A couple hours after my post on Condi Rice, the White House released the Aug. 6, 2001, PDB. Here’s a copy in Adobe format.

No doubt the vast majority of it is historical in nature. But how Rice can consider “historical” this statement: FBI information “indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with […]

Time to indict Condi?

I blogged below about the media’s hesitancy to call things as they are when it comes to the White House. Today’s New York Times is a perfect example.

In an article about the August 6, 2001, presidential briefing, the Times reports Bush was told al Queda “planned an attack within the United States with explosives […]

Religion and our future

I just finished Karen Armstrong’s memoir, The Spiral Staircase. (By coincidence, the book section in today’s Guardian has an excellent biographical piece about her. And Powell’s has an interview here.) Armstrong is a British woman who left the convent after seven years and the book details her struggles in coming to terms with a society […]


The LA Times, the New York Times and others take issue with a US Marshal erasing reporters’ digital recordings of a speech by Justice Scalia at a high school. The fact this was done is offensive in and of itself. Yet as the LA Times notes, “Alone among the justices, Scalia forbids television cameras when […]

I told ya so

The Washington Post confirms what I predicted on April 2 about US media coverage of Sibel Edmonds. She is the former FBI translator who, according to The Independent, claims there were intelligence reports in the spring and summer of 2001 that al Qaeda planned to fly hijacked airplanes into US skyscrapers.

The Independent’s story received […]