[Editor's note: A detail from an earlier version about the public's treatment of returning Vietnam soldiers was omitted from this version.]
What has been omitted? The spitting lie.
Does that suffice for a correction for you?
I don't know what to think. I'm serious. They put that lie into print (online) and then they pull it. I'm glad they pulled it but I think they owed a correction and not just a deletion.
Kat and I were talking about this. Both tonight and last night. Last night, her theory was that there would be an immediate action (C.I. was outraged and she was working the phones) and I didn't think there would be. I thought after a week, we'd get a correction, after a week of complaints.
I will praise them on the speed. But I do think that if you put out false information then you need to correct it. Especially on something as serious as this topic.
What do you think that?
I'll leave it to you to weigh in if you'd like. Just e-mail and I will note it on Friday. (I don't blog Thursday nights.)
CIA Red Cell Memorandum on United States 'exporting terrorism, 2 Feb 2010" (WikiLeaks):
This CIA "Red Cell" report from February 2, 2010, looks at what will happen if it is internationally understood that the United States is an exporter of terrorism; 'Contrary to common belief, the American export of terrorism or terrorists is not a recent phenomenon, nor has it been associated only with Islamic radicals or people of Middle Eastern, African or South Asian ethnic origin. This dynamic belies the American belief that our free, open and integrated multicultural society lessens the allure of radicalism and terrorism for US citizens.' The report looks at a number cases of US exported terrorism, including attacks by US based or ﬁnanced Jewish, Muslim and Irish-nationalism terrorists. It concludes that foreign perceptions of the US as an "Exporter of Terrorism" together with US double standards in international law, may lead to noncooperation in renditions (including the arrest of CIA officers) and the decision to not share terrorism related intelligence with the United States.
You should check that out, it's very interesting and worth reading. It's also worth noting that this memo is causing an uproar, it's publication is causing an uproar. I think WikiLeaks has a great deal more and that, as long as the US government keeps screwing with Julian Assange, WikiLeaks is going to keep releasing documents.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):