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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Risen is making some incredible claims

Thought I'd put together a couple of the incredible claims that James Risen is making in his new book "State of War" and in promoting that book.

The only CIA response so far has been "Readers deserve to know that every chapter of State of War contains serious inaccuracies," said Jennifer Millerwise, CIA Director of Public Affairs.

How long until he starts getting slimed by the Bush admin?


  • Forget sliming him. If indeed his phone has been being wiretapped as some journos are claiming, they're going to try to throw him in prison...

    By Anonymous JReid, at 11:51 AM  

  • 12 or more officials blew the whistle on NSA program. Risen describes these people as patriots...'

    Patriots indeed. Except that the Bush Administration loves to use the 'patriotic' tactic exclusively for its moves, its actions.

    We recall how, in early 2003, this administration along with right-wing radio and FoxNews, was chastising any who questioned Bush's war on Iraq as unpatriotic.

    When I was blogging on C-Span's [now defunct] message board, I was called a traitor many times by those oh-so righteous right wingers. Freedom Fries. Ugliness all around.

    During that troubling time I found solace in Emerson: "When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart."

    By Blogger liberal_dem, at 1:56 PM  

  • How long until he starts getting slimed by the Bush admin?

    I'd say give it about ten minutes and he is so being added to the no-fly list.

    By Anonymous Libby, at 2:41 PM  

  • lib dem, I see several types of leakers, political leakers ala plame, cya leakers who leak late to spin the story, and these "patriot" leakers.

    The patriot leakers do it mostly because they are whistleblowers, but very often there are other elements involved too, like interoffice/agency politics, whther they like their boss, got the promotion, etc.

    But, this doesn't negate that they're doing a service in exposing illegal activities, and usually, if it's a group, it's more benign than if it's just one guy.

    And, yeah, libby and joy (i think) reid, I would bet that risen's file in the whitehouse's file cabinet is growing thicker by the minute.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:00 PM  

  • Oh, you're too late...Risen is already being slimed as a traitor for reporting the NSA wiretapping.

    By Blogger Leslie, at 3:28 PM  

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