Thursday, May 27, 2004
The Next Load of Dynamite...
...will be images of Iraqi women humiliated and abused. Cole doesn't say there are photos of them being raped, but apparently sexual abuse went on as well.
So, we killed their men and raped their women, just like most every conquering army has done throughout history.
Let me see if I can predict the Pigman's spin on this:
"This was nothing, my friends! Haven't you ever heard of 'horseplay'? Blowing off some steam? These man-hating feminazis should have just laid back and enjoyed it! They should have been grateful to be with a man who's had more than one shower in the last month!"
Richard Perle has a blog.
The FBI is investigating certain prominent neo-cons regarding Ahmad Chalabi:
At a well-appointed conservative think tank in downtown Washington and across the Potomac River at the Pentagon, FBI agents have begun paying quiet calls on prominent neoconservatives, who are being interviewed in an investigation of potential espionage, according to intelligence sources. Who gave Ahmed Chalabi classified information about the plans of the U.S. government and military?
The Iraqi neocon favorite, tipped to lead his liberated country post-invasion, has been identified by the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency as an Iranian double agent, passing secrets to that citadel of the "axis of evil" for decades.
Remember the hullabaloo over the Clinton Administration allegedly passing nuclear and missile secrets to the Chinese?
China's not part of the Axis of Evil?. Iran is.
Where is the outrage? Where are the Congressional investigations? Where is the $80 million to fund a full and complete investigation by an Independent/Special Counsel? Where are the calls for impeachment? Where are the cries of , 'traitor!', and, 'treason!'??????
Miller the Shiller (for war)
Judy Miller just won't admit
Her reporting's a bunch of horseshit
She fell for Chalabi's schemes
To swap Iraqi regimes
"A Useful Idiot" will be her obit.
Judith Miller: Proved Fucking Right!
Miller helped sell us on war
"Fact checking? Oh what a bore!"
If she's "fucking right"
She's high as a kite
Judy, our biggest press whore.
The Bush Culture of Personal Non-Responsibility
Bush leads the country into war on false pretenses. Not his fault!
Despite numerous warnings and an ominously-titled Presidential Daily Briefing, he goes on a month-long vacation in Crawford. 9/11 happens on Bush's watch. Not his fault!
Condi Rice failed to ensure that terrorism intelligence flowed between the FBI and CIA, which could well have prevented 9/11. She was/is "National Security Advisor" but... that wasn't her responsibility! She still has her job.
Rumsfeld is responsible for the abuses in Abu Ghraib and the abysmal state of the Iraq occupation. He still has his job.
Douglas Feith and Paul Wolfowitz got punk'd by Ahmad Chalabi and quite possibly tricked by the Iranians into finishing off Saddam for them (with the blood of over 800 and counting US soldiers). Not to mention the bloody and expen$ive occupation. They still have their jobs.
Judith Miller wrote a number of opinion-leading stories which played a major role in leading the country into a war based on a foundation of lies. Guess what - she refuses to admit she did anything wrong other than the usual, 'mistakes were made' passive-voice confession. Not her fault! She still has her job.
Whoever in the White House or the Vice President's office, who blew Valerie Plame's cover, still has his/her job.
The only thing that will get you fired in this Bush regime, is telling the truth. Just ask Paul O'Neill or Richard Clarke or Gen. Shinseki.
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Why Does Judith Miller Still Have A Job?
Since the New York Times can't bring itself to name Judith Miller in their insipid mea culpa, Salon.com does for the Times what they don't have the courage nor integrity to do themselves:
The failures of Judy Miller and the Times' reporting on Iraq are far greater sins than those of the paper's disgraced Jayson Blair. While the newspaper's management cast Blair into outer darkness after his deceptions, Miller and other reporters who contributed to sending America into a war have been shielded from full scrutiny. The Times plays an unequalled role in the national discourse, and when it publishes a front-page piece about aluminum tubes and mushroom clouds, that story very quickly runs away from home to live on its own. The day after Miller's tubes narrative showed up, Andrea Mitchell of NBC News went on national TV to proclaim, "They were the kind of tubes that could only be used in a centrifuge to make nuclear fuel." Norah O'Donnell had already told the network's viewers the day before of the "alarming disclosure," and the New York Times wire service distributed Miller's report to dozens of papers across the landscape. Invariably, they gave it prominence. Sadly, the sons and daughters of America were sent marching off to war wearing the boots of a well-told and widely disseminated lie.
