First, it is by no means clear why the FBI initiated such an investigation into what was by any measure a routine case of cyber-stalking in which few police agencies would take any interest. According to the Journal, FBI officials claim that when the investigation began, it was not clear that the harassing emails concerned Petraeus.
Then there is the issue of the failure of the FBI to inform either the White House or the leaders of congressional intelligence committees of the investigation of the CIA director. According to the official story, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was told of the investigation of Petraeus, which began last June, only on Election Day, while President Obama wasn’t informed until November 8, two days after he won reelection.
The FBI’s claim that it had no obligation to notify the White House or the relevant committees in Congress as the investigation concerned cybercrime rather than intelligence strains credulity. Once it was clear that the probe involved the director of the CIA, it was clearly an intelligence matter.
It has also been reported that Attorney General Eric Holder learned of the investigation last summer, but supposedly failed to inform the president.
It would seem that either the Obama administration decided to suppress the matter until after the election was over, or the FBI decided to pursue the matter on its own and keep it from the White House for reasons that are not clear. There have long been sharp tensions and turf wars between the FBI and the CIA.
There are a lot of unanswered questions. The whole thing smells. And Hillary is 44 should be covering this but they're on extended vacation, I guess. They haven't posted anything since Friday. What is that?
If I took those kind of days off, I would hear about it from readers. And to do so when a story you've been covering brings mulitple revelations every day?
I just don't get that.
Reader Lewis doesn't get why I'm not writing about Hulu Plus. I don't have it. But I might.
C.I. thinks we need to test it and do a feature for Third.
It's a one-week free trial. What C.I.'s offering is to cover any of us for a year if we like it. I said, "I don't want you to be out any money." She said, "Stan, you don't let me help you at all. I know you're curious about Hulu Plus. Do you really think you can grade it well if you know it's just a week that you'll have it?"
That is a good point or maybe I'm lying to myself to get Hulu Plus?
What do you think?
Which lets me answer another e-mail. I did write Lewis back and I also wrote back Pam. Pam wanted to know if I miss cable?
Not really. I have Netflix and I use regular Hulu and also the network pages. So I see a lot of what I'd like to see that way.
Pam is in the same boat I was two or three years ago when I had to cut cable: She just can't make ends meet.
If you're having that problem and can keep the internet, I would say drop cable. I really do prefer watching things on my laptop now. I always tell myself I'll check out new content on YouTube where they're supposed to have dozens or hundreds of original series. I've never had the time. I've never lacked in something to watch.
But I am a re-watcher. So right now I'm streaming "Family Guy" at Hulu and yesterday I was at NBC's "Whitney" page and just going through the first season episodes of that.
You know what I do watch at YouTube?
Movies. They have movies there. I don't mean pay to stream. I mean, if you know how to look, you can find movies there. A lot of times, it's movies that aren't available on DVD.
So there's that too.
So I've managed to live without cable just fine. Again, I prefer my laptop. There are some networks I can't pick up now -- even with the converter box and a channel. So I'll just watch online the next day. Honestly, I don't get CBS so good. So I'll watch "The Good Wife" Sunday night but miss half of it. I'll stream it the next day. I'm probably going to switch to watching "Revenge" on TV because I get ABC really good. It's like it was when I had cable. Also there are a lot of other free TV stations that you may not be aware of. I like to watch Antenna TV, for example, which has a lot of cool old shows.
You can survive without cable. But I do have my Netflix subscription, remember. You might want something like that too. Or you may be able to go without it and just take regular Hulu to get your favorites.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"