by Col. Patrick Lang (Ret.)

“Ms. Miller’s revelation that she was granted a DoD security clearance while embedded with the WMD search team in Iraq in 2003.

This is as close as one can get to government licensing of journalists and the New York Times (if it knew) should never have allowed her to become so compromised. It is all the more puzzling that a reporter who as a matter of principle would sacrifice 85 days of her freedom to protect a source would so willingly agree to be officially muzzled and thereby deny potentially valuable information to the readers whose right to be informed she claims to value so highly.

One must assume that Ms. Miller was required to sign a standard and legally binding agreement that she would never divulge classified information to which she became privy, without risk of criminal prosecution. And she apparently plans to adhere to the letter of that self-censorship deal; witness her dilemma at being unable to share classified information with her editors.” (Editor & Publisher)

Col. Patrick W. Lang (Ret.), a highly decorated retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Forces, served as “Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism” for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and was later the first Director of the Defense Humint Service. Col. Lang was the first Professor of the Arabic Language at the United States Military Academy at West Point. For his service in the DIA, he was awarded the “Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive.” He is a frequent commentator on television and radio, including PBS’s Newshour, and most recently on MSNBC’s Hardball and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

His CV and blog are linked below the fold.

Folks who still adhere to the “Koolaid” version of history profess to despise the New York Times. They see the Times as a bastion of leftist influence in America. I don’t care for the Times much myself but in my case it is because it is a New York newspaper, a different complaint.

Judy Miller is/was part of the conspiracy that Mr Fitzgerald is investigating. That is why she is “playing games” with him. She has to camouflage a couple of things This is just opinion on my part.

  1. She was an active participant in the plot to smear the Wilsons and discredit them in the eyes of the American people. She still is. Why? I really don’t know or am unwilling to give an opinion.

  2. She used the NY Times as a vehicle for propagandizing the American people to whip them up for the Iraq war on the basis that Iraq was, in effect, Nazi Germany come again, and that this time the pseudo Nazis were going to provide the Jihadi nuts across the world with nuclear weapons with which to attack us at home. To obfuscate this point of performance, she went to jail for contempt hoping to emerge from this “soulless” place (down the street from my house in Alexandria and run by one of my neighbors, the sheriff) as a champion of press freedom for whom all would be forgiven.

She should be indicted along with her neocon Jacobin and Mayberry Machiavellian pals. They were all in this together.

She called me up once at the point in history at which her BS about the Iraqi WMD program was falling apart. She tried to get me to “sign up” to the idea that “it must have been true.” I told her that I did not wish to participate in her fantasy life. She was disappointed. Given Wilson’s experience, I have to wonder what she was trying to “set me up for.”

Just my opinion.

Pat Lang

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Drinking the Kool-Aid,” Middle East Policy Council Journal, Vol. XI, Summer 2004, No. 2

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