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I was previously a constitutional law and civil rights litigator and am now a journalist. I am the author of three New York Times bestselling books -- "How Would a Patriot Act" (a critique of Bush executive power theories), "Tragic Legacy" (documenting the Bush legacy), and With Liberty and Justice for Some (critiquing America's two-tiered justice system and the collapse of the rule of law for its political and financial elites). My fifth book - No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State - will be released on April 29, 2014 by Holt/Metropolitan.

Friday, May 30, 2008

E-mail to Mike Allen

Mike - I found your comments on the Mike Gallagher Show -- described and recorded here -- to be very interesting. I intend to write about them tomorrow and have a few questions for you with the hope of including your views in what I write:

(1) Is anyone who believes that the media was too deferential to the Bush administration in the run-up to the war a "left-wing hater"?

(2) Can you give a few examples of the "left-wing haters" you were referencing? Katie Couric this week said that she agrees with that view. Is she a "left-wing hater"?

(3) Are there "right-wing haters"? If so, any examples you can provide?

(4) Have you ever read any of the numerous books and articles written in all sorts of mainstream venues documenting the case that the media failed in its duties in the run-up to the war to critically examine pro-war claims from the Bush administration?

(5) Have you read the mea culpas from the NYT 's Editors and The Washington Post 's Howard Kurtz making the case that their papers suppressed anti-war views and/or uncritically promoted pro-war views from the Bush administration?


Glenn Greenwald

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Email to McCain campaign

A blogger at Wired posted yesterday that a McCain campaign representative (Chuck Fish) said that McCain opposes telecom immunity until (a) there are "hearings to find out what actually happened and what harms actually occurred" and (b) the telecoms apologize for what they did (see here).

That marks a substantial (and, in my view, extremely favorable) change in Sen. McCain's position on this important issue, given that, back in February, McCain voted in favor of the Senate Intelligence Committee bill which contained telecom immunity (see here).

I'm writing a piece on this for Salon and would like to know:

(a) Did Chuck Fish accurately describe McCain's position on telecom immunity?

(b) Does McCan believe that telecoms -- in the absence of hearings to find out what they did and in the absence of an apology -- should be immunized from liability, even if they broke the law when enabling government spying?

(c) Does McCain believe that telecoms did break the law by allowing government spying on their customers without warrants?

(d) Has McCain's position on telecom immunity evolved in any way since the February vote?

Any answers you could provide for the piece I'm writing will be included. Thanks -

Glenn Greenwald

Monday, May 19, 2008

Carney - Full page newspaper ad

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Galloway column and Galloway/Di Rita email exchange


After losing war game, Rumsfeld packed up his military and went to war

By JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - Of those generals who have stepped forward to criticize Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and his conduct of the Iraq War, none has pointed
out the mistakes of a man who admits no error with more specificity than
retired Marine Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper.

Van Riper is widely respected as a military thinker who emerged from combat
in Vietnam determined to help get to the bottom of what went wrong there and
why and how it should be fixed.

Van Riper, who commanded both the Marine War College at Quantico, Va., and
the prestigious National War College in Washington before retiring in 1997, told
an interviewer in October 2004 that the military got the lessons all wrong
after World War II and that mistake resulted in two disasters - Korea and

"My great fear is we're off to something very similar to what happened after
World War II, that is getting it completely wrong again," the general said of
the course in Iraq.

The general made it clear he is no anti-war crusader. "We have to stay," he
said of Iraq this week. "We have to finish it, but let's do it right."

Van Riper told Knight Ridder that in looking at Rumsfeld's leadership he
found three particular areas of inability and incompetence.

First, he said, if any battalion commander under him had created so "poor a
climate of leadership" and the "bullying" that goes on in the Pentagon under
Rumsfeld he would order an investigation and relieve that commander.

"Even more than that I focus on (his) incompetence when it comes to preparing
American military forces for the future," Van Riper said. "His idea of
transformation turns on empty buzz words. There's none of the scholarship and
doctrinal examination that has to go on before you begin changing the force."

