April 2, 2004
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Subj: This may be very naive of me, but.....
It struck me this morning that the reason that Cheney won't release any information about his energy summit is because it contains the master plan for cutting up and divvying out a conquered Iraq -- pre 9/11. I don't think I've seen this explanation anywhere in the press yet.
Subj: Questions and Evidence of 9/11 Complicity
Bravo for your editorial and statement of possible evidence of 911 complicity on the part of elements of the Bush Administration! I'm sure you're going to take some heat on this.
In case you are not aware (and I know you probably are aware) two -- at least two -- of the 23 questions the 911 Steering Committee would like asked of Bush evince awareness of possible foreknowledge and complicity in the attacks. You should definitely use these Steering Committee questions to defend yourself against what is no doubt a wave of coming criticism:
I don't believe Loewer has testified yet. . . . or will she even be called to testify? It will be VERY interesting if Loewer testifies to this under oath and on television. The 911 Steering Committee so far has been very painstaking so I doubt they would ask questions of this substance without good reason. In the very few public statements Bush has made about his actions that day he has maintained that he thought the first hit on the WTC was an "accident". So . . . did he lie? On top of that, if Bush had been told a hijacked airliner hit the WTC he would no doubt also have been told of the multiple hijackings officially declared at 8:40 a.m., 5 minutes before the first WTC hit. Why then did he decide to enter what he knew would be an obsolete photo op? what did this do to the chain of command?
Question No. 6 could be even more damaging:
(the below is a mirror copy of the 23 questions because the 911 Commission's own link was "down" when I tried to access it. Be interesting to see if the questions have changed when it comes back "up")
A BuzzFlash Reader
Dear Air America Radio:
I would like to express my relief at your presence on the air, and my gratitude to your advertisers and backers for making it possible. I.ve enjoyed your inaugural broadcast with something approaching glee, and plan to remunerate the companies who support your shows by buying loads of their products, and telling friends and family to do the same.
I hope that the people at your fledgling network can see that what they.re doing is an opportunity to bring America back together, to realize the opportunity that George W. Bush has squandered.
I hope that you realize that there are moderate people on the other side of the aisle who are equally as mortified with the radical religious element in control of the Republican Party as are the Frankens, Garafolos and Lanphers of the world.
If we all come together under one tent, we can send these bozos packing to a place where the worst thing they can do is make the state laws in Texas even more regressive.
The titanic hubris, the calculated demagoguery, secretiveness and false zeal that these radicals have employed in achieving their domestic political agenda...must be confronted.
That they used the memories of our honored dead as political cover...must be confronted.
Their unapologetic greed, their looting of our treasury....must be confronted.
The practice of playing on people's fears and prejudices simply to glutton more power....must be confronted.
I am going to bed thanking God tonight that you guys seem to be looking to do just that. I wish you the very best in the endeavor, and plan to listen avidly.
Subj: Fresh Air in LA
After a very long and dark cloudy spell, the Sun finally came out and a cool breeze of fresh air blew in Southern California today........Air America began broadcasting here.
Admittedly, it was a little rough around the edges, first day and all... but it was pure joy to hear real truth being told. Finally, a station I can listen to and enjoy. Today was my first time hearing Randy Rhodes, whom I had heard so many good things about. She did not disappoint. I listened with a smile all day and into the evening. It felt so good I didn't want to turn it off.
We have been held hostage here by the likes of limburger, hannitized (isn't that what they do to toilets?) o'liely and that whack job, the savage weenier. They are all here, along with about a half dozen local wannabes. Thank God for Pacifica or I couldn't have made it. At least at night I am able to get the strong KGO,San Francisco signal with the real left answer to rush, Bernie Ward. He's one of the best.
I would like to humbly suggest that we all support the sponsors that advertise on Air America. Please buy their products and services and LET THEM KNOW why you are doing so. If you don't have this network in your area, let Air America know you want it and (loudly) let your local radio know you want it too. With our support this can succeed and grow. Everyone deserves to be able to hear this. It's only fair considering rush and his ilk are under every rock, EVERYWHERE. Of course they had a little help from Saint Ronnyraygun who killed the fairness doctrine. If we all roll up our sleeves and pitch in we can do it without anybody's help. All the sweeter. It's here....now lets make it successful.
