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Secretive police.

Franz Kafka would love this one. The U.S. Park Police Chief, Teresa Chambers, recently told reporters that she needs reinforcements. Her forces are being stretched too thin by their new responsibilities to provide security for conspicuous terrorist targets like the Washington Monument. Instead of getting more money, however, she anticipates a $12 million budget shortfall this year. Sounds to me like she has reasonable concerns. But Dan Murphy, the Bush administration's deputy chief of Park Service, has removed Chambers from her job and placed her on administrative leave, saying that she had violated rules against lobbying and commenting on pending budget matters.

When reporters asked the Park Service for copies of the rules Chambers is supposed to have broken, a spokesman said: "We're not willing to discuss this." The Park Service has also refused to tell Chambers's lawyer what rules she broke or how she broke them.

The old gang back in Prague couldn't have handled it better.
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Title Annotation:Tilting at Windmills
Author:Peters, Charles
Publication:Washington Monthly
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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