Looks like a Setup / False Prosecution to Me (Updated)

9/2/07

NY Times Editorial Makes Sense… misses big story (Craig Innocent)…. Is this on purpose by the NY Times?

clipped from www.nytimes.com

America’s Toe-Tapping Menace

WHAT is shocking about Senator Larry Craig’s bathroom arrest is not what he may have been doing tapping his shoe in that stall, but that Minnesotans are still paying policemen to tap back. For almost 40 years most police departments have been aware of something that still escapes the general public: men who troll for sex in public places, gay or “not gay,” are, for the most part, upstanding citizens. Arresting them costs a lot and accomplishes little.

In 1970, Laud Humphreys published the groundbreaking dissertation he wrote as a doctoral candidate at Washington University called “Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places.” Because of his unorthodox methods — he did not get his subjects’ consent, he tracked down names and addresses through license plate numbers, he interviewed the men in their homes in disguise and under false pretenses — “Tearoom Trade” is now taught as a primary example of unethical social research.

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 — Within hours of the disclosure of Senator Larry E. Craig’s arrest and conviction after an undercover sex sting, Republican Senate leaders concluded that the exploding political scandal needed a fast resolution, one that necessitated the Idaho Republican’s prompt resignation.

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Upon further review, the argument that Larry Craig was taken down because he was not goose stepping requires more investigation / proof.

Related Posts Here: Other Views of The Larry Craig Hoopla
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8/31 Update:
Brought down for opposing the Patriot Act. Men have been killed for that offense.

“Folks, when we’re dealing with civil liberties, you don’t compromise them,” said Sen. Larry Craig (news, bio, voting record), R-Idaho, an NRA board member

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The more I follow this, the more I’m convinced Craig was set up.

clipped from rawstory.com

Craig arrest caught on police audio tape

An audio recording of Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest has been released by the Minneapolis Police Department, MSNBC reports.

In the recording, Craig discusses details of the arrest with Investigative Sgt. Dave Karsnia, saying that he may have touched the officer’s foot while they were in adjacent bathroom stalls.

“You said our feet bumped. I believe they did,” Craig is heard to say.”The next thing I knew, under the bathroom divider comes a card that says ‘Police.”

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Looks like a Setup / False Prosecution to Me (Updated)

9/2/07

NY Times Editorial Makes Sense… misses big story (Craig Innocent)…. Is this on purpose by the NY Times?

clipped from www.nytimes.com

America’s Toe-Tapping Menace

WHAT is shocking about Senator Larry Craig’s bathroom arrest is not what he may have been doing tapping his shoe in that stall, but that Minnesotans are still paying policemen to tap back. For almost 40 years most police departments have been aware of something that still escapes the general public: men who troll for sex in public places, gay or “not gay,” are, for the most part, upstanding citizens. Arresting them costs a lot and accomplishes little.

In 1970, Laud Humphreys published the groundbreaking dissertation he wrote as a doctoral candidate at Washington University called “Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places.” Because of his unorthodox methods — he did not get his subjects’ consent, he tracked down names and addresses through license plate numbers, he interviewed the men in their homes in disguise and under false pretenses — “Tearoom Trade” is now taught as a primary example of unethical social research.

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clipped from www.nytimes.com

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 — Within hours of the disclosure of Senator Larry E. Craig’s arrest and conviction after an undercover sex sting, Republican Senate leaders concluded that the exploding political scandal needed a fast resolution, one that necessitated the Idaho Republican’s prompt resignation.

blog it

Upon further review, the argument that Larry Craig was taken down because he was not goose stepping requires more investigation / proof.

Related Posts Here: Other Views of The Larry Craig Hoopla
—————————————————————————————
8/31 Update:
Brought down for opposing the Patriot Act. Men have been killed for that offense.

“Folks, when we’re dealing with civil liberties, you don’t compromise them,” said Sen. Larry Craig (news, bio, voting record), R-Idaho, an NRA board member

blog it

===============================================
The more I follow this, the more I’m convinced Craig was set up.

clipped from rawstory.com

Craig arrest caught on police audio tape

An audio recording of Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest has been released by the Minneapolis Police Department, MSNBC reports.

