this administration has mastered the politically timed news event to upstage bad/contrary news.
1) the mpls fbi agent whose memo about flight students of arab descent was ignored by higher-ups, colleen rowley, testified before congress. two days later, ashcroft called an overseas news conference to announce... the arrest and detention, over a month earlier, of a terrorist named jose padilla.
2) two days after john kerry announced his running mate, tom ridge held an urgent press conference to announce... that there was no new information about terrorist attacks, but that al-quaida was attempting to disrupt the democratic process. but there was no new information.
3) two days before the 9/11 commission is scheduled to release their report, word leaks of... a nine month old investigation against a former clinton administration official.
are these all coincidental acts of timing? it strains credulity.