David Duke Arrested In Prague, Part Deux
I have been informed that Duke was released yesterday by the Czech police, and given until midnight to leave the country, so he has gone back to the undisclosed location in the Ukraine or in Russia where he apparently resides now. (No one seems to know.)
Did anyone ever figure out how a convicted federal felon managed to be issued a passport by the State Department, in violation of all their own rules and protocols?
Curious in Cucamonga
I actually did some research on that. The non-issuance of passports to convicted felons is not actually a federal law, it is simply a long-standing policy. Like gun control in Ireland. You may own any kind of weapon you like in Ireland, so long as you have a Garda permit for it, and the Gardai don't issue any permits. Period.
The U.S. State Department can issue a passport to any damned body they please, and Duke was free to apply again after he got out of prison, so long as he did not lie on his application by concealing his conviction, which would be another federal felony.
As to why the U.S. State Department in its infinite wisdom elected to issue a passport to David Ernest Duke--well, therein lies the riddle, and as Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, "The Daniel who shall expound it is yet a-wanting."