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  • Letter about Leaked Internal Memo, distributed by Michael Moore

    07/07/2007 10:23:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 1,488+ views
    MichaelMoore.com ^ | July 6th, 2007 | Michael Moore
    July 6th, 2007 Friends, An employee who works at Capital BlueCross has sent us a confidential memo written and circulated by its Vice President of Corporate Communications, Barclay Fitzpatrick. His job, it seems, was to go and watch "Sicko," observe the audience's reaction, and then suggest a plan of action for how to deal with the movie. The memo, which I am releasing publicly in this email, is a fascinating look at how one health care company views "Sicko" -- and what it fears its larger impact will be on the public. The industry's only hope, the memo seems to...
  • The 'stinking fish' within a White House leaked memo

    05/10/2007 12:19:24 AM PDT · by Int · 24 replies · 2,491+ views
    The Times ^ | May 4, 2007 | Michael Evans, Defence Editor
    A leaked government document at the heart of an Official Secrets Act trial contained a “stinking fish” that had the potential to cause political embarrassment to President Bush, a defence barrister told the Old Bailey yesterday. Rex Tedd, QC, acting for David Keogh, a 50-year-old civil servant who read the document and took a copy of it out of his office, said that his client had handed it over to a friend because its contents had preyed on his conscience. The document was a recorded minute, in the form of a letter, of a two-hour meeting about Iraq between Tony...
  • Duo Found Guilty Over Leaked Iraq Memo

    05/09/2007 9:30:37 AM PDT · by DesScorp · 9 replies · 868+ views
    Sky News ^ | May 9 2007 | Sky News
    A civil servant and an MP's researcher have been found guilty of breaching the Official Secrets Act. They leaked an "extremely sensitive" memo about talks on Iraq between Tony Blair and President Bush. Cabinet Office communications officer David Keogh passed the four-page document to Leo O'Connor, a researcher for anti-war Labour MP Anthony Clarke. Keogh was found guilty on two charges and O'Connor on one. The jury heard Keogh, 50, believed the memo exposed President Bush as a "madman". He hoped it could be used to raise questions in the House of Commons. He also wanted it to be passed...
  • Recent Government Memo, documenting the effort to make life easier for illegal immigrants.

    01/24/2007 6:31:35 AM PST · by dynachrome · 4 replies · 557+ views
    Peter Boyles Show/KHOW radio ^ | 1-24-07 | Peter Boyles
    The letter is a photostat, but the gist is that it will now become easier for the illegals to access gov't services. Not stated that way of course.
  • BBC: Bush presents firm front on Iraq ~ a disarmingly relaxed President Bush fields questions .....

    11/30/2006 2:36:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 1,259+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 30 November 2006, 13:45 GMT | Jon Leyne BBC News, Amman
    Bush presents firm front on Iraq By Jon Leyne BBC News, Amman It was billed as a crisis meeting at a crucial time in Iraq's history - although you would never have guessed, watching a disarmingly relaxed President Bush field questions afterwards. Mr Bush rubbished rumours of a loss of confidence in Mr Maliki There was certainly no hint that his project to spread democracy across the Middle East was in the tiniest bit of trouble. "There are reports from Washington that we are looking for a graceful exit," said Mr Bush. "But we will stay until the job...
  • Olberman - Has Fox News gone too far?

    11/16/2006 1:19:41 PM PST · by AT7Saluki · 75 replies · 3,306+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11/16/06 | Keith Olberman
    One of the most ingenious aspects of the false charge of an intentional liberal bias in the news media is the unstated inference that if there is a liberal bias there by necessity cannot be an intentional conservative bias. A new piece of hard evidence that there indeed a conservative bias in at least one quarter of the media, a Rosetta Stone of jaundiced journalism. Its apparently a printout of a channel's daily editorial memo, marching orders e-mailed to key staffers on how and where to slant the news. And how to adjust the facts to match the political conclusions...
  • Former torture memo writer says some liberties must be sacrificed - John Yoo, former DOJ lawyer

