I’m thoroughly unsurprised by the news of Dennis Blair’s ouster. After all, it’s an impossible job that appears to serve one purpose: to provide a deck chair you can rearrange every two years as a scapegoat for our continuing inability to detect terrorists even with all the surveillance toys we’ve got.
|By: emptywheel Sunday May 9, 2010 8:30 am|
The White House press made a bit of a todo over the fact that Eric Holder was finally allowed to go on a Sunday show today (he’s appearing on both ABC and NBC). Given all the somewhat bizarre claims from people like Rahm that Holder botches his public statements, it sort of makes you wonder what he’d have to agree to before he’d be allowed out without a minder.
|By: Jim White Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:50 am|
With the arrest last night of Faisal Shahzad in the case of the failed Times Square SUV bombing attempt from Saturday evening, we see the continuation of a trend in which bombing attempts are botched, allowing law enforcement to move in, arrest the immediately involved suspect and then begin to investigate ties to larger groups.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday April 27, 2010 7:00 am|
A bunch of NY subway riders may have almost gotten killed last September 11 because Dick Cheney wanted to boost poll numbers in 2006 rather than let law enforcement work.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday April 7, 2010 6:04 am|
The WaPo clarifies an earlier Reuters report (which was unclear that this pertained to CIA) that Anwar al-Awlaki has been added to the CIA’s kill list, after having been on JSOC’s kill list for some months. Does it strike you as odd that we’re targeting US citizens with no judicial process? Does it strike you as odd that we’ve got two entirely separate sets of list on which Americans can be targeted to be killed? Does it strike you as odd that we’ve now got an apparent turf battle over who gets to kill al-Awlaki?
|By: Phoenix Woman Saturday February 20, 2010 6:45 am|
White skin = valid motive = “frustrated” citizen (per Scott Brown).
Dark skin = no valid motive = waterboard the guy (per Scott Brown).
|By: DavidDanzig Wednesday January 6, 2010 3:59 pm|
An army of political pundits is crying foul over the transfer of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to the federal criminal court system.