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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:13 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: White House Forbids Publication Of Op-Ed On Iran By Former Bush Official
Middle East analyst Flynt Leverett, who served under President Bush on the National Security Council and is now a fellow at the New America Foundation, revealed today that the White House has been blocking the publication of an op-ed he wrote for the New York Times. The column is critical of the administrations refusal to engage Iran.

Leveretts op-ed has already been cleared by the CIA, where he was a senior analyst. Leverett explained, Ive been doing this for three and a half years since leaving government, and Ive never had to go to the White House to get clearance for something that I was publishing as long as the CIA said, Yeah, youre not putting classified information.

According to Leverett the op-ed was all based on stuff that Secretary Powell, Secretary Rice, Deputy Secretary Armitage have talked about publicly. Its been extensively reported in the media. Leverett says the incident shows just how low people like Elliot Abrams at the NSC will stoop to try and limit the dissemination of arguments critical of the administrations policy.

http://thinkprogress.org/2006/12/15/nyt-cia-oped/
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:17 PM
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1. What First Amendment?
Redstone
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pdxmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:21 PM
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2. So what happens if it's published anyway? If it's all public info
and there is nothing for the administration to accuse him of, why can't it just be published. Call their bluff.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:25 PM
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3. ask the publisher...
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 07:25 PM by stillcool47
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:00 PM
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4. Freedom of the press? We don't need no stinking freedom.
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:39 PM
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5. The NYT should just publish it. The WH isn't suppose to be controlling the media.
They didn't seem to mind the bullshit stories Judith Miller wrote. HELL, if they're too chicken shit to publish it, GIVE IT TO KEITH OLBERMANN TO READ ON THE AIR! He'll show 'em how it's done.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:43 PM
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6. Well, then, he ought to give it to the blogs. Let the cheney regime take him to court.
Let's see if we still have a Constitution or not.

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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:14 PM
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7. Eliot "Te amo Roberto Aubusson" Abrams low? No way!
Why he saved Central America, didn't he?

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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:10 PM
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8. once a felon, always a felon
Eliot Abrams is a man who has escaped public scrutiny. But if more people knew of his crimes ...
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