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By John McMahon
In the May 7th issue of Artvoice, columnist Bruce Fisher marked the passing of former Republican Congressman and Buffalo Bills quarterback Jack Kemp with a highly partisan piece entitled "The Kemp Legacy."
While some Democrats would probably agree with many of the writers conclusions about the negative effects of Reaganism, few can argue that Fisher's ad hominem attacks, aimed at casting Kemp as a personification of all the evils of the Reagan era, have any place in a newspaper obituary.
After reading the piece I thought that it said more about the writer than the subject. In order to put the piece in this context I wrote a letter to editor wherein I explained to readers some background information about the writer, Bruce Fisher, so that they might better understand the toxicity of his tone. Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly wrote back saying that while he thought my letter was funny, he didn't think that Fisher "crossed any lines" in his piece.
Below is my letter to the editor of Artvoice. They essentially refused to publish it.
In formulating a response to Bruce Fisher's rather unusual obituary of Jack Kemp let me start by focusing on the positive. It did remind to mix some manure into my garden beds in advance of planting my tomatoes. While I'm told this is most effective when done a month in advance of planting, I'm following the maxim of “better late than never.” Unfortunately, I don't think that same maxim applies to Fisher's partisan screed against the freshly deceased Kemp.
Dead people aren't very lively debaters and so writers who launch attacks across the great divide often do so in search of a straw man as opposed to the truth. Not exactly profile in courage- type stuff. but when it comes to mucking about in political dung heaps, Bruce Fisher is quite obviously a man with a golden shovel.
While Mr. Fisher very astutely criticizes the negative effects that resulted from the policies that the former Congressman and Reagan cabinet member embraced, the nasty, partisan tone of the “Kemp Legacy,” really says more about the writer than the man he is so intent on burying. So before we go any further perhaps we should examine “the Bruce Fisher Legacy.”
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conversation dealt partly with a UFO experience/sighting that I had had,
personally. My family was also friendly with JFK's CIA Director John
McCone, who I definitely met, and who had indicated to me that the
Democratic Party (including LBJ) were behind the JFK assassination. Thus, it
would have been completely natural for me to be in sympathy with the
just-reported break-in at the DNC, and expressing my support (misguided or
not). My family has been friendly (over decades) with several different Presidents'
closest friends and advisors.
Because of my concern, at the time, that McGovern was fomenting a potential
assassination, I actually advised several people that I thought that it
would be reasonable to bug the DNC, and listen in on conversations for any
possible clues about assassination plots. One of these was Otis Chandler, I
believe, who encouraged my effort at protecting the Presidency, despite his
being an ardent "JFK Democrat". Chandler was the former owner of the LA
Times, and quite well-known. Obviously, if my family was acquainted with
the Chandlers, it wouldn't have been very far-fetched to contend that I
could have been placed in verbal contact with Bob Woodward.
No one else, that I know of, has been able to explain exactly why Watergate
even happened, let alone how they know why it happened, so I suspect that my
claim might well "trump" Mark Felt's claim to be a key informant. One key
doubt about Mark Felt is that he couldn't possibly have had any knowledge of
the 18.5 minutes of tape, nor what it was about, since he wasn't a "Whitehouse insider".
Also, it has been pointed out that Woodward couldn't have been correct to
assert (as he claims) that he communicated with "Deep Throat" by placing a flowerpot
on his balcony. Adrian Havill's research proved that no flowerpot could have been
seen from the street... also, Havill pointed out that "Deep Throat" couldn't
have communicated with Woodward by drawing clocks on the newspaper (as claimed in
"All the President's Men"), since the papers were delivered in a stack in
the lobby, and not personally, so Woodward couldn't have known which paper
The tape could well have been erased to protect the identity of a minor (I
was 12, at the time), and also because UFOs are considered a matter of
highest secrecy and national security.
I should also point out that my name "Nick Meyler" makes a fairly obvious
pun ("Neck Miler") on Deep Throat... It also makes a pun on "Iran contra"
(Miler/Nicaragua), and I do feel I should point out that I actually invented
the Iran-contra plot (as I claim in my 2004 and 2005 Marquis' Who's Who
In fact, I invented Iran-contra, based on p. 518 of James Joyce's "Finnegans
Wake", partly out of a sense of moral outrage at people like Woodward, who
had exploited me as a minor, and contributed to my delinquency, by giving me
an eponym (i.e. "Deep Throat") which is highly sexual, and obscene. Also, I
saw an opportunity to help protect the United States from Communism, and to
help hostages held in Iran. Note that Ollie North, much better known for
his role in Iran-contra than I, has never claimed to have invented the
concept. If anything, he said he received the idea from Ghorbanifar (which
I of course dispute, since I had sent in a 4-page letter to President Reagan
in 1983 or 1984, outlining my reasoning for this covert action -- since my
grandparents were friendly with some of Reagan's key supporters, I was
listened to, when others might not have been).
