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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-04 08:49 AM
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'Embedded Patriots' They explode big lies.
http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040712&s=greider

'Embedded Patriots'
by William Greider


The most intriguing story in Washington these days is a subterranean conflict that reporters cannot cover because some of them are involved. A potent guerrilla insurgency has formed in and around the Bush presidency--a revolt of old pros in government who strike from the shadows with devastating effect. They tell the truth. They explode big lies. They provide documentary evidence that undermines popular confidence in the Commander in Chief. They prod the media and the political community to ask penetrating questions of the Bush regime. Doubtless, these anonymous sources act from a mixture of motives--some noble, some self-interested--but in present circumstances one might think of them as "embedded patriots."

The business of leaks is an everyday thing in Washington and, arguably, the government could not function without them. It is a way to communicate official and unofficial information in a tentative fashion--nudging events in one direction or another without the need to take responsibility for what's communicated. Reporters participate enthusiastically in the traffic and call it "news." The process is sustained only because everyone can rely on the journalists' mock-heroic code of omert: Never reveal the names of your secret sources--never--even if the revealed "information" turns out to be spurious.


But what has occurred during the past several months is not the normal commerce. A series of explosive leaks--closely held documents and well-informed tips--have altered the course of politics and might very well influence the outcome of this year's presidential election. Yet we don't know whom to thank. Who gave the Justice Department's "torture" memorandum to the Washington Post? Who provided the International Red Cross's letter of complaints on prisoner abuses to the Wall Street Journal? Who confirmed for the New York Times that Iyad Allawi, the newly appointed Prime Minister of Iraq, had supervised the CIA's terrorist bombing campaign in Baghdad a decade ago? Who informed U.S. News & World Report that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld had authorized the holding of a "ghost prisoner" in violation of international law? Who--someone close to the President?--leaked the "torture" memo written by White House counsel Alberto Gonzales?

We don't need to know the identities to grasp that these and other over-the-transom "communications" provided forceful and well-timed contradictions to the White House line. It is also obvious that these leaks could not have come from the lower depths of the bureaucracy. The material is too sensitive for wide distribution. Not to take anything away from aggressive reporters, but the leakers clearly targeted the Post, Times and Journal to achieve maximum impact on Washington. The messages are not from some office crank at the Xerox machine but had to originate among sophisticated and highly placed officers of government.

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billybob537 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-04 09:00 AM
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1. The answer to your question
Who should we thank? These are concerned citizens. The real patriots. Heros for a new America.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-04 10:45 AM
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2. agreed nt
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Stone_Spirits Donating Member (586 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-04 11:59 AM
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3. without these people
it would probably be next to hopeless. :toast:
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-04 12:44 PM
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4. kick
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-04 01:51 PM
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5. Excellent Article, a Must Read....can't figure out why it dropped should
be kept kicked! :kick:
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-04 04:54 PM
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7. who knows, I thought the title was at least a little bit eye-catching..
:-) :shrug:
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-04 02:05 PM
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6. Freepers would call these people "traitors"
For not worshipping Dubya.
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buycitgo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-04 05:02 PM
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8. exactly right
this sort of thing always reminds me of the quandry of German citizens during the fourth Reich

traitors to their country for figthing against Hitler?

or people of conscience for doing their duties as citizens of the world?

isn't that what these leakers are?

to whom do others in their position owe their allegiance?

the answer is obvious, but almost never axed

keep this excellent article bumped, btw

bookmarking for future bumps
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-25-04 05:11 PM
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9. Something hit me last night.
Not just the topic of this article, but the Plame indictments, F9-11, et al, coming down all at once. And of course, my foil comes out of the pocket. It is almost too good to be true, ya know. How many times have we kicked and screamed and yelled and cried here. Now we have this windfall, avalanche of good (for us) news. It is almost like it is orchestrated and supposed to happen. I wish I could see into the future. But somewhere inside, I feel a little paranoid, like I am being set up.

Don't mind me I don foil for every occasion.










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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 10:45 AM
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10. when you think about it
there must be scores of people in high positions who are as sickened as we are about the Bush gang. This admin. is pretty stupid not to think they have been creating some very real enemies. The chickens may be coming home to roost.
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Stone_Spirits Donating Member (586 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 04:38 PM
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11. certainly
there are still some folks with courage and integrity.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-04 08:46 AM
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12. for sure n/t
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