So much hackery, so little time. Thursday's edition of Bushed! includes a return visit of Timothy Goeglein, the former White House aide who was fired after it was discovered that he had liberally plagiarized from various publications for op-eds of his own. It turns out no one was safe from Goeglein's sticky fingered grab of prose, not even the late Pope John Paul II. Stealing from the Pope? I'm not a practicing Catholic anymore, but I'm pretty sure that would take a whole bunch of Hail Marys and Our Fathers to atone for.
Then there is KBR, subsidiary of Dick Cheney's Halliburton, and the largest contract holder in Iraq. Turns out that KBR is in a little bit of a tax jam. More than 21,000 employees of KBR are listed as employees of two shell companies --neither of which have an office or phone number--based in the Cayman Islands so that KBR can avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars of Medicare and Social Security taxes. Hmmm....wonder if there'll be any repercussions for KBR on this?
And finally, comes news that Canada, in their prosecution of alleged terrorist cells, have refiled paperwork that has omitted information obtained during US
enhanced interrogation torture sessions. I'll let Keith Olbermann take this one on:
There it is in its starkest form. You don’t even have to think about the ethics. You don’t even have to think about whether the tortured suspect tells you the truth or makes it all up. Legally, you can’t use it. All that trouble, all that pain, all that spitting on what America stands for and your tough guy crap only winds up freeing the guys you think are terrorists. Idiots.