    08/07/2006 8:53:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 642+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/7/06 | Tara Godvin - ap
    HONOLULU John Yoo, a former Justice Department lawyer who helped draft memos on treatment of terrorist prisoners, said Monday that in wartime, the question is not whether to give up civil liberties but "how much is enough." Yoo, now a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, drew attention at an American Bar Association convention panel on whether tactics such as the detention of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay and the surveillance of phone calls may erode liberties. Unlike past conflicts, the United States isn't at war with any traditional nation state, Yoo said, but is at war with...
  • Caption Bolton dissing Kerry

    07/27/2006 10:33:49 PM PDT · by Yehuda · 69 replies · 3,197+ views
    Cspan ^ | 07/28/06 | Yehuda
    Jf'nK: "Well, we're not going to resolve this today..." John Bolton: "You got that right..."
  • Terror-War Wackiness [Barf Alert]

    07/14/2006 2:31:52 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 6 replies · 612+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/14/06 | Rosa Brooks
    IN THOSE 12 terrible days following the U.S. Supreme Court's Hamdan decision which thoroughly eviscerated the White House's Orwellian "war on terror" legal framework the Bush administration's warrior priests went through a brief but intense period of mourning. Donald Rumsfeld rent his garments and ordered the ritual "water-boarding" of 100 Army JAG officers. Alberto Gonzales woke screaming in the night after a chilling visitation from the Ghost of Treaties Quaint. And W pensively re-read "My Pet Goat," wondering how the story that began so sweetly that September day could have turned out so terribly wrong. But John Yoo,...
  • England Memo Underscores Policy on Humane Treatment of Detainees

    07/11/2006 6:16:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 248+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 11, 2006 A memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England underscores the department's standing policy of treating detainees humanely and orders commanders responsible for detainee affairs to review their practices to ensure they are in compliance. "The Supreme Court has determined that Common Article 3 to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 applies as a matter of law to the conflict with al Qaeda," England stated in the July 7 memo. In a nutshell, Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions ensures humane treatment of detainees, Bryan Whitman, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told reporters today....
  • Memo reportedly shows location of WMD : Text from Saddam regime describes burial

    06/10/2006 8:34:29 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 41 replies · 2,351+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 06/10/2006
    Memo reportedly shows location of WMD Text from Saddam regime describes burial to hide from inspectors Posted: June 10, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern 2006 WorldNetDaily.com A captured document from the Saddam regime but left untranslated by the Pentagon describes the hiding of chemical-weapons materials and the location of their burial in Iraq. Joseph Shahda, who has translated a number of key texts from among the thousands made available on the Internet by the Defense Department, posted his work on the conservative forum FreeRepublic.com. The memo, dated Sept. 15, 2002, is from the General Relations group of one of Saddam's...
  • '75 Kissinger memo discounted Israel

    05/27/2006 5:08:11 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 10 replies · 617+ views
    www.washtimes.com ^ | May 27, 2006 | Calvin Woodward
    '75 Kissinger memo discounted Israel By Calvin Woodward May 27, 2006 The United States reached out to hostile Arabs three decades ago with an offer to work toward making Israel a "small friendly country" of no threat to its neighbors and with an assurance to Iraq that the U.S. had stopped backing Kurdish rebels in the north. "We can't negotiate about the existence of Israel," then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told his Iraqi counterpart in a rare high-level meeting, "but we can reduce its size to historical proportions." A December 1975 memo detailing Mr. Kissinger's probing conversation with Foreign Affairs...
  • Memo exposes huge border enforcement gaps (faults ease of lawbreakers to walk away W/O punishment)

    05/19/2006 9:34:26 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 526+ views
    ap on Daily Bulletin ^ | 5/19/06 | Elliot Spagat - ap
    SAN DIEGO -- An American teenager was caught sneaking two illegal immigrants in the trunk of a stolen Acura in September 2004. Chances are he wasn't too worried: It was the third time in two weeks he had been caught smuggling migrants, one or two at a time. After that, the 19-year-old might have given up smuggling, but a fourth arrest two months later suggests he simply got better at it, or luckier. Again, he was released without criminal charges. "This is an example of a kid who knows the system," states an internal Border Patrol document that decries the...
  • Bush Immigration Pick Criticized

