Entrapment?

Bruno proved once again Sunday that he’s got his finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist — or, the zeitgeist according to the NYT anyway.

In this week’s show, Bruno opines that, schadenfreude aside, what happened to Larry Craig was truly a case of police entrapment. Guest editorialist in the NYT agrees:

WHAT is shocking about Senator Larry Craig’s bathroom arrest is not what he may have been doing tapping his shoe in that stall, but that Minnesotans are still paying policemen to tap back. For almost 40 years most police departments have been aware of something that still escapes the general public: men who troll for sex in public places, gay or “not gay,” are, for the most part, upstanding citizens. Arresting them costs a lot and accomplishes little.

I can’t condone Craig’s hypocrisy, of course, but given that bathroom sex is basically a victimless crime — and as Bruno pointed out, not fundamentally different than picking someone up in a bar — it’s important that we recognize the circumstances of the Senator’s arrest as yet another example of the continuing erosion of our liberties here in George W.’s own US of A.

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