Of course, Judy Miller and the Times are not the only journalists to be taken by Ahmed Chalabi. Jim Hoagland, a columnist at the Washington Post, has also written of his long association with the exile. But no one was so fooled as Miller and her paper.
Russ Baker, who has written critically of Miller for the Nation, places profound blame at the feet of the reporter and her paper.
"I am convinced there would not have been a war without Judy Miller," he said.
For What It's Worth
Ministry of Love Chief John Ashcroft briefs us on the new terror warnings which have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Bush's plunging poll numbers and anyone who says otherwise is a lying liar who hates America, Mom, apple pie, and baseball:
We ask citizens to be aware of their surroundings. Public awareness may cause terrorists to change their plans or targets, or cause terrorists to disrupt or delay their plans. If you see suspicious activity, report it to your local police department sheriff's office or to the FBI.
...Let me say that the face of Al Qaida may be changing. It is possible Al Qaida will attempt to infiltrate young Middle Eastern extremists into America, as they did before September 11th.... Intelligence sources suggest that ideal Al Qaida operatives may now be in their late 20s or early 30s and may travel with a family to lower their profile.
Our intelligence confirms Al Qaida is seeking recruits who can portray themselves as Europeans. Al Qaida also attracts Muslim extremists among many nationalities and ethnicities, including North Africans and South Asians, as well as recruiting young Muslim converts of any nationality inside target countries.
...the FBI has established a 2004 threat task force to focus on this developing threat over this summer and fall period.
With every day the lyrics from this song resonate so precisely with present times:
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away
Bush/Cheney '04 Terror Level Raised
I was going to wait until Bush's poll numbers dropped into the 30's before raising the Bush-Cheney '04 Terror Alert Level, but it looks like they've pre-emptively reacted to their sinking poll numbers by, yep, invoking the specter of terrorism:
Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller will hold a news conference Wednesday amid intelligence that has increased concern over the possibility of a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
Such an attack could take place as early as this summer, according to several U.S. officials.
Attacks might take place before the November presidential election in an attempt to affect the outcome, the officials said.
Or, at least, that is what they are praying for...
For weeks, security officials have expressed concern about several upcoming high-profile events, including Saturday's dedication of the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington.
Other potential targets include the G8 economic summit on Sea Island, Georgia, Fourth of July celebrations, the Democratic convention in Boston, the Republican convention in New York, and the Olympics in Greece.
Although there is no specific target, time or date for the possible attack, the information is the culmination of intelligence that has been known and gathered over time -- and it is the assessment that is new[emphasis added - ed.], the sources said.
Mm hmm. Quite convenient, that 'new assessment' of old information. Kind of like the 'new assessment' of old information about Saddam's WMD, eh?
Shorter Ashcroft/Mueller: "Vote for Bush or the terrorists win!"
In accordance with this new sign of desperation on the part of the Bush/Cheney '04 crusade, I have raised the Bush/Cheney '04 Terror Alert Level from "Slime and Defend" to "Operation October Surprise".
Shorter NY Times: Mistakes Were Made:
The problematic articles varied in authorship and subject matter, but many shared a common feature. They depended at least in part on information from a circle of Iraqi informants, defectors and exiles bent on "regime change" in Iraq, people whose credibility has come under increasing public debate in recent weeks. (The most prominent of the anti-Saddam campaigners, Ahmad Chalabi, has been named as an occasional source in Times articles since at least 1991, and has introduced reporters to other exiles. He became a favorite of hard-liners within the Bush administration and a paid broker of information from Iraqi exiles, until his payments were cut off last week.) Complicating matters for journalists, the accounts of these exiles were often eagerly confirmed by United States officials convinced of the need to intervene in Iraq. Administration officials now acknowledge that they sometimes fell for misinformation from these exile sources. So did many news organizations ? in particular, this one.
