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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Cheney's bunker revealed, White House furious 

Drudge has a news flash up right now: "WHITE HOUSE ANGER AFTER TIME MAGAZINE DETAILS LOCATION OF CHENEY'S 'SECRET BUNKER'..."

This is not news, which I will get to. First, here's the full text of the Drudge item:

WHITE HOUSE ANGER AFTER TIME MAGAZINE DETAILS LOCATION OF CHENEY'S 'SECRET BUNKER'
Tue Jun 15 2004 11:11:34 ET

Top White House officials expressed anger after TIME magazine detailed the location of Vice President Dick Cheney's secret bunker, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

In new editions, TIME revealed "Site R," an underground bunker on the Maryland-Pennsylvania border where the Vice President spent much of his time in 2001.

TIME wrote: "Deep under Raven Rock Mountain, Site R is a secret world of five buildings, each three stories tall, computer filled caverns and a subterranean water reservoir. It is just 7 miles from Camp David."

Raven Rock Mountain is easily found using basic geographical maps.

One White House officials fumed Monday night: "TIME magazine would have revealed secret the location of Anne Frank, if they knew it."

Developing...
Okay. So as I said, this is not really news. The White House might be angry that "TIME magazine detailed the location of...Cheney's secret bunker," but if so, they're angry at the wrong people.

Time simply reprinted, word for word, a segment from James Bamford's new book "A Pretext For War," which was recently released. The book has an Amazon sales rank of 42 as of today, so it's not like TIME is revealing information that nobody would read otherwise.

But in short, Bamford revealed the "secret" location, not TIME.

I put "secret" in quotes because the location of Site R at Raven Rock Mountain has been open knowledge for some time. So has Cheney's presence there during and after 9/11.

A little basic research goes a long way, folks. Note to "White House officials" and Drudge: Don't fly off the handle (or report said flying as breaking news) unless you've done your homework. And if you still want to get angry, get angry at the right people, at least.
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