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Reuters withdraws all [920!] photos by freelancer [Hajj]
Reuters ^ | 7 Aug 2006 | Reuters

Posted on 08/07/2006 3:10:52 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast

Edited on 08/07/2006 5:13:46 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Reuters withdraws all photos by freelancer

Aug 7, 12:20 PM (ET)

LONDON (Reuters) - Reuters withdrew all 920 photographs by a freelance Lebanese photographer from its database on Monday after an urgent review of his work showed he had altered two images from the conflict between Israel and the armed group Hizbollah.

Global Picture Editor Tom Szlukovenyi called the measure precautionary but said the fact that two of the images by photographer Adnan Hajj had been manipulated undermined trust in his entire body of work.

"There is no graver breach of Reuters standards for our photographers than the deliberate manipulation of an image," Szlukovenyi said in a statement.

"Reuters has zero tolerance for any doctoring of pictures and constantly reminds its photographers, both staff and freelance, of this strict and unalterable policy."

The news and information agency announced the decision in an advisory note to its photo service subscribers. The note also said Reuters had tightened editing procedures for photographs from the conflict and apologized for the case.

Removing the images from the Reuters database excludes them from future sale.

Reuters ended its relationship with Hajj on Sunday after it found that a photograph he had taken of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike on suburban Beirut had been manipulated using Photoshop software to show more and darker smoke rising from buildings.

An immediate enquiry began into Hajj's other work.

It established on Monday that a photograph of an Israeli F-16 fighter over Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon and dated Aug 2, had also been doctored to increase the number of flares dropped by the plane from one to three.

"Manipulating photographs in this way is entirely unacceptable and contrary to all the principles consistently held by Reuters throughout its long and distinguished history. It undermines not only our reputation but also the good name of all our photographers," Szlukovenyi said.

"This doesn't mean that every one of his 920 photographs in our database was altered. We know that not to be the case from the majority of images we have looked at so far but we need to act swiftly and in a precautionary manner."

The two altered photographs were among 43 that Hajj filed directly to the Reuters Global Pictures Desk since the start of the conflict on July 12 rather than through an editor in Beirut, as was the case with the great majority of his images.

Filing drills have been tightened in Lebanon and only senior staff will now edit pictures from the Middle East on the Global Pictures Desk, with the final check undertaken by the Editor-in-Charge, Reuters said.

Hajj worked for Reuters as a non-staff contributing photographer from 1993 until 2003 and again since April 2005. Most of his work was in sports photography, much of it outside Lebanon.

Hajj was not in Beirut on Monday and was not responding to calls. He told Reuters on Sunday that the image of the Israeli air strike on Beirut had dust marks which he had wanted to remove.

Questions about the accuracy of the photograph arose after it appeared on news Web sites on Saturday.

Several blogs, including a number which accuse the media of distorted coverage of the Middle East conflict, said the photograph had been doctored.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: adnanhajj; fabrication; fauxtography; reuterrorism; reuters; treason
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Huge. Indicts the whole burgeoning practice of off-shoring reporting to local stringers.

And the MSM takes another body blow from the pajama brigade!

1 posted on 08/07/2006 3:10:53 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast
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To: Admin Moderator

Maybe this belongs in Breaking News?


2 posted on 08/07/2006 3:12:02 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

Yes, seeing Freeper Hadean broke this story by sending the suspicious first photo to Little Green Footballs.


3 posted on 08/07/2006 3:12:46 PM PDT by jwalburg (It wasn't the Executive that Thomas Jefferson referred to as "the Despotic Branch.")
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

HAA! I wonder how hard it would be to get all of the pics on this thread.

I also wonder if Rooters will release them to inform the public which ones were suspect.


4 posted on 08/07/2006 3:13:59 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

Posted here

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1679185/posts


5 posted on 08/07/2006 3:14:35 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: Hadean

"good job" ping!


6 posted on 08/07/2006 3:14:53 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† | Iran Azadi | Appeasement is Capitulation is Suicide)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
Has anyone looked at this picture. It looks pretty fake also.

ADNAN HAJJ / Reuters

A Lebanese protester chanted slogans inside the torched Danish Embassy in Beirut yesterday.