Not only this, but the term "Deep Throat" as I understand it, refers to a
phenomenon of speech-synthesis (synthetic voice [or "throat"] by musical
instruments (also discussed in my Who's Who entry, and in my entry in the
1993 Cambridge International Biographical Society's "Men of Achievement").
I am the subject of a considerable amount of musical art "modeling", and,
for example am modeled in the subliminal lyrics of the album "Dark Side of
the Moon" (very popular at the time), and numerous other pieces of music.
The fact that I was only 12 to 14 at the time is irrelevant, since I have an
IQ which has been reported/estimated at 215 (and I did actually score a 195
on one test, though it might not have been my best performance),
certainly high enough to be significantly intellectual at an early age.
"Deep Throat" was probably more than one person, but certainly not mostly
Mark Felt. I feel that my claim to be that more or less fictional identity
(and certainly not a name of my own choosing, at least as I recall) is
sounder, more reasonable, and more accurate than what Woodward and Bernstein
Because I was intuitively aware that Bob Woodward was probably a liar, even
as a 14 year old, I called upon some of my acquaintances to help me
recollect events carefully. As a chessplayer, I was in tournaments ("All
the President's Men is also an allusion to "All the King's Men", obviously),
and had met people like James Tarjan, who was a US Champion. Tarjan's
brother is a world-leading authority on Artificial Intelligence and
Computers, and it is well-known that the most famous computer chess programs
are named after "Deep Throat" (i.e. "Deep Thought" and "Deep Blue"). I
definitely believe that I can remember James Tarjan telling me not to trust
Woodward to eventually tell the truth, and that the scheme of overcoming his
deception could be accomplished by long-range planning (which chessplayers
naturally have a greater faculty for). So, this justifies the naming of the
computer programs, and serves the ulterior purpose of outwitting Woodward.
Parenthetically, dull chessplayers are sometimes referred to as
"woodpushers". I suspect I am a mere "woodpusher" (currently only rated 2040) to James Tarjan, but I am
convinced that I have accomplished a goal of long-range planning, to defeat
disinformation by the American media.
For those (and other) reasons, I think that the "divulgence" of Mark Felt as
"Deep Throat" is a fraud by Woodward and Bernstein. It certainly would make
sense, however, that a journalist would like to keep hidden the fact that he
dubbed a 14-year old "Deep Throat". I have claimed to be "Deep Throat"
before, as early as 2003, in an article I published on "Useless Knowledge.com"
To my thinking, Woodward and Bernstein's conduct violates my intellectual
property rights, and my right to publicity on this controversial matter.
There are other instance of Woodward blatantly lying, too. For instance, he
claimed to have interviewed CIA Director William Casey after brain surgery
(Casey couldn't even speak at the time). Casey's widow was quite offended
with his lies, I recall. And, after all, when Felt "came out" as "Deep Throat", Woodward
and Bernstein both initially denied it -- and then changed their stories within
So, clearly, doubting their account of events is extremely reasonable. My
feeling is that I have "force majeur" in demonstrating who more closely
resembles that obscene moniker.
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After even just a few moments viewing, one was left with the impression that had he been auditioning for the role, he would be laughed out of any real television studio. It makes you wonder what the millions of viewers around the world must be thinking about a society in which this is the best it can do. It makes you wonder what kind of society would put this C grade frat boy kegger lover in the most powerful position on earth. Twice.
Think about that for a moment. Turn it over in your mind and let it settle in. Look at the record. This man has failed at every venture hes ever undertaken. Ever. From baseball to fossil fuels (who cant find oil in Texas?) to savings and loans, hes been a wash out at all of it-even the National Guard. Notoriously so by now, even as a weekend warrior he was a no show. It sometimes seems like three quarters of the American public are the only ones in the world unaware of these facts. Now why would that be? Hmmm .why, why, why?
How could so many citizens in the most information accessed nation in the world be so stupid as to think Saddam Hussein had anything to do with 9/11, or was in cahoots with bin Ladens bunch of radical religious martyrs in any way, shape or form; or that alienating the majority of the civilized world by launching preemptive wars against harmless oil producing nations was in their own best interests; or that tax cuts for wealthy corporations and individuals would put money in their pockets as well; or that the national debt this bunch is building will be paid in even their grandchildrens lifetimes, or any of the dozens of diplomatically dysfunctional diatribes and socially debilitating policies this administration has displayed for the last four years as being for either their or their childrens benefit?