Some critics of our coverage during that time have focused blame on individual reporters. Our examination, however, indicates that the problem was more complicated [emphasis added - ed.]. Editors at several levels who should have been challenging reporters and pressing for more skepticism were perhaps too intent on rushing scoops into the paper. Accounts of Iraqi defectors were not always weighed against their strong desire to have Saddam Hussein ousted. Articles based on dire claims about Iraq tended to get prominent display, while follow-up articles that called the original ones into question were sometimes buried. In some cases, there was no follow-up at all.
Yeah, that's the ticket, it's all too complicated.
Bullshit. Two words: Judith Miller. Two more: Jayson Blair. A final two: You Asshats.
(Is it just my imagination or did they really bury this confession? I searched high and low for a link to it at the nytimes.com site, and couldn't find it. They only way I was able to find it was a link at Eschaton. I even followed the path for the editors' statement - starting with "International" and then to "Middle East" - and I never found a link to this. You would think for a confession this important they would put it on the site's 'front page'.)
Full Employment For Terrorists
Well, Bush may not be able to create jobs here in this country, but al-Qaeda seems to be hiring:
Far from being crippled by the U.S.-led war on terror, al Qaeda has more than 18,000 potential terrorists scattered around the world and the war in Iraq is swelling its ranks, a report said Tuesday.
Osama bin Laden's network appears to be operating in more than 60 nations, often in concert with local allies, the study by the independent think tank said.
Although about half of al-Qaida's top 30 leaders have been killed or captured, it has an effective leadership, with bin Laden apparently still playing a key role, it said.
The report suggested that the two military centerpieces of the U.S.-led war on terror - the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq - may have boosted al-Qaida.
Driving the terror network out of Afghanistan in late 2001 appears to have benefited the group, which dispersed to many countries, making it almost invisible and hard to combat, the story said.
And the Iraq conflict "has arguably focused the energies and resources of al Qaeda and its followers while diluting those of the global counterterrorism coalition that appeared so formidable" after the Afghan intervention, the survey said.
The U.S. occupation of Iraq brought al Qaeda recruits from across Islamic nations, the study said. Up to 1,000 foreign Islamic fighters have infiltrated Iraqi territory, where they are cooperating with Iraqi insurgents, the survey said.
Efforts to defeat al Qaeda will take time and might accelerate only if there are political developments that now seem elusive, such as the democratization of Iraq and the resolution of conflict in Israel, it said.
It could take up to 500,000 U.S. and allied troops to effectively police Iraq and restore political stability, IISS researcher Christopher Langton told the news conference.
Such a figure appeared impossible to meet, given political disquiet in the United States and Britain and the unwillingness of other nations to send troops, he said.
The IISS said its estimate of 18,000 al Qaeda fighters was based on intelligence estimates that the group trained at least 20,000 fighters in its camps in Afghanistan before the United States and its allies ousted the Taliban regime. In the ensuing war on terror, some 2,000 al Qaeda fighters have been killed or captured, the survey said.
Al Qaeda appears to have successfully reconstituted its operations by dispersing its forces into small groups and through working with local allies, such as the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders' Front in Turkey, the report said.
"Al Qaeda is the common ideological and logistical hub for disparate local affiliates, and bin Laden's charisma, presumed survival and elusiveness enhance the organization's iconic drawing power," it said.
Too bad we didn't focus on getting Osama and busting up al-Qaeda instead of invading Iraq, a nation which had no Islamic terrorism ties prior to the invasion and occupation.
Did George mention Osama even once in his speech the other night???
Way to go, George.
Nice, Polite Republicans
Fairness and Accuracy In Media (FAIR) has done an extensive study of guests on NPR:
That NPR harbors a liberal bias is an article of faith among many conservatives. Spanning from the early ?70s, when President Richard Nixon demanded that ?all funds for public broadcasting be cut? (9/23/71), through House Speaker Newt Gingrich?s similar threats in the mid-?90s, the notion that NPR leans left still endures.
News of the April launch of Air America, a new liberal talk radio network, revived the old complaint, with several conservative pundits declaring that such a thing already existed. ?I have three letters for you, NPR. . . . I mean, there is liberal radio,? remarked conservative pundit Andrew Sullivan on NBC?s Chris Matthews Show (4/4/04.) A few days earlier (4/1/04), conservative columnist Cal Thomas told Nightline, ?The liberals have many outlets,? naming NPR prominently among them.
