A close reading of the McCain-Levin reform proposal shows it would actually do nothing, if not actively harm the ability of the Senate to do its business. The progressive group CREDO asked me to take a look at McCain-Levin, and here's what I found.
There are times, when writing about the political world, when it is impossible not to feel like I am trapped inside a Jonathan Swift satire. This is one of those times. Real life and farce blur into one, and we all pretend this is normal. Sigh.
What was this significant information? We are not told, but we are told what it was not: It was not the courier's true name or location, and it was not about the house in Abbottabad, where bin Laden was staying.
In the weeks surrounding the raid on bin Laden, the government, the intelligence community, the media, and the public displayed a wide variance of views on waterboarding. The intelligence community in particular seems marked by inconsistency and outright contradiction.