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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 12:07 AM
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Fake Cable Labeled Writer a Spy for Iraq (leaked to Wash. Times)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45614-20...

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 18, 2005; Page C01

Someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to produce a document accusing journalist and activist William Arkin of serving as a spy for Saddam Hussein.

The Pentagon says the supposed Defense Intelligence Agency cable is a forgery. Arkin says it's "chilling" and is demanding an investigation. The NBC News military analyst says he became aware of the bogus document when a Washington Times reporter called about the spying allegation and sent him a copy.

... The document, filled with military jargon and described as "classified," says that "preliminary reporting . . . indicates possible US citizen William Arkin received monthly stipend for period 1994-1998 to report on quote United Nations Special Commission activities unquote. Entry in SSO ledger captured in Baghdad, no additional information."

... In a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Arkin said: "I am extremely concerned that someone familiar with Defense Department classified reporting has forged this document and given it to the press in the hope that it would be reported as genuine. Such an action raises deeply troubling questions about the integrity of the department's processes and raises the possibility of an organized effort to intimidate me as a journalist."

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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 12:10 AM
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1. Unfuckingbelievable
These people really don't care and will stop at nothing
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 12:11 AM
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2. WTF? Was it written on FR stationary?
Idiots. :mad:
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Carolab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 12:12 AM
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3. Okay, so WHO is Bill Gertz?
Bill Gertz, the Times national security reporter who called Arkin, did not respond to two messages. Managing Editor Francis Coombs said: "We don't talk about stories we haven't put in the paper. But at this point, we do not have a story scheduled to run."

Gertz and Arkin have tangled before. Gertz co-authored a Washington Times column last month saying that Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had ordered an investigation of "possible national security damage" from Arkin's book. Arkin called that report "a complete fabrication."

Does HE know Eberle? How about Gannon? Or Sammon?

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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 01:14 AM
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7. He wrote Breakdown....see the link.
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Carolab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 01:19 AM
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8. Hmm. I wonder what Madsen or Sy Hersh know about him?
Edited on Fri Mar-18-05 01:36 AM by Carolab
If any of their sources know "his sources", etc.

He and Sammon actually collaborated on this recent article about China:

http://washtimes.com/national/20050222-115008-9802r.htm
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Carolab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 02:27 AM
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9. Ah, jeez, look at this
http://iapprovethismessiah.com/2004/10/bill-gertz-and-s...

10/28/2004
Bill Gertz and the sword of darkness

Above: National security reporter Bill Gertz has been described by employer Reverend Moon as an agent of prophecy.

Bill Gertz, Washington Times reporter and devout member of the Unification Church, has recently drawn an awful lot of attention for stories no one but the Times will print: stories about Chechen terrorists sneaking across the Rio Grande, Russians pilfering the missing Iraqi explosives, and other marvels. Says Joshua Marshall: "You can't make this stuff up. Or, I guess, actually you can."

In a December 10, 2000 sermon, Washington Times founder Sun Myung Moon described Gertz as playing a special role in working towards a time when "the world will follow me."


I have a double-edged sword, the darkest dark and lightest light. Which came first, dark or light? Light! Light! The time is coming in which the world will follow me. When the sun rises, no matter how dark the world is, it will light up. When the time comes, it may just take a week to change the world. Thats why I have been securing the media arm, radio, television and even the wire service. Imagine the five major media organizations opening their hearts and competing to broadcast my teachings. The world would be changed.

America is the most powerful country in the world. But its powerful leaders listen to the Washington Times. A statement from the Times can affect them dramatically. The government of other nations also listen to the Washington Times. Who at the Washington Times is having the biggest impact? Bill Gertz. How old is he? He is young. He only graduated from high school, joined the Washington Times and became famous.

Actually, Josh, you were right the first time.

P.S. It's interesting to compare the Washington Times with counterpart Moonie papers in Japan and South America, similarly known for alarming "exclusives." In 1987, the Asian affairs journal AMPO claimed that Moon's Tokyo World Daily News was whipping up fears that the government was on the brink of being destroyed by Communist spies -- unless Japanese Diet members, affiliated with Moon's anti-Communist group, pushed through an emergency, and reactionary Anti-Espionage Act.