7 posted on 08/07/2006 3:14:54 PM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

What really disgusts me is the fact that the photographer is the one taking all the blame. He deserves plenty of blame but Rooters can't claim they haven't been aware of it...again...and again...and again...


8 posted on 08/07/2006 3:16:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

And how long have these photos been out there? Rooters evidently thinks their operation has been exhonerated now. WrrrrroooooonnnnnnnG!


9 posted on 08/07/2006 3:16:48 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
another type of deception, using photos of the same day, then passing them off as new 2 weeks later

same guy Adnan Hajj

http://powerlineblog.com/archives/014919.php
The Reuters caption reads: "Journalists are shown by a Hizbollah guerrilla group the damage caused by Israeli attacks on a Hizbollah stronghold in southern Beirut, July 24 2006. (Adnan Hajj/Reuters)"


The Reuters caption reads: "A Lebanese woman looks at the sky as she walks past a building flattened during an overnight Israeli air raid on Beirut's suburbs August 5, 2006. (Adnan Hajj/Reuters)"

10 posted on 08/07/2006 3:17:13 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
"Reuters has zero tolerance for any doctoring of pictures and constantly reminds its photographers, both staff and freelance, of this strict and unalterable policy."

"Your call is very important to us."

"Ladies and gentleman, the control tower said they have just about cleared the aircraft in front of us and we will be departing in five minutes or so."

"Trust me, I'll respect you in the morning."

11 posted on 08/07/2006 3:17:27 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A few clever bones tossed on gay unions, flag burning & Iraq still don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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To: jwalburg

True dat? Don't think I've seen that mentioned on LGF, but I've slept a couple of times since this broke... ;>)


12 posted on 08/07/2006 3:18:51 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Hey, look man, I didn't mean to shoot the son of a b!tch. The gun went off. I don't know why.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

he Hajj trail and issues with Beirut Photos Recap.

As best I can tell, it started with the folks at EU Referendum and israelinsider questioning the Qana photos (this was picked up by Rush and others last week) Here are the most relevant posts at israelinsider and EU Referendum. "Qana the directors cut" and "The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth" sort of sum it all up IMHO (see below)

Issue 1: Staging photos:

Milking it
http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006_07_01_eureferendum_archive.html#115429339722244068

Hezbollywood? Evidence mounts that Qana collapse and deaths were staged
http://web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Diplomacy/8997.htm

Who is this Man?
http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006_07_01_eureferendum_archive.html#115435464393966674

The Green Helmet mystery Continues
http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_eureferendum_archive.html#115439598900887049

We Need to know the truth
http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_eureferendum_archive.html#115444005168305521

Game, set and match
http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_eureferendum_archive.html#115447994916688512

Stretcher Alley
http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_eureferendum_archive.html#115453781580920185

"Vital to telling the story"
http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_eureferendum_archive.html#115461060077719445

Alright, explain this one!
http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_eureferendum_archive.html#115464788249249384

Qana - the director's cut
http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006/08/qana-directors-cut.html

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth (Green Helmet & Co, shows up in Tyre)

http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_eureferendum_archive.html#115489272301235042

Issues 2: Doctored photos

Little Green Footballs uncovered an obviously doctored photo by Hajj
http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=21956_Reuters_Doctoring_Photos_from_Beirut&only

It was quickly picked up here on FR
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1678470/posts

Reuters admitted the first photo (Beirut smoke) was doctored and suspended Hajj
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1678852/posts

A second doctored photo (F16) was identified by Jawa
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1678950/posts

Powerline blog exposes yet another suspect group of photos (same damage reported as new 12 days apart). Reuters calls the doctor, take 2
http://powerlineblog.com/archives/014919.php

Drinking from Home exposed more photos in "Extreme Makeover - Beirut Edition." This time, the same woman shown losing her home first in Southern Beirut on 7/22 and then in the "suburbs of Beirut" on 8/5
http://drinkingfromhome.blogspot.com/2006/08/extreme-makeover-beirut-edition.html

Reuters admitted the second photo was also doctored, fired Hajj and withdrew all 920 of his photographs at Reuters
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1679185/posts?q=1&&page=1#1






13 posted on 08/07/2006 3:20:48 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
Might not be a bad idea to archive photos by him someplace.
14 posted on 08/07/2006 3:22:11 PM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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To: mware

The smelly swine of the leftist MSM will go to ANY length to commit their crime against freedom, democracy, and the USA and its true allies.


