Swell… Here’s another one for you

I stumbled across this the other day The Sam Spade Radio Show, free MP recordings of the radio show from the 1940's and 50's. Unfortunately the radio script is performed by Howard Duff rather then Humphrey Bogart, but the scripts were based on the stories by Dashiell Hammett.

U.S. Secretly Backing Warlords in Somalia

More than a decade after U.S. troops withdrew from Somalia following a disastrous military intervention, officials of Somalia's interim government and some U.S. analysts of Africa policy say the United States has returned to the African country, secretly supporting secular warlords who have been waging fierce battles against Islamic groups for control of the capital, Mogadishu.

The latest clashes, last week and over the weekend, were some of the most violent in Mogadishu since the end of the American intervention in 1994, and left 150 dead and hundreds more wounded. Leaders of the interim government blamed U.S. support of the militias for provoking the clashes.


"We would prefer that the U.S. work with the transitional government and not with criminals," the prime minister, Ali Mohamed Gedi, said in an interview. "This is a dangerous game. Somalia is not a stable place and we want the U.S. in Somalia. But in a more constructive way. Clearly we have a common objective to stabilize Somalia, but the U.S. is using the wrong channels."

Many of the warlords have their own agendas, Somali officials said, and some reportedly fought against the United States in 1993 during street battles that culminated in an attack that downed two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters and left 18 Army Rangers dead.

This reminds me of two things. One that conservative foreign policy is generally guided by the ideology of expediency and moral relativity. two, it reminds me of Reagan and Latin America, where in a choice between intervening to help grow a nascent democracy by helping what at first was a moderate socialists coalition he threw in with a brutal right-wing government that dealt out justice with death squads and torture. Bush is backing warload death squads with the hope that this will discourage the growth of Al Queda. Bush's plan isn't so much a plan as a reaction. Short term some very bad people will have killed some other bad people, but what about next year or years down the road. is he creating the next generation of African terrorists in the same way that his bungling of Iraq has created the next generation of Middle-east terrorists.

NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls, yet Hayden at his 2002 confirmation hearings said,

"We need to get it right. We have to find the right balance between protecting our security and protecting our liberty. If we fail in this effort by drawing the line in the wrong place, that is, overly favoring liberty or security, then the terrorists win and liberty loses in either case."

Then there is the general's tendency to spin rather then live in what some of us call the real world,

Had this been in place prior to the attacks, the two hijackers who were in San Diego, Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi, almost certainly would have been identified as who they were, what they were and, most importantly, where they were," Hayden told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Facts or propaganda aimed at boosting support for the domestic spying program? Hayden doesn't mention that the two hijackers were living with an FBI informant. He doesn't mention that several investigations, from the 9/11 commission to investigations by the Justice Department, concluded that the two hijackers were able to attack us not because of a lack of surveillance powers, but because the FBI screwed up

More on the tact that if you constitution hugging freedom loving liberals would just let us do whatever we want there will never never ever be another 9-11, The Lie Lives On … and On … and On

The truth is that Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Mihdhar are the poster boys for missed opportunities. If the NSA, the CIA, the FBI and the White House had not screwed up so royally, mostly by cherishing their secrets, they would have had al Hasmi and al Mihdhar several times over.

Here are the facts.

Both of them were in the NSA and CIA files. They'd fought in Bosnia. They'd been to Afghanistan. They had friends and relatives who were jihadists and who were in Al Qaeda and they had associations with bin Laden.

In December, 1999 the NSA picked up several names in relation to an upcoming meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the capitol of Malaysia. They got al Mihdhar's full name but only al Hazmi's first name, Nawaf. They could have figured out who he was if they had checked in their own data base. But they didn't.

Just as a point of pride, one would have to stop being a paranoid tin-foil wearing conservative just to stop the embarrassing array of screw-ups and falsehoods that you're constantly being caught in.

  BRIGID: Look at me and tell me the truth. Would you have done this to me if the Falcon had been real and you had been paid your money?

    SPADE: Don’t be too sure I’m as crooked as I’m supposed to be. That kind of reputation might be good business bringing in high-priced jobs and making it easier to deal with the enemy.

    -She looks at him, says nothing. Spade moves his shoulders a little.

    SPADE: But a lot of money would have been at least one more item on your side of the scales.

    BRIGID:(whispers) If you loved me, you’d need nothing
    more on that side.

    SPADE: (his voice a hoarse creak) I won’t play the sap for you.

    -She puts her mouth to his slowly and is in his arms when the doorbell RINGS. Before he releases her he calls:

    SPADE: Come in.

    -Lieutenant Dundy, Tom Polhaus and two other detectives enter. They look back and forth from Spade to the girl.

    SPADE:Hello, Tom… Got them?

    POLHAUS:(nods) Got them.

    SPADE: Swell… Here’s another one for you.(he pushes Brigid forward) She killed Miles —— and I’ve got some exhibits.

From the screenplay The Maltese Falcon by John Houston