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September 09, 2002

Agence France-Presse (AFP) recently printed a brief article which quoted American warhawk Richard Perle's comments in an Italian business newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore:

"'Mohammed Atta met Saddam Hussein in Baghdad prior to September 11. We have proof of that, and we are sure he wasn't just there for a holiday,' Perle told Italy's business daily Il Sole 24 Ore.

"'The meeting is one of the motives for an American attack on Iraq.'"

I see. The Bush administration, which wants war with Iraq so badly that it can taste it, finally has a smoking gun linking 9/11 to Saddam Hussein. And instead of having Bush or Rumsfeld or Powell take this evidence to the NY Times or CNN or the UN, they have Richard Perle make vague reference to it in an Italian business daily.

Sounds... unlikely.

Also, Donald Rumsfeld recently went before the US Congress to brief them on all the "evidence" that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction. But his presentation seemed to be a bit... lacking. Said Rumsfeld, "There are three issues here. There is the issue of what we know. There is the issue of what we don't know. And there is the issue of what we don't know we don't know."

We can get a probably more complete version of his presentation in this briefing he gave to members of NATO around the same time:

"There are no knowns."

"There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns - that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know but there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don't know.

"So when we do the best we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say well that's basically what we see as the situation, that is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns.

"And each year we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns."

Presumably at this point, Donald Rumsfeld and the March Hare gently took the sleeping Dormouse and stuffed him into a teapot.

Posted by Jake at 10:21 AM
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The US government is so stupid, Saddam can dance rings around them. The same for the UN weapons inspectors. Saddam laughs at their blind stupidity.

Saddam will put the finishing touches to the US capital before they realize what looking glass they have gone through.

If they only wait just a little longer ... oh yes, my precious, just a little longer.

Posted by: Rene Buchard at September 9, 2002 11:09 AM
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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

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The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

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