Subj: Not Just the WMD, but Saddam himself! was a pretext
Your editorial about BushCo's potential prison sentences is right on the money, and all the more reason that people have to realize this is not your usual political infighting. As Mr Nader needs to realize, there will soon be no 3rd or 2nd parties in America if these thugs get confirmed in their evil.
As to your allusion to more sinister reasons for 9-11, I've come from shouting at anyone proposing that 2 years ago, to an 80%-certainty they were thinking any al-qaeda action would kill "only" a few hundred Americans, maybe blow up a typical building or subway somewhere, and were themselves stunned by the scope of the attacks.
I think this accounts for their bizarre unresponsiveness on 9-11. But they had already decided that all the warnings they heard in the 90 days before 9-11 was their "new Pearl Harbor" that would justify their explicitly stated scheme of world domination through force-of-arms.
In this context I wish to share with you a letter I sent to the perceptive William Raspberry.
Dear Mr Raspberry
Always enjoy your columns.
Have you seen the Policy for a New American Century's report "Rebuilding America's Defenses"?
PNAC had Cheney, Feith, Rumsfeld, Pearle, Wolfowitz et al get together to brainstorm on a National Security Strategy, the result being "Rebuilding..." This document was signed by these and other top Bush people and accepted by the Bush 2000 Campaign as their official strategy paper.
You can download the PDF at http://www.newamericancentury.org/publicationsreports.htm
The report advocates a variety of things, including wars in up to 6 theatres simultaneously, the renunciation of all limiting treaties, etc etc. The essence is US military domination of the world. Most of the proposals we've seen put into practice or attempts to put into practice since Bush occupied the White House.
Here are the quotes concerning Iraq and 9/11. Iraq: "While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein." In other words, whatever it takes, regardless of Saddam, we need bases in Iraq.
PNAC understood that the American public would not support an agenda of global domination by force-of-arms unless something happened to change public opinion. Here is the quote prefiguring 9/11: "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event ‹like a new Pearl Harbor."
So you see, it is no mystery that BushCo allowed 9/11 to happen, and it is no mystery why they told 237 lies about Iraq, as Rep Waxman's "Iraq on the Record" states http://www.house.gov/reform/min/features/iraq_on_the_record/
I hope this helps you, and if you find it helpful, I hope you share this information widely with your peers in what used to be called "Journalism." Certainly the official policy statements of the Bush 2000 Campaign would be extremely clarifying about their subsequent actions.
Thanks for your time,
PS: You might also find this from the report interesting: "And advanced forms of biological warfare that can "target" specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool. This is merely a glimpse of the possibilities inherent in the process of transformation, not a precise prediction." Of course, what is being advocated is finding a way to make biological weapons work on people with say a genetic predisposition to produce say darker skin, while leaving others untouched. Don't you just swoon with the Bushiters at the prospects?
For the record I downloaded a fresh copy of the PNAC report and they still have the original quotes about Pearl Harbor. Astonishingly, not only were WMDs a pretext for invading Iraq, Saddam Hussein himself was a pretext, if we are to believe Cheney, Kristol and the Gang.
Surely if the public ever came to see this, the entire Gang of Five would be brought up on treason charges, and we'd have to have a national lottery to choose the people who would carry out their sentence.
Subj: Laura Bush's Reality
In an interview with NBC’s David Gregory Laura Bush was asked about the divided the country was, and this was her reply
It’s not just the President and all his men that are confused about reality. Apparently the women live in the same fantasy world.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Midnight in America
Midnight In America was brilliant. I wish I could plagiarize it and send it as a letter to the editor of my paper, the Kansas City Star, a Knight Ridder Paper that prints only pap. Keep 'em coming! Boy, do we need to have more of it! I am so disgusted with the media, and it scares me the path it is leading us down.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Thumbs Up!
