Friday, March 23, 2007

Al Gore's dimwitted Republican opponent

* Parry:
"When historians sort out what happened to the United States at the start of the 21st Century, one of the mysteries may be why the national press corps ganged up like school-yard bullies against a well-qualified Democratic presidential candidate while giving his dimwitted Republican opponent virtually a free pass."

* Bolton was on TDS. hysterical.

* bill conroy continues his great work into the House of Death case:
"The House of Death cover-up now appears to have enveloped Narco News in its pall.

A letter sent by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seems to indicate that this reporter has been under investigation for nearly two years by ICE in retaliation for Narco New’s exposure of that agency’s complicity in mass murder in Ju├írez.
Narco News’ FOIA request seeking records from ICE concerning the motives and players behind the agency’s assault on Narco News is important far beyond the publication itself, given the extend of the cover-up in the House of Death. Those records could shed important light on whether Sutton, or Garcia, or others, abused their power in order to protect their political positions."
The questioning of a journalist at his home and workplace, absent a subpoena, and absent a clearly articulated reason for the interrogation, raises concerns that the action was, in fact, an attempt to harass the reporter for pursuing news coverage that was embarrassing to high-level government officials, such as Sutton, Garcia and even Attorney General Gonzales...

Keeping the Narco News “case” open for nearly two years, if that is the case, could be viewed as an effort to obstruct FOIA in order to prevent the release of further information embarrassing to those government officials.

To withhold documents that might shed light on this important matter would not only thwart the underlying intention of the FOIA, but also undermine the U.S. Justice System itself.
* larisa:
"My question is why Mr. Novak is so set on spinning and fabricating in defense of his favorite source, to the point, of reaching into conspiracy theory, and making a spectacle of himself once again when the public was just forgetting his own involvement in the sordid affair of leak-gate?

* larisa on the giraldi/sibel article:
"Giraldi would know about Turkey, given his spook work as chief of station there. I know the Grossman allegation, and wanted to do an article on it, but most publications were unwilling to take the legal risk regarding the allegation. I had considered running it at RS, but they would collapse under the weight of even an attempt at a law suit. But the Grossman allegations, if true - and there is more than enough evidence to support the validity of those allegations - is incredibly dangerous to our national security. So the real is issue is, which larger publication is willing to take the risk - because a larger publication would withstand the initial legal assault - in order to put out what is one of the most important stories of our time? I know several that don't have the courage of their so-called convictions, but I won't name them. I still have to work in this business."
i'd name 'em - i don't need the work.

* you know i love athenae, but what's with this?
Estimates of Iraqi civilian deaths range from 60,000 to more than 100,000 so far.

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