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Posted on Dec 27, 2005
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Photo: Rihab “Dr. Germ” Taha

By Robert Scheer

Why is it not bigger news that those infamous Iraqi female scientists once routinely referred to in the media as “Dr. Germ” and “Mrs. Anthrax” have been quietly released from imprisonment in Iraq without any charges being brought by their U.S. captors? Don’t the newspapers and TV networks that all but pre-convicted them of crimes against humanity owe them—and us—the courtesy of an explanation for the sudden presumption of their innocence?

After all, it was to stop these mad leaders of Saddam Hussein’s allegedly booming weapons-of-mass-destruction programs that the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003. We were told at the time by the White House that the U.N. inspectors scouring the country were being blocked by lying officials and scientists, themselves complicit in breaking U.N. sanctions, and so we wouldn’t get the truth until we could interrogate them as prisoners.

Yet, when Rihab “Dr. Germ” Taha and Huda “Mrs. Anthrax” Ammash, both of whom were once on a Pentagon most-wanted list, were released after two-and-a-half years, their U.S. captors didn’t even announce it. When questioned afterward as to why no war crimes charges had been brought against the pair, U.S. commander Gen. George Casey said in a joint statement with the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, that they “no longer posed a security threat to the people of Iraq and to the Coalition forces.” U.S. forces “therefore, had no legal basis to hold them any longer.”

Nor was the acknowledgement that the two Iraqis were still presumed innocent deemed worthy of comment by the very news outlets that had previously reduced them to cartoon-character villains, with only slim wire reports generally announcing the news.

No editorials apologized for the publication in major American media outlets of wild and unattributed charges against them - including the gruesome accusation that deadly weapons had been tested on Abu Ghraib prisoners under Hussein. NBC had bluntly called Taha typical of a “new breed of third world weapons designers ... willing to violate any international norms or scientific ethics,” while Judith Miller in The New York Times referred to her as “Dr. Death,” based on the testimony of a disgruntled former co-worker of hers then in the “protective custody” of known false-intelligence pusher Ahmed Chalabi.

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The American-educated Ammash, a high-ranking Baath Party official conveniently labeled as the five of hearts in the media-friendly deck of “most wanted” playing cards produced by the Pentagon, also was given a variety of horror movie-style nicknames, such as “Chemical Sally.” She was routinely described in news reports as being the primary force behind Hussein’s campaign to rebuild his bioweapons arsenal - an effort that seems to have produced little or no results, if it ever even happened.

The fact is, all of the top scientists in Iraq consistently told first U.N. and then U.S. inspectors before and after the invasion that Iraq, hobbled by inspections and sanctions, had no functioning WMD programs or usable WMDs in recent years. This squared with what the U.N. inspectors, as well as former U.N. inspector and U.S. Marine Scott Ritter and the most informed voices inside the U.S. intelligence community, were saying before the invasion.

In other words, while nobody doubted that Hussein, a regional bully, longed to have WMDs such as those developed and stockpiled by the United States, the best experts and inspectors believed he didn’t possess them. Unfortunately, the mass media, cowed by post-Sept. 11 jingoism, showed no stomach for fact-checking the White House’s war propaganda, instead proving alarmingly pliant in simply passing along a distorted portrait that transformed a run-down and hamstrung autocracy into a world-threatening juggernaut. The media still struggle to make themselves accountable.

One notable exception this past week was an online report by Newsweek reporter Melinda Liu, who had interviewed Ammash when Hussein was still in power, and now is reexamining a widespread faith in U.S. government sources. “When Saddam was still in power, most of us journalists reporting in Iraq simply assumed it was impossible to get a straight story out of his officials,” Liu wrote. “Now we know Saddam’s aides weren’t the only ones spinning the truth. It’s hard to know what to believe anymore.”

In the end, this disgracing of the model of a free media in a free society will turn out to be the greatest cost of the invasion. We regularly hector the world as to the virtues of a government held accountable by a free press and yet routinely mock that ideal with media that often act as nothing more than a conveyor belt for government propaganda.

