February 16, 2004
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Subj: tampering of Bush's personnel records is a criminal offense
Why is there not a current criminal investigation into the reports of tampering of George W Bush's military records ?
Multiple sources have stated that some sort of tampering took place. All done, or as requested by - Mr Bush's aides. As news reports have stated in numerous major US news media outlets - USA Today, Boston Globe, New York Times, Dallas Morning News etc
The St Louis National Personnel Records center has this to report -
"The tampering with or changing Federal records is a criminal offense under Title 18, Chapter 101, Section 2071, and is punishable by a fine and or imprisonment"
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Subj: Lost Your Job? Be Happy for America!
More Orwellspeak along the lines of: The more attacks in Iraq, the more desperate are the terrorists and the more successful our mission is.
The movement of American factory jobs and white-collar work to other countries is part of a positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and dislocation, the Bush administration said yesterday.
Sen. McCain looks like he's sold out to the Bush forces. Read it here:
What a shame. Bush screwed him in the 2000 race and McCain's going to help cover for Bush's intelligence failures. Intelligence failures, indeed.
Subj: Whistling in the wind...or issuing Subpoenas
Am I the only one who's getting a little tired of hearing that the 9/11 panel is "threatening to issue subpoenas"? Good grief, how many times do they think they can make that threat before the administration thinks they're blowing hot air?
To 9/11 Commission panel:
For God's sakes, ISSUE THE SUBPOENAS ALREADY and move along! What are you waiting for? A sudden urge to come clean among the stonewallers? They're stalling, and you're enabling them!
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Subj: Bush Guard Records found but or now moved to Pentagon
St. Louis. Missouri
Monday, February, 9, 2004
KMOV-TV in St. Louis (CBS affiliate) reported on 10 p.m. news program tonight that George W. Bush's National Guard records. that had been housed at the Records Center here for the last 30 years, were moved in the last few days -- to the Pentagon.
Only the President of the United States or the Pentagon are authorized to move National Guard records according to reporter Jamie Allman, who spoke to the Director of the Federal Records Center in Overland, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.
When President Bush told Tim Russert Sunday that he didn't know where the records were, he may not have been telling the truth. Either he knew where they were and ordered their removal ... or else someone at the White House or Pentagon authorized moving them without the President's knowledge.
Allman said this was a KMOV exclusive and a developing story.
Subj: CIA Intelligence was correct
Why are we asking if this was a war of choice or necessity? The answer is quite obvious to those of us that truly want to know the truth. What company is financially gaining from the war? Who in the President's administration was-is connected to this company?? Who in the administration pushed for the war the most??? I think that we all, including the media knows the answers. It wasn't faulty intelligence that misled the Bush cartel into invading a near defenseless country, but rather greed and a thirst for world domination coupled with arrogance, deception and total disregard for human lives. We can be sure that history will not record this war in a favorable light and rightfully not!!
Subj: Bush Lies to Congress In Writing Over Going To War
Below is a link to the whitehouse.gov archive of Bush's letter to Congress giving them final notice that he is invading Iraq. Although short, He inserted an undeniable lie:
In the complete absence of evidence of any link between Saddam and 911, as he later admitted, this qualifies as lying to Congress to justify war. I think this document needs to be seen by more Americans.
Thomas Meacham, MD
For Shirley of St. Louis:
Re Enrique Camerena -
Refer to pages 218-219 of Al Martin's The Conspirators. His death was ordered because he discovered a major Iran-Contra drug cartel implicating our higher ups.
A Loyal BuzzFlash Fan
Subj: A Famous Secret
Can the fact that a warning was given, in and of itself, be considered a secret even after the forewarned event actually occurs?
George Bush seems to think so, because his White House is fighting tooth and nail to keep the fact that just such a warning was given to Bush a month before the 9/11 attack occurred. They do this by conjuring up bizarre rules about how to take notes that must not leave the room and can't be shared or discussed and will be themselves censored, all obtained from a set of documents that have been carefully selected and already redacted by the suspects themselves!
But the White House says "We've given them committee members unprecedented access. We've worked in a very cooperative manner with them. We've given them 2.3 million documents, and we just continue to work with them in a cooperative manner." (From the AP, 12 Sept 04; "Sept. 11 Panel to Ask for Bush Testimony")
The conventional flood-them-with-irrelevant-documents tactic is meant to hide the good stuff, and as the Daily Howler points out on 11 Feb 04, " ...the cooperation has been so extraordinary that Kean and Hamilton have persistently threatened to sue the White House for withheld information."
But is national security really an issue?