Nor is this belief confined to the right: CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer (3/31/04) seemed to repeat it as a given while questioning a liberal guest: ?What about this notion that the conservatives make a fair point that there already is a liberal radio network out there, namely National Public Radio??
Despite the commonness of such claims, little evidence has ever been presented for a left bias at NPR, and FAIR?s latest study gives it no support. Looking at partisan sources?including government officials, party officials, campaign workers and consultants?Republicans outnumbered Democrats by more than 3 to 2 (61 percent to 38 percent). A majority of Republican sources when the GOP controls the White House and Congress may not be surprising, but Republicans held a similar though slightly smaller edge (57 percent to 42 percent) in 1993, when Clinton was president and Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. And a lively race for the Democratic presidential nomination was beginning to heat up at the time of the 2003 study.
Republicans not only had a substantial partisan edge, individual Republicans were NPR?s most popular sources overall, taking the top seven spots in frequency of appearance. George Bush led all sources for the month with 36 appearances, followed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (8) and Sen. Pat Roberts (6). Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Secretary of State Colin Powell, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and Iraq proconsul Paul Bremer all tied with five appearances each.
Senators Edward Kennedy, Jay Rockefeller and Max Baucus were the most frequently heard Democrats, each appearing four times. No nongovernmental source appeared more than three times. With the exception of Secretary of State Powell, all of the top 10 most frequently appearing sources were white male government officials.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Why Does Bush Hate First Responders?
This is just sickening. You should send this link to any Bush supporter or on-the-fence voter that you know. I already have.
While the President's very first campaign commercial used photos of coffin draped corpses being pulled from the rubble, the White House has sought to hide evidence that Ground Zero firefighters and cops were exposed to hazardous toxins. Specifically, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) intervened to doctor EPA press releases that were supposed to warn the public about toxins near Ground Zero. The press releases were modified to claim that the air was safe - despite the fact that there was not adequate scientific evidence to substantiate that claim. The CEQ was headed by James Connaughton, a former asbestos industry lawyer who represented companies in toxic pollution cases.
When Ground Zero firefighters and cops began getting sick, the White House tried to block $90 million in funding for medical treatment. When Congress forced the Administration to accept the $90 million, the Administration then delayed the money and threatened to shut down the health-screening program. Even today, the New York Police Department has been denied much needed health grants.
They had to be forced to accept the money?
AND THEY STILL REFUSE TO HELP THEM???
Motherfuckers. These are the same SOBs who used 9/11 footage and footage of (fake) firefighters in their TV spots. These are the same SOBs who don't hesitate to use "9/11!" as an all-purpose retort/rallying cry for their warmongering policies. These are the same SOBs who are going to prance on the graves of the 9/11 victims at their convention in November.
These fuckers are evil.
Can you tell I'm pissed?
Monday, May 24, 2004
Election Poll Limbo
How loooooow can Bush gooooooo?
Down to 41% approval.
Read It And Weep, Wingnuts
Air America beat Rush Limbaugh in New York!
Arbitrend Spring Phase 1 Numbers
25-54 year olds
WLIB 3.4 share in April (AA's flagship station in NYC, 10a-3p, includes O'Franken Factor and Unfiltered)
WABC 3.2 share (Rush Limbaugh's station in NYC)
#1 provider of streaming audio on the Internet
6.5 million distinct streams
average listening time 51 minutes
WPOJ (Portland affiliate) nearly quintupled the 'cume' (cumulative total of listeners)
(source: Al Franken read this stuff on his show this morning)
Gen. Anthony Zinni (a nice Italian name, that) on 60 Minutes last night:
Look, there is one statement that bothers me more than anything else. And that's the idea that when the troops are in combat, everybody has to shut up. Imagine if we put troops in combat with a faulty rifle, and that rifle was malfunctioning, and troops were dying as a result,? says Zinni.
?I can't think anyone would allow that to happen, that would not speak up. Well, what's the difference between a faulty plan and strategy that's getting just as many troops killed? It?s leading down a path where we're not succeeding and accomplishing the missions we've set out to do.?
Gen. Anthony Zinni
Gen. Eric Shinseki
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf
Gen. Wesley Clark
Amb. Joseph Wilson
9/11 Victims' Families