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Libby Live: David Sanger - Shadowproof

Libby Live: David Sanger - Shadowproof

graphic courtesy Monk atNOTES: (1) This is not a transcript — It's the blogger's approximation, and no one really knows what that is yet! But I do know you shouldn't quote anything not in quotation marks. (2) I'll timestamp the updates and will update about every 15 minutes, servers willing. The hamsters that run the servers will appreciate it if you don't refresh excessively in the meantime. (3) If you're not having enough fun just reading along the liveblog, consider buying on this case.Jeffress: Spell your name, What do you do for a living. [I'll use J and DS]DS Chief Washington...

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Feb 12
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Comey SJC Testimony, Liveblog - Shadowproof

Comey SJC Testimony, Liveblog - Shadowproof

Click here for the here.Chuck Schumer and Pat Leahy snuck Jim Comey in to testify before SJC today (not really–it just didn't get much publicity). I'm glad they did, though, because SJC has been a lot more fun to watch than HJC.I have no idea what SJC will ask Comey that HJC hasn't already. I'm hoping they include questions about Sampson's two emails to him in January–which Sampson refused to turn over to Congress–as well as specific details about what McNulty said to him last Fall. And just for kicks, it might be useful to confirm that and were the two USAs Comey fired for cause, since...

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May 15
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Using New Emergency Financial Manager Law, They Start Dissolving Governments in Michigan - Shadowproof

Using New Emergency Financial Manager Law, They Start Dissolving Governments in Michigan - Shadowproof

In what is likely to be just the first of several dissolutions of democratically elected city governments and school boards in Michigan, the Emergency Financial Manager of Benton Harbor, Joseph Harris, just from the city’s elected government.I, Joseph L. Harris, the duly appointed Emergency Manager for the City of Benton Harbor, Michigan (the “City”), pursuant to the power and authority granted by Act 4 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 2011, being MCL 141.1501 et seq (the “Act”), do hereby resolve and order as follows:WHEREAS, Section 19(ee) provides that the Emergency Manager may exercise...

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Apr 16
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Omar Khadr Pleads Guilty - Shadowproof

Omar Khadr Pleads Guilty - Shadowproof

As you may have heard on Twitter, Omar Khadr has to all charges against him.Omar Khadr, the only Canadian, only child soldier and only Guantanamo Bay detainee charged with battlefield homicide in the killing a U.S. soldier, pleaded guilty to all terrorism and murder charges on Monday.“Yes” said Mr. Khadr, when Army Col Patrick Parrish, the military judge asked him if he understood what he was doing.[snip]“You should only do this if you truly believe it is in your best interests,” Col. Parrish told Mr. Khadr.“ Yes,” he replied again, his voice clear and direct in the hushed courtroom.As part...

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Oct 25
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Vikram Pandit's Material Mistatements - Shadowproof

Vikram Pandit's Material Mistatements - Shadowproof

It appears that Vikram Pandit’s failure to disclose material problems with Citibank’s valuation of its shitpile is another of the crimes we’re supposed to look forward and ignore. Jonathan Weil how one of the documents disclosed in the FCIC dump–a February 14, 2008 OCC report finding that Citibank’s models for measuring the value of its shitpile were crap.The gist of the regulator’s : Citigroup’s internal controls were a mess. So were its valuation methods for subprime mortgage bonds, which had spawned record losses at the bank. Among other things, “weaknesses were noted with model...

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Feb 24
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Ongoing Fallout from Raymond Davis Affairs Reveals Extent of Our Activities in Pakistan - Shadowproof

Ongoing Fallout from Raymond Davis Affairs Reveals Extent of Our Activities in Pakistan - Shadowproof

When the US detained the Kuwaiti-Pakistani Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and interrogated him for years (including at least a month of harsh torture), he revealed a handful of al Qaeda operatives in the US. When Pakistan held the American contractor, Raymond Davis, and–as –had Pakistan’s intelligence service ISI interrogate him for 14 days, that appears to have led to the identification of hundreds of Americans working in Pakistan on activities not authorized by the Pakistani government.As the article reveals, there are four things we’re doing in Pakistan to which the Pakistanis object:Spying on...

