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October 22, 2005

Woman of Mass Destruction - New York Times

Maureen Dowd has a few things to say about Judy Miller...

Link: Woman of Mass Destruction - New York Times.

Judy refused to answer a lot of questions put to her by Times reporters, or show the notes that she shared with the grand jury. I admire Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Bill Keller for aggressively backing reporters in the cross hairs of a prosecutor. But before turning Judy's case into a First Amendment battle, they should have nailed her to a chair and extracted the entire story of her escapade. Judy told The Times that she plans to write a book and intends to return to the newsroom, hoping to cover "the same thing I've always covered - threats to our country." If that were to happen, the institution most in danger would be the newspaper in your hands.

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Boy, that's one woman you don't want against, just ask Wild Bill. What did the Bush Admin name her? The Cobra? Quite fitting, but by gollies, can she can write. Its still jaw-clenching to hear the Miller saga unwind after all these years. I remember when Germs came out, Judy's book was launched on September 11, 2001 and co-written by two others. This was a book written about anthrax, biological warfare, etc.

Also recall right after 9/11 in late September-early October Miller getting a fake anthrax envelope - along with REAL military grade antrax delivered in envelopes to Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Tom Daschel and (was it) Patrick Leahy. Strangely, only mainstream talking heads and democratic senators were sent these packages, and innocent people - older people, postal carrier, a news photographer, who died from inhaling anthrax during that time, and left millions terrified - including us on the West Coast (and not LA!).

Strange times; I wish some excellent, sourced, and dogged reporter or reporters would put this all in a neat package for us and tell us what really happened.

Was this possibly the work of the same knuckleheads who gave us the fake information on Niger yellowcake that Saddam was NOT buying? Where I thought this was a ridiculous assumption back 2001, I don't think so now, as we have seen from the dirty tricks of Rove, and the neocons in the VP's office & DOD.

I think Fitz has one string that he is unwinding in this big ball of yarn. Another string is AIPAC and Larry Johnson. These do appear to be intertwined. This is going to be around for a long, long time and I believe it is only the beginning.

Posted by: aurona at Oct 23, 2005 8:47:11 AM