File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2003/lyotard.0302, message 9


Subject: Re: the latest in propaganda...
Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 01:12:17 +0800


here are a couple of posts from the cultural studies list.

Glen.


What does concern me is that the plagiarism issue seems, at least in the UK,
to be obscuring any discussion of the apparent case that the evidence is
drawn from documents concerning the Iraqi security services during the LAST

Gulf War: that is, it is 12 years old. Not only is it plagiarised, but the
British Government has blatantly lied. Is plagiarism obfuscating a more
important issue (not that I want any of my students think I would ever say
that plagiarism is not important)?

Malcolm MacLean


Note that this dossier formed part of Powell's attempt to sell war to the
UN.
It's nice to see academic work making a political footprint ... not sure
being plagiarised by war advertising is quite what one would hope for!

>> http://www.channel4.com/news/home/z/stories/20030206/dossier.html
>>
>> Downing St dossier plagiarised
>> Iraq
>>
>> Published: 6 February 2003
>> Reporter: Julian Rush
>>
>> The government's carefully co-ordinated propaganda offensive took an
>> embarrassing hit tonight after Downing Street was accused of plagiarism.
>>
>> Read sample of the accused plagiarised text
>>
>>
>> The target is an intelligence dossier released on Monday and heralded by
>> none other than Colin Powell at the UN yesterday.
>>
>>
>> Channel Four News has learnt that the bulk of the nineteen page document
>
>
was

>> copied from three different articles - one written by a graduate student.
>>
>> On Monday, the day before the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell
>
>
addressed

>> the UN, Downing Street published its latest paper on Iraq.
>>
>> It gives the impression of being an up to the minute intelligence-based
>> analysis - and Mr Powell was fulsome in his praise.
>>
>> Published on the Number 10 web site, called "Iraq - Its Infrastructure of
>> Concealment Deception and Intimidation", it outlines the structure of
>> Saddam's intelligence organisations.
>>
>> But it made familiar reading to Cambridge academic Glen Ranwala. It was
>> copied from an article last September in a small journal: the Middle East
>> Review of International Affairs.
>>
>> It's author, Ibrahim al-Marashi, a postgraduate student from Monterey in
>> California. Large sections do indeed appear, verbatim.
>>
>> A section, for example, six paragraphs long, on Saddam's Special Security
>> Organisation, the exact same words are in the Californian student's
paper.
>>
>> In several places Downing Street edits the originals to make more
sinister
>> reading.
>>
>> Number 10 says the Mukhabarat - the main intelligence agency - is "spying
>
>
on

>> foreign embassies in Iraq".
>>
>> The original reads: "monitoring foreign embassies in Iraq."
>>
>>
>> And the provocative role of "supporting terrorist organisations in
hostile
>> regimes" has a weaker, political context in the original: "aiding
>
>
opposition

>> groups in hostile regimes."
>>
>> Even typographic mistakes in the original articles are repeated.
>>
>> Of military intelligence, al-Marashi writes in his original paper:
>>
>> "The head of military intelligence generally did not have to be a
relative
>> of Saddam's immediate family, nor a Tikriti. Saddam appointed, Sabir Abd
>> Al-Aziz Al-Duri as head..." Note the comma after appointed.
>>
>>
>> Downing Street paraphrases the first sentence: "Saddam appointed, Sabir
>
>
'Abd

>> al-'Aziz al-Duri as head during the 1991 Gulf War."
>>
>> This second line is cut and pasted, complete with the same grammatical
>> error.
>>
>>
>> plagiarism is regarded as intellectual theft.
>>
>> Sample text
>>
>> Government dossier: (page 13), published Jan 2003
>>
>> "Saddam appointed, Sabir 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Duri as head during the 1991
>
>
Gulf

>> War. After the Gulf War he was replaced by Wafiq Jasim al-Samarrai.
>>
>> After Samarrai, Muhammad Nimah al-Tikriti headed Al-Istikhbarat
>
>
al-Askariyya

>> in early 1992 then in late 1992 Fanar Zibin Hassan al-Tikriti was
>
>
appointed

>> to this post.
>>
>> These shifting appointments are part of Saddam's policy of balancing
>> security positions. By constantly shifting the directors of these
>
>
agencies,

>> no one can establish a base in a security organisation for a substantial
>> period of time. No one becomes powerful enough to challenge the
>
>
President."

>>
>> al-Marashi document: (section: "MILITARY INTELLIGENCE", published sept
>> 2002 - relevant parts have been underlined
>>
>> Saddam appointed, Sabir 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Duri(80) as head of Military
>> Intelligence during the 1991 Gulf War.(81) After the Gulf War he was
>> replaced by Wafiq Jasim al-Samarrai.(82)
>>
>> After Samarrai, Muhammad Nimah al-Tikriti(83) headed Military
Intelligence
>> in early 1992(84) then in late 1992 Fanar Zibin Hassan al-Tikriti was
>> appointed to this post.(85) While Fanar is from Tikrit, both Sabir
al-Duri
>> and Samarrai are non-Tikriti Sunni Muslims, as their last names suggest.
>>
>> Another source indicates that Samarrai was replaced by Khalid Salih
>> al-Juburi,(86) demonstrating how another non-Tikriti, but from the tribal
>> alliance that traditionally support the regime holds top security
>
>
positions

>> in Iraq.(87)
>>
>> These shifting appointments are part of Saddam's policy of balancing
>> security positions between Tikritis and non-Tikritis, in the belief that
>
>
the

>> two factions would not unite to overthrow him. Not only that, but by
>> constantly shifting the directors of these agencies, no one can establish
>
>
a

>> base in a security organization for a substantial period of time, that
>
>
would

>> challenge the President.(88)
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric" <ericandmary-AT-earthlink.net>
To: <lyotard-AT-lists.village.virginia.edu>
Sent: Saturday, February 08, 2003 10:41 PM
Subject: RE: the latest in propaganda...


> Steve,
>
> Thanks for sending this. Would you believe, this hasn't even been
> mentioned in the US media, as far as I can tell. (Has anyone in the
> group seen this reported here?)
>
> The big news in the US as we go to war is Michael Jackson, not Powell.
> The US has undeniable weapons of mass distraction.
>
> I am simply Kynical about this war and, as I have said before, think it
> is merely about maintaining control of the oil situation in the Middle
> East and strengthening the position of Israel in the area. The rest of
> this is merely rationalization.
>
> I believe Hussein probably does have weapons of mass destruction. So
> does Korea. Doesn't the very process of inspection tend to contain Iraq
> and doesn't the possibility of war threaten to destabilize the region?
>
> This is besides the point, however, when it is all about making the
> world safe for SUVs.
>
> eric
>
>
>
>


   

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