Monday, August 25, 2003

Catching up on the news. What could be better than coming back from a three-day weekend and finding more than 220 e-mails, nearly all of them spam? Good grief. I'm still catching up with the news, so pardon today's minimalist Media Log.

Of all the unanswered questions surrounding the murder of former priest John Geoghan, the one I find most intriguing -- if perhaps among the least important -- is why his accused killer changed his name from Darrin E. Smiledge to Joseph L. Druce.

The Globe and the Herald don't know why. So what is the story? Is there a character in some neo-Nazi or white-supremacist fiction named Joseph L. Druce? Was he trying to pull a scam? Perhaps we'll find out soon.

It's time to start listening to Scott Ritter. Actually, we should have listened to the former UN weapons inspector before the war in Iraq, but I -- like many observers -- thought his flip-flop on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction made him less than credible. And then he was silenced.

Today he has an op-ed piece in the New York Times in which he asks a devastating question: why -- if former Iraqi officials are to be believed -- did American troops allow looters to destroy records pertaining to the weapons program?

It's a question that demands an answer.

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