P.P.S. In this essay from a Moon-related site, Bill Gertz's wife describes feeling "abused," "treated like cattle," but ultimately inspired -- after being ritually hit during a 21-day religious retreat in Korea, meant to dispel bad spirits from herself and others. According to this participant, the first time hurts the most. Says Debra Gertz:


One thing I really repented for in the prayer chapel in is fallen, immoral, American women that are influencing all the world with immorality. That felt great. To pray tears of repentance and to feel it really having an impact.

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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 11:43 AM
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17. Gertz is an "agent of prophecy? " according to Rev. Moon?
He will play a special role when the world follows Rev. Moon?

"In a December 10, 2000 sermon, Washington Times founder Sun Myung Moon described Gertz as playing a special role in working towards a time when "the world will follow me."

I have no words for this.

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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 06:13 AM
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13. Gertz is on c-span all the time
like he is a real fucking journalist or something. :eyes:
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 07:16 AM
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14. IIRC, it seems that every negative
story that came out against Clinton started with Gertz (other than the Arkansas stuff)
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 12:13 AM
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4. Very suspicious.
I guess just killing journalist is no longer the cool thing to do.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 12:28 AM
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5. Hell, any friken idiot could do that
It ain't rocket science. All you need is a date time group and a routing code. And nowadays, since everything goes by computer anyway, you don't even have to worry about getting the OCR font right--most officials get their "messages" (state still calls them cables, but DOD calls them messages) right off their computer, in the font of their choosing. I used to work for a guy who hated Times New Roman, and preferred everything written in Arial--ten point, not 12. I never gave a shit one way or the other, just so long as I got the info in a timely fashion....

I'm not trying to suggest that this is not VERY SERIOUS. In fact, I think it is--but it's important to note that there's no special paper or printing mechanism involved. Plain paper, any font, and Word--and knowing the format, of course--and Bob's yer uncle. You could even download an existing message and edit the text to your heart's content (this was a popular pastime when someone was awaiting a sweet set of orders--someone would grab them, and edit them to make them appear they were sending the unsuspecting fool to a hellhole, and then watch with glee while the poor slob flipped out--they'd wait until the hair tearing started before admitting the joke! Of course, they weren't REAL, the actual date time group tracks back to the REAL message). You just have to wonder WHO would be so nefarious within the Department of Defense, and I'll bet the details in the routing code/DTG gives them a pretty good idea of where the bullshit originated. Here's my guess: it ain't anyone military, it ain't a career civil servant. It's a POLITICAL APPOINTEE. Gar-ron-teed!! And I'd look higher, rather than lower, to use the Rumsfeld cadence. You may not be able to pin in on an Assistant, but a Principle Assistant or an assistant to a Principle....one of those sleazy types that struts and looks down his nose at the uniforms, barking orders and behaving in rude fashion like he's actually there because of his ability, and not his lockstep loyalty and fundraising skills.

I feel very sorry for the uniforms at the five sided palace. They are suffering mightily under the mis-direction of a bunch of mendacious, prevaricating, soulless clowns. It's a tough profession on the best of days, and being used and abused with all the thought and care that one thinks about when scraping cheapass buttwipe across one's crack is disheartening in the extreme.
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John Q. Citizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 01:05 AM
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6. This is a big story depending on who it leads back to......
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 05:09 AM
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10. omg.... Is he THIS Wm Arkin that wrote about lunatic Boykin?
http://truthout.org/docs_03/101703B.shtml


William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for The Times.

A Christian extremist in a high Defense post can only set back the U.S. approach to the Muslim world.

In June of 2002, Jerry Boykin stepped to the pulpit at the First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Okla., and described a set of photographs he had taken of Mogadishu, Somalia, from an Army helicopter in 1993.

The photographs were taken shortly after the disastrous "Blackhawk Down" mission had resulted in the death of 18 Americans. When Boykin came home and had them developed, he said, he noticed a strange dark mark over the city. He had an imagery interpreter trained by the military look at the mark. "This is not a blemish on your photograph," the interpreter told him, "This is real."

"Ladies and gentleman, this is your enemy," Boykin said to the congregation as he flashed his pictures on a screen. "It is the principalities of darkness It is a demonic presence in that city that God revealed to me as the enemy."

That's an unusual message for a high-ranking U.S. military official to deliver. But Boykin does it frequently.

