Sunday, June 05, 2005

Who's on first, now

Well I’ve been looking all over the net for the list of top secrets so I would know what is the top secret now that Deep Throat no longer holds that position, and I haven’t been that successful. I googled. I looked in Wikipedia. I tried “Top Secrets”, “Best Kept Secrets”, “Best Mysteries”, “List of Secrets”, and “Secrets List” and many more, both with and without quotes. but to no avail. I knew there is a book of lists, and I’m sure the list of top mysteries or secrets would be in it. I’ll have to go to the library and look it up, but that's so twentieth century. I thought I could go to Amazon.com and look in their books, which means I have to sign up and register and all that.

And then I opened today’s newspaper and there it was. A story about what are the top secrets which Deep Throat is no longer a member. I found it online here. Crenson, the writer of the article I’ve linked, listed a lot of previously well known secrets that are now out such as the Unabomber, Thomas Jefferson or his father produced children by the slave Sally Hemmings, the location of Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph, Julius Rosenberg was a Soviet spy, and Jesse James was shot in the back possible by his own gang.

He also included the idea that Chandra Levy mystery lost its distinction -- except to her folks -- when it became obvious that her death could not have been caused by the congressman whose name I don’t recall which I guess makes this mystery downgrade rather justified. Crenson also included a mention of the runaway bride down in Georgia whose name doesn’t deserve mention in any discussion of secrets the likes of Deep Throat. Although not mentioned in the article, in a sidebar Judge Joseph Crater who has been missing since 1930. The secret is getting a little old and I would not include it in any current secret list. Honorable mention, yes; included in the list, no.

Another two mysteries included in the article, the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa and who is D.B. Cooper, I’m not sure I would include them in my list. Certainly, I’d like to know more about the real D.B. Cooper. Did he make it out of the plane OK? Did he make it out of the wilderness? But I’m more interested in what are the top secrets now – maybe more inside the beltway or political.

I was thinking I might enter it in Wikipedia since I did not find it anywhere in the site. I could link each entry to somewhere else in Wikipedia. I did not include Osama bin Laden because that should go into a list of worldwide secrets. Anyway, here is my list of top secrets or mysteries.


1. Who mailed the anthrax letters?
2. Who leaked sensitive information to Ahmen Chalabi and was he a spy for Iran?
3. Who leaked Valery Plame’s position?
4. Who forged the memos on Bush’s National Guard service?
5. Who decided to accept the intell that there were WMD’s and some bad-assed mobile labs in Iraq rather than the intell that there were not?
6. Who is really responsible and not a taking the hit for the 14 incorrect words in Bush’s State of the Union Address about yellow cake?
7. Who pays for those face lifts ugly women get when they leak info or make charges against the President and why didn’t Monica get one?

Currently, seven is all I could come up with. I’ll keep working.

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