The Bush Administration’s solution to most problems is to cut taxes for people who make more than $100,000 per year. The Department of Homeland Security has figured out a different way to make our society safer from the threat of terrorists – extend immunity from suit to companies who make defective products related to the fight against terrorism.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the his department has “not fully succeeded in exploiting” legislation that limits the extent companies can be sued for problematic products.
“I have a great deal of respect and understanding of the importance of our legal system,” said Chertoff, a former federal prosecutor and appeals court judge. “But I also know how important it is that the legal system not create unduly high and burdensome transaction costs that do not allow us to make the kinds of rational decisions we have to make in order to protect ourselves.” Read more here.