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Underreported Stories

Since most media outlets have decided to charge into war with the administration, there are some important stories that are largely unheard. For instance, there's the story of the U.S. spying on UN delegates in order to drum up support for a new resolution to justify the war (even though the new resolution doesn't authorize war). This story has been overlooked since there may be some question as to the validity of the leaked memo. However, the memo hasn't been refuted either.

While most news organizations were extensively covering the arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, I didn't hear a peep about the rumors that he may have been captured months ago and is just now being revealed to the public. The linked story makes a lot of sense from an intelligence stand point, and I'd like to see more journalists follow up on the lead.

Finally, there's the story of Hussein Kamel, the highest ranking Iraqi officer to defect. He's been cited by the administration as the most reliable source of information regarding Iraq's weapons program. What we didn't know until now is that he told UNSCOM inspectors and CIA agents in interviews that Iraq had destroyed all of its WMD after the Gulf War. The inspectors kept the truth under the lid because they didn't want to let Saddam know what they knew. Unfortunately, the American public didn't know about it either.

Hopefully the media will start being a little more responsible, unbiased, and truthful about this immoral, illegal war, but that's wishful thinking.