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An Old Schism Haunts the 9/11 Commission

by | Sep 15, 2006 | Uncategorized

Although attention largely focused on the solemn ceremonies, the most remarkable feature of the events marking the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks may have been the 9/11 Commission’s reversion to its repressed partisanship. The precipitating factor was the seal of approval Thomas Kean bestowed on a controversial ABC miniseries that tended […]

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One Year After a Major Realignment, The Intelligence Community Is in Disarray

by WS Editors | Apr 15, 2006 | National Security, Uncategorized

In the short space of five years, Americans have witnessed two major intelligence debacles: first, a sin of omission in 2001 (failure to detect and prevent the 9/11 attacks), followed by a sin of commission in 2002–03 (the estimate that Saddam Hussein had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction). These failures produced four major investigations, two […]

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DeLay’s Pals Indicted (Again) | Porked Out | Chasing Hurricane Dollars | Tancredo Tantrum

by WS Editors | Oct 1, 2005 | Environment, Politics, Uncategorized

Tom and His Lucky DeLay—House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is lucky a hurricane hit New Orleans. Otherwise his cavalier cronyism would once again be front-page news. A year ago a top political aide, Jim Ellis, and fundraiser John Colyandro were indicted by a Texas grand jury for illegally funneling $190,000 in corporate contributions to Texas […]

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A Corporate Free-for-All Becomes a Fee for All

by WS Editors | Jul 15, 2004 | Foreign Policy, Uncategorized

A COVER-UP—In Iraq, the worst contracts could turn out to be “task-order” agreements. Christopher Yukins, an associate professor of government contract law at George Washington University, told Government Executive magazine in June that task-order contracts are also “non-competitive.” The most infamous of these contracts allowed the Army to hide its procurement of private-sector interrogators at the Abu […]

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