Lawyering Up Fourteen high-value terrorist suspects transferred from secret CIA prisons to Gitmo last year have been given the right to request lawyers, according to the WaPo. The formal offers, tendered by the government in late August and early this month, could lead to them challenging their status as enemy combatants in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, along with the other detainees.
Hot Water The NYT offers slivers of the Sept. 16 Blackwater USA shootings in this A1 story. In the chaos, at least one Blackwater guard continued to fire on civilians while colleagues called for a cease-fire. When the order was ignored, one of the guards guard drew a weapon on him. The Iraqis have concluded that the guards fired without provocation, while the American investigation is ongoing.
Grounded Airports. Delays. Disgust. The WSJ explains today that often weather isn’t to blame for all those hours frittered away at the gate. An antiquated and inefficient system for managing U.S. airspace holds up flights everyday. Have a good weekend, travelers.
Commander in Chief Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled that President Pervez Musharraf could try for a second five-year term in the election next month, without relinquishing his command of the army, Bloomberg reports. Opposition leaders and lawyers said they will seek a review of the decision from the same court.