Friday, August 06, 2004

GoMeme 3.0 - So Funny: CIA Asks Bush to Stop Blogging

GoMeme 3.0 is an experiemental test to see how far a post virus can goes.

Use this post as a "trackback multiplier" (more on this below) to help your own Google ranking (and mine's too).

This is not an ordinary post as it is intended to follow how far a goMeme (more on this below) can go.

Read this entire article, and then follow the instructions at the end to pass it on in a new way...)

WASHINGTON, DC—In the interest of national security, President
Bush has been asked to stop posting entries on his three-month-old
personal web log, acting CIA director John E. McLaughlin said Monday.

According to McLaughlin, several recent entries on
PrezGeorgeW. have compromised military operations, while
other posts may have seriously undercut the PR efforts of White House
press secretary Scott McClellan.

A July 24 posting read, "Just got back from a lunch with Colin
and Adil Moussa (one of Prince Saud al-Faisal's guys). Colin wants the
Saudis to send some troops to Najaf—so some of the soldiers are Arab, I
guess. This Moussa guy sure wears a lot of jewelry. A golden chain, a
golden ring with his initials or something, and some other sparkling
stuff—kinda effeminate. Anyway, best of luck in Iraq, Iyad."

McLaughlin, normally hesitant to express public disapproval of the president, said the blog was "ill-advised."

"I would hate for the president to inadvertently put American
soldiers at risk," McLaughlin said. "We work hard to maintain the
integrity of state secrets. When we see the president posting details
of troop movements, international counter-terrorism negotiations, and
even the nuclear launch codes, as he did on Monday, we have to step up
and say something."

Bush said he could not understand McLaughlin's anger,
characterizing his blog as a "personal thing written for friends and
family or whoever" and therefore "none of the CIA's business."

Nevertheless, U.S. Secret Service director W. Ralph Basham objected to the blog, as well.

"He is compromising his safety and the safety of those in my
department," Basham said, citing a post from last Thursday in which
Bush revealed that he "had to go to some secret meeting with Norquist
at some Marriot [sic] over in Virginia." "Someone could uncover some
serious state secrets, if they took the time to wade through all of
those photos he posted after he got that digital camera in June."

On Saturday, Basham asked to pre-screen all blog activity before Bush posts it online.

Bush rejected Basham's request and later that day wrote in his
blog that "Some people who shall remain nameless apparently do not know
there is such a thing as free speech in this country."

Members of Bush's re-election team have urged the president to
exercise caution with his blog, perhaps because of posts like the one
dated July 8, 2004: "Another long day of speeches and fundraisers. Met
with all these phony media company execs. Had to promise them some bill
next term and shake a lot of stupid hands, but they did bring in two or
three million or so. Whatever. Karl keeps a list. I got big laughs
during my speech, so I'm happy."

Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie said he spoke to Bush about the blog last month.

"After he mentioned our Monday message-of-the-day in a
Saturday post, we've really been pushing him to not talk about campaign
strategy," Gillespie said. "He's not that involved in the planning
anyway, so it shouldn't be too much to ask."

"We're not trying to stifle the president's creativity,"
Gillespie added. "We think it's great he's taking an interest in

Bush maintained that he's doing nothing wrong.

"I know so many people, but I'm way too busy to keep in touch
with all of them," Bush said. "Whether I'm talking about our strategies
in Gitmo or my dogs down in Crawford, the blog is an easy way to let
everyone know what's been up with me. If I've just had a really good
lunch at a new restaurant, or something funny happens in a briefing
from the NSA, I want to let my friends and family know about it."

McLaughlin said it's likely that Bush will eventually agree to submit his blog for review by the Secret Service.

"Right now, the president insists it's his right to have it,
as long as he doesn't work on it during White House work hours,"
McLaughlin said. "But I believe we'll be able to convince him, if we
let him calm down. And even if we don't, frankly, I can't see the blog
holding his interest for too long."

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The original article is located at: The Onion (August 4th, 2004)

How This GoMeme Got to My Blog !?
What is this "Path List" for, what is a "GoMeme", and how does adding my blog to the list raise my blog's Google rankings (as a "trackback multiplier") ??? Read the FAQ on Nova Spivack's blog MindingThePlanet)

1. Minding the Planet, mindingtheplanet309a9

2. C/C : Comments on Comments

3. (Your Entry Goes Here -- add an entry for your blog here in the form: URL, hotlink, optional GUID.)
4. (Add a new line here for the next person after you, containing a copy of the instructions in the previous line)

INSTRUCTION --- Copy this entire article, including this Path List into your blog. Next, add an entry for your blog to the end of the Path List. People who get it from you will then have a link back to your blog. This is an experiment to use a host meme -- this funny article -- to spread links to blogs. Find out more about the experiment and how it works at the link above. Please join us in testing this!


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