"It's a nice pattern we're starting to see develop -- 1) a gross abuse of power occurs, 2) the traditional media yawns, while 3) the beltway punditry laughs at those silly bloggers making much ado about nothing. Then 4) it turns out there was reason enough to make "ado", and finally, 5) the traditional media belatedly enters the scene."let's hope we get the same outcome on the Sibel case (altho we'd have to edit #3 to include people like Kos)
"Hans Blix, the distinguished international lawyer, forgot that he was charged with a mandate of investigation, not indictment. By choosing to embrace the American policy line that Saddam Hussein was guilty simply because Iraq was unable to prove a negative, Hans Blix took on the mantle of co-conspirator in a war which never should have been fought. Contrary to public opinion, Hans Blix is not a figure worthy of admiration, but rather a moral and intellectual coward who could have spoken truth to power when it counted, but refused to do so."
"In a bipartisan confrontation with the White House over executive branch secrecy, the House ignored a stern veto threat and overwhelmingly passed a package of open-government bills yesterday that would roll back administration efforts to shield its workings from public view.* larry johnson pre-empts Plame's appearance tomorrow.
"Even top Republicans supported three bills that would streamline access to records in presidential libraries, expand safeguards for government whistle-blowers, and strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which guides public requests for government documents. All were approved with veto-proof majorities."