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White House-credentialed fake news reporter "Jeff Gannon" from fake news agency "Talon News" was cited by the Washington Post as having the only access to an internal CIA memo that named Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, as a covert CIA agent. Gannon, in a question posed to Wilson in an October 2003 interview, referred to the memo (to which no other news outlet had access, according to the Post). Gannon subsequently has been subpoenaed by the federal grand jury looking into the Plame outing.

These facts have led the Kos community to research the following questions:

1.       Who/what is Talon News?
2.       Who/what is Jeff Gannon and how did he get credentialed for the White House?
3.       How is this "reporter" and "news agency" being used to disseminate information?
4.       What exactly is the relationship between all the various outlets/GOP groups/individuals?
5.       What does all this information have to do with the Plame leak?

For a more in-depth overview/summary, go to the Part IV thread here:

Talon News appears to be a "news agency" in name only, consisting of Editor-in-Chief Bobby Eberle, Jeff Gannon and "volunteer reporters," all based on a web site with no true physical news room or work site. Much of its "news" is distributed through an organization called GOPUSA, of which Eberle is CEO and president. His wife, Kathleen, is treasurer. Both Eberles live in Texas and have been deeply involved in Texas politics - and now national politics - for years. Additionally, Bruce Eberle, owner of Erberle Communications, a fundraising/direct marketing/PR firm with extensive ties to Republican party politics (clients list includes Reagan, Ollie North, Paula Jones), folded his group, Millions of, into GOPUSA.

Jeff Gannon's claim to a journalistic background prior to his apparent immaculate conception on the web (first greeting the world, as far as we can tell, in a November 2002 article) was his enrollment in a two-day seminar at the Leadership Institute for Broadcasting Journalism, which appears to be a right-wing pundit training ground, with many of the members of its board of directors active in anti-union, pro-management groups.

So far eager researchers here at Kos have come up with a couple of reasonable names to follow up on: James Patrick McFarland (whose name returned to one of Gannon's addresses) and Jason T. Daniels, who appears to live in Wilmington, DE. Clearly, "J. Daniels," is the vague lead we have to follow up on.

Current List of Assignments:

  1.    Tomatoobserver is researching Time of Grace Ministries
  2.    Mnemosyne is checking and running phone numbers
  3.    conntexdem is researching Bruce Eberle
  4.    baltimoretim is looking into Leadership Institute (diary here:
  5.    fauxreal and ladydawg are researching morning gaggles here:
  6.    sean mykael is looking into Free Speech Foundation (diary here:
  7.    mlk  and Marisa are constructing a sort of visual database "family tree" of relations, groups and individuals. This is a big project and someone might want to volunteer on that diary: Additionally, Marisa is asking for data entry help.
  8.    spiderleaf is creating a timeline about the CIA memo leak/Novak/who knew what when, references to it in press, etc.

What to Post on the Most Current Meta Diary

If you run across a piece of significant information with significant data, post it to the most current SusanG meta diary. Chances are, with how convoluted and inter-related everything is, it will affect how someone else is proceeding in their chosen area of research.
Also post needs for specialists or just volunteers there, or just use it to bitch about how bogged down you're getting or how tightly our tin foil hats are fitting or how wonderfully exciting it is to be creating a whole new community journalism together.

Every time a new meta-diary goes up, I'm going to try and post who is officially working on what, with links to the specific diaries. If you've volunteered for a specific project and I don't list you, let me know so I can get it straight in the next diary. Also, if a new specific research diary starts, post it to the meta diary. And every time I am working on creating the body of the next diary, I'll be reading the most current one to get any new research diaries, volunteers or spectacular info everyone needs to be aware of.

What I Need Now

1.    A volunteer in the Wilmington, DE, area who can go to an address and tell me specifically what is there.
2.    A contact who has information about the 366th Army Division in Fort Hood, TX

Previous Plame Diaries:

Diary I:
Diary II:
Diary III:
Diary IV:
Diary V:

Diary I has the initial Media Matters, Atrios and Talon News information that started this off. Diary IV has the best summarized update if you want to get up to speed on what's going on and join the party.

Originally posted to Susan Gardner on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 06:31 AM PST.

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  •  Great work Kossacks (none)
         The handling of this sory has been an inspiration that shows we can actually do something.

          This Week in Fascism is up.

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

    by Tomtech on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 06:34:13 AM PST

    •  Sorry for butting in here.... (none)
      Yesterday I created a diary that discusses process and the future about what is happening here, which is incredible.

      If you have some thoughts or ideas, go to:

      Into the Wild New Yonder

      Not your usual shameless whoring, rather a service to take process discussions to another place in order to leave this open for research.


      "This is all a big joke...right?"

      by NYBri on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 08:52:09 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Talon News appears to (none)
      be scrubbing their website.  For the "full story" the reading is automatically redirected to GOPUSA.  They have taken down the "staff" bios/pics.  News Archives were there a few minutes ago, but who knows what is next.

      (Is somebody getting rattled?)

      What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

      by Marie on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 11:48:46 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Let's hope that Google cache (none)
        has everything stored.  :-)

        We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

        by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 12:18:53 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Something much better to use... (4.00)
 the Way Back Machine. Someone mentioned it before in one of the diaries, but I don't remember who it was.

          Anyway, it is great. Not only are the page and their images stored, but it goes back for years. Here's the address...

          It shows site came first. It went up on June 06, 2002.

          Then came on April 14, 2003, followed by on July 24, 2003.

          Check it out. You can see not only the page before it was scrubbed, you can see the original page and all of the interations it has gone through. Plus, not only can you get the main pages, you can follow all of the links.

          Here's the "about" page before it was scrubbed...

          Although the site was put online mid-April 2003, the "about" page was blank until mid-October. It is identical to the one in December. Guess they didn't get too many new volunteers.

        • (none)
          One possibly useful resource for researchers on this project is The Internet Wayback Machine, also known as  

          In many cases, this will allow you to view a website's content as it has changed over time.  A terriffic resource for those who want to see exactly what's been scrubbed.  Sometimes, what disappears tells us more than what was there in the first place!

          Keep up the good work!

          •  you should still save stuff yourself (none)
            The Wayback Machine at is a great resource, but for several reasons that I won't get into just now, don't rely upon it as the be-all and end-all. Use it, but preserve things on your own, too.

            I dropped a line to The Memory Hole; haven't heard back yet. But if you find a site actively being scrubbed, it's worth getting in touch with him about it.

            The Americans will always do the right thing... after they've exhausted all the alternatives. - Sir Winston Churchill

            by drewthaler on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 02:29:52 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  we must be doing something right! (n/t) (none)

        Jaded Reality... I've had enough spin for today thanks...

        by spiderleaf on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 12:29:47 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Plame VI -- Some meta-diary design (none)
      Marking this diary as CategoryPlame will help organization by use of the dKos search tool.

      After I mark the main diaries, I think I'll try to set up a few assignment categories on the dKosopedia page and make the current assignment threads.

  •  Good Job! (none)
    Keep up the good work!

    These jerks need to know that they're being watched.

  •  WOW. Just wow. (none)
    All the work is beyond excellent, and I read every single post with great interest and with much shaking of my head as 'how in the world did they get their stinking fingers into so many pies' surprise.

    And this format is really working, it would seem.  I have read every diary as them come along.  And now I just finished reading Diary V, and here is the open page for today to carry everyone forward.  And by linking the previous diaries we can footnote them, without too much trouble.

    Great work.  And as many have said, no matter the outcome, to have a research blueprint and to be able to write a final report weeks from now with facts and a 'flow chart' of nefarious people will be good.

  •  Delaware volunteer (none)
    I happen to live in the country of Romania but if you give me the street address you're looking for, I can show you what is there as well as who owns the property.

    Email is at my name.


    Night and day, you can find me Flogging the Simian

    by Soj on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 06:42:45 AM PST

  •  Awesome (none)
    just awesome.

    Fear is the mind killer -- From the book, Dune

    by bonddad on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 06:45:48 AM PST

    •  I will face my fear . . . where the fear has gone (none)
      there will be nothing and only I will remain.

      Wow, Bondad!  I hadn't thought of quoting Paul Atriedes since high school, but it all came back in a flash.

      "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

      by LondonYank on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 07:19:41 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Wow! (none)
    You guys just changed the world!

    These guys are only successful when they work in the dark. You are making it impossible for them to do that. Maybe nothing will come from this, but it will make it harder for them the next time.


  •  So- what's the chances that Jeff shows up .... (none)
    at work today?

    If I recall correctly, he hosts a radio show on Wednesdays- If he shows up for that, maybe an organized group of people can call in with some direct questions for him.

  •  366th (none)
    Are you sure of that designation? Can't find anything listed on Fort Hood's website [they list all units].
  •  I just posted (none)
    New data about J. Daniels, Jerry Barker Daniels, AKA Michael J. Baldwin in Part V.

    This guy ties in with BCCI, Drogoul-Iraqgate 1992

    It is no accident that Liberty and Liberal are the same word.

    by Sorceress Sarah on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 07:09:43 AM PST

    •  Can you cross post the info (none)
      on this diary?


      We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

      by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 07:14:28 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  From end of Diary V ... (none)
        What is this institute??

        "Christic Institute. Sheehan Affidavit. 1987-01-31 (38)"

        resemblance: Christian I


        Found the answer

        Christic Institute
        The right-wing answer is Christian I? Bizar.


        Resurgence of Iran-Contras people?

        I have had this hunch for some time after the DoD Pointdexter move, John Negroponte, remarks of Rumsfeld about the "El Salvador" option for Iraq, Ashcroft's Patriots Act, Gonzales with his torture memo, Abu Ghraib et all.

        The Right-Wing backing on all these issues is giving me an "unheimlich" feeling -- a very uneasy feeling!


        Pseudonyms are chosen ...
        just for that reason -- to hide one's identity.

        Look more for the symbolism of choice:

        • Daniels Jeff -- see upthread, perhaps son of Daniels CIA agent in Laos POW scandal
        • Gannon Jeff -- sponsored by Gannon International
        • Christian I -- anti Christic Institute which uncovered Nicaragua drug link and adversary in Iran-Contras affaire
        • Talon -- type aircraft favorite of Bobby Eberle Aerospace Engineer

        and than we still have that crazy general in DoD running loose as an Evangelical!

        Choices would point to a range of bad feelings that have not been set aside or forgotten!


        Diary by LondonYank
        Fake News & Pentagon Psy Ops

        also on SIAC and mine in Accenture et all cover the identical undercurrent in the Bush administration and US politics.

        The Right-Wing Tsunami is crossing the political world and devastates the person or area wherever it hits!

        In 2005 - Be Liberal Support our Allies of Democracy on Human Rights, Environment, Gay Rights and Minorities & EU and UN Development Programs Third World & Our Friends

        •  So is there a link (none)
          between this and the whole Mina, AR drug traficking thing?
        •  Jeff Gannon and Gannon Int'l?? (none)
          I went back and looked at Diary V (okay I used search instead of reading) but did not find a post providing evidence of the connection.

          Do you have any?  (Other than the coincidence of the name)

          This would be very interesting...

          •  Link was already established through ... (none)
            SwiftVets against Kerry campaign, initiated by Gannon International. Bruce W. Eberle & Associates were part of the funding, also involved in the Paula Jones affair, etc.

            Talon News was the breaking outlet on the TANG papers of Dan Rather.

            Gannon Technologies is linked to Virginia on projects performed and I believe locally established.

            No direct sponsorship has been found, that is what I meant by symbolic names, sort of role model for a new generation of right-wingers.

            In 2005 - Be Liberal Support our Allies of Democracy on Human Rights, Environment, Gay Rights and Minorities & EU and UN Development Programs Third World & Our Friends

            •  Let's see if I've got this straight... (none)
              Jeff Gannon --> Talon News == GOPUSA;

              Bruce Eberle --> > (absorbed by) > GOPUSA;

              Bruce W. Eberle & Associates > provided funding > SBVT;

              Gannon Int'l < CEO < William Franke --> ran SBVT

              Gannon Int'l < CIO < Lewis Waterman --> set up SBVT website

              Is that what you are saying? (Sorry to be thickheaded but I'm trying to make the connections clear)

              If so, can you point me to the referecne for Bruce Eberle et al funding the SBVT campaign? SourceWatch doesn't list them as a major contributor (but SourceWatch isn't always authoritative!)

              BTW - don't know if you are the person to ask - I have been wondering about Gannon Int'l federal contracts in light of the SBVT thing. From their website it is clear there are at least a few gov't contracts; is it possible for Franke's and Waterman's SBVT activities to be legally insulated from the contract situation or is there a potential legal issue for Gannon Int'l there?  Just wondering..

