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The fifth district race for retiring Representative Martin Sabo's seat has been ugly this year. Keith Ellison, the DFL candidate has been accused of being a scofflaw for paying parking tickets late. He has also been accused of being a dangerous Muslim extremist, because he is black and Muslim and was once associated with the Nation of Islam, which he repudiated long ago.
The most vituperative attacks have come from his GOP opponent, Alan Fine:
"I'm extremely concerned about Keith Ellison, Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison, Keith Ellison Muhammad. I'm personally offended that this person is a candidate for U.S. Congress. ... He is the follower of a known racist, Louis Farrakhan, who promoted division between the people of our nation, a person who believes that the white man is the anti-Christ, a person who called for the destruction of our nation, a person who believes that Jews are the scourge of the Earth. I'm personally offended as a Jew that we have a candidate like this running for U.S. Congress."
Nice, eh?Now, it turns out that Fine was arrested in 1995
for hitting his then-wife. The record of that arrest was expunged in 2004, because Fine "just got around to it and did it." Of course, it had nothing to do with his plans to run for political office. His now ex-wife still says that the charge was legit; he hit her, more than once and even while she was pregnant. In another interesting tidbit, there have been FIVE domestic 911 calls to Fine's residence since 1995, so apparently it's a trend not limited to his former wife.
Republicans: happy to tell you how to conduct your life. Just don't look behind their curtain.
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While the Foley scandal is great fun and may turn out to be the straw that breaks the GOP stranglehold on power, there are other, more important stories out there. The Curious Case of the CIA Briefing That Nobody Seems to Remember is one of them.
- There is no question that the briefing occurred.
- There is no question that it contained alarming information about imminent attacks inside of the US.
- There is no question that Condi Rice, Don Rumsfeld and John Ashcroft all received this briefing during the first half of July, 2001.
- There is no question that it alarmed Ashcroft enough to cause him to stop flying on US domestic commercial flights in July 2001, while he refused to give a public reason.
- There is no question that Rice, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft have all denied getting the briefing, or if they did get it, they deny that it contained anything interesting enough for them to remember.
- There is no question that at least some of the 9-11 Commission members received this same briefing as part of their investigation.
- There is no question that no mention of this briefing appeared in the 9-11 Commission's final report.
So, the briefing was important, but not important. It was alarming, but not alarming. Many high-level officials saw it, but no one saw it.
I would sure like to know just exactly what was in that briefing. Mahablog is on this.
Sex. It's nice to know that we finally have a GOP scandal that interests the Corporate Media. There's plenty of coverage available for everyone, so the only thing I'll add is that Foley's "overly-friendly" tendencies with pages were known in the GOP-controlled House as early as 1995
. The House GOP busily impeached a sitting President for sexual peccadillos while protecting a predatory pervert in their midst. Nice.
says that "anonymous sources" are revealing that the 9-11 commission did in fact review the briefing that Tenet gave to Rice. Apparently there were no specifics about the method, timing or location of the impending attack, just a really strong warning of something
about to happen. Given her terrible memory, I can understand why this just slipped out of Condi's head; but why did the commission forget all about it....
And why did the FBI have better information about the specific nature of the threat; passing it on to John Ashcroft and no one else?
Eventually, the wheels come off.
Woodward's new book tells us that the Bush administration basically ignored the growing body of intelligence indicating that al Qaeda was getting ready to do something big involving commercial aircraft during the summer of 2001. In it, he recounts a meeting between Condoleeza Rice and George Tenet on July 10, during which Tenet told her of the mounting evidence.Condi says that she doesn't recall the meeting
. Tenet isn't talking, although he is probably Woodward's source. Members of the 9/11 commission are understandably upset that they weren't informed of this meeting
during their investigation. Who to believe, then? With the Bush administration, the best thing to do is go back and look for evidence that they are lying...and guess what?Here it is.
Why did John Ashcroft stop flying commercial in July 2001? Was it because there was no evidence of a growing threat? Was it because no meetings had occurred on the subject? I'm sure that no one in the administration will be able to recall. If asked, John Ashcroft won't be able to recall, either.
Such poor memories in the Bush administration.