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Former CIA Director George Tenet's new book went on sale this morning,
but Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was already leading the
backlash yesterday. Also, five British men sentenced to life in prison
after being convicted of conspiring to set off massive explosions and,
on Reporter's Notebook, the pet food that killed cats and dogs has
spread to America's human food supply. Federal regulators say not to
Five Britons Sentenced for Life for Bomb Plot ()
At the Old Bailey in London today, five British men were jailed for life after being found guilty of plotting to set off massive explosions around the country. The ringleader was arrested in 2004, and after today's verdicts, it was revealed that he had been under surveillance with two of the suicide bombers who struck London in July of last year. Vikram Dodd is Senior Reporter for the Guardian in London.
Former CIA Director Tenet Goes Public ()
Last night, it was 60 Minutes and tonight it's Larry King Live, in a publicity blitz for George Tenet's new book, At the Center of the Storm. He claimed the Bush Administration ignored good intelligence in its rush to war in Iraq, but admitted that former Secretary of State Colin Powell got bad intelligence when he made the case at the UN Security Council that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Retail sales did not begin until this morning, but Condoleezza Rice was already leading the backlash on yesterday's televised talk shows over Tenet's claim that his famous "slam dunk" phrase was used to make him a scapegoat for intelligence failures. Tenet admits there was bad intelligence, but he claims good intelligence was ignored. Why didn’t he speak up sooner? Does he "tell all" or only part of the story?
- Tim Rutten: Columnist, Los Angeles Times
- Ray McGovern: Co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
- Reuel Marc Gerecht: Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, @followFDD
Contamination Now Concern for Human Food Supply ()
The Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture acknowledge that some of the pet food imported from China and contaminated with the chemical melamine was fed to some 6000 hogs in the United States. About 50 people in California are thought to have eaten pork from animals that consumed contaminated feed. Cats and dogs have been killed by such feed, but there's no evidence that it's damaged pigs or humans. In a joint statement, the FDA and USDA say that even if it got into the food supply, there's a "very low" likelihood that melamine will affect human health. Nevertheless, Caroline Smith DeWaal says the Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging a ban on imported grain from China.
- Caroline Smith DeWaal: Food Safety Director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest
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