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  • Thursday, November 24, 2005

    Freedom of speech in Britain. Yeah, right.

    From Democracy Now!:

    The British government has threatened to sue newspapers that publish contents of a leaked memo in which President Bush allegedly discusses bombing the Arabic satellite network Al Jazeerah. The government says it would take action under the Official Secrets Act*, which makes it illegal come into the possession of government information without lawful authority. The British newspaper Daily Mirror disclosed the memo Tuesday. The paper based its a report on a confidential Downing Street memo that claimed Bush told British Prime Minister Tony Blair in April 2004 that he wanted to attack Al Jazeera's headquarters in Qatar. Blair allegedly talked Bush out of the strike, fearing revenge attacks. The Daily Mirror says it will comply with the government's threat against publication. But Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace said : "We made [the government] fully aware of the intention to publish and were given 'no comment' officially or unofficially. Suddenly 24 hours later we are threatened under section 5 [of the secrets act]." Two British civil servants have been charged in connection with the leak.

    * The Official Secrets Act is otherwise known that the "You Caught Us With Our Pants Down Act."

    4 Comments:

    At 11/24/2005 05:30:00 pm, Blogger Gothamimage said...

    As much as I think Bush is a bad President, I still find this hard to believe - Is it possible? Attack an ally? To kill reporters? It's worth noting that some of the Bush partisans, on the more gruesome end, think that's ok.

     
    At 11/24/2005 06:14:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Somehow, I imagine Bush arrogant enough to do it, though not with an aircraft.

     
    At 11/28/2005 01:24:00 am, Blogger Jez said...

    who's the 'ally'? Al Jazeerah? Huh?

     
    At 11/28/2005 02:19:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    Qatar.

     

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