        •  Christic Institute (none)
          Is an amazing group of Catholic peace and justice lawyers.  Check with Sojourners about them.  Jim Wallis knows them.  If you need legal help, Christic Institute is your source.  They covered the whole Central American thing incredibly well.  Sojourners is  If you can get a religous slant on this. Sojouners may be a good place to publish this when you get it together.
    •  You make it hard work to get the kernel (none)
      So I'm posting an excerpt here that says it all:

      A: Michael J. Baldwin, A.K.A. Jerry Daniels.

      Q. Was he there?

      A. Yeah, he was the one that was there with the guerrillas, as soon as J.D. left, he comes out.

      . . .

      Q. Who is Baldwin?

      A. Michael J. Baldwin is Jerry Daniels, Jerry Barker Daniels, he was a CIA operator for 15 years. His immediate superior was Mike Eiland.

      Q. Did you know Baldwin before that day that you met him?

      A. In person, no.

      Q. Why was he involved in this?

      A. He had been Vang Pao's right-hand man for umpteen years. He was one of the few people from the company that he did trust and believe in, that voluntarily, assignment wise stayed behind after the war ended to continue to work with the Hmong where most of the agents said, good, give me a new duty station. He didn't, he stayed behind.

      Q. He was still working for the CIA at that time?

      A. Yes.

      Q. Definitely not retired?

      A. Oh heavens no.

      If we can tie Jerry Daniels to Gannon International (which already ties to the SBVFT liars) - and Gannon International has been doing business in Vientnam for decades - then we're really creating a trail we can substantiate.

      "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

      by LondonYank on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 07:30:28 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Jerry Daniels died in Thailand in 1982 (none)
        a quick check brings up lots of references to his work in Vietnam and his death.  Dead end.  Not our J. Daniels.

        "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

        by LondonYank on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 07:35:56 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Jerry Daniels tied to drugs and weapons (none)
          operations for Bush I, Armitage, Secord, Shackley and other Iran/Contra names.  Very spooky how the same names are in the frame for every drugs/weapons scandal from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Nicaragua, Columbia, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.  Coincidence?

          After dividing the more than 400 exposures taken of these presumed POWs [remaining in Laos and Cambodia after the Vietnam War], Jerry Daniels left to hand-deliver his to the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. Six months later, he died mysteriously in Thailand [in 1982] of carbon monoxide poisoning in his apartment there. Scott mailed his, as he was directed, to Daniel C. Arnold, CIA. He was later told that all the negatives had accidentally been destroyed in processing.

          Also, the new ambassador to Thailand had discovered Vang Pao's involvement with agent Daniel C. Arnold in dealings with drugs, guns and guerrilla warfare.

          I can't help but wonder if Daniels, a CIA career man, hadn't squaled too loudly about our orders to liquidate rather than rescue the Americans we had seen when he returned to Bangkok after our mission. Perhaps someone had decided to quiet him. He was intimately involved in the secret drug laundering team which included Armitager Jenkins, yang Pao, Arnold, Moberg, Secord, Singlaub and many others. "Now he's dead," Jenkins told me in a recent phone conversation, "and dead people don't talk."

          "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

          by LondonYank on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 08:53:20 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  I dunno about that (none)
          What better way to give a CIA operator a new identity than to kill off the old one?
        • ties? n/t (none)
    •  Dumb question (none)
      Is J. Daniels just another fake name, in this case motivated by the well known whiskey?

      No, data is not the plural of anecdote

      by MarkInSanFran on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 09:45:45 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I emailed Sen. Kennedy (my senator) (none)
    this morning to encourage his efforts with the Stop Propaganda bill, and I mentioned the efforts here and sent a link. I told him we thought a formal investigation was in order.

    Hey Im sure it will get deleted but if he gets LOTS of emails about it maybe someone will notice

    In the midst of life we are in debt, etc.

    by ablington on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 07:11:44 AM PST

    •  Might want to hold off on that for a bit... (none)
      until this comes together a bit more.

      SusanG is driving the truck on this and we should jump when she says....if we get stuff wrong before we're ready to release, it will undermine what we get right.

      "This is all a big joke...right?"

      by NYBri on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 08:43:20 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    Ive been doing some work, with a few others, on the investigation into

    It seems we are reaching a point where we may need some feet on the ground to go check out some paperwork and addresses.

    To be honest the investigation has gotten to be  a bit more than I can handle alone. Its gotten pretty complicated, so I am hoping somebody with a bit more knowledge of 501c3 will get back to me. There are a few on the case allready.

    In the mean time, should we need volunteers, it might be a good idea to check in here just to let us know that you are interested in helping out.

    So if you are in the DC area and have some free time, Check-In here. Its very possible that your services could be needed later today.

    •  I'll be going (none)
      downtown later this week (not today), so if there is something I can do, send me an email at and let me know what you need.
    •  Is there a specific FOIA search we can run? (none)
      If so, go to:
      FOIA GannonProject

      and let me know what you need form what department and I'll make the request.  The more specific info we request, the better.  Also, the information needs to be in an existing document, like the 501c3 doc.  We can get that from the IRS.

      Let me know if it would be helpful

      "This is all a big joke...right?"

      by NYBri on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 01:17:18 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I really have no idea (none)
        I fear this side of the project has gotten too complicated for me to handle.

        Im stuck

        •  Sean (none)
          Check this diary out.  Maybe GregP can help you out.

          We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

          by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 01:40:01 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  I need somebody that knows about (none)
            Nonprofits and the IRS...I dont have a clue what Im talking about on any of this stuff though. Maybe a FOIA request is needed..I really wouldnt know.

            This has gotten way too complicated for me to handle. I just dont get the ins and outs of it. My intention was to point out something I thought was suspicious and hopefully somebody that had a clue would pick it up. Thats only sort of happened so far. We arent quite there yet.But I really dont know how to proceed...I dont know what Im looking for and fail to understand when its been explained to me.

            Sorry, Im trying...just not getting it.

            •  Don't stress Sean (none)
              you are doing great.  I wasn't sure if you were referring to a FOIA request, that's why I posted that link.

              My BF has a "non-profit for dummies" book at work.  I'll ask him to bring it home so that I can take a look and see if I find anything.

              We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

              by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 02:30:42 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Thank You :) (none)
                you might want to talk to dkos user Myrkury also...they seem to have a really good grasp on all of this..they have been trying to explain to me but Im just not getting it.
                •  Can you give me a link to where Myrkury is posting (none)

                  We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

                  by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 02:39:53 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

                    •  Ugh (none)
                      Just read that whole thing and my head is spinning.  I work for a 501(c)(3) (a legit one). I won't be in the office tomorrow, but Wednesday I can pop my head into our legal counsel's office and see if I can get her to explain to me (in lay person's terms) how I can go about telling if a 501(c)(3) is legit.  She's a Bushie, so I can't get too detailed with her.

                      We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

                      by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 03:04:29 PM PST

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  Thank You (none)
                        Hope your luck is better than mine!
                        •  Sean (none)
                          I'm working from home tomorrow, I'll call the DC Office, per Myrurky's comment and ask if FSF is incorporated there and who is on the board, etc.  I'll also ask about ProBush.

                          I'll post in your diary tomorrow if I get anything.

                          We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

                          by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 03:28:51 PM PST

                          [ Parent ]

                          •  Fight On Girl! (none)
                            Thank You so much for picking up the ball on this. I  really dont want this story to die. Especially not as a result of my inabilty to grasp the subject matter.

                            Oh if this web isnt big enough...try visiting

                          •  If you want to run a FOIA request ... (none)
                            for the actual 501c3 document, we can do it with the IRS.  Problem with that is, if we get it, I won't know what to look for....however, if we don't get one, then we know they are bogus....yes?

                            "This is all a big joke...right?"

                            by NYBri on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 04:10:50 PM PST

                            [ Parent ]

                          •  I don't know if we need FOIA for that (none)
                            I think that we can request the documents as concerned consumers. I will try to see what I can find from them and other outlets with the guidance of Myrkury.

                            We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

                            by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 05:05:55 PM PST

                            [ Parent ]

                          •  MLK write me (none)
                  , replace the NOSPAM with an "@".  I seem to only be able to explain some of this stuff with documents in fromt of me (nobody should be frustrated, I've been doing agressive (c)3 law for four years now and it barely makes sense to me.
                            I much better with specifics than generalities.
                            I will try to get over to the BooMan's place and maybe to a joint post- he is good at keeping me speaking english.
                            Personally, I see enough evidence of money laundering (pending a first hand look at the 990's) that I would consider making a public statement under my real name to the press saying that is what they are doing, let them sue me for slander.
                            One other thing- Eberly's wife's name "Kathleen"- any chance her maiden name is "Ford"?  There's a Kathy Ford listed as an officer of FSF in their pre-2002 ID filings.  If this is her, she may have been dropped as an officer of FSF to avoid disclosure requirements if Eberly was pumping $$$ into FSF.

                            Might and Right are always fighting In our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning. Might can hardly keep from grinning. -Clarence D

                            by Myrkury on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 04:51:55 PM PST

                            [ Parent ]

                          •  Done (none)
                            Check your mail.

                            We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

                            by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 05:03:50 PM PST

                            [ Parent ]

                          •  Don't think so (none)
                            Checked TX physicians registry and her name is listed as Kathleen Hummel Eberle.
                          •  Who's Who -Kathleen: (none)
                            According to Who's Who (which I access through a University subscription) - Bruce Wayne Eberle married Katherine Lee Mitchem, August 25, 1973.

                            (I am working to distill the Who's Who info and add to the dkosopedia entry on Bruce Eberle - can't copy it directly, ya know)

                          •  FSF incorporation (none)
                            I posted down-thread here about FSF being incorporated in Delaware as a non-profit.

                            Hope that's useful to you!

                          •  Hmmm (none)
                            no listing with the IRS for the FSF or anything I Christian or Christian I in Delaware.  Delaware doesn't seem to have an online database of registered non-profits, so I'll have to add the AGs office to the list of people to call.

                            We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

                            by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 05:22:53 PM PST

                            [ Parent ]

    •  I will be in the area.... (none)
      the weekend. Essentially, we will be in Arlinton, but we are going to take the kids into DC to see the sites...I could very easily drive by an address and poke around.
  •  A good source of info.... (4.00)
    I used to work in investment management until a few months ago and we had Bloomberg terminals. One of the more interesting capabilities of the Bloomberg was to search people and it provided a wealth of info if said person was a corporate guru of any sort (board memberships, resume's, you name it.)

    If anyone has access to a Bloomberg terminal (Bonddad maybe??), just type the guy's name and then hit Help and go to the People lists. I researched the poop out of PNAC last summer with this and the network of connections I made were astounding!

    May be useful if you believe the Corporations own the government!

    Canadians care too...

    by jbalazs on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 07:54:32 AM PST

  •  4001 Kennett Pike (none)
    There's a lot of businesses at this location, including a jewelry store, restaurant, two real estate offices, an office for a chemical firm (named Lyondell), clothing store and the UPS Store.

    There are also two lawyers and an accountant, a marketing firm and some other interesting notes.  I don't know which of these might be of interest to you:

    Kam Marketing Inc
    4001 Kennett Pike Suite 220, Wilmington, DE 19807

    Kaufman Financial Services Inc
    The Name You Can Trust
    4001 Kennett Pike Suite 222, Wilmington, DE 19807

    Architects & Engineers Loss Control
    4001 Kennett Pike Suite 318, Wilmington, DE 19807
    (302) 658-3442

    Arco Chemical Technology LP
    4001 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807
    (302) 658-1042

    Arco Chemical Technology Management Inc
    4001 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807
    (302) 658-1043

    Gates and Company LLC
    4001 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807
    (302) 428-1335

    Gilbert John
    4001 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807
    (302) 657-2000

    Inside Contactless
    4001 Kennett Pike Suite 300, Wilmington, DE 19807
    (302) 571-8690

    PJ Deseta Excavating
    4001 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807
    (302) 654-2558

    Refco Consultants Inc
    4001 Kennett Pike Suite 242, Wilmington, DE 19807

    Hope this helps!


    Night and day, you can find me Flogging the Simian

    by Soj on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 08:17:33 AM PST

  •  This is great... (4.00)
    I hope you guys crack this one wide open.  

    I dont have anything to add to the research, just wanted to take up some thread space and let you know that I, for one, am rooting for you.  

    Oh yeah, and be careful.  These guys you are potentially up against are fucking ruthless and without conscience.  But of course you know that ;)

    Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St. Clemens...

    by Billy Shears on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 08:25:07 AM PST

  •  You might get a clue (4.00)
    from the person Ron Suskind interviewed in his Oct. 2004 NYT magazine article on how the Bush communications machine works.

