Back from the dead--trying to transform a lot of federal dollars into pandemic flu planning and coordination, working on three grants, and most recently an automobile accident have kept me off the board---But WOW, when I can come back: the McCarthy Case. Too many dots, so little time. A couple of random thoughts: (1) the effectiveness of the blogosphere in uncovering facts versus the MSM and "its layers of editors and factcheckers...." Gee, it's almost like the MSM is on an "investigate and avoid" mission here; either that, or they are totally incompetent. (2) The CIA prison story as a sting operation. I doubt that was the primary purpose of the story but it may have been an unintended consequence; I think anyone with two grey cells could look at the list of people in the CIA upper levels and see with whom they associated and narrow the search field pretty easily to discover moles. Rather, I think the secret prisons thing might have been a deception/disinformation exercise. Somewhere I read (sorry, no link) that the Guantanamo operation does strike a certain degree of fear in terrorists. If they can be made to believe that there are even more such prisons, but invisible, it could be a potential deterrent. In this scenario, the operation is damaged if the European Union investigates and finds no such operation. (Although, a prudent terrorist must assume the story is true.) Even better than a sting, using the WaPo to disseminate a deception plan and get a Pulitzer for it is heart-warming.
I LOVE conspiracy theories even though I dont give people enough credit to carry them out--this McCarthy story will keep the blogosphere going for years, I think.