By Harvey Silverglate
So the truth about waterboarding finally comes out, thanks in no small part to the Boston Globe's Charlie Savage among the most astute journalists to chronicle the sins of omission and commission made by the Bush administration and its lawyers over the last seven years. In this morning's Globe, Savage reports that Attorney General Michael Mukasey has refused to investigate the CIA’s torture practices, in part because investigating those who relied on the advice of legal counsel would undermine the credibility of the government’s lawyers.
I was sitting in Petsi’s Pies and Café in my neighborhood in Cambridge this morning,
drinking a fabulous Cubano made by Jarad,
musician and barista extraordinaire, and I nearly choked on the brew. The International Herald Tribune reported
that “almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than
conventional fuels when the pollution caused by producing these ‘green’ fuels
is taken into account.
The New York Times reported this morning that its Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author, James Risen, was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury sitting in Alexandria, Virginia, which seeks the reporter’s sources for a chapter of his 2006 book, State of War. The grand jury seems most concerned about information that was in one of the book's chapters, but which had not previously been reported in the Times' earlier reporting of the super-secret NSA warrantless wiretapping program.