Loved the Bush leadership quiz! Are you guys cooperating with Franken's radio project? Seems like it would be a good partnership.
[BuzzFlash Note: We've not been contacted by Air America Radio, although the hosts have mentioned us a few times.]
Subj: Superb Editorial
Just want to compliment you on the superb editorial outlining the true stakes the Bush Administration is fighting for: “If Kerry Wins, Bush And His Advisors Know That They Are Vulnerable To Potential Prison Terms”. It’s obvious that the propaganda these guys have put out has largely worked so far with at least 50% of the nation, but I don’t think it will last much longer before the majority of people in the country realize what has been going on and become totally disgusted. However, I don’t think the Bush Administration itself is deluded, as you stated so well in your editorial, THEY KNOW.
You are doing a great job, keep up the great work. (I would contribute, but I am unemployed right now.)
You write in your editorials that you hesitate to state out loud or words to that effect, that just maybe the bush cabal "let" 9/11 happen in order to further their sinister aims (which I happen to believe is true).
Why don't you deal with the real sinister idea and to me, distinct possibility, that if the bushies think they are losing that they will simply stage either another "october surprise" ala the one that bush senior staged in order to get reagan elected back in the good old bad old days - or just stage a military coup and be done with it - put us all under martial law and take away all of our civil rights by fiat instead of the slow and relatively "painless" way they are doing now. This is what I believe they will do. If they feel there is the slightest chance they will lose they will not give up power - they will take it. Or perhaps even - oh well, the consideration I'm thinking is even more horrible. We can't deal with any more political annihilations in this country.
Gail Henigman, San Francisco.
Subj: BuzzFlash Editorial of April
Dear BuzzFlash - Your Editorial on All Fools day certainly gave rise to shivers up my spine. It reads like a particularly sleazy novel and there does not appear to be a happy ending. Or even a white knight riding to the rescue.
The most appalling thing about this naked attempt to dominate the Middle East and eventually the world is that it was set up prior to the Coup d'etat. The infamous PNAC has been launched. Why do we hear practically nothing of this infamous document written by the some of the members of the fascist regime which presently governs .
I believe we need a Parliamentary form of government. At least we would have a question time where pressure would be brought to bear on the Administration, Our present system of relying on the Press to ferret out policies and illegal procedures is simply not working or too slow in providing information o the Public.
I am so concerned that the Bush cartel will destroy this country, Please devote sometime to laying out the Project for the New American Century.
Les Palmer Mill Valley
Subj: i want to know!
why is getting anything out of the bush people like pulling a pork chop out of the jaws of a crazed pit bull?
Subj: Editorial 4/1
Oh, My God...I feel so vindicated...your reading of this administration (oxymoron) is clairvoyant. It puts into words my greatest fears.
Barbara A. Flynn
Subj: Mentioning the Un-mentionable
I read with interest, your editorial today (April 1, 2004) in which you mention the radical notion that some people could conceivably be led to believe that "some radical zealots in the Bush Administration deliberately ignored the threats of a terrorist attack -- perhaps not fully realizing its intended scale -- in order to receive the mandate to attack Iraq, seize its oil and install permanent military bases (14 to be exact). And that Iraq was meant to be only the first step in a plan to expand our military reach, force regime change in nations that resisted U.S. influence, and seize natural resources wherever possible." Such a notion is so far fetched that no one has dared mention it before now except the most radical of conspiracy theorists. I would be willing to bet, however that many people have had such a thought cross their minds. It occurred to me way back in the beginning of this never-ending tragedy that the circumstantial evidence to support such a notion is quite substantial. If we take the standard of proof used regularly to convict individuals of murder and sentence them to death, and apply these standards to the bevy of circumstantial evidence and the possible motives in this case, we would have no trouble finding the Administration guilty of treason of the highest order.