     . . . .   I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush.   . . . .
    The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,''  . . . . He cut me off.

    ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued.

    ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.
    And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too .... ''

    Maybe Suskind has an idea who's into manipulating media credentials and payola contracts.


      Also, I am re-posting a possibility for FOIA requests (posted at an earlier part of SusanG's threads).

    FOIA - Apart from 'Gannon,' these are the folks

      . .   [ listed here at the site]   who laid the groundwork for the SwiftVets 2004 offensive against Kerry.

    Many of the articles/ 'reporters' listed here are supposed journalist-masquerades providing a veneer-for GOP-operatives.

    It's a wonderful LIST on the page. I wonder if any, or how many, of them are on the US payroll ?

    A bunch of these names should be plugged into the FOIA requests.

    •  MC 900 Foot Jesus (none)
      Dang song going round and round in my head.  At least it's a song I like.  It's called "Truth is out of Style".

      ...I met a real nice lady there named Shirley MacLaine.
      She said: "Truth is not an obstacle for someone such as me,
      because, you see, we all create our own reality,
      and if a problem should arise
      the best thing you can say is
      dont worry, be happy, and have a nice day"

      Seemed appropriate given the explicit disavowal of reality (aka truth) by the Bush administration.

    •  Did anyone check the family ties ... (none)
      1. Who are the close friends of George and Laura: Gannons of Crawford Tx and
      2. Ambassador Sullivan's son-in-law Paul Gannon? Possibly the same: Marketing Director Paul F. Gannon of TMA Resources in McLean, Virginia.

      Friends in Tx: the Gannons

      In 2005 - Be Liberal Support our Allies of Democracy on Human Rights, Environment, Gay Rights and Minorities & EU and UN Development Programs Third World & Our Friends

  •  I'll do the FOIA searches... (none)
    but I need help.  Never done one before, but I have the site and the energy.  

    I need volunteers, what we need searched and where to post.

    Marching orders, please, SusanG.

    Jump in with me, folks.  This is important...not just this issue, but the process in general.

    "This is all a big joke...right?"

    by NYBri on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 08:55:17 AM PST

    •  Great! (none)
      What I think is you need a team to help you figure out exactly which agencies to FOIA for exactly what.

      I'd start a new thread: Help needed for FOIA searches for Gannon, and ask for volunteers with experience, time, etc.

      I'm really not at all sure what's involved in the process, but I guess we'll all learn, eh?

      I want to repeat that we are on no deadline here. We can take the time to learn how to do things properly and make sure that when we get info, it's right. These skills are useful down the line, even if they yield nothing now.

      I really appreciate you taking this on. If it gets way complicated and time-consuming, yell loud for more help.

    •  If you need $$ (none)
      give us a shout out.

      Just cause it is the "Freedome of Information Act" doesn't mean you can get the information for free.  IIRC someone here did a FOIA search for something and it cost him a pretty penny.

      We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

      by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 09:08:41 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'll find out how much it costs and report back... (none)

        "This is all a big joke...right?"

        by NYBri on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 09:14:07 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Me reporting back later.... (none)
          It seems the fee structure is based upon who you are and what you want.  journalists get it free.  

          Any individual who claims the information will lead to furthering public awareness of how the government works and is doing so non-commercially, will get charged for the reproducing only.

          If the search is simple and less than 100 pages and takes less than two hours, it's free.

          Sounds pretty reasonalbe.  Each Department has it's own procedures and fee structure, buy they're pretty similar.

          Also, the more specific we can be about what we want and which department or agency we want it from, the better.  AND if the information isn't in a document, we can't get it.  So, the more we know about what we want and what document that information appears on, the better as well.

          Each dept. and agency has an electronic reading room with lots of background info there.  I have a site with all the URLs for the departmental reading rooms posted on the FOIA HOME PAGE.

          And I woke up this morning not knowing a damn thing about the FOIA procedures.  What am I gonna learn tomorrow?

          "This is all a big joke...right?"

          by NYBri on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 01:36:33 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  My advice (none)
            First, if I were you, I'd get your volunteer team to really narrow down the specifics of what you want from who you want it. Very, very specific. You all can brainstorm together on exactly what is needed from where.

            Then come up with a list. Then get volunteers to help you enter. And then ask me to pay. Will they take credit cards? How is their pay ability set up?

      •  Thanks..... (none)
        wanna help?

        "This is all a big joke...right?"

        by NYBri on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 09:16:27 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Unfortunately (none)
          I'm not able to provide as much help as I would like to at this time, but I'll provide data that I know of when able, by checking back on these Diaries to see if there's any reference assistance I might be able to provide.

          Additionally, if I have any general data which I think might be helpful, I'll post it at the bottom of the Diary.

          What an excellent day for an Exorcism...

          by DianeL on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 09:30:01 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  FOIA Search--UPS Store Listings (none)
      If I recall correctly, the UPS Store is required by the USPS to acquire and turn over (to USPS) identifying information on anybody who rents a box there, including photo ID of the authorizing corporate official. This should be retrievable from a FOIA request to the USPS (and could be done to cover all renters at a particular location to check for spiderwebs).

      "Don't screw with me, I'm a Damnocrat and I've got nothing to lose but my dealer-financed pickup."

      by precinct1233 on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 10:36:10 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Some more about the journalism school (4.00)
    I found the following at
    The contact man there (Tom Crowe) was given as the person to talk to WRT the Leadership Institute.

    Broadcast Journalism School Dates
    March 6-7 (Los Angeles)
    April 17-18
    June 26-27
    September 25-26
    November 13-14

    As you can see there are sessions coming up in March in LA.  Perhaps a west coast Kossack might look into signing up.

    Also two names that I assume are of instructors, Genevieve Wood and Stephen Clouse.
    Wood is "the vice president for media at the Family Research Council and Media Advisor of the Center for Print and Broadcast Media. Genevieve is also a member of the Heritage Foundation's national Media Advisory Board and is a frequent speaker at public policy forums around the country.

    Named a "2000 Rising Star in Politics" by Campaigns & Elections magazine, Genevieve is a frequent political commentator on MSNBC, FOX, CNN, and numerous radio stations across the country. Prior to joining the Leadership Institute, Genevieve served as Deputy Press Secretary and spokesman for the Republican National Committee during the 1998 midterm election cycle and Clinton impeachment debate. She was an interviewer and commentator for America's Voice cable television network from 1993-1998 and hosted "Left, Right, and Center," a weekly radio program airing on KCRW, the NBC Page, and from 1991-1993 served as the Publicity Coordinator for NBC News."

    Clouse "is president of Stephen Clouse & Associates, a strategic communications/fundraising firm he established in 1991. His firm provides consultation, message development, and major donor fundraising services to political candidates and conservative causes. Mr. Clouse pioneered the use of highly personalized, multiple media communication stream video fundraisers in the political field. By executing strategies in which direct mail, video, and telemarketing are used in combination to target individual donors and prospects, his firm has raised millions for political candidates, trade associations, and foundations. Stephen Clouse & Associates has received numerous awards for their video productions, and his work has appeared on CBS This Morning and the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour.

    Partial Client list includes:

    The Leadership Institute

    National Empowerment Television


    Republican National Committee

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Media Research Center

    Alan Keyes for President

    Republican Party of Wisconsin" (Copied from the website.

    It seems to me that it is true that the Repugs are miles ahead of the Dems in the Direct Mail game.  It would be interesting if there was someone familiar with the CanSpam act who could dig out more about all these direct marketers and whether they have arranged the new email rules to suit themselves or whether they are in violation of the new rules.

    "Freedom without responsibility is license and not liberty." Emerson not tom delay

    by Bionic on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 09:06:57 AM PST

  •  Jeff Gannon appears again. (3.50)
    If you surf over to and find the subheading "Our Un-Liberal Media" you will find video of Gannon once again trolling for Bush. I dont know if this helps but it might produce some leads.

    What lies before us is nothing compared to what lies within us

    by ScooterProg on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 09:07:22 AM PST

  •  Minor point on keeping names apart / tracking (none)
    Please note that

      Bobby (Robert R.) Eberle of Pearland, Texas is surely distinct from Bob (or Robert D.) Eberle of Laconner, Washington who has been a sales-oriented person for Eberle Communications (see 3 entries for him at the US FEC [campaign-donations] site here). R.D.E. and his wife have worked at the firm, as you can see listed at the link.

    You can see they are different folks with similar names by the listing of both of them separately, with their hometowns, at this GOPUSA petition on judicial filibusters.

    (I also posted a day ago, more campaign donations by family members from the FEC public records.)

  •  Plame/ Novak timeline meta-diary is up (none)

    Jaded Reality... I've had enough spin for today thanks...

    by spiderleaf on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 09:25:52 AM PST

  •  I found this -- have no idea what it is about (4.00)
    but it is about Jeff Gannon posing as Ruthie Downs:,_Inc._run_for_president..html

    James A. Chamblee
    Sandeman wrote:

    Jeff Gannon, Talon News, posing as Ruthie Downs wrote:

    >> The list of harms from our broken civil-justice system goes on and on.
    > "The values of America"?
    >> Don't count on it. Those very values -- free enterprise, personal
    > responsibility, and the rule of law
    >> -- are undermined by the perversion of civil justice by John Edwards and
    > the rapacious behemoth that
    >> is Trial Lawyers, Inc.
    >> -- Jim Copland is director of the Center for Legal Policy at the Manhattan
    > Institute and managing
    >> editor of the institute's new website,
    > Give that lady a folding chair.

    If a provider of consumer products is stupid enough to cause death or injury
    to their neighbors or customers through negligence, they deserve to be
    separated from some of their money to partially repair the injury, and the
    lawyer who helps deserves a taste also.

    Please tell us who funds the Right Wing think Tank called the Manhattan

    Don't bother. I Already know.


    SpongeBush SquarePants: SpongeBush lives in a bubble in D.C./absorbent and shallow and porous is he! - - Maureen Dowd

    by sara seattle on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 09:46:36 AM PST

    •  Interesting sidebar... (none)
      "Ruth E. Downs" is a very prolific wingnut anti-Kerry poster in alt.vietnam veterans, soc.veterans, and alt.war.vietnam, and has been for quite some time.

      Same email address for those message headers as the one in the link you posted.

      Just think of the disappointment that the posters to those groups who hang on "her" every word are going to be if it turns out that "she" is really a bald dumb SOB....

      From his pictures, he looks to be late 30s, early 40s, so if he was in, he must have enlisted and gone to Vietnam right out of kindergarten.

      •  It's the old... (none)
        ...pose as a woman to get the Usenet junkies to listen to you trick.  Pretty amazing how effective that ploy can be with the right audience.  Kinda gross too.
      •  In the soc.flamenco (none)

        It looks like Ruth was outted...they mention someone named Troy as having similar posting habits. And there is some discussion about his being kicked out of the vietnam discussion groups.

      •  Don't know if this is relevant... (none)
        Ruth Downs posts, but also William Boyd, Sandeman, Bill Bates, and others.  He has also uses names very similar to regulars in this
        newsgroup including several posts as "Rita" <> while you were on vacation.  See:


        Also, look at
        [this URL didn't seem to work right]

        to see other mischief that he has been up to.  Evidently, there is a blog site called riverbend that is authored by a woman in Iraq and which
        is critical of the invasion and occupation.  Troy is accused of setting up a copycat site called riversbend (with an "s" in the middle) that
        appeared to be pro Bush, pro invasion, etc.  That site no longer exists, but was the focus of a lot of discussion relating to that blog site.

        Troy and his various aliases are identified as:

        El Solerito Troy,

        Artist, HAM, Korean War, Reg. Army & USAF Retired, MOPH L38342 Unit
        1849, Phi Theta Kappa, RNC 146441197-D186, GOP Team Leader, NRA 040959746"

        Also there is a Jason who posted to the riversbend blog that is part of the later discussion.

        This is the wildest web woven...

    •  Getting dizzy.... (none)
      I just went to Gooogle groups and searched for "Ruth E. Downs" and there are a ton of messages in the three UGs listed above, and also many more in soc.retirement.  

      I am cross-eyed from reading a bunch of them, but what is fascinating is that Ruth E. Downs apparently posts under a range of names in those groups (including the names of users who responded to the lawdiscussion post linked in sara's message); the best part is that the folks over there have tweaked to the fact that these are pseudonyms, and have spent a lot of time outing the individual(s)involved.

      It is well beyond my skills to be able to understand  the information that people over there have dug up, (tracing ISPs, etc.) so if anybody has the computer savvy and the time, it might prove helpful to the quest here.

    •  Don't take it seriously (none)
      Look at the entire link.  Ruth E. Downs posted an article by Jim Copland.  Then a couple of conservatives responded with a bit of humor ("give that woman a folding chair" -- so she can hurt herself, hire a trail lawyer, and sue the company, get it?).

