Sunday, May 16, 2004

Sy Hersh continues the drumbeat

Mr. Hersh's Saturday night special reveals that a highly classified program intended to break down terrorists was extended to Iraqi prisions.

Update. Josh Marshall offers a novel term to describe the DoD's response to Mr. Hersh's assertion: "Rumsfeld spokesman Larry Di Rita's widely-quoted statement -- "Assertions apparently being made in the latest New Yorker article on Abu Ghraib and the abuse of Iraqi detainees are outlandish, conspiratorial, and filled with error and anonymous conjecture." -- isn't a denial, it's splutter -- a classic non-denial denial."

We'll be seeing more splutters before the first Tuesday in November....

Update.Abu Ghuraib may become an expander of our vocabulator. First Marshall refers to a "splutter". Now a senator on NPR complains about DoD officials "palavering around", stalling in order to prevent the truth coming out. An expansive use of the verb "palaver", but very imaginative!