Concerns about terrorism, law enforcement and politics aside, this is what people really want to know about the new attorney general, Alberto Gonzales:
Is he going to take those curtains down?
For three years, a pair of partially nude statues in the Great Hall of the Justice Department have remained hidden behind blue curtains, courtesy of Gonzales' predecessor, John Ashcroft, who felt that the statues were too risqu�.
It may seem silly to worry about curtains when the nation confronts the threat of terrorist attacks. But to many inside and outside the department, the answer will symbolize whether Gonzales plans to change the partisan tone set by Ashcroft during his tenure as attorney general.