      Finally, James Chamblee wrote a response, defending trial lawyers and the right of consumers to sue for damages.  He quoted the earlier message by prefacing it with "Jeff Gannon, Talon News, posing as Ruthie Downs wrote:".

      I think Chamblee was just being saracastic, by saying that a very conservative "reporter" was posting as an individual.  This kind of thing happens on UseNet and discussion forums all the time.  It would be like one of us writing, "Jeff Gannon, posing as a member of the WH press corps, wrote:"

      I think this Gannon stuff is a fascinating story, but this is a little oddity, a fluke, nothing of substance.

      •  I am not so sure (none)
        that this is just a fluke -- my guess it is those little sidebars that will trip them up in the end.

        They think they are oh so smart - but we'll see how smart they'll be in the end.

        SpongeBush SquarePants: SpongeBush lives in a bubble in D.C./absorbent and shallow and porous is he! - - Maureen Dowd

        by sara seattle on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 03:27:40 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Google Usenet (none)
        As a followup:  don't just google the www, google the Usenet groups.  Apparently Ruth Downs was posting conservative stuff without identifying it as really being from Jeff Gannon, Chamblee and a few others called her out on it, thus the sarcastic attribution.

        Just Usenet horseplay, I think.

  •  The following groups use (none)
    Sacher Multi-Media Center (connected with the Center for Print and Broadcast Journalism which teaches the Leadership Institute's course) to produce their programs:
    3 Roads Communications
    60 Plus
    Accuracy in Media
    Air Force Association
    Alliance for Marriage
    American Investigator
    American Media Revolution
    Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
    Autumn Productions
    Barnraiser Media
    BizNews 24
    Braun Film & Video
    Coalition for Urban Renewal and Education
    Complete Communications Strategies
    Conservative Caucus
    Cullum Communications
    Edmonds Associates
    eMedia Seminars
    Family Research Council
    Free Congress Foundation
    Giese, Inc.
    Graham Williams Group
    Tarne Powers & Associates
    Gun Owners of America
    Hendrick Communications, LLC
    Judicial Watch
    Key Communication Strategies
    March for Life Fund
    Oppix Productions
    Population Research
    Redskins Magazine
    Veritas Media Group
    Wall 2 Wall Productions
    Washington Scholarship Fund

    Just putting them out there to see what other connections come up.

    "Freedom without responsibility is license and not liberty." Emerson not tom delay

    by Bionic on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 09:47:58 AM PST

  •  Who is "Jeff Gannon?" (4.00)
    All we know is that he surfaced shortly before the Iraq invasion.  Then without the backing of any MSM organization, he appears in the WH media pool and rather quickly is allowed to pose questions to McClellan and later GWB.

    We do know that BushCo plays things close to the vest and prizes loyalty above all else.  Therefore, it's not credible to me that they don't know exactly who "Jeff Gannon" is.  But why the pseudonym?  Are there names out there that would be too hot if a new reporter suddenly turned up in the press pool with that name?

    Consider the startled eyebrow look similarity between Gannon and this man:




    Also note other similarities eyes, ears, forehead and skull shape.

    What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

    by Marie on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 10:26:08 AM PST

    •  OK, this is kinda weird... (none)
      Well, I saw a striking resemblance between Gannon and Poindexter. I'm kinda bored so I searched Poindexter because I recall he was the guy Rummy wanted to head up the "Futures on Terror" project and the spying on Americans stuff back a couple of years ago.

      Anyway, I found this website from the San Francisco Weekly from December 2002:

      It talks about Poindexter at that time, his current shenanigans with DoD, and at the bottom there are a bunch of links to pictures of his son, other family members, family trees, etc..

      Guess what??? None of the links work! All of the sites have been removed!

      I mean, I doubt Gannon is actually Poindexter's son, and there could be a million reasons why those websites no longer exist, but I found it strange anyway....

      Canadians care too...

      by jbalazs on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 11:31:36 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The first link, (none)
      "gannon1", is no longer working, it seems.
    •  I've seen Poindexter up close (none)
      and in my opinion he doesn't look anything like Gannon.
      •  Have you seen "Gannon" (none)
        up close?

        John and his son Alan don't look much alike until you look more closely at certain features.

        What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

        by Marie on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 11:51:55 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Just the pictures of Gannon (none)
          but I think we'd be jumping to a mighty big conclusion, one I don't think even the pictures support.  For what it's worth, Alan looks even less like Gannon than he does like his father.  Poindexter is also very well known, I don't think a son of his could be as under the radar as Gannon is.  Besides, I think anything Poindexter or his ilk would do would be more "professional," if you know what I mean-these are men with real money and power.  Gopusa and Talon "news" feel very amateurish, both as websites and as media sources.
          •  I hear you -- (none)
            but this "Gannon" dude doesn't seem to link with the rest of the Eberle gang except for being the "Washington Bureau Chief" of Talon News Service.  It was if if TNN was set up to plant "Gannon" in the WH press corps.

            What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

            by Marie on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 12:30:26 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  How link? (none)
              I don't necessarily expect the rest of the "reporters" to have long ties to the Eberles and friends.  They don't have to have long term ties to one another, they just have to share a commitment to writing right-wing propaganda for a fake news organization.  Maybe Gannon got involved through the GOP, young republicans, free republic, etc, and happened to be close enough to DC to take the "job".
              •  But why not use his real name? (none)
                Eberles are using their real names.  If Gannon was writing earlier than late 2002, it was under another name.

                It's one thing to post things on blogs using and assumed name, but a whole different matter if you are going to get into the WH Press corps.  The WH has to know the real identity of this person and is going along with the ruse.  More than going along, Gannon gets to pose questions to both McClennan and GWB.

                What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

                by Marie on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 01:32:28 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  I still haven't seen any evidence it's not (none)
                  his real name.  If it isn't I'd assume he either has someone he wants to shield, or something he wants to hide, but it doesn't have to be the Eberles or any of their gang.  As you point out, they all use their names.  There may be a link, but we don't have to prove one to show that this is no news agency, and that Gannon or whatever his name might be has no more reason to have White House press credentials than I do.
                  •  Agree that there is no (none)
                    reason why "Gannon" is a credentialed reporter for the WH.  David Brock at MMC has written to McClennan and pointed this out and requested that "Gannon's" credential be pulled.

                    On Gannon being a pseudonym, it appears that this is based on an item posted by Atrios.  Over the past few days, lots of people here have now searched for a Jeff Gannon on the internet and nothing is surfacing prior to late 2002.  There is a Jeffrey Gannon who is CEO of Allied, but that is not the same person.

                    But both questions are related to why the WH credentialed this person.  I would think that it's not easy to get that status -- both for the fake news service and a fake reporter.  It would be like DFA setting up a news service and then hiring a "Washington Bureau Chief" who has no experience as a professional journalist and working under an assumed name.  How long would it take for such a person to get into the WH press corps and then be on a first name basis with the WH press secretary and the POTUS?  

                    What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

                    by Marie on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 03:16:44 PM PST

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  I saw that (none)
                      Go Brock!  Saw the item at Eschaton, too, but no evidence.  But your point about how hard it must be makes me think it's either his name, or close to it (which might be why the detail about women not being allowed to use maiden names would be important).  Of course, the Bushies so assiduously court ass-kissing, I think they either accepted him willingly, knowing full well he was going to kiss ass and give Scottie a go-to guy when it started getting rough, or they started the gopusa/Talon news ball rolling themselves for those same purposes.

                      Interestingly, Gannon apparently has had less luck elsewhere: from the fake blog paid for by the Thune campaign, a quote from a Nationl Journal article entitled "Bloggers Targeted Daschle and the Press," While the Bush administration has provided Gannon with press credentials, the nonpartisan U.S. Senate Daily Press Gallery has rejected Gannon's repeated requests for congressional press credentials because of TalonNews' financial ties to GOPUSA.

                      •  Well, we'll just have to see -- (none)
                        wonder who fed Gannon the story about Daschle's house?

                        I suspect that Gannon is not his real name for a variety of reasons.  His bio alone was vague except for the two day journalism seminar.  That is not exactly how one goes about establishing credibility.  

                        What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

                        by Marie on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 04:35:31 PM PST

                        [ Parent ]

                  •  It's not his real name (none)
                    Trust me on this.

                    When all this is done, I'll explain.

                    But there's absolutely no point in following Jeff Gannon.

                    It's not his real name.

                    •  None of the names are real (none)
                      Okay, that seems a little coy -- like Atrios. Is there more you can share?

                      It does stand to reason -- there is no way there could be no trace of him before 2003 otherwise. I think I. Christian amd J. Daniels also sound phony.

                      Finally, I also wonder about Mike and Ben Marino, whose legal troubles seem to have precipitated the formation of the Free Speech Foundation. Any coincidence Marino and Gannon both have quarterback surnames?

                      •  I know it sounds coy (none)
                        And I apologize.

                        I just don't know how else to say I know -- to head people off from spending time looking -- when I ... ugh ... really can't say HOW I know.

                        God, this is making it worse, isn't it?

                        I beg you, don't read the sentence in the newly posted diaries. You will despise me.

          •  As far as amatuerish (none)
            Look at there bungiling of Iraq. I think they are so convinced of their "untouchablity" that they could have grown lazy or careless.
        •  For that matter, (none)
          Jeff Gannon doesn't even look like himself either, if you look at all the different photos. There are at least 3 different types of guy and, except for the fact that they are balding or head-shaved, they don't look that much like each other -- but they're all him.
    •  Marie (none)
      hit the links to view the pictures and got an error message, "file not found".  Bad link or have they removed it?

      If not now. . .When?

      by shirlstars on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 12:03:27 PM PST

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    •  Those men do not look alike. (none)
      Why did you post this pic of poindexter...was this just a result of web-searching?

      In the midst of life we are in debt, etc.

      by ablington on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 01:07:05 PM PST

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      •  No -- (none)
        and I'm not the only person here who when plinking around with the clues that have surfaced here since Saturday suddenly found themselves looking at Iran-Contra reports.  Maybe it means nothing and is purely coincidental.  Something about the timeline prompted me to look at DARPA Total Information System.  A current picture of Poindexter had the same eyebrow pattern as our guy Gannon.  That's when I look for an ealier picture of him and without his current moustach.

        I also ran this by someone else before posting it here just to make sure I wasn't seeing things that weren't there.  I make no claim that they are related -- only that they share some physical features and it would not have been easy to plant a "reporter" in the WH press corps with that last name.

        What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

        by Marie on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 01:44:58 PM PST

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    •  FYI (none)
      First link no longer leads to a valid page. Either the link was wrong, or these guys are watching closely what is being posted here.

      What's the Question? - What do you want to ask? -

      by lsoderman on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 06:08:55 PM PST

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  •  dkosopedia diary list (4.00)
    For what it's worth, I've been adding the diaries as I become aware of them, to the Jeff Gannon page in dkosopedia.

    So far I have (in addition to SusanG's 6 "main series" diaries:

    =Spin-Off Diaries=

    ="Possibly Related"Diaries=

    *  Fake News & Pentagon Psy Ops

    If there are others that should be listed, please head over to dkosopedia and add them, or list them in a reply to this comment and someone will add them later as time permits.

  •  Going to Deleware (none)
    1.    A volunteer in the Wilmington, DE, area who can go to an address and tell me specifically what is there.

    If you can't find anyone to go, let me know...I'm in Maryland, but I could drive up there on Wednesday (no school for the kid's today and tomorrow).

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 10:43:57 AM PST

  •  What's up with TalonNews website - (none)
    today if you click on the "full story," you are automatically redirected to GOPUSA for it.  This wasn't how it worked yesterday.  

    What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away

    by Marie on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 10:49:51 AM PST

  •  Hey Marisa, about that 9mm (none)
    Going back to an info grab you did for Part II, the mysterious Gannon claims to be a gun owner (and elsewhere claims to be DC resident).
    My weapon of choice. Beretta 9mm. This semi-automatic model, characterized by a solid locked breech system, with a rotating barrel, takes advantage of the maximum energy received during firing to produce a very low recoil. This pistol is particularly suitable for personal defense.

    Hmmm...if this guy does own a handgun and lives in the District, then those nasty DC gun laws say that he is either a former police officer OR he must own the handgun illegally -  unless he owned and registered it prior to 1976.

