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Take a look at the website of the brand new Washington Independent, which offers terrific original political reporting and analysis. Good pieces recently posted include Spencer Ackerman’s story on CIA interrogators; a piece by Eartha Melzer (at the Independent’s sister site in Michigan) on the curious resume of Barrett H. Moore, CEO of a private military contractor with business in Iraq; and an op-ed on the failure of intelligence oversight by former CIA official Milt Bearden.
The site’s editorial director is Jefferson Morley, formerly of the Washington Post. Jeff is one of the shrewdest political observers I know. He was talking about immigration politics long before it was on anyone’s radar screen. Soon after Barack Obama declared that he would run for president Jeff predicted that his political enemies would seek to tar him as a closet Muslim, an idea I thought ridiculous. Live and learn.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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