In the recording, Craig discusses details of the arrest with Investigative Sgt. Dave Karsnia, saying that he may have touched the officer’s foot while they were in adjacent bathroom stalls.

“You said our feet bumped. I believe they did,” Craig is heard to say.”The next thing I knew, under the bathroom divider comes a card that says ‘Police.”

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WTC 7 (Updated with Rosie Off The View News) (updated with Rosie’s unhelpful comment against "white men")

Update 6/5/07

clipped from www.speaker.gov

Chairman Conyers Addresses Fox News

Yesterday, Fox News Channel broke the story of Rep. William Jefferson’s indictment with video of Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers greeting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at a recent Judiciary Committee hearing. The network apologized on-air for airing the wrong video; however, they did not personally apologize to Mr. Conyers or describe the video they aired the previous day. Chairman Conyers responded today:

“Fox News has a history of inappropriate on-air mistakes that are neither fair, nor balanced. This type of disrespect for people of color should no longer be tolerated. I am personally offended by the network’s complete disregard for accuracy in reporting and lackluster on-air apology.”

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Update 5/31/07

Of course I find the following offensive:

The Mollycoddling of Rosie O’Donnell

As someone who appreciates provocateurs, I have less of an issue with the spectacle she creates than the following might imply. It’s more her enablers to whom this is targeted; the molly coddlers who want Rosie to be Rosie. Which is much in the manner of desiring a crack head to be a crack head. It’s an unhealthy attraction to a fatal flaw.

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Update 5/30/07

Reader Comments (about Rosie’s Departure)

2 Responses to “Whoopi fills ‘View’ as Backlash Wilts Rosie”

  • Lynne Says:
    May 30th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Rosie will be missed – the View has returned to its former “humdrum” self and I will no longer tune in!

  • Cynthia (Stockton CA) Says:

    May 30th, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    I enjoyed watching the first 15 minutes of the show to see what Rosie would say…. I have no reason to watch any longer…. The fight was great…

  • blog it

    clipped from www.clipclip.org

    TimesSelect A Notion From 9/11 Is Kept
    Alive

    The first day of the post-Rosie O’Donnell
    era on “The View” television show has come and gone, and by any
    fair accounting, an often useful provocateur has left the
    building.

    In her final months on the air, she mostly dropped her public
    torment of an attention-starved, orange-haired real estate
    developer. Instead, she opened debates with others about terrorism,
    peace and citizenship.

    She also recently took up — without quite spelling out — a
    theory that one of the buildings at the World Trade Center, No. 7,
    was brought down by bombs late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001.
    No. 7 was not one of the towers struck by the airplanes, she said,
    but a separate building “that got hit by nothing — 47 floors and
    dropped, 5:30, into itself.”

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    Update 5/29/07
    Rosie continues to be about as helpful as Ward Churchill. Churchill is a “Mockingbird” Rosie is probably simply just selfish and clueless.

    Rosie O’Donnell: No Peace With ‘White Men in Charge’

    Rosie says – no sorry. She answers as the victim, “There will never be peace, if the white men are in charge. The women are collateral damage.” Ugh.

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    ——————————————————————————-
    5/26/07

    Rosie denies the dubious “trashing the dressing room” rumor.

    Rosie seems not to realize how ignoble her selfish quiting is. Where is a realization that the people behind 9/11 have every reason to play hardball? What kind of battle did Rosie think she was fighting.

    And Rosie thinks it’s OK for her to take her toys and go home???! (Rosie actually tries and fails to address this specific question in the vid below).

    Rosie claims to support the innocents, and she doesn’t acknowledge she gave up the position with huge continued potential to reach people from The View.

    clipped from www.rosie.com


    no ja – hero

    Posted by
    ro on May 26th at 7:54pm
    in
    movies

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    While O’Donnell and Hasselbeck had a tiff, to be sure, it was Fox guest Curtis Sliwa who actually threatened violence, openly and on national television expressing his wish to take a baseball bat to O’Donnell and beat her like a “human piñata.”…

    Obviously such misogyny is normal for men of little intellect and commonplace among the Fox propagandists. But it is not what these lunatics say that is at issue; rather, it is how the country reacts or does not react that is of concern.

