yourself in the place of a decent and honest reporter. You wait, your
pulse pounding, 92,000 documents. You have your entire staff, the obits
guy, the restaurant critic, all sitting up at your house, pounding down
tequila and espresso. Five of you and 92,000 documents, that’s 18,400
each. You can each scan only 500 documents an hour, that’s a day and a
half, but you have a deadline and your Wikileaks lead story has to be in
for the morning paper.
If it looks too good to be true, trust me on this, run like hell!
You get a text message to check your email. You have a list of articles
there, the real gold among the senseless time wasting “chaff.” You can
now make the deadline, and you have the lead story, Pakistan is running
the Taiban, murdering American troops, Iranians are swimming the
Euphrates, bringing IED’s into Iraq and a 74 year old grandfather from
Rawalpindi is managing world terrorism when he isn’t on CNN.
You’ve been Wiki-had!GOLFING ANALOGY
With reporters finding, just the right places in Wikileaks, we wanted to
look at the odds. Golfing is a good comparison, so we checked the odds
of someone getting a “hole in one” playing golf.
In 1999, Golf Digest reported, “One insurance company puts a PGA Tour pro’s chances at 1 in 3,756 and an amateur’s at 1 in 12,750.”With
our odds, were there only one Wikileak, at 4,130 compared to “hole in
one” odds for a golfing pro at 3,756, the analogy works. When you
consider, however, this is the 3rd straight hole in one for Wikileaks
and the “compliant” press, we exceed the 9,222,500 to one odds.
That same issue reported that the “odds of an amateur making two holes-in-one in a round are 9,222,500 to 1.”
Ireland’s National Hole in One Club puts the odds a little lower for one
ace: “The estimated odds of acing a hole with any given swing are one
And an article in the magazine Navy Newsstand, citing Sports Illustrated as its source, put the odds at 45,000 to 1 for “scoring a hole-in-one on a typical par-3 golf hole.”
I am a member of the press, maybe, if I am lucky, I can find a $50,000
check and first class air to Israel in my mailbox. Any bets on my
RIGGING THE GAME, BUYING THE UMPIRE, COOKING THE BOOKS ... WIKIMATH
Oh, you didn’t know we “farmed out” our intelligence? This is illegal,
of course. Did America have private companies, some owned by Israelis,
operating in Afghanistan, companies tied directly to the Mossad,
producing intelligence reports that were then picked out by Wikileaks
then hand fed to the press. Let’s do the math.
This is the kind of thing former National Security Advisor Brzezinski is
talking about. It is also what others in the media are talking
about. Today, Wayne Madsen on Russia Today spoke of the same thing, how
Wikileaks seems aimed directly at the enemies of Israel. Madsen, as
with so many others, makes the point that Wikileaks is, as he says it,
“cherrypicking” intelligence that seems to make Israel’s Benjamin
Netanyahu very happy.
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The last few days, Paul Craig Roberts and I have been trading emails, a
three way debate with Robbie the Pict (actual name), a well known UK
activist. Paul wrote this today:
“For example, the US print and TV media and the US
government have made it completely clear that they have no regard for
the First Amendment. Consider CNN’s Wolf Blitzer’s reaction to the
leaked diplomatic cables that reveal how the US government uses
deceptions, bribes, and threats to control other governments and to
deceive the American and other publics. Blitzer is outraged that
information revealing the US government’s improprieties reached the
people, or some of them. As Alexander Cockburn wrote,
Blitzer demanded that the US government take the necessary steps to
make certain that journalists and the American people never again find
out what their government is up to.”
So many, honorable people who have “fought the good fight” so long,
like Roberts, have been hungry for something to hold on to that
Wikileaks is defended to the last without the objectivity such things
require. I was someone who, on 9/11, never imagined Osama bin Laden.
My first words, “Oh g-d, I didn’t think they would do it.”
I meant Bush and Cheney. This is how I think, after all, I
grew up “bad,” a Detroit kid. Now, finally, Geraldo Rivera tells me I
was right all along. I never had doubts, I only wondered how long it
would take, not for the truth to come out, nobody wants the truth, but
for it to become profitable to exploit the conspiracy. Welcome to that
Now we have divisions, those I call “Israeli shills” teamed
with those who see the extremely flawed and even diseased Wikileaks as a
big win because it supports the fight they have had against American
duplicity. When is a “big win” a big loss?
Those of us who know the real power in America, how Israeli
“firsters” managed the Bush administration, always under AIPAC’s thumb,
not just into two wars but financial disaster. It is in the news now,
every day and has for years, for those who care to read it. People
like Roberts and Cockburn are right, America has been a nightmare. What
they seem to be hiding from, that infamous “third rail” in American
journalism, the one that took down Helen Thomas and so many others, they
are hiding from the obvious truth that the corrupt government they are
trying to unmask doesn’t have an American face underneath.
It is Israel behind that mask and Wikileaks is simply a mask beneath a mask, or as Jeff Gates puts it, “psyops and game theory.”
Wikileaks is like mother’s milk to people who have starved for openness and justice.
Wikileaks is mother’s milk laced with arsenic.