Thursday, July 07, 2005

Judith Miller, Treasonous Scum

Re New York Times reporter Judith Miller being jailed for refusing to divulge her source to a grand jury investigating the Bush administration's leak of an undercover CIA operative's name:

To lump Miller with journalists who have been sent to prison while hellbent on exposing corruption is a gross perversion. Miller has been aiding and abetting war criminals for years.

Miller is the worst of the worst -- way worse than the suckups at Fox -- because her lies appeared at the top of the front page of the New York Times -- and were used by the Cheney administration as evidence to hoodwink the public into supporting their illegal invasion of Iraq. She has the blood of thousands of dead Americans and Iraqis on her hands and she belongs on trial at the Hague with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Myers, etc.

How did Miller and the Junta work together? Boiled way down, it went like this:

1. A Cheney flak (often Ahmad Chalabi) tells Miller the Lies O' The Day.

2. Miller writes up the lies and the Times publishes them above the fold.

3. Cheney goes on TV and says "Fact X" is true and points to the Times as evidence for that truth.

It worked the other way, too. Less than two weeks after Cheney delivered the first speech in which he fingered Iraq as Washington's next target, Miller wrote a front page story for the Times -- "Threats and Responses: The Iraqis; U.S. Says Hussein Intensifies Quest for A-Bomb Parts" -- mentioning the infamous "aluminum tubes."

The fact that the Times hasn't fired her for her obvious lies (the lies of Jayson Blair are about .00001% as severe) speaks volumes about how much political cover the "Paper of Record" is willing to provide for the Cheney administration.

This is a excellent source of information on Miller, with dozens of links to news coverage (pro and con) of her activities. Here are two good ones:
Slate, July 2003, "The Times Scoops That Melted: Cataloging The Wretched Reporting Of Judith Miller"

See The Forest, "Everything You Need To Know About Judith Miller, Including Nasty Gossip"
Also: In June 2003, the Washington Post reported that
Miller played a highly unusual role in an Army unit assigned to search for dangerous Iraqi weapons, according to U.S. military officials, prompting criticism that the unit was turned into what one official called a 'rogue operation.'

More than a half-dozen military officers said that Miller acted as a middleman between the Army unit with which she was embedded and Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi, on one occasion accompanying Army officers to Chalabi's headquarters, where they took custody of Saddam Hussein's son-in-law. She also sat in on the initial debriefing of the son-in-law, these sources say.

Since interrogating Iraqis was not the mission of the unit, these officials said, it became a 'Judith Miller team,' in the words of one officer close to the situation.
And when the woman referred to by many lefty bloggers as The Queen Of Iraq was asked about her erroneous WMD reports, she said:
You know what. I was proved fucking right. That's what happened. People who disagreed with me were saying, 'There she goes again.' But I was proved fucking right.

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