Watching the Shadows

Smell of fear in NYC; dead birds in Austin

A little more than a year ago, it was a mysterious sweet smell that mystified New Yorkers. This time a mysterious sinister smell. A psychological warfare experiment? From Reuters, Jan. 10:

A powerful, mysterious smell of gas wafted through much of Manhattan and parts of New Jersey on Monday, forcing building evacuations and a temporary suspension of commuter train service before dissipating by mid-afternoon.

"Rendition" victim seeks re-instatement of suit against CIA

An ACLU press release, Nov. 28, online at Common Dreams:

Khaled El-Masri, Victim of CIA Kidnapping and Abuse, Seeks Acknowledgement, Explanation and Apology
RICHMOND, Virginia - The American Civil Liberties Union today argued before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that its lawsuit on behalf of Khaled El-Masri, a victim of the CIA’s policy of “extraordinary rendition,” should proceed. Earlier this year a federal district court in Alexandria, VA dismissed El-Masri’s lawsuit based on the government's argument that allowing it to proceed would jeopardize state secrets.

Judith Miller in the news again (for better or worse...)

Hmmm, it seems that all the lefties who weighed in against the admittedly vile Judith Miller's journalistic privilege in the Plame affair will be in the uncomfortable position of having to cheer her on this time around. From AP, Nov. 22:

Court Rejects N.Y. Times on Leak Probe
The Supreme Court ruled against The New York Times on Monday, refusing to block the government from reviewing the phone records of two Times reporters in a leak investigation of a terrorism-funding probe.

Israeli mad scientists develop "bionic wasps"

Is this a great time to be alive or what? From The Independent, Nov. 19:

A high-tech and unmanned "bionic wasp" capable of destroying a cell of militants or guerrillas is among a series of futuristic weapons being discussed by a group of experts set up by the Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, Shimon Peres.

War crimes charges filed against Rumsfeld

From UPI, Nov. 14, links added:

WASHINGTON -- A Pentagon spokesman dismissed as "frivolous" a lawsuit alleging war crimes filed in Germany Tuesday against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

GWOT policy makers don't know Sunni from Shi'ite

For all of the lurid propaganda about Islamo-fascism, you'd think these guys would at least know a little about Islam... From the Nov. 2 editorial page of the conservative Washington Times, link added:

What they don't know is frightening
How alarmed should Americans be upon learning that one of the nation's highest-ranking FBI counterterrorism policy-makers and two members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, among numerous other unnamed officials, possess shallow knowledge about terrorist groups that have slaughtered Americans in the past, are killing our soldiers in the war on terror today and threaten to obliterate us in the future?

Frank Dunham, terror war public defender, dead at 64

From AP, Nov. 7:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal public defender who took on some of the nation's most high-profile terrorism cases after Nine-Eleven has died at age 64.

Fox News: Islamism worse than Hitler

Here we go again. Fox News has the following to say about their upcoming "documentary," Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West, to air this weekend (strategically just before the mid-term elections, if that escaped your notice):

We see in "Obsession" how closely the Hitler youth bear resemblance to the young Islamic fundamentalists training with Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist groups. Of course, Nazi Germany did not train children in the use of suicide belts, as the Islamic fascists do. But manipulating the pliant minds of youth toward fanatical hatred employs the same techniques.

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