ever. In the weeks and months that followed, we all worked under your direction to prevent further despicable acts of terror.

Just what we need. Someone who doesn't actually set aside the writ of habeas corpus, just finds loopholes around it. Lovely.

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