Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Not too long ago we heard about a "brilliant" idea from the vacuum....er, I meant brain, sorry, fingers slipped on the keys (tee hee)....of Bush to bomb Aljazeera in Qatar. I believe this had to do with the stance said media takes on the war in Iraq and the videos they have shown from Osama, al Qaeda, and the hostage takers.

Bush, his (mis)administration, and Blair denied that they ever talked about doing a bombing run on Aljazeera. Hell, even Scooter the Dunce McClellan said it was "outlandish and inconceivable"....and if you can't believe Scooter, who can you believe. LOL

Well, if it was never discussed, just why is this happening now.

Aljazeera memo: UK men in court
Tuesday 24 January 2006 11:43 AM GMT

Blair (L) and Bush reportedly discussed Aljazeera in April 2004

Two British men have appeared in court on charges of leaking a government memo in which George Bush, the US president, reportedly discussed bombing the headquarters of Aljazeera.

Civil servant David Keogh, 49, and Leo O'Connor, 42, a lawmaker's former researcher, were charged in November with breaching the Official Secrets Act.

During a brief hearing at London's Central Criminal Court on Tuesday, judge Brian Barker set 25 April for their next pre-trial hearing. Both men are free on bail as they await trial.

Keogh, a former communications officer at the Cabinet Office, faces two charges under Section 3 of the Officials Secrets Act of making a "damaging disclosure of a document" without lawful authority.

O'Connor, who worked for former governing Labour Party lawmaker Tony Clarke, is charged with receiving the document.

Maximum sentence

They each face a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

O'Connor indicated at an earlier hearing that he intended to plead not guilty. Keogh has not entered a plea.

Details of the alleged document were reported by the Daily Mirror, which claimed the memo revealed details of a conversation between Bush and Tony Blair, the British prime minister, at the White House on 16 April 2004.

According to the newspaper, Blair argued against Bush's suggestion of bombing Aljazeera's headquarters in Doha, Qatar. The Daily Mirror said its sources disagreed on whether Bush's suggestion was serious or not.

Blair has said he had no information about any proposed US action against Aljazeera, and White House spokesman Scott McClellan called the newspaper's claims "outlandish and inconceivable".

O'Connor's lawyer, Neil Clark, on Tuesday said that he had seen the memo and that it did not violate national security.

"I suspect it has more to do with saving the face of others abroad," he said.

I think they got caught with their pants down and couldn't cover it up. What do you think?

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