If four politically-motivated young men with left-wing (or
Muslim), rather than right-wing ties, broke into the office of a senior Senate
Homeland Security Committee member and gained access to her computer files -- do
you think we�d be hearing less about hijinks and more about Guantanamo?
The story of the break-in at Senator Landrieu�s office gets
weirder and weirder by the day.
For those who were distracted by the State of the Union,
last week, federal officials arrested four young men and charged them with
plotting to tamper with the telephone system, after they were caught
impersonating telephone repairmen in the New Orleans office of Senator Mary
The mainstream media account of the story has it that the
four were neoconservative pranksters gone overboard in an attempt to uncover
possibly damaging information related to the Democratic senator and a voter
registration drive or the health care bill, or both. One of the men was a
conservative activist who gained fame -- or infamy -- last year by posing as a
pimp and secretly recording members of the community group ACORN giving him
advice on how to set up a brothel.
Read the alternative media and the story points away from
pranks and towards undercover operations. The group of arrestees, it seems, not
only had ties to conservative campus think tanks, but may also be linked to the
US intelligence community.
Lindsay Beyerstein is alleging that one of those arrested,
Stan Dai, is an assistant director at the Intelligence Community Center for
Academic Excellence at Trinity University in DC.
Curious about the ICCAE? David Price over at Counterpunch
happens to be reporting in depth on the group. According to Price, the ICCAE
(aptly pronounced �ICKY�) is just one of a handful of programs started on US
campuses after 9-11 to �sneak unidentified students with undisclosed links to
intelligence agencies into university classrooms.� The Trinity program,
according to its website, �received a $250,000 renewable grant from the US
intelligence Community� upon launching in 2004.
�Hijinks to Handcuffs for Landrieu Provocateurs,� so ran the
New York Times story by Jim Rutenberg and Campbell Roberston January 31.
�Silent Coup� is the headline of David Price�s piece in Counterpunch.
Connecting the two is Raw Story�s �Landrieu Phone Plot: Men Arrested have Links to Intelligence
Whatever the truth, and however this story pans out, thank
heavens for independent media. Left in establishment journalists� hands, this
story might not have gone anywhere. Thanks to inquisitive independent media,
the dots are out there, just crying to be linked up.
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