Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Wednesday, June 05, 2002
Josh Marshall, in his indispensable Talking Points, has a nominee for Slate's Whopper of the Week feature, but does he really have the goods?
Marshall nominates Weldon Kennedy, who said of the Moussaoui search warrant imbroglio, "The computer was searched and guess what? There was nothing significant on there pertaining to 9/11. "
Marshall says this is false, citing an article from Newsweek:
People close to Rowley and her Minnesota colleagues say they were devastated after the attacks, convinced that they could have done more to stop the plot if only Washington had listened. (Moussaoui’s computer, searched after September 11, revealed information about crop-dusting and large jets, and his belongings included the phone number of lead hijacker Mohamed Atta’s roommate.) (Emphasis added.)
Was the phone number on the computer or elsewhere in his property? If it wasn't on the computer, Kennedy wasn't lying. He maybe wasn't even really spinning, since the computer seems to be the only item agents were trying to search prior to 9/11. I have seen stories that seemed to say the number was actually on the computer. This article implies that it was in a separate notebook, and the Newsweek story doesn't contradict that.