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Was It An Honest Mistake? Or A Deliberate Plan To Deceive You?
Read This Article And Make Up Your Own Mind!
By Winter Patriot on 8/25/2005 1:35pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

Our friends at The RAW STORY have recently posted a very detailed article by British journalist Michael Smith tracing the manipulation of intelligence leading to the false claims on which the war against Iraq was supposedly "justified".

Here's a sample:

The most vociferous advocates of an attack on Iraq were Dick Cheney, the vice-president, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Rumsfeld deputy Paul Wolfowitz. They needed Congressional support and set about obtaining it in an aggressive fashion, insisting that not only did Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction threaten America and its allies but that the dictator was closely linked to al-Qa'eda.

This was a bit of a problem for the CIA, and in particular CIA director George Tenet. The CIA's 2001 annual assessment of 'worldwide threats' had played down any immediate threat from Iraq while the Agency had repeatedly dismissed the ludicrous idea that Saddam was in league with Osama bin Laden, a claim that was also strenuously denied in private by British intelligence officials.

By early 2002, US media reported the CIA had come under intense political pressure to back up the neo-cons' claims on Iraq with Rumsfeld's Pentagon even setting up an office of special plans which looked back through all the previous intelligence, hyping up any reports linking al-Qa'eda with Iraq in order to prove the CIA wrong.

Meanwhile, Dick Cheney took to visiting CIA headquarters in Langley and discussing the threat from Iraq with analysts. According to former CIA officials, the visits created a "chill factor" among those working on Iraq. There was "a kind of radical pressure" throughout 2002 and on into 2003, one said.

It's not light reading, but if you are seriously interested in learning about what happened, and why it happened, it's essential; I urge you to read entire article: Exclusive: Downing Street reporter dissects pre-war Iraq intelligence




LIVE and RAW from CRAWFORD, Texas
Blog along with us if you please!
By Winter Patriot on 8/25/2005 8:35am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The BRAD SHOW returns, LIVE and RAW and coming to you direct from Crawford, Texas.

LISTEN LIVE via:The IBC Radio Network
or at WhiteRoseSociety (Option 1)
or WhiteRoseSociety (Option 2)

Today (if all goes well) Brad's special guests may include Rep. John Conyers and Arianna Huffington.

For more details, click here.

URGENT REMINDER: The BRAD SHOW is still supported primarily by listener donations ... and we still need more listeners and more contributors! So please pick up the phone, or send some e-mail, and tell a few friends about The BRAD SHOW. You (and they) will be glad you did.

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Bush Speaks to the Vets...
By Brad Friedman on 8/25/2005 7:26am PT  




By Brad Friedman on 8/24/2005 10:00pm PT  

Following Joan Baez' performance, Cindy Sheehan made her first public statements since returning to Camp Casey in Crawford, TX.

She spoke about the media attacks on her, and at length about Casey. Both moving and at times, funny.

As broadcast LIVE Exclusively on The BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO's Special Edition of "Operation Noble Cause". Here's the MP3...

(Thanks David Edwards and Otie Maclay for the sound, Jeff Patterson of NotInOurName.net for the picture and DreamFactoryINK.com for getting out the word!)




Cindy Sheehan Returns to Camp Casey...
By Brad Friedman on 8/24/2005 6:05pm PT  


(Click photo for Windows Media Video...By Desi Doyen)

Join us tonight at www.BradShow.com for LIVE uninterrupted coverage of tonight's Joan Baez performance in Camp Casey. Publicly, the word is that Sheehan will not speak publicly until tomorrow at 10:30am CT tomorrow, however The BRAD BLOG has been told that she will likely speak at tonight's Baez performance, at least briefly. We will be there to cover it LIVE...Hopefully.

After arriving at the camp, and viewing the enormous new painting of Casey, her son who was killed in Iraq, she was somewhat overcome from both that and the heat.

We will begin broadcasting our Special Edition of our Special Edition of The BRAD SHOW tonight at 9p CT (10p ET, 8p MT, 7p PT)...




