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Just found a passing reference to the new Pentagon Papers story. In this case it's a 28-year-old female employee of Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (NSA) who was jailed for leaking an NSA memo outlining illegal US spying activities on UN Security Council members in order to get the upper hand in the intense Gulf War II negotations.

You already know I'm anti-war, but this should revolt anyone's sensibilities who hasn't been brainwashed by our nation's new moral and intellectual leader to believe that the ends really do justify the means.

But the worst part about it? Our American medium (I'm pretty sure there's only one) has decided this is not a story worth reporting.

"Critics have said, Big deal; finding out that spying is going on at the United Nations is like finding out that there's gambling at Rick's. And to be sure, there is a long history of bugging and surveillance among the world body's members, a history The Observer itself detailed in a related follow-up story.

"Fine. But two points. First, can anyone say with a straight face that this memo isn't an interesting thing? Political strategy has been 'going on' for a long time, too, but when a memo outlining one is unearthed - such as Karl Rove's famous PowerPoint presentation of last year - it's news. Second, there's reason to believe that the American media's indifference to The Observer story reposes less in the fact that this is a dog-bites-man yawner than in the very reasonable suspicion - or fear - among our nation's editors that running this story would set off a firestorm here and would require, in this climate, more spine than most American news outlets are displaying these days."

The two Observer reporters "had been booked for appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN, all of which were cancelled."

For more stories on American journalistic censorship, I strongly recommend Into the Buzzsaw: The Myth of a Free Press . It's a collection of 18 stories from formerly-respected American journalists whose lives and careers were destroyed when they covered a story that our powerful corporate and governmental interests did not want to see the light of day.

So spread the word. The only way Americans are going to hear about this most recent act of US dishonor, and the unreliability of their own press, will be from their friends.

Update: Sumit just sent me a link to a blisteringly good commentary on the state of the media.

The Bush press conference to me was like a mini-Alamo for American journalism, a final announcement that the press no longer performs anything akin to a real function. Particularly revolting was the spectacle of the cream of the national press corps submitting politely to the indignity of obviously pre-approved questions, with Bush not even bothering to conceal that the affair was scripted.

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  • You're saying Iraq shouldn't be liberated?
    Do you not support wars of liberation in general or Republican wars of liberation in particular?
    BTW, the 'memo' was widely discredited when it came out. The 'Observer' made a quick about face saying it was 'transcribed' wrong. I've never heard of anyone 'transcribing' emails, or changing spelling for audiences, especially going English to English.
    But it wouldn't be the first time that particular paper with that particular ax to grind would go on the attack.
    All of
    • All of that aside, you really don't think the U.S. should participate in wars of liberation?
      I find that morally reprehensible.
      Seriously.


      You find not participating in war "morally" reprehensible?

      I don't think we're going to see this one eye-to-eye...
      • You find not participating in war "morally" reprehensible?

        How, exactly, do you think slavery, nazism, fascism, Imperial Japan, et al. were brought to an end? Worldwide condemnation?

        Have you ever heard of Neville Chamberlin?
        • How, exactly, do you think they got started in the first place?

          And brought to an end? Who says they were? I think slavery, fascism, and imperialism are very much alive and well in the world. One need only pick up a newspaper for examples. That is, one that's less focused on Amerian Idol than on legitimate non-entertainment news [google.com]. And it's hard for many of us to not view the US invasion of Iraq as anything other than imperialism. I know it may not look like it in the jingoist Washington Post and Economist, o
          • How, exactly, do you think they got started in the first place?

            Most of these wars started because of inadequate use of local/regional resources. Japan. Germany. Italy. Russia. In each case the totalitarian regime seized control of the government (sometimes democratically) on the premise of a more equal allocation of resources. History tells the story from there.

            I think slavery, fascism, and imperialism are very much alive and well in the world.

            Without a doubt. I could probably name numerous
            • I just want one specific example of extending borders, annexation of a foreign country or otherwise suppressing the will of a people for the sovereign interest of the United States. And I only need ONE example.

              Iran, Panama, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, I win.

              "Regime Change begins at home."
              • Iran, Panama, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, I win.

                Um, Iranian student overthrew the Shah after we told the Iranian military not to intervene in the student uprising.
                Of course, the students still turned against us for supporting the Shah and took our people as hostages. As far as I know, we did not interfere with the student uprising, nor did we prevent democracy from occurring.

                In Panama, we overthrew a military regime and helped restore a democratic process we had tried to institute in the early 70's.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

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