September 29, 2004

Can't tell whether the sky is falling . . .

. . . but the ceiling is showing a lot of cracks:

MSNBC/ , Growing pessimism about Iraq: Situation worse than portrayed, U.S. analysts say - " ":

People at the CIA "are mad at the policy in Iraq because it's a disaster, and they're digging the hole deeper and deeper and deeper," said one former intelligence officer who maintains contact with CIA officials. "There's no obvious way to fix it. The best we can hope for is a semi-failed state hobbling along with terrorists and a succession of weak governments."
Reuters , Families of Iraq War Dead Target Bush in Ads -|top|09-29-2004::09:07|reuters.html
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Angered by President Bush's policy in Iraq, a group of military families [] whose relatives died there is targeting the president in new television ads to be aired ahead of the Nov. 2 election.

"I think the American people need to know that we have been betrayed in this rush to war," said Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey is among the more than 1,000 U.S. troops who died in the war . . .
The Guardian , FBI swamped by terror tapes: Struggling bureau has more than 120,000 hours of wire-tapped conversations awaiting analysis -,12271,1315205,00.html
More than 120,000 hours of wiretapped conversations between terrorist suspects and sympathisers since the September 11 attacks have not been translated because of the FBI's lack of linguists, according to an official report.

The report, by the justice department's inspector-general, also found that many sensitive intercepts have been wiped automatically from the memory of the FBI's outdated computers to save hard-drive storage space.

An 18-page executive summary of the report says that the FBI, criticised for its failure to track down the al-Qaida plotters before they struck three years ago, is still struggling to come to terms with its new role as a counterterrorist agency.

The report also represents a glitch for President George Bush's election campaign, which is built on the promise to keep Americans safe . . .
So, uh, once again I feel so damn safe I could just die!

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Be at peace