    09/22/2005 2:19:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies · 1,343+ views
    Newsmax | September 22, 2005 | Newsmax
    Julie Myers is 36 years old, a lawyer and a political appointee to the Bush administration with limited executive experience. Yet, she is slated to become head of one of the nation's most critical security-related agencies, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Myers appointment, in the wake of FEMA's disastrous handling of the Katrina Hurricane and the resignation of its chief, Michael Brown, has people from both sides of the political aisle raising hackles. "The Bush administration has barely rebounded from the resignation of horse show organizer Michael Heck...
  • Chertoff delayed federal response, memo shows

    09/14/2005 9:48:57 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 128 replies · 4,144+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | 9/13/05 | Jonathan S. Landay, Alison Young and Shannon McCaffrey
    Chertoff delayed federal response, memo shows By Jonathan S. Landay, Alison Young and Shannon McCaffrey Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON - The federal official with the power to mobilize a massive federal response to Hurricane Katrina was Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, not the former FEMA chief who was relieved of his duties and resigned earlier this week, federal documents reviewed by Knight Ridder show. Even before the storm struck the Gulf Coast, Chertoff could have ordered federal agencies into action without any request from state or local officials. Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown had only limited authority to...
  • Gorelick memo a smoking gun?

    08/22/2005 7:47:35 AM PDT · by AliVeritas · 28 replies · 2,270+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 8 22 05 | Thomas Lifson
    William Tate believes he has identified what amounts to the smoking gun in placing responsibility where it belongs for the failure to connect the dots on Atta and his gang. He points to a memorandum issued by Jamie Gorelick in 1995. Writing on whatsinthenews.com, he notes that others have focused on the language of the memo, which clearly states that the wall being errected between justice and defense agencies, preventing intelligence esharing, goes beyond the requirements of the law. But equally important, he avers, is the the list of recipients, particularly a little-noticed entity, the Office of Intelligence Policy Review....
  • Envoy Urged Osama's Expulsion Before 9/11 (Clinton era:"U.S. was not against the Taliban, per se,"

    08/19/2005 10:07:28 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 5 replies · 380+ views
    A year before the Sept. 11 attacks, a U.S. diplomat assured a top official of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban regime that international sanctions on that country would be lifted if it expelled Osama bin Laden, newly declassified documents show. A State Department memo dated September 2000 also said the United States did not seek to topple the Taliban despite its record of human rights abuses. The memo was among documents obtained by the National Security Archive, a private research group based at George Washington University, under a Freedom of Information Act request. The group posted the documents on its Web site...
  • "The Plot Against Talk Radio and Internet Kooks"

    08/18/2005 12:50:52 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 9 replies · 598+ views
    MoonGriffon.com ^ | 4 August 2005 | John Copes
    MEMO PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL TO: Bob Mann Communications Director Governor Kathleen Blanco FROM: John Copes DATE: August 4, 2005 RE: web site project Its been a long time since my last memo, Bob, and its not like riding a bicycle, so Ill simply try to restate and expand upon our conversations concerning various ways to more vigorously advance a coherent strategy to promote the governors (and, by extension, Democratic) policies, while blunting the increasingly intense attacks upon her and upon her administration. As we have often discussed, the most serious problem Democrats in Louisiana now face is a Republican Party...
  • Roberts Memo Shows School Prayer Sympathy

    08/15/2005 5:55:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 402+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/15/05 | David Espo - AP
    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee John Roberts showed sympathy for the idea of permitting prayer in public schools in 1985, according to a memo released on Monday, writing that a ruling to the contrary "seems indefensible" under the Constitution. As a young lawyer working in the Reagan administration, Roberts wrote he would have no objection if the Justice Department wanted to express support for a constitutional amendment permitting prayer. Referring to a Supreme Court ruling issued earlier that year that struck down an Alabama school prayer law, he said, "The conclusion ... that the Constitution prohibits such a moment of...
  • What are the backgrounds of the key players on the 9/11 Commission? Here's the answer...