Third, he said, under Rumsfeld there's been no oversight of military

"Mr. Rumsfeld has failed 360 degrees in the job. He is incompetent," Van
Riper concluded. "Any military man who made the mistakes he has made, tactically
and strategically, would be relieved on the spot."

One event that shocked Van Riper occurred in 2002 when he was asked, as he
had been before, to play the commander of an enemy Red Force in a huge $250
million three-week war game titled Millennium Challenge 2002. It was widely
advertised as the best kind of such exercises - a free-play unscripted test of some
of the Pentagon's and Rumsfeld's fondest ideas and theories.

Though fictional names were applied, it involved a crisis moving toward war
in the Persian Gulf and in actuality was a barely veiled test of an invasion of

In the computer-controlled game, a flotilla of Navy warships and Marine
amphibious warfare ships steamed into the Persian Gulf for what Van Riper assumed
would be a pre-emptive strike against the country he was defending.

Van Riper resolved to strike first and unconventionally using fast patrol
boats and converted pleasure boats fitted with ship-to-ship missiles as well as
first generation shore-launched anti-ship cruise missiles. He packed small
boats and small propeller aircraft with explosives for one mass wave of suicide
attacks against the Blue fleet. Last, the general shut down all radio traffic
and sent commands by motorcycle messengers, beyond the reach of the

At the appointed hour he sent hundreds of missiles screaming into the fleet,
and dozens of kamikaze boats and planes plunging into the Navy ships in a
simultaneous sneak attack that overwhelmed the Navy's much-vaunted defenses based
on its Aegis cruisers and their radar controlled Gatling guns.

When the figurative smoke cleared it was found that the Red Forces had sunk
16 Navy ships, including an aircraft carrier. Thousands of Marines and sailors
were dead.

The referees stopped the game, which is normal when a victory is won so
early. Van Riper assumed that the Blue Force would draw new, better plans and the
free play war games would resume.

Instead he learned that the war game was now following a script drafted to
ensure a Blue Force victory: He was ordered to turn on all his anti-aircraft
radar so it could be destroyed and he was told his forces would not be allowed to
shoot down any of the aircraft bringing Blue Force troops ashore.

The Pentagon has never explained. It classified Van Riper's 21-page report
criticizing the results and conduct of the rest of the exercise, along with the
report of another DOD observer. Pentagon officials have not released Joint
Forces Command's own report on the exercise.

Van Riper walked out and didn't come back. He was furious that the war game
had turned from an honest, open free play test of America's war-fighting
capabilities into a rigidly controlled and scripted exercise meant to end in an
overwhelming American victory.


Danita No. 1:

From: DiRita, Larry, CIV, OSD [mailto:xxxxx.xxxxx@xxx.xxx]

Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 6:58 AM

To: Galloway, Joe Subject:

Your column about Gen Van Riper is just silly, Joe. To tag the Secretary of
Defense with being responsible for every sparrow that falls out of every tree
is just ludicrous.

General Kernan, who was commander of the Joint Forces Command when Van
Riper's wargame occurred, had very pointed things to say about Van Riper when Van
Riper made his first notoriety on this whole thing.

To tag Rumsfeld with a wargame when there were about three or four layers of
the chain of command between Rumsfeld and the wargamers just misunderstands
the way the world works.

Let's at least be honest about this: there is a lot of change taking place,
and that change forces people to re-examine the way we have always done things.
That is bumpy, and that can make people anxious.

I don't have any idea what might have happened in Van Riper’s experience with
this wargame, but to blame the secretary of defense for it just sounds crazy.

You talk about "Rumsfeld’s fondest ideas and theories" as if you have the
first clue as to what those are. I have worked with him side-by-side for five
years, and I wouldn't even try to divine what his fondest ideas and theories are.

