A side-by-side comparison of the Pentagon's secret Guantanamo detainee assessment briefs and federal court rulings involving those detainees shows that intelligence analysts and federal judges can reach starkly opposing conclusions, even while relying on the same raw intelligence.
The Pentagon's threat profiles suggest little doubt about the prisoners' alleged terrorism record, but in some cases, federal judges have been unimpressed by those conclusions. The classified Guantanamo assessment reports were obtained recently by The New York Times and shared with NPR.
There's a very funny comment attached to yesterday's post about London, in which someone points out that apparently, some media outlet or other "did a minute and a half on the vacuuming of Westminster Abbey." To all who lament this particular kind of fixation on finding an angle — ANY angle — on which to hang a story, I say: I am with you.
Some people have been sleeping on the sidewalks of London determined to be at the front of the crowd outside Westminster Abbey to see William and Kate get married there tomorrow. NPR's Philip Reeves has been traveling Britain, finding out what this wedding actually means to people. Today he's reached the abbey.
While preparing for your royal viewing party, you might want to set aside time to watch "The Office." Thursday night is Steve Carell's final episode as the buffoonish, narcissistic and lovable boss Michael Scott.