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Apr 12
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If the Detainee Dies, Doing Sleep Deprivation Is Wrong - Shadowproof

If the Detainee Dies, Doing Sleep Deprivation Is Wrong - Shadowproof

One of the most shocking quotes from the came from Jonathan Fredman, then the Counsel for CounterTerrorism Center at CIA, for the Director of National Intelligence, told some interrogators at Gitmo, "It is basically subject to perception. If the detainee dies you’re doing it wrong." Fredman is reported to have said that on October 2, 2002. A month later, on November 1, 2002, the staff JAG for a Special Ops unit in Bagram judged there was a risk to participating in CIA interrogations; "we are at risk as we get more ‘creative’ and stray from standard interrogation techniques and procedures...

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May 19
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Tracking Osama bin Laden's Courier... Through Hassan Ghul - Shadowproof

Tracking Osama bin Laden's Courier... Through Hassan Ghul - Shadowproof

Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo have fleshed out , describing the threads of intelligence that led to the courier–whose name they report as Sheikh Abu Ahmed–who in turn led to Osama bin Laden. The story includes the following steps:The story has many more details, so go and then come back for my long-winded discussion.First, some general comments. This narrative still seems to be missing at least one step: how they learned Abu Ahmed’s real name. As I , the senior administration official who briefed on this the other day said they learned that name four years ago, so sometime about a year after...

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May 3
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Peter "Material Support for Terrorism" King - Shadowproof

Peter "Material Support for Terrorism" King - Shadowproof

The NYT has an rightly condemning ascending Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee Peter King’s upcoming hearing to attack Muslims.It is disturbing to listen to Representative Peter King, the incoming chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. He has announced plans to hold a hearing next month into what he calls the “radicalization of the American Muslim community.” Mr. King, a New York Republican, is no stranger to bluster, but his sweeping slur on Muslim citizens is unacceptable.But the interesting bit of the editorial is the last paragraph.He had better recall his role as a...

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Oh, to Know What Fred's Thinking - Shadowproof

Oh, to Know What Fred's Thinking - Shadowproof

How'd you like to be Fred Fielding? You've lived through the two archetypal Republican scandals (Watergate '74, Iran-Contra '86) without getting tainted by either. Then you're brought into to the withering Shrub Administration to as the Bush thugs attempt to stay out of jail while still preserving Dick Cheney's quaint ideas about the Unitary Executive. And then, just hours after you're named White House Counsel, the scandals break loose in a way that is perhaps worse than you even imagined.You see, I ask because Fred is sending mixed signals. Consider he sent in response to Leahy's and...

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Apr 14
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"And it does not employ the phrase 'enemy combatant'" - Shadowproof

"And it does not employ the phrase 'enemy combatant'" - Shadowproof

In on Obama’s rejection today of the term "enemy combatant," that sentence appears at the end of the first paragraph:In a filing today with the federal District Court for the District of Columbia, the Department of Justice submitted a new standard for the government’s authority to hold detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. The definition does not rely on the President’s authority as Commander-in-Chief independent of Congress’s specific authorization. It draws on the international laws of war to inform the statutory authority conferred by Congress. It provides that individuals...

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The Osama bin Laden Trail Shows Waterboarding Didn't Work - Shadowproof

The Osama bin Laden Trail Shows Waterboarding Didn't Work - Shadowproof

The AP has that intelligence leading to the courier that in turn led to Osama bin Laden came from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and–as I earlier–Abu Faraj al-Libi while in CIA custody. But partly because of the language AP uses to describe this–and partly because the wingnuts love torture–many are drawing the wrong conclusion about it. Here’s what the AP says:Current and former U.S. officials say that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, provided the nom de guerre of one of bin Laden’s most trusted aides. The CIA got similar information from Mohammed’s...

