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ei: Obama in Cairo: A Bush in sheep's clothing?

ei: Obama in Cairo: A Bush in sheep's clothing?: "Once you strip away the mujamalat -- the courtesies exchanged between guest and host -- the substance of President Obama's speech in Cairo indicates there is likely to be little real change in US policy. It is not necessary to divine Obama's intentions -- he may be utterly sincere and I believe he is. It is his analysis and prescriptions that in most regards maintain flawed American policies intact.

Though he pledged to 'speak the truth as best I can,' there was much the president left out. He spoke of tension between 'America and Islam' -- the former a concrete specific place, the latter a vague construct subsuming peoples, practices, histories and countries more varied than similar."

Raw Story » Bush FBI sent 18 armored agents to search my house, wiretap whistleblower says

Raw Story » Bush FBI sent 18 armored agents to search my house, wiretap whistleblower says: "The Bush Administration’s FBI sent 18 agents in body armor to the home of a man who revealed details of the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program, according to a little-noticed account of the whistleblower published Thursday.

Thomas Tamm, a former Justice Department lawyer in the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, revealed details of the wiretapping program to the New York Times in 2004. In 2007, FBI agents raided his Potomac, Maryland home.

Tamm wasn’t there. His college-aged son, wife and young daughter were — but their father had never told them of his leak to the Times.

“They asked me questions like ‘Are there any secret rooms or compartments in the house’?” Terry Tamm, his son, told Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff last December. “Or did we have a safe? They asked us if any New York Times reporters had been to the house. We had no idea why any of this was happening…