New… 31 December 2009Posted by marisacat in Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Democrats, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
Guardian reader photos for: Most beautiful and most wonderful | Darwin photographic competition.
Young person category, commended: Urban Mother by Katya Schouvaloff: ‘I was on a cycle ride with my family when I spotted this swan sitting on her nest. Her nest was beautifully constructed out of bits of rubbish. Suddenly she stood up and revealed seven pale blue eggs. It was amazing!’ [Katya Schouvaloff]
The Telegraph has this on the suicide bomber at the CIA base:
[A] former senior intelligence official told the Associated Press that the man was being courted as an informant and that it was the first time he had been brought inside the camp.
The official said a senior and experienced CIA debriefer came from Kabul for the meeting, suggesting that the purpose of the session was to gain intelligence.
That official and another former intelligence officer with knowledge of the attack spoke to the news agency on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly.
The CIA would not confirm the details, and said it was still gathering evidence.
“It’s far too early to draw conclusions about something that happened just yesterday,” said spokesman George Little. snip
And that information sure is not in the FP article in the NYT on the bombing… which still flails around.
[T]he use of an army uniform raised the possibility that the uniform was stolen or that the Afghan National Army ranks had been infiltrated by insurgents, a potentially more serious and pervasive problem.
The attack happened close to dusk, when some people on the base were finishing their daily work and relaxing or taking a break before dinner or before returning to their offices for the evening.
A NATO official said the bomber managed to elude security and reach an area near the base’s gym. Among other questions raised was whether the bomber worked at the base and had clearance, or if a security slip allowed him to gain entry. snip