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Dirty Trick from the New York Times (Docex Project)
Family Security Matters ^ | docex documents | By Roger Aronoff

Posted on 12/21/2006 8:51:45 AM PST by april15Bendovr

Dirty Trick from the New York Times By Roger Aronoff

In a last-minute dirty trick before the election, The New York Times took a story and twisted it in such a way as to damage the Bush Administration. This will go down as a case study of media bias intended to sway votes.

The November 4 article by William Broad described how the Intelligence Community, at the prodding of various conservative politicians and publications, posted documents on a website beginning last March. The Document Exchange, or DOCEX, had the task of posting some of the many pages of documents found in Iraq after the defeat of Saddam Hussein.

Some of this type of material has been released but the major media have shown no interest at all. For example, in the AIM DVD on "Terror Television," we include some footage, captured in Iraq after the American invasion of Iraq, showing Uday Hussein meeting with a top Al-Jazeera official, who assures him that the channel is "your channel." Al-Jazeera has consistently been a voice of the Saddam Hussein regime and its remnants, now part of the Islamic Army of Iraq terrorist group. The film footage was originally broadcast by Al-Hurra, the U.S.-funded Middle East television station. To our knowledge, it has never been broadcast by any other U.S. television station or mentioned by any major media outlet, including the New York Times.

In regard to these captured documents, The Times said the Bush Administration posted the material "under pressure from Congressional Republicans who said they hoped to 'leverage the Internet' to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein." But the Times also said that the site had posted some documents that, according to their experts, provided "detailed accounts of Iraq's secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb." The site had recently posted some documents that weapons experts told the Times are a danger themselves: "detailed accounts of Iraq's secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war." Shortly thereafter, the Times went to DOCEX with the complaints, and the website was shut down by the government.

Some background is necessary to understand this story. The feeling of many supporters of the Iraq liberation was that the document translation and analysis should be a high priority, as discovery of such documents were necessary for history, for finding and destroying any WMD that might exist, and they could be very helpful in convincing the American public that this war was necessary and justified. Yet, it even seemed to many supporters of President Bush and the war that the White House had no appetite for searching and analyzing the documents, perhaps because they didn't want to have that debate again. Yet the documents confirmed that Saddam was close to developing a nuclear weapon before the first Gulf war. This was a regime that had never given up its desire for a nuclear weapons program.

American Enterprise Institute's Michael Ledeen, writing in a blog on National Review Online, said the Times story was "probably a leak from intelligence people" trying to undermine the members of Congress who wanted the documents to be released. But Ledeen made the point of saying that Senators Rick Santorum and Pat Roberts and Rep. Peter Hoekstra "always insisted that nothing that could possibly compromise national security should be posted."

Hoekstra confirmed that point. In a statement released on his website, he wrote, "First, it is extraordinary that the New York Times now acknowledges that the captured documents demonstrate that '[Saddam] Hussein's scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.' This only reinforces the value of these documents in understanding the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime. Only 1 percent of the estimated 120 million pages of captured documents have been reviewed, and we must continue working to promptly understand these materials. If there is concern about Saddam's nuclear program, there should be similar concern about potential connections between Saddam and al-Qaeda suggested in the documents."

Added Hoekstra, "I have always been clear that the Director of National Intelligence should take whatever steps necessary to withhold sensitive documents. In fact, as of today the DNI had withheld 59 percent of the documents that it had reviewed, and has become more risk-averse over time. If the DNI believes that the documents that were released were in the safe 40 percent, imagine what the 60 percent being withheld must contain."

Finally, Hoekstra blasted the New York Times: "The sad reality is that the New York Times has done far more damage to U.S. national security by the disclosure of vital, classified, intelligence programs than is likely to be caused by the inadvertent disclosure of decades-old information that had already been in the hands of Saddam's regime."

Once again, the Times has missed the real story in its zeal to make a political point.

Roger Aronoff is a media analyst with Accuracy in Media, and is the writer/director of "Confronting Iraq: Conflict and Hope."


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1 posted on 12/21/2006 8:51:46 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: april15Bendovr

Negroponte and the position created for him are utterly worthless and complicate matters at least as much as his tenure in Iraq did.


2 posted on 12/21/2006 8:57:51 AM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: jveritas

PING


3 posted on 12/21/2006 9:08:18 AM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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To: april15Bendovr
A heads-up on this Times story first appeared on Drudge who got a tip-off from someone at the Times. Drudge's Times informant said the story would "ignite the news cycle" meaning it would cause a news media conflagration that would consume Bush. The story received a collective yawn and disappeared faster than the phony "Iraq ammo dump" story of November 2004. The Times is as incompetent at writing fiction as it is fact, and in that paper its impossible to tell the difference.
4 posted on 12/21/2006 9:21:42 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

5 posted on 12/21/2006 9:29:34 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: april15Bendovr

The NYT's was responsible for the death of a NY prosecutor that went to Sicily to investigate a mob figure. The NYT's printed the story of his secret trip to Sicily.


