Tuesday, June 12, 2007

There are so many stories of interest today, and I'm posting as frantically as Dennis Kucinich trying to get a word in edgewise at a Democratic debate. So I'll try to be efficient and double up:
Mueller Often Uses FBI Jet Bought for Counterterrorism Mueller's travel now accounts for nearly a quarter of the flight time for the lone FBI jet able to make international flights.
But the jet that the FBI originally sold to lawmakers in the late 1990s as an essential tool for battling terrorism is now routinely used to ferry FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to speeches, public appearances and field office visits.
FBI officials acknowledged to The Washington Post that Mueller's use of the Gulfstream is a marked departure from the travel practices of his predecessors ...the Justice Department approves each flight.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), the senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has expressed concern that the jet has often been used for Mueller's routine trips rather than for counterterrorism operations, as lawmakers intended. Grassley said that when he questioned the bureau in December about how the plane was used, he received no answer.
Yep, same ol', same ol'. And if that isn't raising your eyebrows, try this:
US veterans 'high suicide risk' US war veterans are twice as likely to kill themselves as ordinary civilians, a study following 320,890 men found.
Researchers say the findings emphasise the need for mental health care for those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
War veterans were also twice as likely to use a firearm to kill themselves, it said. Disabled veterans, or those who had experienced emotional or psychological trauma during their service were identified as the highest risk group.
[Lead researcher Mark Kaplan, of Portland State University in Oregon, said], "there is inadequate mental health screening, and many of the doctors outside the VA (Veterans Affairs) system are not trained to deal with these sorts of problems and don't have the time to treat them".


At 3:36 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Oversight, oversight, oversight.

And action.

And big Dem wins in 2008.

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Clavis said...

Thank goodness the Republicans who went berserk over the fictional story of Nancy Pelosi abusing plane privileges will *really* go insane over the story of Robert Mueller *actually* abusing plane privileges!

Yup, any second, now...

At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing the legwork on this stuff. You're like my Reader's Digest for what's going on.


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