April 21, 2009

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The Harman-AIPAC Story: A Timeline | TPMMuckraker
I'm sorry to say I can't find a single mention of this story on a single cable news website. Not even Fox News is jumping on this one even though it's a Democrat accused of corruption.


Bukko_in_Australia said...

It hasn't been on any of the left-wing blogs I read -- not that I scan a comprehensive list or anything -- and it hasn't gotten a mention on the left-wing talkback radio programmes we download. And a couple of the radio guys are frequently critical of the Dems (although only one of them dares to criticise Israel.)

This reminds me of l'affaire Fitzgibbon, of course, except it's worse. There, military spooks were just trying to derail their boss because they disliked him. As if that's not bad enough! With the NSA, it was spooks trying to manipulate a VIP -- one of how many others, eh? -- for political purposes involving torture, and covering up for the fact that that VIP was being manipulated by a foreign government. Even Fitz wasn't being jerked around so directly by Helen Liu, unless there's more shite that hasn't come out. And the defence surveillance goons here weren't trying to twist Fitz to do their bidding while hiding the Chinese angle.

(That said, it's amazed me at the long-running effort by the Chinese to develop "friends." Only, it sounds exactly like what the U.S. does through business and educational contacts to seed "agents of influence" everywhere in the world. Only, we're the good guys and China's bad, right?)

I wonder how many other cases similar to Harman's there are in the U.S. Everybody in politics has something to hide. If what they're hiding is known to the right, or reich, forces, there's your shadow/blackmail government.

And I could see why the Right is not touching this. Deep down, they LIKE that sort of thing. And if Faux started screaming about it, they would implicitly be criticising their own fascist state security apparatus for the tactics it used.

Bukko_in_Australia said...

So the NYT belatedly gets around to covering this. I suppose they couldn't ignore it forever, because their self-censorship of the "wiretap every American" story is an important part of the scandal. However, they don't do half the job that bloggers have, in terms of the nitty-gritty details.

Upon a quick skim, this was the only new info I saw:

In return, the caller promised her that a wealthy California donor — the media mogul Haim Saban — would threaten to withhold campaign contributions to Representative Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who was expected to become House speaker after the 2006 election, if she did not select Ms. Harman for the intelligence post.Another example of how the game is played: "Do what I want or I won't give you money, Pelosi." Fucking bribed-arse bastards, all of 'em.

Bukko_in_Australia said...

Update -- the left-wing radio has started talking about this, now that the NYT has picked it up. But it's still being analysed as a Jane Harman story rather than an AIPAC political string-pulling one.

What if the elephant in the room is so big that it overwhelms everyone, like microbes that can't visualise things that are 10 orders of magnitude larger than they are? It's like Israel is the air, something that's so EVERYWHERE that you don't even notice it...


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