More on printing al-Jazeera memo

More from Boris Johnson who is a member of the Conservative Party in Britian, a member of Parliament, and editor of the Spectator magazine. When he says, give me the memo about bombing al-Jazeera and I’ll print it, he is quite capable of doing just that.

He also says on his blog and on the Spectator

But if (Dubya’s) remarks were just an innocent piece of cretinism, then why in the name of holy thunder has the British state decreed that anyone printing those remarks will be sent to prison?

We all hope and pray that the American President was engaging in nothing more than neo-con Tourette-style babble about blowing things up. We are quite prepared to believe that the Daily Mirror is wrong. We are ready to accept that the two British civil servants who have leaked the account are either malicious or mistaken. But if there is one thing that would seem to confirm the essential accuracy of the story, it is that the Attorney General has announced that he will prosecute anyone printing the exact facts.

If someone passes me the document within the next few days I will be very happy to publish it in The Spectator, and risk a jail sentence. The public need to judge for themselves. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. If we suppress the truth, we forget what we are fighting for, and in an important respect we become as sick and as bad as our enemies.

PS Federation of Journalists accuses US over killing Al-Jazeera reporter


  1. There is NOTHING that could shock me about Bush. It is more than likely true. This guy is a liar and thinks he has the right to do anything he esires, even if it is not in the best interest of others. He thinks he is above the law. Why the world court hasn’t gotten together and taken care of this terrorist and free the American people before he completely destroys this beautiful country. He should be in prison, not free to mess up the oives of others. And if it is true, shame on you for trying to quiet the press. Instead of helping him, you should be helping the world to get rid of him!

  2. we, the people of the democratic left, or liberals of america, would love to read what this memo says. how about sending it to the new york times or washington postand let them print it then no one gets in trouble in england. just a thought. thank you for taking a stand for democracy

    the king has no clothes on!!

  3. what are the odds this guy will be “disappeared?”

    i want my country back.

  4. George is already guilty of war crimes. This simply adds to the list. I’m all for hanging him – after an appropriate war crimes trial, of course…..

    oh, and don’t forget ‘terror time dick’.

  5. Mrs Bob emailed me to ask about Boris Johnson.

    He’s very popular, because he’s on the TV a lot, and although a Tory, he’s pretty centrist. He’s got a reputation for being a)honest and charming and b) not exactly a political heavyweight – he sometimes even presents a topical comedy show we have over here. Public perception of him is very positive, but in politics, he’s basically a showboater.

    I doubt that he believes he’d actually get the memo; on the other hand, the chance he’d get jailed for it is pretty slim, IMHO.

  6. Even if it was sent to the NY Times or Washington Post,
    it is doubtful it would be published in my opinion.

    I think the US press enables this administration by not
    printing the truth, and in some cases actually assisting
    Bush with his campaign of deception and lies.

  7. Whoever has the memo should just circulate it on the Internet. Everything that has been don in order to lead the world into the quagmire should be transparent, and available to the public. Thus, even the few ignorant, uninformed holdouts who believe in Bushco will gradually understand that they too have been used.

  8. With the kabuki journalism found in today’s MSM regarding the Plame affair, I wouldn’t trust The NYTimes or the WaPo to line the bottom of my bird cage let alone report the truth. The only way the details of this memo will get reported is if it’s leaked to the Blogsphere and I’m joining John Aravosis along side Boris in that regard. If the AG wants to slap the cuffs on me, I don’t think I’ll have difficulty finding a lawyer who’ll slap the AG back with my W2s and 1099-MISC forms.

  9. You have to love dear old Bo. He’s a Tory, but every now and then he does the
    right thing.

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