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According to this Guardian article.

The leader of the rightwing Likud party said he had given the prime minister, Ehud Olmert, his backing for the attack, which Damascus said took place on September 6. Before that, the Israeli government had enforced a news blackout on the story.

Asked during a TV interview, Mr Netanyahu said: “When a prime minister does something that is important and necessary to Israel’s security … I give my backing.” He refused to give further details.

Shades of Israel vs. Iraq, circa 1981. The Syrians claim to have chased the Israelis off. The US and others claimed the attack was aimed at nuclear industrial items related to North Korea’s program. Syria denies it.

I’ve said before that I’ve had mixed feelings about the attack on Iraq in 1981. And every nation has the right to defend itself. But if you’re going to attack another country, you owe the rest of the world an explanation.

Addendum: this blogger tracked down some more details.

I’m working a late nighter on a brief due tomorrow. I took a break and found some interesting items for discussion, but I don’t have the time or energy to put together any profound thoughts.

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Bull Connor may be gone, but thousands came to Jena, New Orleans to protest arbitrary prosecutions. What’s weird is how one of the school board members described to Amy Goodman how the D.A. basically took over their meeting and prevented the board from asking questions about the incident before deciding on the expulsions. Attempted murder does seem excessive for the facts that have been described in the media. But as I’ve said in other contexts, I won’t second-guess a prosecutor based on media reports. But the conduct with the school board is bizarre, as if he was afraid of something. He shouldn’t have been present, let alone presuming to advise the Board on how it should conduct its business.

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Yeah, global warming is a hoax perpetrated by eco-frauds who want to undermine Stephen’s Heartlands Project. But somehow, the polar ice that melted this summer exceeds the area of Alaska and Texas combined.

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Norman Hsu is being accused of a Ponzi scheme.

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Domestic police agencies will now receive satellite surveillance data from Homeland Security. Feel safer now? From the article:

Quite simply, spies don’t have to ask permission to eavesdrop on foreign targets. They have incredibly broad latitude under American law to gather information about our enemies and allies abroad. But Executive Order 12333, signed by Ronald Reagan on December 4, 1981, bars the intelligence community from most forms of eavesdropping at home.

Domestic law enforcement operates under entirely different constraints. The Constitution guarantees Americans the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. So if, say, the NYPD wants to bug a suspected drug dealer’s phone, they have to convince a judge that they have probable cause.

It would defeat the purpose of our current safeguards if domestic law enforcement authorities could simply ask the CIA for intelligence it was legally barred from collecting on their own, or vice versa.

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And from Dissent, a brief history on the term “neocon.” Now you can know when to use it. Or avoid overusing it.

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Okay, back to work.

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