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June 16, 2005

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See After Downing Street for all the events today about the Downing Street Memo, including:

1. The hearings from 2:30-4:30 pm called by Rep. John Conyers. They'll be carried live on C-Span 3 and then rebroadcast on C-Span 2 tomorrow afternoon. Tons of other media will be there; look for stories tonight and tomorrow.

2. John Conyers' delivery to the White House of his letter concerning the Downing Street Memo, signed by 100+ members of Congress and 500,000+ regular-issue Americans.

3. A 5 pm rally in Lafayette Park.


Michael Smith, the British journalist who uncovered the memo and has written extensively about it and other secret UK documents, is doing a live online appearance at 10 am ET for the Washington Post.

Here's a good Knight-Ridder story.

And here's a fascinating and unsettling Iraq timeline by Greg Palast.

Posted at June 16, 2005 08:27 AM | TrackBack

You know, I think it's very likely (which Palast argues) that Cheney's Energy Policy Task Force discussed taking over Iraq's oil fields. There's no proof of this, of course, but I don't think the *possibility* of it is pointed out often enough. I mean, come on! - basically Exxon decided to invade Iraq, and now tens of thousands are dead and the American military is busted.

OK, OK, I know - it's just our foreign policy. It's not like Bush sold stays in the Lincoln Bedroom or anything.

Posted by: Aaron at June 16, 2005 11:42 AM

A small quibble with Palast's article. It's the people, some of them with blogs, who made the story harder to ignore. Blogs themselves are useful tools. They make disinformation campaigns just as easy.

Posted by: Harry at June 16, 2005 01:52 PM

I wonder how long it takes for us to have to go to "Be very afraid" (or code "red") to keep more of this Downing Street Memo stuff away from the general public.

Posted by: Conor at June 16, 2005 03:04 PM


Come on! You're acting as this stuff is as important as the real news I see on ‘Extra’ or ‘Entertainment Tonight’ (or the New York Times for that matter). Where's that crazy Jacko? Where's Jolie and Pitt? Where's Cruise and Female Cruise?

Less about this "memo" and more about rich people (preferably white) and who they sleep with. And please try to put them in a picture with dozens of African children so that I can see their "charity work."

Now, get me a picture of Michael Smith on a beach in KwaZulu-Natal with Urkel (not white, but okay for our purposes)...Holding hands and of course...doing charity work.

Can you get your hands on that!



Posted by: Roberto T. at June 16, 2005 03:45 PM