Thursday, June 16, 2011

The WH/Politico attack on Seymour Hersh

The Obama White House has participated in an anonymous attack on Seymour Hersh' latest New Yorker piece that debunks the Iranian nuclear threat.

Unfortunately, the following is only a short excerpt from the New Yorker story...
Iran and the Bomb - Seymour Hersh

Millers Association VP blasts GM food regulations

This is the kind of leadership we need in the battle to maintain and support the diversity and integrity of our food supply. The North American Millers Association came out for a comprehensive restructuring of regulations for GM crops. It calls for a proper risk assessment for GM crops, access to lab data, and liability for biotech companies in contamination events, among other reforms. The liability is the key - if the penalty is severe enough it will effectively deter these willful practices by threatening the bottom line.

Ex-Spy Alleges Effort to Discredit Bush Critic

The hypocrisy of the New York Times in failing to credit source material to WikiLeaks, signaled in this case by the euphemism that the Times, "learned of the episode elsewhere," is disgraceful. Cases like this allegation that the CIA illegally sought to obtain damaging information on an American professor cry out for greater transparency in the US government. The CIA denies everything and there are no available documents or records to contradict the agency's word. The other issue that comes to mind in this piece is that there is no mention of the FBI and it's retroactively legal warrantless surveillance of Americans. Is this serious journalism or carefully controlled messaging that we're getting from the NYT?