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  • Intel Chief's Comments Infuriate Obama Officials

    As NEWSWEEK investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff just reported over on the Declassified blog, Director of National Intelligence Adm. Dennis Blair is in hot water after testifying today that the alleged Qaeda operative who tried to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day should have been questioned by a special interrogation unit that doesn't exist, rather than the FBI. One official called the testimony misinformed on many levels, and senior administration officials, furious at the flub, fear the statement could lend Republicans more opportunity to attack Obama for his handling of the Christmas Day attempt.Much more on this over at Declassified.
  • Napolitano Tells Newsweek Abdulmutallab Was Not on No-Fly List

    In an interview with NEWSWEEK's Mark Hosenball and Jerry Guo in this week's magazine, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledged that the name of the alleged would-be underpants airplane bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was absent from a U.S. "no fly" list. She said the process for deciding which suspects' names go on which U.S. government watch lists are currently being thoroughly reviewed by the Obama administration. You can read the interview here.
  • How Europe Is Killing Switzerland

    By Denis MacShane For the evangelists of globalization, Switzerland has long been the model country. Its -image as a diverse, harmonious nation with light regulations and political neutrality is a main reason the World Economic Forum holds its big annual meeting (which begins next week) in Davos. But the façade of Swiss exceptionalism is crumbling. Take one component of the Swiss mystique: banking secrecy. Discretion turned Geneva into a global financial capital, but that comparative advantage has collapsed under massive international pressure following the global economic meltdown. Meanwhile, Switzerland’s exemplary tolerance is also slipping. The Swiss overwhelmingly passed a xenophobic referendum in November, amending the Constitution to forbid the construction of minarets. Still another myth is the country’s purported freedom from the shackles of the EU, which Switzerland has refused to join. Yet most Swiss laws have now been brought into conformity with EU norms—a requirement...
  • What the White House Report on Underpants Attack Didn’t Spell Out

    A White House report on the foiled Christmas Day attempted airliner bombing provided only the sketchiest of details about what may have been the most politically sensitive of its findings: how the White House itself was repeatedly warned about the prospect of an attack on the U.S. homeland by Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen. ...
  • Copenhagen's Goal Likely to Fail, New Studies Show

    By Craig SimonsThe verdict on Copenhagen is in: guilty of failure. Every serious study of commitments made at the environmental summit shows it will fall short of its goal to cut carbon emissions sharply enough to hold off a 2-degree-Celsius rise in global temperatures. After the conference, the United Nations Environment Program found that the world had locked in less than half of the greenhouse-gas reductions needed to provide a 50-50 chance of preventing the temperature increase by 2050. A second study by MIT, Ventana Systems, and the U.S.-based Sustainability Institute calculated that Copenhagen's proposals will likely leave the world 3.9 degrees warmer by 2100. A third report from Germany's Potsdam Institute found that even if every Copenhagen proposal is fully funded, average global temperatures will be 3.2 degrees higher by century's end.The final tallies differed slightly since scientists made different assumptions about how quickly emissions will grow, or...
  • Airport Body Scans May Be Spooky, But at Least They're Safe

    By Olya Schechter  Security was stepped up a notch during this holiday season after a passenger on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit unsuccessfully tried to set off a bomb. The lines got longer and the rules stricter. Now, in addition to making us shoeless and beltless, U.S. law officials are seeking to install security body scanners throughout U.S. airports as an alternative to metal detectors and random searches. The machines are capable of producing X-ray-like images of a body's basic shape, but don't reveal one's bones and guts. Instead, they will reveal not only metallic and nonmetallic objects, including weapons or plastic explosives, but a silhouette of a passenger’s body, including outlines of underwear and possibly even colostomy bags and breast implants. Plans are being considered to install body scans in 20 U.S. cities this year at high-traffic airports such as John F. Kennedy in New York City and Los Angeles International Airport. Privacy experts, as one...
  • India Keeps It Together

    By Salil TripathiLast month India announced it was carving a new state out of an existing one. The decision, a response to blackmail by a local leader on a hunger strike, worried experts who said that having given in to one such demand, NewDelhi, long plagued by separatist insurgencies, would be besieged by others....
  • Fundraising Woes Could Hold Back the GOP in 2010

    By Suzy KhimmThere's been no shortage of warnings for congressional Democrats as both parties have begun gearing up for the 2010 midterm elections. With the pains of the recession still apparent across the country, anti-incumbency sentiment has steadily grown against the Democratic Congress and administration. Meanwhile, the GOP's unilateral opposition to the Democratic agenda has both united the GOP's lawmakers and encouraged the grassroots Tea Party movement that rallied against Obama's "government takeover" of America last November.In recent weeks, the Democrats' political vulnerabilities only seem to have multiplied, as the AP's Liz Sidoti points out. Four more House Dems from swing districts have said that they won't seek reelection─bringing the total number of Democratic House retirements to 11─and freshman Democratic Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama defected to the GOP during the holiday break. But there's at least one critical...
  • Newsverse: Person of the Year

    By Jerry AdlerThe numbers are entered, the data is crunchedOur panel of experts has met and has lunchedWith each of the candidates. Now they are hunchedOver their spreadsheets. Our board of consultantsIncludes Warren Buffett, Rick Warren and Oprah,Tom Brokaw, Bill Clinton and Deepak Chopra.He ranks all our candidates, based on their aura.After they’re analyzed by Dr. Laura. This is an honor we don’t give out lightly.Blackwater agents must follow them nightly.We don’t want someone who might even slightlyTarnish our brand with behavior unsightly.This is a process that clearly has paid offNever again will we pick Bernie Madoff.The less said the better re: Elliot Spitzer.We can’t help but wish that he’d lost to Wolf Blitzer.And last year we wish we had gotten the goodsA little bit sooner about Tiger Woods.This year, however, the system is working!Newsverse is proud to name . . . Gloria Firking!Of someplace or other. Wisconsin, we think.She’s in her mid fifties, smokes a bit, doesn’t...