A government hearing on two Green Berets accused of killing an Afghan man that the Army considered an âenemy combatant,â has shed light on "some of the most secret Special Operations tactics in Afghanistan, including the hunting and killing of people designated as enemy combatants." In public testimony, Lt. Col. James Friend, a Special Forces lawyer, asserted that âsoldiers can kill any person who has been considered to be an enemy combatant.â Even in situations in which a target could be captured easily, Special Forces are apparently not legally required to do so.
The conservative group Judicial Watch is still asking about Sen. Harry Reid's (D-NV) role in a questionable real estate transaction last year. To that end, they are suing the Bureau of Land Management for any and all records that might implicate Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). (Associated Press)
The ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va) has asked Henry Waxman's committee to investigate the NYT's "possible in-kind political contribution to MoveOn.org in the form of a discounted advertising rate." The NYT says that the $65,000 ad rate is available to any client who agrees to have their ads run on a stand-by basis. (ABC News)
Oscar Wyatt, the Texas oilman charged with paying Saddam kickbacks in the oil-for-food program, is innocent until proven guilty. Which is why Hillary Clinton has not announced a decision to return the campaign donations made to her by Wyatt. She's so unlike that impetuous Joe Biden, who's already returned his cash. (Politico)
The lobbying firm Barbour Griffith & Rogers has moved into Abramoff territory. Its new client, the Texas lobbying firm Hard Count Inc., is the public face of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians who are seeking recognition by the US Bureau of Indian Affairs as a prerequisite to opening a casino in Los Angeles. Hard Count President Billy Horton insists his priority is to expand the tribe's museum but Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) smells a rat: âthere is nothing charitable about these Indian casino deals â this is all about very, very, very big money.â (Politico)