15 posted on 08/07/2006 3:23:37 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
This photographer/crayon colorer need not worry about future employment. I hear truthout.org is hiring.
16 posted on 08/07/2006 3:24:07 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

Unbelievable how long this guy was allowed to fabricate without Reuters noticing the faintest glow of shining light.
Then, after revelations pop up comes a defense, then a suspension, then the point where Reuters felt an urge to pull strings as a kind of self whitewashing procedure.


17 posted on 08/07/2006 3:25:37 PM PDT by hermgem (The same)
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To: Hadean

Way to go..


18 posted on 08/07/2006 3:25:57 PM PDT by Dog
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

Not quite breaking. Under different headlines, this is about the fourth post today.


19 posted on 08/07/2006 3:26:43 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

"Manipulating photographs in this way is entirely unacceptable and contrary to all the principles consistently held by Reuters throughout its long and distinguished history. It undermines not only our reputation but also the good name of all our photographers," Szlukovenyi said.

Shouldn't the people that approved for publishing these obvious fakes ALSO be fired?? Seems to me they are takin action, deserved action, against the person that actually DID the faking, but the people that approved it are gettin off scott free?????


20 posted on 08/07/2006 3:28:03 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
He got fired? I'm surprised he wasn't promoted.
21 posted on 08/07/2006 3:28:45 PM PDT by jdm (One week and still no Petronski)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

The contrast and brightness between the explosion and the building immediately in front of it seem very suspect.

I think Reuters found far more than two questionable photos in the Hajj database (and maybe others).

22 posted on 08/07/2006 3:29:05 PM PDT by angkor
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To: Mr. Brightside

That pic definitely looks like the protestor was photoshopped into a pic of the burning background.


23 posted on 08/07/2006 3:29:17 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
He told Reuters on Sunday that the image of the Israeli air strike on Beirut had dust marks which he had wanted to remove.

Yeah... that's the ticket.

24 posted on 08/07/2006 3:31:01 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: finnman69
We know that not to be the case from the majority of images we have looked at so far but we need to act swiftly and in a precautionary manner

Look what that says... only a majority of the images they have looked at HAVE NOT BEEN DOCTORED!!!!

Does that mean that only 450 of the 920 pictures have been photoshoped? If it were 8 or 10 percent that had been doctored they would have said "Only a small percentage have been doctored"

What should happen next is photos by other Rueters photogs should be examined carefully. If pictures taken other photographers can be found to have been doctored that would blow Reuters out of the water.

25 posted on 08/07/2006 3:31:05 PM PDT by Common Tator
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To: finnman69
So, for days this old woman roams around in the destruction all by herself while he snaps pictures? It doesn't look like there is another human being any where near the area. Not one person....other than the photographer, of course. What luck.
26 posted on 08/07/2006 3:31:15 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

This is such a pathetic attempt at a Photoshop cloning tool, a blind man could see it was a fake in a second! All the billowing clouds are exact dups! I mean he should have at least masked it and downed the contrast and brightness to make it somewhat believable!

27 posted on 08/07/2006 3:34:20 PM PDT by Bommer
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

Okay Reuters, how many more doctored pictures have you got? Come clean, What did you know and when did you know it???


28 posted on 08/07/2006 3:34:23 PM PDT by laurens pawpaw (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: finnman69

Oops, sorry, I was referring to the pictures in this thread, post #12. Looks like it's possibly the same woman.




http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1679185/posts


29 posted on 08/07/2006 3:35:45 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: Mr. Brightside

A Lebanese protester holds up his fingers showing how old he was when his family first suggested he would be trained into becoming a suicide bomber.

30 posted on 08/07/2006 3:41:33 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

What are all the white splatter spots?


31 posted on 08/07/2006 3:41:36 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

"Reuters withdrew all 920 photographs by a freelance Lebanese photographer from its database on Monday after an urgent review of his work showed he had altered two images from the conflict between Israel and the armed group Hizbollah."

at LEAST 2 images - There, fixed it..


32 posted on 08/07/2006 3:41:53 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info)
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To: jiggyboy

Read again-- this is a considerable escalation, *all* 920 photos by Hajj have been pulled from the Reuters database.


