Today’s news — Infiltrating Falwell U., prosecuting evil lawyers
The Los Angeles Times reports that prosecuting Bush lawyers who signed off on torture would be difficult, because prosecutors would have to show the lawyers deliberately misinterpreted the law. It’s not a crime if they were merely “bad lawyers who gave extremely bad advice,” George Washington University law professor Stephen A. Saltzburg tells the paper.
Suicide bombers kill 60 in Iraq.
The Associated Press reports that a liberal college student “infiltrated” a university founded by Jerry Falwell, then wrote a book about it. “Kevin Roose managed to blend in during his single semester at Liberty University, attending lectures on the myth of evolution and the sin of homosexuality, and joining fellow students on a mission trip to evangelize partyers on spring break.”
The New York times reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revealed she was briefed by the Bush administration about U.S. Rep. Jane Harman being caught on a wiretap during a spying investigation. Pelosi said the incident had nothing to do with her decision not to name Harman chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. The Times notes that the chairman Pelosi picked instead, U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, “was ridiculed over his inability to answer basic questions about terror groups, including whether Al Qaeda was Shiite or Sunni (he guessed wrong and said Shiite) or even what Hezbollah is.”
Looking for a job still sucks. Jobless claims have risen more than expected.