Thursday :: May 18, 2006

They's Hoes, Then They's Hoes

by pessimist

Buzzflash linked to Attytood, which says

"Because just now, some 56 months after the fact, we are learning that both Judy Miller and her editors at the New York Times had information that foretold the 9/11 terror attacks and elected not to publish it."
[T]he episode does raise a couple of other serious questions -- about the pre-attack ineptitude of the Bush White House, [and] the Times' handling of this explosive info both before and after 9/11.

Attytood in turn is linked to Alternet, which posted an article from Raw Story, which was written by journalists Rory O'Connor and William Scott Malone:

[I]n an exclusive interview, [Judy] Miller reveals how the attack on the Cole spurred her reporting on Al Qaida and led her, in July 2001, to a still-anonymous top-level White House source, who shared top-secret NSA signals intelligence (SIGINT) concerning an even bigger impending Al Qaida attack, perhaps to be visited on the continental United States.

[T]wo months later -- on Sept. 11 -- Miller and her editor at the Times, Stephen Engelberg, both remembered and regretted the story they "didn't do."

"[O]ne Al Qaida operative was overheard saying to the other,
'Don't worry; we're planning something so big now that the U.S. will have to respond.'"

It appears that the importance of such a comment didn't sink in until Al Qaeda proved they could follow through with their threats:

"On Sept. 11th, I was standing on the platform at the 125th Street station," [Miller's NYT editor Stephen Engelberg] remembered ruefully more than four years later. "I was with a friend, and we both saw the World Trade Center burning and saw the second one hit. 'It's Al-Qaida!' I yelled. 'We had a heads-up!'"

[M]ust the public's right-to-know be a casualty, time and time again?

It will until We, the People demand otherwise.

Our right to know will remain a casualty until Americans again take their responsibilities as citizens seriously. We are the nation, not the White House, not the Congress, not the corporofascists who seek to destroy us for their own personal gain. It is ultimately up to us to see to it that our liberties are protected, and that our public servants remain true to their oaths of office and honest to us.

They serve us, not the other way around. If anyone has become corrupted, it is We, the People of the United States. No legislator, no executive, no jurist, can be as corrupted as we are, for if we were as honest as we expected our public servants to be, we wouldn't tolerate the decades of corrupt behavior displayed by those who would end the Republic and turn it into a oligarchic plutocracy.

But even before our governmental representatives could become corrupted, our media led the way. We, the People, didn't insist that the media remain true to its intended purpose and present factual information. We allowed it to become partisan and slanted. We allowed it to become an organ of political propaganda and emotional manipulation. It is up to us to correct this error in our ways as well.

We have much to do, and we need to end our foreign misadventures and focus on cleaning up our own messes at home. We have carried the world for far too long since 1945 - needlessly for most of that time - and that gave us the misimpression that the world was ours to use and abuse as we saw fit.

What we aren't seeing is that the world isn't going to take that imposed second-class dependent status sitting down anymore. They will have their freedom from our selfish control and dominance even if they have to die in the process.

We should be able to identify with that sentiment, for our Revolutionary forefathers felt that same way, or they wouldn't have taken on what was arguably the world's strongest military in the fight for the freedom we have since calously neglected while we seek to deny it to others. Once we recognize that fact, we can let the world learn how to take care of itself while we learn how to take care of ourselves again.

We're all on the same page. It's time we read it - and understand it.

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