The obvious answer would be that they either dont pay attention or theyre not being told by the regular sources of news reporting what those of us who look elsewhere already know, and since it would self-evidently be inhumanly irresponsible, moronically myopic, short sighted and self-centered not to pay attention, what are we left with? Warren Buffett? Maybe one or two of the other handful of corporations and individuals who control every form of mass media from television and radio to magazine and newsprint in America?
The problem is, if we concede that point, we have to admit that the same corporations and individuals that benefit from those policies are supplying us the information we use to decide if theyre good or not because those are the corporations and individuals that own and support with their advertising dollars those mainstream media resources we are getting our news from. When you look at it that way, is it any wonder were so stupid? And isnt this man exactly the representation we deserve?
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"The foreign secretary said he would discuss this with Colin Powell this week. It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided. But the case was thin. Saddam was not threatening his neighbors, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran. We should work up a plan for an ultimatum to Saddam to allow back in the U.N. weapons inspectors. This would also help with the legal justification for the use of force.
"The attorney general said that the desire for regime change was not a legal base for military action. There were three possible legal bases: self-defense, humanitarian intervention or UNSC authorization. The first and second could not be the base in this case."
The third was a U.N. Security Council resolution, which Goldsmith said "would be difficult." Blair stated "it would make a big difference politically and legally if Saddam refused to allow in the U.N. inspectors
If the political context were right, people would support regime change."
The memo was written by Matthew Rycroft, a British foreign policy aide. It has been confirmed as legitimate and is dated July 23, 2002.
On May 1, 2005, the Sunday Times of London printed a copy of this secret memo to the defense secretary, foreign secretary, attorney general and others. It is a summary of the minutes of their meeting on Iraq with Tony Blair and it states unequivocally Americas intent to invade Iraq under whatever auspices it damned well please, and to the rest of the world in the words of G.W., youre either with us or against us.
89 Congressional Democrats queried the Bush administration with a letter of request following the Times revelation, to explain the indiscreet discrepancies. The letter, introduced by Rep. John Conyers, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, stated that the memo "raises troubling new questions regarding the legal justifications for the war as well as the integrity of your own administration..." Sir Menzies Campbell, Britains Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman, said the leaked memo proved P.M. Blair had agreed to an illegal regime change with the Bush administration. It set out to create the justification for going to war. It was to be war by any means.
A rogue (unelected) American administration aided and abetted by an equally corrupt and dissembling British Prime Minister usurped all of the international laws and organizations designed to prevent just such abuses of power and against overwhelming worldwide public disapproval invaded and decimated a non-threatening, internationally recognized sovereign nation, while from Americas imminent imperilment by Iraqs WMDs to its artificially alleged alQuida connections, the truth behind their deceits and deceptions have all been unraveled and revealed even as we continue to wage this unjust and illegal war, yet in the mass mainstream American media hardly a word is whispered about it.
Instead of leading the charge for Bush and Blair being tried in the World Court for crimes against humanity, mass media massaged both these boobs back into the offices they have shamed. Instead of exposing heinous crimes against the international community by two of the worlds leading industrialized nations illegal, immoral and unjust use of military might, mass media focuses the publics attention on the petty fiscal corruption of a handful of UN officials and a preposterous push for denominational sainthood for a passing Pope as if either were something earth-shatteringly new or newsworthy.
According to Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), Knight Ridder News Wire Service, The New York Times (5/2/05), and the Charleston (W.V.) Gazette (5/5/05), Cox News Service (5/8/05) and Molly Ivins (WorkingForChange.com, 5/10/05) were the only mainstream (and minimalist at that) coverage of the secret meetings memo. The Washington Posts Michael Getler (5/8/05) noted that readers were complaining about its lack of coverage, but the paper continued to ignore it anyway. CNN passed on it as well, and, as usual in the 21st Century communications cornucopia, you have to navigate the blogosphere or weave your way around the web to find out the truth.
Salon Magazines Joe Conason queried: Are Americans so jaded about the deceptions perpetrated by our own government to lead us into war in Iraq that we are no longer interested in fresh and damning evidence of those lies? Or are the editors and producers who oversee the American news industry simply too timid to report that proof on the evening broadcasts and front pages?
The fact that youre here reading this shows you already know the answer.
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"We cannot allow the White House to stonewall the United States Congress and the American people on an issue of such importance. This is a matter of national security and unethical White House media manipulation. Everyday more questions are raised and so far, the White House is not providing any answers. We intend to find out what the White House is hiding." stated Congresswoman Slaughter.
"We had hoped that the half dozen congressional and senate requests for information would have been sufficient. However, to date, they have not even merited a response from the White House or its agencies. We hope that this resolution gets to the bottom of whether any processes were abused in favoring Mr. Guckert, a fake reporter from a fake news organization," Rep. Conyers said.
