OK, there really is no "Judith Miller and me," but I have talked to her on the phone a few times. Our lives were once remotely in each other's gravity, drawn together by pseudo-journalist Steven Emerson -- a model for what Miller has become.
Miller forfeited the title "journalist" when she became a conduit of propaganda for the cabal that has its bloody hands on the control levers of the nation. She boasted two weeks ago that she "had everything to be proud of." That bombast was in the same edition as a companion piece where the New York Times admitted to censoring reporters who would have exposed details about White House efforts to smear Ambassador Joe Wilson in retaliation for his exposing a lie used to scare the nation into supporting the Iraq war. The reason? The revelations would have embarrassed Miller and her administration patrons.
Miller first surfaced on my radar about a decade ago. She and Emerson had been engaged in a furious campaign attacking Arab and Muslim voices in America. Emerson's most noteworthy crusade has been against a Tampa professor, Sami Al-Arian. I eventually exposed many of Emerson's blemishes. More importantly, the top FBI counterterrorism chief told me Al-Arian had not committed any federal crimes, and the lead federal prosecutor in the case also said there was no evidence to prosecute.
Emerson sued me, and after four years I prevailed in both federal and state courts. During that period, I learned of Miller's and Emerson's roles with an informal group that had strong ties to the right-wing Likud party in Israel. Miller has even sat in on Israeli "interrogation" sessions - and Emerson has provided beds for Likud agents who visit Washington.
Prior to 9/11 the Tampa federal probe of Al-Arian had stalled. This was unacceptable to the neo-cons and their Likudnik allies; Al-Arian was arguably the most prominent advocate in American for Palestinians. Thus, Israel conjured up "intelligence" -- shadowy insinuations much like Miller's WMD claims. The new "intelligence" led to Al-Arian's indictment. During his trial, the government has repeatedly been caught in lies -- including claiming Israeli intelligence wasn't involved in the prosecution, only to be exposed by an Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz. Without doubt, Al-Arian had secrets, but the government has had a hard time showing he did anything illegal. But justice was never the purpose of the trial -- or the object of Miller's and Emerson's work.
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