The Incredible Story of Mahdi Obeidi, Part Four

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emptywheel
Overview: In this series, I examine some funky aspects of the story of Mahdi Obeidi, the Iraqi scientist who hid nuclear blueprints and centrifuge parts under his rose bush. The first post provides a timeline of Obeidi's story. The second and third posts raise several problems with Obeidi's story: the explanation for how the materials were preserved is unlikely, the blueprints don't match details we know of said blueprints, and the

The First Amendment, WaPo, and Native Americans

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We've been hearing a lot from journalists and newspapers about the First Amendment of late. "It's under assault! They're coming after the journalists! Defend the First Amendment!" Now I don't want to dismiss those complaints (and will return to Phelps' article in the near future). But it goes without saying that, when the same newspapers crying about their First Amendment rights shut down the voice of their reader, the proclaimed concerns

Risen Makes Editors Sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement

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The increasingly indispensible NY Observer Off the Record reports this week that James Risen required his NYT editors to sign a non-disclosure agreement before they could see the manuscript for his book. And they didn't see the manuscript until after they decided to run the wiretap story. When they decided to send the long-gestating N.S.A.

Why Did We Go to War against Iraq?

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According to Atrios' timeline, we've now entered the first phase of a long process that will end in war: Winter/Spring - The clone army of foreign policy "experts" fromconservative foreign policy outfits nobody ever heard of beforesuddenly appear on all the cable news programs all the time, frowningfuriously and expressing concerns about the "grave threat" that Iranposes.

Reading Comprehension Can Be Fun

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Summary: In this post, I review Jason Leopold's claim that Bush authorized domestic surveillance before 9/11. Leopold relies heavily on a December 2000 document to make his claim and cites it out of context. He includes three other sources to support his claim, but these sources are talking about different programs, not the domestic surveillance program James Risen first exposed.
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