From the Tim "Grrrr" Russert interview, Bush says "...the danger of allowing for information that I get briefed on out in the public arena is that it could mean that the product that I receive or future presidents receive is somewhat guarded for fear of it being revealed...". Bush then he went on to tell a outright lie, "...we have shared this information...". Strangely, no dog bites were reportedly treated at any local hospital.
Unfortunately for fans of Bush's argument, the most important secret contained in his briefings was revealed to the public by none other than Al Queda on September 11, 2001.
But all the commission that the White House never wanted, tried to sabotage and is currently stonewalling actually wants is: "...to review portions of the daily briefings from before the Sept. 11 attacks that referred to intelligence warnings about Al Qaeda and its plans for terrorist attacks...".
And we already know that "...The White House has acknowledged that one briefing Mr. Bush saw in August 2001 referred to the possibility of a Qaeda strike with commercial airplanes." (From the AP, 9 Feb, "9/11 Panel Threatens to Issue Subpoena for Bush's Briefings", By Philip Shenon)
In fact, we know that "...Al Qaeda terrorists may hijack aircraft and use them as weapons...", because they actually did it. Therefore the fact that Bush "knew" is not classified information, or in any way shape or form, a secret.
If that warning was present in Bush's Presidential Daily Brief, then we deserve to know that fact. Any details concerning how the information was obtained may legitimately be secret, however.
Revelation of this warning may end the president's political career, but such a problem is not justification for keeping from the American public the answer to the question of whether that warning was given to Bush or not.
Check out Anne Coulter's latest insanity, as highlighted at Salon. It's just plain gross. Maybe your readers could muster a bit o' righteous indignation and send The Heritage Foundation some angry emails. The bitch truly is demented.
Love your site!
Nancy in NYC
Subj: PNAC founding member appointed to Iraq intelligence panel
The Bush administration has made sure a complete whitewash is done. For the Iraq intelligence committee is now made up of those who long ago advocated the overthrow of Saddam by - PNAC.members
All damaging information has now been assured to be covered-up. How can the Bush administration PNACers be 'investigated' by another PNAC member?
Cheney, Perle, Wolfowitz, etc are all PNAC. Now another PNAC member - Rowen, is supposed to 'investigate' other PNAC members?
Rowen was one of the founding members of PNAC in 1997, a signer of their original Statement of Principles ( see - http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm ).
He's also a senior fellow emeritus of the Hoover Institution, a conservative hangout whose other fellows include such luminaries as Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld.
In 1998, the Hoover Institution published an article by Rowen titled WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: A CHILLING SURVEY, which included the sentence: "Of particular worry is the prospect that nations such as Iran, Iraq, and North Korea will be able to deliver nuclear, chemical, or biological warheads with cruise or ballistic missiles."
On other words, we might have just found the original inventor of the Axis of Evil. There is something insanely wrong about all of this . . .
credit goes to starroute at democraticunderground for the above info
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Subj: This he-she is more deranged than we knew
Ann Coulter: Cleland drops a political grenade http://www.townhall.com/columnists/anncoulter/ac20040212.shtml
Subj: Progressives Take Heart
Kudos to Valerie for having a clear understanding of why the dems keep losing and what we should do about it. She is absolutely right, not voting is not a way to protest but a way to throw the election to the GOP.
I would just like to add one thing to her comments about the media. We progressives need to start saying the phrase "Conservative Press" whenever we are talking about the media and loud and often. I never hear any pundits ever say that word as if they are afraid of it or something. We need to pound that phrase into the heads of the general public like the GOP have been doing with their "Liberal Media" chant for years in the belief that if you say it enough times people will start to believe it. Only as far as I can see we would be telling the truth this time, it's gotten that bad..
We all have to stop rolling over and exposing our bellies like a dog every time a republican starts spouting off lies that they heard in the Conservative Media and instead hit them over the head with the truth!
And to change the subject I would like to tell another truth that G.W.B. seems to be so afraid in facing about his military record. I was in the navy during the Vietnam war serving in the Gulf of Tonkin, I never saw combat but technically I am a Vietnam vet. I was 19 years old and used drugs, went A.W.O.L. and ended up in the brig once. I was such a troublemaker that I got out of service a full year early and guess what? I got an Honorable Discharge! That's right. It was pretty common in those days to give what was referred to as a paperwork way of discharging those who didn't fit in. Especially in the early '70s when the war was drawing to a close. So you see saying I got an Honorable discharge means nothing.
I am not proud of what I did. But I am not afraid to admit it either. Bush should do the honorable thing and resign, just like they kept telling Clinton to do when they made up all those lies about him.
Subj: Where is Bush's DD214?
