February 12th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Technically, he was no longer running from anyone, so this denial was vestigial habit.

By Feb. 6, 1985, the night he fled prison, Orlando Boquete, 30 years old, had already spent two years behind bars for a sexual assault and burglary he had nothing to do with, the victim of a victim who mistook him for the man who climbed in her window.

On the Run

Eugene Richards/VII, for The New York Times



Fugitive

"Orlando."

In a dim, nearly deserted Everglades farm stand, nothing moved.

Orlando Boquete, hybrid of youth and age — his body springy and athletic at 52, but knitted to a startlingly ancient head — peered at the stalls through thick eyeglasses.

Other than a faint buzz, the shimmer of heat trapped in a tin roof, the word “Orlando” was the only sound.

An impatient companion called to him.

“Orlando. Hey, Orlando.”

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s the author, with Kevin Flynn, of ‘102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers.”

Chris Keeley

True Wisdom from General Odom--WashPost 2/11/07

*Victory Is Not an Option*
The Mission Can't Be Accomplished -- It's Time for a New Strategy

By William E. Odom
Sunday, February 11, 2007; B01

The new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq starkly delineates the
gulf that separates President Bush's illusions from the realities of the
war. Victory, as the president sees it, requires a stable liberal
democracy in Iraq that is pro-American. The NIE describes a war that has
no chance of producing that result. In this critical respect, the NIE,
the consensus judgment of all the U.S. intelligence agencies, is a
declaration of defeat.
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Chris Keeley

Noam Chomsky on Iraq--2/11/07

Noam Chomsky: The US says it is fighting for democracy - but is deaf
 to the cries of the Iraqis


   They are not building a palatial embassy with the intention of going


       Published: 11 February 2007

There was unprecedented élite condemnation of the plans to invade Iraq.
Sensible analysts were able to perceive that the enterprise carried
significant risks for US interests, however conceived. Phrases thrown in
by the official Presidential Directive from the standard boilerplate
about freedom that accompany every action, and are close to a historical
universal, were dismissed as meaningless by reasonable people. Global
opposition was utterly overwhelming, and the likely costs to the US were
apparent, though the catastrophe created by the invasion went far beyond
anyone's worst expectations. It's amusing to watch the lying as the
strongest supporters of the war try to deny what they very clearly said.

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Chris Keeley

The film builds up a caricature of an analyst as someone who tries to manage and control you using s

ANALYSTS UNSPOOLED
by Adam Green
Issue of 2007-02-19
Posted 2007-02-12

When it comes to unflattering portraits of mental-health professionals on film, Glen O. Gabbard, as they say, wrote the book. Gabbard, a psychoanalyst and a professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, is the author of “Psychiatry and the Cinema,” a study of Hollywood’s transference issues. Gabbard’s book offers a catalogue of pompous quacks (“Mr. Deeds Goes to Town”), swingers with Prince Valiant hairdos (“What’s New Pussycat?”), sadistic enforcers of social conformity (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”), love-starved lady doctors (“The Prince of Tides”), and serial killers who eat their patients (“Silence of the Lambs”). “I wouldn’t say that I’m angry about it, but I sometimes feel a little annoyed,” Gabbard said the other day. “It’s the buffoonery that gets to me.”

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Chris Keeley

Some kinds of perversity are so bizarre that one despairs of ever understanding them. The mental sta

Some kinds of perversity are so bizarre that one despairs of ever understanding them. The mental state of Robert Hanssen, who for more than twenty years spied for the Soviet Union and then for Russia while productively employed as a counterintelligence analyst for the F.B.I., may be one such case. 

DOUBLE LIVES
by DAVID DENBY
“Breach” and “Factory Girl.”
Issue of 2007-02-19
Posted 2007-02-12

Some kinds of perversity are so bizarre that one despairs of ever understanding them. The mental state of Robert Hanssen, who for more than twenty years spied for the Soviet Union and then for Russia while productively employed as a counterintelligence analyst for the F.B.I., may be one such case. Hanssen, who was arrested in February, 2001, and was sentenced to life imprisonment in May, 2002, was not a rebel with a romantic attachment to Communism, like the British double agents Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, and Donald Maclean. On the contrary, Hanssen appears to have despised Communism and to have loved this country, though the information he gave the Russians sent Soviet agents who were working for the United States to their death. He took money—perhaps as much as one million four hundred thousand dollars in cash and diamonds—but piling up treasure seems not to have been his primary motivation, either. At one point, Hanssen implored the K.G.B. not to give him large sums of cash, since such deposits might have attracted the notice of federal drug-enforcement agents. Much of the money, as it turns out, was put into a Russian account, and he wasn’t able to spend it. Hanssen lived in suburban Virginia, was married, and had six children; he was a devout Catholic who went to Mass every week, sometimes every day. At the same time, he posted his sexual fantasies on the Internet and took his favorite stripper to Hong Kong; he also installed a hidden camera in his bedroom so that a male friend could watch him and his wife making love. “I contain multitudes,” Whitman said, but this is ridiculous.

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Chris Keeley

Mr. Woodward said he asked Mr. Armitage how Mr. Wilson happened to go to Africa in the first place.

“His wife’s an (expletive deleted) analyst,” Mr. Armitage went on, in a husky voice marked by chuckling. “How about that?”

Woodward Says He Didn’t Discuss Agent With Libby

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 – The journalist Bob Woodward testified today that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage disclosed the identity of a C.I.A. agent to him in June 2003, but that I. Lewis Libby Jr. said nothing about the agent when Mr. Woodward talked to him two weeks later.

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Chris Keeley

Asked by defense attorney William Jeffress Jr. whether his source had been Libby, Pincus replied tha

Pincus Reveals Fleischer As Leak Source

By Amy Goldstein and Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, February 12, 2007; 1:20 PM

 

Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus testified in court this morning that then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, not I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was the first person to tell him that a prominent critic of the Iraq war was married to undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame.

Testifying as the first defense witness at Libby's perjury trial, Pincus for the first time publicly disclosed the confidential source inside the White House who told him in 2003 that the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV worked at the CIA on matters relating to weapons of mass destruction.

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Chris Keeley

Fitzgerald says Libby learned Plame's identity from Cheney and other officials, then discussed it wi

Attorneys Try to Cast Libby As Scapegoat

By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer
11:45 AM PST, February 12, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Some of the nation's best-known journalists testified Monday about news leaks in the Bush administration as attorneys for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby tried to cast the former White House aide as a scapegoat in the CIA case.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is accused of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

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Chris Keeley

JUDITH MILLER: Who says that? Who says that?

News War: Secrets, Sources & Spin

Monday, February 12th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/12/1540211

Frontline producer Raney Aronson discusses the new documentary series examining the relationship between the Bush administration and the press. [includes rush transcript]

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Chris Keeley

Paul Krugman on Iran--NYTimes 2/12/07

February 12, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist


 Scary Movie 2

By PAUL KRUGMAN
<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/paulkrugman/index.html?inline=nyt-per>

Attacking Iran would be a catastrophic mistake, even if all the
allegations now being made about Iranian actions in Iraq are true.

But it wouldn’t be the first catastrophic mistake this administration
has made, and there are indications that, at the very least, a powerful
faction in the administration is spoiling for a fight.

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