The Resolution of Inquiry would force the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security to cooperate with Congressional leaders in determining the nature of Gannon/Guckert's regular access to the White House and whether or not Secret Service security protocols were violated and if so, by whom.
The resolution must be considered by the Judiciary Committee within 14 legislative days and, unless blocked by the Republicans on the Committee, will be put before the full House for consideration.
The included Dear Colleague letter was distributed to Members this morning and the following Members of Congress have already signed on as Original Co-Sponsors. A copy of the Resolution is also included below.
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (MI-14), Judiciary Committee, Ranking Member Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (NY-28), Rules Committee, Ranking Member Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-02), Homeland Security Committee, Ranking Member Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-15), Ways and Means, Ranking Member Rep. Henry Waxman (CA-30), Government Reform Committee, Ranking Member ORIGINAL COSPONSORS Rep. Howard Berman (California, 28th) Rep. Rick Boucher (Virginia, 9th) Rep. Michael Capuano (Massachusetts, 8th) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Oregon, 4th) Rep. Alcee Hastings (Florida, 23rd) Rep. Maurice Hinchey (New York, 22nd) Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas, 18th) Rep. Barbara Lee (California, 9th) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (California, 16th) Rep. Jim McDermott (Washington, 7th) Rep. James McGovern (Massachusetts, 3rd) Rep. Jerrold Nadler (New York, 8th) Rep. Linda Sánchez (California, 39th) Rep. Adam Schiff (California, 29th) Rep. Bobby Scott (Virginia, 3rd) Rep. Adam Smith (Washington, 9th) Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Maryland, 8th) Rep. Maxine Waters (California, 35th) Rep. Dianne Watson (California, 33rd) Rep. Anthony Weiner (New York, 9th) Rep. Robert Wexler (Florida, 19th)
Please join us in introducing the attached resolution, which requires the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security to turn over all documentation in their possession about how James Guckert (also known as Jeff Gannon) gained access to White House press events.
For nearly three years, the White House has been granting Mr. Guckert, a right-wing activist with no press credentials, access to the White House briefing room and presidential press conferences. This appears to violate long standing practices of carefully screening contacts with the president.
This special access not only raises security concerns, but calls into question the fundamental fairness of the White House press corps. Mr. Guckert's efforts as a propaganda machine for the White House may have even violated laws banning the Administration from using appropriated money for propaganda purposes. It further appears that Mr. Guckert had access to classified information, in violation of laws that protect the identity of undercover agents.
Because of these concerns, we will be introducing this resolution to inquire how the Justice and Homeland Security Departments were used to forward this agenda and whether any processes were abused in favoring Mr. Guckert and his ultra-conservative organization. We had hoped that the half dozen congressional and senate requests for information would have been sufficient. However, to date, they have not even merited a response from the White House or its agencies.
To cosponsor, or if you have questions, please contact Michelle Richardson (x56906). Sincerely,
John Conyers, Jr.Ranking MemberJudiciary Committee Louise M. SlaughterRanking MemberRules Committee Bennie ThompsonRanking MemberHomeland Security Committee Henry WaxmanRanking MemberGovernment Reform Committee Charles RangelRanking MemberWays and Means Committee RESOLUTION Directing the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution documents in the possession of those officials relating to the security investigations and background checks relating to granting access to the White House of James D. Guckert (also known as Jeff Gannon). Resolved, That the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security are each directed to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution all documents in their possession relating to the security investigations and background checks relating to granting access to the White House of James D. Guckert (also known as Jeff Gannon) and any requisite instructions for handling such documents, including (1) all records setting forth or discussing whether an individual granted access to the President or to the White House briefing room may use a false name; (2) all records setting forth or discussing policies, procedures, or guidelines discussing security clearances and background checks relating to granting access into the White House briefing room; (3) all records indicating how the policies, procedures, or guidelines referred to above were communicated to Mr. Guckert; (4) all records indicating the officer or office responsible for requesting that the Secret Service carry out a security investigation or background check with respect to an individual seeking access to the President or to the White House briefing room; (5) all records setting forth the standards for security investigations or background checks with respect to ''day pass'' credentials; (6) all records indicating or discussing whether and to what extent an individual who is cleared for a day pass for a given date is required to receive further security clearance for a day pass for a later date; (7) all records setting forth or discussing which officer or officers, if any, has the authority to exempt an individual seeking access to the President or to the White House briefing room from the standards for security investigations or background checks that otherwise apply; and (8) all records of communication between the Secret Service and Mr. Guckert, including not only postal correspondence but also electronic mail correspondence, facsimile correspondence, records of telephone conversations, and any other records of communication.