The Kensington Review

12 July 2004

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Senate Intelligence Committee Report Slams CIA -- In its report on the intelligence community's action leading up to the war against Iraq, the Senate Intelligence Committee essentially said that America's information gathering and analyzing was miserable. It more or less exonerated the Bush administration from charges of pressuring the spooks, but that is hardly a good result for America. US foreign policy has been crippled for a generation by the findings.

American Journalist Killed in Moscow -- Paul Klebnikov, an American born in New York to Russian parents, was a journalist with Forbes magazine's Russian edition. He published stories that put a spotlight on Russia's richest people, suggesting many of them came by their wealth unethically if not illegally. Friday, he was shot four times and died on the way to the hospital. There's more than one way to get rid of a free press.

MCI Sues Ex-CEO Ebbers for $400 in Loans and Interest -- When MCI joined Enron and HealthSouth in the category of spectacularly bust companies of America, Bernard Ebbers had borrowed about $408 million from the company. When he resigned as CEO in April 2002, the borrowings were restructured, and he got 5 years to repay the money at below market rates. The company has since changed its mind, and it wants it all back now. It never should have lent him the money.

US Air Force "Needs" Accordion Player -- With all the "stop-loss" orders and the impending call-up of the reserves, it is interesting to note that the US Air Force's Strolling Strings, a musical ensemble, has been without an accordion player for two years. The search is on, and the requirements are daunting. Still, the great musical heritage of America is certain to provide the right man, or woman, for this very important job.

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