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I try to focus my limited blogging time on ‘strategic sustainability’ issues, and related matter, and eschew the near overwhelming fascination our political and geopolitical quagmires, but sometimes even my vaunted self-descipline crumbles before the ironies. Viz:
The American Civil Liberties Union disclosed yesterday that it filed a lawsuit three weeks ago challenging the FBI’s methods of obtaining many business records, but the group was barred from revealing even the existence of the case until now….
‘It is remarkable that a gag provision in the Patriot Act kept the public in the dark about the mere fact that a constitutional challenge had been filed in court,’ Ann Beeson, the ACLU’s associate legal director, said in a statement. ‘President Bush can talk about extending the life of the Patriot Act, but the ACLU is still gagged from discussing details of our challenge to it.’

Democracy in action.
(Thanks to Wonkette for her metal detectors.)