Sponsored Content
« Clarification: I Too Have "Near Certainity" "Scott Thomas" Is A Soldier | Main | John Doe Language Offers Qualified, But Not Absolute, Immunity »
July 25, 2007

ABCNews Has A Little Scoop On Thomasgate

Check it out:

Franklin Foer, the editor of the New Republic, said that he has met Thomas here in the States and that he is "absolutely certain" that he is a soldier in Iraq. "Not an ounce of doubt," he told ABCNEWs.com. Asked about how he attempted to verify Thomas' military credentials, Foer said, "I've got many, many data points to back that up" although one of those proofs didn't include a military e-mail account.

Well, I just wrote a big post about my "near certainty" this guy was a soldier, and here I am walking into the trap anyway.

Still, interesting -- wouldn't Foer want that military email address for simple confirmation purposes? If he hasn't secured this elemental evidence, I can't say I have a lot of confidence in his "many, many data points."

The article, by the way, quotes Michael Goldfarb of the Weekly Standard blog and BlackFive.

Dan Riehl notes that TNR claims they've finally confirmed the mere existence of the disfigured woman, who they know identify as a civilian contractor (something that soldier "Scott Thomas" was unable to ascertain based on uniform or lack thereof).

I have a feeling it's going to all be like this. Next up: TNR confirms the presence of Bradley Fighting Vehicles in Iraq.

And also: Dogs.

No Big Deal On Military Email: Jeff at RedState writes:

It doesn't bother me personally, because, were I him, there's no way I'd use a mil computer (and mil email) to send this stuff, even if I could get access to the NIPR long enough to do it.

The FOB (Falcon specifically) is wired with FUBI ("For Us By Iraqis") internet, which is available in most barracks there, and there is also an internet "cafe," so there'd be ample opportunity to be much, much smarter about the whole thing (we are, of course, speaking in relative terms here) and to use a civilian email account from a non-official-business computer, especially if you want less chance of getting caught -- the DOD can and does monitor mil accounts.

Yes... I didn't actually think he'd use the account to send his dispatches, but just to establish he was who he said he was. True, he wouldn't want any contact with TNR's domain, but Google allows one to create lots and lots of account. Foer couldn't have created an account just to receive a message from "Scott Thomas" saying "Hey, bro, what's up?," simply to establish he had access to military computers?

digg this
posted by Ace at 03:27 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Red Turban Someguy - The Republic is already dead!: "378 Did I just see a white man disparage the liter ..."

Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston [/s] [/b] [/i]: "Dr. Huxtable was known to drug white women in orde ..."

Warai-otoko: "Did I just see a white man disparage the literacy ..."

Ironwood: "I'm off to vote for Walker. I'm wearing a UGA hat. ..."

Intrepid Democratic Underground AoS Liaison: "[I]One of his slimy deals was made public back tow ..."

Puddinhead: "364 Always remember, we got to the moon because we ..."

squid_hunt: "https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DY812zZj_Kc Prett ..."

Our Country is Screwed: "190 What is the deal with transgenders and cereal ..."

Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden: "[i] I doubt many people would openly admit to it, ..."

Dave in Fla (there is no path to 270): "Henry Winkler@hwinkler4real GEORGIA : It’s ..."

Tonypete: "I'm still a big supporter of mixed sex marriage. ..."

Biden's Dog, Front-Line Commenter Wannabee,: "364 Always remember, we got to the moon because we ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64