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April 23, 2006
A Spy Speaks Out

Tyler Drumheller — a 26-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency — has decided to do something CIA officials at his level almost never do: Speak out. He says the real failure was not in the intelligence community but in the White House, and that the Bush administration... "The policy was set," Drumheller says. "The war in Iraq was coming. And they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy, to justify the policy."
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CBS News page with partial video and transcript
[Windows Media link here]

February 2, 2006
The White House Memo - A report by Channel 4 News, Britian

Extraordinary details of George Bush and Tony Blair's pre-war meeting in January 2003 at which they discussed plans to begin military action on March 10th 2003, irrespective of whether the United Nations had passed a new resolution authori[s]ing the use of force.
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Channel 4 News page

Please see also Blair-Bush deal before Iraq war revealed in secret memo
published in The Guardian, February 3, 2006

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November 4, 2005
Investigating Prewar Intellegence

An excellent installment of the NewsHour mostly dedicated to discussion and debate about the plans to go to war in Iraq. Go here to see all video available from Nov. 4, but especially recommended is the segment called Wilkerson's Case where Colin Powell's former chief of staff discusses the run up to the war in Iraq and Debating the Charges, where two experts discuss the charges made about Iraq war planning by Colin Powell's former chief of staff with Margaret Warner doing a stellar job of moderating.
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August 21, 2005
'Dead Wrong:' Inside an Intelligence Meltdown

CNN Presents focuses on the intelligence mistakes surrounding administration claims about Iraq's WMD in this factual and unsparing report. The chronology of events is rolled out with a straightforward approach and in convincing detail. The program also represents the only comprehensive look to date by an American news organization into the credibility of the administration's case for war.
[Highly recommended to watch this twice to catch all the nuances.
We hope to have a link to the program in its entirety.]
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July 19, 2005
Did the American news media ignore the Downing Street Memo?
Radio broadcast
of the WHYY series Radio Times–A debate with Michael Clark, an assistant professor at Muhlenberg College [and member of the team], and Chris Satullo, editorial page editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
[Real Player stream link]

July 6, 2005
Michael Smith Disucsses the Downing Street Memos

NPR/Fresh Air–Terry Gross interviews Sunday Times reporter Michael Smith about the Downing Street memos, including how he acquired them.
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The Sunday Times logo June 27, 2005 interview
with Michael Smith of the London Tlmes, the reporter who started this all.
[text transcript]

June 21, 2005
Radio broadcast
of the series Open Source talking with Michael Smith of the London Tlmes, Jay Rosen of NYU and our spokesperson here at, Bob Fesmire—discussing the Downing Street Memos.
[High-quality mp3 stream link, 51:39 duration—give it time to load]
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June 12, 2005
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by It's tempting in the flurry of minutes and memos and articles to get so wrapped up in the story that you forget exactly who the story is about.
It's not about impeaching the President.  It's not about Republicans and Democrats.  It has, and always will be, about those heroes who sacrificed and trusted their government.  About those with brave hearts who cannot speak now from the grave. It is up to us to speak for them.  It is up to the media to ask the questions that would have flowed from their lips, were those heroes alive today. Thanks to Crooks & Liars for hosting.
[Windows Media download link, 2.3MB]

June 16, 2005
PBS NewsHour's
excellent report on the controversy surrounding the "Downing Street memos" continues to grow. The documents, a series of 2002 British memos about President Bush making the case to go to war in Iraq, were recently leaked to the media. Margaret Warner talks with Ray McGovern and Reuel Gerecht.
[Webpage with transcript, Real audio link, RealPlayer and Windows Media video links]
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Michael Smith photo June 16, 2005
Online chat
with Michael Smith of the London Tlmes to discuss the Downing Street Memo and his reporting.
[text transcript]

June 16, 2005
House Judiciary Committee Democrats Meeting on Downing Street Memo and Iraq War

Rep. John Conyers, House Judiciary Cmte. Ranking Member, chairs a meeting on the Downing Street Memo and pre-Iraq War intelligence. Witnesses include: former ambassador Joe Wilson, CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan, mother of fallen American soldier, and constitutional lawyer John Bonifaz.
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PDF transcript document (168 pages)
Plain text transcript document
Conyers' hearing screen cap

MSNBC-connected title June 6, 2005
MSNBC's Connected Coast to Coast talks
with spokesperson Bob Fesmire about the Downing Street Memo and the lack of mainstream media coverage over it.
[Windows Media links - Part 1 (above link), Part 2, MSNBC page]

March 20, 2005
of BBC series Panorama reveals how several of the claims Tony Blair made in public during the build up to the war - and afterwards - conflict with what we now know was going on behind the scenes, as evidenced for instance by government officials and documents.
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October 2004
The Power of Nightmares-
The Rise of the Politics of Fear

The powerful BBC series looking at how fears over an organised Al-Qaeda terror network have come to dominate US and UK politics was shown on the BBC last year. "In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares."
[Various streams and download links]

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February 10, 2006: Senator Harry Reid released a statement on the eve of the two-year anniversary of the start of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s investigation into prewar intelligence. Go here to read the statement, and here to read about the CIA official's account of being misled into war that the senator refers to in his statement..

November 1, 2005: Senator Harry Reid–using a seldom used parlimentary maneuver– forced the Senate to commit to resuming the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearings (the Phase II portion of the hearings on how intelligence was used in the runup to war in Iraq). After the closed session, a bipartisan task force was appointed to report on the intelligence committee's progress on the long-awaited inquiry.

Go here, here and here to read press accounts of this event.

August 2, 2005: Senator Dianne Feinstein has sent a letter to Pat Roberts, Chariman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence asking to complete the Phase II portion of the hearings on how intelligence was used in the runup to war in Iraq, in light of the revelations of the Downing Street Memo and questions of the source known as "Curveball."

Go here to read press release on the senator's website.

Michael Smith and the Sunday Times have published The leaked Iraq war documents—a great overview of their coverage of the three highly classified documents on the Iraq war that were leaked to the Sunday Times ahead of the British General Election on 5 May 2005, complete with links and analysis.

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