October 15th, 2008

News

sigh

"The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects - documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details of the program became public.

"The classified memos, which have not been previously disclosed, were requested by then-CIA Director George J. Tenet more than a year after the start of the secret interrogations, according to four administration and intelligence officials familiar with the documents. Although Justice Department lawyers, beginning in 2002, had signed off on the agency's interrogation methods, senior CIA officials were troubled that White House policymakers had never endorsed the program in writing."

News

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New questions raised about the interpreters at Guantanamo. Also, the Pentagon announces new rules to cover interrogations for prisoners.

How this administration operated: the legislative branch makes the laws, the executive branch decides to ignore the laws when they feel like it. Balance of what?

SOME NEWS:
* Good read: important questions from various luminaries that both candidates should answer.
* The budget deficit sets new records.
* Thomas Friedman on the theme of what went wrong with the financial-services boom and the American Dream.
* Issues remain concerning the military's coverage of 'friendly fire' incidents.
* Interesting. Postville, a town on the frontlines of the immigration debate, struggles to deal with a federal raid.
* Huh. Infectious cancer affecting Tasmanian devils.

"It is perhaps the last great Antarctic expedition - to find an explanation for why there is a great mountain range buried under the White Continent." (Uh, guys?)

Politics

debate #3 livebloggish

What's that about debates being won in the first ten and last five minutes?

And can we just get Joe the Plumber on here? Ask him directly?

[9:11 - "That's a hatchet, and then I'd get out a scalpel." Um, isn't it too late for the scalpel after you use the hatchet?]
[9:15 - Aaaaand there's our favorite overhead projector.]
[9:36 - And the Ayers issue is shut down. And now we're on to veep picks.]
[9:59 - Wait, is Joe the Plumber related to Joe Sixpack? I'm all confused here.]
[10:04 - Wait. I don't want to vote for That One anymore. I want to vote for Senator Government!]
[10:16 - Man, Bob Schieffer is rocking these questions, and almost keeping them in line. Well done, sir.]

[10:33 - And here's your MightyGodKing, and Swampland. And now I am going to watch some Project Runway.]