The debate about defense transformation was going on long before Rumsfeld
showed up at the Pentagon. I'd wager that the war game Van Riper was so offended
by probably began in planning before Rumsfeld showed up.

Van Riper has never even met the secretary to my knowledge. For him to make
such sweeping comments as he did in your piece is just irresponsible.

As a journalist, don't you think you owe it to your readers to challenge when
people say things like that as though they have firsthand knowledge? Also,
you ought to talk with Buck Kernan, who commanded JFCOM at the time.

You're just becoming a johnny-one-note and it's only a couple of steps from
that to curmudgeon!!



From Galloway in response to Da Rita No. 1:

Larry: I am delighted that folks over in OSD continue to read my columns with
great attention. Who knows, it might make a difference one day. I’ve always
understood that the guy in charge takes the fall for everything that goes wrong
on his watch. This is why the U.S. Navy courts martial the captain of any
ship that is involved in an accident or is sunk for whatever reason. This is why
a President, Harry Truman, always kept a sign on his desk in the oval office
that said simply: The Buck Stops Here. Trouble with this administration is the
buck never stops anywhere, on anybody's desk. "Victory has many fathers;
defeat is an orphan" --Count Ciano, Mussolini's son-in-law in 1945

Last I knew Mr. Rumsfeld was the Secretary of Defense. His is the ultimate
responsibility. And I am damned if I can understand how you could work for the
man for as long as you have without knowing what he likes and doesn't like in
the way of strategy and tactics and fighting wars. In the meantime, I hope you
will take note of the fact that throughout the discussion of this and other
columns with you I have never once implied that you were "silly" or "crazy" or
"ludicrous" or even a "johnny-one-note.” I will be leaving this town in three
weeks, Larry, and there's a lot of people and places I will miss. You aren't
exactly at the top of that list... Joe Galloway


Da Rita No. 2:

That's not what you're describing, though, in your Van Riper piece.

I also served long enough to know that officers who hide behind anonymity and
complain to you and other journalists about what they don't like are causing
great harm to the institutions they serve and to the country.

Anyway, I think your columns have been representative of a school of thought
within military circles that I don't believe is particularly widespread.

The army is so much more capable and suitable for the nation's needs that it
was 5 or 10 years ago. To my mind, the voices your columns represent missed
the forest for the trees.

I regret you took offense at our exchanges. Apparently people can tell a
journalist the most damnable things about Rumsfeld or Myers or Franks or the
President and it's okay, but a little feisty email exchange in response you find

Best wishes.


Galloway Response to Danita No. 2:

Subj: Re: Date: 5/3/2006 4:56:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time

From: Jlgalloway2

To: xxxx@xxxxxx.xx

Larry: the army you describe as "so much more capable" than it was 5 or 10
years ago is, in fact, very nearly broken. Another three years of the careful
attention of your boss ought to just about finish it off. This is not the word
from your anonymous officers; this is from my own observations in the field in
Iraq and at home on our bases and in the military schools and colleges. You
can sit there all day telling me that pigs can fly, with or without lipstick,
and I am not going to believe it. Seemingly the reverse is also true. One of us
is dead wrong and I have a good hunch that it would be you. You go flying
blind through that forest and you are going to find those trees for sure. Whether
or not Paul Van Riper has ever met Secretary Rumsfeld is not at issue. One
does not have to be a personal acquaintance to find that a public figure's
policies and conduct of his office are wanting. Secretary Rumsfeld spent a good
number of years as the CEO of various large corporations. He knows about being
responsible for the bottom line in that line of work. So too is he responsible in
his current line of work; actually even more so given the stakes involved. So
grasp that concept harder, friend Larry. Urge your boss to step up to the
plate and admit it when he's gotten it wrong at least as quickly as he steps up
to run those famous victory laps with Gen Meyer back in the spring of '03. Best
Joe Galloway


Danita No. 3:

Subj: Re: Date: 5/3/2006 5:09:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time