    08/11/2005 11:39:12 AM PDT · by Bronc1 · 4 replies · 1,511+ views
    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation...is chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks...
  • U.S. knew of al Qaeda cell before 9/11

    08/10/2005 10:49:47 PM PDT · by TBP · 60 replies · 1,632+ views
    Government Security News ^ | August 9, 2005 | David Morgan
    In September 2000, one year before the Al Qaeda attacks of 9/11, a U.S. Army military intelligence program, known as Able Danger, identified a terrorist cell based in Brooklyn, NY, one of whose members was 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta, and recommended to their military superiors that the FBI be called in to take out that cell, according to Rep. Curt Weldon, a longtime Republican congressman from Pennsylvania who is currently vice chairman of both the House Homeland Security and House Armed Services Committees. The recommendation to bring down that New York City cell -- in which two other Al Qaeda...
  • Hunting for Homosexuals

    07/22/2005 5:26:49 AM PDT · by mware · 34 replies · 1,427+ views
    The Political Grapeview ^ | 07/21/05 | Michael Levine
    An extraordinary story has emerged involving former Lyndon Johnson aide and now PBS commentator Bill Moyers (search). The story was told in The Wall Street Journal by retired federal appeals judge Laurence Silberman, who reports that when he was acting attorney general under President Ford a memo written by Moyers to the FBI came to light in the press.
  • Claim Memo LEAKED Plame's identity is BOGUS folks

    07/21/2005 10:25:38 PM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 109 replies · 3,201+ views
    various | July 22, 2005 | me
    This latest claim Valerie PLAME'S identity was revealed then leaked in a memo is TWISTED BEYOND BELIEF. The memo referred to her as VALERIE WILSON This latest theory that the super secret identity of VALERIE PLAME was LEARNED from a memo then leaked from that memo is BOGUS. The Washington Post reported Thursday the identity of Valerie Plame -- identified by her married name of Valerie Wilson -- http://washingtontimes.com/upi/20050721-083555-1836r.htm Investigators are also trying to determine whether the gist of the information in the document, including the name of the C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson, Mr. Wilson's wife ,http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/16/politics/16memo.html?pagewanted=print
  • State Department memo scrutinized in CIA leak case

    07/17/2005 9:21:10 AM PDT · by neverdem · 52 replies · 1,270+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | July 16, 2005 | DOUGLAS JEHL, DAVID JOHNSTON AND RICHARD STEVENSON
    WASHINGTON -- Prosecutors in the CIA leak case have shown intense interest in a 2003 State Department memorandum that explained how a former diplomat came to be dispatched on an intelligence-gathering mission and the role of his wife, a CIA officer, in the trip, people who have been officially briefed on the case said. Investigators in the case have been trying to learn whether officials at the White House and elsewhere in the administration learned the CIA officer's identity from the memorandum. They are seeking to determine if any officials then passed the name along to journalists and if officials...
  • Memo Is a Focus of CIA Leak Probe

    07/16/2005 10:31:17 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 33 replies · 1,366+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/16/05 | Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei
    Memo Is a Focus of CIA Leak Probe By Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei Washington Post Staff Writers Saturday, July 16, 2005; A06 Federal prosecutors investigating the leak of former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity have asked several witnesses in the case whether they read a State Department memorandum mentioning her that circulated inside the Bush administration in the days before she was publicly named, according to people familiar with the testimony. FBI agents showed the State Department memo to several witnesses during the interviews over the past two years, according to lawyers in the case, in an effort to...
  • State Dept. Memo Gets Scrutiny in Leak Inquiry on C.I.A. Officer