(Arianna Tomorrow!)
LIVE EXCLUSIVE UNINTERRUPTED BRAD SHOW COVERAGE at 9pm CT
By Brad Friedman on 8/24/2005 3:50pm PT  

We'll once again have EXCLUSIVE LIVE coverage of the Joan Baez Performance along with Cindy Sheehan's return to Camp Casey this evening on The BRAD SHOW. We'll post the time as soon as we know it. Best guess, 9pm CT.

Arianna Huffington will be our LIVE guest on tomorrow's daytime version of The BRAD SHOW beginning at 12noon Central Time.

Sheehan has just pulled up to Camp Casey 2...Photos and video now here...

UPDATE: Live BRAD SHOW coverage of Baez, Sheehan and the events on the ground in Camp Casey, uninterrupted at 9pm CT (10p ET, 8p MT, 7p CT)




(Arianna Tomorrow!)
Time for LIVE Broadcast Coming soon...Best Guess: 9pm CT
By Brad Friedman on 8/24/2005 3:49pm PT  

We'll once again have EXCLUSIVE LIVE coverage of the Joan Baez Performance along with Cindy Sheehan's return to Camp Casey this evening on The BRAD SHOW. We'll post the time as soon as we know it. Best guess, 9pm CT.

Arianna Huffington will be our LIVE guest on tomorrow's daytime version of The BRAD SHOW beginning at 12noon Central Time.

Sheehan will momentarily be pulling up to Camp Casey...we'll try to have photos and audio shortly...




LIVE and RAW from CRAWFORD, Texas
Blog along with us if you please!
By Winter Patriot on 8/24/2005 9:39am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The BRAD SHOW returns, LIVE and RAW and coming to you direct from Crawford, Texas.

LISTEN LIVE via:The IBC Radio Network
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or WhiteRoseSociety (Option 2)

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A BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO EXCLUSIVE! Coverage Begins at 9pm ET!
'Operation Noble Cause' Continues...Deep in the Heart of Texas...
By Brad Friedman on 8/23/2005 4:38pm PT  

After five hours of LIVE broadcasting from Camp Casey (as we now do every day on The BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO's special "Operation Noble Cause" coverage) We've just been given the go ahead for exclusive coverage of tonight's Joan Baez performance LIVE from Camp Casey in Crawford Texas!

Jump to www.BradShow.com for special LIVE coverage at 9pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT) SHARP.

To be anchored by your friendly citizen blogger, Brad Friedman.

Spread the word...

And yes, we'd still appreciate any DONATIONS you can make to help pay for all of this!

(Our LIVE interview with Baez from yesterday is here.)




LIVE and RAW from CRAWFORD, Texas
Blog along with us if you please!
By Winter Patriot on 8/23/2005 9:39am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The BRAD SHOW returns, LIVE and RAW and coming to you direct from Crawford, Texas.

LISTEN LIVE via:The IBC Radio Network
or at WhiteRoseSociety (Option 1)
or WhiteRoseSociety (Option 2)

For more details, click here.

URGENT REMINDER: The BRAD SHOW is still supported primarily by listener donations ... and we still need more listeners and more contributors! So please pick up the phone, or send some e-mail, and tell a few friends about The BRAD SHOW. You (and they) will be glad you did.

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Reporter asks Bush about meeting with Sheehan
By David Edwards on 8/23/2005 9:31am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Bush answered questions from reporters this morning.
Again, he refused to meet with Cindy Sheehan.

Watch the video
(Windows Media format)




Live and Deep in the Heart of Texas!
Plus: Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee's Surprise Appearance, A THIRD Night of Baez to Come Tomorrow and Margot Kidder on Tomorrow's BRAD SHOW!
By Brad Friedman on 8/22/2005 6:14pm PT  

Wow...What a day...A radio miracle, indeed. The BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO's "Operation Noble Cause" seems to now be up and running from Crawford Texas!

Thanks to Ben Burch of WhiteRoseSociety.org today's extraordinary 4 hours will now be looping throughout the night until we fire it up again tomorrow at HIGH NOON Central Time tomorrow. ReBRADCasting all night long! Option 1 or Option 2 (whatever works best for your audio player).