From: xxxx.xxx@xxx.xxx

To: xxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx

Time will tell. The army is faster, more agile, more deployable, more lethal.
At least that's what Schoomaker thinks. The army of 2000 could not have
sustained rotational deployments indefinitely. Retention is above 100 percent in
units that have frequently deployed. Would all those soldiers be rushing to join
a "broken" army? Do you really believe we were better off with tens of
thousands of soldiers in fixed garrisons, essentially non-deployable, in Germany and
Korea? I appreciate your depth of feeling. What bugs me though is your
implication that Rumsfeld doesn't care about it as much as you do. Also, if Van
Riper et al confined their "analysis" to the issue at hand, your comment would be
valid. Their comments were ad hominid, and that is a neat trick for someone
they never met.

Anyway, time will tell. Best...


Galloway response to Da Rita No. 3:

Larry: [You say] the army of 2000 could not have sustained indefinite

My response: neither can the army of 2003 or the army of 2005 or 2006. It is
grinding up the equipment and the troops inexorably. recruiting can barely, or
hardly, or not, bring in the 80,000 a year needed to maintain a steady state
in the active army enlisted ranks....and that is WITH the high retention rates
in the brigades. And neither figure addresses the hemorrhaging of captains
and majors who are voting with their feet in order to maintain some semblance of
a family life and a future without war in it. And what do we do about a year
when average 93 percent of majors are selected for Lt Col in all MOSs....and
100 plus percent in critical MOSs. The army is scraping the barrel. Then there
is the matter of 14 pc Cat IV recruits admitted in Oct 05 and 19pc in
Nov....against an annual ceiling of 4 percent??? The returning divisions, which leave
all their equipment behind in Iraq, come home and almost immediately lose
2,000 to 3,000 stop-loss personnel. Then TRADOC goes in and cherry picks the best
NCOs for DI and schoolhouse jobs.

Leaving a division with about 65 percent of
authorized strength, no equipment to train on, sitting around for eight or
nine months painting rocks. If they are lucky 90 days before re-deploying the
army begins to refill them with green kids straight out of AIT or advanced armor
training. If they are even luckier they have time to get in a rotation to
JROTC or NTC and get some realistic training for those new arrivals. If not so
lucky they just take them off to combat and let em sink or swim. This is not
healthy. This is not an army on the way up but one on the way to a disaster. We
need more and smarter soldiers. Not more Cat IVs. So far it is the willingness
of these young men and women to serve, and to deploy multiple times, and to
work grueling and dangerous 18 hour days 7 days a week that is the glue holding
things together. All the cheap fixes have been used; all the one-time-only
gains so beloved of legislators trying to balance a budget and get out of town.

The question is what sort of an army are your bosses going to leave behind as
their legacy in 2009? One that is trained, ready and well equipped to fight the
hundred-year war with Islam that seems to have begun with a vengeance on your
watch? or will they leave town and head into a golden retirement as that army
collapses for lack of manpower, lack of money to repair and replace all the
equipment chewed up by Iraq and Afghanistan, lack of money to apply to fixing
those problems because billions were squandered on weapons systems that are a
ridiculous legacy of a Cold War era long gone (viz. the f/22, the osprey, the
navy's gold plated destroyers and aircraft carriers and, yes, nuclear submarines
whose seeming future purpose is to replace rubber zodiac boats as the
favorite landing craft of Spec Ops teams, at a cost of billions) meanwhile the
pentagon, at the direction of your boss, marches rapidly ahead with deployment of an
anti-missile system whose rockets have yet to actually get out of the launch
tubes. At a cost of yet more multiple billions. you say I blame your boss for
things 3 or 4 levels below him that he can't possibly be controlling and quote
accusations from present and former flag officers who he has never eyeballed