    Covert action: In her blog, Larisa also has some much needed words for Mitt Romney, who takes ABC News to task for reporting on an unauthorized covert action undertaken by the intelligence community. The lack of authorization did not bother Mitt; the reporting ticked him off.
    blog it

    Linking to the following article is not an endorsement of its content:


    Was Bush Speech Scheduled To Pre-empt The View?

    ABC show set to feature 9/11 truth heavyweights
    cancelled in favor of Bush’s Al-Qaeda obsessed press conference

    Did master political strategist Karl Rove schedule and script
    George Bush’s speech in the Rose Garden yesterday to pre-empt
    the possible appearance of 9/11 truth movement heavyweights
    on ABC’s The View?

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    5/25/07

    clipped from www.foxnews.com

    ABC: Rosie O’Donnell Won’t Be Back on ‘The View’

    NEW YORK — Rosie O’Donnell will not be back on “The View,” ABC announced Friday, two days after she and co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck got into a huge political dust-up live on the talk show.

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    5/24/07

    Fox News presents the black and white of the debate whether Rosie crossed the line. Guess which color is set up to argue for Rosie?
    —————————————————————
    Updated 5/18/07

    clipped from infowars.net


    NY Times Attempts To Debunk 9/11 Truth; Fails Miserably
    More mainstream coverage, more
    ignorance of the facts



    In a report detailing Rosie O’Donnell’s confirmed plans
    to have 9/11 truthers debate the attacks on The View
    before she leaves in June, The New York Times has responded
    by penning an extremely
    poor attack piece
    which cites previous shoddy debunking
    efforts while completely ignoring key evidence often referred
    to by the many scientific experts, ex government officials,
    whistleblowers and truthers in general that have declared
    the event an inside job.

    Skipping over the fact that some guys in
    a cave in Afghanistan were able to coordinate a total
    stand down of US air defenses, and completely ignoring
    the mountains of evidence of prior knowledge, the Times
    makes four main points in an effort to debunk solely the
    controlled demolition aspect of the 9/11 truth movement’s
    assertions.

    blog it

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    Rosie O’Donnell’s 9/11 Question

    Rosie O'Donnell's 9/11 Question

    The debate over the third building that collapsed at ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001, is back.

    On the campaign trail, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and a former senior aide are blaming each other for setting up the city’s emergency command center in a building at the World Trade Center that would be evacuated during its biggest emergency ever, collapsing hours later because of damage sustained in the terrorist attack.

    Or was detonated from within? Rosie O’Donnell smells a cover-up, and has been using her seat on her morning talk show, “The View,” to raise questions. Before leaving as a full-time host, she plans to tackle the issue in a special segment.

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    WTC 7 (Updated with Rosie Off The View News) (updated with Rosie’s unhelpful comment against "white men")

    Update 6/5/07

    clipped from www.speaker.gov

    Chairman Conyers Addresses Fox News

    Yesterday, Fox News Channel broke the story of Rep. William Jefferson’s indictment with video of Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers greeting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at a recent Judiciary Committee hearing. The network apologized on-air for airing the wrong video; however, they did not personally apologize to Mr. Conyers or describe the video they aired the previous day. Chairman Conyers responded today:

    “Fox News has a history of inappropriate on-air mistakes that are neither fair, nor balanced. This type of disrespect for people of color should no longer be tolerated. I am personally offended by the network’s complete disregard for accuracy in reporting and lackluster on-air apology.”

    blog it

    Update 5/31/07

    Of course I find the following offensive:

    The Mollycoddling of Rosie O’Donnell

    As someone who appreciates provocateurs, I have less of an issue with the spectacle she creates than the following might imply. It’s more her enablers to whom this is targeted; the molly coddlers who want Rosie to be Rosie. Which is much in the manner of desiring a crack head to be a crack head. It’s an unhealthy attraction to a fatal flaw.

    blog it

    Update 5/30/07

    Reader Comments (about Rosie’s Departure)

    2 Responses to “Whoopi fills ‘View’ as Backlash Wilts Rosie”

  • Lynne Says:
    May 30th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Rosie will be missed – the View has returned to its former “humdrum” self and I will no longer tune in!

