Saturday, November 28, 2009

NY Times Reveals More Classified Information, Largely Ignores ClimateGate

Breathlessly reported leaked today by the New York Times is this item about a "secret" (well, it was secret) prison in Afghanistan, using "human rights researchers" and "former detainees," none of whom we're sure has any axe to grind or political motivation involved in our defeat. But hey, thanks, New York Times, we're so glad you have our best interests at heart. After all, we have to worry about our "image" rather than the safety of our armed forces.
An American military detention camp in Afghanistan is still holding inmates for sometimes weeks at a time and without access to the International Committee of the Red Cross, according to human rights researchers and former detainees held at the site on the Bagram Air Base.

The site consists of individual windowless concrete cells, each lighted by a single light bulb glowing 24 hours a day, where detainees said that their only contact with another human being was at twice-daily interrogation sessions.

The jail’s operation highlights a tension between President Obama’s goal to improve detention conditions that had drawn condemnation under the Bush administration and his desire to give military commanders leeway to operate. In this case, that means isolating certain prisoners for a period of time so interrogators can extract information or flush out confederates.
Ah, yes, such a dilemma for our fearless Historic First Golfer, the man of unprecedented something or other. On an unrelated note, big up and mad props to the leakers at the Times for not calling it harsh interrogation. They're at least cognizant of the ridicule.
Military officials said as recently as this summer that the secret Afghanistan jail and another like it at the Balad Air Base in Iraq were being used to interrogate high-value detainees. And officials said recently that there were no plans to close the detention centers.

In August, the administration restricted the time that detainees could be held at the secret jails to two weeks, changing previous Pentagon policy.

In the past, the military could obtain extensions. The interviewed detainees had been held longer but before the new policy went into effect.

Detainees call the Afghan site the black jail.
Oh my, the black jail, a name so offensive it immediately let to condemnation from MENSA chapter leader Joy Behar.

Now with the Times yet again revealing classified "secret" information, it's curious how little interest they have in ClimateGate, only the greatest scientific hoax of the modern era.
During the Bush Administration, it was Pulitzer material to expose anti-terrorism methods and operations including:

* The Terrorist Surveillance Program
* How we tracked terrorist financing
* Exposing secret terrorist holding facilities in allied countries
* Exaggerated accounts of terrorist interrogation

But when it comes to the hundreds of emails exposing the “scientists” who are manufacturing fraudulent data that is being used to seize control of the U.S.—and world—economy in the name of “global warming,” the New York Times is suddenly queasy about exposing documents that were “never intended for the public eye.” The last time they kept a secret this well, was when Stalin was starving millions of Ukrainians to death.

But the New York Times is not alone. Despite stories on every network that Barack Obama is going to Copenhagen to advocate for a “climate change” treaty, NONE of them have reported on this story—not even to try to refute it.
Yet rest assured all those "real news" outlets ignoring ClimateGate will all likely report this story tonight.

Media bias? What media bias?

When they're called on it, the hacks at the Times will say they "covered" the story, but that's a disingenuous excuse as to how they reference the story. But it's come to be expected from them. If they ignored the Van Jones story, do you think they'll really want to investigate a story of far greater implications? When a story comes along that refutes all that which you've believed and promoted for decades, editorial judgment exits the building and ass-covering commences.

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