Monthly Archives: January 2007

At the Heart of the Libby Trial

I haven’t been following the Libby trial as tightly as I should be. Here’s the main thing to know:

“[Former press secretary Ari] Fleischer said the conversation happened July 7, 2003, days before Libby told investigators he was surprised to learn about the CIA operative from a reporter. That discrepancy is at the heart of Libby’s perjury and obstruction trial.”

Other fun:

CBS Blocks Broadcast of Baghdad Report

CBS won’t air their correspondent Laura Logan’s report since it diverges from the official narrative of Iraq:

The segment in question — “Battle for Haifa Street” — is a piece of first-rate journalism but one that appears only on the CBS News website — and has never been broadcast. It is a gritty, realistic look at life on the very mean streets of Baghdad and includes interviews with civilians who complain that the U.S. military presence is only making their lives worse and the situation more deadly.

How Mel Gibson Became Anti-Semitic

Mel Gibson has his own traditionalist house of worship near Los Angeles — a church, funded entirely by him, that is not recognized by the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese. It is unclear what is said in the hallowed halls of the Holy Family Chapel, since, unlike virtually all other Catholic churches, it is closed to the public.

Gibson’s dad, Hutton Gibson, is an important player in the shadowy world of radical traditionalist Catholicism, also known as “integrism” or Catholic separatism.

A three-year investigation of this subculture by the Intelligence Report has found that these Catholic extremists, including the Gibsons, may well represent the largest population of anti-Semites in the United States.

But the “Judeo-Masonic” plot wasn’t the only fearful conspiracy that was described that day. There was also the “Marxist-Jewish” scheme that is ruining our schools, the “Jewish-homosexual” alliance that is destroying the priesthood, and, naturally, the 9/11 conspiracy, which has to do with the fact that the 2001 terrorist attacks were actually “predicted by the Blessed Virgin Mary 84 years ago.”

“The perpetual enemy of Christ is the Jewish nation,” Brother Mary roared, explaining that the aim of the Jews is to “destroy all Christian nations.”

Yet some of America’s greatest peddlers of hate have themselves been extremist Catholics. The best known of these was Father Charles Coughlin, the Michigan “radio priest” who at his height in the late 1930s was spewing pro-Nazi propaganda to 3.5 million listeners on his CBS radio broadcasts.