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Libby Live: David Addington - Shadowproof

Libby Live: David Addington - Shadowproof

Whew. No break!?!?!?! And no word whether Ari was Pincus' source?David Addington. bearded, glasses. Has a bit of nasal voice.A I'm an employee of the vice president. I'm his COS. (No mention of torture or other unitary executive duties.)A Started working for VP 12 noon January 2001. [this must have been the first day of admin]A Grad Georgetown FS and Duke Law. 1981 grad law school.A Select committee. Iran Contra.  WH during Reagan. DOS for legislative affairs. Transition for Tower when he was going to be Defense Secretary, my next job was with House Whip, Dick Cheney, selected by GHWB to...

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Jan 29
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Details on the New Fuel Efficiency Standards - Shadowproof

Details on the New Fuel Efficiency Standards - Shadowproof

Okay, the White House had a briefing on their vastly improved new fuel efficiency standards. Basically, what they’ve done is get everyone (the companies, the states that wanted higher standards, and the EPA) to agree to one nationwide standard that will be in effect through 2016. And in exchange, CA will drop its push for its own state standards and the standards will be slightly postponed (though the outcome by 2016 will be roughly the same). That’s the overview. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to ask,I can’t help but that GM plans to import Chevy Sparks according to the same schedule (2012 to...

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May 19
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Fox Discovers Filipino Monkey - Shadowproof

Fox Discovers Filipino Monkey - Shadowproof

Think Progress so I don’t have to–and so bmaz can have some fun.Today, a week after his call for war with Iran, Brian Kilmeade was forced to concede that the verbal threats made against the U.S. ships are “a possible hoax from a man called the ‘.’” Kilmeade’s co-host claimed that she knew it all along. “I remember sitting in my office thinking, you gotta be kidding me? That voice does not sound to me like an Iranian accent.” She didn’t say that on-air, however, prior to this morning.Kilmeade’s other co-host, , piped in with this comment:DOOCY: But can you imagine, had we blown those little...

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Jan 15
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Liveblogging the Prop 8 Trial: Day Five Friday PM Two (21) - Shadowproof

Liveblogging the Prop 8 Trial: Day Five Friday PM Two (21) - Shadowproof

For those joining FDL for our Prop 8 coverage, . And if you’re a law firm or (especially) a traditional media outlet that has previously claimed bloggers do no real coverage and instead steal others’ work,Helen ZiaDefense: Relevance very unclear, she’s not a plaintiff, she’s not an expert, she’s not a reliable sample, her testimony has no probative value. Use of documents used with Dr. Chauncey. None of that was disclosed. No idea what relevance is.Danny Chu, SF City Attys: Illustrative of expert testimony. Alleges harm, showing how domestic partnerships are different. WRT description of...

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Prop 8 Trial: A Tale of Two Lawyers - Shadowproof

Prop 8 Trial: A Tale of Two Lawyers - Shadowproof

courtesy of mindgutter (flickr)As I’ve been processing the three days I spent at the Prop 8 Trial last week, there’s been a lot to think about: how much I learned about gay experience, both historically and psychologically; how odd a role I had as an observer (the journalists present appeared to be largely split between “objective” journalists and gays and lesbians; but as a “barren” straight married woman, the Prop 8 proponents were effectively making an attack on my non-procreative marriage along with their attack on the humanity of the gay men and lesbians around me); and the dynamics of...

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When and To What Degree Was John Ashcroft Read Into the Illegal Surveillance Program? - Shadowproof

When and To What Degree Was John Ashcroft Read Into the Illegal Surveillance Program? - Shadowproof

We have long known that John Ashcroft was not properly read into the illegal domestic surveillance program. Senator Whitehouse suggested as much when Attorney General Gonzales testified in July 2007. And both revealed that John Ashcroft–from his ICU bed–complained that his advisors had not been able to get read into the program and as a result he was ill-informed about the program.But here’s an about the hospital visit:I also recall that, prior to the time I departed, General Ashcroft briefly mentioned a concern about security clearances for members of his staff regarding the NSA activities...

