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Politics and censorship in America

The New York Times ran an Op-Ed piece today about U.S. relations via-a-vis Iran. Or rather the gray lady ran most of the article. By my rough estimate, ten percent of the piece was redacted.

One of the services paid for by your taxes: CIA's Publication Review Board. The Times says this Board found nothing wrong with the article, co-authored by a former employee of the National Security Council. However, the Board apparently made the deletions from the original article on orders from the White House.

Other anti-Bush blogs have seized on this, of course. For us outside the Beltway, it's more evidence of the cynical use of media in the propaganda barrage over the highly political Mideast mess.