Karl reminds me of someone. See the resemblance?
Anyway, I'm plugging The Cold Spy for two reasons. For one, he has DFQ2 listed near the top of his blogroll. If you drag your mouse over the link, it reads. "Socrates - Hard Core To The Extreme Net Investigator/Writer/Blogger-Don't M..." I am guessing the end where it gets cut off reads Don't Mess With Him! Cool, thank you Mr. Cold Spy Dot Com.
This dude actually signed up at my Aircraft Wings forum to email a bit in private. He's a nice guy and a good read. He has a knack for coming up with stories that I for one simply miss. The Jihad Jane one, I had never heard of it. Right up my fricken alley. (off-topic: where the heck did my complete sentences run off to? p:>)
Anyway, the second reason I'm plugging him in addition to his common sense awareness of my greatness is that he has inspired me to write this entry touching on the Robert Young Pelton story. ColdSpy has covered this one. I totally missed it. This probably won't be my best entry. This blogging business has been feeling like work of late. Not making a cent wouldn't feel so bad, if good people joined in more often. I know. Cue up the violin. Nobody ever lies about being lonely.
As I can often be a broken record with my "don't reinvent the wheel" schtick, here's the New York Times piece which should bring newbies up to speed.
Personally, my take is that none of these people can be trusted. It certainly has evolved into a he said, he said between Furlong and Pelton. I think those fools got in bed with the military-industrial complex and are getting their just desserts for doing so.
Robert Young Pelton reminds me of Big Al Giordano. He's just another person trying to portray himself as a progressive, when he is really just another cog in the vast machine of inequality. Kinder and gentler imperialism is the game they both play. Now we see that Pelton and Furlong have ended up tied in with CIA assassination squads. This smells like 9/11 all over again. It's the CIA's fault it happened. No, it was the Bush Administration's fault. No, it happened because various intelligence agencies don't work together and have turf wars. Blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda. Limited hangouts, schmangouts. Will we ever get the full truth? We won't from the zeitgeist. That's what I say.
So Al Giordano works with Duvall and Ackerman. Pelton works with the US Military. And we're supposed to believe those two are some of the good guys? Same as it ever was.
The Pelton angle is probably a limited hangout, or maybe there's something to it. Is Robert Young Pelton any relation to disgraced former NSA employee Ronald Pelton? They look kind of similar, imho. Same last name. Hey, what kind of leftier than thou blogger would I be without some of my classic McCarthyite tactics? That's what Al Giordano thinks of me. This one's for you, Big Al. Are Ronald and Robert Pelton related?
What about Michael Furlong and Dick Cheney? They might have different last names but check them out side by side.
Of course, that leads us to you know who.
The funny thing about the Robert Pelton versus Michael Furlong controversy is that the attention becomes somewhat misplaced. The story becomes more about them than about the CIA and US Military being creepy in their own right. We saw a similar thing evolve with the Iran-Contra story. Oliver North and John Poindexter became the scapegoats for Reagan, Bush, and the original gang of neocons, warmongers, and law breakers.
You can check out this San Antonio Express-News piece highlighting the Thrilla in Afghanistana with Furlong and Pelton trading accusations.
To be honest, I think they both stink. Just keep in mind what the greatest American Sociologist C. Wright Mills claimed. Conspiracies are to be found in the institutions. Basically, when we get bogged down in individual names, we oftentimes miss the big picture and the true culprits. That happened with Oliver North. It happened with PlameGate and Scooter Libby. It happens a lot more than we realise.
I could drop a lot of links but refuse to. You can lead a horse to google water... Too much of blogging is predictable. It feeds limited hangouts. Unfortunately, there are more Robert Woodwards than Carl Bernsteins. Speaking of which, check out this classic from Carl. As Tina Turner would say, he's simply the best, better than all the rest....
THE CIA AND THE MEDIA
Before moving onto everyone's favourite punching bags, Larry C. Johnson of No Quarters Disinfo Inc. and Jason Leopold of I Make Things Up dot Com, here are a few more related observations of mine concerning the first half of this blog entry.
Remember my wondering if Robert and Ronald Pelton are related? I found one link from February 2008 in which Ronald Pelton was misidentified as Robert. I wonder if that was a deliberate mistake. Curiouser and curiouser.
Meet a traitor: Robert Pelton
That link takes one to the original source of the disinfo, Matthew Carle of Military.com.
