Saturday, December 17, 2005

Larry Johnson Connects the Dots

Do you remember how John Bolton was questioned about NSA intercepts? During Bolton’s confirmation hearings, Bush fought successfully to prevent the senate from learning who Bolton was spying on and the details of how he came to possess this ultra-secret information. Now that we know the president ordered the illegal spying, don’t you all want to know who Bolton was looking in on?

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Blogger Doug said...

Nice post. We need some serious dot-connecting or we'll slide into some new American-style totalitarianism, softened by constant consumerist noise and activity.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 10:41:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Been to any protests lately? This story might be of interest.
- NYT 12/16/05

"Pentagon analysts appear not to have followed guidelines that require deleting information on American citizens and groups from a counterterrorism database within three months if they pose no security threats, Pentagon officials said on Thursday.

As a result, dozens of alerts on antiwar meetings and peaceful protests appear to have remained in the database, even though analysts had decided that those involved presented no threat to military bases or personnel, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the program is classified."

Sunday, December 18, 2005 10:56:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Sorry, that was from the Pincus article, here's the NYT link.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

If you want to see the sort of nation we are becoming watch Terry Gilliam's Brazil. A totalitarian state that justifies torture, false imprisionment and treason through a constant war on domestic terror. (I know you have seen it Doug).

Sunday, December 18, 2005 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Non-reg Pincus link

Sunday, December 18, 2005 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Oh, yeah, that's been known for ages (at least at DN!) -- it's great that the Times has finally picked up on this.

Brazil is even more the likely model than 1984. Written by Gilliam and Tom Stoppard (and maybe also Charles McKeown?)...absolutely brilliant and prescient. Usually considered the best English-language film of the 1980s, along with Raging Bull.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Oops -- I mean the Post! That story is an old one, but it's great to see it percolating up to where some set of people will see it.

Not the set that watches Fox.

Some journalist-whore from Fox dared to show (it just happened to be "her," "whore" is meant in a nongendered sense) her face at the Lennon thing. She was roundly criticized -- "You work for the network that is diametrically opposed to everything Lennon stood for. Why are you here? You don't belong here." -- from a load of folks. Essentially, wherever she turned. Yep, I was also giving her a hard time, and she goddam deserves it. She was shaken, but not misused. It was quietly done -- but totally honest. Then, pretty much everyone turned their back on her -- she was trying to get folks on tape, camera -- in order to cut it up to match Fox predispositions, no doubt.

It was great.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 11:08:00 AM  

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