    See Legal Community Against Violence for more info

    Several types of firearms are unregisterable (and therefore cannot be purchased except by law enforcement or a licensed dealer), including sawed-off shotguns, machine guns, short-barreled rifles, and handguns not registered to the current owner prior to September 24, 1976 (except that a retired District police officer may register a handgun).
    Pursuant to section 22-4504, any unlicensed person who carries a dangerous weapon capable of being concealed is subject to a fine up to $1,000 or imprisonment up to one year, or both. A person who carries a handgun in a place other than his or her home, place of business, or land he or she owns, is subject to a fine up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment up to ten years. A person who violates this section a second time or who is a convicted felon in the District or other jurisdiction and violates this section is subject to a fine up to $10,000 or imprisonment up to 10 years or both.
    Under federal law, persons who have been issued state permits to purchase or possess firearms are exempt from background checks if those permits were issued: 1) within the previous five years in the state in which the transfer is to take place; and 2) after an authorized government official has conducted a background investigation, including a search of the NICS database, to verify that possession of a firearm would not be unlawful. 18 U.S.C. § 922(t)(3), 27 C.F.R. § 478.102(d).

    •  Occam's razor (none)
      Don't get too carried away.  The simplest explanation is that he's just lying.  He's lying about his name, lying about his credentials, lying about his profession... why shouldn't he be lying about his residence, his history, and his handgun ownership?

      His bio struck me as probably written by committee.  This sort of detail was probably added to the composite "J. Gannon" by his handlers to add appeal to NRA types.

      •  What this says to me (none)
        --is that the bio (and the poseur) were made up by folks who probably aren't from within the Beltway. DC has been notorious for its hard line on handguns for decades, so anybody who's lived there for any amount of time would be well aware of this ordinance.

        Although, having a friendly gadfly bring this issue up during Gannon's next fake question time at the Gaggle would be great fun...

    •  The 2nd Amendment trumps DC law, (none)
      at least if you are a GOP/PsyOps spook with White House protection.

      "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

      by LondonYank on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 01:40:33 PM PST

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    •  Unless you are... (none)
      There are some different things that you can be that allow you to carry/own guns in the District. Usually you have to have a federal "deally bob." A friend of mine is with one of the agencies and can carry.
      •  A couple of possibilities here (none)
        1. He's lying and doesn't carry, but needs the "I love my manly gun" rhetoric to support his wingnut credentials. (Most likely)

        2. He's not lying and has a handgun, but is flying under the radar by not having his primary residence in DC, by knowing that the cops won't care unless he pulls it or tries to get it into a public building, or by hoping nobody will call him on it publicly. (Also likely)

        3. (Picture me in a fashionable tinfoil hat with antenna, rakishly tipped forward)
        He's knows a friendly fed, who got him a federal carry permit, exempted him from a local background check, or helped him trump up a threat that would justify an exemption to DC law. Records of background checks aren't retained as public records, so there's no way to check any of this without LE access.
        •  But if you check for 9/25/2002... (none)
 listing for, dated September 25, 2002.  He writes:

          In defianace of the protestors descending upon the nation's capital on Friday, September 27, the office of will remain open.  The DC police department is preparing for the protestors who have promised to bring the city to a stop and vandalize businesses.  WARNING TO PROTESTORS:  I will defend my property and person as provided by the 2nd Amendment.
          •  *snort* (none)
            Yeah, what was he "protecting", the UPS Store?

            I'm sure the IMF protesters had picketing his "office" on the top of their to-do lists.

            If you make yourself a sheep, the wolves will eat you. -- Benjamin Franklin

            by marisa on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 03:13:56 PM PST

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        •  rakish tip to that collander, eh? <g> (none)
          The ones I know are sticklers for following the rules when it comes to gun regulations.

          There is a fourth option...

          He's a spook of some variety.

          hmmm...maybe I shouldn't have read that last Tom Clancy novel in which Jack Jr. joins a secret clandestine organization intent on being the good guys whilst stepping outside the law...

  •  Another nexus (none)
    between Bruce Eberle and the Leadership Institute is attorney William J. Olson, 8180 Greensboro Dr., Ste. 1070, McLean, VA. According to Virginia corporate filings, Olson is the registered agent for the Leadership Institute. He also has represented Eberle's marketing firm - look near bottom of page., and theirs are the only 2 contributions from their zip code to the "Stuber for Senate" campaign.
    •  Excellent find and website interesting (none)
      William J. Olson, P.C.
      Attorneys at Law

      James E. Ryan, Attorney General of Illinois v. Telemarketing Associates, Inc, et al. January 23, 2003

      Our firm filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund, Inc., Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund, American Target Advertising, Inc., Eberle Communications Group, Inc., Gun Owners Foundation, English First, Lincoln Institute for Research and Education, and Citizens United Foundation in support of respondents Telemarketing Associates, Inc., et al.

      This brief urges the Court to reject the Illinois Attorney General's rule that nonprofits which do not make point of solicitation disclosure of the percentage of funds paid to professional fund raisers position are engaged in fraud. The brief explains how the Illinois Attorney General's litigation strategy of suing the fundraiser but not the non-profit organization represents a transparent effort to end-run established First Amendment constitutional rights of non-profit organizations.  

      Mark Weinberg
      Weinberg & Jacobs
      One Central Plaza
      Suite 1200
      11300 Rockville Pike
      Rockville, MD 20852
      (301) 468-5500

      William J. Olson
      John S. Miles
      Herbert W. Titus
      William J. Olson, P.C.
      Suite 1070
      8180 Greensboro Drive
      McLean, VA 22102
      (703) 356-5070

      Mark Fitzgibbons
      Michael Boos  

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  •  another possible lead (none)
    Someone posted about another questionable Repub news source near the end of the previous diary, and googling turned up a wealth of data, but I don't have time to do any more digging today.

    If anyone has the time and inclination, please see this post and my response at this link:

    •  International Republican Institute (none)
      John McCain     Chairman
      Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

      Peter T. Madigan     Vice - Chairman
      Principal, Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland, Dover & Stewart
      Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs

      J. William Middendorf, II     Secretary - Treasurer
      Chairman, Middendorf & Associates, Inc.
      Former Secretary of the Navy
      Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Community, Organization of American States and the Netherlands

      Gahl Hodges Burt    
      Vice Chairman, American Academy in Berlin
      Former White House Social Secretary

      U.S. Representative David Dreier    
      Chairman of the House Committee on the Rules
      Chairman of the California Republican Congressional Delegation

      Lawrence S. Eagleburger    
      Former U.S. Secretary of State
      Former U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia

      Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.    
      President and CEO of the American Gaming Association
      Former Chairman of the Republican Party

      Alison B. Fortier    
      Director, Lockheed Martin Missile Defense Programs
      Former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

      Mayor James A. Garner    
      Mayor, Incorporated Village of Hempstead, New York

      Susan Golding    
      President and CEO, The Golding Group, Inc.
      Former Mayor, City of San Diego

      U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, (R-Neb)    
      Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Economic Policy, Export, and Trade Promotion

      Cheryl F. Halpern    
      Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors
      Executive Board Member, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

      William J. Hybl    
      Chairman and CEO of El Pomar Foundation
      President Emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee
      Former Special Counsel to the President of the United States

      Robert M. Kimmitt    
      Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy, Time Warner
      Former US Ambassador to Germany
      Former National Security Council Executive Secretary and General Counsel

      Dr. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick    
      Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
      Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

      U.S. Representative Jim Kolbe, (R-Ariz)    
      Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Finances and Related Programs

      Fred Meyer    
      Chairman of the Board, Aladdin Industries, LLC
      Former Chairman, RNC Victory 2000 and the Presidential Inauguration 2001 Executive Committee

      Janet G. Mullins Grissom    
      Consultant, Washington Affairs for Ford Motor Company
      Former Assistant Secretary of State, Legislative Affairs

      Alec L. Poitevint, II    
      Chairman, Southeastern Minerals, Inc.
      National Committeeman, Georgia Republican National Committee

      Randy Scheunemann    
      President and Owner, Orion Strategies LLC

      Joseph R. Schmuckler    
      Chief Operating Officer Nomura Holdings, America, Inc.
      Board Member, Securities Industry Association and Empower America

      Brent Scowcroft    
      President, The Scowcroft Group, Inc.
      Former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
      Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force (retired)

      Marilyn Ware    
      Chairman Emeritus, American Water Company
      Member, National Infrastructure Advisory Committee Board of Trustees, American Enterprise Institute

      Richard Williamson    
      Partner, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP

      Lorne Craner, President
      Judy Van Rest, Executive Vice President
      Georges A. Fauriol, Vice President for Strategic Planning
      Thomas Barba, Acting General Counsel
      1225 Eye Street, NW, Suite 700  : Washington DC 20005
      202.408.9450 : 202.408.9462 / fax

    •  I'll give it a go this eve (none)
      might turn up something useful for the timeline meta-diary as well.

      and if anyone else wants to join me and post to the timeline diary... please feel free!


      Jaded Reality... I've had enough spin for today thanks...

      by spiderleaf on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 01:46:20 PM PST

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      •  okay, just found something (none)
        interesting (I'll post to the meta on the timeline as well).

        Goss has ties to the republican institute and has worked with them on haiti before he was confirmed for the CIA.

        here's some recent info on how he has suppressed info and investigations... notice anything familiar?

        Goss' partisanship is also made evident by his attempts to cover up several embarrassing failures of the Bush administration, such as his inaction regarding the Valerie Plame affair. Plame is an ex-CIA agent and wife of the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Joseph Wilson. A strong critic of the Bush administration's prewar estimate of Saddam Hussein's stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, Wilson was especially suspicious of Bush's assertion that Saddam Hussein had attempted to buy uranium from the African republic of Niger. Democrats were outraged when the right-wing columnist, Robert Novak, publicly revealed Plame's identity, placing her personal security in grave danger. Wilson blamed White House officials for their underhanded actions, while many members of Congress demanded an investigation by the House Intelligence Committee. Goss ignored these critics, mockingly stating that, "[If] somebody sends me a blue dress and some DNA, I'll have an investigation." He did nothing further to investigate this matter.

        Other incidents showed Goss' unremitting partisan conduct during his tenure as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee. He succeeded in suppressing a press brief, entitled "Bin Laden determined to strike in the U.S.," that was prepared for the President on August 6, 2001. When questioned before the 9/11 Commission, Goss unwaveringly supported the White House and the CIA's position, arguing that all the administration's intelligence prior to the attacks should not be reported to the public on the grounds that it was "classified." As a result, the press brief was exempted from the 9/11 report, leaving millions of Americans uninformed about the whole truth regarding the terrorist attacks.

        Not surprisingly, Goss staunchly supported Bush and Vice President Cheney's thesis that an independent investigation into the terrorist attacks of September 11 was unnecessary. The 9/11 commission contested Goss' record as Intelligence Chair, stating that he had paid little attention to al-Qaida and failed to prioritize terrorism as a key threat to the nation. In fact, under Goss' leadership, the Intelligence Committee held only two hearings on terrorism in the three years prior to the September 11 attacks, compared to seven by the Senate Intelligence Committee and eight by the Armed Services Committee.

        Furthermore, Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Tex.), a member of Goss' House Intelligence committee, accused the chair of refusing to investigate the administration's various intelligence failures. For instance, the committee never questioned the administration about its failure to produce any evidence of WMDs in Iraq, nor did it investigate the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Goss' unwillingness to act prompted Reyes to state that, "we [the Intelligence Committee] have not done our job; we have not had the kind of oversight we should have had in those areas." Because Goss has had a history of ignoring major intelligence failures, particularly when those failures implicate the derelictions of the Republican leadership, future breakdowns in urgent intelligence issues may be unavoidable under his watch.

        Jaded Reality... I've had enough spin for today thanks...

        by spiderleaf on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 02:07:09 PM PST

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  •  Incredible (none)
    You are all amazing!  I've been around the site for years, but nothing had inspired me to post in the community until this!  Keep up the great work!
  •  there is no 366th Division (none)
    the 3rd inf Division is at Ft.Stewart GA. not in TX so it couldn't be 3/66 as someone suggested. There is a 3/69th but again it is at Ft. Stewart.
    •  C/3/66, 4th Infantry Division (none)
      There is a C Company, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armored, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood.

      linked text

      I can't see from the thread what you looking for here, so I don't know what to chase.

      •  What is... (none)
        the Ft. Hood connection? Is it the 'green collar' reference?

        If so, is it possible that he was ROTC or Natn'l Guard rather than regular Army? That would seem to go with referencing the collar rather than saying who he was with.

        If you're with a group like the Lancers...wouldn't you say as much?

  •  Here's an article... (4.00)
    I've posted it to V. But I think this one was started before I blinked. These suckers go up faster than a (enter favorite Dan Ratherism here).

    Anthony Wade Article

    The Bush Whores, How Much Propaganda is Enough for America?

    By Anthony Wade

    January 29, 2005

    "Have you noticed it unraveling America? Have you noticed the Bush propaganda machine start to decompensate in front of your eyes. Most importantly, have you even considered what it all means?