  • Cynthia (Stockton CA) Says:

    May 30th, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    I enjoyed watching the first 15 minutes of the show to see what Rosie would say…. I have no reason to watch any longer…. The fight was great…

  • blog it

    clipped from www.clipclip.org

    TimesSelect A Notion From 9/11 Is Kept
    Alive

    The first day of the post-Rosie O’Donnell
    era on “The View” television show has come and gone, and by any
    fair accounting, an often useful provocateur has left the
    building.

    In her final months on the air, she mostly dropped her public
    torment of an attention-starved, orange-haired real estate
    developer. Instead, she opened debates with others about terrorism,
    peace and citizenship.

    She also recently took up — without quite spelling out — a
    theory that one of the buildings at the World Trade Center, No. 7,
    was brought down by bombs late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001.
    No. 7 was not one of the towers struck by the airplanes, she said,
    but a separate building “that got hit by nothing — 47 floors and
    dropped, 5:30, into itself.”

    blog it

    Update 5/29/07
    Rosie continues to be about as helpful as Ward Churchill. Churchill is a “Mockingbird” Rosie is probably simply just selfish and clueless.

    Rosie O’Donnell: No Peace With ‘White Men in Charge’

    Rosie says – no sorry. She answers as the victim, “There will never be peace, if the white men are in charge. The women are collateral damage.” Ugh.

    blog it

    ——————————————————————————-
    5/26/07

    Rosie denies the dubious “trashing the dressing room” rumor.

    Rosie seems not to realize how ignoble her selfish quiting is. Where is a realization that the people behind 9/11 have every reason to play hardball? What kind of battle did Rosie think she was fighting.

    And Rosie thinks it’s OK for her to take her toys and go home???! (Rosie actually tries and fails to address this specific question in the vid below).

    Rosie claims to support the innocents, and she doesn’t acknowledge she gave up the position with huge continued potential to reach people from The View.

    clipped from www.rosie.com


    no ja – hero

    Posted by
    ro on May 26th at 7:54pm
    in
    movies

    blog it
    While O’Donnell and Hasselbeck had a tiff, to be sure, it was Fox guest Curtis Sliwa who actually threatened violence, openly and on national television expressing his wish to take a baseball bat to O’Donnell and beat her like a “human piñata.”…

    Obviously such misogyny is normal for men of little intellect and commonplace among the Fox propagandists. But it is not what these lunatics say that is at issue; rather, it is how the country reacts or does not react that is of concern.

    Covert action: In her blog, Larisa also has some much needed words for Mitt Romney, who takes ABC News to task for reporting on an unauthorized covert action undertaken by the intelligence community. The lack of authorization did not bother Mitt; the reporting ticked him off.
    blog it

    Linking to the following article is not an endorsement of its content:


    Was Bush Speech Scheduled To Pre-empt The View?

    ABC show set to feature 9/11 truth heavyweights
    cancelled in favor of Bush’s Al-Qaeda obsessed press conference

    Did master political strategist Karl Rove schedule and script
    George Bush’s speech in the Rose Garden yesterday to pre-empt
    the possible appearance of 9/11 truth movement heavyweights
    on ABC’s The View?

    blog it

    5/25/07

    clipped from www.foxnews.com

    ABC: Rosie O’Donnell Won’t Be Back on ‘The View’

    NEW YORK — Rosie O’Donnell will not be back on “The View,” ABC announced Friday, two days after she and co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck got into a huge political dust-up live on the talk show.

    blog it

    5/24/07

    Fox News presents the black and white of the debate whether Rosie crossed the line. Guess which color is set up to argue for Rosie?
    —————————————————————
    Updated 5/18/07

    clipped from infowars.net


    NY Times Attempts To Debunk 9/11 Truth; Fails Miserably
    More mainstream coverage, more
    ignorance of the facts



    In a report detailing Rosie O’Donnell’s confirmed plans
    to have 9/11 truthers debate the attacks on The View
    before she leaves in June, The New York Times has responded
    by penning an extremely
    poor attack piece
    which cites previous shoddy debunking
    efforts while completely ignoring key evidence often referred
    to by the many scientific experts, ex government officials,
    whistleblowers and truthers in general that have declared
    the event an inside job.

