And I thought the 3-hour delay on my flight from Houston was bad. This hurricane Katrina situation is seriously messed up. New Orleans has been devastated on a scale far worse than 9/11.


London Inquiry Refutes Police in Their Killing of a Suspect. This story just keeps getting worse.

At the time, the police said Mr. Menezes wore a bulky jacket on a hot day, began running from officers despite commands to halt, vaulted the ticket turnstile and ran stumbling onto the subway train.

On Tuesday, however, a news report on British television said an inquiry led by the Independent Police Complaints Commission had contradicted every one of those points. The report said that the officers had misidentified Mr. Menezes as one of the failed July 21 attackers and that he was killed even though he walked into the subway station wearing a light denim jacket, did not vault the turnstile and was sitting on the train when the officers moved in.

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U.S. Defends Detentions at Airports.

Foreign citizens who change planes at airports in the United States can legally be seized, detained without charges, deprived of access to a lawyer or the courts, and even denied basic necessities like food, lawyers for the government said in Brooklyn federal court yesterday.

But David Cole, a law professor at Georgetown University who argued on behalf of Mr. Arar and the Center for Constitutional Rights, contended that the government had denied Mr. Arar a meaningful chance to be heard, first by refusing to let him call a lawyer, and later by lying to the lawyer about his whereabouts.


Convicted of Aiding Terrorist, Translator Prepares for Prison Cell, Still in Disbelief.

Mr. Yousry said he did not blame Ms. Stewart for his troubles. He concludes that his fate is the result of the change in New York after Sept. 11. After the attacks, he says, New York jurors "would rather believe the government" in terrorism cases. "And I was just part of the collateral damage."

Overheard this afternoon at the Atlantic Center mall, father to two boisterous little daughters: "Like well-behaved Caucasians please." Ouch.


Bush Administration Increasingly Isolated on Venezuela.

While a majority of Americans, according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, now believe the war in Iraq was not worth fighting, the Bush administration is chalking up a lesser-known but increasingly obvious foreign policy failure closer to home. The Administration's efforts to isolate Venezuela as "undemocratic" have been backfiring all year, to the point where every move seems to isolate our own government in the hemisphere.

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