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By M Henri Day, January 6, 2006 at 6:19 am Link to this comment
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Alas, not all those doubly equipped with X-chromosomes are so pacific, either. Take Dame «TINA» Thatcher or Mme «we think it is worth it» Albright, as examples. It seems that in judging people, more must be examined than merely their chromosomes….

On the subject of sources on Iraq, readers might be interested in subscribing to uruk.info at http://www.uruknet.info/. An excellent way, I presume, to get oneself registered by one or another of Mr Bush’s favourite organs….

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By Shirin, January 5, 2006 at 12:45 am Link to this comment
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We bearers of the little runt are prone to errors of this sort….

Indeed, bearers of the defective second X are prone to many things, including of course those caused by testosterone poisoning, such as starting and prolonging wars.

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By Shirin, January 5, 2006 at 12:42 am Link to this comment
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ProudPrimate,

Thank you for your kind words.

If you have not already discovered it, may I strongly recommend the marvelous website Today in Iraq located at http://dailywarnews.blogspot.com/.

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By M Henri Day, January 3, 2006 at 9:09 am Link to this comment
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Excuse me, Shirin, I meant, of course, to write «X-chromosome examination», but typed «Y-chromosome», instead ! We bearers of the little runt are prone to errors of this sort….

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By jeff gershoff, January 3, 2006 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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I would think that maybe “Karmic Judy” might be a good sobriquet for Ms Miller.

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By Shirin, January 2, 2006 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment
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why is Dr Huda Sali Mahdi Ammash to be known as «Mrs Anthrax», while Judith Miller is known simply as «Judith Miller»....is there any distinction which indicates that one merits a sobriquet and the other not ?

Excellent question!

a Y-chromosome examination

A Y-chromosome examination would conclude nothing whatsoever in this case. Neither Dr. Huda nor Judith Miller has a Y chromosome.

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By M Henri Day, January 2, 2006 at 9:28 am Link to this comment
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Again, why is Dr Huda Sali Mahdi Ammash to be known as «Mrs Anthrax», while Judith Miller is known simply as «Judith Miller». Aside from the fact that the former is more highly educated than the latter, is there any distinction which indicates that one merits a sobriquet and the other not ? Surely not ethnic origin (which a Y-chromosome examination might well conclude doesn’t differ so very greatly after all) ?...

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By der_Alte, January 1, 2006 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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Ironies abound. While Mrs. Anthrax is evidently a respectible lady, US educated etc, we must pause to reflect so was Judith Miller. Let’s leave the gender issue out of it. One was a lying sycophant, maybe the other one was too.

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By ٍShirin, December 31, 2005 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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I thought that they way they were released was pretty obviously part of some sort of deal with the “insurgents”...

I am not so sure. Neither Dr. Huda nor Dr. Rihab has anything at all to do with the “insurgents”, nor are they to any degree “Saddam loyalists”.

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By ProudPrimate, December 31, 2005 at 10:31 am Link to this comment
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Robert Scheer:

delighted to become aware of this great site.  A link is going in my “First Recourse” group of headline hunters!  If you hadn’t been expelled from the LAT I might never have found it.

In this piece, you’ve summed up the tragedy, pungent with the taste of wormwood that is so appropriate in this age.  Not much I can add, beyond a few tears.

Shirin:

thanks for the succinct paragraph, that says so well what I have recited less well to everybody that tells me how much Bush has done for Iraqi women!

It’s going in my PDA unedited.

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By Tim, December 31, 2005 at 9:10 am Link to this comment
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I thought that they way they were released was pretty obviously part of some sort of deal with the “insurgents”, possibly for a no-violence during the elections pledge.

Tim

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By Shirin, December 29, 2005 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment
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the insurgents (whom he describes as mostly dedicated Saddam loyalists, not foreign fighters).

With all due respect to your Kurdish friend, the claim that the so-called “insurgents” (a misnomer to be sure) are mostly “dedicated Saddam loyalists” is as nonsensical as is the claim that they are mostly “foreign fighters”.

He was very upset that, as a part of hidden deal-making (which Seymour Hersh has also described), the U.S. would free these two, who are guilty of many barbaric crimes, including experiments on live human captives—shades of Dr. Mengele.

