Wow, I've been kinda impressed by Newsweek's Isikoff & Hosenball lately. Check out their last few 'scoops':
- Isikoff: "The CIA Leak: Plame Was Still Covert"
- Hosenball & Isikoff: "Lobbying: the web widens" (Iran, Bob Ney, Elvis & his planes)
- Hosenball: "Can the President order a killing on US soil?"
- Michael Isikoff: "The Other Big Brother"
This last one was my personal favourite. Check this out:
The demonstrators wore papier-mache masks and handed out free peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches to Halliburton employees as they left work. The idea, according to organizer Scott Parkin, was to call attention to allegations that the company was overcharging on a food contract for troops in Iraq. "It was tongue-in-street political theater," Parkin says.Isikoff is now a regular guest on The Rachel Maddow Show (my favourite radio show!).
But that's not how the Pentagon saw it. To U.S. Army analysts at the top-secret Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), the peanut-butter protest was regarded as a potential threat to national security. Created three years ago by the Defense Department, CIFA's role is "force protection"—tracking threats and terrorist plots against military installations and personnel inside the United States. In May 2003, Paul Wolfowitz, then deputy Defense secretary, authorized a fact-gathering operation code-named TALON—short for Threat and Local Observation Notice—that would collect "raw information" about "suspicious incidents." The data would be fed to CIFA to help the Pentagon's "terrorism threat warning process," according to an internal Pentagon memo.