I'd like to know why Bush hasn't released his DD214? The Official Military Record one receives upon Separation from the Armed Forces! The form that lists all days he showed up for his assigned duties and the days he was absent from his assigned duties! It lists such things as disciplinary actions taken if he were drunk or arrested by military MP's, civilian arrests and the like while on active duty in the Armed Forces. Demand that he give this Document up to the press and the World. Make him prove once and for all if he was or was not AWOL or a deserter.
Medical records mean nothing, one could be absent from his or her assigned duty and receive medical attention.
Sincerely, Graywolf, Cowlitz Indian Elder
Subj: Poll- 55% of all Americans don't trust Bush!
Check out this Time/CNN poll.
It says 82% of Dems don't trust Bush, which of course is good news that Dems are smart enough to see through the lies.
But this is unheard of for a political poll.. Its damn near impossible to get 70% of a group of people to agree on ANYTHING, much less 82%.
And take note that there are no more than 1% undecided, which as far as polls go makes it as solid as you can get.
Add to that a strong 61% of Independents, and almost a quarter of his OWN Republican party members don't trust George Bush.
And just think, that poll was taken before the WMD lies commission and all the AWOL lies and stone-walling hit the mainstream news. Whew!
Will there be a new terror alert??
Looks like George Bush is in big BIG trouble!
(as of am 2/13 it's the 2nd one down on the link)
RE: Jean Edward Smith
All the while villifying the Democrats for "gutter politics" and "trolling for trash," Karl Rove and company are up to their pre-scripted tricks early this campaign season: Just a little behind the curve, the New York Times published today an Op-Ed piece Jean Edward Smith wrote about General Wesley Clark. What a scathing and ugly piece of work it is!
"Beware Generals Bearing a Grudge" http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/13/opinion/13SMIT.html
You may not be aware that the author wrote a book in 1992 entitled "George Bush's War." I have not read the book, but I'm willing to gamble my false teeth that its release date was carefully timed to enhance the campaign to re-elect George H. W. Bush.
Since Dubya's popularity, integrity, and performance ratings are hitting all-time lows, brace yourself for nine months of unparalleled character assassination of the eventual Democratic candidate through GOP surrogates.
It takes a lot to leave me speechless, I guarantee it.
This one did it.
There has been a Radical Regime Change in the United States.
This is Berlin 1933.
If you can't SEE it, you're blind.
If all of this is OK with you, then do nothing.
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Subj: Drug Movie
To answer Shirley in St. Louis, I am unfamiliar with the drug movie she mentions, but not unfamiliar with government cover-ups, lies, and corruption engineered by the flag-waving GOP. Before I was a mystery writer, I was a cop in Nassau County, New York. 'Nuff said?
Subj: BE READY FOR OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS OF REPUBLICAN SMEAR
Here it comes........ the gutter politics that the republican white house is known for. Already Kerry has been accused of a sex scandal, and a video accusing him of getting special interest donations is being circulated. The latter is so ironic, as we KNOW that Bush has been in bed with special interests, and he has made them richer than they were when he took office. What a bunch of hypocrites. We'd better brace ourselves for an onslaught of filthy, negative, lowdown ads and accusations, which John McCain and Max Cleland can attest to. Whoever wins the democratic nomination had better be prepared for over ONE MILLION DOLLARS OF REPUBLICAN GARBAGE THAT WILL BE STREWN ALL OVER THE NATION. ISN'T IT FUNNY THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION CANNOT RUN ITS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN ON ANY SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS, BUT MUST ONLY RESORT TO THE GUTTER POLITICS THEY ARE FAMOUS FOR?
As for Bush's still unanswered National Guard records. People should wonder why the white house has not been straightforward in this matter. Why are documents released in bits and pieces. Why can't they, once and for all, release EVERYTHING together, like others who served has done, so that this could be cleared up and put behind us? WHY THE HECK IS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ALWAYS COVERING UP, STALLING AND STONEWALLING? IT HAS BECOME ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO TO BE HONEST AND STRAIGHTFORWARD IN ANYTHING THEY DO. THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING BEING HIDDEN FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND GETTING A STRAIGHT ANSWER IS LIKE PULLING TEETH.
HONESTY AND INTEGRITY? MY FOOT!!!!!!!!
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I'd like to know who lost their place in The National Guard so that Bush could jump to the head of the line.
Subj: Rumor has it . .
Matt Drudge has all the credibility of Colin Powell! Or is it the other way around?
Subj: whatever the Kerry thing, let's keep our focus on Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There was already a report on German TV news tonight.... mentioning Drudge, that he broke the Clinton story.
