Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Conspiracy Theories for Conspiracists When I first heard this story, it was almost like a bad film made for the Sci fi channel, a CIA organized coup against Chimpy McFlightsuit. But a few weeks later, the same story, with some of the bizzare edges worn, appeared in the so-called more reputable press, and here is the current version published in The Nation. If as the prediction stated, there will be more and more incriminating evidence against the Bushies, then Colin Powell and Richard Armitage... say bye bye Chimpy, and soon its hasta la pasta cowboy. Embedded Patriots By William Greider, The Nation Posted on June 28, 2004 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." ... 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?
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