If You Keep Getting Stopped at Airports, That's Not a Secret

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emptywheel
A judge has rejected the government's claim that it cannot tell people whether they are on the terrorist watch list because, if they do, then they will alter their behavior accordingly.

Which Master Do These Rent-A-Generals Serve?

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emptywheel
Ike Skelton asks which master the Pentagon's Rent-A-Generals serve. Let's do what we can to encourage Skelton--and his counterpart Carl Levin--to pursue the question further.
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Article I v. State Secrets

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emptywheel
It looks like the al-Haramain suit in CA will really pit Congress' power against the President's ability to invoke State Secrets.
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CIA And Bushco Have A Rather Large Criminal Obstruction Problem: The Torture Tapes Come Home To Roost

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emptywheel
By now, the story of the CIA's destruction of the "torture tapes" is well known. However, yesterday, an insufficiently noticed page A-16 story by Dan Eggen in the Washington Post, appears to put the lie to the defenses the Administration has posited to date and raise serious issues in relation to intentional, malicious destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice.
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Fitz v. Rove, Part VI

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emptywheel
The news that Bob Kjellander was trying to get Rove to fire Patrick Fitzgerald is not new. But introducing it in the Rezko trial certainly fits with Fitz' MO of introducing helping evidence via indirect channels.

How Did They Find Mr. Kadish?

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emptywheel
How did the Federal government suddenly put together enough evidence to arrest Ben-Ami Kadish for spying, when he allegedly committed these crimes 20 years ago?

Apples and Oranges

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emptywheel
John Ashcroft unsuccessfully tries to claim we don't torture.

Apparently McCain Will Not Be on the Ballot in November

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emptywheel
That's all I can surmise from Terry McAuliffe's boast that Hillary "won" Michigan. Goddamned I wonder if these people give a damn how aggravating such statements are to people in MI whose Hillary-supporting Governor and other top leaders played chicken with the DNC and lost ... our vote.
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Hillary's Iran Comments

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emptywheel
Hillary's Iron comments sound like they're complete bloodthirsty war-mongering. But there's an important kernel of sense to them that is getting missed.

Condi's Pissing Contest with Moqtada al-Sadr

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emptywheel
Back when Dick Cheney snuck into Iraq to meet with Nuri al-Maliki, it was unclear whether Cheney's visit related to Maliki's subsequent, ill-fated offensive into Basra. I submit that we need have no doubts about what comes next. Condi has made it very clear she owns--we own--whatever atrocities are about to happen in Sadr City.

Did Cheney Rent One of Rummy's Rent-A-Generals to Try to Refute Joe Wilson?

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emptywheel
That Rummy is such a sweet guy! He lent Dick Cheney one of his Rent-A-Generals in 2005, when Scooter Libby's indictment put Cheney in some danger of prosecution for outing a CIA NOC.
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The Pentagon's Media Analyst Domestic Psy-Ops Program: Is It Legal?

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emptywheel
By now you have probably heard that the New York Times has an in-depth piece by David Barstow out for Sunday's edition on the use by the Pentagon of media "military experts" as propaganda conduits. Nearly everybody is discussing this story, but in addition to denouncing this disingenuous propaganda program we should also ask whether it it is legal under existing US law.

McCain Announces He Will Follow Christopher Ward's Finance Methods

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emptywheel
Funny. The description McCain's campaign offered of their unusual funding approach closely resembles the methods used at NRCC when Christopher Ward committed all that alleged graft.
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The NYT Does Penance?

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emptywheel
Does anyone else find it ironic that the NYT is exposing the economy of influence-driven reporting behind Iraq War coverage?
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Turdblossom Writes Letters

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emptywheel
Is this a letter to Dan Abrams? Because parts of it sure look like they'd be better suited addressed to Bob Novak.
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