Friday, May 19, 2006

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Man Held in Terror Program
United States officials have acknowledged the principal elements of Mr. Masri's account, saying intelligence authorities may have confused him with an operative of Al Qaeda with a similar name. The officials also said he was released in May 2004 on the direct orders of Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser, after she learned he had been mistakenly identified as a terrorism suspect.

Masri knows what the government did to him.
The government knows what it did to him.
The public knows what the government did to him.
OK. Everybody knows.
The CIA says that if they confirm or deny what everybody already knows, then national security will be harmed.
The judge agreed.
Masri cannot sue about what everyone knows has happened, because if the CIA acknowledges what has already happened, then everyone will know what has happened, even though everyone already does know what happened.

Haven't I already read this book?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Digby posts about Nixon.

Greg Sargent posts, tangentially, about Nixon.

Wouldn't it have been great if Bush/Cheney had openly campaigned on a platform of "finishing what Nixon started." Talk about watching a race for the crashes. That'd have been awe. some.

But, no. They had to pretend like they were responsible, competent people, and the big media had to go along with it. Fakers, all of them. Big fakers.
Bush Calls for Compromise on Immigration
The numbers of Guard troops deployed on the border would decline after a year, the president said, as the Border Patrol put more agents in the field.

In other words, as the Border Patrol stands up, the National Guard will stand down.

He is nothing if not consistent, however simplistic or, less charitably, moronic.

Aside: I hope to be within the first 7,000 people to make this comment on the internets. Fingers crossed!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Bush Set To Send Guard to Border

Perhaps some clever Democratic congresscritter could propose legislation that would tie funding for this little stunt, to funding for an equal force to patrol our northern border. Whatever number of troops we deploy south, we deploy that number along the Canadian border also.

We can't let those Canooks come down to take jobs and money away from the American taxpayer, after all.

Secure BOTH borders! Any other proposal is arbitrary and not serious.