Thursday, November 24, 2005

D-Notice served, Boris says he'll publish anyway

According to CounterPunch (thanks Jonny), HMG has served a D-Notice preventing further discussion of the memo in the press. Fortunately, Boris is no coward:
we now have allegations of such severity, against the US President and his motives, that we need to clear them up ... If someone passes me the document within the next few days I will be very happy to publish it in The Spectator, and risk a jail sentence.
I hope he does, and moreso, I hope the Govt prosecutes, that would be a peice of political theatre the whole world will watch.

Had a discussion with DK on the idea of bombing a media outlet, in which he corrected me on a minor factual error but essentially I stand by it, bombing a media source, regardless of what we think of it, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. Qatar is a key ally, and the home of the main US base in the Gulf area, Al-J is the property of the Emir.

Press freedom is being restricted (yes, it may be a breach of the official secrets act, but the story is out now). Bush is alleged to have proposed a reprehensible act. If it's such a minor event, or was meant as a cheap aside, why the overreaction?

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