Well the above items are things that he directly controls, or
should; things he came into office vowing he was going to fix or change
drastically. And in the latest QDR, his last, he made none of the hard choices about
wasted money on high dollar weapons systems that make no sense in the real world
today. The same QDR quite correctly identifies an urgent need for MORE Psyops
and civil affairs and military police and far more troops who have foreign
language training appropriate to where we fight. And we budget a paltry 191
million, I say MILLION, bucks to do all that. not even the cost of the periscopes
on those oh-so-necessary submarines, or the instruments on one of those F22s.
this is what has my attention; this is what has me in a mood to question over
and over and over, waiting for answers that never come, change that never
comes, course corrections that never come. You wanted some specifics. There are
some specifics. Joe Galloway

PS: those tens of thousands of soldiers in fixed garrisons in Germany who
could not deploy were called VII Corps in the Persian Gulf War. They deployed.
They formed the armored spear that penetrated Kuwait and broke the republican
guard. The garrisons were guarded, while they were gone, by the German army and
police. They would have been so guarded in OIF too had we tried a bit of
diplomacy instead of bitch-slapping Old Europe as your boss did at a crucial
moment. Those bases in Germany were paid for by Germany; still are. And they are a
good deal closer to the action at present and in the foreseeable future than
fort riley, Kansas. Now we envision counting on rough and crude forward bases,
occupied only occasionally, in places where we have such good friends and
allies like the fellow who just ordered us to get out because we harrumphed when he
slaughtered a few hundred or thousand peaceful demonstrators against his
theft of yet another democratic election. You say that by doing this we are pos
itioning ourselves better for the wars of the future. But what if, once again, a
curtain of iron descends across Europe and once again the Fulda Gap must be
guarded against the new Red Army of our good friend and ally Putin. Your boss is
fond of saying that this or that thing is "unknowable.” The most unknowable
thing of all is who your enemy is going to be next time and where you are going
to need allies and bases from which to attack or defend. pulling out of
Europe and south Korea may be one of the larger mistakes charged off against your
boss five years from now or ten, if we are lucky enough to have a whole decade
to repair some of the damage he has done while congress turned a blind eye,
too busy doing earmarks for flea circus museums in Dubuque and bridges to
nowhere, Alaska, to do the necessary oversight and questioning of cockamamie ideas
with even more dubious estimates of future savings of billions that begin
dropping like a rock before the ink is even dry on the report. All I can say is
what the hell are you doing questioning my columns when you ought to be in there
at the elbow of your boss reading those columns aloud to him every Wednesday
afternoon and urging him to pay attention to them. Best wishes Joe Galloway


Da Rita No. 4:

Thanks for these insights, Joe. None of this is easy. Your perspective seems
pretty fixed but I do appreciate the experience you bring to it.

Again, what bothers me most about your coverage is your implication that the
people involved in all of this are dumb or have ill-intent or are so sure of
what they know that they don't brook discussion. That's the part you're just
way off on, friend.

This is tough stuff, and we're all hard at it, trying to do what's best for
the country.

Best wishes.


Galloway response to Da Rita No. 4:

I like to think that is what I am doing also, and it is a struggle that grows
out of my obligation to and love for America’s warriors going back 41 years
as of last month. There are many things we all could wish had happened. I can
wish that your boss had surrounded himself with close advisers who had, once at
least, held a dying boy in their arms and watched the life run out of his
eyes while they lied to him and told him, over and over, "You are going to be all
right. Hang on! Help is coming. Don't quit now...” Such men in place of those
who had never known service or combat or the true cost of war, and who pays
that price, and had never sent their children off to do that hard and unending
duty. I could wish for so much. I could wish that in January of this year I
had not stood in a garbage-strewn pit, in deep mud, and watched soldiers tear
apart the wreckage of a Kiowa Warrior shot down just minutes before and tenderly
remove the barely alive body of WO Kyle Jackson and the lifeless body of his
fellow pilot. They died flying overhead cover for a little three-vehicle
Stryker patrol with which I was riding at the time. I could wish that Jackson 's
widow Betsy had not found, among the possessions of her late husband, a copy of
my book, carefully earmarked at a chapter titled Brave Aviators, which Kyle
was reading at the time of his death. That she had not enclosed a photo of her
husband, herself and a 3 year old baby girl. those things I received in the
mail yesterday and they brought back the tears that I wept standing there in that
pit, feeling the same shards in my heart that I felt the first time I looked
into the face of a fallen American soldier 41 years ago on a barren hill in
Quang Ngai Province in another time, another war. Someone once asked me if I had
learned anything from going to war so many times. My reply: yes, I learned
how to cry. Jg


