Sunday, September 10, 2006

Asking for the Truth Is So Fascist

Sister Toldjah:

This gets more disturbing by the day:

Here's letter one.

Here's letter two.

What will Clinton's lawyers do if P2911 is not pulled?

I am so beside myself with rage over the fascist-like demands that have occured [sic] in the last couple of days by Democrats that I find myself unable to write about the issue today in a way that wouldn't make even a sailor blush.

What are the "fascist-like demands"? That ABC correct the long list of egregious and blatant inaccuracies and outright lies in its so-called docudrama, "The Path to 9/11." That Bill Clinton and his attorney be shown the minimal courtesy of a chance to view the film so errors can be corrected before airing. The two letters are wholly and completely professional, measured, and reasonable. They are not threatening. They are not irrational. There is nothing "fascist" about them.

Christy Hardin Smith is also beside herself with rage -- because today, after weeks of battling ABC's fascist-like refusal to allow Clinton officials to see a film that makes them responsible for 9/11, the WaPo's Dana Priest and Ann Scott Tyson report that the bin Laden trail has gone "stone cold":

I am as furious as I can ever remember being at the moment. LHP sent me a link this morning to a WaPo article, and I only got about seven paragraphs into it before I had to stand up and walk around the house a while before I could read any more of the article. Here's what cause my sharp intake of breath and increasing feeling of rage:

The clandestine U.S. commandos whose job is to capture or kill Osama bin Laden have not received a credible lead in more than two years. Nothing from the vast U.S. intelligence world -- no tips from informants, no snippets from electronic intercepts, no points on any satellite image -- has led them anywhere near the al-Qaeda leader, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.

"The handful of assets we have have given us nothing close to real-time intelligence" that could have led to his capture, said one counterterrorism official, who said the trail, despite the most extensive manhunt in U.S. history, has gone "stone cold."

But in the last three months, following a request from President Bush to "flood the zone," the CIA has sharply increased the number of intelligence officers and assets devoted to the pursuit of bin Laden. The intelligence officers will team with the military's secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and with more resources from the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies. ...

Intelligence officials think that bin Laden is hiding in the northern reaches of the autonomous tribal region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. This calculation is based largely on a lack of activity elsewhere and on other intelligence, including a videotape, obtained exclusively by the CIA and not previously reported, that shows bin Laden walking on a trail toward Pakistan at the end of the battle of Tora Bora in December 2001, when U.S. forces came close but failed to capture him.

Many factors have combined in the five years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to make the pursuit more difficult. They include the lack of CIA access to people close to al-Qaeda's inner circle; Pakistan's unwillingness to pursue him; the reemergence of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan; the strength of the Iraqi insurgency, which has depleted U.S. military and intelligence resources; and the U.S. government's own disorganization. (emphasis mine)

You think the GOP-U-Drama about to be broadcast on ABC/Disney includes a scene showing George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld giving the order for forces to stand down in Tora Bora, with a flash to Bin Laden walking away unscathed toward the territory of our good old ally, Pakistan? You think the Director's CIA folks told them about that -- or would they even use it if they knew? Doubt it -- doesn't fit the political world view and agenda of a "blame Bill Clinton" group of financiers, does it?

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