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Franklin Pleads

More bad news for Rove, Libby, et al.: Lawrence Franklin has agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified information to two AIPAC staff members. Why do say that’s bad news for the folks who outed Valerie Plame Wilson? Because Franklin was indicted under the Espionage Act (specifically 18 U.S.C. 793 (d)) for giving classified information to those not eligible to ... Read More »

Conspiracy Charges in the Plame Case?

Jim VandeHei and Walter Pincus report that lawyers close to the Valerie Plame investigation (identified as lawyers for witnesses, but presumably those would be potential defendants) say that Patrick Fitzgerald is pointing toward conspiracy charges. “Many lawyers in the case have been skeptical that Fitzgerald has the evidence to prove a violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which is ... Read More »

Meth Gets A Coat Of Tierney whitewash

I’m delighted that the New York Times finally has a columnist wiling to point out the idiocies of the drug war. Too bad he’s such a sucker for the idiocies of the extreme libertarian fringe of the anti-prohibition movement. One of the great drug-war follies is to pretend that drugs such as cannabis and MDMA are as dangerous as heroin ... Read More »

Well, it’s a thought

Pat Robertson has an interesting idea about how to handle public figures he disapproves of: Robertson proposes murdering Hugo Chavez, and he somehow seems to think the Monroe Doctrine means that would be OK. Of course, turnabout is fair play. If Robertson is trying to arrange to have Chavez rubbed out, maybe Chavez ought to move first. Better to be ... Read More »

US Pushes for a Theocratic Iraq

So the U.S. ambassador to Iraq is actively pushing secular Iraqis, and in particular the Kurdish leadership, to accept a more-theocratic rather than a less-theocratic constitution, one that will subject family matters to clerical jurisdiction and provide that no law can be made contrary to the “fixed principles” of Shari’a. (Scroll down about 2/3 of the way for the details.) ... Read More »