What evidence does he - or anyone else for that matter - have that either of the women are guilty of anything at all other than being affiliated in some way with Saddam’s regime? The answer is none. Everything he has said is pure rumour and speculation and nothing more.

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By amna al-amin, December 29, 2005 at 7:04 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Robert for giving me hope that more Americans will listen when told the truth of what is going on in my country. I was desperate thinking Americans are more interested in what the American media tell them than seeking truth of what their goverment is doing in Iraq.

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By M Henri Day, December 29, 2005 at 5:08 am Link to this comment
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Alas, Mr Scheer, for whose work I have great respect, here contributes to the very same phenomenon he deplores. While the article as a whole makes clear that these so-called «nicknames» have nothing to do with those who were forced to bear them in the US media, the fact that they are repeated in the headline - without even scare quotes to warn the reader - reinforces them. Considering that research shows that many readers read only the headlines - hopefully, this practice is less widespread among readers of truthdig than among those who read only the so-called «mainstream media» - I find this deeply problematic.  Drs Rita Taha and Huda Sali Mahdi Ammash deserve better. The use of epithets of this type to denigrate and demonise persons must be condemned, both when it occurs in the «mainstream media» and when it occurs in more serious, less corporate-influenced media like truthdig. The only acceptable exceptions to the complete elimination of this practice that I can think of offhand, in the interest of poetic justice, are references to «Dubya» and «Turdblossom»....

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By Tony N, December 29, 2005 at 1:04 am Link to this comment
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Robert Scheer:  “Unfortunately, the mass media, cowed by post-Sept. 11 jingoism, showed no stomach for fact-checking the White House’s war propaganda, instead proving alarmingly pliant in simply passing along a distorted portrait that transformed a run-down and hamstrung autocracy into a world-threatening juggernaut. The media still struggles to make themselves accountable… In the end, this disgracing of the model of a free media in a free society will turn out to be the greatest cost of the invasion. We regularly hector the world as to the virtues of a government held accountable by a free press and yet routinely mock that ideal with media that often act as nothing more than a conveyor belt for government propaganda.”

“No stomach” is so true.  There were probably negative consequences for the few courageous journalists who did try to report the truth. Arguably, the corruption, dishonor and discrediting of the free media model in a free society (that happens to be the world’s superpower) is ultimately the greatest cost of the fraudulent Iraq invasion.  Certainly what happened to Iraq (mass death, mass destruction, chaos, resource plundering, etc.) is beyond horrific.  However, in the big picture the lack of trustworthy media and other public information sources opens the door to more and larger misadventures down the road.

Iraq was not the first perversion of the “free media” (e.g., remember Reagan’s propaganda against Nicaragua in the mid 1980s?), and is unlikely to be the last.  Although the Iraq fiasco made many people temporarily conscious of how easily government and certain groups can manipulate the media, the power of their public relations and propaganda machine is likely to overcome this blip eventually.  Already the machine is hard at work against Iran and Syria.

There is a need for new mainstream media sources that are truly free and trustworthy. It doesn’t matter if it is a potpourri of liberal, conservative and Martian writers, as long as it’s not tainted information.  Perhaps with the help of “hands off” investors, Robert Scheer and other honest journalists will fill that void as Truthdig, etc. grows.

Noam Chomsky: On Fake News and Other Societal Woes
http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/20051207.htm

William Fisher: The Freest Press Money Can Buy?
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31602

Noam Chomsky: Language, Politics, and Propaganda
http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/2005——02.htm
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Robert Scheer: “The fact is, all of the top scientists in Iraq consistently told first U.N. and then U.S. inspectors before and after the invasion that Iraq, hobbled by inspections and sanctions, had no functioning WMD programs or usable WMDs in recent years. This squared with what the U.N. inspectors, as well as former U.N. inspector and U.S. Marine Scott Ritter and the most informed voices inside the U.S. intelligence community, were saying before the invasion.”