The whois for Military.com tells us it is owned by Military Advantage Inc. of San Francisco.
Monster Worldwide Announces Strategic Interactive Acquisition; Acquires Military Advantage, Inc. to Drive Growth and Expansion in United States Government Sector
New York, March 16, 2004 - Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNST), the parent company of the leading global online careers property, Monster�, today announced a strategic acquisition designed to accelerate Monster's growth in the interactive market. To help further enhance Monster's U.S. public sector initiatives, the company has acquired Military Advantage, Inc., operator of Military.com, the nation's largest online military destination with over 3 million members.That's pitiful to not get the name right, and even worse that the name Robert was used.
Military Advantage targets the 30 million Americans with military affinity to offer career services, educational opportunities, VA benefits resources and a host of other advantages earned through military service. The company provides corporate and government clients with efficient access to a market comprising one of the largest in consumer purchasing power. "Joining forces with Monster Worldwide enables us to expand offerings for military personnel, veterans and those considering a military career," said Christopher Michel, founder and president of Military Advantage. "We look forward to realizing synergies with Monster.com and TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications along with Monster Government Solutions and other Monster Worldwide products."
Military Advantage and Monster will offer employers access to veteran jobseekers, an elusive talent pool with technical skills, security clearances, diversity and leadership experience. TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications and Military Advantage will offer clients measurable affinity marketing programs as well as efficient recruiting and retention programs aimed at military personnel or veterans. Military Advantage, through TMP, currently delivers advertising campaigns for the Naval Reserve, the Air Force Reserve and the General Services Administration (GSA)....
As for the real Mr. Robert Pelton, it's hard to harness much sympathy for him. He was working for the US Military as an intelligence gatherer. He knew it. Now he wants to spin it as Dr. Furlong Evil was some kind of rogue who stole millions. However, a writer named Joshua Foust was onto Pelton's act back in 2008 and has recently written this must read for anyone interested in getting to the heart of this story. Remember what C. Wright Mills told us. The conspiracy is to be found in the institutions!
AfPax Insider Is Death
(excerpt) I’m still gathering my thoughts on this, but think about the balls it takes to write a story in 2008 complaining about the government improperly using contractors, only to then complain in 2010 that your own multi-million dollar contract went south and may have been used to kill people. There are aspects to this story I’m still working through—how in the name of God a web video could satisfy the intel requirements for a lethal strike, for example, or just how many local informants Pelton endangered by going public as a participant in a lethal U.S. intelligence operation—but I’m amazed, and kind of sickened, that it wasn’t until his company got jilted on money that the man grew a conscience and went public with what turned out to be a shady deal.Perhaps Pelton put up stories like the following one to make it appear his website wasn't in cahoots with intelligence? Hey girls and boys, we cover Brittney Spears! She's a real sweetie, ain't she? We're a news service. The Al Giordano of the East. That's the ticket.
It’s also kind of bizarre to see a man like Pelton—who brags about being smarter and awesomer and harder core and more cynical than anyone else—be used to completely by some IO flack. His company was promised millions of dollars to be included in what he knew to be a military intelligence gathering operation, but only went public when the money he was promised didn’t materialize....
POLITICS: Afghanistan Spy Contract Goes Sour for Pentagon - Part 1 By Pratap Chatterjee*
Larry C. Johnson, Jason Leopold, and the Art of the Limited Hangout
Speaking of internet fakes, has anyone jumped the shark any worse than Larry C. Johnson of No Quarter? Perhaps only Jason Leopold. Hmmm. As we shall see, those arsehats have been tied to the hip.
Larry was at the forefront of the Obamabots versus Shrillaries psychological operation. Er, sorry, my tinfoil take is seeping through again. But come on. The man used to work for the CIA. Isn't it said that once CIA, always CIA?
The Michelle Obama "Whitey" Hoax by Desperado (excerpt)
If anyone wants a perfect example of the depths to which some will descend, and the hatred and vitriol some will display in order to attempt to destroy a candidate they despise, look no further than the current hoax going around the blogosphere about the alleged tape of Michelle Obama screaming about "Whitey" while seated next to Louis Farrakhan.Perhaps in between writing disinfo at his website, Larry is busy working hard for Pelton, Furlong, the CIA, the US Military, and others trying to cover up the recent scam humbly discussed in the first half of this entry. Larry has another blog with the name No Quarter in its name. That one is called noquarter.typepad.com. If you hit the about page on that website, this is what you now see.