    07/15/2005 7:51:18 PM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 124 replies · 2,861+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 16, 2005 | RICHARD STEVENSON
    WASHINGTON, July 15 - Prosecutors in the C.I.A. leak case have shown intense interest in a 2003 State Department memorandum that explained how a former diplomat came to be dispatched on an intelligence-gathering mission and the role of his wife, a C.I.A. officer, in the trip, people who have been officially briefed on the case said. Investigators in the case have been trying to learn whether officials at the White House and elsewhere in the administration learned of the C.I.A. officer's identity from the memorandum. They are seeking to determine if any officials then passed the name along to journalists...
  • About that memo... (Chicago Tribune Editorial on "Downing Street Memo")

    06/29/2005 2:38:35 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 14 replies · 1,099+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 29, 2005 | The Editors
    Since it was first published in the British press in May, the so-called Downing Street memo has generated debate about the Bush administration's intentions of going to war. Critics of the Iraq war have seized on the document--minutes of a July 23, 2002, meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his senior government leadership--as proof that the Bush administration was hell-bent for war even as it publicly sought to bring Saddam Hussein to heel through diplomacy. War critics have focused on a section of the document in which a British spy agency chief, identified as C, discussed a recent...
  • Blair Denies (Downing Street) Memos Prove Iraq Decision

    06/29/2005 12:28:09 PM PDT · by Tatze · 20 replies · 1,652+ views
    Yahoo AP News ^ | 06/29/2005 | PAISLEY DODDS
    LONDON - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday the "Downing Street memos" paint a distorted picture, and he insisted that the Iraq war was not predetermined by the United States. "People say the decision was already taken. The decision was not already taken," he said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press. Blair added he was "a bit astonished" at the intensive U.S. media coverage about the leaked memos, which suggested the White House viewed the war with Iraq as inevitable.
  • Blair defends Iraq war, dismisses memo

    06/29/2005 10:21:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 451+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/29/05 | Ed Johnson - AP
    LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday defended the war in Iraq, and brushed off a new question about a government memo that suggested Washington had been determined to justify the invasion. "I was glad that we took the action we did," Blair told the House of Commons when asked about the so-called Downing Street memo. His comments came a day after President Bush rejected suggestions that Washington set a timetable for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and urged patience. According to the leaked minutes of a July 23, 2002, meeting between Blair and top government officials...
  • John F. Kerry cautious on probing `Downing Street Memo' (Flip-flop count continues to rise)

    06/20/2005 5:19:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies · 1,466+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/20/05 | Noelle Straub
    Kerry cautious on probing `Downing Street Memo' By Noelle Straub Monday, June 20, 2005 - Updated: 10:36 AM EST WASHINGTON - Walking a tightrope on a politically charged issue, Sen. John F. Kerry vowed weeks ago to raise the controversial ``Downing Street Memo'' as an issue in Washington, but has since publicly held his tongue on the matter. Instead, Kerry has been enlisting other senators to sign onto a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee seeking answers about the memo, aides said. The memo contained minutes of a 2002 meeting in which British officials told Prime Minister Tony Blair they...
  • Liberal Losers Conduct a Fool's Hearing

    06/20/2005 7:08:40 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 13 replies · 993+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | June 20, 2005 | Mac Johnson
    Losers live in their parents basement and dream that they are just one hit song away from stardom. Losers neglect their retirement savings and fantasize about the way they will live after they magically win the lottery. Losers weigh 431 pounds and wish -- through a month full of Twinkies and Diet Coke -- that someone someday will invent a miracle diet pill so that they can be pretty. And this week, losers met in the basement of the Capitol building and sat behind little mismatched folding tables interviewing each other in an unofficial investigative hearing that they believe might...
  • Memos Show British Concern Over Iraq Plans("Downing Street Memo" faked?)