The mainstream media has no excuse for not getting the stories right. There were many red flags raised about Bush/Blair claims regarding the Saddam regime’s biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. For example, Cambridge University’s Glen Rangwala evaluated these claims before and after the Iraq invasion (see section on bioological weapons in first link at least):
http://traprockpeace.org/iraqweapons.html
http://middleeastreference.org.uk/iraqncbfurther.html
http://middleeastreference.org.uk/fac030616.html
http://middleeastreference.org.uk/dossier030603.html
http://middleeastreference.org.uk/latw030703.html
http://middleeastreference.org.uk/global030219.html
http://middleeastreference.org.uk/powell030205.html
http://middleeastreference.org.uk/ios030912.html
http://middleeastreference.org.uk/llb020916a.html
http://middleeastreference.org.uk/ios030823b.html
http://middleeastreference.org.uk/ios030815a.html
http://impeachblair.org/downloads/A_Case_To_Answer.pdf

I am in favor of prosecuting those who commit war crimes, as long as the international laws are applied universally.  If Dr. Germ and Mrs. Anthrax are prosecuted for fictitious biological weapons, it brings up the question of those scientists who developed the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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By Ron Ranft, December 29, 2005 at 12:29 am Link to this comment
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I am never surprised by anything the MSM does or does not do anymore. Disappointed, but not suprised. MoveOn.org attempted to present the CEO of the Tribune Holdings with petitions, some 40,000 I believe it was, signed by subscribers of the LATimes at it’s shareholders meeting last month. He refused to take them, tho an aide later did. I watched to see what would happen. Nothing. Not a peep in the LA Times about it, tho I’m not surprised. Newspapers are about making money, not through sales of papers, but rather advertising. So anything that sells the papers therefore sells advertising.

I notice that the LATimes is using more and more the AP and UP newsbites as news. One or two indepth stories by a couple of writers a couple of times a year is plenty and makes a hell of a lot more money for the CEO and his shareholders.

Ramirez was supposed to have been let go at the same time Robert was but I still see people complaining about his neo-con take on events. So what happened to a “more balanced” approach to the news. And, as in the release of these two “war criminal’s” release that means ignoring it because it just points to the inequaty of how the “news” is presented. Murdoch may run Fox with an iron fist, but that does not mean that most of the rest of the MSM isn’t controlled just as tightly by other people who do not have this country’s well-being in mind. Profit comes first.

Many years ago when I was growing up there were people like Howard K Smith and Edward R Murrow who predicted todays plight with the MSM and everyone laughed and said no way! Well,...way!

If what we read here about the situation with our government and the media, and yes, the citizens of this country, was taking place in another country we would shake our heads and wonder what the people were doing? What could they be thinking? Why didn’t they revolt? How could they allow this to happen?

It is not an accident that the Republicans keep cutting funds to education and student loans and the cost of tuition keeps rapidly climbing. If you can’t read, you have to rely on what you hear and see on TV. If TV lies or just doesn’t tell you about it thenhow can you do it. And if you can read, well, they aren’t going to tell you about it. Sensationalism, Tom Cruise, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and their petty lives seem to interest people more than how our elected officials take bribes and do the bidding of lobbyists and act against our interests and freedoms. If a President violates the Constitution and you have never studied it, how will you know it exists or that he and members of the government have broken it’s laws?

The signs that this country is headed for a train wreck has been there for a long time. When only 22% of your high school graduates are capable of doing college work then something is very wrong.

It means that not only can you not compete with the rest of the world in science and technology, it also means that as surely as we breathe, the corporations that run our government and our media have relegated this countries citizens to the soon to be cheap labor pool. Let illegal immigrants lower the working wage of skilled jobs and then force the rest of us to work for that same wage in order to compete with the illegal immigrants or..or..what, immigrate to another country? It’s time for us to start taking our country back before it is too late. We need a viable third party. Ralph Nader was completely correct when he said there is little, if any difference between the two party’s. On is tax and spend and the other is cut taxes and spend. And the Democratic leadership says that they have to be more like the Republicans to win. Maybe we’ll get liberated by some other country soon before Bush and his friends totally bankrupt us and move to the South of France or Saudia Arabia.