    It started with a fellow named Armstrong Williams. Mr. Williams was a relatively popular conservative commentator on both radio and TV. When Bush carved the school vouchers out of his new "No Child Left Behind" back in 2001, Armstrong Williams was none to pleased and said that "Mr. Bush scooped out the soul of his own education proposal." Pretty harsh language but soon, Mr. Williams changed his tune. In fact, he eventually became one of the champion's of the NCLB legislation. What changed his mind you ask? One would be logical to conclude that it would be the $240,000 payoff he received from the administration to tout the law, that changed his mind. Once he received this payola, Mr. Armstrong commented in his weekly article a numerous occasions the value of the very bill he demeaned just a few years earlier. Of course, he also never revealed to his readers that he had been paid off, permanently ruining his ethical reputation."

    •  New Right-Wing Blog Up (none)
      1/26/2005 11:20:00 AM

      The Club for Growth Launches New Blog Site
      to Focus on Personal Accounts for Social Security

      US Newswire

      The Club for Growth, the nation's most influential political organization dedicated to advancing economic growth polices, today launched its new Blog called   The Blog is dedicated to bringing pro-growth experts together to advocate Social Security reform, by creating personal accounts. This is part of the Club for Growth's multi-faceted plan to promote profound Social Security reform.

      I had it posted also in diary V, but I guess it was passed over,
      thanks for your excellent find of article!

      In 2005 - Be Liberal Support our Allies of Democracy on Human Rights, Environment, Gay Rights and Minorities & EU and UN Development Programs Third World & Our Friends

  •  Peter J. Ferrara (none)
    Should be checked out!
    also the ATR site linked

    Americans for Tax Reform -- ATR

    The American Spectator
    Article"Politics" by Grover Norquist  --  April, 2001
    Conservatives Grow Up
    Bush's Tactics don't incite fears of betrayal
    [Major names in Right-Wing movement Ed.]

    After the 2000 election there was no such drop off in direct-mail fundraising or activism. Eberle says he has added 600,000 activists through e-mail since the November election. The 2001 Conservative Political Affairs Conference, run by David Keene's American Conservative Union, was the largest in its history with more than 3,500 attendees in February, 1,000 more than last year. Half those attending were new to the conference. Virginia Republican Party committeeman Morton Blackwell reports that attendance is skyrocketing at local and state GOP events.

    No more do conservatives expect elected leaders to do all the heavy lifting. Far from assuming that Bush's White House was responsible for winning on the Ashcroft nomination, conservative groups organized to phone, fax and e-mail in his support. The ACU formed Americans for the Bush Cabinet and 154 state and local groups joined through the Internet to generate 900,000 e-mail messages to the Senate. The Family Research Council organized conservative women in a series of press conferences, demonstrations and Hill visits that out-hustled the feminists and won more press coverage than Ashcroft's opponents. The Capital Research Center, led by Terry Scanlon, documented that many of the liberal groups attacking Ashcroft had received federal funds during the Clinton years totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Civil Rights Union -- ACRU
    Peter J. Ferrara Biography
    American Civil Rights Union -- ACRU

    3213 Duke Street, Suite 625
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Telephone: (877) 730-ACRU
    Fax: (703) 566-2322

    Officers and Board of Directors
    Robert B. Carleson, Chairman and CEO
    Peter Ferrara, Executive Director/Treasurer
    Ronald A. Zumbrun, Esq., Director
    Hon. Edwin Meese, III
    Susan A. Carleson, Secretary

    Policy Board
    Hon. Robert B. Carleson, Chairman
    Hon. Edwin Meese, III
    Judge Robert Bork
    Hon. Linda Chavez (Emerita)
    Mr. Joseph Perkins
    Hon. William Bradford Reynolds
    Professor James Q. Wilson
    Ambassador Curtin Winsor, Jr.
    J. Clayburn LaForce
    Walter Williams
    Ken Tomlinson (Emeritus)

    I had an address of Peter J. Ferrara in Washington -- will follow up.

    Morton Blackwell with BIO at ACU
    Board Memberships:

    • American Conservative Union
    • Conservative Leadership PAC
    • Free Congress Foundation
    • Legislative Studies Institute
    • National Right to Work Committee
    With additional board members and list of web links.
    American Conservative Union -- ACU

    New Right-Wing Blog Up

    The Club for Growth Launches New Blog
    Site to Focus on Personal Accounts for Social Security
    1/26/2005 11:20:00 AM
    US Newswire
    The Club for Growth, the nation's most influential political organization dedicated to advancing economic growth polices, today launched its new Blog called   The Blog is dedicated to bringing pro-growth experts together to advocate Social Security reform, by creating personal accounts. This is part of the Club for Growth's multi-faceted plan to promote profound Social Security reform. is a site where a number of the nation's top economists, policy experts, and established bloggers will gather to discuss America's biggest domestic issue today, Social Security. These noted experts include; Pat Toomey, Larry Kudlow, Herman Cain, Brian Wesbury, Donald Luskin, Kerry Kerstetter, David Keating, Andy Roth, Carrie Lukas, Louis Woodhill, and Adam Doverspike.

    We'll soon hear Scott McClellan quote a new "independent news source".

    Website already known?
    National Press Club Info -
    data base access for members

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  •  Not too sure if this is relevant... (none)
    But there is a PA connection...
    Constituted 10 March 1945 in the Army of the United States as the 531st Military Police Battalion.  Activated 21 April 1945 in the Philippine Islands. Inactivated

    28 February 1946 in Japan.  Redesign Ted 15 February n1949 as the 336th Military Police Battalion and allotted to the Organized Reserve Corps.  Assigned 24 February 1949 to the Second Army (later redesignated as the Second United States Army) and affiliated with the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Police Department.  Activated 10 March 1949 with Headquarters at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Organized Reserve Corp redesignated  9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve.)  Relieved 1 January 1966 from assignment to the Second United States Army and assign to the First United States Army. (Location of Headquarters changed 1 January 1967 to Leetsdale, Pennsylvania.)

    (Company D inactivated 15 January 1972 at Leetsdale, Pennsylvania; Companies A, B, and C inactivated 22 February 1972 at Leetsdale, Pennsylvania; Lonaconing, Maryland; and New Kensington, Pennsylvania, respectively.)  Location changed 15 August 1975 to Oakdale, Pennsylvania

    HOME AREA: First United States Army
    World War II

    Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered 17 October 1944 to 4 July 1945 (531st Military Police Battalion cited, DA GO 47, 1950)  

    •  That small base is close to me (Oakland) (none)
      Right on the PA OH border off of SR 22 on the westside of Pittsburgh.

      Doubt very much there's any connection.

      •  It is of note... (none)
        Was talking to Dad at dinner. Apparently most of the Penn State branch campuses are 2 year schools that feed into the big one. But he mentioned that the Beaver campus has its own doctoral programs...and he thought that it might be a 4 year school.

        If he was in the National Guard, he might have gone to the Beaver campus. I'm assuming that's near Pittsburgh too.

  •  I've read thru all "Gannon's" FR posts (none)
    He posts many of the questions that he asked at WH briefings.

    -- Has anyone here yet done a compilation of his briefings questions? If yes, this info might be redundant; if someone is working on it still, let me know.

    On FR, he claims:

    • he was the guy that gave Sean Hannity "the scoop" that Mary Mapes at CBS had set up the GWB-TANG memoe;

    • he is the guy that found out that there were "tax questions" regarding Daschle's DC home;

    • he is the guy who first raised the Kerry/"Hanoi" Jane Fonda connection;

    • he is the guy who broke the Jamie Gorelick memos regarding "the wall between intelligence and law enforcement";

    and, of course, the info on Plame, which he doesn't go into in detail "on counsel's advice".

    Susan, do you need anyone to volunteer to go thru the Talon releases and match them to "breaking scandals" at the time?

    •  Boy, (none)
      matching scandals with Talon releases would be great.  

      What I'd really like to know, is who is paying Gannon (or whoever he is).  If he is on the taxpayer dole and is a planted clack for the WH in the press corp as we all suspect....welly, well, well, my little droogies.

      "This is all a big joke...right?"

      by NYBri on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 03:29:31 PM PST

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      •  I grabbed (none)
        Their entire news archive, minus a couple early bits that were linking to I agree, a chronology of these may be interesting.  I'm a bit busy tonight, so I don't know how involved I can get.  But, I do have offsite archive of their entire news archives, April 2003 through January 2005.

        Does anyone else find it amusing their first "stories" are dated April 1, 2003?  April Fools!

    •  Briefings link at top of diary (none)
      I agree ... it would be interesting to correlate whether one of his "scoops" got aired as a "question" at the White House briefing or whether it first was written.

      I'm wondering if maybe we ought to have someone do a time line of his "scoops" and where they first appeared.

      What do you think?

      •  Scoops matched to briefings (none)
        I volunteer to do that - I will match the Talon news "scoops" to the questions asked at briefings. In some of his FR brags, he's totally forthright about being the guy who gets the question into the gaggle, and then has it picked up by "Big Media".

        He even complains when he asks a smear-question and none of the Big Boys take it any further.

        There really is a guy who now goes by the name of "Jeff Gannon", shows up at press conferences, and posts on FR. But that guy's identity is not the issue.

        It's who pays this guy to show up and ask the questions he does, and who gives him the information that he uses to smear folks.

        I take it that there must be items that he figures won't get airplay fast enough if he runs them himself, so he gives those scoops to Sean Hannity.

        But he's essentially the Typhoid Mary of Bush Opponent bad news. He's being paid by whom - Eberle? - to spread nasty tales under the guise of press releases.

  •  a different Jeff Gannon? (none)
    from Lex-Nex:

    ECTION: Pg. 27

    LENGTH: 342 words

    HEADLINE: Who is good enough for Eighth Street?

    BYLINE: Hillscape by Duncan Spencer

    When Jeff Gannon heard they were going to install park benches in the tiny triangle park at I and Eighth streets S.E., he went ballistic.

    The hard-charging community activist had completed a civic project that routed vagrants and alcoholics who had been using the Southeast-Southwest Freeway underpass near his home at the foot of newly renovated Eighth Street S.E. for a campground, dump and latrine.

    But now he got wind of another threat: Bill McLeod, executive director of the Eighth Street Main Street project - the $7 million dollar face lift that has brought bricks, stone paving, new classic streetlamps and other improvements to the Hill's oldest commercial corridor - was insisting two or three tasteful park benches be installed at a slice of a park that faces I Street. The idea is to make a pleasant green patch out of the flank of the freeway benches. But, Gannon argued, vagrants, alcoholics and other problem personalities would soon occupy it.

    "It's not that I'm against benches," Gannon told The Hill. "This neighborhood is not ready for them." McLeod rethought the problem, and after an exchange of views with Ward 6 Councilwoman Sharon Ambrose (D), decided to wait a year before installing them. "They will put them in storage for a year," Gannon reported.

    But unknown to Gannon, Barracks Row Main Street, which oversees the rejuvenation, long ago excised any place to sit from the plans, despite the fact that benches are a part of most Hill parks and outdoor seating is plentiful only a few hundred yards away along Seventh Street S.E.

    But Barracks Row Main Street officials make a distinction: Eighth Street is close to a public-housing tract (Arthur Capper/ Greenleaf Gardens), which is notorious for drug dealing and antisocial activity. First District police, Gannon adds, are also privately against the benches.

    The decision is a matter of delicacy, as public funds are a main part of the expensive rehab. Yet part of the public is clearly not wanted on Eighth Street - at least sitting on benches.

    LOAD-DATE: July 31, 2003

    •  No, I take that to be the same... (none)
      There's another blurb in a CapHill local rag that quotes "Activist Jeff Gannon"... I posted it to another in the series (I think this bit has been posted, too)...
  •  What about Bill Turnley? (none)
    Not necessarily a lead, but Bill Turnley is listed as the register for with an address at 527 East Capitol Street in D.C.  

    Possibly a lead?

  •  new? (none)
    you've seen the big MediaMatters article from last Thursday, right?


    LENGTH: 3945 words

    HEADLINE: Gannongate: Media Matters for America Uncovers White House Reporter Copying GOP Documents (1/3)



    Talon News Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent Jeff Gannon, who accused his colleagues in the press corps of "work(ing) off of the talking points" provided by Democrats, has used Bush administration and Republican National Committee (RNC) documents and releases in his Talon "news reports" verbatim and without attribution. In at least two of his articles, Gannon lifted more than half of the text directly from GOP "fact sheets." Moreover, as Media Matters for America has pointed out, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh proclaimed that Gannon repeated a fabricated assertion of Limbaugh's in asking a question at President Bush's January 26 press conference.

