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Media sycophant jailbird?

Neo-crazy media sycophant Judith Miller of the New York Times, an “embedded” reporter in Bush’s war of aggression against Iraq – and in the subsequent futile hunt for the “weapons of mass destruction” she frequently “reported” Saddam Hussein had – is currently embedded in jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury.

On July 6, 2003, the New York Times published an op-ed piece by former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, in which he claimed to have been sent to Niger in early 2002 by the Central Intelligence Agency in response to inquiries from Vice President Cheney to investigate whether or not Iraq had recently been seeking to purchase uranium from Niger. Wilson claimed that he had conducted the requested investigation and reported on his return that there was no credible evidence that any such effort had been made.

President Bush had gone to Congress in September 2002 seeking “specific statutory authorization” to invade Iraq. Bush based his case on the just-completed Top Secret National Intelligence Estimate of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs, which was presumably informed by Wilson’s report.

According to Bush, the NIE contained positive proof that Saddam had been reconstructing his nuke and chem-bio programs in the several years since the end of inspections by the U.N. Special Commission

Now, on Dec. 16, 1998, Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency had made this final assessment of Iraq’s “nuclear’ programs:

Hence, when Bush “determined” on March 19 that no “further diplomatic or other peaceful means will adequately protect the national security of the United States from the continuing threat posed by Iraq,” most of us assumed Bush and our “intelligence community” had discovered that Saddam had somehow managed to acquire nukes.

However, in his January 2003 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush merely stated: “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”


Big deal.

Nevertheless, Bush, Cheney and Condi Rice all began warning of the need to divest Saddam of “the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.”

Well, we learned – from the International Atomic Energy Agency – just weeks before Bush invaded Iraq that the “documentary evidence” that Saddam had sought to buy uranium-oxide (“yellowcake”) from Niger were “blatant forgeries.” Now, just weeks after Bush invaded Iraq, Wilson was telling us that high-level officials of the Bush-Cheney administration had known the accusation was baseless for more than a year before the invasion.

In particular, the White House Iraq Group – which had been set up in 2002 to plan public statements and to control such high-level leaks about the upcoming war – knew that. So, WHIG apparently swung into action, trying to make “Democrat” Wilson and his CIA covert-agent wife the issue, rather than the revelation that they had knowingly made false statements to us and their media sycophants.

Well, two years later, that and perhaps other WHIG activities in the prelude to – and immediate aftermath of – Bush’s war of aggression against Iraq may be in the crosshairs of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald

How else to explain Judge Tatel’s opinion, which contained nine “redacted” pages – presumably highly classified – of what Prosecutor Fitzgerald has determined a person or persons, unknown, has “leaked” to neo-crazy media sycophant Judith Miller. Quoth the judge:

WERE the leak at issue in this case less harmful to national security or more vital to public debate, or had the special counsel failed to demonstrate the grand jury’s need for the reporters’ evidence, I might have supported the motion to quash.

Because identifying appellants’ sources instead appears essential to remedying a serious breach of public trust, I join in affirming the district court’s orders compelling their testimony.