All those for impeachment now, raise the middle finger of their right paw and repeat after me, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!”

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By mike fowler, December 28, 2005 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment
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My best guess on the releases: The ladies told EVERYTHING with assurances of MORE. Cheney might even have waterboarded them.

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By David S, December 28, 2005 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment
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A Kurdish friend of mine from northern Iraq broke the news of their release to me—in the context of describing secret negotions between the U.S. and the insurgents (whom he describes as mostly dedicated Saddam loyalists, not foreign fighters). He was very upset that, as a part of hidden deal-making (which Seymour Hersh has also described), the U.S. would free these two, who are guilty of many barbaric crimes, including experiments on live human captives—shades of Dr. Mengele.

I appreciate Mr. Sheer’s article, which shines a light on the moral cowardice of the propaganda media. However, it seems there’s a bit more going on beyond the news media failings.

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By CatStone Tree, December 28, 2005 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment
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I agree with Mr. Scheer and am so grateful for this site and others who have to go to great lengths to find and bring us the “real” news. Everyone who has a computer has access to the truth, but there are millions who cannot afford that source.  Yes, in the long run, one of the greatest costs of the invasion may be the disgracing of the free media model - our country needs the truth in plain sight, before everyone’s eyes, in order for our democracy to be healthy.  And that ideal has been slipping away for many decades now.

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By Josh Nossiter, December 28, 2005 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment
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Unremarked go the lunatic lies,
While another soldier dies,
In the quagmire called Iraq
The carnage won’t stop,
Until those at the top,
In their straightjackets are put safely back.

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By Shirin, December 28, 2005 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment
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I totally remember the news reports about Taha, I actually wondered what happened to him…

This particular “Taha” happens to be a woman - Dr. Rihab Taha - not a man. Taha is her family name.

Throughout Iraq’s history, in the days before “liberation” (and also before Saddam Hussein), an Iraqi girl could grow up to be a doctor, a dentist, a scientist, a university professor, a lawyer, an engineer, an architect, etc., on the same basis as an Iraqi boy could. Thanks to George Bush Iraqi women are being catapulted back five or six centuries to a position and a life deprived of freedoms and rights we have always taken for granted.

Thanks America!

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By Colin, December 28, 2005 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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I was with you until your dramatic and overstated conclusion that the greatest cost of the invasion will be the disgracing of the media. How can that overshadow the thousands of people that lost their lives, the widespread destruction of a country, and the many billions of dollars spent.

The disgrace of the media is not a cost—perhaps the opposite. Our eyes are now opened a bit more as to how easily our government manipulates our media.

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By Erik Rhodes, December 28, 2005 at 10:02 am Link to this comment
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I totally remember the news reports about Taha, I actually wondered what happened to him a couple weeks ago and was sure he was known guilty, from the news reports at the time. I’m more amazed at how much I’ve accepted from news reports even when I thought I was keeping a critical mind than I am at his being now apparently innocent.

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By Jason, December 28, 2005 at 9:47 am Link to this comment
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Hi, Mr. Scheer

I miss you at the Los Angeles Times but I don’t think the paper deserves you, especially under the ownership of the Chicago Tribune.  Regarding your commentary, this is the first I’ve heard of this and that should bring shame upon the mainstream media since I read the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post (Online editions) every day and also watch CNN.  This should be a big story that demands an investigative report to look into the matter.  If not that, then at least an article notifying readers of this unexpected development

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By jeff gershoff, December 28, 2005 at 9:40 am Link to this comment
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It is difficult to even make a comment in response to Scheer’s column today.  One reads the facts laid out in this story in a sort of breathless stupor.  The invocation of Judith Miller and Ahmed Chalabi as essentially the prosecutor and jailer of the pair of “Dr Deaths” is almost beyond irony.

What I will never get over though, personally, and what I can never forgive myself for, is that it was absurd lies like these that for a nano-second had won me over too.  When Powell and Bush both stated inequivocally that Hussein was trying to purchase yellow cake in Niger, in order to make WMD for (eventual) use against us, I believed that the war might be justified.

