ITALY’S PRESS….Laura Rozen on what a truly aggressive press can accomplish:

It is staggering to see what a press that doesn’t pull punches coupled with an independent Milan prosecutor have managed to unearth in Italy ? a full fledged politicized domestic intelligence operation complete with a Roman batcave apartment of archived illegally tapped phone calls and disinformation dossiers, paid spies, and spying on journalists directed against Sismi’s and Berlusconi’s perceived domestic political enemies.

And there too they had a do-nothing parliamentary oversight committee and timid and intimidated politicians, endless invocations of “state secrecy” and national security, and a public that seemed capable of being manipulated, terrorized, and spun into apathy and resignation. But it’s all coming unraveled, finally.

In other words, there’s hope for us yet.