Unless you live underground you saw that the Senate passed the bill for Homeland Security. Anyone see the last minute politics? For instance, the Senate could have stripped out some of the indefensible provisions tucked into the measure by the House last week. But it refused as it approved passage with uncharacteristic haste. Some unjustified items: * The pharmaceutical industry, which donated $35 million to the last two political campaigns, would gain protection from lawsuits over adverse side effects of vaccines. Conveniently, the restrictions would be retroactive, terminating injury cases that are already in the courts. * Makers of faulty bomb detectors, gas masks or other anti-terrorism devices would be granted immunity from liability, even in cases of intentional wrongdoing. * Companies could cover up violations of the law by hiding behind new restrictions on access to government information. * A provision inserted by incoming House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, would hand Texas A & M University the first department grant: a homeland-security research center. Uhm, anyone else feeling a bit insecure about the above?