Long Surveilled: The Terrorist Surveillance Program can be traced to 2001 and was part of a much broader effort than was previously acknowledged, officials said yesterday. The President shoved the program into an executive order that includes other yet-undisclosed intelligence activities. (Spy Squirrels. Ask Iran.) The revelation -- about the TSP – came in a letter from Mike McConnell, director of national intelligence, to the Senate Judiciary Committee defending embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Under Pressure: The U.S. attorney in Roanoke says he was pushed by Justice higher-ups to “slow down” his case against the manufacturer of Oxycontin. John Brownlee’s job was spared even though he disregarded the advice, but the incident illustrates the extent to which Alberto Gonzales’ Justice Department attempted to influence the USAOs, the WaPo reports.
There Goes The Neighborhood: Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp put the icing on a $5 billion deal to purchase Dow Jones & Co. yesterday. So, can we stop using our banker buddy’s password to read The Wall Street Journal now?
Housing Scare: World stock markets slid today, thanks to increasing concern about the United State’s mortgage situation. The Asian markets are taking it the hardest, with the Japanese benchmark stock average dipping 2 percent, and widely watched indexes in Hong Kong and South Korea toppling 3 and 4 percent, respectively.