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From Dennis Jett's article "Operation Enduring Fog" at Salon:

The Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq has an office of "strategic communications" with a staff of about 80. A full 95 percent of them are dedicated solely to generating stories in the American media, particularly small local television stations. Many of them are Republican political operatives and campaign staffers who are being paid huge salaries to protect the American public from the reality of Iraq.

Hardly surprising, but when our troops are just now getting crucial body armor, doesn't the idea of our taxes going to fund administration propaganda seem even more obscene?  It's certainly inappropriate, and depending on the language in the funding bills, perhaps even illegal.

I'm really not interested in debating how we or anyone else "should" be discussing the death of Ronald Reagan.  Having lost a grandfather to Alzheimer's, losing the person well before the body died, I can definitely sympathize with his family.  On the other hand, I can't escape thinking about all the grief in families that lost loved ones throughout Central America or the Middle East in filthy little proxy genocides in which the Reagan administration was complicit, or to the burgeoning HIV epidemic which Reagan steadfastly ignored.

I cannot think of Ronald Reagan without also thinking about the Dead Kennedys.  I never really got into punk music in general, but I still listen to the Dead Kennedys, and I don't think I'll ever forget how important they were to me in my adolescent years.  I was living in a small town in rural Wisconsin after being transplanted from a city in the northwest, feeling very trapped and very out of place.

And then an acquaintance brought some Dead Kennedys back from a foray to Madison.   I was, quite simply, electrified.

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Thu Jun 03, 2004 at 04:13 PM PDT

All-Tenet, All the Time

by Gargoyle

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm fascinated by today's resignation of CIA director George Tenet.  I've been looking around for analysis, but I want more.  More hard information, more speculation, more plausible scenarios...I don't know just what the significance of this event is, but I feel like it's huge.

I've gone through today's diaries and have assembled this list of links to everything about the story on dKos:


So why the resignation?

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Thu Jun 03, 2004 at 06:00 AM PDT

"Administration Freed Terror Suspect"

by Gargoyle

This story seems very odd to me.  I wonder why he was deported rather than disappeared into Gulag American Style...

June 2, 2004  |  WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nabil al-Marabh was No. 27 on the FBI's list of terror suspects after Sept. 11. He trained in Afghanistan's militant camps, sent money to a roommate convicted in a foiled plot to bomb a hotel and boasted to an informant about plans to blow up a fuel truck inside a New York tunnel, FBI documents allege.
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