    06/19/2005 6:41:09 PM PDT · by golfboy · 45 replies · 1,700+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/19/2005 | thomas wagner
    So, again we have documents with no originals? The eight memos all labeled "secret" or "confidential" were first obtained by British reporter Michael Smith, who has written about them in The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. Smith told AP he protected the identity of the source he had obtained the documents from by typing copies of them on plain paper and destroying the originals.
  • Dems Block Bolton, Citing 'Sesame Street Memo' (Letter 'B' Number '9')

    06/18/2005 9:29:09 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 8 replies · 906+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 2006-06-17 | Scott Ott
    Another newly-released secret memo has forced Democrats to continue to filibuster the confirmation of John Bolton as U.N. Ambassador, according to Rep. John Conyers, D-MI, who will hold unofficial hearings about the memo. Just days after The Sunday Times of London published the so-called 'Downing Street Memo' which reveals the opinions of a source known as 'C' (reportedly Richard Dearlove, the head of British intelligence), the Washington Post said it will print a document it called the 'Sesame Street Memo' which is "brought to you by the letter 'B' and by the number '9'." Post reporter Bob Woodward broke the...
  • Democrats Play House To Rally Against the War

    06/17/2005 6:02:33 AM PDT · by jhouston · 63 replies · 1,518+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 06/17/2005 | Dana Milbank
    In the Capitol basement yesterday, long-suffering House Democrats took a trip to the land of make-believe. They pretended a small conference room was the Judiciary Committee hearing room, draping white linens over folding tables to make them look like witness tables and bringing in cardboard name tags and extra flags to make the whole thing look official. more...
  • A Fix on Downing Street (About that supposed smoking-gun memo)

    06/15/2005 5:47:21 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 876+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 20, 2005 | Tod Lindberg
    AS LEAKED GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS GO, the "Downing Street Memo" is pretty sexy. Not actually a memo but the official notes of a July 23, 2002, meeting in the British prime minister's office, the document reproduces the thoughts and concerns about Iraq of Tony Blair and his key advisers, including his foreign and defense secretaries, his attorney general, and "C"--code for Sir Richard Dearlove, the head of MI6, Britain's foreign intelligence service, recently returned from high-level meetings in Washington. Rarely do you find an open window on such a high-level discussion, especially on a matter that will take a country to...
  • Reuters: Memo raises questions on Annan role in UN contract

    06/14/2005 7:00:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 571+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/05 | Irwin Arieff - Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A newly disclosed memo appeared to cast doubt on U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's insistence he was unaware of a bid by a Swiss firm that employed his son for a lucrative contract under the scandal-tainted U.N. oil-for-food program. U.N.-appointed investigators were "urgently reviewing" the memo, Michael Holtzman, a spokesman for the Independent Inquiry Committee led by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, said on Tuesday. The memo described a late-November 1998 Paris meeting of Annan with officials of Cotecna Inspection Services, just weeks before the Geneva-based company won the contract. The contract has become a...
  • AP: Memo suggests Annan oil-for-food link

    06/14/2005 9:26:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 835+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/14/05 | AP - United Nations
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Investigators of the U.N. oil-for-food program said Tuesday they are "urgently reviewing" new information that suggests U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan may have known more about a contract that was awarded to the company that employed his son. The December 1998 memo from Michael Wilson, then a vice president of Cotecna Inspections S.A., mentions brief discussions with Annan "and his entourage" during a summit in Paris in 1998. "We could count on their support," the memo said. If accurate, the memo could contradict a major finding of the Independent Inquiry Committee - that there wasn't enough evidence...
  • NYT: Prewar British Memo Says War Decision Wasn't Made

    06/13/2005 1:50:30 PM PDT · by OESY · 48 replies · 2,029+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 13, 2005 | DAVID E. SANGER
    A memorandum written by Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet office in late July 2002 explicitly states that the Bush administration had made "no political decisions" to invade Iraq.... "A postwar occupation of Iraq could lead to a protracted and costly nation-building exercise," warned the memorandum, prepared July 21.... It also appeared to take as a given the presence of illicit weapons in Iraq - an assumption that later proved almost entirely wrong - and warned that merely removing Saddam Hussein from power would not guarantee that those weapons could be secured.... The White House has insisted that Mr. Bush did...
  • British prewar memo hit U.S. postwar plan

