Thursday, January 05, 2006

Trillion-dollar bill

A few paragraphs from the article in the New York Observer by Gabriel Sherman and Sheelah Kolhatkar on James Risen's book, "State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration" (my emphasis in bold):

". . . the book raises the question of how much of Mr. Risen's material - about W.M.D., for instance - was in The Times' hands but kept out of print until the arrival of State of War.

The Times' becalmed post–Judy Miller positioning notwithstanding, it's hard to imagine the paper's explanation for its W.M.D. bungle - which was largely attributed to Ms. Miller's bad sources - holding water if reporting from Mr. Risen was coming in at the same time that tended to contradict her accounts.

Certainly, his reporting on W.M.D. as it appears in State of War does just that.

Call him the Anti-Woodward: Though the Washington Post reporter made famous in the Watergate scandal received information about Plamegate, he kept it from his editors. But Mr. Risen, according to several sources at The Times, couldn't get his material into the paper fast enough. It's impossible to tell what material Mr. Risen had on W.M.D. while working the national-security beat in 2002 and 2003. Either way, however, the material he has gathered for this book, while keeping his reporting position at The Times, is some stunning stuff."


"According to Mr. Risen's book, a C.I.A. agent approached a middle-aged woman named Sawsan Alhaddad, an Iraqi-born doctor living in Cleveland who had left Iraq in 1979, with a top-secret mission. The C.I.A. asked her to travel to Baghdad to extract information from her brother, who was believed to be a 'key figure' in Saddam's nuclear-weapons program. Ms. Alhaddad did, and was told in no uncertain terms by her brother that Saddam's nuclear program 'has been dead since 1991.' Later, 'CIA officials ignored the evidence' from Ms. Alhaddad and many family members of other Iraqi weapons scientists who'd been sent on similar missions, Mr. Risen writes. The chapter ends with her brother watching Colin Powell's February 2003 televised presentation to the United Nations about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction with shock."


". . . according to current and former Times sources familiar with the Washington bureau, Mr. Risen was gathering reporting from sources in the prewar period that cast a skeptical light on Saddam Hussein's alleged W.M.D. stockpiles, but either couldn't get his stories in the paper or else found them buried on the inside pages."

and, in case you think the Bush Administration really knows what it says it knows about Iran:

"His book ends on a slightly ominous note. In the last chapter, he describes a massive error committed in 2004 by a C.I.A. officer charged with handling communications with the agency's spies in Iran. After a mistaken data transmission, a double agent handed over the names of all the C.I.A.'s operatives in Iran to Iranian security officials, who went and arrested many of them. It left the C.I.A. virtually unable to gather intelligence about nuclear activities in Iran. Mr. Risen describes the incident as an 'espionage disaster' that, 'of course, was not reported in the press.'"

This is just confirmation of what we already knew: as part of a massive Zionist conspiracy involving Israeli agents planted in the Bush Administration, the New York Times published a long series of lies about alleged Iraqi possession of weapons of mass destruction. The Times, from at least one of its own reporters whose reporting they stifled, knew these stories to be lies, but published them anyway in order to force an illegal and immoral war that is going to cost American taxpayers at least one trillion dollars. Americans should send the Times a bill for that trillion bucks. Why anyone would continue to buy this lying rag is completely beyond me.