Barack Obama is a very smart man. But smart men have been President-Elect before and have been conned by their predecessors. One of the smartest was John F. Kennedy. Like Obama, Kennedy was trying to forge a unity government. He put Republicans in his cabinet (McNamara at Defense, C. Douglas Dillon at Treasury). When he went into a series of meetings with intelligence officials, JFK learned about the nearly completed training and planning for a U.S. backed invasion of Cuba to overthrow Fidel Castro. Kennedy, who also met with President Eisenhower, convinced himself that Allen Dulles’ and Richard Bissell’s CIA invasion plan would work.
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Last week The Huffington Post carried an item about a lawsuit the National Security News Service filed against the United States Navy over the Navy locating and then refusing to release public documents. Our lawyers at Troutman Sanders asked that NSNS not comment on the case while it was before the courts. Late Friday afternoon, the Federal District Court Judge ruled for the Navy that privacy issues outweighed the public’s right to know. In effect, it said the Navy could conceal documents from the public.
D.C. District Court House
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For those of us who believe history is the key to civilization, the death of a wonderful and thoughtful man should be noted.
John E. Taylor, the brilliant military archivist at the National Archives, died on Sunday,
September 21, of congestive heart failure at the age of 87. John’s expertise was in World War II military history, but his 66 years spent among the government’s most important records made him the institutional memory for much of the twentieth century. Over the years, he helped thousands of journalists, historians, documentary producers, and scholars discover and gain access to important historical documents.
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As the names are read and the bell is rung at ground zero, and the new memorial is dedicated at the Pentagon, Osama bin Laden is free, Pakistan is in turmoil, and Afghanistan is facing new, more sophisticated threats. Al Qaeda appears as strong as ever. The impotent Bush administration is using remote-controlled drones, troops, and air strikes that target sites based on sometimes faulty intelligence that again and again kill innocent civilians as we drive the survivors and the wide audience viewing the remains into the hands of the enemy over their anger at our misdirected might.
Lincoln Memorial. Photo by Andrew Beierle
Continue reading 9/11 – Seven Years – So Many Lost, So Many Mistakes