Sunday, March 11, 2007

Well, At Least It's Not PowerPoint

As the Federal Bureau of Investigation admits to abusing the provisions of the PATRIOT act and then failing to keep proper records to gauge the real situation, it is interesting to look at how the scandal plays out on the official FBI website. A press release from the abashed G-men points to a "Chart: Corrective Actions," which I have reproduced above. In President Bush's comments about the public relations mess, he has emphasized his desire for clear progress reports on how the "problem" is being fixed. The administration's use of information graphics and report cards is obviously shaping the FBI's visual presentation style as well. Boing Boing has published the Department of Justice's critical review, which has considerably more useful data about 215 orders.

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