Sunday, June 08, 2008

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Did Iranian agents dupe Pentagon officials?

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WASHINGTON — Defense Department counterintelligence investigators suspected that Iranian exiles who provided dubious intelligence on Iraq and Iran to a small group of Pentagon officials might have "been used as agents of a foreign intelligence service ... to reach into and influence the highest levels of the U.S. government," a Senate Intelligence Committee report said Thursday.

A top aide to then-secretary of defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, however, shut down the 2003 investigation into the Pentagon officials' activities after only a month, and the Defense Department's top brass never followed up on the investigators' recommendation for a more thorough investigation, the Senate report said.

The revelation raises questions about whether Iran may have used a small cabal of officials in the Pentagon and in Vice President Dick Cheney's office to feed bogus intelligence on Iraq and Iran to senior policymakers in the Bush administration who were eager to oust the Iraqi dictator.

Iran, which was a mortal enemy of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and fought a bloody eight-year war with Iraq during his reign, has been the primary beneficiary of U.S. policy in Iraq, where Iranian-backed groups now run much of the government and the security forces.

The aborted counterintelligence investigation probed some Pentagon officials' contacts with Iranian exile Manucher Ghorbanifar, whom the CIA had labeled a "fabricator" in 1984. Those contacts were brokered by an American civilian, Michael Ledeen, a former Pentagon and National Security Council consultant and a leading advocate of invading Iraq and overthrowing Iran's Islamic regime.

According to the Senate report, the Pentagon's Counterintelligence Field Activity unit concluded in 2003 that Ledeen "was likely unwitting of any counterintelligence issues related to his relationship with Mr. Ghorbanifar."

The counterintelligence unit said, however, that Ledeen's association with Ghorbanifar "was widely known, and therefore it should be presumed other foreign intelligence services, including those of Iran, would know."

Stephen Cambone, then the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, shut down the counterintelligence investigation after only a month, the Senate report said.

@ McClatchy

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Indeed there might be a score to settle there, certainly no love lost.

We can drag this stuff around and bitch here and bitch there but until action is actually taken against the worst Administration ever, we are likely to get duped again in some other issue.

Morons in charge have made tons of mistakes and will continue to do so until relieved of command. Thank goodness there is only months until we can rid ourselves of this scourge. Then maybe we can get an Attorney General that will bring charges.

Fingers crossed.

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19 comments:

DEN said...

Morning all!

Last day of the weekend, make the most of it.

Coffee in the corner and tasy pastries on the side, c'mon in set a spell.

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DEN said...

(tastey not tasy)

DEN said...

Legendary journalist Bill Moyers address the National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis, June 7, 2008 Video.

micki said...

Dr. B, there's a spa in West Bohemia where the proprietor claims that bathing in beer is, indeed, good for the skin. He believes that because beer contains B complex and other vitamins, that a beer/mineral water bath is good for high blood pressure and for the skin. And he also says that hops are good for relaxing the body.

My daughter was there once. Most of the relaxing was done by men. Not many female participants at this particular spa.

Alan said...

Interesting article Den. But... it almost reads like a backdoor attempt at deflecting the blame. As in... they didn't lie, they were conned. Which is b/s. That guy was thoroughly outed as a lying bastard during Iran/Contra, which is why they tried to keep him secret from the CIA and State Dept. Also, there was no mention of Chalabi and Curveball who 'conned' them as well. As one of the commenters below the article put it... nobody was conned who didn't want to be conned.

Alan said...

The tide is turning. On Sunday, the H-town Chronicle has an "Outlook" section which is mostly op-ed's from national and local writers. Today's version was almost ALL favorable to the Dems. Even two conservative people hopped on board with one (Charles Krauthammer) calling for a tax on gasoline (that was a shocker... a wingnut wanting more taxes) to encourage conservation, and one (Kathleen Parker)that caught herself smiling during Obama's speech Tuesday. Said she tried to SLAP herself out of it, but the smile crept back. I can't link you to the "Outlook" section because the web site isn't set up like the paper, but the "Opinion" part of the web site has all the same articles and more. Check it out.

Opinion

Alan said...

Make that THREE consevatives. I forgot about the ex-repub Congressman that wrote about Congress needs reminding just what its job really is...
Its role is not merely to go along blindly with president

David B. Benson said...

Global Food Crisis

I read the whole Washington Post series.

Now I'm going to go outside and cry for a bit.

Jeanne said...

Interesting article Den.

Hi folks. Feeling bad that I haven't had time to post and be political. Yikes! Life is swirling around me, more like an eddy not a toilet bowl. I told my mother in law (she'll always be a mother in law to me) that I would personally bring her to the polls come November. She told me she votes absentee. The woman has hated Bush since before he was elected.

I have two homes in my neighborhood alone that are being forclosed on. I have never spent money so carefully. Scary times. This is the worst I've ever seen it. How are things elsewhere?

David B. Benson said...

Jeanne --- Locally, the economy is about how its always been, but maybe down just a bit. The local food banks are all desperately short, so that's not good.

Today we are finally having a half day of sunshine, before plunging back into yet another week of clouds and rain showers.

