Ex-Times Reporter Judith Miller Joins Newsmax

Writer who left the paper in 2005 following Valerie Plame scandal returns to print journalism

Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter, current Fox News contributor and featured player in the Valerie Plame scandal, is back in print journalism.

Miller has been hired by Newsmax, the conservative news magazine, as a contributing writer.
She’s written for the online edition of Newsmax before. Her piece as a contract writer, “Terrorism, Money, And Drugs,” is now online.

Here’s a snippet:

It was the suicide vest that clinched it.

John C. Myers, a veteran law enforcement officer embedded in the U.S. Army’s 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq’s Anbar province, was certainly familiar with the outlawed amphetamine Captagon. Since arriving in Ramadi in the summer of 2009, he’d learned that the drug’s hallucinogenic effects, similar to those of the recreational rave drug Ecstasy, made it popular with Iraqi cops looking for a jolt.

A top drug smuggler arrested in Anbar earlier that year described drug labs in Syria and warned his Iraqi interrogators that insurgents were making a fortune dealing drugs. But Myers, 52, a tall, taut fitness fanatic who’s spent more than 20 years in law enforcement, didn’t really focus on the tiny white pills until June, when Iraqi cops found 16 of them in the vest pocket of a suicide bomber who’d attacked an American convoy in the Anbar province capital.

“That was my ‘aha’ moment,” Myers says. Drugs were paying for terrorism and terrorists were being paid in drugs.

It was the Pulitzer Prize-winning Miller’s stories about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction before the war in Iraq that sparked criticism and ultimately helped build the Bush administration's case for war.

Miller spent three months in jail for refusing to disclose her sources in the Valerie Plame case. She quit the paper in 2005.