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A Little Too Cozy

Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty, center, with his legal team after the sentencing of Zacarias Moussaoui in Alexandria, will be headed to Europe on summer vacation with an entourage of security.
Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty, center, with his legal team after the sentencing of Zacarias Moussaoui in Alexandria, will be headed to Europe on summer vacation with an entourage of security. (By Chip Somodevilla -- Getty Images)

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And it's not clear how much safer McNulty will be. If he just put on a pair of Bermuda shorts and carried a camera around his neck, he would blend right in. But wandering about in a motorcade with a bunch of big guys with earpieces dangling surely would draw some untoward attention.

Wait, That's My Parking Space

A recent e-mail notice at the Department of Homeland Security indicates some at headquarters think Undersecretary for Management Janet Hale has already checked out.

"Subject: RE: Parking Space #016 Ms. Janet Hale To all, Please pass the word to all employees who have inner compound parking to refrain from parking in space #016 (Ms. Janet Hale's parking space) located in front of the press conference building. On several occasions this week Ms. Hale's space has been unavailable to her in the morning.

"Ms. Hale will be with us until 5/19/06 and will be attending daily morning briefs with the front office. Thanks in advance for passing the word on to your staff."

Forgotten but not gone?

Bun in the Oven at Homeland Security

Speaking of the Department of Homeland Security, a hearty Loop congratulations to Julie L. Myers , assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement since Jan. 6. Word at DHS is she's expecting. Congrats to hubby John F. Wood , chief of staff to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff .

Just an Implant Away

Seems Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has gotten into some hot water at home over his creative proposal that Washington use microchip implants to track Colombians temporarily working in this country.

Loop Fans may recall that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), recounting his Latin America trip in April, mentioned Uribe's proposal when they chatted in Bogota. Specter, in trip notes he entered into the Congressional Record, said he told Uribe "he doubted whether" implants would work since workers "might be able to remove them."

The column item sparked some angry protests. Uribe refused to say whether he proposed the implants, but he told a television interviewer: "If the United States, with all its technology, computers and chips, doesn't have the means to know who enters or leaves the country, then where are we?"

That's what we're trying to figure out right now.


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