I am ashamed of that now, but when I read Scheer’s story today I am reminded of what a woven nest of lies, errors of judgment and just plain stupidity, as well as nefarious conspiracy, we have been and are being fed daily, not only by the Bush clique but by our main media sources as well.  To be honest, I’m not even that thrilled with McNeil/Lehrer anymore and much of the time see them as pandering to the Bush administration as well.

It’s distressing; thank goodness Truthdig has reared up when it has.  Let’s hope for a swarm of Truthdigs in the near future.  Perhaps it’s time for the mass dailies to die ignominous deaths.

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By Antoinette, December 28, 2005 at 9:19 am Link to this comment
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BRAVO. Mr Scheer.
Not all of us believed the war mongering and fear tactics to the run up to war.Not all of us needed the media to provide us with the ability to quistion, listen and think for ourselves.

Sir…** Our minds are free and unschackled , even though our press might not be.


(1) Just take Bush’s first State of the Union Speech. He didnt say that the CIA /our own intelligence unit discovered the alleged Niger Uranium issue, he said “British Intelligence Report” that in itself should bring a listner to quistion the veracity of his claims, as to why the greatest nation on earth didnt have their own intel verify this issue.(or the reason that Bush couldnt quote it as such)

(2)Bush used the word “Crusade” shouldnt the top layers of Government that were in attendence, have cringed at the poor judegment of choosing incindiery terminology that would upset our Arab muslim allies and incited our enemies?

(3) Didnt our elected leaders quistion why Saddam would have anything to do with 9/11, a secular Dictator cohabiting with Religous Fundementalists?  ..common sense.

I agree with you that the media has a responsibility to provide the pros and cons. However, Anyone reading Judith Millers articles could see that it was a representation of the governments position, to be read and discarded.


Lets put some of the blame on our elected representatives for their blind expectations that this President would follow the status quo.

Let the public take some responsibility , for the fascist regime that they elected to a second term. The people got what they deserve.Because they didnt care if our bombs dropped on iraqis, they didnt care if our soldeirs died in the name of ‘liberating’ a foriegn people into death.

But thank God for the few, such as yourself, Mr Scheer, who still have the courage to think with clarity - and the courage to speak out.

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By Steve, December 28, 2005 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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There is no profit in telling the truth. The sad part is the press profited from the war as much as anyone. War sells. Controversy over the war sells.

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By Robert Collier, December 28, 2005 at 8:54 am Link to this comment
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When I was a reporter in Iraq in 2002-2004, I knew some Iraqis who had worked with Huda Ammash before the war. They described her as principled, Western-oriented and openly feminist. Of course, that description doesn’t necessarily mean that she was innocent of WMD-related crimes, but her reputation was very clean.

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By fish, December 28, 2005 at 7:47 am Link to this comment
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You have to wonder how many other villains from the card deck were released without fanfare. It is amazing to me that we continually hear in the news about security and democracy being the reasons for invading Iraq. The media, with great discipline, avoids the most obvious of all reasons, to secure a military presence in the heart of the world’s oil resources. The administration is filled with individuals with ties to the oil industry. There is no way that this isn’t paramount in their minds. It is comical to think the US would have any interest in Iraq (and the greater Middle East) if their sole exports were Persian rugs. As Robert says in his piece, this war was never about WMD.

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By James Freeley, December 28, 2005 at 7:29 am Link to this comment
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Unfortunately this lack of coverage of the release (vindication?) of people charged with crimes is all too common. The media is far more interested in the sensational charges made rather than presenting a complete story over time. Interestingly enough, this story got a little more than the usual 2 line entry on page 27 of a newspaper.

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By D, December 28, 2005 at 4:27 am Link to this comment
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Presumed Innocent?  Novel idea ... now how about the un-charged (and yet “illegal”), non-POWs (and yet “combatants”) rotting in Guantanamo Bay.

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By Susan Block, December 28, 2005 at 2:59 am Link to this comment
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Every government spins and lies.  But the Bushites have taking spinning to such dizzying heights and lying to such despicable lethal lows… no wonder the formerly unspeakable I-word ~ impeachment ~ is being whispered in the wintry winds..

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