Gul Rahman and Manadel al-Jamadi Investigations: The New Information

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 6:31 pm

In his announcement that John Durham is investigating the deaths by torture of two CIA detainee, Eric Holder suggested that John Durham reviewed information that had not been reviewed by the prosecutors who had earlier declined to prosecute the cases. That review included both information and matters that had never previously been examined by the [...]

SJC to Consider Re-Confirmation of Guy Who Let Major Domestic Terror Attack Go Unsolved

By: Wednesday June 8, 2011 5:47 am

At 10, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the extension of Robert Mueller’s term at FBI by two more years. You’ll no doubt hear Ranking Member Chuck Grassley make all sorts of complaints about FBI in his wonderful grouchy Iowa voice. You’ll hear Jim Comey recount the dramatic hospital confrontation from 2004. But you’re unlikely [...]

Who Is Rehashing the Shrinks-4-Hire Report on Bruce Ivins?

By: Sunday May 29, 2011 5:47 am

Slightly over a week after McClatchy focused new attention on evidence that Bruce Ivins may not have been able to produce the anthrax used in the 2001 attacks, and just days after Jerrold Nadler called attention to the FBI’s obfuscations about the technical data McClatchy used, the LAT has decided to ignore such technical problems [...]

The Circumstantial Case against Bruce Ivins Gets Weaker

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:12 pm

It seems we’re going to be discussing anthrax in detail again. And in anticipation of those discussions, I wanted to challenge the notion that the circumstantial evidence against Ivins remains strong. The whole case depends on the FBI’s contention that a flask Ivins had–RMR-1029–was “the murder weapon.” But in fact, the FBI only has proof [...]

Nadler Wants to Know Why FBI Lied to Him about Anthrax

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:47 am

That’s a very good question, Congressman Nadler: On September 16, 2008, the House Committee on the Judiciary, on which I sit, conducted an oversight hearing of the FBI at which you testified. At that hearing, I asked you the following: “[W]hat was the percentage of weight of the silicon in the powders that your experts [...]

Why Didn’t FBI Investigate AFIP’s Role in Starting the Iraq-Anthrax Rumors?

By: Monday May 23, 2011 1:20 pm

I’ve been reading the National Academy of Sciences Anthrax Report and noted something odd in follow-up to the McClatchy report of the other day describing unexplained tin and silicon in one of the anthrax samples. (Here’s Jim White’s post on the report.) As McClatchy reported, there’s some weird data about silicon and tin in some [...]

New Standard for Justice: Innocent Until a Secret Shrink Study Proves You Guilty after Your Death

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 6:11 am

Our country apparently has a new standard for justice: innocent until a secret study–headed by a guy who may have had some responsibility for screwing up an earlier investigation and conducted entirely after your death–finds you were psychologically capable of committing a crime. The LAT reports on a just such a report conducted on Bruce [...]

Adam Schiff Advocates Gutting Miranda

By: Saturday July 31, 2010 5:16 am

Adam Schiff–a CA Democrat (!)–just filed a bill aiming to not only give prosecutors 4 days to question “terror suspects” before bringing them to court, but also expressing the will of Congress to let them delay Mirandizing suspects “as long as is necessary.” The bill filed Thursday by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) would change federal [...]

So Why Can’t Democrats Rein in the Intelligence Industrial Complex?

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 11:56 am

Jeff Stein had a piece on the response to the WaPo article on intelligence contracting the other day that started with this question: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has long wanted more members of Congress to know what’s going on at the CIA, but why doesn’t she announce a full-fledged investigation into the intelligence contractor mess, [...]

Closing Gitmo: Unintended (?) Consequences

By: Friday July 23, 2010 7:51 am

As you all presumably know, I’ve been in the city of sin all week, doing two days of training and then, yesterday, attending some really good panels at Netroots Nation. One highlight of the week for me will surely be my panel Saturday at 1:45 Las Vegas time (4:45 ET). Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Center for [...]

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