How deep in the tank is Brit Hume?

Since when are secret prisons called “possible facilities.”

Here’s a hint. After giving Cheney the softball interview he craved on the Whittington shooting, Hume turned to more substantive matters, asking about leaks of classified information.

There have been two leaks, one that pertained to possible facilities in Europe; and another that pertained to this NSA matter. There are officials who have had various characterizations of the degree of damage done by those. How would you characterize the damage done by those two reports?

“Possible facilities in Europe”? And what sort of facilities might those be, Brit? Lavatories, perhaps?

And if the “facilities” were mythical rather than actual, then no secret was released, right? So what’s with “possible”?

I know I’m dating myself, dammit, but I remember when “Brit Hume” was the name of a reporter.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com