Sunday, February 08, 2009

Q Tips

NPR related comments welcomed.

4 comments:

Benoit Balz said...

Regarding today's piece on Obama and "rendition" http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100364043:


We've all been told, again and again, the Conservative is a Liberal who's been mugged. Ari Shapiro: "the Daily Threat briefing can be as sobering as a mugging." Is the last sentence in Ari Shapiro's story a tacked-on talking point by the Shadow Government?

The story's talking point is: Don't expect tomorrow's Obama position on "rendition" to be any different from the "Bush Administration."

Maybe Shapiro's "source", "Attorney David Laufman" should be identified a bit more clearly.

Do a quick google search for a more clear ID, if you're interested.

Anonymous said...

http://www.kelleydrye.com/attorneys/atty_data/05839

Benoit Balz said...

Thank you Anonymous. Perhaps the key graph in the bio is: "From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Laufman served as Chief of Staff to Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson at the Department of Justice (DOJ), where he assisted in managing the day-to-day operations of DOJ and helped to coordinate the Department's responses to the September 11 terrorist attacks." Not that there's anything wrong with that. But maybe the editors at NPR could spell out a bit more about their "sources". Or could the DOJ PR Dept. be the developers of "story ideas" like these? Just asking.

Juan "Toss" Ensalada said...

BB- You are welcome. Does anyone else find is sick that he won a medal for this?

"In 2005, he served as lead trial counsel in the government's successful prosecution of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, an American citizen who was convicted of providing material support and resources to al-Qaeda, conspiring to assassinate the President of the United States, conspiring to hijack and destroy aircraft, and other charges. For his work on the Abu Ali case, Mr. Laufman received the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement in Litigation, the Department of Justice's highest award for excellence in litigation."

Ahmed Omar Abut Ali, tortured American citizen.