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Tilting at Windmills

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October 11, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

STREET SMART....This business about the bugging of Philadelphia mayor John Street's office is really kind of weird. Today we learn that the FBI wasn't really going after the mayor himself:

Street, 59, elected mayor in 1999 after 20 years in public service, is a "subject" of a two-year, federal investigation into allegations of public corruption, federal government sources have told CNN, although the focus of the investigation is unclear.

....According to the Justice Department, a "target" is someone whom prosecutors have evidence linking to a crime, while a "subject" is a person whose conduct is within the scope of the investigation.

I'm not sure that really clears things up a lot, so I shall remain confused about the whole affair.

However, I do have one comment: I'm deeply disappointed that the FBI doesn't have access to bugs that are invisible to sweeps by local cops. Where's that technological knowhow that we always see in Tom Clancy novels?

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