Bill Moyers Journal: Rick Karr on Government Secrecy (Sibel Edmonds) + Viewer Mail

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Note: featured writer for Dandelion Salad (The Other) Katherine Harris had her viewer comment aired on the show last night. Way to go, Erin! ~ Lo

Bill Moyers Journal
PBS
Feb 29, 2008

Web Exclusive: Rick Karr on Government Secrecy

Are whistleblowers and muckrakers facing insurmountable odds? Correspondent Rick Karr takes stock of the cases of THE NEW YORK TIMES’ James Risen and former FBI agent Sibel Edmonds.

Take the case of former FBI agent Sibel Edmonds: She blew the whistle on massive incompetence at the Bureau — sloppy translations, missed messages from terror suspects. She even alleged that insiders were leaking secrets to foreign agents. She lost her job for it.

Just after Congress got interested in her story — and a bipartisan group of Senators said they found her claims credible enough to warrant an investigation — the administration retroactively classified everything that she knew, pretty much shutting down any chance of an investigation. U.S. journalists have found it nearly impossible to look into her claims. Over the past year, there’s been only one article on her in a major newspaper, and it simply announced that she’d won a freedom-of-speech award. Meanwhile, the TIMES OF LONDON has published three stories — just this year — digging into her claim that Administration officials sold secrets to foreign governments.

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Bill Moyers Journal
PBS
Feb 29, 2008

Viewer Mail

BILL MOYERS: It’s time once again to take a look at some of the comments you’ve been sending to us at the JOURNAL. You’ve been writing and we’ve been reading.

When Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul were excluded from participating in their parties’ presidential debates, we brought them on our show to give them a chance to speak their mind.

BILL MOYERS: And in a recent essay, I explored what the investigation of steroid abuse in major league baseball reveals about america as a whole.

BILL MOYERS: Suppose our national past time has become our national pathology? Ours is a society on steroids, and we’re as blind as baseball’s owners were a decade ago.

As someone who’s never given a hoot about baseball — or any team sport — it’s always been immaterial to me whether athletes take drugs or not…By contrast, we’re all embroiled in the larger political/economic/ethical issues you raise and…I’m not sure it’s fair to compare a rigged system that victimizes almost everyone with narrow areas of endeavor that needn’t occupy our attention unless by choice.
(The Other) Katherine Harris

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h/t: (The Other) Katherine Harris

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Sibel Edmonds (archive of posts)

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7 thoughts on “Bill Moyers Journal: Rick Karr on Government Secrecy (Sibel Edmonds) + Viewer Mail

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  5. Hey, thanks for noticing this! I was stunned to hear the marvelous Moyers read a snippet from my December post about his baseball show. I realize that giving baseball the finger is a WAY far from mainstream view, but it’s mine and I’m sticking to it. Here’s the whole thing:

    As someone who’s never given a hoot about baseball — or any team sport — it’s always been immaterial to me whether athletes take drugs or not and, on the level of professional specialization, it seems understandable. A certain freakishness comes with the territory, either genetically (e.g., the extreme height of basketball players) or by practice (e.g., the unbalanced muscular development of soccer players).

    Similarly, fashion models are not only programmed to be tall, with small heads, but are also skinny by nature or, often with the aid of drugs, starving themselves.

    Nobody is required to participate in either discipline, so it really doesn’t bother me what they do or don’t do.

    By contrast, we’re all embroiled in the larger political/economic/ethical issues you raise and, while I agree with everything you say about these, I’m not sure it’s fair to compare a rigged system that victimizes almost everyone with narrow areas of endeavor that needn’t occupy our attention unless by choice.

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