As well, here's the Joan Baez interview [MP3]with commercial breaks pulled out (again, thanks to Ben and WhiteRose! You saved our lives!)

Baez decided to stick around another day and is about to give an account of "Her Life in Activism" which will include a few songs as well (she tells us) and some other performances from some other folks.

And now, she's just been introducted by a suprise guest --- Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee...and further surprise, Baez is to make it a two-parter! She's gonna be here another night for part II of "Her Life in Activism" (Come on down folks!)

If I'd had more than 40 minutes sleep last night, I might be more articulate now. But listen to whatever you can of today's show. I think there was some extraordinary stuff. Amazing voices. And the last thirty minutes just tore me up...

But here's some fresh skinny for ya...We'll be back LIVE at NOON CT tomorrow (1p ET, 10a PT) and our first guest will be Superman's Margot Kidder, whose just become a U.S. citizen last week!

And oh, the things you'll hear...Stay tuned...

Thanks again to those who can DONATE to help keep us up on the air! And to those who have done so already!

We hope to have another audio highlight or two soon!




By David Edwards on 8/22/2005 4:51pm PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

The American Research Group published the latest poll showing more bad news for President Bush.

George W. Bush's overall job approval ratings have dropped from a month ago even as Americans who approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president are turning more optimistic about their personal financial situations according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. Among all Americans, 36% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 33% approve and 62% disapprove.

Among Americans registered to vote, 38% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 56% disapprove, and 36% approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 60% disapprove.

This is the second month in a row when improving economic ratings have not been matched by higher job approval ratings for Bush. A total of 24% of Americans now say their personal financial situations are getting better, up from 17% in July, and 27% say they believe that their personal financial situations will be better off a year from now, which is up from 21% in July.

...
Overall, 36% of Americans say that they approve of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president, 58% disapprove, and 6% are undecided.

Bush job approvalApproveDisapproveUndecided
Aug 200536%58%6%
July 200542%52%6%
Jun 200542%53%5%
May 200543%51%6%
Apr 200544%50%6%
Mar 200547%48%5%
Feb 200549%45%6%
Jan 200551%44%5%
Dec 200450%45%5%
Nov 200451%43%6%
Oct 2004 45%47%8%
Sep 200445%48%7%
Aug 200443%50%7%




LIVE and RAW from CRAWFORD, Texas
Blog along with us if you please!
By Winter Patriot on 8/22/2005 9:52am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The BRAD SHOW returns, LIVE and RAW and coming to you direct from Crawford, Texas.

LISTEN LIVE via:The IBC Radio Network
or at WhiteRoseSociety (Option 1)
or WhiteRoseSociety (Option 2)

For more details, click here.

URGENT REMINDER: The BRAD SHOW is still supported primarily by listener donations ... and we still need more listeners and more contributors! So please pick up the phone, or send some e-mail, and tell a few friends about The BRAD SHOW. You (and they) will be glad you did.

LIVE OPEN THREAD BLOGGING below: click on the "comments" link at the bottom-right corner of this item to join in!




'Operation Noble Cause' Hits the Air at HIGH NOON in Crawford Texas!
Live Listening Links via www.BradShow.com!
By Brad Friedman on 8/22/2005 3:51am PT  

It's 5:40am as I type this in Crawford, Texas. I've got radio interviews beginning in about an hour, and then I'll be heading back to Camp Casey for our first LIVE BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO from on the ground in the center of the action!

Come hell or high water, after driving all the way across the country, we hope to get on the air! (My money is on "hell" but either way...)

Join us for this historic simulcast on several different radio networks! Find out how I do a LIVE show from the middle of nowhere with no sleep! Even as I find out!

Spread the word! And yes...we still very much need your DONATIONS to pull off this radio miracle!

I'll try to explain how it all came to this once we're on the show. If you like your radio RAW, don't miss this very first daily BRADcast from deep in the heart of Texas! CLICK HERE FOR LIVE LISTENING LINKS!

LATE UPDATE: We are very happy to announce that JOAN BAEZ will be a guest on today's historic BRAD SHOW. Don't miss it!!




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