6 posted on 12/21/2006 9:33:51 AM PST by UpAllNight
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To: UpAllNight
I wouldn't be as worried if the rest of the leftist media morons didn't take their marching orders from such an irresponsible source.
7 posted on 12/21/2006 9:37:19 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: april15Bendovr

Yuo know, church voting booths can't have any signs or religious symbols present on election day because 'it might influence voters' YET- the press can forcefully sway votes with dirty tricks all they like? http://sacredscoop.com


8 posted on 12/21/2006 9:38:17 AM PST by CottShop
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To: CottShop
The mainstream media in America monopolizes the power they have with 1st amendment and their ability to destroy our country via deceptive indoctrination simultaneously.
9 posted on 12/21/2006 9:53:52 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: april15Bendovr
Someday we'll be able to tell our grandkids about WWIV - where the US fought (and defeated) its enemies in a two-front war against Islamofacists and their American allies, our internal traitorous media/mediots and Rats in Congress.
10 posted on 12/21/2006 10:00:37 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The Bush haters on both sides have elected the government they have dreamed of!)
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To: Txsleuth

Thanks for the ping. The bureaucrats and those who undermine the war got their wish and shut down the DOCEX website.


11 posted on 12/21/2006 10:13:57 AM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Grampa Dave

Benedict Arnold

Rosenbergs

New York Times

12 posted on 12/21/2006 10:23:23 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: jveritas

Well..I thank you for what you did before it got shut down...it is a darned shame.


13 posted on 12/21/2006 10:32:39 AM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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To: Txsleuth
Thank you Txsleuth, it is indeed a shame that the website was shut down.

Merry Christmas.

14 posted on 12/21/2006 10:44:34 AM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Grampa Dave

Are you taking odds on the outcome? I'm not a Chicken Little, but I do seriously doubt this country will exist anywhere near it's current form within my kid's lifetimes. My wife gets PO'ed when I say this, but hey, look around. I think two quotes attributed to Stalin illustrate perfectly why we're in a world of shi#. "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." And "Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed". I have no idea if Stalin said these, but they are very true nonetheless. If we totally lose either of these institutions, we're lost.


15 posted on 12/21/2006 11:04:42 AM PST by lapdog
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To: jveritas

Did you say when this happened that you had downloaded all the documents and were still working on them? i was just thinking about this a few hours ago.


16 posted on 12/21/2006 11:10:31 AM PST by Albertafriend
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To: Albertafriend

I downloaded over 1700 documents and I kept downloading until the website was shut down on November 2nd 2006.


17 posted on 12/21/2006 11:15:44 AM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: jveritas

Big Bah Humbug

to the NY Times

18 posted on 12/21/2006 11:25:32 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: lapdog

"Are you taking odds on the outcome?"

I will be an optimist as long as I'm breathing and my mind is still working.

We are at a very dangerous point in the life of our country and the future of our children and grandchildren. Which is why we can never give up the battle to save our country and our way of life for our children, grandchildren, and other young Americans and those not born yet.


19 posted on 12/21/2006 11:45:01 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The Bush haters on both sides have elected the government they have dreamed of!)
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To: april15Bendovr

Thanks that is a great montage.


20 posted on 12/21/2006 11:45:46 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The Bush haters on both sides have elected the government they have dreamed of!)
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To: jveritas

Thanks for your great translation work on this. You and a few others must have been getting to close to the reality and truth about Iraq, Saddam and al Qaeda before we started this war.

The dark side can not allow reality and truth to come out about those, who would kill all of us, and their backers/allies in America and around the world.


21 posted on 12/21/2006 11:48:26 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The Bush haters on both sides have elected the government they have dreamed of!)
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To: Grampa Dave
I'm sure there is a larger scale demonstrating the evolution of famous American traitors but I wanted to stay quick and to the point.
22 posted on 12/21/2006 11:50:08 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: april15Bendovr

Short and excellent!


23 posted on 12/21/2006 11:50:52 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The Bush haters on both sides have elected the government they have dreamed of!)
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To: jveritas

Your work with the translations and postings here were remarkable, jveritas. Too bad the powers that be don't want the public to know ... talk about censorship. Guess it doesn't fit the agends.


24 posted on 12/21/2006 11:53:35 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: Grampa Dave; EDINVA
Thank you very much. You never know, these translations may become important again once the traitors who now control Congress start their Spanish inquisitions about WMD, relations of Saddam regime to terrorism in a effort from them to impeach President Bush. Through these documents we have a lot of proof that will show the traitors lies.

Merry Christmas.

25 posted on 12/21/2006 1:29:43 PM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: jveritas; All
How sad and Ironic it would be if we have to use the Docex Project documents to defend President Bush in an impeachment hearing due to the ass holes in the mainstream media being incompetent ignoring evidence that could of encouraged America support in the war on terrorism. Understanding Saddams involvement.
26 posted on 12/21/2006 5:47:33 PM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: april15Bendovr
Very sad indeed. If liberals direct their hate toward the terrorists instead of President Bush we would have been in much better shape.

Merry Christmas fellow freeper.

27 posted on 12/21/2006 8:24:35 PM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: jveritas

I'm really glad that you did that. I hope you will be able to bring more of them to our attention in the future. I am so thankful for you work!


28 posted on 12/21/2006 10:59:22 PM PST by Albertafriend
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To: jveritas

Thank you for all your work.

Merry Christmas


29 posted on 12/22/2006 6:59:50 PM PST by april15Bendovr
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