Congress kept in dark about secret counterterrorism initiative.

A summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers.
July 12 2009 3:48 AM

Cheney to CIA: Don't Tell Congress About Program

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"A scar that will be visible for years": The Post runs a comprehensive ombudsman piece slamming the paper's decision to hold off-the-record, pay-to-play "salons" involving politicians, academics, and members of the Post newsroom. Calling the idea "an ethical lapse of monumental proportions," Andrew Alexander fairly eviscerates Publisher Katharine Weymouth, who claims not to have realized that these events would have generated such controversy. Alexander's unstinting conclusion: "The Post's reputation now carries a lasting stain."

Justin Peters is a writer for Slate. He is working on a book about Aaron Swartz, copyright, and the rise of “free culture.” Email him at justintrevett@fastmail.fm.