USA: Judith Miller of the Plamegate scandal smears peace movement


The Plamegate scandal which started the Iraq war, cartoon

By Bill Van Auken:

Judith Miller defends New York police repression of antiwar “terrorists”

5 May 2007

Judith Miller, the former senior correspondent of the New York Times who played a key role as a conduit for the fabricated intelligence about Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction” used to drag the American public into the Iraq war, has found her way back into print—this time as a mouthpiece for selective and self-serving intelligence released by the New York City Police Department.

Miller left the Times with a hefty severance package a year and a half ago, posing as a martyr for the First Amendment and—as she wrote in her parting statement—a hapless victim of “public fury over the intelligence failures that helped lead our country to war.”

Her dubious claim to First Amendment credentials stems from her spending 85 days in jail for defying a court order to divulge a confidential source.

While the principle of press freedom from judicial coercion is no doubt important, in Miller’s case the source she was protecting was the since-convicted chief of staff for Vice President Cheney, I. Lewis Libby.

By all appearances Libby was collaborating with the New York Times reporter in the scheme to punish Joseph Wilson—who blew the whistle on the Bush administration’s false claims about Iraq seeking to buy uranium in Niger—by exposing his wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative.

The episode was marked by the same ideologically based intimate ties that Miller established with her sources in the Bush administration, US and Israeli intelligence and the Iraqi exile groups.

This same kind of relationship with the top echelons of the NYPD is revealed in her piece published Thursday on the notoriously right-wing editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, which was provocatively titled, “When Activists are Terrorists.”

The article amounts to a defense brief for the NYPD brass as it faces multiple lawsuits in relation to the police-state crackdown unleashed against peaceful demonstrators during the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Nearly 2,000 people were rounded up during the convention, including people who were not even demonstrating but merely happened to be on city blocks where cops carried out mass arrests using plastic nets to corral everyone in the area.

President Bush, Karl Rove, and other top administration officials were “involved” in misleading the White House press corps about the outing of ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame, a forthcoming book from former Press Secretary Scott McClellan alleges: here.

Judy Miller: The Wrong Poster Child for a Federal Shield Law: here.

Advertisements

44 thoughts on “USA: Judith Miller of the Plamegate scandal smears peace movement

  1. Posted by: “frankofbos” FrankOfBos@yahoo.com

    Sat Oct 4, 2008 11:52 pm (PDT)

    “within the CIA the exposure of Ms. Plame is considered treachery”, &
    GOPers Furious at Bush- Bush History,10/5

    The New York Times reports that “within the C.I.A., the exposure of Ms.
    Plame is … considered an … instance of treachery.” Also on this
    date two GOP Senators are rightly furious at the Bush administration
    whose ineptness has caused so much suffering

    http://poorgeorgesalmanac.com/?p=592

    Poor George’s Almanac: 365 Reasons to Fight Against McBush’s 3rd Term!

    Today’s categories: Betraying the CIA, Ignoring Experts, Incompetence,
    Iraq, Proven Wrong, Revolt of the GOP & Insiders

    Like

  2. Pingback: Iraq occupation on stage | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: US journalist regrets his Iraq war support | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Green Zone film, not critical enough of Iraq war | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Bush’s Iraq invasion caused present bloodshed, Chelsea Manning writes | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Iraq and the USA, a bloody history | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Don’t escalate Ukraine war, United States intelligence veterans say | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Iraq war re-start and BBC militarist propaganda | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: US military and CIA interventions since World War II | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Will ex-CIA boss Petraeus be prosecuted? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Big Banking-Big Media links, in Canada and Britain | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Michael Brown killed, ‘no federal proseution’ | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: Bush regime relic Bolton wants war on Iran | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: British poetess Clare Saponia about her new book | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: Pentagon, kill more Syrian civilians, New York Times says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: Refugees suffer, die, who is to blame? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: Films on Afghan war, Guantanamo reviewed | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: ‘Tony Blair cheated me into voting for Iraq war’, Labour politician says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: ISIS, Libya and the New York Times | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: Clinton Foundation finances in the USA | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  21. Pingback: War Porn, American anti-war novel | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  22. Pingback: Corporate media and fake news | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  23. Pingback: ISIS, Trump’s bombs kill Syrian civilians | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  24. Pingback: Google censoring leftist, pro-peace Internet sites | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  25. Pingback: Google censorship of critical Internet sites worsens | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  26. Pingback: Saudi regime keeps killing Yemeni civilians | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  27. Pingback: The New York Times, ‘liberal’ medium? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  28. Pingback: CIA-United States corporate media revolving door | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  29. Pingback: Abolish European Union ‘fake news’ witch-hunters, Dutch parliament says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  30. Pingback: No to Trump’s, Blair’s warmongering | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  31. Pingback: Comedian Michelle Wolf exposes Trump, corporate media | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  32. Pingback: Donald Trump’s war on Iran? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  33. Pingback: Facebook censoring non-corporate media voices | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  34. Pingback: YouTube favouritism for Murdoch, other corporate media | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  35. Pingback: Trump, Google lie about Internet censorship | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  36. Pingback: Media, censorship and wars | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  37. Pingback: Journalist John Pilger organises film festival | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  38. Pingback: Corporate media news, real fake news | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  39. Pingback: Trump’s regime change coup in Venezuela | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  40. Pingback: New York Times regrets its Afghan warmongering | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  41. Pingback: Corporate media warmongering, Media Lens interview | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  42. Pingback: ‘Endless Afghan war, based on untruths’ | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  43. Pingback: US Trump administration endangers Assange’s life | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  44. Pingback: Corporate media silence on Roger Waters, Assange | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.