Curiouser and Curiouser!
The New Republic Online in an article by John B. Judis, Spencer Ackerman & Massoud Ansari on July 19 reported the following,
This spring, the administration significantly increased its pressure on Pakistan to kill or capture Osama bin Laden, his deputy, Ayman Al Zawahiri, or the Taliban's Mullah Mohammed Omar, all of whom are believed to be hiding in the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan. A succession of high-level American officials--from outgoing CIA Director George Tenet to Secretary of State Colin Powell to Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca to State Department counterterrorism chief Cofer Black to a top CIA South Asia official--have visited Pakistan in recent months to urge General Pervez Musharraf's government to do more in the war on terrorism. In April, Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador to Afghanistan, publicly chided the Pakistanis for providing a "sanctuary" for Al Qaeda and Taliban forces crossing the Afghan border. "The problem has not been solved and needs to be solved, the sooner the better," he said.
Today is July 29, the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, John Kerry is giving his acceptance speech for his nomination to the Presidential ticket at this very moment and the following piece of news broke some hours ago,
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who is among the 22 people on the F.B.I.'s most-wanted-terrorist list, was arrested Sunday, Pakistani officials said Thursday night.
The HVT (I'm ready to bet that acronym is not a Pakistani creation ;)) was captured Sunday, and the news was broken eight hours before the Presidential challenger's address to his party's convention, that is far more coincidence than my credulity can take.
Meanwhile, there is news from Florida of happenings that would stump Alice surely, like servers with voting records without backup, heck even my spam is backed up. Okay, exaggeration, but again, it is extremely poor system design that does not take into consideration a server crash, especially for such an obviously important set of records. The election officials in the sunshine state have either displayed gross incompetence of they are simply covering up something more sinister, either of which possibilities, are rather disconcerting.