    06/12/2005 4:42:17 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 16 replies · 617+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 6/12/05 | Walter Pincus
    WASHINGTON A briefing paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers eight months before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq concluded the U.S. military was not preparing adequately for what the British memo predicted would be a "protracted and costly" postwar occupation of that country. The eight-page memo, written in advance of a July 23, 2002, Downing Street meeting on Iraq, provides new insights into how senior British officials saw a Bush administration decision to go to war as inevitable.
  • San Diego: '96 memo details pension strategy

    06/09/2005 9:24:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 345+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 6/9/05 | Jennifer Vigil
    The top administrator of San Diego's pension fund worked with the city manager nine years ago to develop the now infamous plan to underfund the employee retirement system, according to a 1996 draft memo released by the city attorney. City Attorney Michael Aguirre says the memo, which will be part of his sixth report on the pension crisis, shows that the administrator, Lawrence Grissom, played an improper role in helping shape the plan when he should have been "acting as an independent representative of the board." Grissom denied the allegation, as did other former city officials. The seven-page memo from...
  • CBS and 60 Minutes Modern Benedict Arnolds - (Pat Boone's "letter to the editor")

    06/08/2005 9:03:41 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 36 replies · 1,518+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | MAY 24, 2005 | PAT BOONE
    Recently, entertainer Pat Boone wrote NewsMax editor Christopher Ruddy a letter regarding his feelings on Abu Ghraib and Iraq, the contents of which are published here with permission: Mr. Christopher Ruddy Editor, NewsMax Dear Chris, Hasn't anybody got the guts to accuse the worst perpetrator in this whole Abu Ghraib prison debacle - CBS and 60 Minutes II? What do you call it when, in time of war, someone takes military intelligence and turns it over to the enemy, who in turn uses it to kill Americans? Isn't that the definition of treason? Did Benedict Arnold do worse? Did Julias...
  • The Three Stooges - (Kerry and Downing Syndrome)- (how extremists are helping Hillary to win)

    06/07/2005 3:24:31 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 816+ views
    OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | JUNE 7, 2005 | R.A. HAWKINS
    I have learned to appreciate my enemies. They can be useful as indicators as to whether I am on the correct path. Once again they are making me proud. When Kerry returns to Washington he says that he is going to bring up an impeachment issue regarding the WMD falsification charges. He has a memo written by Matthew Rycroft, who is one of Tony Blair's aides. The Downing Street memo, unfortunately for Kerry, doesn't have any quotes from either Blair or Bush. Worldnetdaily.com had a nice article on this new attempt by the left to regain power, with a quite...
  • "The Downing Street Memo" Goes Down

    05/30/2005 6:59:50 PM PDT · by TheRobb7 · 34 replies · 2,636+ views
    The Perspective ^ | 05-30-05 | therobb7
    I recieved a nice chuckle when one of my co-workers handed me a pringted copy of the so-called "Downing Street Memo" the purports to explain that the Iraq war was contrived by President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. He was smiling and confidently said, "This is the memo that's gonna take Bush down!" There are several articles out there debunking this piece of fluff, but this one is the best researched. It even has footnotes, which is rare for a news article these days.
  • A New Memo-gate? Knight Ridder Covers Leaked British Document That Disputes Bush Claims on Iraq

    05/07/2005 9:14:09 AM PDT · by VictoryGal · 44 replies · 2,459+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | May 6, 2005 | E&P Staff
    NEW YORK For much of the week, much of the U.S. press paid little attention to the highly classified British memo, leaked to a British newspaper, which seems to reveal that President Bush decided by summer 2002 to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and was determined to ensure that U.S. intelligence data supported his policy. That changed on Friday, when Knight Ridder circulated a lengthy report on the memo by Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott. The memo was first disclosed earlier this week by the Sunday Times of London. It has not been disavowed by the British government. A...
  • British memo: Bush bent data to fit Iraq policy

