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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:52 PM
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Judith Miller turned military unit into a 'Rogue Operation'
For anyone who missed this the first time around, it's definitely a must read. See how Ms. Run Amok 2005 went crazy in Iraq looking for those non-existent WMD's and endangering the lives of US troops in the process. All for a wild goose chase through the desert.



Embedded Reporter's Role In Army Unit's Actions Questioned by Military

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 25, 2003


New York Times reporter Judith Miller played a highly unusual role in an Army unit assigned to search for dangerous Iraqi weapons, according to U.S. military officials, prompting criticism that the unit was turned into what one official called a "rogue operation."

More than a half-dozen military officers said that Miller acted as a middleman between the Army unit with which she was embedded and Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi, on one occasion accompanying Army officers to Chalabi's headquarters, where they took custody of Saddam Hussein's son-in-law. She also sat in on the initial debriefing of the son-in-law, these sources say.

Since interrogating Iraqis was not the mission of the unit, these officials said, it became a "Judith Miller team," in the words of one officer close to the situation.

In April, Miller wrote a letter objecting to an Army commander's order to withdraw the unit, Mobile Exploitation Team Alpha, from the field. She said this would be a "waste" of time and suggested that she would write about it unfavorably in the Times. After Miller took up the matter with a two-star general, the pullback order was dropped.

Times Assistant Managing Editor Andrew Rosenthal dismissed the notion that she exercised influence over the unit as "an idiotic proposition."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A28385-2003Jun...


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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:59 PM
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1. So, did Judy commit war crimes over there?
A little back room torture on the side to take the edge off, perhaps?


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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:00 PM
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2. Now you know why these folks were so afraid of
an International Tribunal.

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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:03 PM
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5. Frankly, it looks like over here AND over there.
It is no longer tin foil to say that the NEOCON/LIKUD/MIDEAST WARHAWKS have plants in every form of media.
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 09:11 AM
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16. I agree. It is looking like Isreal got the
big dumb kid on the block to fight the war it always wanted.
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:34 PM
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8. Did she just watch, or did she help?
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:01 PM
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3. Sure seems like Judy isn't just a "journalist" nm
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Jara sang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:32 PM
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7. She may be part of an internal DoD intelligence organization.
One that Rumsfeld has his finger on directly. James Woolsey is on this team as well. I'm speculating about Miller mind you, but I've heard talk that this team exists, consisting of Bush loyalist at the highest levels of the intelligence community.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:03 PM
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4. HOLY FRACK!!!
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:23 PM
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6. she's spunky
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 11:51 PM
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9. I think you misspelled "skanky"
:P
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 07:51 AM
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10. kick
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 07:57 AM
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11. Good Gad!
thanks for posting. Recommended. What a whacko.
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 08:00 AM
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12. So what business does a reporter have
determining military positioning or strategy? She deserves more prison time.


"In April, Miller wrote a letter objecting to an Army commander's order to withdraw the unit, Mobile Exploitation Team Alpha, from the field. She said this would be a "waste" of time and suggested that she would write about it unfavorably in the Times. After Miller took up the matter with a two-star general, the pullback order was dropped."
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SillyGoose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 08:26 AM
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13. Whoa...Miller objects to an Army commander's orders.
Unbelievable! Just who does she think she is?

Miss Run Amok does indeed deserve more prison time.
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 08:35 AM
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14. There is something really disturbing and stinky about this little
story within a story. Why would a 2-star general cave to a civilian reporter? What is Miller's real job? I think her reporter gig is a cover and someone is very actively trying to blow it for her. Is she becoming collateral damage in an internal war in the CIA? Is the CIA trying to expel rogue agents working for Cheney?


Karma bites.
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SillyGoose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 08:55 AM
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15. Something is really fishy here. Hope all these questions get
answered.
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rbajai Donating Member (247 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 09:14 AM
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17. I thought the same thing...
Typical reporters don't go nosing around in the Military's affairs in a time of war. This is weird. Obviously Miller was a go-between in the highest levels of our government, but why? Who IS Judith Miller? And who was she reporting to?
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 09:14 AM
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18. Because she's Rummie's little darling
and this was her reward.

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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 09:15 AM
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19. That's kind of a sick mental image to have this early in the day.
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lutefisk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 09:30 AM
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20. What's next- Rush confiscating drugs with the DEA?
Jeff Gannon doing body cavity searches for Customs?
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