Ground Zero Mosque
Former four-star general and current director of the CIA David Petraeus has tendered his resignation to the president. Wire services are still sorting out the details, however NBC is reporting that Mr. Petraeus resigned due to an extramarital affair.
So far, the debate over the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero has unfolded along predictable lines, with the man at the center of the project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, drawing attacks from the right painting him as a terrorist sympathizer with and the Muslim Brotherhood.
But meanwhile, links between the group behind the Read More
Torture is no longer a pressing concern for the American public, if it ever was. The country’s attention has understandably turned to lost jobs, costly health care and spilled oil. Most Americans probably agree with President Obama that rather than dwell on the secret abuses of the Bush-Cheney regime, we ought to be Read More
The tale of the C.I.A.’s torture tapes grows longer, more twisted and interlaced. The list of question grows apace, too.
What part did members of Congress play? When were these tapes showing C.I.A. agents inflicting pain on their captives destroyed? Who destroyed them? On whose orders? What were the motives for doing so? Or Read More
Shortly after noon, on Saturday, June 2, Valerie Plame stood at the front of the stage in a cavernous auditorium at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and read her “To do” list from the past ten days: Pick up the dry cleaning … Buy her kids stuff from Target for summer camp … Sue Read More
Tom DeLay was on Chris Matthews’ Hardball last night and boy is he weird looking. Too tan, too slick. I wonder if he’s had work done. But he said of Valerie Plame: “She’s not a CIA agent, she’s not out in the field. She sits behind a desk in Langley.” The purpose of Read More
On Sunday I left my mom a message, thereby getting essential Mother’s Day credit, and when we talked yesterday she said excitedly that she had heard rumors that Karl Rove was about to be indicted in the Valerie Plame leak case. My mother is a stone Democrat, and I’m not, still she and I agree Read More
Although he was born and bred in New York and had lived there all his life, “I have never much liked the place,” Dwight Macdonald told a friend in 1960. It was a typical phrase from a man who was one of the great New York journalists of the 20th century, as well as one Read More
I think I have a good one for you. I don’t know if you remember Zachary Greenhill, the former Reagan era CIA agent who ran against Jonathan Bing for Assembly in 2002. I believe you wrote an article for the New York Sun regarding Zach’s exploits in South America during Iran-Contra. Well I learned Read More
Walking into the Midtown Diner with Chuck Barris on Presidents’ Day was like walking onto a television set for the kind of treacly special that Mr. Barris probably never would have produced in his television days: something called maybe Chuck Barris’ Holiday Homecoming , or Chuck Barris’ Triumphant Foray From His Apartment . Mr. Barris, Read More