February 24, 2006

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Friday, February 24, 2006

A secret program to (re)make government secrets, and the inventor of Flash Mobs tells all.

De-Declassification

For the past seven years, intelligence operatives have been poring over public records in the National Archives. Their orders: to identify documents that should never have been made public in the first place. The problem: much of what they decided to re-classify has already been widely disseminated, and poses no ...

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Deadline Pressure

CBS Pentagon correspondent David Martin this week offered a candid public explanation about why he pulled a story on Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, in Iraq. Basically, it was because a senior military officer asked him to. And since it was very close to deadline, he did. Martin tells Brooke ...

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Write On

Amidst the scores of Iraqis killed in escalating violence this week were three journalists, who were kidnapped while reporting on the Samarra shrine attack. It was a reminder that physical insecurity is still the biggest threat to a free press in Iraq. But it's hardly the only one. Brooke speaks ...

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Ain't Gonna Cover War No More

Wall Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi has just completed a three year stint reporting from Iraq. She's written front page dispatches, but may be best remembered for a 2004 personal email in which she described the near-impossible conditions for doing journalism there. When the email went public, it became a ...

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Anglo Jazeera

In May, Al Jazeera plans to launch Al Jazeera International, an English-language version of the popular Arabic satellite network. Among the on-air talent will be several people recognizable to viewers in the West, including BBC veteran David Frost and former Nightline correspondent Dave Marash. Bob talks with Marash about his ...

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The Longest Con

It's estimated to be the third largest industry in Nigeria, grossing hundreds of millions a year, and it may be the most successful confidence game in the world. It's the Nigerian e-mail scam. Victims are often left with no legal recourse, due to corruption in Nigeria and the high price ...

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Steady Mobbin'

In the summer of 2003, articles started popping up about a curious recurring phenomenon in New York City. Large crowds, organized via forwarded emails, were congregating in public places to perform absurd acts that were over almost as soon as they began. The so-called "Flash Mobs" were imitated in other ...

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Woodstein's Muse

Watching the new DVD release of All the President's Men the other night, Brooke came upon a bombshell, buried in one of the DVD's commentary tracks. It concerns the unlikely genesis of what has become the prevailing symbol of all that is fine in American journalism.

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