....LMB: "Kay Report Redux"....

October 06, 2003

Last week, David Kay- head of the Iraq Survey Group-- testified before Congress about what his team had found so far. Blogger Billmon went through the testimony with a fine-tooth comb. You can read his detailed analysis, or skip down to his conclusions that I will repost below.

According to Billmon, all that the ISG report really reveals is:

1.) Dual use R&D work with non-prohibited organisms that might have developed techniques suitable for use with weaponized anthrax and/or rictin. Not clear if the clandestine status of these programs has been confirmed by Iraqi scientists, or was merely inferred by the ISG.

2.) One vial of live C. botulinum Okra B. stashed in a scientistís home refrigerator since 1993. No toxin found, or evidence of any effort to produce toxin.

3.) Preservation of some (undescribed) nuclear equipment and documents that might have been useful to restarting work on centrifuge purification of uranium at a later date.

4.) Several suspected efforts to build or adapt prohibited long-range ballistic missiles. Most never got beyond the drawing boards, and all were scrapped prior to the return of the UN inspectors last year.

5.) One alleged test flight of a drone aircraft beyond the maximum allowed range.

6.) Alleged discussions with the North Koreans about purchasing prohibited long-range ballistic missile technology. No actual transactions ever completed.

As you can see, Iraq was a dire, immediate threat to the United States and needed to be invaded.

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We're lucky Bush took action when he did! I mean we probably may have had to consider whether or not we should plan for an improbable, but non-threatening, attack of a killer drone aricraft that was on a test flight to maybe do something bad. Whew, we missed that by a hair! Let's give Dubya $86 billion just in case a mosquito somewhere in the jungles of South America may have plans to somehow mutate itself and replicate itself at a rate impossible to calculate, all in an effort to thwart America's freedom...we won't stand for that!

Posted by: Indira at October 6, 2003 05:12 PM

Interesting thing regarding the ONE vial of botulinum that was found by the ISG, as reported in The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47562-2003Oct5.html

Kay's discovery of one vial of a reference strain of botulinum toxin that an Iraqi scientist had stored in his refrigerator in 1993 at his government's request was described by Bush on Friday as a piece of evidence that Iraq was prepared to have prohibited biological weapons.

Essentially, they found ONE vial of botulinum that was sitting around in a scientist's fridge for 10 years... That's great, now they just have another 38,000 liters to go.

Posted by: David at October 6, 2003 08:05 PM

They're all shape-shifting lizards from Planet Nine I'm telling you! Just look at Rummy's face for god sakes!

Posted by: nobody at October 7, 2003 10:11 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

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.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

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.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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