Skip to comments.Dana Priest's controversial co-author (William Arkin)
Posted on 07/20/2010 8:50:03 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
With two Pulitzer Prizes to her name, Dana Priest is one of the Washington Posts most celebrated reporters. Until Monday, when the Post published the first installment of a bombshell series on post-9/11 intelligence industrial complex, national security blogger William Arkin was hardly known to the papers readers.
But from a media perspective, Arkins role as co-author of the series might be the more important. It marks the first time one of the Posts bloggers lately the cause of controversy because they sometimes blur opinion and reporting has had a byline in one of the papers big, investigative pieces of Pulitzer bait.
Until August, 2008, when Arkin began working with Priest to create a massive database of the U.S.s top secret projects started in the wake of 9/11 Arkin wrote the Early Warning blog, on the Post website. A former Army intelligence analyst in West Berlin in the 1970s, Arkin, according to his Post biography, later did stints at Greenpeace International and Human Rights Watch activist associations that might not pass the classic standard of journalistic objectivity that has been much debated in the wake of Post blogger David Weigels resignation from the Post.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
The latest leak by WaPo as you may know is about , “ “Top Secret America” is a project nearly two years in the making that describes the huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.”
So the question is why the news blackout in the Washington Post about obama/holder not prosecuting the black panthers, the testimony of J. Christian Adams on how obama`s DOJ would not prosecute blacks,etc, BUT have plenty of time to damage American intelligence gathering.
Now who would want to willfully damage American intelligence gathering ?
Simple answer, the authors, Dana Priest and William M. Arkin .
Dana Priest and William Arkin have long history of leaking vital national security secrets, as well as publishing agit-prop to advance their own causes.
The Washington Posts Dana Priest received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting for her persistent, painstaking reports on secret black site prisons and other controversial features of the governments counterterrorism campaign. Never mind that to this day there is no evidence that these secret CIA prisons ever existed.
But perhaps Dana Priest has her own agenda. She is a peace scholar for the United States Institute of Peace. She is also married to William Goodfellow, who is the Executive Director of the the Center for International Policy (CIP).
Here is a little background from Discover The Networks about the Center For International Policy:
Americas Red Army
One of the most sophisticated of Fentons anti-war projects is the co-mingling of Win Without War and the Center for International Policy (CIP).
Before 9/11, CIP, a Fenton Communications client, mainly acted as Fidel Castros greatest think tank ally. Much of its million-dollar budget was spent lobbying to end economic sanctions and travel restrictions against Cuba.
Now, it has another mission. Fenton has established a war room with CIP called The Iraq Policy Information Program (IPIP). Its main job is getting the anti-Bush foreign policy message out to the media and providing guests for talk shows. A featured speaker of the IPIP is former ambassador Joe Wilson, one of the Bush administrations most vocal enemies.
Like Moveon.org and Win Without War, the contact for the Iraq Policy Information Program is Fenton Communications. Win Without War also collects tax-deductible donations through CIP.
Here Dana Priest and Mel Goodman shared a stage behind the CIP banner in October 2003:
Mel Goodman is a member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), which is an organization that pleads with former and current CIA officers to break their oaths and leak secrets that would hurt our national security.
William Arkin has a similar background.
Arkin is a former Greenpeace “researcher.” He has also worked for the radical left Institute for Policy Studies and Human Rights Watch, and even the notorious leftwing fantasist, Seymour Hersh.
In fact, Mr. Arkin considers himself more of an activist than a journalist. (Not that there is any discernible difference in our one party media.)
From the Washington Post, via Lexis-Nexus:
William Arkin, Giving Opinions Left and Right
By Howard Kurtz
Friday, May 24, 2002; Page C01
He insists hes not a journalist.
In fact, hes an activist who works for the liberal group Human Rights Watch.
I don’t care if the writers start their day by wiping their *** with the flag. If the article is accurate, then our Intel situation is a disgrace, a huge bloated, corpulent bureaucracy. Close to 900,000 people with top secret clearances? There’s no way in hell or earth that you’re going to keep many secrets that way.
Dana Priest was involved in a HUGE scandal a couple of years ago and has a husband who is a Communist, IIRC.
William Arkin also worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council and was a co-author of the Nuclear Weapons Databook in 1984.
In the mid-19th century, the real Karl Marx wrote many articles for the then-existing New York Tribune.
Marx was in London, where he lived much of his pathetic life in the protection of the very English liberties which he so despised, and which he and his followers have done so much to try to eradicate around the world.
Wm Arkin and Dana Priest are “journalists” of the same kind....
Did they say the facts are wrong?
You are exactly right on Priest.
Thanks for the reminder!