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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 05:23 PM
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Know your Feith Facts: He'll be 'hawking' (ha) his upcoming book on 60 Minutes tonight.
Here's a passage from a Phil Giraldi article from last year:

"It has been reported that during the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, Israeli military officers and diplomats had virtual carte-blanche access to Feiths offices and those of his boss Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. (Both were investigated earlier in their careers on suspicion of passing secrets to IsraelFeith in 1982, Wolfowitz in 1978.) Former Office of Special Plans employees report that analysts working for Feith who were not uncritically supportive of the U.S.-Israel relationship were weeded out. A Feith associate, analyst Lawrence Franklin, is now serving a 13-year prison term for passing classified information to Israeli Embassy officials.

"Feiths sympathies were scarcely secret. In 2003, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice commented after a Feith presentation, Thanks Doug, but when we want the Israeli position well invite the ambassador, while Secretary of State Colin Powells Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson described Feith as a card-carrying member of Likud. But his cozy relationship with the foreign source of much of his alternative information seemed not to concern the inspector general."...http://www.amconmag.com/2007/2007_03_12/article1.html

Feel free to add your Feith Facts to this thread.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 05:32 PM
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1. My Feith Facts
Secrets: Classified Info: Springing a Leak
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Behind the AIPAC Probe, Neocons Seen Battling Rivals
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

War of words over espionage probe
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Dual Loyalties The Bush Neocons and Israel
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Israeli spy nest in the U.S. - Ashcroft says: Dont arrest them!
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Ashcroft Nixes Arrests in Israeli Spy Probe
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Secrets: Classified Info: Springing a Leak
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

FBI probes Jewish sway on Bush government
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Spy Case Renews Debate Over Pro-Israel Lobby's Ties to Pentagon Cons
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Israel's Mole Inside the Pentagon
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Pro-Israel Lobby Has Strong VoiceAIPAC Is Embroiled in Investigation
of Pe
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Defense, Cheney Iran Specialists Questioned in (Israeli Spy) Probe
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Leak Inquiry Includes Iran Experts in Administration (WaPo)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

White House Learned of Spy Probe in 2001
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

LAT: Israel Has Long Spied on US,Say Officials(but CIA, Mossad "intimate")
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Wider FBI Probe Of Pentagon Leaks Includes Chalabi - WaPo
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Serving Two Flags The Bush Neo-Cons and Israel
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Israeli political advisor may have received U.S. secrets
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Pentagon leaks connected to battle over Iran policy (this is big!)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Pentagon Office in Spying Case Was Focus of Iran Debate
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Alleged Pentagon Leak to Iraqi Is Under Investigation
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Spy probe scans neo-cons' Israel ties (long article from Asia Times)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

AIPAC hires lawyers
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

IAEA: No proof of secret Iran plan
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

WP: Spy Probe Expands/Linked to NSC Probe
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Pentagon Office in Spying Case Was Focus of Iran Debate
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

U.S. Spy Probe Focuses on Two Lobbyists -Guardian
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 05:36 PM
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2. Sibel Edmonds Feith Facts
Edited on Sun Apr-06-08 05:37 PM by seemslikeadream
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 05:37 PM
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3. The '(effing) stupidest guy on the face of the planet' ran the Office of Special Plans
That was the Pentagon own in-house "Team-B" helping build a "case" against Iraq, using Feith's friends info and best guesses.



Pentagon Office Home to Neo-Con Network

by Jim Lobe
Published on Thursday, August 7, 2003 by the Inter Press Service

WASHINGTON - An ad hoc office under U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith appears to have acted as the key base for an informal network of mostly neo-conservative political appointees that circumvented normal inter-agency channels to lead the push for war against Iraq.

The Office of Special Plans (OSP), which worked alongside the Near East and South Asia (NESA) bureau in Feith's domain, was originally created by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to review raw information collected by the official U.S. intelligence agencies for connections between Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda.

Retired intelligence officials from the State Department, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have long charged that the two offices exaggerated and manipulated intelligence about Iraq before passing it along to the White House.

But key personnel who worked in both NESA and OSP were part of a broader network of neo-conservative ideologues and activists who worked with other Bush political appointees scattered around the national-security bureaucracy to move the country to war, according to retired Lt Col Karen Kwiatkowski, who was assigned to NESA from May 2002 through February 2003.

CONTINUED...

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0807-02.htm



There are many more aspens springing up from these OSP roots.
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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 05:59 PM
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5. 
"Doug Feith, of course, is without question, one of the most brilliant individuals in government..."
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 05:52 PM
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4. Doug Feith, Superfailure
Oops. Almost forgot Feith was in charge of the Counter Terrorism Evaluation Unit.

You gotta know somebody, I bet, to get that kind of work.



Douglas Feith

What has the Pentagon's third man done wrong? Everything.