This June, for instance, at the pulpit of the Good Shepherd Community Church in Sandy, Ore., he displayed slides of Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and North Korea's Kim Jung Il. "Why do they hate us?" Boykin asked. "The answer to that is because we're a Christian nation We are hated because we are a nation of believers."

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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 05:13 AM
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11. One and the same! And,,, more from the article....
God these people are such crooks and they ALWAYS get away with this shit...


<snip>

Arkin, a former columnist for the Los Angeles Times and Washingtonpost.com, has long been a controversial figure. A onetime Army intelligence analyst now based in Vermont, he has worked for a series of groups in Washington, including Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Policy Studies. He has also taught at the Air Force's School of Advanced Air Power Studies.

Before the Iraq war, Arkin broke the story of a classified Defense report outlining the obstacles to an American invasion. In his book, he discloses 3,000 military code names and many of the operations behind them, which Arkin calls a protest against excessive government secrecy that he believes contributed to the failure to stop the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Gertz and Arkin have tangled before. Gertz co-authored a Washington Times column last month saying that Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had ordered an investigation of "possible national security damage" from Arkin's book. Arkin called that report "a complete fabrication."

A spokesman for Myers, Navy Capt. Frank Thorp, said: "There is no investigation that General Myers initiated on the Joint Staff that I can find or that I even know about, prompted by him or by anybody else."


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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 05:15 AM
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12. and he has a Book Coming Out!
I know I will get it.....


"There are a lot of reasons, I guess, why people would want to do me harm," Arkin said yesterday. One, he said, is the recent publication of his book "Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World." Another, he noted, is a series of past scoops that embarrassed the Bush administration."
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chlamor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 10:12 AM
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15. Fake Cable Labeled Writer (William Arkin) a Spy for Iraq
Fake Cable Labeled Writer a Spy for Iraq

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 18, 2005; Page C01

Someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to produce a document accusing journalist and activist William Arkin of serving as a spy for Saddam Hussein.

The Pentagon says the supposed Defense Intelligence Agency cable is a forgery. Arkin says it's "chilling" and is demanding an investigation. The NBC News military analyst says he became aware of the bogus document when a Washington Times reporter called about the spying allegation and sent him a copy.

"Someone who put this together obviously tried to make it plausible enough to do harm and endanger me," William Arkin says of the bogus document. (Sarah L. Voisin -- The Washington Post)


"There are a lot of reasons, I guess, why people would want to do me harm," Arkin said yesterday. One, he said, is the recent publication of his book "Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World." Another, he noted, is a series of past scoops that embarrassed the Bush administration.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45614-20...
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 10:22 AM
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16. add every little lie together
Maybe you were thinkin' that it didn't matter
Maybe you believed nobody else would care
But once you've added every little lie together
You finally find the truth was always waiting there
- Steve Earle


When Shaw was denied entry into Iraq by U.S. military officers (yes, a top level official of the Defense Department was denied access to Iraq by U.S. military personnel!), he decided to sneak into the country disguised as a Halliburton contractor. Using the cover of Cheney's old company to get the goods on Cheney's friends' illegal activities was yet another masterful stroke of genius by Shaw. But it also earned him the wrath of the neo-cons. They soon leaked a story to the Los Angeles Times claiming that Shaw actually snuck into Iraq to ensure that Qualcomm (on whose board sat a friend of Shaw's) was awarded a lucrative cell network contract.
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/081104_winds_...



DoD Statement on Jack Shaw and the Iraq Telecommunications Contract

For several months there have been allegations in the press that activities of John A. Shaw, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for International Technology Security, were under investigation by the Inspector General of the Department of Defense (DoD IG). The allegations were examined by DoD IG criminal investigators in Baghdad and a criminal investigation was never opened.

Furthermore, attempts to discredit Shaw and his report on Iraqi telecommunications contracting matters were brought to the attention of the DoD IG and were accordingly referred to the FBI.

Shaw carried out his duties in the investigation of Iraqi telecommunications matters pursuant to the authorities spelled out in the Memorandum of Understanding between the DoD IG and the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Shaw provided a copy of his report to the DOD IG and, at the request of the Coalition Provisional Authority, to the Iraqi National Communications and Media Commission.

