Judith Miller, Judith Miller, Judith Miller, What Do You Know? Who Will Not Release you From Your Pledge Of Confidentiality? Why You Should Be In Jail
Freedom OF The Press Or Manipulation Of The Press?
Judith Miller N.Y.Times reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner, confidante of Ahmed Chalabi, alleged “specialist” on Weapons of Mass Destruction, Federal prisoner at the Alexandra Detention Center since July 6, 2005, in behalf of “Freedom of the Press.”
Miller was a leading disseminator of erroneous information on the existence of WPM in Iraq in the period leading up to the war. Her source on much of this information was Ahmed Chalabi the then darling of the Bush administration billed as an alleged “expert” on conditions within Iraq. Of course the weapons of mass destruction that Chalabi said existed turned out not to exist and Chalbi was later disowned by the Bush Administration which also stopped funding his organization, The Iraqi National Congress, which was dedicated to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein since 1992. So it appears that Miller relied on false information supplied by Chalabi in the run up to the invasion of Iraq to create the atmosphere of imminent danger of the use of WPM by Iraq as justification for immediate invasion. Thus she has been willingly used by a front organization supported by U.S. Government funds to create public hysteria to justify a war that has claimed almost two thousand American lives and approximately 13,000 non-fatal casualties.
Now she is waiving the flag alleging a non-existent privilege to not disclose her sources on the Valerie Plame Wilson case. Karl Rove is alleging he learned about CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson from sources out side the government However Robert Novak in his syndicated column, which started this whole controversy, says he learned of Valerie Plame from two administration sources. He said in his July 14, 2003 column, “Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson’s wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report [concerning alleged Iraqi efforts to acquire uranium in Niger]. The CIA says its counter-proliferation officials selected Wilson and asked his wife to contact him. “I will not answer any question about my wife,” Wilson told me.” (click here)
This Matter Is Not About Freedom Of The Press But Manipulation Of The Press For Propaganda Purposes To Deceive The American People By Its Government. The Government Is Not A “Source.”
Miller has been used by the Administration to promote false facts to further its goals and it seems the Administration through Karl Rove, Scooter Libbey and company were using journalists like Robert Novak, a notorious source of propaganda for the Administration and tried to recruit Time Magazine’s Mathew Cooper and Judith Miller to discredit Joseph Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame for Wilson’s op-ed piece openly disagreeing with the Administrations false allegation that Iraq was seeking yellow cake (from which uranium is extracted) from Niger as part of the propaganda effort to raise public support for the Iraq invasion.
Judith Miller while she didn’t write on Plame was part of the Administrations effort to disseminate falsehoods to the media about Wilson’s credibility, recklessly disclosing that his wife Valerie Plame was a CIA agent. So Miller may have evidence of a crime and she should reveal what she knows about the sources of her contacts and information on Plame. The full D.C. Court of Appeals Opinion, In Re: The Grand Jury Subpoena Of Judith Miller can be read here,(pacer.cadc.uscourts.gov/docs/common/opinions/200502/04-3138a.pdf -)
Does Judith Miller deserve to be in jail?
Yes. She was either a conscious or unconscious dupe of Karl Rove and company on WPM and he was trying to recruit her to disseminate false information on Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame. There is no Constitutional protection for concealment of information from a Grand Jury by a reporter or anyone else concerning whether or not a crime has been committed. Perhaps reporters will be a little more careful about the reliability of what they are reporting on and the reliability of those alleged “confidential sources” after this case. Sources are usually lower level administrators and whistle blowers on governmental misconduct not “high level administration officials.” When Bush said he would fire any Administration leakers he meant everyone other than Karl Rove and his aides. Thus news would be managed and manipulated by the Administration not some lower level functionary trying to get the truth out.
If she is dumb enough to be a cats paw for the Rove propaganda machine she should admit her mistake and disclose the information she has about the identity of the source of the smear on Joseph Wilson and his wife. Beyond the crime of revealing the identity of a covert CIA agent there seems to be obstruction of justice and perjury crimes also involved in this case. It is to be noted that The Bush Department of Justice recently changed the Assistant Attorney General to whom the Independent Prosecutor Fitzgerald reports from James Comey to Robert McCallum. McCallum is a Yale graduate and a Skull and Bones member as is President Bush. Comey allegedly left to join Lockheed-Martin. This is starting to smell of a Nixon type cover up also. This case is not about freedom of the press but using the press to disseminate falsehoods and smears and responsible reporters should know the difference. Judith Miller is not protecting a confidential source. She was being used as a conduit by the Administrations propaganda machine and she should recognize that fact and testify as to the source of her information.