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NEWS DISSECTOR October 13, 2005

As Plamegate Widens and Widens.....



Sorry we are late with the blog.....

Someone is having fun and games at our expense, bringing our site and blogs down with powerful denial of service attacks. We are not laughing because it is diverting time and some of our meager resources to fight this. We are reaching out for help, and have spoken to a number of people with suggestions—but we have not found a solution. Someone, cloaked in anonymity is mounting these sneak attacks against our freedom of speech and desire to serve the growing community of Mediachannel readers and users. At first, we dismissed this as a prank. We don’t any longer. But who can we turn to?

The New Yorker has a piece on how sophisticated these attackers have become.


Wish the Onion wasn’t making it up. In its latest assault on the culture, the satirical newspaper reports:

“Bush To Appoint Someone To Be In Charge Of Country”

WASHINGTON, DC—In response to increasing criticism of his handling of the war in Iraq and the disaster in the Gulf Coast, as well as other issues, such as Social Security reform, the national deficit, and rising gas prices...


Overseas there is less to laugh at, 50 dead in what’s being described as a terrorist attack in Russia, strains of bird flu found in Turkey….Off on the peaceful island of Bali, BBC reports

Angry Indonesians have tried to break into a jail which houses convicted Bali bombers, on the third anniversary of the 2002 attacks on the island.

Hundreds of protesters stormed the prison demanding the immediate execution of three militants sentenced to death for their role in the attacks.

“The three - Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Mukhlas - were moved to another jail on Tuesday amid security concerns.”

Al tells about a suicide without a bomber:

Syria: Interior minister killed himself

”Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan has committed suicide in his office, officials said, three weeks after being questioned by a UN team investigating the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri.”

President Bush meanwhile called on Syria’s president Assad to “be a good neighbor” to Iraq.


The New Republic’s Joseph Braude says that Bush’s recent speech had unintended consequences in the Middle East;

”Shortly before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, I had dinner in Washington with a visitor from Cairo: Muslim playwright Ali Salem, one of the few prominent Egyptians who has consistently spoken out in favor of a warm peace with Israel. Let me tell you something you never heard before about George W. Bush, he said, as I remember it. He's the first Arab president of the United States....

If Bill Clinton could be our “first black president, “ why not W as the Arab one?


Plamegate may be widenening into a broader investigation into US intervention in Iraq. That may be why Dana Milbank of the Washington Post is asking:


"President Under Duress, Body Language Speaks Volumes"

It's only 6:17 a.m. Central time, and President Bush is already facing his second question of the day about Karl Rove's legal troubles.

"Does it worry you," NBC's Matt Lauer is asking him at a construction-site interview in Louisiana, that prosecutors "seem to have such an interest in Mr. Rove?"…

“Bush blinks twice. He touches his tongue to his lips. He blinks twice more. He starts to answer, but he stops himself.

"I'm not going to talk about the case," Bush finally says after a three-second pause that, in television time, feels like a commercial break.

"Only the president's closest friends and family know (if anybody does) what he's really thinking these days, during Katrina woes, Iraq violence, conservative anger over Harriet Miers, and legal trouble for Bush's top political aide and two congressional GOP leaders. Bush has not been viewed up close; as he took his eighth post-Katrina trip to the Gulf Coast yesterday, the press corps has accompanied him only once, because the White House says logistics won't permit it. Even the interview on the "Today" show was labeled "closed press."

"But this much could be seen watching the tape of NBC's broadcast during Bush's 14-minute pre-sunrise interview, in which he stood unprotected by the usual lectern. The president was a blur of blinks, taps, jiggles, pivots and shifts. Bush has always been an active man, but standing with Lauer and the serene, steady first lady, he had the body language of a man wishing urgently to be elsewhere.”


NBCs Howard Fineman: “There are people are out for Karl Rove inside that White House, which makes his situation even more perilous.

"My understanding, from talking to somebody quite close to this investigation, is that they think there are going to be indictments and possibly Karl Rove could be among them, if not for the act of the leaking information about Valerie Plame, then perhaps for perjury, because he‘s now testified four times.

"And there are conflicts between what Matt Cooper told the grand jury and what Rove evidently told the jury himself. And Patrick Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, is an absolute stickler for detail who has no political axe to grind here, other than keeping his own credibility. Having put Judy Miller in jail, having gone to the lengths he had, my understand is, he has got some people here, not only Rove, but perhaps Scooter Libby, the vice president‘s chief of staff.”


John Prados writes on

” Two new reports reveal Porter Goss' ongoing 9/11 cover-up and an admission that Iraq intelligence may have been politicized.

“Politicians tell us they acted in good faith on the road to war, and maybe they did, but that leaves a prickly question: Who was so keen to prove that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat that they forged documents purporting to show that he was trying to buy 500 tons of uranium from Niger to develop nuclear weapons? The forgery was revealed to the Security Council by El-Baradei. That was not an intelligence error. It was a straightforward lie, an invention intended to mislead public opinion and help start a war.

