UPDATED: I WAS WRONG (see below)
via crooks and liars, i dropped by this post at the right-wing blog strata-sphere. i left a comment to the post noting that:
(1) contrary to strata's post, police concluded that the brown-skinned people suspiciously buying cell phones in midland, texas had no apparent link to any terrorist cell, and
(2) that even if there had been a terrorist cell, it makes no sense to claim that the december 15, 2005 NYTimes story about bush's authorization of warrantless searches endangered national security (for the very reasons i've discussed endlessly here. short version: it was and is common knowledge that the u.s. has wiretap capabilities. the only new information the NYT revealed in the article was that the bush administration was breaking the law with regards to the internal procedures necessary to have a secret wiretap)
i just checked back on the strata-sphere post and my comment has already been deleted. nor is there (as of this writing) an update to the post noting that the terrorist cell he was hyperventilating about apparently does not exist.
i'm about to send the post a trackback ping about this post, but i don't expect it will last very long there either.
so much for the "high flying political debate" promised by the sites byline. although, to the site's credit, it does contain a disclaimer that "This is an opinion site, not a site for finding or determining fact."
UPDATE (1/14/06 3:10 pm): my comment has reappeared, and my trackback is there as well. i owe strata an apology. apparently i spoke too soon. my best guess is that my comment was still pending moderation when i wrote this post. he still hasn't posted any updates about the fact that there doesn't seem to have actually been a midland terrorist cell, but at least he didn't censor my comment. and that is to his credit.