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A Mild Prediction

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Given the report by Bill Gertz in the Washington Post about Russ Tice, a former NSA employee who is prepared to testify about improper actions by the NSA and DIA in Special Access programs, it seems clear that a number of things will happen in the next few days:

  1. Tice will be attacked by partisans in the same way that Richard Clarke was following his 9/11 testimony. The accusations won’t be true, most likely, but
  2. the media will cheerfully present a ‘balanced’ point of view, by repeating the Republican talking points uncritically
  3. the issue will be connected to 9/11 again. Eventually, Dick Cheney will make the argument that this program, too, could have prevented the attacks.

Anyone want to take the bet on the prediction?

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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