    Skipping over the fact that some guys in
    a cave in Afghanistan were able to coordinate a total
    stand down of US air defenses, and completely ignoring
    the mountains of evidence of prior knowledge, the Times
    makes four main points in an effort to debunk solely the
    controlled demolition aspect of the 9/11 truth movement’s
    assertions.

    blog it

    —————————————————————————

    Rosie O’Donnell’s 9/11 Question

    Rosie O'Donnell's 9/11 Question

    The debate over the third building that collapsed at ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001, is back.

    On the campaign trail, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and a former senior aide are blaming each other for setting up the city’s emergency command center in a building at the World Trade Center that would be evacuated during its biggest emergency ever, collapsing hours later because of damage sustained in the terrorist attack.

    Or was detonated from within? Rosie O’Donnell smells a cover-up, and has been using her seat on her morning talk show, “The View,” to raise questions. Before leaving as a full-time host, she plans to tackle the issue in a special segment.

    blog it

    Games Old Grey Ladies Play

    From buzzflash.com

    After Running an Uncritical “Iraq Redux” Anonymous Allegations Article That the Administration Used to Try and Justify War With Iran, Schizophrenic New York Times Editorial Calls for End of Anonymous Allegations. It’s like the New York Times Has Two Different Political Perspectives: Neo-Con Enablers on Its News Page and Occasionally Politically Responsible on Its Editorial Pages. 2/14

    Games Old Grey Ladies Play

    From buzzflash.com

    After Running an Uncritical “Iraq Redux” Anonymous Allegations Article That the Administration Used to Try and Justify War With Iran, Schizophrenic New York Times Editorial Calls for End of Anonymous Allegations. It’s like the New York Times Has Two Different Political Perspectives: Neo-Con Enablers on Its News Page and Occasionally Politically Responsible on Its Editorial Pages. 2/14

    NYT’s Disinformation by Felix R.

    NYT’s Disinformation by Felix R. — eisenhower, death squads, colin powell | Gather

    Felix R. Brooklyn, NY

    member since: Jul 25, 2006 last signed in: Feb 11, 2007

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    NYT’s Disinformation

    February 11,:58 PM EST

    to groups: R7, Nonconformists

    tags: eisenhower, death squads, colin powell, jingoism, sistani, iraq, michael r gordon, maliki, judith miller, john negroponte, iran, the independent uk, najaf, western corporate media, warmongering, disinformation, ny times, military industrial complex, sulzberger family, politics, washington post

    rating: 10/10 (1 vote) | comments: 1

    The Sulzberger family’s NY Times is back to it’s warmongering and disinformation ways. The articles below talk about sloppy journalism, but, it’s much more than this…it’s deliberate misinformation. They are, again, helping to propel our’ nation into a war of choice. They help take us into Iraq and are now intent on taking us into Iran, also. Afterwards they’ll issue apologies and innocuous mea culpas…after the damage is done. It’s not sloppy…it’s intentional and deliberate.