  •  Another possible gannon website? (none)
    Forgive me if this site has already been mentioned - I did a search on DailyKos for it, and didn't find it.

    the conservative guy

    The title page comes up with a title, a scrolling message about liberals, an image, and several blank white areas which look like they may once have had content. A google search using "site:" (e.g. "about") reveals content. The google cache of its home page Jan 30th also comes up blank.

    Here's the photo and the familiar bio. Note that he doesn't mention his name in the bio. However, he did sign a letter to "Representative Kaptur".

    If this pans out, we probably need to capture pages from the site STAT before it all goes away.


    I am now telling the computer exactly what it can do with a lifetime supply of chocolate.

    by HeyThereItsEric on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 01:43:44 PM PST

  •  more from Lex-Nex (4.00)

    LENGTH: 3241 words

    HEADLINE: Inside the Real West Wing


    BYLINE: Dan Froomkin, Special to

    It's the most powerful place on Earth. The West Wing of the White House is the part you don't get to see on the tours. It's where the Oval Office is located, and where a few dozen other people have offices only a few steps away.

    It's the most powerful place on Earth.


    And then there's Jeff Gannon of Talon News.

    Who? Of what?

    I first wrote about Gannon in my Feb. 19 column. Gannon works for a tiny, supremely conservative organization called Talon News which publishes a Web site by the same name as well as one called With the sole exception of Gannon, who says he is compensated, all the "reporters" are volunteers.

    Gannon's presence in the White House briefing room <!--, where the White House has actually given him his own chair,--> is something of an irritant to most of the press corps, which considers his questions at briefings to be preposterous softballs. [Note: This paragraph has been corrected. Gannon does not have an assigned seat in the briefing room as was previously reported here.]

    And in return, Gannon sometimes writes on his own Web site about his views of the corps and how there is "perhaps no depth to which it will not sink in order to undermine a presidency."

    Anyway, the reason Gannon is on the list is most likely an attempt to find out who gave him a secret memo that he mentioned in an interview he had with Plame's husband, former ambassador and administration critic Joseph Wilson.

    Gannon asked Wilson: "An internal government memo prepared by U.S. intelligence personnel details a meeting in early 2002 where your wife, a member of the agency for clandestine service working on Iraqi weapons issues, suggested that you could be sent to investigate the reports. Do you dispute that?"

    According to a December Washington Post story by Mike Allen and Dana Milbank, "Sources said the CIA is angry about the circulation of a still-classified document to conservative news outlets suggesting Plame had a role in arranging her husband's trip to Africa for the CIA. The document, written by a State Department official who works for its Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), describes a meeting at the CIA where the Niger trip by Wilson was discussed, said a senior administration official who has seen it."

    On top of being secret, CIA officials said it was wrong.

    Gannon won't talk about it. But he does keep lobbing those softballs. Sometimes he even brings props. And press secretary McClellan seems to appreciate it.

    Yesterday, for instance, McClellan was getting hammered with questions about the 9/11 commission and the possible inappropriate juxtaposition of a visit to a 9/11 memorial with a fundraiser on Thursday.

    It was getting ugly. "I'm not even going to dignify that with a response," McClellan said in response to a jibe. (See the full text of the briefing.)

    Then he saw daylight:

    "Go ahead, Jeff."

    Gannon: "Thank you. First of all, I hope the grand jury didn't force you to turn over the wedding card I sent to you and your wife. (Laughter.) Do you see any hypocrisy in the controversy about the President's mention of 9/11 in his ads, when Democratic icon Franklin Delano Roosevelt's campaign issued this button, that says, 'Remember Pearl Harbor'? I have a visual aid for folks watching at home."

    McClellan: "You're pointing out some historical facts. Obviously, Pearl Harbor was a defining moment back in the period of World War II, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt was strongly committed to winning World War II and talked about it frequently."

    Gannon: "So you think it certainly is valid that the President does talk about it and --"

    McClellan: "Yes, he addressed this this weekend, when he was first asked about it. September 11th was a defining moment for our nation. We all shared in that experience. And it's important that we look at how we lead in a post-September 11th world. And that's an important discussion to have with the American people, and to talk about the differences in approaches to winning the war on terrorism and preventing attacks from happening in the first place."

    LOAD-DATE: March 12, 2004

    •  thanks (none)
      I have this one on my meta-diary on the timeline, but not any other of the 'softballs' he lobs... would you mind copying this over... you can find the diary link upthread or by clicking on my user name.


      Jaded Reality... I've had enough spin for today thanks...

      by spiderleaf on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 02:10:37 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  hey! join us at the whpbriefings diary (none)
      if you have access to lexis/nexis...that's great!!

      see the link up above from SusanG's post.

      Or if you and Louise want to start a diary to sort out Gannon's RightTalk and his writings for Talon, etc., that's another area that would provide backgroun.

      I'm just getting online..have to read yesterday's thread update too.

      But on the WhiteHousePressBriefings diary there's a link and some of the body of an article from Media Matters that tracks Gannon's EXACT USE of Bush's words as "fact" without attributing his information to the fact that it came out of Bush's mouth.

  •  Brock writes to McClellan (4.00)
    asking that Gannon's WH press credentials be revoked:
     I am writing to ask you to consider revoking the White House press credentials apparently granted to Jeff Gannon of Talon News. Mr. Gannon and Talon News appear to be political activists rather than actual journalists, and as such should not be presented to the public as an independent news agency.

    And as an aside - could posters joining the conversation here late take some time and read the preceding five diaries on this topic? (Yes, some of them are hella long.) That will prevent the unnecessary duplication and reduplication each thread of info covered already. Thanks!

    •  Go David!! (none)
      I need to dig out "Blinded by the Right" and read it again.  And for those of you who haven't read it, I highly recommend it.

      We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

      by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 02:34:31 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  And, I might add re: (none)
      And as an aside - could posters joining the conversation here late take some time and read the preceding five diaries on this topic? (Yes, some of them are hella long.) That will prevent the unnecessary duplication and reduplication each thread of info covered already. Thanks!

      They are long, yes, but a great read!!!!

      "This is all a big joke...right?"

      by NYBri on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 03:17:26 PM PST

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    •  asdf (none)
      And that link apparently contains Bobby Eberle's home phone number (sounded like it from the answering machine message, at least).  Did we know that yet? Do we want to?

      Who would Jesus bomb?

      by mraker on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 04:14:29 PM PST

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  •  domain registration (none)

    it was updated Sunday, btw...

    go here:

     Bedrock Corp
     4001 Kennett Pike
     Wilmington, DE 19807

     Domain name: JEFFGANNON.COM

     Administrative Contact:
        Daniels, J.
        4001 Kennett Pike
        Wilmington, DE 19807
     Technical Contact:    - -, Domain Registrations --
        920 Cranbrook Court, Suite #7
        Renew / Manage domain at  123CHEAPDOMAINS.COM  - Keep for memo
        For support, please send email to:
        Davis, Ca 95616

    Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
     Record last updated on 30-Jan-2005.
     Record expires on 17-Jun-2005.
     Record created on 17-Jun-2002.

     Domain servers in listed order:

     Domain status: ACTIVE

  •  Just posted some data (none)
    at the Gannon Diary, re name searches on Gannon, Eberle, Daniels and McFarland.  Sources were and if anyone interested.  Didn't post it here because it's long.

    What an excellent day for an Exorcism...

    by DianeL on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 02:12:24 PM PST

    •  Link to your post: (none)
      Some Data:
      "For those not aware of these resources, the following sites can be excellent data sources. Additionally, they are sources where the data probably can't be so easily erased:"

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  •  "Cash for Commentary" Business as Usual (none)
    SourceWatch --
    Analysis submitted by Sheldon Rampton
    on Sun Jan. 30, 2005 - 21:19

    Co-author with John Stauber on topics also covered
    in 2004 book, Banana Republicans.
    Conservative commentators Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher and Michael McManus have been outed recently for taking money under the table to endorse Bush administration programs.

    These cases are only the tip of a much bigger iceberg, as you can tell from looking at the images I'm attaching here. I wrote about it three years ago in a story that described the work of conservative direct marketer Bruce Eberle, whose Omega List Company specializes in raising money using mail and e-mail.

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    •  Omega on Business dbase (none)
      Omega List Co.--

          1420 Spring Hill Rd., Ste. 490
          Mc Lean, Virginia
          United States
          Tel:      (703) 821-0571
          Fax: (703)821-0920

    •  nice middle initial--ha! (none)
      full name appears to be Bruce W. Eberle & age would be 61-ish:

          Fortune, Nov 23, 1987 v116 n12 p16(1)

          New hear this.

          Full Text: COPYRIGHT 1987 Time, Inc.

      BRUCE W. EBERLE, 43, Republican fund raiser, on how the crash is affecting his job: ''I remember when George Wallace was shot, when John Kennedy was shot, even when Reagan was shot, people stopped giving. This time it's even worse.''
          Bus. Coll.: 36W1887
          Mag. Coll.: 43G1635

          Article A6075135

    •  more Bruce financials (none)
      Bruce W. Eberle and Associates Inc.
          1420 Spring Hill Rd., Ste. 490
          Mc Lean, Virginia
          United States
          Tel: (703) 821-1550
          Fax: (703)821-9120

      Business Services:
      Direct mail advertising service.

      Variant Name
      Eberle Bruce W. and Associates Inc. - Inverted Name

      Annual Sales
      $14.00 M Operating revenue, Estimate

      34, Telephone Interview


      Year Founded

      Fiscal Year
      Jun 30, 2003

      SMSA Code
      840 - Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV

      Private Company, Headquarters Location


      Email Address

      Bruce W. Eberle - Chairman of the Board

      Document Number

  •  My two cents (4.00)
    First of all, let me say what a great job all of you are doing!  What an incredible collection of talent and conviction!  I am so proud to consider myself a member of the Kos community.

    I don't have any special skills that would add much to this investigation other than the  observations of wingnut hacks that I have made over the years.

    I attended a small conservative college in Michigan back during the Reagan years, and now I teach philosophy at a small, Catholic college in North Carolina.  Consequently, I have seen my share of Jeff Gannons.

    All of these Jeff Gannons have been loud-mouth fratboys who want to be power players, but they lack the intelligence and work ethic to acquire this power on their own. Rightwing organizations such as the Leadership Institute and the College Republicans attract these losers by giving them all of the talking points (so they don't have to think at all) and advancing them through their evil network, wqith all of the money and access to the real players.  In return, the Jeff Gannons toe the party line as reliable hacks.  Because they lack intelligence and integrity, they don't mind shamelessly shilling the rightwing's rotten agenda.

    Of course, the Jeff Gannons of this world as simply being used by the real powerbrokers.  If the lid blows off of their festering brew, the Jeff Gannons take the fall, and the big dogs are left unscathed.

    I suspect Jeff Gannon is really Jeff Gannon.  Such people are too stupid and arrogant to mastermind a conspiracy.  And I believe Joe Wilson is correct - behind the outing of his wife is Karl Rove and his ilk.  Jeff Gannon lobbing softballs in the White House press corps is just the third-rate burglery at the Watergate.  Open the door, and you will find all of the President's men.

    "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." - my dad

    by blueinnc on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 04:05:02 PM PST

  •  New info on domains, etc. (4.00)
    I used to post here before the site switched to scoop and I was motivated to stop lurking by this awesome investigation. I actually got a one month membership to in order to be able to dig around for web-site info.

    Domains registered to I. Christian and the Free Speech Foundation:

    Domains registered to J. Daniels and the Bedrock Corporation:

    Domains formerly registered to J. Daniels changed to I. Christian (dates of change in parenthesis) (Changed 2005-01-30) (Changed 2005-01-30) (Changed 2005-01-30) (Changed 2005-01-30) (Changed 2005-01-30) (Changed 2005-01-30)

    Creation dates for domains, by month/year:

    May 2000

    October 2000

    Apil 2001

    January 2002

    March 2002

    June 2002

    May 2003

    March 2004

    Nov 2004

    Dec 2004

    Additional phone number found for J. Daniels and Bedrock Corp in one of the records:


    NOTE 1: as well as some others also claim to be tax exempt non-profits.

    NOTE 2: It appears that the "Free Speech Foundation" is a business entity incorporated in Delaware as a non-profit according to the Delaware Business entity search engine

    Entity Details

    File Number:  3702698     
    Incorporation Date / Formation Date:  09/11/2003
    Entity Kind: CORPORATION    
    Residency: DOMESTIC    
    State: DE


    Address: 2979 BARLEY MILL ROAD
    City:     YORKLYN    
    County: NEW CASTLE
    State: DE    
    Postal Code: 19736
    Phone: (302)235-5800

    I have insuficient information to ascertain whether either of the listings for "Bedrock Corporation" are relevant here.

