Tag: briefings

Benghazi explained

Kevin Drum from Mother Jones does a wonderful job laying out exactly what happened. The reporting on what we know about the Benghazi attacks on September 11 just gets more and more interesting. Let’s do a quick Q&A: Why was President Obama initially unwilling to call it an act of terror? He wasn’t. The day after the attack, on September 12, he gave a Rose Garden speechin which he said, in reference to the assault, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.” At campaign stops that day and the next, he again referred to the Benghazi assault as

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Pelosi, Panetta and the CIA

There seems to be a lot of intentional confusion over who said what. Republicans, including former CIA chief and minority leader of the House Intelligence Committee, Porter Goss, have been accusing Nancy Pelosi of lying. Marcy Wheeler has an absolutely fabulous summation. A number of people are panicking about Leon Panetta’s statement to CIA employees, believing it rebuts Nancy Pelosi’s statement. There is a long tradition in Washington of making political hay out of our business. It predates my service with this great institution, and it will be around long after I’m gone. But the political debates about interrogation reached a

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Former Senator Bob Graham: I wasn't told.

Greg Sergent interviews one of my favorite people, Bob Graham, former senator from Florida. Senator Graham, who was chairman of the Senate Intelligence committee when 9/11 happened, keeps a personal diary which is very detailed.  If anyone would know what was said when, it would be him. From Plumline: Former Senator Bob Graham, who received a classified briefing on terror detainees during the same month in the fall of 2002 as Nancy Pelosi, was not briefed about the use of either waterboarding or enhanced interrogation techniques during the meeting, he claimed in an interview with me. Graham’s assertion — his first

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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