Super secret document that vindicates bush turns out to be a printout from a website

this week the Weekly Standard has a Congressman addressing Bush by quoting Lincoln: 'Give the people the facts and the Republic will be saved.' This soap opera mise-en-scene big claim is that Bush wants to authorize the release of the documents that will prove the Administration's case for the war, but Negroponte refuses to do it. Turns out the republic saving tidibit is... an old English-language clipping from the Federation of American Scientists website.

From Sadly no, who recomends a Soundtrack of an all-tuba rendition of 'Flight of the Bumblebee.' to read the rest... -- law

Meanwhile, here are some counter-rumblings at the GOP carnival midway (and leak spittoon) RedState, saying that Hayes and Hinderaker and other bloggers ought to lay off Negroponte and not...wait, get this...cause a big headache for the intelligence community by influencing policy with their demands:

I sense the makings of a blogswarm. When Hindraker -- a creater of Powerline, one of the calmer and more thoughtful blogs* -- determines that Negroponte's hesitation to release is an indicator that he "won't get the job done," and then floats an observation that maybe Negroponte should go (an observation that Hindraker surely knows could easily get legs and sprint around the blogs), IMO that's not a good thing.

This is a recipe for crisis management-by-blogswarm.

There's much more there, and read it if you want to enter a strange and magical realm of Wha? but let's quickly hit that Santorum/Hoekstra item again.

"We're hoping to unleash the power of the Internet, unleash the power of the blogosphere, to get through these documents and give us a better understanding of what was going on in Iraq before the war," said Hoekstra, chairman of the House of Representatives' Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Welp, Hoekstra, you get what you pay for. Here's Hinderaker thinking that he's uncovering the terror secrets of Iraq, when he's really slipping down the stairs on a roller skate again and quoting from an old English-language clipping from the Federation of American Scientists website. (Click the link -- you can tell that it's full of genuine top-secret Iraqi terror secrets by the spooky animated .gif of a spy smoking a cigarette.)

MORE: Several readers have written to point out that what I took to be a translation of the original document is actually just a print-out from the web site of the Federation of American Scientists. So the question is, what does the Arabic portion, which apparently hasn't been translated, say? Presumably it comments on the FAS assessment. We'd like to hear from anyone who can translate the Arabic notes.

Nice recovery, Hinder.

Sadly, No!: Yes Sir, Right Away Mr. Congressman, Sir


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