33 posted on 08/07/2006 3:42:34 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast
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To: squarebarb
"What are all the white splatter spots?"

Let's just say this is Hajj's idea of a money shot.
34 posted on 08/07/2006 3:43:07 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

They'll rehire him under a new name.


35 posted on 08/07/2006 3:43:50 PM PDT by hershey
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To: RandallFlagg

They're all still available on yahoo news.


36 posted on 08/07/2006 3:44:43 PM PDT by Raebie
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

My apologies for my earlier post. I had read it on Drudge, and had seen it referenced within FR threads here and there.


37 posted on 08/07/2006 3:45:27 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: angkor

looks as if the tip of the second from the left plume may have been duped to enhance the fa right plume.


38 posted on 08/07/2006 3:52:16 PM PDT by From many - one.
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
"This doesn't mean that every one of his 920 photographs in our database was altered. We know that not to be the case from the majority of images we have looked at so far but we need to act swiftly and in a precautionary manner."

Following this logic to it's rational conclusion, ALL Reuters photos should be pulled...

39 posted on 08/07/2006 3:56:52 PM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

This was a predictable action by Reuters. That is why I saved about 25 of his pictures on my 'puter. Hopefully many others have done the same.


40 posted on 08/07/2006 3:59:39 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
Hey Reuters.....why do you hire amateurs to lie about the news when Dan Rather, a REAL PRO in the BU-- SH-- department, is available?
41 posted on 08/07/2006 4:00:45 PM PDT by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: cripplecreek
but Rooters can't claim they haven't been aware of it...again...and again...and again...

I saw that lib Hennigan, something like that? Saw him on a Fox show. One guest was lambasting Reuters for not realizing this guy's photos were fake until they got caught red-handed

Then Hennigan gets all with an attitude. I paraphrase..."Come on," he said, "Reuters did everything right. They pulled the photo, then they pulled all of the guy's photos. This beating up on Reuters is a bit over the top."

See, it's people like this that make me want to slap them silly.

Reuters' photo editors have known right along that this guy was providing fake photos. Don't tell me different, call me names or sue me. Comes a time when, like juries all across America, when you just have to decide if you're hearing the truth or a lie and react accordingly. To sit around and wait for the truth to come out is a waste of a good life.

Now as to why Reuters is putting out fake photos is a mystery. But I believe that someone in that company is on some rich oil money payroll.

I have no proof of this. Hey, I think the same thing of the NY Times.

Money buys anything. And the thugs and thieves of the Mideast have enough oil money, indeed, to actually purchase and manipulate public opinion.

It's my story and I'm sticking to it.

42 posted on 08/07/2006 4:01:15 PM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/ Search the word "kaitlyn" on FreeRepublic for my Blog posts)
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To: 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...
920 Fakes! Way to go Al-Reuters. Image hosted by Photobucket.com
43 posted on 08/07/2006 4:01:33 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: squarebarb

Looks like he tried to photoshop 'cinders' into the picture to make the guy look like he was actually in the photo. Hell, some of the 'cinders' are perfectly square and round.


44 posted on 08/07/2006 4:05:42 PM PDT by RetSignman (New York Times.."All the news that fits our agenda")
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To: RetSignman

And not leaving burn marks on his jeans.


45 posted on 08/07/2006 4:11:55 PM PDT by From many - one.
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

HA ha...
and the RATS take another one in the...

46 posted on 08/07/2006 4:23:36 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
"Reuters has zero tolerance for any doctoring of pictures and constantly reminds its photographers, both staff and freelance, of this strict and unalterable policy."

But news is another story.

47 posted on 08/07/2006 4:31:52 PM PDT by Screamname (Batman and Godzilla : When will they fight?)
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To: Ready4Freddy

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1678470/posts

See post 224 on this thread

Later, Hadean says that his post was just a small contribution to the effort, however.


48 posted on 08/07/2006 4:33:41 PM PDT by jwalburg (It wasn't the Executive that Thomas Jefferson referred to as "the Despotic Branch.")
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast; Victoria Delsoul

Crackerjack news outfit they got there!


49 posted on 08/07/2006 4:35:03 PM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

REUTERS: angry because they were caught.


50 posted on 08/07/2006 4:35:08 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of "dependence on government"!)
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