The National Security Agency has kept secret since 2001 a finding by an agency historian that during the Tonkin Gulf episode, which helped precipitate the Vietnam War, N.S.A. officers deliberately distorted critical intelligence to cover up their mistakes, two people familiar with the historian’s work say.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has urged families not to mark Halloween, calling it a US custom alien to the South American nation.
“Families go and begin to disguise their children as witches. This is contrary to our way,” Mr Chavez said during his weekly radio and TV show.
He also said Halloween was a “game of terror”, the AP news agency reported.
Bolivia’s general election – supposed to be taking place on 4 December – has been postponed amid a row over the reallocation of congressional seats.
The election was called earlier this year as a way of ending street protests that had led to the resignation of President Carlos Mesa in June.
But a fresh row has broken out after a court awarded more seats to the more developed eastern part of Bolivia.
The vote can still be held in December if the politicians reach a deal soon.
Thanks to a loyal reader for pointing out that the above pic, which I recently snapped using a slow-exposure setting and a small tripod, was featured on the Washington blog DCist today. I spotted a Metro bus gliding to a stop outside my place on Rhode Island Avenue and 2nd st., NW the other night, and the rest is history. Here’s the bigger version.