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Just came across this eight minute old story via Google news, so it's literally hot off the press. The Dallas Morning news has broken the "gag orders" on the Sibel Edmonds story- a first for a major US publication (unless one counts the Yuma Arizona Sun and the Northeast Mississippi papers among the majors).

Things could really get interesting, now. See below for exerpts of the article the Dallas AM news chose to break this one to a major US audience...

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This morning on American AM, a progressive talk show based in the Tampa Bay area, host Henry Raimes asked Valerie Plame Wilson some questions regarding the recent series of stories which have run in the London Sunday Times about Sibel Edmonds' story.

Brad Friedman of Bradblog blogs the story well and provides a partial transcript of the relevant portions of the interview, courtesy of' Emily Levy. I've included a small exerpt below. Marc Grossman's name is correctly spelled with a c on the end, but I've left the transcript as it was...

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As the title states, I have a dream. I would like to see a YouTube video about Sibel Edmonds’ story become extremely popular and watched. While I don’t currently have the skills to produce a video, much less a viral video, I do have some thoughts and suggestions on what such a video might look like and contain. I also have some ideas about how it could have a better chance of making it into the most watched, commented, emailed, etc. lists.

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Originally posted (with slight modifications) @ my blog in two parts.

It's been coming on for some time now, this urge to boycott the G*ogle search engine and the other services which it owns. I guess the first one to go for me was probably Ork*t. When they started requiring me to use a Gm*il email account I  quit. Then there was the whole Bl*gger issue. Same thing. I ended up leaving for dead a blog I that I put a lot of time and effort into because I didn't want to be required to use "their email". I never really did much with the couple of "their email accounts" which I signed up for, despite really liking one of the addresses. Oh, sure I played around a bit with seeing what kind of ads would appear based on text in the email. But, no doubt everyone has done that, so that doesn't really count.

Read more about the new metasearch engine alternative I've found which I'm extremely pleased with below. It has finally allowed me to make the break from "the one I used to love" and actually feel that I am gaining by the move rather than losing. Also, more adventures described about my failed love affair with a certain company below the fold.


Are you ready to join me in a G*ogle boycott yet?

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I never thought I'd see the day when suddenly out of nowhere I'm the intrepid blogging reporter who is responsible for breaking Google news stories. See, I just have never had any authority before now. Never really particularly wanted it either. There are a lot of bloggers around who are much better writers and reports than I am. Hat tips to all those of them who are actually trying to restore our country to what we once thought it was. But then one spooky Hallowe'en, along came Bradblog, Google news and the ghost of Sibel Edmonds and they changed my life forever (well, hopefully not).
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Okay, NK nukes being in the news, I thought it was appropriate to bring this to your attention. William Arkin writes for the WaPo in a blog about National and Homeland Security. Recently he has written about an upcoming military exercise called Vigilant Shield. So when we strike North Korea sometime in December, it will be as a result of a military exercise going live. See, nothing to worry about folks. It's just an exercise. Don't you just love the news?
(Sarcasm through gritted teeth there, in case you couldn't tell.) More on Vigilant Shield below the fold.
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It has been big news lately, so I thought I would lead off with a few quotes on the "news" that Condi, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, etc. had classified briefings from George Tenet in Mid July of 2001 on Al Qaeda's threat to U.S. targets. It's not really news, though, since Time magazine reported on it back in 2002.
In mid-July, Tenet sat down for a special meeting with Rice and aides. "George briefed Condi that there was going to be a major attack," says an official; another, who was present at the meeting, says Tenet broke out a huge wall chart ("They always have wall charts") with dozens of threats. source archive
It's just in the news ATM.
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Is it time for an independent 9/11 inquiry yet?

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I just finished reading Ray McGovern's piece Intelligence Officers, Learn From History about the Tyler Drumheller WaPo story over at truthout (yeah, I know many here consider that to be sita non grata; if you'd prefer, you can read it here instead). I found it to be helpful in that Ray's background in intelligence gives him the ability to share personal perspectives on some of the players, including McLaughlin and Gates. A few quotes below the fold:
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When I read War and Peace in school, our teacher gave us a printout of the names and various nicknames of the major characters in the novel in order to help us keep track of them all. Here's a little attempt at something sort of similar; Names, organizations, corporations, media, agencies, etc. I know I've left a lot out, I may have made some errors, etc. Generally, I've tried to connect people with groups that they either currently or formerly have been involved with, but I haven't for the most part attempted to flesh out the corporate connection ties that each person may have. I'll also link to a couple of pages which give graphical connections between some of the corporations/people/agencies, etc. I hope this will be of assistance. Please let me know if you see errors of either ommission or commission. Some ties will be looser than others, obviously and some of the information sources will be more objective or "better" than others. Like I say, this is by no means a complete listing; just my first attempt at a few "major characters".

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I wanted to put this diary entry out as a compilation of some recent news stories and developments in terms of media watching, secretive and/or falsiness activities, etc. First up: a story I haven't seen diaried (though I may have missed it).

Cheney's Office Declares Exemption from Secrecy Oversight by Michelle Chen in The New Standard.
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Tue Jun 06, 2006 at 08:22 PM PDT

TU for noobs

by waterdancer

Well, I just gained TU status for the first time. I, know, congrats, pat myself on the back, right? Problem is, I'm kinda clueless as to like, you know, what it really means and all? Like, is there a manual for this or something somewhere that I should read? Well, I looked at the posts which were tagged TU and didn't see anything that looked promising at first glance, so I decided to make this diary post (with poll). Now all you TU vets can play stone soup with me and weigh in with comments as to what TU might, can, should, shouldn't mean and/or what a TU noob should/ shouldn't do. Or you can just troll rate me until my TU status goes away. I doubt I'd really miss it at this point, since I've only had it for a 1/2 hour or so and am still clueless...

What should I do now that I have TU status?

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In Memoriam:
For the best friend I could ever have hoped for in this lifetime, who recently lost his hope for the future of humanity. Please, dear reader, try to find something you can do to change the world for the better before someone you love dies.

I'm going to start off with a little bit of quoted background material on neocons from a speech given by Ron Paul. I don't make any claims as to the accuracy of all of the information, I'm just offering it as "for your consideration". The following are a few exerpts from a speech entitled

Congressman Ron Paul addresses the U.S. House of Representatives
July 10, 2003


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