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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Judy Miller, goat or justice?

In case you hadn't heard, last week Judy Miller was sentenced to 120 days in prison for refusing to testify in a grand jury investigation. The investigation has been going for two years, trying to find out who leaked the name of Joe Wilson's wife (a undercover CIA operative) to the press (Robert Novak). Its a fairly complex scenario, and it appears that Novak has made some deal with the prosecution, since he isn't going to jail. But revealing the name of a CIA operative is a crime, and in this case it was also a dirty trick by the Bush Administration to render payback against Wilson for his investigation into the "Iraq buys yellow cake in Niger" story.

So now every damn newspaper in the country is crying fowl at Judy Miler's sentence. She didn't even write an article they say. They say that this sort of thing will prevent wistleblowers from talking to reporters on the condition of anonymity.

She didn't write an article because she is a Bush Administration lap dog, and co author of this fun article (among others) which helped the president get his war on. She obviously was in close with the administration, and this time she didn't write an article because she is protecting them, and NOT being a wistleblower. She is in fact, working against the public good, and it looks like she will pay for it.

I don't know much about Judy Miller, but I want to see Novak on the chopping block, and the Administration officials held accountable for their deviousness. My sentiments are mainly because I don't like those people, but I am also concerned for free speech and the integrity of our news media. Will integrity be strengthened here or weakened? I don't know. Check out these two articles for both sides.

NY Times

FindLaw

I know, I know, its not often that I agree with the law, but what can I say.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Idoru

I settled down tonight to take it easy and go to sleep reading a book. Six hours later and here I am. I feel kinda sad now, like I should have taken more time and romanced the read a little. It was a damn good book and I highly recommend Idoru by William Gibson.