    ‘NYT’ Reporter Who Got Iraqi WMDs Wrong Now Highlights Iran Claims

    NEW YORK Saturday’s New York Times features an article, posted at the top of its Web site late Friday, that suggests very strongly that Iran is supplying the “deadliest weapon aimed at American troops” in Iraq. The author notes, “Any assertion of an Iranian contribution to attacks on Americans in Iraq is both politically and diplomatically volatile.” What is the source of this volatile information? Nothing less than “civilian and military officials from a broad range of government agencies.” Sound pretty convincing? Well, almost all the sources in the story are unnamed. It also may be worth noting that the author is Michael R. Gordon, the same Times reporter who, on his own, or with Judith Miller, wrote some of the key, and badly misleading or downright inaccurate, articles about Iraqi WMDs in the run-up to the 2003 invasion. Gordon wrote with Miller the paper’s most widely criticized — even by the Times itself — WMD story of all, the Sept. 8, 2002, “aluminum tubes” story that proved so influential, especially since the administration trumpeted it on TV talk shows. When the Times eventually carried an editors’ note that admitted some of its Iraq coverage was wrong and/or overblown, it criticized two Miller-Gordon stories, and noted that the Sept. 8, 2002, article on page one of the newspaper “gave the first detailed account of the aluminum tubes. The article cited unidentified senior administration officials who insisted that the dimensions, specifications and numbers of tubes sought showed that they were intended for a nuclear weapons program.” This, of course, proved bogus. The Times “mea-culpa” story dryly observed: “The article gave no hint of a debate over the tubes,” adding, “The White House did much to increase the impact of The Times article.” This was the famous “mushroom cloud” over America article. Gordon also wrote, following Secretary of State Colin Powell’s crucial, and appallingly wrong, speech to the United Nations in 2003 that helped sell the war, that “it will be difficult for skeptics to argue that Washington’s case against Iraq is based on groundless suspicions and not intelligence information.” Now, more than four years later, Gordon reveals: “The Bush administration is expected to make public this weekend some of what intelligence agencies regard as an increasing body of evidence pointing to an Iranian link, including information gleaned from Iranians and Iraqis captured in recent American raids on an Iranian office in Erbil and another site in Baghdad.” Gordon’s unnamed sources throughout the story are variously described as “Administration officials,” “intelligence experts” and “American intelligence.” Today, in contrast to the Times’ report, Dafna Linzer in The Washington Post simply notes, “Yesterday, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said serial numbers and markings on some explosives used in Iraq indicate that the material came from Iran, but he offered no evidence .” For some perspective, here is how that “mushroom cloud” Gordon-Miller story of Sept. 8, 2002 , opened: “More than a decade after Saddam Hussein agreed to give up weapons of mass destruction, Iraq has stepped up its quest for nuclear weapons and has embarked on a worldwide hunt for materials to make an atomic bomb, Bush administration officials said today. “In the last 14 months, Iraq has sought to buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes, which American officials believe were intended as components of centrifuges to enrich uranium. American officials said several efforts to arrange the shipment of the aluminum tubes were blocked or intercepted but declined to say, citing the sensitivity of the intelligence, where they came from or how they were stopped. “The diameter, thickness and other technical specifications of the aluminum tubes had persuaded American intelligence experts that they were meant for Iraq’s nuclear program, officials said, and that the latest attempt to ship the material had taken place in recent months. “The attempted purchases are not the only signs of a renewed Iraqi interest in acquiring nuclear arms. President Hussein has met repeatedly in recent months with Iraq’s top nuclear scientists and, according to American intelligence, praised their efforts as part of his campaign against the West. “Iraq’s nuclear program is not Washington’s only concern. An Iraqi defector said Mr. Hussein had also heightened his efforts to develop new types of chemical weapons. An Iraqi opposition leader also gave American officials a paper from Iranian intelligence indicating that Mr. Hussein has authorized regional commanders to use chemical and biological weapons to put down any Shiite Muslim resistance that might occur if the United States attacks…. “‘The jewel in the crown is nuclear,” a senior administration official said. ‘The closer he gets to a nuclear capability, the more credible is his threat to use chemical or biological weapons. Nuclear weapons are his hole card. The question is not, why now?’ the official added, referring to a potential military campaign to oust Mr. Hussein. ‘The question is why waiting is better. The closer Saddam Hussein gets to a nuclear weapon, the harder he will be to deal with.’ “Hard-liners are alarmed that American intelligence underestimated the pace and scale of Iraq’s nuclear program before Baghdad’s defeat in the gulf war. Conscious of this lapse in the past, they argue that Washington dare not wait until analysts have found hard evidence that Mr. Hussein has acquired a nuclear weapon. The first sign of a ‘smoking gun,’ they argue, may be a mushroom cloud.” Last month, Byron Calame, public editor at The New York Times, and the paper’s Washington bureau chief, Phil Taubman, agreed that Gordon had stepped over the journalistic line in a recent TV appearance by starkly backing the “surge” in Iraq. Gordon had said, “So I think, you know, as a purely personal view, I think it’s worth one last effort for sure to try to get this right, because my personal view is we’ve never really tried to win. We’ve simply been managing our way to defeat.” *** The Washington Post joined in on Sunday in trumpeting the Iran weapons charge. By Greg Mitchell Published: February 10,:30 PM ET Friday updated Saturday

    http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003544369

    This is a modus operandi with the NY Times as well as other Corporate Western Media…they’re in the business of selling war foe the ‘military industrial complex’ that Eisenhower warned us about nearly fifty years ago in his Farewell Address. Few have heeded his’ clarion call,

    The term military-industrial complex (MIC) refers to a close and symbiotic relationship between a nation’s armed forces, its arms industry, and associated political and commercial interests. In such a system, the military is dependent on industry to supply material and other support, while the defense industry depends on government for a steady revenue stream.