Da Rita No. 5:

I appreciate what you are saying but your continued implication that Rumsfeld
does not understand all that is at stake is wrong and offensive.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Email from correspondent re: Goldberg interview

Obama didn't mouth all of the mandated pro-Israel lines. I don't think you're appreciating the nuances here. He talked about his fondness of David Grossman, and particularly, his book "The Yellow Wind." Grossman is a man of the Left in Israel and The Yellow Wind was one of the most controversial books in Israeli history, as it was among the first books from a major author to truly uncover and criticize the occupation. This is 1986, right before or during the first intifada. It's actually shocking to me that Obama even knows about the book, let alone read and liked it. Grossman is not a name you hear invoked at an AIPAC conference.

Later in the interview, Obama criticized settlements. Saying that he doesn't agree with every action of the Israeli government shouldn't be a big deal (as you point out), but it is somewhat, and he chose to say it when he didn't have to. He praised the historical Jewish commitment to justice and the moral inventory that is taken by so many in Israel, defining these traits as fundamentally Jewish. That is code -- in Jewland -- for being critical of Israeli settlement policy and the injustice of the occupation. And in saying what he said, he's giving expression to the notion that being pro-Israel doesn't mean being a Likudnik. It's taking something ancient and giving it new meaning in today's context in order to break the rotting deadlock. He does that with the issue of race too.

Calling Hamas' perception that he is more open of a guy because he's lived in teh Muslim world "perfectly legitimate" is not exactly AIPAC talk. Neither is expressing sympathy for the Palestinian plight. Calling the conflict a "constant wound" and "constant sore" is not AIPAC talk. Neither is predicting that tensions will arise between him and the Israel hawks because he won't "blindly adhere" to the politically safe Israel hawk positions isn't AIPAC talk. Quite the opposite: he's sending them a message.

At the same time, he struck all the right notes that demonstrate that he cares and understands the plight of Israelis. That will make it much easier to swallow once he inevitably (as he promised, in fact) takes an anti-hawk position on something that comes up in that forum. Goldberg was eliciting that when he asked "questions" like this one: "You've talked about the role of Jews in the development of your thinking" -- end quote. It was an exercise in building trust in Obama for the Zionist crowd.

Both the Jews and Arabs (and I guess all countries and peoples) are the same way in this respect. Both peoples want their arm-twisting interlocutor/mediator to care about and understand their plight. It makes it much easier to negotiate that way. People are willing to trust more. And Obama, being a really smart politician (the best I've ever seen), knows exactly what to say.

Monday, May 12, 2008

1st email reply from Larry Di Rita - 5/11/2008

I'm confident in my characterizations of the intent of the program. Some of the analysts were quite favorable to the president's goals in the war, others were not. We heard from and interacted with them and others who had a range of views. I said that to kurtz and to barstow. I also told barstow several times that he may well have emails from me that suggest I had a particular understanding at the time that I do not now recollect. I told him that I would be pleased to review any emails from or to me I would be pleased to review them, he never provided any to me..

I explained the intent of the program to the best of my recollection. You are free to accept that explanation or not. I do not have the emails to which you allude, which apparently are more than 3 years old. I cannot stop you from interpreting snippets of them as you choose to. There is nothing I have seen here that suggests to me anything different from what i recall and have said recentlyabout the program.