Shaw is not now, nor has he ever been, under investigation by the DoD IG. Any questions concerning FBI activities should be addressed to the FBI.
http://www.dod.mil/releases/2004/nr20040810-1103.html


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toopers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 11:47 AM
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18. Why didn't they send it to Dan Rather?
It would have been run for sure.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 11:57 AM
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19. This may represent a pattern, if you see a possible connection
to what happened to Dan Rather. From the article Newsjock posted:
At the Defense Department, spokesman Bryan Whitman said: "The Pentagon has looked into this and does not believe the document to be authentic." Larry DiRita, the department's chief spokesman, added that "we certainly appreciated the fact that the journalist who had it in his possession took the time to seek a better understanding of it before filing a story on it."

Arkin cited several technical reasons why the cable is fake, mainly having to do with military addresses and abbreviations, and a reference to "proctor canular procedures." Canular, he discovered through a Google translation service, means hoax in French.

In a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Arkin said: "I am extremely concerned that someone familiar with Defense Department classified reporting has forged this document and given it to the press in the hope that it would be reported as genuine. Such an action raises deeply troubling questions about the integrity of the department's processes and raises the possibility of an organized effort to intimidate me as a journalist."
(snip)
It just leaves you dumbfounded......

You'd really expect so much BETTER of grown people working "for" their country, wouldn't you?
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 12:02 PM
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20. I wonder what legal remedies Arkin has
i hope he sues Gertz and the moonie times.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-05 01:00 PM
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21. kick
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-05 07:07 AM
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22. kick to combine
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-05 07:07 AM
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23. MediaMatters: Pentagon Doc (on NBC News Analyst) Latest Apparent Forgery
Edited on Sat Mar-19-05 01:27 AM by Hissyspit
Complicated story, but basically, military NBC News veteran military analyist Arkin is being attacked by right-wing media based on forged (?)Pentagon cables. If they are forgeries, where did they come from? And will there be resignations on par/a la Dan Rather? Nah...

http://mediamatters.org/items/200503180007
Bogus Pentagon doc only the latest apparent forgery passed to Wash. Times' Gertz

Washington Post staff writer Howard Kurtz's March 18 article reports that an alleged Pentagon cable obtained by Washington Times national security correspondent Bill Gertz, which indicates that the Defense Intelligence Agency suspects NBC News military analyst William M. Arkin of spying for Saddam Hussein, is a forgery. The revelation apparently marks the second time in two months that Gertz and the Times have obtained false documents that discussed purported Pentagon investigations of Arkin.

While Gertz and the Times had yet to report on the Iraqi espionage allegations, Kurtz noted that a column Gertz did recently publish -- reporting that Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was investigating Arkin over disclosures in his recent book, Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World (Steerforth Press, January 2005) -- is false.

Media Matters for America has found that Gertz's February column about Arkin's book also appears to have been based on a fake Pentagon cable. Gertz and the Times' Pentagon correspondent, Rowan Scarborough, wrote in their February 4 "Inside the Ring" column:

The Joint Staff at the Pentagon last week ordered an investigation into the compromise of several programs that were revealed in a book by author William Arkin. According to a Jan. 25 cable from the Joint Staff to 14 military units, most of them involved in special operations, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has asked for an "opsec" or operational security assessment of possible national security damage to special access programs and other "operational compromises" in the book, "Code Names."

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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-05 07:07 AM
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24. The rightwingnut Wash Times printing false accusations based on forgeries.
And haven't yet bothered to correct their readers.

I'm just so deeply shocked.

Speaking of, has Faux Moos ever corrected all their "We found 'em!!!" wmd in Iraq bullshit stories yet?

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Carolab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-05 07:07 AM
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25. If I were Arkin I'd sue these bastards for libel or "false light". n/t
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-05 07:07 AM
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26. arkin is pure gold
I trust him to the fullest degree. It has been sad to see him exiled from television commentary, 'cause he tells the truth and is very, very sharp.
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-05 07:07 AM
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27. Ugh. Gertz is a Moonie
No, I don't mean he's merely tainted by his employment at the Times, he's a goddamned Moonie, enjoys the special attention of Father Moon.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-05 07:07 AM
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28. Yeck... Thinking about that is just icky!
:P
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JohnOneillsMemory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-19-05 07:07 AM
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29. Operation Mockingbird? Operation Vigilant Guardian/Warrior?
Now those are two 'operations' that put a fix on who our real enemies are:
1) Mainstream media steered by CIA for 60 years.
2) CIA/NATO exercises that covered for the 9/11 attacks as they happened.
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