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  • Senate says: CIA mislead on interrogation program, or so says unnamed officials who spoke to the Washington Post about a classified document. Seems like certain Senators still want an apology and are ready to re-hash the blame Bush strategy to boot.
  • What about that investigation of Senate staffers who allegedly removed classified documents from a secure room a few weeks ago? Tumbleweed.
  • Pollard I: Rather odd timing? Stories started to surface yesterday that the Obama Administration is floating the release of a spy, Jonathan Pollard, in a likely last-ditch or desperate effort to salvage fledging Middle East peace talks.  Pollard has been in jail for close to thirty years. He is serving a life sentence for selling U.S. secrets and who knows what else; however, he may be eligible for parole in 2015.
  • Pollard II: There is a lot of information out there on this case, most of it conjecture and conspiracy theory. The information that could bring closure remains classified or locked deeper Pollard’s mind. If Americans were killed because of his crimes, he belongs exactly where he is and, if not, let the legal process work its way without Administration meddling.  The President of the World should let sleeping dogs lie and Israel should do the same.
  • Foggy Bottom’s own DiploPundit updates the “Earth Embassy Ganymede” series. Duct tape and WD-40 needed tools for this great adventure.
  • The November 2014 mid-term elections are eight months away, but GOP loggia is abuzz with several names floated to succeed the outgoing House Intelligence Committee Chairman.
  • As the government of Ecuador, an ally of Cuba and Venezuela, attempts to ramp up lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill, Chevron takes aim at a K Street law and lobbying powerhouse for “a fraudulent scheme perpetrated by Patton Boggs and other American plaintiffs’ attorneys by means of, among other things, a U.S. public pressure campaign related to a corrupt litigation in Ecuador.” Ecuador is bad news all around. Members of Congress and staff should tread lightly cozying up to these folks.
  • Economist Martin Armstrong warns that the world is in the Age of Civil Unrest. Communism, dead (tell that Putin’s supporters), and that the “promise of Marxism that centralized planning and false promises are coming home and governments are too corrupt and incompetent to deliver what they have claimed for decades.” We hope that is true, but just look 90 miles from our shores. I tend to see a lot of Black Swans in years coming. We need political and thought leaders capable of preparing the nation for the challenges that lay ahead.
  • Finally, another victim of Republican Committee Chair term limits calls it quits. Should there be term limits on lobbyists as well? I’ve always thought Congressional elections, as set out in the Constitution, are the best term limits. Let the voters decide every two or six years if their representatives in Congress have done a good job.  The Committee system is only as strong as the members who make it up. Such a system requires many years of experiences. Cut out the Chair after six years who has the power? Unaccountable and unelected special interests on K Street and elsewhere.
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