“At the beginning of 2001, a few weeks before George Bush took office, there was a break-in at the Niger Embassy in Rome. Strangely, nothing of value was taken. Months later came 9/11 and a month after that, as George Bush wondered how to get back at the terrorists, a report from the Italian security service (Sismi) reached the CIA: Iraq was seeking to buy uranium.

RELATED: Plamegate conspiracy? Rumors point further up the chain of command than previously imagined...


Bill Van Auken of WSWS reports: “Iraqi regime orders arrest of ex-officials in $1 billion theft:"

”An Iraqi judge issued arrest warrants Tuesday for two dozen former officials who are accused of organizing the embezzlement of over $1 billion from the country’s defense ministry.

“Charged in connection with this massive theft are the former Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan and 23 other ministry officials. Also under investigation for the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars more are four other ministers—labor, transportation, electricity and housing—from the “interim government” of former prime minister Iyad Allawi, installed by Washington in June 2004.

“The defense ministry money was apparently stolen through a scheme in which funds for arms purchases were funneled through Iraqi middlemen. It was then either deposited directly in private bank accounts, or was used to buy outmoded and worthless weapons and materiel worth a fraction of the purported cost of the arms contracts.

“Ali Allawi, Iraq’s finance minister, told the Independent last month:

“It is possibly one of the largest thefts in history….Huge amounts of money have disappeared. In return we got nothing but scraps of metal.

“Shaalan, who is reportedly in London, is still a member of the Iraqi parliament. Members of the body attempted to pass a bill stripping him of his parliamentary immunity Monday, but lacked a necessary quorum.”


Journalist Tony Karon writes his blog:

” It's no longer simply the case that U.S. goals in Iraq cannot be achieved; right now U.S. goals in Iraq cannot even be clearly defined. Strip away President Bush's bumper-sticker bromides about "staying the course" and fighting "Islamo-fascism," and what remains is a gaping vacuum in real-world strategy. The Bush administration tore up the traditional U.S. strategic approach towards the Middle East, in the belief that a military hammer-blow at the heart of the Arab world would precipitate a dramatic reordering of the region's realities on terms more favorable than ever to U.S. global interests — a politico-military fantasy that had less in common with John Foster Dulles than it did with Che Guevara (and whose assumptions were as tragically naive). The failure of the promised regional transformation to materialize has left U.S. policy makers confronting an old in which the position of U.S. has deteriorated precipitously as a result of its failed social engineering in Iraq….”


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Wednesday his advisers were telling conservatives about Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' religious beliefs because they are interested in her background and "part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion."

"People are interested to know why I picked Harriet Miers," Bush told reporters at the White House. "They want to know Harriet Miers' background. They want to know as much as they possibly can before they form opinions. And part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion."

For a satirical look at this pround women of religion, see:


UH OH: “Millions 'Will Flee Degradation'

"There will be as many as 50 million environmental refugees in the world in five years' time. That is the conclusion of experts at the United Nations University, who say that a new definition of "environmental refugee" is urgently needed.

"They believe that already environmental degradation forces as many people away from their homes as political and social unrest. The UNU issued its statement to mark UN Day for Disaster Reduction.

"There are many different environmental issues involved and there can be interactions between them," said Janos Bogardi, director of the United Nations University's Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany….”

. **VIDEO** Guatemala: Devastated by Mudslide

The death toll in Central America following Hurricane Stan is still climbing after torrential rains caused deadly floods and mudslides. We go to Guatamala City to speak with Paul Menchu, brother of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchu Tum.


"As an example of the kind of investigative reporting IWT will feature in our current affairs documentaries, author and IWT Founding Committee member Naomi Klein reports on the dramatic "demographic shift" taking place in New Orleans -- and explains how "70,000 of New Orleans' poorest homeless evacuees could move back to the city alongside returning white homeowners, without a single new structure being built."


We still don’t know. BBC reports:

” A Palestinian ministerial inquiry into the death of former leader Yasser Arafat has proved inconclusive, said Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei.

Mr Qurei said that the inquiry found that French and Palestinian doctors could not identify the disease that killed Mr Arafat."

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Inside The Media Matrix


BBC: Apple unveils video-playing iPod

Apple has upgraded the original white iPod to a version that plays video. The gadget will be available in the US next week and crams more storage and a bigger screen into a thinner package.”


”Nepal's King Gyanendra on Sunday promulgated an ordinance directly aimed at press freedom, spelling out massive checks on the media, including measures against defaulting journalists that range from the annulment of accreditation to arrest and prosecution.

“The ordinance has provision to ban FM stations from broadcasting news-oriented programmes, challenging a Supreme Court order restraining the ban on FM news broadcasts. According to the state-owned Gorkhapatra, it also forbids any local news organization except the National News Agency (RSS) from distributing reports from foreign news agencies."

For more on Nepal’s Guerillas, and other international stories see a powerful new site: run by DC’s John Monte. I will have more about John and his global work soon.

