Piled Higher and Deeper now:
Via Atrios we hear:
“The Central Intelligence Agency did not target Al Qaeda chief Osama bin laden once as he had the royal family of the United Arab Emirates with him in Afghanistan, the agency's director, George Tenet, told the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States on Thursday.
Had the CIA targeted bin Laden, half the royal family would have been wiped out as well, he said.”
Dubai Ports is a company entirely owned and operated by the UAE Royal Family.
Today it also comes out that the administration broke the law and failed to follow a mandatory 45 day investigation into the deal:
“Yet, the investigation never happened. Bush administration officials ‘could not say why a 45-day investigation did not occur.’”
“President Bush was unaware of the pending sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates until the deal already had been approved by his administration, the White House said Wednesday.”
Unaware? It’s going to be fun to watch the squirming over the next few days.