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Walk-about blogger Ken Parish
would have the shire of Ozplogistan know he has moved in with Scotty Wickstein, and lefty possum-stirrer Niall humbly invites bloggers to stop by at Whom Gods Destroy
that they might delight in a nice line in pithy polemic and contribute to blogdom's self awareness by way of filling in a (gratifyingly short) questionnaire.
That is all.
LEST WE FORGET #2
I think one of blogdom's great virtues is that it brings to the surface much from minor and dissenting media when major mass media join the corporatist line. That didn't do the Iraqis much good this time (that the invasion was illegal after all is hardly a consolation), but it may yet contribute a little to confounding the world-historic (and world-destabilising and people-killing) power-grab that is in train. It might even make certain political leaders think twice before they arrogantly drown us in lies.
The likes of Scott Ritter had always told us that over 90% of Iraq's 'wmd' capacity had been destroyed between 1991 and 1998. He'd always told us that the coming storm would be engineered by lies designed to instil fear and xenophobia. A concerted campaign of smears ensued to ensure he'd pay a big price for the blowing of the whistle.
As usual, the big news agencies arrive near the truth after the Big Lie's consequences lie safely dead in the rubble or maimed in those hot waterless hospitals. Even CNN
is waking up now, and for its uncovering of the porkies to be worth a damn, we must promise ourselves we will not have forgetten when Iran's/Syria's/Venezuela's/Cuba's/etc's turn comes. America's polity is a little the richer for the establishment of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, anyway. This excerpt from the CNN. Please
help yourself to the rest
"On Day 71 of the Hunt for Iraqi W.M.D., yesterday, once again nothing turned up.
Maybe we'll do better on Day 72. But we might have better luck searching for something just as alarming: the growing evidence that the administration grossly manipulated intelligence about those weapons of mass destruction in the runup to the Iraq war.
A column earlier this month on this issue drew a torrent of covert communications from indignant spooks who say that administration officials leaned on them to exaggerate the Iraqi threat and deceive the public.
"The American people were manipulated," bluntly declares one person from the Defense Intelligence Agency who says he was privy to all the intelligence there on Iraq. These people are coming forward because they are fiercely proud of the deepest ethic in the intelligence world - that such work should be nonpolitical - and are disgusted at efforts to turn them into propagandists.
"The Al Qaeda connection and nuclear weapons issue were the only two ways that you could link Iraq to an imminent security threat to the U.S.," notes Greg Thielmann, who retired in September after 25 years in the State Department, the last four in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. "And the administration was grossly distorting the intelligence on both things."
The outrage among the intelligence professionals is so widespread that they have formed a group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, that wrote to President Bush this month to protest what it called "a policy and intelligence fiasco of monumental proportions."
"While there have been occasions in the past when intelligence has been deliberately warped for political purposes," the letter said, "never before has such warping been used in such a systematic way to mislead our elected representatives into voting to authorize launching a war."
Ray McGovern, a retired C.I.A. analyst who briefed President Bush's father in the White House in the 1980's, said that people in the agency were now "totally demoralized." He says, and others back him up, that the Pentagon took dubious accounts from émigrés close to Ahmad Chalabi and gave these tales credibility they did not deserve ... "