What's really important for us? a lying, cheating, immoral, greedy president, who wants to enforce his "morality" on us, who wants to take our privacy and our rights, destroy the environments, wage war for no reason regardless of the cost to the people, theirs or ours, send our jobs abroad and lie about creation of jobs and the economy, who spends like a drunken sailor and endangers our social security and the economy of our country for years to come, or a sex story?
We've been there, done that, and the result: a government we cannot trust who doesn't give about anyone but the wealthiest and most powerful of us.
(and if the Kerry story came from a democrat, then SHAME on whoever was so petty and really really stupid!)
It's the stupidity of the mainstream media, that goes with every trite and irrelevant happening (like Janet Jackson's breast... who CARES??? our boys are being killed, Iraqis are being slaughtered, who gives a good god damn about Janet's f'n BREAST??) It's the mainstream media that calls the tune, and it's time to ignore it and keep on the road that really counts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Subj: shtup is preferred
Spelling shtup is preferred in: "Newt Gingrich was "shtooping" a Congressional staffer while on his second marriage and demanding the impeachment of" in your right-on Bush and sex piece.
Subj: Dental Duty
Bush can now prove he showed up for one day of free dental work in Alabama. This is supposed to also "prove" he wasn't AWOL. (I guess it was a 5-month-long exam.) It does, at least, seem to prove that the ANG duty pilot Bush was paid to perform for his country on Jan 6th was to have his teeth cleaned. What an American hero.
Albert Clark, NY
Re: John Youmans: Meet the Press Debacle
The following article blasts Bush like he deserves. Never in the history of this country has anyone deserved condemnation by its citizens more. Repubs are attempting a coverup of his pitiful Guard service which was nothing but a subterfuge to avoid the Vietnam war.
In the news today, a Repub official who worked with George W. Bush in an Alabama campaign in 1972 said she recalled him talking about his National Guard duty and seeing him in uniform before the election that year. Did he campaign for a Repub candidate for the Senate in military uniform? Jean Sullivan, an Alabama GOP leader who worked with Bush in the Senate campaign of Winton "Red" Blount in 1972, said she recalled even then hearing rumors about whether Bush was fulfilling his Guard obligations. She blamed those rumblings on some within the Alabama Guard who were resentful because Bush was from Texas and was spending only the minimum amount of required time on duty. "It was just some idiots," said Sullivan.
The minimum amount of time on duty? It included not getting a required annual flight physical, which resulted in him being removed from flying status.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Civilian control of war
Mr. Bush said on Meet the Press, “The thing about the Vietnam War that troubles me as I look back was it was a political war. We had politicians making military decisions, and it is lessons that any president must learn, and that is to the set the goal and the objective and allow the military to come up with the plans to achieve that objective. And those are essential lessons to be learned from the Vietnam War.”
The April, 7, 2003 New Yorker article by Seymour M. Hersh, “Offense and Defense: The battle between Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon”,
(http://www.newyorker.com/printable/?fact/030407fa_fact1) shows that this ‘essential lesson’was not learned. Rumsfeld overruled Pentagon decisions at every turn during the early stages of Operation Iraqi Liberation. From Hersh:
Subj: Drudge, Rove and Bush
I was at first taken back a bit by the recent mud being flung by the GOPs best buddy, the aptly named Drudge (I guess "Dung" was already taken, but I digress...). Unfortunately, I first saw this piece of tripe via the Sydney Morning Herald website, which just goes to show that lousy journalism has been globablized with everything else. The Herald said the Drudge report represented a "new threat" to the Kerry campaign. Asi if winning 12 primaries and jumping to the top of the polls were "threatening" to his campaign. Sheeeesh.
From a purely political point of view the report stinks not only of smear and desperation, but also utter falsity. Let's face it the D guy only gets his dirt second- or third- or ninth-hand. So, some low life Republican operative fed this line of Bushwa to him (Nooooo, not Karl Rove, couldn't be...). But from a political standpoint it makes absolutely no sense.
Think about it. If this crap were true what would probably happen. Kerry would tank in the polls because his aura of "electability" would be gone or at least damaged. If Kerry tanks, then Dean and Edwards suddenly become the only real players left, with Edwards probably being anointed the front runner. Now Edwards is actually probably slightly to the left of Kerry, but he has tremendous appeal as a candidate, and frankly I think the 'Phants would rather face Kerry in November. After all Kerry is a "Massachusetts liberal" as the GOP is already trying to make him out.
So, if any of this had any substance to it what would Karl and Co. do with it? That's right, sit on it until October. Actually, if this junk were true they would **want** Kerry to get the nomination. But learning from their corporate "benefactors" the descendents of the plumbers have gone for a short term goose in their numbers rather than figuring out a long term strategy. I guess when Bush said he would run the country like a company, he really meant it -- but of course the company he still chooses to emulate is Enron.
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