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Financial Crisis Panel Starts Today; Should the Banking Industry Worry?

By | 09.17.09 | 9:34 am

The 10-member commission appointed by Congress to investigate the causes of the nation’s financial meltdown holds its first meeting this morning. But with momentum for stronger regulation of Wall Street slowing and New York emerging as the center of bailout accountability, the commission may More…

The Washington Post Rewrites the History of Afghanistan Policy

By | 09.03.09 | 12:43 pm

Oh, Washington Post editorial board. When Steve Coll left the paper, did he take all his voluminous historical memory about U.S. policy to Afghanistan between the Soviet invasion and 9/11 with him? Because in your editorial today about Afghanistan, arguing against restricting the mission, you write:

But the


Holt Calls for Next Church Committee on CIA

By | 07.27.09 | 6:00 am

After years of examining CIA operations of dubious legality, an important member of the House intelligence committee is exploring an option that many in the intelligence community view with apprehension: a comprehensive investigation of all intelligence-community operations over years and perhaps even decades. The model is the famous Church and More…

John Yoo Neglects to Mention That August President’s Daily Brief

By | 07.16.09 | 10:13 am

Following up on Spencer’s post, I must point out the absurdity of the opening of John Yoo’s op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal.

It was instantly clear after Sept. 11, 2001, that our security agencies knew little about al Qaeda’s inner workings, could not detect its operatives’ entry


John Yoo’s Defense of Himself Is as Persuasive as Most of His Legal Opinions

By | 07.16.09 | 9:06 am

This is your horrible, dystopian future: John Yoo, the former Office of Legal Counsel official who had a hand in crafting the Bush administration’s detentions, interrogations and warrantless surveillance abuses, writes endless and endlessly misleading defenses of himself. Some people die because of Yoo’s cavalier relationship with the law — More…

Does Anyone Remember the 9/11 Commission?

By | 05.15.09 | 11:14 am

Via Andrew Sullivan, Marc Ambinder gives the Obama administration’s rationale for opposing a truth commission on torture:

In the [Obama administration's] view, a commission would expose secrets without any means of determining whether they’re properly protected or not, and they’ve been warned that the nation’s spy services would