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Angle-Grinder Man is back.

His web page is here.

Video clip of Rumseld on Face The Nation

Face The Nation
SCHIEFFER: Well, let me just ask you this. If they did not have these weapons of mass destruction, though, granted all of that is true, why then did they pose an immediate threat to us, to this country?

Sec. RUMSFELD: Well, you're the--you and a few other critics are the only people I've heard use the phrase "immediate threat." I didn't. The president didn't. And it's become kind of folklore that that's--that's what's happened. The president went...

SCHIEFFER: You're saying that nobody in the administration said that.

Sec. RUMSFELD: I--I can't speak for nobody--everybody in the administration and say nobody said that.

SCHIEFFER: Vice president didn't say that? The...

Sec. RUMSFELD: Not--if--if you have any citations, I'd like to see 'em.

Mr. FRIEDMAN: We have one here. It says "some have argued that the nu"--this is you speaking--"that the nuclear threat from Iraq is not imminent, that Saddam is at least five to seven years away from having nuclear weapons. I would not be so certain."

Sec. RUMSFELD: And--and...

Mr. FRIEDMAN: It was close to imminent.

Sec. RUMSFELD: Well, I've--I've tried to be precise, and I've tried to be accurate. I'm s--

Mr. FRIEDMAN: "No terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world and the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq."

Sec. RUMSFELD: Mm-hmm. It--my view of--of the situation was that he--he had--we--we believe, the best intelligence that we had and other countries had and that--that we believed and we still do not know--we will know.

via Steven Johnson via Center for American Progress

While I'm at it...

This reminds me that I was moved by Colin Powell's speech in Davos about WMD and he spoke convincingly about his belief in WMD. I was almost convinced about the need to go into Iraq based solely on the WMD argument.


Here is a trailer from The Truth Uncovered of a video they are making for distribution about this topic.

via Wirefarm

One more panel...

Wireless and Grassroots Innovation

Tuesday, March 16
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

WiFi is a grassroots phenomenon where innovation is driven by the DIY gestalt that is so much a part of Internet and Open Source development. What are the latest grassroots developments and how do they relate to the future of wireless?

Cory Doctorow , Outreach Coord - Electronic Frontier Foundation
Dan Gillmor , Columnist - San Jose Mercury News
Brad King , Author
David Weinberger - Small Pieces Loosely Joined
Joichi Ito , CEO - Neoteny
John Quarterman , CEO

I haven't seen John Quarterman since there were only a few hundred nodes or so on his map of the Internet. ;-) Look forward to seeing you John.