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Dear W, - Shadowproof

Dear W, - Shadowproof

I’m that you did not pardon Scooter. "I don’t think was appropriate," for you to have , to respond to Joe Wilson’s assertions about our case for war against Iraq, and to have told me it was okay to "get the whole story out," just before Scooter tried to launder this through Judy Miller on July 8, 2003 and then Novak on July 9, 2003, only to let him take the fall for you when Patrick Fitzgerald started investigating who leaked Valerie Wilson’s name.You asked Scooter to "" to rebut Joe Wilson’s criticisms, and now you have "in effect left Scooter hanging in the wind" for something you...

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Mar 15
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The Bully Pulpit with Training Wheels - Shadowproof

The Bully Pulpit with Training Wheels - Shadowproof

Folks are still arguing about whether Obama’s statement about the Cordoba House was sufficiently impassioned or whether his subsequent statements backtracked off the original statement.Now, that’s not to say that religion is without controversy. Recently, attention has been focused on the construction of mosques in certain communities -– particularly New York.  Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of Lower Manhattan.  The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country.  And the pain and the experience of suffering by those who lost...

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Are We Giving Saudi Arabia Nukes? - Shadowproof

Are We Giving Saudi Arabia Nukes? - Shadowproof

No no, not the bomb. Strictly a , you understand, just like the Iranians say they’re developing.As Bush flew into Riyadh, the White House said the United States, the world’s largest energy consumer, had agreed to help protect the resources of the world’s top oil exporter and help it in developing peaceful nuclear energy."The United States and Saudi Arabia have agreed to cooperate in safeguarding the kingdom’s energy resources by protecting key infrastructure, enhancing Saudi border security, and meeting (its) expanding energy needs," a White House statement said."The U.S. and Saudi Arabia...

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May 16
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The OLC Memos, "Erroneous and Inflammatory Assumptions," and John Rizzo's Lies - Shadowproof

The OLC Memos, "Erroneous and Inflammatory Assumptions," and John Rizzo's Lies - Shadowproof

In his statement on the torture memos today, Obama that some of the "assumptions" about what Americans had done were wrong, and that releasing the memos would correct these "assumptions."First, the interrogation techniques described in these memos have already been widely reported. Second, the previous Administration publicly acknowledged portions of the program – and some of the practices – associated with these memos. Third, I have already ended the techniques described in the memos through an Executive Order. Therefore, withholding these memos would only serve to deny facts that have...

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Apr 17
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Monica Conyers Pleads Guilty - Shadowproof

Monica Conyers Pleads Guilty - Shadowproof

My biggest question for months was not whether or when Monica Conyers would accept a plea deal in a pay to play bribery scandal–as . But whether or not her legal problems would make her husband, John Conyers, timid in his role as House Judiciary Chair.Monica Ann Conyers beginning on a date unknown and continuing until or about December 2007, did knowingly and voluntarily conspire and agree with an aide and others to corruptly solicit and demand for the benefit of herself and others and to accept and agree to accept things of value from persons while an agent of the City of Detroit, an...

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Ari Fleischer to Pimp BCS - Shadowproof

Ari Fleischer to Pimp BCS - Shadowproof

There’s much that can be said about …The college football Bowl Championship Series has hired Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary to President George W. Bush, to help improve its image.[snip]“Playoff advocates have had an easy ride where they have never been called on to explain exactly how they would create an alternative. There is tremendous division among playoff advocates,” said Fleischer. “While the BCS has its share of critics, once people see both sides of the issue, they will see why the system has its great support.”And because a lot of folks are sliding into the Turkey...

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Trying to Peel the Haggis - Shadowproof

Trying to Peel the Haggis - Shadowproof

The White House must be trying to peel Scottish Haggis away from the Democrats on the SJC who oppose granting the telecoms immunity for illegally spying on citizens. Why else Leahy and Specter the family jewels–the justification for the domestic wiretap program–without sharing them with the rest of SJC?The White House has offered leaders of the Senate JudiciaryCommittee access to legal documents related to the National SecurityAgency’s warrantless surveillance program, senators said Thursday.But Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., said while the White House had offered the...

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