Did the 9/11 Commission ignore key facts on hijackers? Michelle (ma
that question in a post entitled "9/11 COMMISSION IGNORED KEY FACTS ON
HIJACKERS". Key quote:
The 9/11 Commission was supposed to give the America people a complete, unbiased story of the government failures that led up to the September 11 terrorist attacks. But the Commission now admits its acclaimed Final Report ignored key information provided by a U.S. Army data mining project, Able Danger, which identified Mohammed Atta and several other hijackers as potential terrorists prior to the September 11 attacks. The Able Danger team recommended that Atta and the other suspected terrorists be deported. That recommendation, however, was not shared with law enforcement officials, presumably because of the "wall" between intelligence activities and domestic law enforcement.
So there you go. She's all over the story, with plenty of links.
- At Cato, David Boaz laments
resurgent Republican statism.
Republicans took control of Congress in 1994 by declaring that Democrats had given us "government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public's money." Now, intoxicated with their own power, they have forgotten those words. They too use the powers of the federal government to lavish money on favored constituents, summon us before congressional hearings to explain ourselves, and intrude into our most local and personal decisions.
Someday, someone might be able to convince me that Democrats wouldn't be worse. That hurdle once looked insurmountable, but nowadays …
- And George Will has finally lost patience with
Jimmy Carter. (Says Jonah at the Corner: "Carter is on all fours looking for his teeth."
The AP reports:
Texas has become the fourth state to have a non-white majority population, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday, a trend driven by a surging number of Hispanics moving to the state.
Except that's not what the Census Bureau said, exactly:
Texas has now joined Hawaii, New Mexico and California as a majority-minority state, along with the District of Columbia, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. … (The minority population includes all people except non-Hispanic single-race whites.)
See the difference? The AP's interpretation is that Hispanics aren't "white". But, in fact, a goodly slug of Hispanics are "white" (or, more precisely, consider themselves to be "white", which is, for the Census Bureau, the only thing that matters). We've blogged about this before, but for some reason it's escaped the AP's notice.