    The term is most often used in reference to the United States, where it gained popularity after its use in the farewell address of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. As pejorative terms, the “MIC” or the “iron triangle” refer to an institutionalised collusion among defense contractors (industry), The Pentagon (military), and the United States government (Congress, Executive branch), as a cartel that works against the public interest, and whose motivation is profiteering.

    Source: Wikipedia

    Eisenhower said on January 17, 1961 the following:

    “A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction…

    This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

    In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

    The following article shows another instance of this DISINFORMATION on part of the NY Times:

    The Najaf Massacre: Annotated

    As the fables about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction and clandestine ties with al-Qaeda began to unravel following the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, the flagship of U.S. news reporting, The New York Times, took itself to task for its failure to challenge its news sources. “Information that was controversial then, and seems questionable now, was insufficiently qualified or allowed to stand unchallenged,” the Times wrote in May 2004. “ Articles based on dire claims about Iraq trended 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.”

    And yet a little more than two-and-a-half years later, the same newspaper highlighted a story about a Jan. 28 “battle” near the holy city of Najaf that is filled with the same sloppy reporting, inadequate research, and just plain disinformation that characterized the Times‘s pre-war coverage of Iraq. According to Times reporter Marc Santora, “Iraqi forces were surprised and nearly overwhelmed by the ferocity of an obscure renegade militia…which calls itself the Soldiers of Heaven.” The story went on to quote “Iraqi government officials” who claimed the group was preparing to storm Najaf and assassinate Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the leader of Iraqi’s Shiites.

    However, journalists from the Inter Press Service (IPS) and the British Independent, as well as numerous media outlets in the Arab world, say the “battle” was against two local tribes, not the “Soldiers of Heaven,” and was nothing less than a systematic massacre by U.S . air and ground forces of Shi’ite opponents to the ruling clique in Baghdad.

    Disinformation Campaign

    The avalanche of Iraqi government information – some of it contradictory – on the so-called “renegade militia” should have alerted the U.S. media that things were not quite what they seemed. Officials said the group was a Shi’ite zealot “death cult”; a group of “foreign fighters” dressed in Afghan and Pakistani tribal robes and carrying British passports; Sunni Arab nationalists; Saddam Hussein dead-enders; and/or al-Qaeda. Baghdad officials also said the scene of the battle was a “fortress,” filled with “heavy weapons.”

    None of the charges could be corroborated because the Iraqi Army barred all press from talking to survivors or examining what the Times called a “network” of trenches and bunkers lacing the “militia camp.” Some of the government statements should have immediately failed the smell test: “Shi’ite zealots” do not rub shoulders with Sunni al-Qaeda. The “Soldiers of Heaven” is not an armed group. And what were Pakistanis and Afghans doing in southern Iraq?

    Reporting near Zarqa, a town a few miles north of Najaf and some 60 miles south of Baghdad, Dahr Jamail and Ali al-Fadhily of the IPS discovered a very different version of the battle than the one making the rounds in the Times and other U.S. news outlets.

    The target of the attack was not the “Soldiers of Heaven,” but the al-Hatami and al-Khazali tribes, both of which oppose the current government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. According to the IPS reporters, the Iraqi Army fired on Hatami pilgrims on their way to Najaf for the Ashura holiday, which commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Muhammad and Shi’ism’s most revered saint. “We were going to conduct the usual ceremonies that we conduct every year when we were attacked by Iraqi soldiers,” Jabber al-Hatami, leader of the tribe told IPS. Khazaali tribal members went to their aid. “Our two tribes have a strong belief that Iranians are provoking sectarian war in Iraq which is against the belief of all Muslims,” one witness told the reporters, “and so we announced an alliance with Sunni brothers against any sectarian violence in the country. That did not make our Iranian-dominated government happy.”

    The tribes, according to Patrick Cockburn of the Independent, are opposed to the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) and the Dawa Party, both of which are close to Iran and which dominate the Maliki government. Some Iraqi tribes object to Sistani because of his Iranian background, and they feel that religious leadership should be kept in the hands of Arabs.

