Friday, June 04, 2004

CIA: Operations Chief to Retire, Not Tied to Tenet

Yahoo! News - CIA: Operations Chief to Retire, Not Tied to Tenet: "CIA: Operations Chief to Retire, Not Tied to Tenet

Like Rats From a Sinking Ship JBOC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One day after George Tenet announced his resignation as CIA (news - web sites) director, the U.S. spy agency said on Friday that Deputy Director for Operations James Pavitt will retire soon after 31 years.

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Pavitt, 58, decided to retire about a month ago and his retirement is not related to Tenet's resignation, the Central Intelligence Agency (news - web sites) said in a statement.
The departure of Tenet and Pavitt means there will be new leaders in two of the agency's top spots at a time of heightened security. "

Yahoo! News - Armitage Thinks Days Numbered as No. 2 U.S. Diplomat

Yahoo! News - Armitage Thinks Days Numbered as No. 2 U.S. Diplomat:

Maybe he is retiring or maybe he is the new heard of the CIA. Either way Richard Armitage is a first class guy. I wish him well. JBOC


"Many political analysts believe Powell and Armitage do not want to stay on if President Bush (news - web sites) wins re-election. Media reports periodically suggest the two, who resisted the administration's push to invade Iraq (news - web sites) more than other senior officials, will leave their posts together next year. "

Description of Selected News

Description of Selected News: "Singapore's Prime Minister to Visit Iran


KUALA LUMPUR (IRNA) -- Iran's Ambassador to Singapore Majid Motalebi Shabestari conferred on Wednesday with Singapore's Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong on expansion of friendly ties between the two countries.
At the meeting, the Iranian ambassador extended a letter from President Mohammad Khatami to Singapore's prime minister inviting him for an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran in July.
Shabestari highlighted the two sides' capabilities and potentials at various sectors."

New York Times Judith Miller Ebola Story May be made Up

The New York Times> Search> Abstract:

May be true or maybe more of Miller's questionable WMD stories. Judith Miller is the reported who cried wolf. JBOC


"Russian Scientist Dies in Ebola Accident at Former Weapons Lab

By JUDITH MILLER (NYT) 633 words
Late Edition - Final , Section A , Page 9 , Column 1
ABSTRACT - Russian scientist at former Soviet biological weapons laboratory in Siberia dies after accidentally sticking herself with needle laced with deadly ebola virus, for which there is no vaccine or treatment; scientists and officials say accident raises concerns about safety and secrecy at State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, leading recipient of aid in American program to help former Soviet scientists and labs convert to peaceful research; American experts say accident did not occur in lab now receiving US government or private money for research "

The New York Times Loses Credibility Over String of Phony Stories

The New York Times > Week in Review > The Public Editor: Weapons of Mass Destruction? Or Mass Distraction?: "Early this month, though, convinced that my territory includes what doesn't appear in the paper as well as what does, I began to look into a question arising from the past that weighs heavily on the present: Why had The Times failed to revisit its own coverage of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction? To anyone who read the paper between September 2002 and June 2003, the impression that Saddam Hussein possessed, or was acquiring, a frightening arsenal of W.M.D. seemed unmistakable. Except, of course, it appears to have been mistaken. On Tuesday, May 18, I told executive editor Bill Keller I would be writing today about The Times's responsibility to address the subject. He told me that an internal examination was already under way; we then proceeded independently and did not discuss it further. The results of The Times's own examination appeared in last Wednesday's paper, and can be found online at nytimes.com/critique"

Is Iran Scared of Jordan?

Iran Sports Press(www.iransportspress.com): "TEHRAN- (Iran Sports Press): The Psychological war has began between Jordan and Iran ahead of their crucial World Cup Qualifier in Tehran on June 09, with the Jordanian coach suggesting his Iranian counterpart is scared to face Jordan.

The Egyptian Mahmoud Al-jouhari who is in charge of Jordan was speaking to the reporters after his side's 1-1 draw with Algeria in a friendly game. Al-jouhari said ?We have had a number of friendly games, and we are very well prepared for our clash with Iran. Our plan in this game was to try and raise our game so that we can compete with Iranian players next week, although we have played and beaten Iran on previous occasions?.
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Judy's Turn To Cry - The New York Times prepares an "Editors' Note" about its prewar WMD reporting. By Jack?Shafer

Judy's Turn To Cry - The New York Times prepares an "Editors' Note" about its prewar WMD reporting. By Jack?Shafer:


"Miller's work on WMD in the Times deserves special scrutiny because so many of her sensational stories never panned out?from a December 2001 piece about now-discredited Iraqi defector Adnan Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri, who claimed inside knowledge about a score of Iraq WMD programs and storage facilities, to a December 2002 scoop about a possible Russia-Iraq smallpox collaboration, to a January 2003 eve-of-war piece reiterating the defectors' stories of Iraqi WMD. Miller's credulous reporting turned absolutely hyperbolic when she joined the search for WMD on the ground in Iraq, embedding with the U.S. military's Mobile Exploitation Team Alpha. In an April 21, 2003, piece, Miller claimed that an Iraqi scientist had led the military to a cache of precursor compounds for a banned 'toxic agent.' She told The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer the next day that the scientist was more than a 'smoking gun' in the WMD search, he was the 'silver bullet.' But by July 2003, still no WMD had been found in Iraq. Instead of blaming the defectors and inside sources who had led her astray, Miller put the onus on the poor logistics of the weapons search! (See this 'The Scoops That Melted,' a 'Press Box' from last year for more details.) "

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Wonderful Pictures - Worth a look at President Bush dealing with problems. JBOC

"U.S. President George W. Bush 'battles' with his umbrella during a rainstorm, after stepping off Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base, June 1, 2004. The president boarded Air Force One and departed for Colorado. (Xinhua/AFP Photo) "