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August 17, 2013 7:02 PM Bush officials to finally get comeuppance for Iraq? Saturday evening roundup

By Samuel Knight

*Yes! Magazine reports that an Iraqi women is suing Bush officials in a U.S. court for that thing they did* (*ordering the invasion and effective destruction of her country).

The lawyers representing her think that they might be able to find a loophole in the Westfall Act of 1988 - “which granted ‘absolute immunity’ to government employees for any actions taken within the scope of their employment - because Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld were calling for a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq while Clinton was still in office.

Defendants have been served with a notice to appear at the U.S. District Court in Northern California. Yes! says that “there will be a great deal of back and forth before the hearing, which is scheduled to take place sometime in early 2014.”

*Metropolitan Police officials in London are taking into consideration apparent revelations about the 1997 deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi al-Fayed.

Sky News said it had come from the former parents-in-law of a former soldier and had been passed on by the Royal Military police.

The information, which is thought to include the allegation that the Princess of Wales, Fayed and their driver Henri Paul were killed by a member of the British military, will be assessed by officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Command.

*In other news involving Scotland Yard, Rupert Murdoch’s News International is under investigation by the Met in a case that “could have serious implications for the ability of its parent company News Corp to operate in the United States” (insh’allah).

Murdoch’s corporate empire is under the gun for “as a ‘corporate suspect’ over hacking and bribing offences.”

The Independent, which broke the story today, also reported that Murdoch’s charges have asked Met officials to take it easy because - wait for it - criminal charges “ would not be in the ‘public interest’”

A News Corp analysis of the effects of a corporate charge, produced in New York, said the consequences could “kill the corporation and 46,000 jobs would be in jeopardy”.

Hahaha. But did the jobs study account for the fact that both the U.S. and Britain would become marginally more functional?

*It’s been awhile since a lot of people have been jealous of President Obama, but today he golfed with Larry David.

It’s a slow news day (apart from all the chaos in Egypt I tried to summarize this morning) so apologies for the last one.

Enjoy your Saturday evening.

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.

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