Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
In Monday's hearings, Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy expressed concern over an "academic study," which he said showed that Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito ruled against individual rights in 84 percent of his dissents — arguing that "average Americans have had a hard time getting a fair shake" in Alito's courtroom.
National Review reports, however, that Kennedy himself commissioned the study by liberal University of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein. What Kennedy did not mention is that in addition to his statistical conclusions, Professor Sunstein also found that "Judge Alito's opinions are carefully reasoned, well-done, attentive to law, lawyerly, and unfailingly respectful to his colleagues," adding, "the law, fairly interpreted, could well be taken to support" Alito's view.
Iraq's Terror Ties?
Saddam Hussein's regime trained thousands of radical Islamist terrorists in the years leading up to the U.S. invasion... that according to documents recovered in Iraq. The Weekly Standard reports the documents show that elite Iraqi military units directed secret terrorist training across the country. The training camps turned out some 8,000 terrorists between 1999 and 2002 and Intelligence officials believe some of these terrorists are responsible for recent attacks in Iraq.
Officials also say the documents may represent the tip of the iceberg — just 2.5 percent of some 2 million documents have been thoroughly examined by U.S. intelligence. But despite urging from House Intelligence Committee chairman Pete Hoekstra, the documents have yet to be released to the public.
‘Greatest Terrorist in the World’?
Calypso singer-turned-civil rights activist Harry Belafonte has called President Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world" during a television appearance with Venezuelan strong man Hugo Chavez. Belafonte, a UNICEF good will ambassador who once called African-American members of the Bush administration "black tyrants" and "house slaves," led an American delegation that met with Chavez for six hours on civil rights issues.
Belafonte told Chavez that millions of Americans support the Venezuelan revolution, "No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says."
View from Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's top cleric has called the War on Terror, "a war against our creed." Delivering a prayer at Mount Arafat, Isam's most sacred site, grand mufti Sheik Abdul-aziz al-Sheik declared, "Oh, Muslim nation, there is a war against our creed, against our culture under the pretext of fighting terrorism. We should stand firm and united in protecting our religion." The Sheik added, "Islam's enemies want to empty our religion from its contents and its meaning. But the soldiers of God will be victorious."
— FOX News' Aaron Bruns contributed to this report
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