Wednesday, February 6, 2008

In Other News...

Super Tuesday has (rightly so) held our attention for several days. Now that the votes are cast, some news many may have missed.

Iraqi Insurgents Attack During NBC Interview.

NBC's Richard Engel is in the middle of an interview with one member of the Army's 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment when their combat outpost in Mosul comes under attack. Engel and the soldier he is interviewing -- both outfitted in helmets and body armor -- flinch as the first bullets fly toward the makeshift base.

"It's clear the war here is as intense as ever," Engel says, narrating his piece.

He asks the soldier if the attacks are a "constant problem."

"Yes," the soldier says grimly.
Bush Kills FOIA Compliance.
The White House said, through a spokesman, that "only the Department of Justice, as the government's lead on FOIA issues and mediation in legal matters, is properly situated and empowered to mediate issues between requestors and the federal government."
CIA Director Acknowledges Waterboarding Use.
Despite denying its recent use, Hayden went on to urge lawmakers not to outlaw waterboarding because he said it might be needed in the future. The CIA admitted late last year to destroying videotapes capturing the interrogations of two of the prisoners that Hayden mentioned—Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Hayden also claimed the CIA has practiced what he called “enhanced interrogation techniques” on one-third of the around one hundred prisoners he says have been detained.
FISA (Voting beings today): Fun and Games with Terrorist Threats.
We better forget about checks and balances and oversight and restraints of any kind and everything else and just make sure that the President can spy on our emails and telephone calls with no oversight, otherwise Al Qaeda is going to slaughter us in our Homeland. And we also better make sure that telecommunications corporations don't have consequences when they break the law, otherwise we're doomed, because Al Qaeda is coming.

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