    NOTE: Sistani is Iranian…not Iraqi. The Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani was born in Mashhad , Iran to a family of religious scholars. His grandfather, for whom he was named, was a famous scholar who had studied in Najaf .

    The governor of Najaf, Asad Abu Ghalal, is a prominent member of SCIRI, and was one of the major sources on the incident in stories that appeared in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

    Tension between Arab and Iranian Shi’ites has been building in Iraq’s south since death squads linked to the Maliki government began assassinating local tribal leaders. A death squad with ties to Iraq’s Ministry of the Interior murdered Sheikh Faissal al-Khayoon, head of the large Beni Assad Shi’ite tribe, according to another IPS report . Beni Assad tribal members attacked the Iranian consulate in Basra in retaliation. On Jan. 1, the Mahdi Army of Moktada al-Sadr assassinated Sheikh Hamid al-Suhail of the Shi’ite/Sunni Beni Tamim tribe. Sadr is a key ally of the Maliki government. According to Jamail and al-Fadhily, the Beni Assad and Beni Tamim tribes have worked for Shi’ite-Sunni unity.

    The Independent claims that the “battle” began when the leader of the Hatami tribe, along with his wife and driver, were gunned down at an Iraqi Army checkpoint. The Iraqi Army is riddled with death squads, in particular the Badr Organization, the armed wing of the SCIRI. When Hatami tribe members assaulted the checkpoint in revenge, the Iraqi Army called in U.S. helicopters and F-16s, and British Tornados. Tanks and humvees from the U.S. 25th Division were also summoned.

    The tribe members fled into a plantation where they were pounded with 500-pound bombs that killed 263 and wounded 210. The Iraqi Army lost 25 soldiers, a casualty imbalance that Cockburn suggests points to not a battle but an “unprecedented massacre.”

    Times Unrepentant

    Despite the IPS, Independent, and Arab media reports, The New York Times continues to report that the battle was with a “renegade militia.” More than a week after the incident, a Times editorial chastised the Iraqi Army for allowing “hundreds of armed zealots” to set up “a fortified encampment, complete with tunnels, trenches, blockades, 40 heavy machine guns and at least two antiaircraft weapons.” The editorial went on to suggest that “a successful attack on top clerics and pilgrims in Najaf would have been disastrous.”

    The details on the camp, the weapons, and the charge that Najaf was the target are straight from Iraqi government sources.

    The way the U.S. media has reported the “battle” of Zarqa is a virtual replay of the kind of reporting that characterized the run-up to the Iraq War. The media seems to be taking a chillingly similar tack in its reporting about “Iranian interference” in Iraq. For instance, a recent story in The New York Times reports that Iran may have been involved in the recent kidnapping and murder of five Americans. But the story presents nothing but a series of unnamed sources and speculations.

    The Bush administration allegations that Iran has set up insurgent training camps and built anti-personnel bombs that have killed and maimed U.S. soldiers have been routinely reported on all the major networks and daily newspapers with virtually no dissenting voices or questions raised concerning the motives of sources.

    Such reporting paves the road to war. Will its next victim be Iran?

    Reprinted with permission from Foreign Policy In Focus.

    by Conn Hallinan

    NOTE: This is all about trying to implicate Iran…the invention of a casus belli for a pre-emptive strike on Teheran. Also, as I have often indicated…these ‘death squads’ really flourished in Iraq right after John Negroponte went to Iraq following Paul Bremer’s departure…it’s common knowledge that wherever Negroponte goes…’death squads’ suddenly begin to blossom.


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    Felix, this is excellent. Like many others here in New York, I can’t understand what has happened to the NY Times. The way in which they rolled over for the Neo-con smoke and miorrors in 2003 (as you describe above) was pitiful and mystifying. Since then, they have fired the Editor and replaced many staff (as a result of the Jayson Blair revelations about a sloppy editorial process). Whatever changes have been made are entirely ineffective, as the paper starts cranking up to join in the demonization of Iran. Does the Times buy the islamofascist claptrap so fully that they now believe any muslim is an enemy?
    Peter Wimsey commented Feb 11, 2007

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