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March 24, 2004

Richard Clarke joins the chorus of ex-government officials pulling back the curtain to expose the inner workings of the Bush administration. His main criticism is that a) before 9/11, no one in the Bush White House cared about terrorism, Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, and b) both before and after 9/11, all they seemed to care about was getting Saddam Hussein.

Of course, Clarke is now being assaulted big time as the White House tries to spin itself clean again. It's such a common pattern that it's a wonder the media buys it at all, especially when Clarke's story fits in so well with all the others: DiIullio, O'Neill, Kwiatkowski, and to a lesser extent, Ritter, Wilson and Kay. Their tales weave a vibrant tapestry depicting a hyper-political administration which chooses its self-serving goals first and worries about their impact later (if ever).

By now we're headlong into the Get Clarke phase, as the Bush team tries to absolve itself of any 9/11 guilt in front of the official 9/11 investigation committee. Which is also turning into the Get Clinton phase, as the current White House tries to explain that 9/11 was really Clinton's fault, because he didn't take care of Osama bin Laden on his watch.

(Amusingly, they are also arguing that the White House didn't heed Clarke's advice on Al Qaeda because they wanted to develop a "more effective" anti-terrorism plan. And in fact they were working on one; Dick Cheney was appointed to head a counterterrorism task force back in May 2001-- it never met once)

All that remains to be seen is what effect Clarke's media splash makes on the Bush administration's activities and on the November election itself. One of the Bush team's strong suits is the poular belief that they are "strong" on terrorism and national defense. Can Clarke's claims that Bush didn't do shit about Osama and dropped the ball by going after Iraq crack this nut?

Posted by Jake at 10:32 AM | TrackBack (0)

Nope. The "Bushies" love Bush and the rest of the world can go to hell. No amount of evidence in the world will convince them there is anything wrong with the current administration. They firmly believe the only problems in this country are caused by "Bush Haters".

Posted by: Woody at March 24, 2004 11:51 AM

And that all the problems in the rest of the world are caused by the *gasp* French !

Posted by: Damelon Kimbrough at March 25, 2004 05:40 AM

From what I have heard (admittadly from books like Franken's "Liars.." and Michael Moore books) Clinton had a reasonable plan for fighting the Taliban and recognized it as a threat, but didn't start anything right near election time. When Bush got in he was handed the plan which was basically implemented as part of "operation ignore" which succeeded wonderfully until 9/11. Not that Franken is an impartial observer of course, but still, I'm sure there's a grain of truth in there somewhere.

Posted by: Arcterex at March 25, 2004 08:44 AM

Osama-Benny-Ladin--please stop the Sh!t talk---he is dead and gone--just another made-up USA boogie man!If only Americans can figure out why they are hated the most in the world- then-maybe--no terrorists.Politicians who are in the pockets of Israelie Jews are to blame> wake-up fools!

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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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