  •  Weird, random "Jeff Gannon" (none)
    Oh, well, here's a weird one... (note: all links are from caches)

    A "Jeff Gannon" was the "Turkey Hunting Forum Moderator" at (see cache of editor's note at eliyan). This "Jeff Gannon" goes by "Mtnman", from Ramapo Mountains, NY. He was noticed gone from the site on 3/1/03, (with a co-writers mysterious lament about website politics) but did post a few things up to 8/26/03.  

    While he is obsessed with guns, and he's made the occasional grumpy comment about democrats, but I found neither pictures nor non-hunting-related posts that might tie him more closely to our mystery man.  After about four hours of various searches, my trail seems to have gone cold.


    I am now telling the computer exactly what it can do with a lifetime supply of chocolate.

    by HeyThereItsEric on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 04:37:50 PM PST

  •  Bruce W. Eberle (4.00)
    Company network layout from his websites

    Main Company Eberle Communications Group, Inc. a holding for several subcompanies all working in the field of Direct Mail Fund Raising. Claims to have raised more than $500 million since 1974

    President Bruce W. Eberle
    - Selfmade man and boss; active in direct marketing associations; active in evangelical institutions
    COO William D. Griffiths
    - Finance
    President M.Declan Bransfield, III
    - Creative brain behind the direct mail writing, ex National Review
    President Michael Hiban
    - also boss in one of the subcompanies; came to Eberle "after participating in a seminar presented by the Leadership Institute"

    Board of Directors
    Jon Brass - a fiance guy with banking/private capital background
    Carl T. Berquist - Marriot International EVP for finance stuff, conservative
    Katherine M. Eberle - wife of Bruce W.
    Peter Hannaford - Managing Director of The Franklin Firm, a Washington PR company, ex-advisor to Ronald Reagan and author about Reagan
    James M. Irving - real estate manager

    Subcompanies of Eberle Communications Group
    1. Fund Raising Strategies - Administrating fund raising campaigns
    - Reference customers include Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation and some animal shelters
    2. Campaign Funding Direct - Specialist company for Campaigns
    - Reference customers: Ronald Reagan, Oliver North, Jesse Helms, Jack Kemp
    3. Omega List Company - Brocker for Direct Mail address lists
    - seems to have the rights for the GOPUSA list with 500,000 addresses. Users of this list are a bunch of rightwing organizations and companies including:, Accuracy in Media, World Net Daily, Republican Party of Texas, Judicial Watch, American Conservative Union, Heritage Foundation, Americans for Fair Taxation, Parents Television Council, Washington Times, National Weekly RNC
    List costs $12,000 + 20% brokerage
    4. Kaleidoscope Publishing Ltd. - no further info

    My estimate/impression:
    Small company with little staff but significant turn over. Main capital: Lists, experience, political connection and devotion.

    Business model:
    If you pay consulting fee to Campaign Funding Direct for the advice to rent a list from GOPUSA with pay for list brokerage to Omega List Company and administration of the direct mail through Fund Raising Strategies while Eberle Communications Group takes care of the creative side a lot of the raised will end in one mans hand.

    Driven by gread...

  •  Robert "Bobby" Eberle II (none)
    Lengthy excerpt on Bobby Eberle I listed as diary for easy reference:

    Robert 'Bobby' Eberle II -age 36- History and BIO


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    •  Are these guys related to William Eberle? (none)
      US Ambassador William Eberle who was President Reagan's Special Trade Representative?

      "Mr. Eberle is Chairman of Manchester Associates, Ltd., a venture capital and international consulting firm. His business experience includes serving as CEO of American Standard and Vice President of Boise Cascade where he completed over 170 acquisitions and many sales of units. An expert in international trade and policy, Mr. Eberle served as United States Trade Representative with rank of Ambassador and Director of the Cabinet for International Economic Policy under President's Nixon and Ford. As a member of the International Chamber of Commerce, he advises corporations on utilizing the Internet for business to business sales to small businesses globally. He holds several Trusteeships and serves on the Boards of many multi-national corporations. Mr. Eberle is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard University Graduate School of Business and Harvard Law School."

      •  That is an interesting question... (none)
      •  Checks out with no apparent relationship (none)
        Starting with his educational profile, government and business positions, I see no relations to our family of Eberle's.

        His age is 80 yrs. old, presently in America Service Group and a position in the Health Services Group.

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  •  need help with photo (none)

    Found another Jeff Gannon photo on the web-site of Faith and Action.

    His photo is the 4th down -- I tried to crop it so you can see it better - but it gets too pixilated - anyone know how to fix that.

    Interestingly enough the photo ends up looking so much more like the Talon photo they eliminated on their web-site today - there he looks more like in his fifties.

    SpongeBush SquarePants: SpongeBush lives in a bubble in D.C./absorbent and shallow and porous is he! - - Maureen Dowd

    by sara seattle on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 05:12:16 PM PST

  •  Can go to Wilmington (none)
    Live in philly. Can go. Let me know. Will take pictures.
  •  Susan, could you start a new diary? (none)
    it's getting slow here.  great work!!
  •  And from Canada... (none)
    There was some discussion in the Google groups about the Ruthie/Troy guy being the one to put up a pro-Bush blog as written by an Iraqi woman.

    Officially Unofficial
    Spouting off online since 2003
    Thursday, October 30, 2003
    Baghdad Burning Blog Wins Battle

    "Over the past few weeks, an odd campaign has been mounted in the blogosphere. An Iraqi blog, Baghdad Burning, was spoofed by a blogger with opposing political views. Yesterday, the real Baghdad Burning author returned fire. Her first shot against the dirty trickster brought him down.

    In a delicious bit of irony, the real Baghdad Burning author is a young Iraqi woman and the fake Baghdad Burning author is a retired US military man and Republican party "Team Leader."

    As noted previously, an Iraqi woman (she calls herself a "girl") has been publishing a blog from Baghdad in which she gives insights into day-to-day life in the shattered capital. Baghdad Burning comes out against the US occupation and often carries accounts of events that don't make it into the mainstream press.

    Determining the veracity of this unfiltered personal reportage is up to the reader. Baghdad Burning gets over 6,000 per day on average. I suspect that most of those, like me, probably accept Baghdad Burning as an accurate reflection of one civilian's life in occupied Iraq.

    In a bizarre, yet telling, twist to the Baghdad Burning..."

  •  Here's why this matters (4.00)
    "[HE] was not the type of conspirator who signed decrees, or who sat in the inner councils planning the overall grand strategy. The function of propaganda is, for the most part, apart from the field of such planning. The function of a propaganda agency is somewhat more analogous to an advertising agency or public relations department, the job of which is to sell the product. . . .In this case, propaganda was a weapon of tremendous importance to this conspiracy. Furthermore, the leading propagandists were major accomplices in this conspiracy, and [HE] was one of them

    "[HE] is not in the dock as a free journalist but as a propagandist who helped substantially tighten the [] stranglehold over the [] people, who made the excessess of the conspirators palatable to the [] people, who goaded the [] nation to fury and crime against people they were told by him were subhuman . . .

    "The basic presentation of the [] propagandistic activity lay in the false presentation of facts. . . .The dissemination of provocative lies and the systematic deception of public opinion were as necessary for the realization of their plans as were the production of armaments and the drafting of military plans. Without propaganda, founded on the total eclipse of the freedom of the press and of speech, it would not have been possible for [THE PARTY] to realize its aggressive intentions, to lay the groundwork and then to put to practice the war crimes and the crimes against humanity. In the propaganda system of the State it was the daily press and the radio that were the most important weapons."

    -- Conclusion of prosecution's case against Hans Fritzsche at Nuremberg trial

  •  And when your ready to get this out (none)
    just ran across this list in the forum at MMFA.  If and when you need a few people to release this to here are a "few".  It looks like this is about the end of the line for this diary so forgive the length and here's hoping this will be useful.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • (none)
    I went to the website and it has this text under the news  link:

    "The Military Vote Project is a non-partisan voter education program established by the Free Speech Foundation, a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.  It relies on the private financial support of individuals, the general public, foundations, and corporations for its income. Because the Free Speech Foundation is an educational organization, contributions made to it are 100% tax deductible.

    All contributions to the Military Vote Project go directly to support its mission."

    Is there any way to account for contributions to this organization and know if they were really used properly?

  •  Some thoughts (4.00)
    As Day 4 of "The Great Gannon Hunt" winds down, just wanted to note a few things. First, I've been reading since the beginning but I've barely had enough time to keep up, let alone contribute as I wish I could. I know there are a lot of folks like me who can't put into words how incredible this is and how much I appreciate the time and effort you're all putting in.

    If it's not too presumptuous, being a fairly practical person I'd like to add a couple of "big picture" observations if I may. While I agree with the decision to keep this all public, it's worth noting that a) the bad guys are most surely aware of and monitoring this effort by now, and b) they know where the bad stuff is.

    Seems simple, but here's the point; we had about a two-day head's start. Now they're not only going to be following our progress (to see what we've found), they're going to be leading it (to get rid of what we haven't found). Yes, Google caches and Wayback Machines are wonderful things, but I do think it adds to the challenge from here on.

    With that said, I'd like to make a suggestion to add a page called "Altered Realities." It might provide some insight if we can check periodically and track what was changed, how it was changed, and if possible, when it was changed. So far we know:

    • - The Conservative Guy website was completely scrubbed yesterday.
    • - Multiple domain registrations were changed from J. Daniels to I. Christian yesterday.
    • - Various information (including all staff bios) was stripped from the Talon website today.
    • - (Was the Cspan video really clipped? That'd be huge.)

    Does anyone think it's worth tracking this type of info as well? Even if not, all the best to everyone contributing - happy hunting!

    (Though I can't help picturing us all bursting in the door at the end to see Uncle Karl sitting there smiling, cross-legged, drink in hand, saying, "what the hell took you people so long!!!)

    For those who understand, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, none will suffice.

    by sidinny on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 06:46:39 PM PST

    •  Excellent suggestion (none)
      Are you volunteering?  ;-)

      We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

      by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 06:48:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  If I could have, I would have... (none)
        believe me. With young twins, work, grad school, and life in general, as I said it's all I can do just to keep up.

        But I have read pretty much every damned post. I think I'm best suited to keep scanning and stick my two cents in if/when I see something.

        Not that I wouldn't like to contribute, really. I can't help feeling these diaries might be a part of history someday......

        For those who understand, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, none will suffice.

        by sidinny on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 06:56:48 PM PST

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        •  I understand (none)
          My head hurts from the web woven in this tale and it's hard to keep track of whos who.  You might want to crosspost your suggestion on the new thread that Susan just posted, if you haven't already.  It is a good idea.

          We fight on. We fight for ourselves and the people who do not have a voice.

          by mlk on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 07:08:17 PM PST

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          •  Thank you (none)
            I brought it to Susan's attention on the new thread. They've been so long that I didn't want to re-post without her permission, especially if it's not necessary.

            Thanks again.

            For those who understand, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, none will suffice.

            by sidinny on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 07:10:16 PM PST

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    •  Conservative Guy website was completely scrubbed (none)
      Not completely, this page is still up as of 11:17 PM EST, 1/31/05:


      •  Actually, the site hasn't been scrubbed (none)
        ...But all the navigational links are gone.  Use Google's "site" qualifier to find things that are still there, as in:


        You kind of have to know what's there to know what to look for, though.

        I am now telling the computer exactly what it can do with a lifetime supply of chocolate.

        by HeyThereItsEric on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 08:43:23 PM PST

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    •  The Cspan video's are still there (none)
      however the Prez's press conference link was stripped out (strange that one). But I still have the URL locations of the videos in my Real player, and they were still playing full length.
      •  okay... (none)
        ... I just remember reading yesterday (I think, what day is it?...) that someone had suggested that the clip was trimmed from 36 minutes to 30 but I don't believe that had been verified. Thanks for the check.

        For those who understand, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, none will suffice.

        by sidinny on Mon Jan 31, 2005 at 09:15:33 PM PST

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  •  Diary VII is up (none)
    Mostly a check-in diary for people to talk about where they are in their individual projects, to integrate newbies into the process and discuss where we stand overall.
  •  With all the web scrubbing, I'd recommend (none)
    using a mass downloader to download all the sites of interest. I used Web Dumper to get,, and I'm currently working on, which will take quite some time due to the volume of the site.
    May be found here
  •  Thank you (none)
    Good job -- what is strange his age has been reported to be around 35-40 but this photo (and the one they deleted first from his website) looks much older.

    SpongeBush SquarePants: SpongeBush lives in a bubble in D.C./absorbent and shallow and porous is he! - - Maureen Dowd

    by sara seattle on Wed Feb 02, 2005 at 06:53:12 PM PST

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