"The Administration has already done virtually everything possible to deny detainees any hope of justice. Encouraging boycotts of the law firms representing detainees is an effort to close off any last chance that the detainees will be treated in accordance with Anglo-American legal standards.
Each of us will mark our own low point of the Bush presidency. This is on my short list."
"The top FBI official for San Diego, on the firing of U.S. Attorney Carol Lam: "I guarantee politics is involved."
It's just stunning to have a FBI agent blast the Department of Justice and the White House like this.
Lam prosecuted the Duke Cunningham case and is in charge of other high-profile public corruption cases involving Republicans."
"There's our first hint of what happening.
From the NYT: "A recent series of American raids against Iranians in Iraq was authorized under an order that President Bush decided to issue several months ago to undertake a broad military offensive against Iranian operatives in the country, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday.""
"This is getting worse by the day. Apparently Secretary Rice felt comfortable enough to mention the attacks on the Iranian consulate were authorized MONTHS AGO by the President. I wonder why she neglected to mention this while meeting with Congress? And what else does this order say? Well, I think we can all speculate, but that will not solve much as there is no way, yet, to confirm what the full order states."
* laura in Prospect:
"Some Congressional officials are concerned that the Pentagon might, for instance, send Special Operations troops into Iran, perhaps for intelligence collection purposes, without reporting it to Congress. The administration could conceivably justify this by defining such action as falling under the category of “preparing the battlefield for global war.” The involvement of the military rather than the CIA might be decisive. “I am worried that the administration could take a different view of what constitutes a covert action when it involves the U.S. military,” one Hill staff source commented."
* Olbermann: "a Presidency of Cliff Notes" - go watch.