The New York Times has a pair of interesting articles this morning. David Johnston reveals information about the CIA secret prison and interrogation system. It's a pretty good insight on how the program worked, and gives compelling details on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, the first Osama bin Laden henchman captured after 9/11. Zubdayah apparently gave the C.I.A. some interesting information about American terror suspect Jose Padilla.
Mr. Zubaydah dismissed Mr. Padilla as a maladroit extremist whose hope to construct a dirty bomb, using conventional explosives to disperse radioactive materials, was far-fetched. He told his questioners that Mr. Padilla was ignorant on the subject of nuclear physics and believed he could separate plutonium from nuclear material by rapidly swinging over his head a bucket filled with fissionable material.
Padilla, you'll recall, is the American citizen whom the Bush administration sought to deny access to the courts by labeling his as an enemy combatant.
Also in the Times Adam Nagourney tells us the GOP has lined up behind Senator Lincoln Chafee to block a challenge to his Rhode Island primary nomination. They fear his Republican opponent, Stephen Laffey, is to conservative to win the general election. It's a sign of the times when the Republicans back a liberal candidate in hopes of maintaining its majority in the Senate. Brian Nick, communications director for the Republican Senate campaign committee, says that if Laffey wins the primary, the party will cede the Rhode Island senate seat to the Democrats. Laffey is apparently so far behind in the general election polls it would be a waste of money to back him.
Well, here's Cheney on Russert's show. Guess I'll have to watch.