2nd email from Larry Di Rita - 5/11/2008

...i just reviewed your blog and a few other things come to mind: you have something in there that you say is from me that says something to the effect that "we don't want to make the list too small."
if anything, that seems to validate my recollection -- we were not looking for a small, selective group. there were people who did not agree with everything or even a lot of what we were doing. but at the heart of col cowen's statement is that he was somehow cut-off for not agreeing with us. i simply don't have any recollection of trying to restrict him or others from exposure to what was going on. if you have any emails that suggest we did, i would be pleased to review.
there are plenty of examples to the contrary--reaching out to people who specifically disagreed with us. one example I recall is Joe Galloway -- a persistent critic and apparently popular with military readers. He came in and met with Secretary Rumsfeld and we had other interactions. Others -- Barry McCaffrey for instance -- got what i think was very good access in theater, and he was a quite vocal critic. i don't recall anyone cutting him off.

the intent as i have described it was to ensure that these experts, whom the networks and other news organizations employed because of their expertise/backgrounds, had the most current information available. as i told barstow and kurtz, our interest in these individuals was because news organizations had interest in them. these analysts were regularly provided media platforms to provide their expertise and analysis, and i think we had an obligation to ensure they had the most complete information we could provide. by the way, and i also told this to kurtz and barstow, that was the same way we felt with reporters who regularly covered the war. that's why we encouraged embedding, regular interaction with senior military commanders, etc..

btw, i also -- and often -- would reach out to reporters, analysts, etc., when i though the coverage with unfair, inaccurate, etc. there may indeed be emails to that effect. i discussed it with barstow. it's what i did, and i saw it part of my job to do so. i often weighed in with individual reporters/analysts if i thought they blew it.

finally, there were certainly those third parties -- military and others -- who were quite supportive. i acknowledge that and did so with kurtz and barstow, too. if you have emails from me or anyone else in which that is recognized, it just reaffirms the obvious as far as i can tell.

E-mail to Larry Di Rita -- 5/11/2008

Mr. Di Rita - I'm a writer for Salon and am working on a piece regarding what appears to be some substantial discrepancies between your public statements about the "military analyst" program and what the DoD documents reflect.

For instance, on CNN's Reliable Sources on April 27, you told Howard Kurtz the following:

KURTZ: I talked to retired Colonel Bill Cowan, who was a Fox military analyst. He said that three years ago, after he criticized the war effort on "The O'Reilly Factor," he was booted off the group, was never invited to another briefing, never got another telephone call, never got another e-mail.

So it sounds like access was provided to those who weren't too critical .

DI RITA: I don't know anything. I heard -- I saw that in the story. I've heard other assertions to that effect. It was certainly not the intent. . . . So, for people to say, well, I came out and I said something wrong and they cut me off, I don't have any evidence of that . I would challenge the -- his own recollections on it.

You offered a similar denial to David Barstow for the original NYT piece.

But the emails released by the DoD seem indisputably to prove that to be untrue. For instance, as I wrote about at Salon yesterday (here), you were sent a Memorandum from Capt. Roxie T. Merritt on January 14, 2005 which described the military analyst program in exactly those terms which you now deny knowing about: namely, that it was designed to feed information and access to those analysts who "you could count on to carry our water ," that the system would "keep our most reliably friendly analysts plugged in ," that "by providing them with key and valuable information, they become the key go to guys for the networks and it begins to weed out the less reliably friendly analysts by the networks themselves "; and that they would take direction from you " because we are their bread and butter."

The same day, you replied to her email as follows: "This is a thoughtful note. . . I think it makes a lot of sense to do as you suggest and I guess I thought we were already doing a lot of this in terms of quick contact, etc. . . We ought to be doing this , though, and we should not make the list too small . . . ."

How can you deny that this was the intent of the program and further deny that you ever heard of such a thing, when you not only were told but endorsed this very framework?

I'll be happy to re-print any response to you give in full. The Salon piece on your statements will be published tomorrow.

Glenn Greenwald