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Report: Rural China in turmoil

Posted by Charles II on September 8, 2007

Ever since the BBC got “reorganized” (after the generally accurate but hyped reporting of Andrew Gilligan about scientist David Kelly’s allegations of lies by the Blair Administration in the run-up to Iraq), I haven’t known what to trust in their reporting. Their Latin America “news” is laughable. So, maybe someone who knows China in more detail can comment on this story, which I suspect to be true:

Dan Griffiths, BBC

China has pledged more freedoms for reporters ahead of next year’s Olympics, but when the BBC’s Dan Griffiths travelled to the countryside to investigate reports of unrest he was detained and questioned….

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Judy Miller finds true vocation

Posted by Charles II on September 8, 2007

Via Echidne at Eschaton, we learn of the following news from Editor and Publisher:

Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter who left the paper amid tumult over her role in the Plame/CIA leak case, has accepted a position at the the conservative Manhattan Institute in New York City.

The Manhattan Institute is famous for producing, by the hand of later NY state Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, the cooked statistics used to attack the Clinton health care plan.  It’s not just conservative. It’s a lie factory. Judy will fit right in.

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In Which Larry Johnson States What We Already Knew

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 8, 2007


Yet another Blinding Flash of the Obvious for most of us, I’m afraid:

Sorry.  If you’re looking for some breathless analysis about another lame videotape, which allegedly contains the latest ramblings of the man behind the 9-11 attacks, this ain’t it.  It is meaningless bullshit.  Why?  Because the United States, and the Bush Administration in particular, is not serious about finding and eliminating Bin Laden.


For starters there is no one in charge of the effort.  I have continued to work with U.S. military units that have the terrorism mission.  I know for a fact–I’ve seen the reports and briefings–that there is not a fully coordinated, integrated, comprehensive effort to find Bin Laden.  The U.S. military is doing its thing, separate from the CIA, separate from FBI, and separate from DEA.  No single entity or person is in charge of the effort.  And some agencies that ought to be involved–DEA in particular–are not even at the table.

Then there is the problem of failing to work and play well with others.  The CIA is particularly at fault.  Six years after 9-11 the CIA is still pursuing its own tangents and persists in refusing to fully share intelligence with U.S. special operations forces.  And there is no one at the White House tasked with the job of forcing cooperation and focus.  One would think that Fran Townsend or her deputy, Juan Zarate, would be on top of this but they are not.  They are asleep at the switch.  Consequently the various agencies pursue their missions without any overarching direction while staying largely in their own lanes.

What is needed is a full up interagency task force that is empowered to call on and enlist any military, intelligence, or law enforcement asset believed necessary to accomplish the mission.  But that is not being done and no one is asking George Bush, “why not?”

Posted in abuse of power, Bush, Osama bin Laden, terrorism | 1 Comment »

Saturday Morning Vacation Picture Blogging

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 8, 2007

These were taken up on the Willard Munger State Trail between Duluth and Carlton.  (Don’t tell Joel Hanes.  He gets upset when I do this.)

Posted in Good Things, Just for fun, Minnesota | 5 Comments »

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