Keith is back. Remember the recent Osama bin Forgotten tape that was released and played on the airwaves? Sure you do. What you may not have known is that intelligence agencies acquired the tape even before it was released by Al Qaida operatives.
“Al Qaeda’s Internet communications system has suddenly gone dark to American intelligence after the leak of Osama bin Laden’s September 11 speech inadvertently disclosed the fact that we had penetrated the enemy’s system.
The intelligence blunder started with what appeared at the time as an American intelligence victory, namely that the federal government had intercepted, a full four days before it was to be aired, a video of Osama bin Laden’s first appearance in three years in a video address marking the sixth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.”
And why was this tape released to the media early? Well, first and foremost it was released to help that good old Republican cohort, the Fox Noise Channel. I guess keeping the ratings of a Republican propaganda network up is more important than months of work opening up backdoor portholes to Al Qaeda is. Yep, when Al Qaida found out that we had the vid they quickly shut down those openings. Keith gives a full report.
Wrapping up the leaked Osama Bin Forgotten tape segment, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlman joins Keith to discuss how difficult it is to open and maintain these loopholes into Al Qaida’s distribution system, and the damage caused by leaking the video.
Rudy G is booed at Yankee. Chris Matthews horns in on Keith’s show to discuss and to add his two cents worth on that incident and tonight’s Republican Debate in Michigan with Fred Thompson’s first debate appearance.
In Oddball, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport and Racing Mascots.
Best Persons – Fred Barnes, who is not quite in touch with reality, A Counterfeiter who was trying to pass a million dollar counterfeit bill, and how a vacuum cleaner sales led to a kidney transplant.
Just like the last time, the Bush tries to scare the Congress into passing a favorable FISA bill. And the way Congress flinches every time this administration says BOO!, it’ll probably work. But like Keith’s guest, Bruce Fein says, it doesn’t matter what law Congress passes because Bush isn’t going to obey any of them and they won’t do a damn thing about it.
The jurors in the British Inquest version of the probe into Diana’s death goes to a swanky hotel. Is Tom Cruise’s new movie being filmed in Germany cursed? The latest in a series of mishaps. Nick Nolte becomes a father at age 66.
Worst Persons: Bronze to the despicable Robert Novak, the Silver to the more despicable Rush Limbaugh and friends who are now attacking a twelve year old kid because when you’ve attacked veterans, and when you’ve attacked someone with Parkinsons disease, you and your party just have to show to what depths of inhumanity you can sink to. And somehow Billo manages to top that. Remember Billo talking about all the fun Shawn Hornbeck was having by being kidnapped? Sure you do. In testimony, the kidnapper said he was ready to strangle Hornbeck and only spared him so that he could make him his sex slave. Billo of course has never apologized for that remark.
In tonight’s final segment, dancing with the star, or in this case dancing with an animated Idaho Hall of Famer, Larry Craig.