FROM THE RAIN NEWSLETTER: Telegraph fights Galloway ruling

”Loncon’s Daily Telegraph today appealed against a high court ruling that awarded George Galloway, the former Labour MP, £150,000 damages and costs after the newspaper published documents about him it found in Iraq in 2003.

James Price QC, for the Telegraph, argued that in the high court ruling last year Mr Justice Eady had made an "elementary mistake" regarding the newspaper's right to comment on the documents it discovered in Baghdad.

Mr Price argued that the newspaper was perfectly entitled to publish the documents under privilege because they were in the public interest and to comment on the documents because it made clear to its readers that the comment was the newspaper's opinion.

"We submit that it's no exaggeration to say, that if true, this story was a news story of truly global significance," Mr Price told the Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice Chadwick and Lord Justice Laws…

"I would have expected the newspaper, if they were going to claim privilege, to give Mr Galloway a chance to look at (the documents)," said Gallaway;s lawyer Mr Rampton.

"Secondly to tell him (Mr Galloway) what they were going to say (in the newspaper). And thirdly to undertake some investigation of their own."

Rightwing propaganda in Parade Magazine?


Google is committed to giving away some of its money.Web search firm Google - whose motto is "don't be evil" - is setting up a subsidiary dedicated to doing good


Al Jazeera reports:

Palestinian armed men have released a US and British journalist unharmed, hours after kidnapping them in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Interior Ministry said.

“A group of Palestinian armed men abducted an American and British journalist on Wednesday as they drove through the central Gaza town of Khan Younis, according to their employer, the Knight Ridder newspaper chain.

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Letters,Letters, Letters

Jonathan Bein writes:

I have not seen anything about this in your recent dissections and it seems like another perfect example of it being okay to be a repressive regime, as long as your our repressive regime.


Bradley Laing writes:

”Danny, as to why the average newspaper reader is 55 years old...

It is because television provides news or entertainment all day long, and newspapers provide only news, all day long. If you are an advertiser trying to sell a product, you know that someone might change the channel from the news to the Entertainment channel, and see your ad, no matter where you advertise, on the news or on entertainment.

If you are a newspaper, all you can guarantee is a local audience interested in news.

So let's say you are a newspaper publisher. You go to an advertiser: Hey I can gurantee you everyone in my town interested in news, ages 15-75.

A Tv guy walks in. Hey I can guarantee you everyone in town, and the other towns, interested in news or entertainment, ages 15-75."


Dear Randi Rhodes,

You were talking today about our poll on impeachment, so Bob Fertik called in to speak with you. But you spent the whole conversation attacking the idea of impeachment, claiming that it couldn't succeed and would therefore make any Democrats who tried it look stupid.

Randi, Randi. Such fatalism! From YOU! Such misguided "pragmatism" and "strategic thinking." Don't you realize that people won't vote the Dems a majority BEFORE the Dems stand for something?

This whole chorus of "We'll try it once we have the majority," is self-contradictory. You can't GET the majority that way.

It's also inconsistent, because Dems are introducing and fighting for some bills, just not others. Have any of the bills and resolutions demanding investigations of the war lies or the Plame outing been more likely to pass than impeachment? Do you think Conyers and Lee and Holt and company all look stupid now?

And this way of thinking is also at odds with the record. When you elect Democrats with this line of thinking, you get the sort of Democrats who still don't do anything. You see things from New York, Randi. I see them from D.C., where people HAVE NO REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS. And for how many years did a Democratic majority fail to do anything about that?

To be fair, Randi, you did offer another strategy: "praying to god" that the Dems win some elections. But do you think that'll actually work?

Have you looked at the example of how the Republicans moved into the majority? Was it through self-censorship and fear or through aggressive futile attacks and getting a message to THEIR base, not OURS?

(If you answered "It was through stealing elections" that only shows that you're on our side and we need you, Randi.)

You're a wonderful voice, Randi, a hero and an example. Please don't buy into the defeatism of the corrupted thinking we're all fighting against. Please don't tell the Democrats they have to compromise in order to win. We have the network news and the New York Times to do that already.

In Solidarity,
David Swanson


Brooks Berndt writes:

”I read your article on the Wiki phenomenon. Very interesting. I recently came across a similar use of internet technology that involves collective writing and editing in a fascinating way. A nonprofit called Faith Voices for the Common Good has been doing this kind of thing. The religious bent and politics of the organization may or may not be to your liking, but I think you might find the technological details and collective process interesting. The best way to learn about this is to read the history of the nonprofit contained in a journal article:

The nonprofits website is:


”The Pinch and Judy Show is gettin' hot.

Or to quote Cary Grant: "Judy...Judy...Judy"

Will Fitzy's probe put the kabosh on Iran Invasion plans? Or give it a boost? Only "The Shadow" knows.”


Michael Brady writes:

”Your daily articles give so much to people like myself , I am sending to you a website that you might regrettably improve your already considerable understanding of what is being planned for us .

“The countless programs are well planned and well delivered . So much so that I usually forget what is left of my politics . If I think of it , i wouldnt aggree with them —- but I dont think of it any more.




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