Lindauer-Pipes Connection

Susan Lindauer, the accused spy for Iraq, seems to have been quite well-connected.

In 1998, she testified before the Lockerbie inquiry in 1998, saying that Syria, not Libya, was responsible for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Scotland.

She supplied a copy of her deposition to Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Intelligence Bulletin, where they were eager to publish anything focusing new attention on Syria.

The charges against Lindauer is that she attempted to influence US government policy by meeting informally with an official (while failing to register as a foreign agent). That official has been identied as White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, her cousin.

Lindauer is the daughter of a former candidate for governor of Alaska.

A Capitol Hill staffer friend of mine has told me that this is going to be a very interesting story as the pieces of the onion are peeled away.

Possible Motive Behind Ricin Letters?

In my years of politics, I have heard from many Capitol Hill staffers that Congressmembers hate constituent mail.

Is it possible that someone has found a solution? I tend not to be much of a conspiracy theorist, but I had been wondering about possible motives behind the ricin letters.

Whatever the motive, it appears that writing letters to your congressional representative may soon become a thing of the past. Of course, there is still email, although most of Congress has been ignoring email for years.

‘Embedding’ CIA Agents Within Local Police Depts

H.R. 3439, making its way through Congress, would authorize the federal government to "embed" CIA agents within local police departments to blur the distinction between local cops and feds.

The Campaign to Demilitarize the Police is organizing to stop the bill, and has been targeting the bill’s author, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), with protest actions.