By Chris Suellentrop
assessment
Slate.com
Posted Thursday, May 20, 2004, at 6:56 PM ET

Of all the revelations that have surfaced about the Abu Ghraib prison-abuse scandal so far, the least surprising is that Douglas Feith may be partly responsible. Not a single Iraq war screw-up has gone by without someone tagging Feithwho, as the Defense Department's undersecretary for policy, is the Pentagon's No. 3 civilian, after Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitzas the guy to blame. Feith, who ranks with Wolfowitz in purity of neoconservative fervor, has turned out to be Michael Dukakis in reverse: ideology without competence.

It's not that the 50-year-old Feith is at fault for everything that's gone wrong in Iraq. He's only tangentially related to the mystery of the missing weapons of mass destruction, for example. (Though it's a significant tangent: An anonymous "Pentagon insider" told the Washington Times last year that Feith was the person who urged the Bush administration to make Saddam's WMD the chief public rationale for going to war immediately.) Nor was it Feith who made the decision to commit fewer troops than the generals requested. (Though Feith did give the most honest explanation for the decision, saying last year that it "makes our military less usable" if hundreds of thousands of troops are needed to fight wars.) But if he isn't fully culpable for all these fiascos, he's still implicated in them somehow. He's a leading indicator, like a falling Dowsomething that correlates with but does not cause disaster.

Start with Abu Ghraib. Feith's office was in charge of Iraq's military prisons, but that's not the only reason his name keeps turning up in newspaper reports about the scandal. It was Feith who devised the legal solution for getting around the Geneva Conventions' prohibition on physically or psychologically coercing prisoners of war into talking. As a Pentagon official in the 1980s, Feith had laid out the argument that terrorists didn't deserve protection under the Geneva Conventions. Once the war on terrorism started, all he had to do was implement it. And even more damning than his legal rule-making is Feith's reported reaction to complaints by military Judge Advocate General lawyers about the new, looser interrogation rules. "They said he had a dismissive, if not derisive, attitude toward the Geneva Conventions," Scott Horton, a lawyer who was approached by six outraged JAG officers last year, told the Chicago Tribune. "One of them said he calls it 'law in the service of terror.' "

Abu Ghraib is only the latest of the Pentagon's Feith-based problems. During the buildup to the war, Feith oversaw the two offices that have since been criticized for politicizing intelligence and for inadequately planning for the occupation. The first group was known as the Counter Terrorism Evaluation Unit, and it was established to find links between terrorist organizations and their state sponsors. The group issued a report about connections between Iraq and al-Qaida that Rumsfeld had Feith deliver to CIA Director George Tenet in August 2002. This was reportedly the same report that Vice President Cheney recently called "your best source of information" on the links between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

SNIP...

Some of the vitriol directed at Feith by anonymous sources may be due to personal animus. A 2002 Washington Post profile of Feith noted that he is "disliked by many people who work with him on a daily basis," and in March 2003 the National Journal noted that "it is hard to overstate how utterly Feith is reviled in certain circles." The latest manifestation of this is the juicy quote by Gen. Tommy Franks in Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack, in which Franks calls Feith "the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth."

CONTINUED...

http://www.slate.com/id/2100899 /



That's a nice way of putting it, General.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:01 PM
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6. Watching now n/t
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:22 PM
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7. The lying scumbag is on now n/t
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:23 PM
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8. doug feith should be in jail, instead he's selling his version of imperialism on national teevee
Edited on Sun Apr-06-08 06:28 PM by spanone
no remorse , no hindsight, no insight....a dangerous neocon

i hope his fucking book sells nothing.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:30 PM
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11. But but but he can't even remember what's in
the book - :puke:
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:28 PM
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9. That bastard should be in jail!
I'm sitting here with steam coming out of my ears...
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:29 PM
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10. said he 'mis-remembered' criminal
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:30 PM
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12. "I didn't do it". . . The bottom line of his crap.
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:31 PM
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14. a graduate The Bart Simpson School of Spin
:rofl:
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:30 PM
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13. LOL
He's squirming like a decapitated worm :rofl:

Evil lying scumbag :rofl:
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:33 PM
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15. That fucker is trying to cover his ass with both hands
and his feet and I guess his head too.
He sure as shit has his head up his ass.
Still does.
Pah-Thetic.
pissant
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:33 PM
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16. Why is he teaching our kids?. . If mine were there I'd pull him out!
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:34 PM
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17. Profits to Vets? Doesn't wash the blood off his hands...
Edited on Sun Apr-06-08 06:35 PM by annabanana
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:34 PM
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18. he's supposedly "donating" proceeds of the book to 9/11 and military
families.

Yeah.

right.
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coriolis Donating Member (691 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:36 PM
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21. The donations go to his own "foundation". It wasn't identified in the 60 minutes piece.
By name anyway.

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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:35 PM
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19. Bastard of War
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:36 PM
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20. Ho. Lee. Shit. 'The president made the best decision he could
based on the information he had.'
Give me a fuckin' break, Dougie.

Right up there with 'How could we have predicted...?'
Spare me.
:grr:
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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-06-08 06:39 PM
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22. Feith Fact: He has, so far, eluded arrest...
But that may not last.

His foreign vacation options are limited. Though, unlike some of us, he does have a choice of two countries.

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