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Mother Jones - Lie by Lie: Chronicle of a War Foretold - Timeline of sham war - history will NOT be rewritten!

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Mother Jones - Lie by Lie: Chronicle of a War Foretold - Timeline of sham war - history will NOT be rewritten!
Here is the link to the timeline:

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"Fever swampers?" Give him credit for colorful language, but the fellow above is playing the oldest trick in the book: when you can’t win on facts, start calling names. As the power and utility of Mother Jones’ new “Lie by Lie” Timeline Project becomes clear to journalists, bloggers, citizens and others trying to hold this administration to account, the wingnut smear machine has turned up their invective.

You see, over the last several months, Mother Jones’ editors exhaustively compiled and chronicled the intelligence findings, public pronouncements, press reports and behind-the-scenes maneuvering in the run-up to the American invasion of Iraq. The project -- “Lie By Lie: Chronicle of a War Foretold” – was originally published in the September issue of Mother Jones and is now online, searchable and sortable, at

[link to www.motherjones.com]

Click on that link, and you’ll see why, with hundreds of intensively fact-checked entries and links to thousands of original source documents, there is every reason to believe Mother Jones.

Readers immediately saw its power: Traffic to the website tripled the day after the timeline was posted. One reader wrote to say that it’s “high time progressives use the information to take down these people that are destroying the very ideals they are supposed to uphold.” The Timeline, presently complete through March 2003, is already proving extremely useful as a way to put in context and b.s.-detect new statements by Bush & Co.

But we need to bring the Timeline up to the present, and, to do so, we really need your help.

Need an example of just how useful this Timeline can be? Take a look at MotherJones.com web editor Julian Brooke's recent MoJoBlog entry, where he pointed out that George Bush was still twisting the truth during his speech about the captives who have been held in secret CIA prisons.

The gap between the Bush spin and the intelligence facts speaks for itself. Now imagine if we had the next three years documented in the same detailed and searchable way.

That is why I’m asking for your help: you can help us publish the next installment of the Timeline. We’re calling it “How to Lose a War in 90 Days,” and it will cover the period from March 2003 to June 2003, as military “victory” Iraq began to descend into political chaos. We’ll be publishing this installment of “Lie By Lie” in the November issue of Mother Jones and putting it up online at the same time. Our goal is to bring the timeline up to the present, and keep it that way straight through to the November 2008 election.

To do the work that still needs to be done – reporting, editing, fact-checking design and tech -- we need to raise $55,000. Will you help us meet that goal with by making an online contribution here?

The wingnuts would like us to believe that facts don't matter anymore. But they do. The facts - the truth -- are still the most powerful tool for change that we can wield. Help us build that tool.

Please make as generous a gift to the Mother Jones Investigative Fund as you can.

Thanks, and as always, if you have any thoughts or comments, please contact me at [email protected]

Jay Harris

PS: If you have not already done so, please also help us get word of the Timeline out to as many people as possible. Please forward the link -- [link to www.motherjones.com] -- out to your own email lists and/or post links on sites that you contribute to. A fact-based initiative like this, seen and used by thousands, can change how future statements are heard, understood and played in the press. It's important -- thanks for your help.

Jay Harris
Mother Jones’ Publisher


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