October 26, 2021 / by 


Six Stories

Judy Miller says that only six of her stories were based on questionable reporting. I’ll have to remember that. By my count, there are way more than six that are totally full of shit, just in her war reporting (and watch out, because I’m looking back at her famous aluminum tubes story–something to look forward to in 2006). But now I will always look at her stories and wonder whether she considers that particular story one of her flawed six.

"Is this one of the ones that even Judy believes to be beyond the pale? How does Judy Miller judge shit?"

But that’s not why I’m interested in Judy’s recent appearance on Nightline. I’m more interested in a puzzle Jane has raised about Judy’s comments specific to the Plame Affair.

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Reading between the (Intercepted Communication) Lines

I’m going to assume (based on abundant evidence) that James Risen and Eric Lichtblau have more logical sense than Pinch and Keller. Therefore, I’m going to also assume that when they present logically inconsistent facts in today’s story, they are doing so to tell us some of the super secret stuff about the NSA intercept case that Dick and Bush don’t want us to know.

Here’s the fundamental illogic in their piece (and again, I’m quite confident this is intentional). The article makes it clear that it is illegal under the program to spy on US to US conversations:

Eavesdropping on communications between two people who are both insidethe United States is prohibited under Mr. Bush’s order allowing somedomestic surveillance.


Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales also emphasized that the orderonly applied to international communications. "People are runningaround saying that the United States is somehow spying on Americancitizens calling their neighbors," he said. "Very, very important tounderstand that one party to the communication has to be outside theUnited States."

It goes on to quote our second ranking intelligence official saying there’s no way such an intercept would happen by accident.

"The authorization given to N.S.A. by the president requires thatone end of these communications has to be outside the United States,"General Hayden answered. "I can assure you, by the physics of theintercept, by how we actually conduct our activities, that one end ofthese communications are always outside the United States."

But then the article concludes by giving General Hayden a physics lesson.

With roaming cellphones, internationally routed e-mail, and voice-overInternet technology, "it’s often tough to find out where a call startedand ended," said Robert Morris, a former senior scientist at the N.S.A.who is retired. "The N.S.A. is good at it, but it’s difficult even forthem. Where a call actually came from is often a mystery."

Logic Lesson Number One: It is not possible to stay completely within the legal guidelines of the program, because NSA doesn’t have the technical ability to guarantee they do so.

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The White House Bunkers Down

Back in September, I was one of the first to notice that Cheney had left Bush to his own devices in responding to New Orleans. At the time, I suspected Cheney might be trying to demonstrate how much Bush relies on Cheney when he needs to execute something effectively, rather than just spin it. And I have long suggested that the impending Plame indictments might be taxing White House loyalties.

Since then, new evidence has leaked that OVP and Bush’s aides have indeed had serious conflicts. Stories allege that Bush is lashing out at everyone in the White House, that the First Mother is  planning to pull a "Nancy Reagan" and get rid of Dick Cheney, that Bush had left Cheney out of key decisions.

But in the last week, that seems to have changed. Last week, Bush reiterated his support for both Cheney…

"The truth of the matter is that our relationship hasn’t changed hardly at all," Bush said. "I’d say the relationship  –  it’s only gotten better. We didn’t know each other that well when we first came to Washington, D.C., and my respect for him has grown immensely."

…and Rove…

"We’re still as close as we’ve ever been," Bush said. "You know, when we look back at the presidency and my time in politics, no question that Karl had a lot to do with me getting here, and I value his friendship. We’re very close."

And rumors are apparently flying that Cheney is back in the driver’s seat of the Administration (one big question on this account is who won the torture war–McCain, for preventing a CIA exception, or Dick, for finding a way to allow torture via a classified addendum to the Army Manual guidelines on interrogation). The revelations about the NSA spying seem to have further cemented Cheney’s resurgent control of this Administration.

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