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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Where is the Able Danger coverage?

I was scraping the bottom of the barrel again for some in depth coverage of the Able Danger story, but I did find this column by Thomas Lindaman of

We’ve become a society of celebrity worshipers and mass media junkies at the expense of people and issues that should be at the forefront of our minds. Why talk about Able Danger when we can talk about Angelina Jolie? People can tell you every little detail about “Lost” but can’t name the three branches of government and what they do. And the war between the Palestinians and the Israelis? Not as sexy as the feud between Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman.

Ha. He might be onto something here. If you've seen Good Night and Good Luck, you might remember this speech, too:

To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost.

This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful.

Well, at least we have Lou Dobbs.

UPDATE: Intelligence Summit has the video of Weldon on Dobbs from Tuesday.