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January 03, 2014

Snowden Accuser Gordon G. Chang Works for Think Tank Run by Notorious Liars

Gordon G. Chang, currently seen in the Daily Beast claiming Edward Snowden had "high-level contact" with Chinese officials while in Hong Kong, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute.

That's notable because the main people who run Gatestone are John Bolton (chairman) and Amir Taheri (chairman, Gatestone Europe), two of the most flagrant liars in high level politics.

Bolton lied under oath during his confirmation hearings to be U.S. Ambassador to the UN in 2005, claiming he'd "made no effort to have discipline imposed" on a State Department analyst who refused to sign off on statements that Cuba had a biological weapons program. Bolton's denial that he'd tried to punish the analyst was contradicted by other Department staffers and documentary evidence. (Bolton also led the 2002 charge to force out José Bustani from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Bustani was making plans to send inspectors to Iraq, which Bolton opposed because it would complicate the push for war.)

Amir Taheri made international news in 2006 by reporting that the Iranian parliament had passed a law that would require Jews to wear badges in public. This led to a gigantic, embarrassing public retraction by Canada's National Post (see below), which had pushed the story on its front page. Taheri's PR agent Eleana Benador then explained that accuracy is "a luxury"—because while Taheri may have written "one or two details that are not accurate" what mattered most was "to side with what's right."

And in terms of what's right, John Bolton says that Edward Snowden has committed treason and "should hang from an old oak tree." It's impossible to know whether Chang has simply made his entire story up, but he's certainly part of a milieu that encourages and celebrates lying to get the desired results.


Here's a screenshot of the National Post's retraction of the Taheri story. The Daily Beast might want to study it as a model for the future.


—Jon Schwarz

Posted at January 3, 2014 08:43 PM

So pleasant to see you here again. That Mister Moore has been taking up far too much of your time (even though he is a good cure for cancer).

Posted by: ottorock at January 3, 2014 10:42 PM

Sadly, Mr Bolton has not heard of or does not know of "Put your brain in gear before you put you your mouth in gear". Wonder if what he says, his brain even registers!!!! May be his lies have him confused!!

Posted by: rupa shah at January 3, 2014 10:46 PM

I've seen today on Raw Story (I think) where Sen. Bernie Sanders was asking if the NSA was spying on Congress.
Some things ya can't fix&I'm thinking Congress is one of those things. Surely they would realize THAT'S the first place to be spied on. Its where the MONEY (funding&oversight) comes from.
Another point is that members of Congress are also members of EVERYBODY. If one is to spy on EVERYBODY in America then---???(Of course its not unreasonable to suspect that some members of Congress may well be terrorists or on crack cocaine)
Since Snowden's revelations show up every few days or so, I just imagine Congress is finding out the sad TRUTH about themselves being targeted.
(I have to laugh, lol)
Snowden is more patriotic and a hero in his little finger than John Bolton and his ilk will ever be. Perhaps the nation would be better off if Bolton had a date with a rope, considering the Iraq failures.
FAILURE TO PROSECUTE Codpiece&Deadeye for war crimes IS one bad dog that will be on OUR heels for a long, long time.
As far as the article about Iran---kinda reminds one about The Nazis don't it. I guess its ALL the writers have left in the push to "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran".

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 3, 2014 10:47 PM

@ Mike Meyer
Yes, the story was in "Raw Story" and here is his Full Letter. I suggest, we ALL should write letters to OUR senators and congressmen/women to do the same!


Posted by: rupa shah at January 3, 2014 11:02 PM

rupa shah: Again THANX. I hadn't read the article until now. I just read the headline and started laughing. (pretty fucking funny, I think) Congress should have seen this day coming when they passed The Patriot Act, but apparently no. The comments to the article were revealing too, I might add.

GREED&STUPIDITY, Folks---they dance hand in hand in this life.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 3, 2014 11:49 PM

My favorite comment is from Eric Alterman: "Edward Snowden, like Bradley Manning, broke the law and did so knowing he would likely be punished. But the inhumane treatment of Manning and the phony espionage charges against Snowden say more about our permanent government’s fear of exposure than about the “crimes” each man has committed."

He reminds me of those American Conservatives who don't like the anti-gay stuff and feel they are speaking reasonable when they ask for an economic program from I guess the mythical Golden Age of Reagan.

But I can't help also remembering this from Noam Chomsky "Force and Opinion":

"The fears expressed by the men of best quality in the 17th century have become a major theme of intellectual discourse, corporate practice, and the academic social sciences. They were expressed by the influential moralist and foreign affairs adviser Reinhold Niebuhr, who was revered by George Kennan, the Kennedy intellectuals, and many others. He wrote that "rationality belongs to the cool observers" while the common person follows not reason but faith. The cool observers, he explained, must recognize "the stupidity of the average man," and must provide the "necessary illusion" and the "emotionally potent oversimplifications" that will keep the naive simpletons on course."

By the way, the great liberal intellectual Walter Lippman, who shared this belief in "the manufacture of consent" is cited with nothing but awe by The Daily Beast.

Posted by: Lewis at January 4, 2014 06:41 PM

For all, interested in NSA's response to Sen Bernie Sanders' letter....


Wonder what NSA's response would have been if Sen Sanders had asked if NSA was intercepting shipments of computers ordered by Congressional staff, loading the computers with malware/spyware to conduct its dirty business and then had them delivered to the ordering staff???!!!

Posted by: rupa shah at January 4, 2014 07:05 PM

I see that Emma Thompson is listed as an author. Either she is a neocon, or they published her for the street cred.

Posted by: Happy Jack at January 4, 2014 10:56 PM

I'm betting Bernie voted yes on The Patriot Act. (don't know for sure, just a guess)
What's next? (Hey! How's about that GITMO?)

rupa shah: Yet another good find!!! Interestingly WE find that Congress has the very same privacy protections as the rest of US. That should put Bernie's mind at ease, and indeed, ALL the rest of Congress, for that matter. I know I feel all better now that that little matter is cleared up.(and more safer&secure too)

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 5, 2014 02:03 PM

I see where Sen. Rand Paul claims he's is suing the NSA over spying on Congress. Good luck with that, although I'm wondering, should he win such a lawsuit, does that mean the TAXPAYER will have to PAY for said lawsuit AND pay reparations too? I'm POSITIVE neither plaintiff nor defendant will dig into THEIR OWN pockets in the matter. Looking at the Snowden case I'm also positive no one is going to jail or even getting fired at NSA. (perhaps a letter of reprimand???)

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 7, 2014 03:27 PM