Anyway, the farmers are certainly going to have bumper crops this year!

Good thing, too.

Hajji said...

Well,

Turns out I CAN't blame Mother Nature for our dehydration...

Faulty pump...water's there, just 400 feet lower than where we could just lap it up...

Regardless...still $$$!

One of our Patient Techs is a retired master plumber...go figgur...

Tomorrow I trade single-malt for plumbing consultation...

Who SAID the barter system was dead...

Oh, and he wants to meet Pabla...

go figgure...

-T

DEN said...

Hajji, depending on how long that pump has been down there, you might have to replace it.

They should go ten years at least unless they are cheapo's, you don't put cheapos down a deep hole, do it once do it right and don't worry for another ten years.

Need a special truck to pull it up and drop the new one down so it could get expensive depending on the prevailing rate in your area.

Google submersible pumps online so you have an idea of what to expect, theres ripoffs there too.

Hajji said...

Den,

Thanx...


Down here, if we need expert advice, we just pull over near a major intersection and raise the hood...

Funny how many "experts" one meets that way!

Seriously, a new pump, along with shock boot, wiring (GAWD the price of COPPER!) flexible water line, etc...

Is gonna be a grand or so, at least...(That's about 2.5ases of Lagavullin!)

Still, if you compare it to ever rising "city" water fees...which I'd STILL have to pump up the last 150 feet...

Soing the well right is STILL a major bargain!

Tomorrow, I'll run $100 worth of hose over to the nearest neighbor...hook it up to his outside spigot (what he did here the year it took him to build), hook it up to MY outside spigot...and we'll have water for the essentials...

Meantime I'll fix the well and then I'll start buying the components for my own "StandPipe".
20foot section of 20" PVC...with proper fittings...

Will increase my pressure AND provide water during emergencies...

-T

-T

DEN said...

Alan, It's called the 'playing dumb defense'.
Backdoor in a way.
Ass covering before the upcoming war crimes trials.

DEN said...

Gas here is $4.499/10 for cheap stuff, still plenty of traffic.

Hajji said...

Went from $3.63 to $3.69 today, here, at the cheapest...saw$3.98 at the big Berea, SC Corner...

Hear the first $4.019 from a downtown station...

Pabla's gonna be surprised she has to pull the wheelbarrow with MY fat ass in it 15 miles, each way...

starting Wednesday!

Jeanne said...

I have to tell you guys a story...speaking of plumbing. My ex came over and turned on the valve that my brother had put in last fall to shut off the outside faucet. It started to spray so he turned it off and told me that he couldn't fix it and I should call my brother. He left. Thank you.
I called my brother. He told me to get a ...I can't remember the name of the tool but he described it and I got it. He told me, over the phone, what to do and I did it. And then he told me to turn it back on and I did. And it didn't leak. I was very proud of myself. And he said, "There, now you're a plumber."
My brother is so great.

micki said...

Hi, Jeanne...rain with sunbreaks here. Stuff growing like crazy. Squishy ground.

Our main local food bank is in a large warehouse that used to have shelves stocked to the rafters! Food galore! Not now. We're working to replenish the stock, but it's getting harder -- it's getting tougher for people to give and there are more people who need it.

Segments of the economy are humming along okay, but that happens in a college town. However, the FOR SALE -- OPEN HOUSE signs are like little forests on the street corners urging Buy Me! Houses are sitting and sitting....

Meanwhile, we generally have the highest gas prices in the state.

Well, at least, more people are using public transportation.

Alan said...

It's still awful RED around here. With radio talk show wingnuts stirring it up... a principal gets reassigned instead of getting patted on the back.

Here's the original article...
R-E-S-P-E-C-T:
Religious persecution, not lessons in tolerance and diversity, should spark outrage

Friendswood Junior High School Principal Robin Lowe, upon being told that a Muslim student had been harassed and possibly assaulted because of his religion, allowed representatives from a Muslim organization to make a presentation to an assembly of students. After parents bitterly complained, Friendswood Superintendent Trish Hanks reassigned Lowe.

One of these two dedicated administrators made a mistake, but it wasn't Lowe, who reasonably applied education and sensitivity as antidotes to prejudice and violence.
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And here's a more civil and the correct response the next day...
The real faith base of Friendswood

In her letter apologizing to the parents and other people of Friendswood for a presentation on Islam to junior high students, school Superintendent Trish Hanks closed by saying:

"Friendswood is a faith-based community and founded on these principles. The school district has always and will continue to honor that heritage."

The letter didn't say what principles she had in mind, and efforts to reach her through her secretary and the district's public information office failed.

But apparently those principles involve hanging a junior high school principal out to dry for allowing a Muslim group to make a presentation to seventh- and eighth-graders after a student had allegedly been assaulted for being a Muslim.

The presentation was pretty basic. You can see the powerpoint at http://blogs.chron.com/schoolzone/.
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One of the reasons she was assigned is that she should've checked with the district higher-ups before doing such a thing but...that second article goes on to say that SHE DID. She sent an email the day before to the person that 'fired' her and one other district official. That they didn't read their mail isn't the principal's fault.
Wingnuts are so fkn simple-minded and stupid. ugh!