FYI January 02, 2018

On This Day

1818 – The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded.
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is an independent professional association for civil engineers and a charitable body which exists to deliver benefits to the public.[1] Based in London, ICE has over 91,000 members, of whom three quarters are located in the United Kingdom, while the rest are located in more than 150 countries around the world. ICE supports the civil engineering profession by offering professional qualification, promoting education, maintaining professional ethics, and liaising with industry, academia and government. Under its commercial arm, it delivers training, recruitment, publishing and contract services. As a professional body, ICE is committed to support and promote professional learning (both to students and existing practitioners), managing professional ethics and safeguarding the status of engineers, and representing the interests of the profession in dealings with government, etc. It sets standards for membership of the body; works with industry and academia to progress engineering standards and advises on education and training curricula.

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Born On This Day

1948 – Judith Miller, American journalist and author
Judith Miller (born January 2, 1948) is an American journalist and commentator. She worked in The New York Times’ Washington bureau before joining Fox News.

Long criticised for the strong anti-Islamic bias in her writing,[1] Miller became embroiled in controversy after her coverage of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) program both before and after the 2003 invasion was discovered to have been based on the inaccurate information in the intelligence investigations,[2] particularly those stories that were based on sourcing from the now-disgraced Ahmed Chalabi.[3][4][5]

The New York Times later determined that a number of stories she had written for the paper were inaccurate.[3] According to commentator Ken Silverstein, Miller’s Iraq reporting “effectively ended her career as a respectable journalist”.[6] Miller acknowledged in The Wall Street Journal on April 4, 2015, that some of her Times coverage was inaccurate, although she had relied on sources she had used numerous times in the past, including those who supplied information for her reporting that had previously won a Pulitzer Prize.

She further stated that policymakers and intelligence analysts had relied on the same sources as hers, and that at the time there was broad consensus that Iraq had stockpiles of WMD.[7] The book she published in 2015 was an attempt to convince people that reporting of the nature she had done was very difficult.[8]

Miller was later involved in the Plame Affair, in which the status of Valerie Plame as a member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) became widely known. When asked to name her sources, Miller invoked reporter’s privilege and refused to reveal her sources in the Central Intelligence Agency leak and spent 85 days in jail protecting her source, Scooter Libby. Miller was forced to resign from her job at The New York Times in November 2005. Later, she was a contributor to the Fox News Channel and a fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute. On December 29, 2010, numerous media outlets reported that she had signed on as a contributing writer to the conservative magazine Newsmax.[9][10]

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