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Wednesday, January 04, 2006


NBC Caught in Orwellian Moment

Ever since the FISA story first broke last week, I've been suggesting that there's more to the story. As I suggested earlier, Bush likely subverted the right-wing FISA court in order to spy on his political "enemies." Like Nixon before him, "Bush's Enemy List" likely contained those in the media who performed objectively. Today, evidence of my theory emerged.

It seems likely that Bush used the illegal FISA program to spy on CNN's Christiane Amanpour. Amanpour is a respected journalist with contacts at the highest levels of world governance. Someone of her stature wasn't on the run or on the risk of leaving; there was simply no justifiable reason for failing to obtain a FISA warrant if there really was some chance that Amanpour lived a double life as a spy. The reality is that Amanpour is someone with a lot of information that Bush and his criminal cronies wanted. Amanpour is considered liberal and her husband used to work as senior official for President Bill Clinton.

To be certain, there is zero hard evidence that the Bush administration spied on Amanpour. But NBC's Andrea Mitchell seemed to think so today while interviewing New York Times reporter James Risen:

Mitchell: Do you have any information about reporters being swept up in this net?
Risen: No, I don't. It's not clear to me. That's one of the questions we'll have to look into the future. Were there abuses of this program or not? I don't know the answer to that

Mitchell: You don't have any information, for instance, that a very prominent journalist, Christiane Amanpour, might have been eavesdropped upon?

Risen: No, no I hadn't heard that.

Why would Mitchell publicly name Amanpour? Andrea Mitchell wouldn't stake her reputation and her job as a mainstream corporate news reporter without something to back it up. Clearly, she knows something that has not yet become public.

Perhaps it has something to do with a letter that the Republican chairmen of the Senate and House judiciary committees received today. Russ Tice, a whistleblower and former NSA agent, wrote the following:

I intend to report to Congress probable unlawful and unconstitutional acts conducted while I was an intelligence officer with the National Security Agency and with the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Clearly someone who knows something has started to talk. The subordinate officials of our nation's intelligence agencies may be the only thing that saves us from the criminals on top. The story, however, doesn't end here.

NBC News acted in true Orwellian fashion by rewriting history. Today they removed Mitchell's question regarding Amanpour from their official website's transcript, as if the question wasn't even asked. NBC later confirmed, however, that they are investigating the claim that Bush illegally spied on Amanpour.

A gigantic scandal is about to burst. The impeachment of President Bush may be inevitable. If Bush really did spy on corporate news reporters, that might be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Fellow Republicans would be tempted to abandon Bush's defense if the smoking gun emerges that Bush's crimes extended deep within our media. Then again, perhaps even these outrageous crimes will continue to be ignored.

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