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Pat, you need to stop making these threats
In order to get all this done right:
Charge them or the voters will just assume
Your bark's worse than your bite.

by Ray McGovern

It is as though I'm back as an analyst at the CIA, trying to estimate the chances of an attack on Iran. The putative attacker, though, happens to be our own president.

It is precisely the kind of work we analysts used to do. And, while it is still a bit jarring to be turning our analytical tools on the U.S. leadership, it is by no means entirely new. For, of necessity, we Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) have been doing that for almost six years now -- ever since 9/11, when "everything changed."

Of necessity? Yes, because, with very few exceptions, American journalists put their jobs at grave risk if they expose things such as fraudulent wars.

The craft of CIA analysis was designed to be an all-source operation, meaning that we analysts were responsible -- and held accountable -- for assimilating information from all sources and coming to judgments on what it all meant. We used data of various kinds, from the most sophisticated technical collection platforms, to spies, to not the least -- open media.

Here I must reveal a trade secret and risk puncturing the mystique of intelligence analysis. Generally speaking, 80 percent of the information one needs to form judgments on key intelligence targets or issues is available in open media. It helps to have been trained -- as my contemporaries and I had the good fortune to be trained -- by past masters of the discipline of media analysis, which began in a structured way in targeting Japanese and German media in the 1940s. But, truth be told, anyone with a high school education can do it. It is not rocket science.


If only it was true -- "Karl Rove Leaving"! It's been good for a soundbite, allowing those who came to praise him do their very best, and allowing those who loathe him to say a few choice words but, alas and alack, who really believes he's actually leaving??? I, for one, won't believe Rove is truly gone until I see that "thug" doing the "frog-march in handcuffs" straight into jail!


edited by Gloria Lalumia

The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources.

(Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas)

Tuesday, 21 August 2007 03:42

Michael Winship: Notes from the Underground

by Michael Winship

In late August 1963, I was an irksome adolescent on a brief, summer's end vacation to Toronto with my parents, brothers, and sister. After a hard day's sightseeing, I remember lying across a bed in the hotel room watching TV. Just south of the Canadian border, two news events were transfixing America.

Yeah, The President Ignores What's Going On In Iraq And There Are Only Ten Days Left In August But ...

Bush is now clearing brush in Crawford
And his style I don't want to cramp

by Linda Milazzo

This past Friday, several dozen Angelenos, organized by the Los Angeles National Impeachment Center (LANIC) under the leadership of Executive Director Peter Thottam, appeared before the Los Angeles City Council to demand that Los Angeles become the 82nd city in the nation to draft a resolution to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Fascism can be briefly defined as a politico-economic system in which there is: total executive branch control of both the legislative and administrative powers of government; no independent judiciary; no Constitution that embodies the Rule of Law standing above the people who run the government; no inherent personal rights or liberties; a single national ideology that first demonizes and then criminalizes all political, religious, and ideological opposition to it; and total corporate determination of economic, fiscal, and regulatory policy."


It hasn’t taken much courage to go out on a limb, as we did in our BuzzFlash editorial yesterday, to claim that the Bush Administration is almost certainly amassing its illegal and legal domestic spying powers for primarily partisan purposes.

No, it’s not courage. It’s just common sense.

We recently laid out the Bush Administration/Rovian three-pronged game book for firmly controlling election outcomes and unilaterally determining the law in the United States -- and don’t think Rove’s long-term strategy for one-party rule is going away, even if he has officially resigned from the White House (remember that this is the crew that openly and brazenly stole the 2000 election, and Rove hasn’t resigned from being a strategist for the Republican Party.)


The "Fatal Flaws" and negative ratings belong to the devastating George Bush/Karl Rove combo! The Bush failures are directly related to his "brain" and a decided lack of vision and/or intelligence by both Bush and Rove. Americans are disgusted with the Bush/Rove smear and burn brand of politics, we are fed up with dictator wannabees, we are appalled by the corruption and dishonesty, the secrecy and treachery these two brought to Washington, D.C.! They have made the entire Repuglican Party nothing more than a "contemptuous, greedy, self-righteous" bunch of crooks!

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