This was all started by Larry Johnson on his site, No Quarter. I’m purposely not posting a link so as not to give him any more traffic. If you want to Google it go ahead, but I would suggest not wasting your time....
Thanks to the wayback machine, we know what it used to say.
I checked out Berg and Associates. It looks pretty creepy.
Those above images were found via the wayback machine. However, we know Larry is still there, because the current website shows the following:
Like I said, Larry Johnson jumped the shark many years ago. It is common knowledge he's an internet joke. But for prepostericity, let's hammer that nail in further, if possible.
Let's go back to his typepad No Quarter dive. No mention of Larry. No photos of him. But hey, he's got business to direct ye to!
His archives currently go back to October 2008. That's strange, the wayback machine will take us back to July 2005!
Who the fock do you think you're fooling, Larry C. Johnson?
One of Larry's internet buddies over the years has been Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story. She used to work closely with Jason Leopold. She's one of the easiest persons ever to expose. For example, one can go to her homepage at Democratic Underground and see she's still got Larry's No Quarter Typepad website in her blogroll, even though it has been transformed into a pure marketing domain.
Larry's Place is NoQuarter.typepad. You can see she also links to William Pitt. Johnson, Pitt, and Leopold were all involved in the "Karl Rove Indicted" hoax.
This is the infamous Democratic Underground thread, in which Pitt spilled a bit too many beans concerning that hoax. Here is what is left of that post now.
Drat. Foiled again by the scrub brush. Or were we? p:>
Breakin: Will Pitt Home From Pub: Wilson Leopold Source
WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts)Remember when Joseph Wilson was a hero for coming out against GW's bullshite reason for starting the illegal Iraq War? Will Pitt argued that everything would come out in the wash. Will was right about that. It did. Joseph Wilson appears to have been involved in the spreading of a limited hangout. Joe Wilson appears to have been part of a controlled, oppositional script working to make the internet and lefties look bad, same as Pitt, Johnson, and Leopold. And that's when PlameGate was hitting its climax. That's around the time Markos Moulitsas was claiming the CIA as a liberal institution with its heart in the right place. Kos was crashing the gates! Valerie Plame was simply dreamy. How could one not start to believe the CIA is a misunderstood institution? That's the ticket!
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52. Dear Skinner Updated at 1:42 PM
"I think Daou pretty much nails it. Jason Leopold and Truthout have stuck their necks waaaaaaay out there on this one. If they end up being wrong, then they will do it spectacularly and publicly. I cannot imagine that they would stick their necks out this far unless they believed that their story was airtight. But damn, right now they are out there all alone on this one. I find it very hard not to be skeptical. They must be sweating bullets over there at Truthout. They put it all out there. Fucking ballsy. If they're right, they will be right spectacularly and publicly."
When this story pans out, and all the little fish try to swim home, I am going to say "Sorry, you had the chance to stand with an ally, and instead, decided to say 'I find it very hard not to be skeptical.'"
You could have asked. I would have gladly explained the inside sourcing that I cannot reveal publicly. I would have told you. Happily. I would have explained how Joseph Wilson independently verified a half dozen other sources, none of whom are connected. We had a guy **deleted**.
I'd have told you, had you asked, because you are owed that much. But sadly, no. You threw me and Jason and truthout under the bus. Publicly, because you do not have the COURAGE to stand with someone who has stood with you. You couldn't even do it silently.
This was a wheat-from-the-chaff moment, and you failed. You spend a good deal of time talking about standing strong, but you publicly fucked one man who has stood stronger for you more than any other. Name for me please the New York Times and international best-selling book, translated into twelve languages, that thanks you and your site above anything else. First and foremost.
There is one. Only one. Mine. Before my own mother, I thanked you.
Yeah, yeah, we're 'ballsy' if we're right. But you made it 100% clear that you don't think we are. You could have asked. I'd have let you in. But no, you decided to cover your own ass.
You're in the wrong business.
I am disgusted.
You are no better than the cretins who have taken control of your site.
Mr. Johnson good guy!
From Bizarre to Bizarro World
Then guess who ended up doing two interviews with Plame and Wilson? Jason Leopold! You can't make this shite up. Who the fock do they think they're fooling? Leopold even has Plame as his youtube avatar. What a bunch of bumbling knuckleheads. This cybersleuthing at times is truly easier than juggling.
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