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The National Security News Service

There’s a wonderful little bomb of a concept in Greg Palast’s most recent website broadside, HOW GEORGE BUSH GAVE KRAZY KIM THE BOMB:

On November 9, 2001, BBC Television Centre in London received a call from a phone booth just outside Washington. The call to our Newsnight team was part of a complex prearranged dance coordinated with the National Security News Service, a conduit for unhappy spooks at the CIA and FBI to unburden themselves of disturbing information and documents. The top-level U.S. intelligence agent on the line had much to be unhappy and disturbed about: a “back-off” directive.

The National Security News Service, a steam vent for pissed-off spooks. Isn’t that great? A googling took me to Stories That Matter, the website of the people who administrate both the National Security News Service and the Natural Resources News Service:

Our reporters work relatively far “upstream” in the news business. We locate and interview sources, find relevant scientific and government information, and piece together ground-breaking public interest stories. Then, we offer our work on an exclusive basis to the commercial media’s best reporters and producers, who shepherd the stories through their own organizations’ production processes. These reporters write and produce the final stories themselves, but without our help, they may never have reached the public.

RSS feeds at the site. And this struck me, currently at the top of the NSNS feed, having just watched the edition in question:

But amidst all the talk (of the North Korean nuke test), nary a word has been said about the bombshell dropped by former Secretary of State James Baker on Monday. Appearing on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to plug his new book, Baker casually disclosed that North Korea has had a crude nuclear capability since the time that the first President Bush was in office. That’s George H.W. Bush!

“They had a rudimentary nuclear weapon, way back in the days when I was secretary of state,” Baker said. “But now this is a more advanced one, evidently.”

That certainly sounds like news. Yet there has been no follow-up.

I love the idea of the NSNS. But I guess that sometimes you just need to watch cable television to catch the news.

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