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While I've already pointed to a few articles offering a general overview of our despotic allies, Steve's rundown of the Uzbeki leader's tyranny is much more viscerally illustrative.
• And so long as we're wonking out, head over to Slate for this critique of Hernando de Soto.
I can see Robert Novak and Scooter Libby smiling from ear to ear now, reprising the hoary argument rightwingers have been using since 2003 that Plame wasn't really a covert agent, so she couldn't be exposed.
"See," they will now argue, "Plame couldn't be covert because NONE of the CIA's agents are covert.
• The NY Review of Books has a longish, wide-ranging profile of Abu Mazen and the likely crosscurrents of his Administration. The moral of the first two links, by the way, is that anyone not reading The Washington Note should really start.
Probably the widest-ranging and most informative site on my daily trawl.
When the Tribune searched a commercial online data service, the result was a virtual directory of more than 2,600 CIA employees, 50 internal agency telephone numbers and the locations of some two dozen secret CIA facilities around the United States.We all know our nuclear plants and chemical plants and ports still aren't well-protected from a terrorist attack.But you would think that Bushco would have at least made an attempt to protect its own agents. Update If I had read the sidebars in the Chicago Tribune series before posting, I would have known that my half-snarky, half-serious speculation about Novak and Libby may well have been the key POINT of the whole series, as suggested by more astute folks than I at firedoglake and especially Larry Johnson at No Quarter.They're all on the Internet." Not all of the 2,653 employees whose names were produced by the Tribune search are supposed to be working under cover.
More than 160 are intelligence analysts, an occupation that is not considered a covert position, and senior CIA executives such as Tenet are included on the list. But an undisclosed number of those on the list--the CIA would not say how many--are covert employees, and some are known to hold jobs that could make them terrorist targets.
By Meteor Blades Just when you think no new revelation about the incompetence of this Administration could possibly flabbergast you more than the last one you heard about, they clobber you again.