    05/06/2005 8:11:15 AM PDT · by Dubya · 33 replies · 1,492+ views
    Knight Ridder News Service ^ | May. 06, 2005 | Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott
    WASHINGTON - A highly classified British memo, leaked during Britain's just-concluded election campaign, indicates that President Bush decided to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by summer 2002 and was determined to ensure that U.S. intelligence data supported his policy. The document summarizes a July 23, 2002, meeting of British Prime Minister Tony Blair with his top security advisers, during which the head of Britain's MI-6 intelligence service reported on a recent visit to Washington. The visit took place while the Bush administration was telling the American public that it had not decided whether to go to war. "There was a...
  • I have figured out who the mole was that leaked classified information to CBS concerning 9-11

    05/16/2002 7:19:36 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 161 replies · 5,032+ views
    16 May 2002 | Trueblackman
    Who was the mole who released this information to the press on a classified memo concerning the hijacking of Airliners before 9-11? The mole can be traced to the office of Rep Alcee L. Hastings (D-23FL). Remember FoxNews Reported today House Democrats had seen the same memo that President Bush did last August. Rep Alcee L. Hasting happens to sit on the committee for select intelligence as well as the committee for International Relations the same committee that Cynthia McKinney happens to sit remember she railed on public radio that President Bush knew the attacks 9-11 where going to take...
  • Homeland Security memo reveals terrorism records are being sanitized - (not good news!)

    05/03/2005 4:47:00 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 1,316+ views
    NARCO NEWS.COM ^ | APRIL 7, 2005 | BILL CONROY
    A memo leaked to Narco News by some brave soul within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers a revealing insight into the so-called war on terrorism. In short, the memo seems to show that for at least one federal law-enforcement agency, investigating terrorism is not unlike the childhood game of Duck, Duck, Goose. The memo, issued on March 28 by a high-ranking official with DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), essentially orders supervisors in the field to sanitize terrorism-related case files maintained in a major law-enforcement computer system called TECS. All told, TECS contains about 12,000 terrorism-related...
  • RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman Memo: Public Opinion On Judicial Appointments

    04/26/2005 3:44:08 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 16 replies · 737+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMEMORANDUM TO: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist FROM: RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman RE: Public Opinion on Judicial Appointments:Its about fairness: All judges deserve an up-or-down vote DATE: April 26, 2005 The Judiciary Committees vote to approve Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown, for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals respectively, provides a good opportunity to examine public opinion on the judicial confirmation issue. The RNC and NRSC recently completed a poll of 801 registered voters from April 17 thru 19, 2005. The RNC also completed focus groups. Our research finds four...
  • Counsel To GOP Senator Wrote Memo On Schiavo

    04/07/2005 3:40:42 AM PDT · by MisterRepublican · 20 replies · 1,305+ views
    Yahoo! News/Washington Post ^ | April 7, 2005 | Mike Allen
    The legal counsel to Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) admitted yesterday that he was the author of a memo citing the political advantage to Republicans of intervening in the case of Terri Schiavo, the senator said in an interview last night. Brian H. Darling, 39, a former lobbyist for the Alexander Strategy Group on gun rights and other issues, offered his resignation and it was immediately accepted, Martinez said. Martinez, the GOP's Senate point man on the issue, said he earlier had been assured by aides that his office had nothing to do with producing the memo. "I never did an...
  • Sen. Martinez (R-FL) Says Schiavo Talking Points Memo Came From His Office

    04/06/2005 7:53:03 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 68 replies · 4,684+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/7/05 | David D. Kirkpatrick
    Senator Mel Martinez, Republican of Florida, said Wednesday that a senior member of his staff had written an unsigned memorandum about the partisan political advantages of intervening in the case of Terri Schiavo that became a controversial footnote to the debate over the wisdom and motives of Congress's actions. In a statement on Wednesday night, Mr. Martinez said that he had just learned that the memorandum originated in his office and that its author had resigned. He did not name the author, but aides said it was Brian Darling, his counsel. Mr. Darling could not be reached for comment. "It...