Saturday, May 17, 2008

Some Things Won't Fit in the Trash Can

Washington wisdom holds that people, by and large, don't read the paper or watch the news on Saturday. That makes Friday afternoon an excellent time to "take out the trash" or make those obligatory disclosures that you'd rather the media and America people not take notice of.

As a result, It's always fun to scan the Saturday morning papers to see what embarrassing stories the movers and shakers of the political world would like to disappear down the memory hole. Generally, these are things like the resignation of an embattled official or the release of an off-message report--coffee cups, candy wrappers, crumpled envelopes, so to speak. Today, we find the administration has left the whole frackin' refrigerator sitting on the curb.

U.S. Planning Big New Prison in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is moving forward with plans to build a new, 40-acre detention complex on the main American military base in Afghanistan, officials said, in a stark acknowledgment that the United States is likely to continue to hold prisoners overseas for years to come.

Forty acres!

The new detention center at Bagram will incorporate some of the lessons learned by the United States in Iraq. Classrooms will be built for vocational training and religious discussion, and there will be more space for recreation and family visits, officials said.

And a school!

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