Conyers to Rove: No, It's Not an Open Book Test...

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emptywheel
Gosh, Karl Rove seems to lack confidence he can answer the questions HJC might ask of him. I wonder if that's because he knows they will have a whole lot of material to ask about?

John Yoo's Non-Ephemeral Writings

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emptywheel
John Yoo didn't want to write thngs that people didn't remember. I wonder whether he now regrets that his most famous writings will be remembered, but remembered with disdain?
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If They Cut Off Your Rent-A-Generals, Just Buy-An-Advisor

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emptywheel
I highly recommend checking out this Media Matters database, which lists all 4500 appearances the Rent-A-Generals named in NYT's article on the program (I hope Media Matters expands it to include other Rent-A-Hacks listed in the full document dump). Here, for example, are the appearances made by David Grange, the most prolific Rent-A-General, just as the Iraq War began. Kind of hard to see, I know, but it basically reads CNN CNN
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Why Drop Charges Against Al-Qahtani?

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emptywheel
The charges against Mohammed al-Qahtani were dropped not because he was tortured. So was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, after all, and he's still being charged. The charges against al-Qahtani were dropped because trying him would have amounted to trying Rummy, Jim Haynes, and Diane Beaver, too. And trying al-Qahtani would have also proved that torture doesn't work.

Update on Michigan

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emptywheel
From MI, at least, it looks like the primary is over and MI's delegation has been largely resolved, save for the details.
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Fitz on Firing

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emptywheel
Patrick Fitzgerald answers about five questions about being fired as a USA--one of which is somewhat revealing wrt the Libby and Rezko investigations.
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Just Making It Up on Classification

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emptywheel
Bush's new classification, CUI, is worrisome. But just as worrisome is increasing evidence that Bush is just endorsing a system whereby his Administration does whatever it wants, regardless of classification.
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Politicizing Show Trials at the Same Time as Politicizing DOJ

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emptywheel
The entire opinion disqualifying General Thomas Hartmann in Salim Hamdan's show trial is worth reading. But I'm particularly struck by the coincidence of timing. The Bush Administration started focusing on show trials at precisely the same time as it was firing a bunch of US Attorneys for political reasons.
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I Don't Think "Exclusivity" Means What John Yoo Thinks It Does

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emptywheel
Sheldon Whitehouse reveals that the Administration used word games to get around the exclusivity provision in FISA.
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Publicizing Pixie Dust

One of my early posts on Pixie Dust is nominated for one of the most important under-reported stories from last year. I guess that's just emblematic of the kind of attention Pixie Dust attracts.

Bloch: Making Some Sense

After reading the longer document on OSC's investigations, it appears there is SOME logic to Scott Bloch's investigations. But that doesn't mean he's a good manager.

Bloch: Stop Making Sense

I am still catching up on events of the last week and so I don't have a really good sense of WTF is going on with the FBI raid of Scott Bloch's house and--according to NPR, via Sara--body cavities. But I wanted to point you to this analysis of a document drafted by a bunch of Office of Special Counsel investigators, listing their complaints about Bloch's intervention into their investigations.
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Does McCain Support the Poisoning of MI's Voters?

What does John McCain think about the fact that the Administration fired the EPA's regional administrator rather than let her force Dow Chemical to clean up its Dioxin waste? Does he support the poisoning of voters he's counting on for a victory in November?
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The Flying Fur At OSC

Many of you have been asking many different questions about the OSC kerfluffle. I am fairly deep into this now and hope to have a serious piece ready by tonight. This is just a short post to run by all of you my current thoughts and ask you to post in comments any links to new and probative information you have run across (for other topics too if they are really noteworthy).
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