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Friday, August 19, 2005

Email from CCM to John Podhoretz

From: CardCarryingMember
To: jpod@sprynet.com
Date: Aug 19, 2005 6:44 PM

Dear Mr. Podhoretz:

Last Friday you wrote this:

"I don't really understand all of it, but the evidence suggests that the Able Danger information could and should have been shared with the FBI and wasn't -- solely owing to the "raising" of the intelligence wall that was done by Jamie Gorelick herself in 1995."

It is now abundantly clear that you're just wrong on the facts: there is no such evidence, since the Gorelick memo had no force regarding or impact on the DOD. Yet you now pretend that you never said any such thing, and you assert that

"when the deputy attorney general, in 1995, writes a memo insisting that when it comes to sharing intelligence, it is important to go 'beyond the letter of the law" -- and she is the same person who was the general counsel at the Pentagon before that -- said memo indicates a mindset in the government about the dangers and inherent incorrectness about the sharing of intelligence information that was very dangerous."

As a ThinkProgress reader who occasionally reads your posts, I have to echo the spirit of TP's question at the end of this post:

Do you stand by your statement that the evidence suggests that the Gorelick memo prevented the Able Danger information from being shared or not?

If so, why write a post that ducks this question?

If not, why not act like a grown-up and just say you were wrong?

Jonah B. Gelbach
CardCarryingMember Blog


Blogger Ereshkigal said...

1. I'm certain that he will be thrilled to read such constructive commentary on his blog posting.

2. Surely he will respond quickly to acknowledge the corrections you provided.

3. There must be a pony here someplace>

8/19/2005 11:51 PM  
Blogger Jonah B. Gelbach said...


For what it's worth, he did sort of concede his error...no thanks to me i'm sure....

8/20/2005 5:15 PM  
Blogger PGL said...

Simple answer - JPod never grew up. He's had a long history of this bull.

8/20/2005 10:36 PM  

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