Monthly Archives: February 2005

More from Go-ahead Jeff






The more I look at these White House press briefings, the more I don’t understand why Helen Thomas was, apparently, the only regular reporter to catch this guy. Here is a further sampling of questions he posed. Note particularly the alert attention to nonexistent issues that could benefit the White House, the absence of any pretense of nonpartisanship, and the attack on the press:  … Read More

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On domestic security, Iraq and the White House — from “Jeff Gannon”






From the transcripts, there is little doubt that “Jeff Gannon” tried to deflect any criticism of the White House re Iraq or domestic security, by any means:     Go ahead, Jeff.[November 5, 2003] Q I know that you said you hadn’t seen the Rockefeller memo that Jim referred to, but I have, and it clearly outlines a Democrat plan to exploit the information gathered… Read More

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Bush team works over Richard Clarke (timeline)






(Clarke’s Jan. 25, 2001, memo to Condoleezza Rice, now public, supports his testimony.)   Former security advisor Dick Clarke, from both the Clinton and the Bush administrations, testified before the 9/11 Commission March 24, 2004, also appearing on talk shows and CBS’ 60 Minutes.  He also had a book coming out, critical of the White House approach to terrorism before and after 9/11.  The White… Read More

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What is going on with the federal Air Marshals?






The narrative below was forwarded to me by a respected expert in aviation security, who says it was sent to him in turn “by one of the very few people in TSA I hold in the highest esteem, for honor, integrity, and true understanding/knowledge of aviation security concepts.” The message starts by commenting that references to freedom and democracy in the SOTU speech seem not to… Read More

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The SOTU speech: tweaking, omissions and Orwellianisms






Since I’m going to be on Meria Heller’s radio program today, I wanted to clarify my thinking about last night’s State of the Union address beforehand. Two major points, re the speech: (1) few surprises; and (2) heartbreak.   The heartbreak must be fought. So – let’s start with those items in the SOTU that offer a little humor, namely the presidential tweaking. Clearly, with the… Read More

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