One tends to think that such things only happen in the movies. Lately, however, I see more and more credence being lent to the old cliché, "Truth is stranger than fiction". There has to be some reason why the entire right wing of the right wing is so touchy. The mere mention of the possibility that the administration didn't do everything possible to prevent the 9/11 tragedy invokes a reaction akin to sheer panic amongst Bush supporters of all ilk's.
Subj: Call Senator Frist
It seems that Senator Bill Frist is opposed to anyone “profiteering”from terrorist attacks on the US. I think we should all take a moment to call the senator and ask him 2 questions:
How are sales of your book going?
If there actually are any profits, how much will you contribute to a favorite charity, such as PETA, The Humane Society, or The Animal Rescue League?
Washington Office - (202) 224-3344
Subj: Albert Gonzales
We have good cause to be outraged by White House counsel Al Gonzales' ex parte phone calls to GOP 911 Commissioners Fred Fielding and Jim Thompson. Ironically, Fielding and Thompson tried to ambush Richard Clarke during his testimony, by asking him to reconcile positive statements he had made about Bush during Congressional testimony in 2002. Lo and behold, just two hours later, Thompson's and Fielding's questions were being reported on Bush propaganda organ Fox News. Consequently, we have two Republican 911 Commissioners allowing themselves to take planted questions from the White House's lawyer. This calls into serious question the integrity of the Commission, and I would think that Tom Kean, a fair minded Republican, would be outraged by these kinds of shenanigans. Kudos to Congressman Henry Waxman for calling Gonzales on this. I am a lawyer myself, and I think this kind of conduct is highly improper. Fielding and Thompson should not have taken the calls, they should have shunted them off the their counsel, with proper notice being also given to the Democratic Commissioners.
Donald P. Russo
Subj: did I imagine it?
I told people at work that part of the condition for condi rice to appear and testify under oath was that bush gets to have cheney with him when he has to answer questions before the commission.
NO ONE BELIEVED ME! DID I IMAGINE THAT?
Last night I hear a teaser for the local news and it went something like this, "Oil companies say gas prices are expected to hit three dollars a gallon unless the energy bill is passed." Sounds like blackmail to me. Pass more tax breaks for the oil companies or pay high prices at the pump.
A BuzzFlash reader.
Here's a tidbit to chew on. Brit Hume of FOX news was asked about the ads Bush is using with 9-11. His answer, "GET OVER IT". Yeah, let's see.... everyone who lost someone in the Iraqi war, "GET OVER IT." Anyone who lost someone in 9-11, "GET OVER IT".
Bush is using the lives and deaths of our citizens and soldiers as patriotic bait. We can no longer depend on the main media for unbiased or complete news coverage. Damn, where is our Radio Wave power? Public Radio (and tv) is a farce, bought and sold since the early 80's--just check out the sponsors and the programs. It's like someone is cutting out the heart and soul of America and selling it to the most evil so that they (heart and soul) can be paraded around and used as bastions of patriotism by Bush and his league of evil.
Just a thought.
A letter to the New York Times:
White House spokesperson Scott McClellan says about yesterday's American deaths in Iraq, "the best way to honor those that lost their lives" is to continue with efforts to bring democracy to Iraq. Since the failure to find weapons of mass destruction stood in the face of the Bush Administration this has been their rationale for this absurd war.
I wish someone in this Administration or one of the spineless Democrats, who are essentially mute, would explain what this "democracy" will ultimately look like. Will the majority Shia and al Sistani call the shots? If so, the country will certainly become an Iran-style theocracy. Will the Sunnis and their Baathist leadership reassert their control of the government? If not, they will certainly allow no other government to function. Will the country be broken up into three pieces of historic Iraq? Certainly, the pieces dispossessed the nation's oil wealth will never accept this arrangement.
This so-called Iraqi Governing Council which the U.S. is determined to handover power to prior to our elections is the cruelest of all the Administration's democracy jokes. The one and only reason any Iraqi even wants to know the identity of the Council members is to do them harm once American security is relaxed.
Want to get a real sense of the prospects for democracy in Iraq under U.S. domination? Look at the faces of the pre-teenage boys as the burned and mutilated bodies of Americans hang from a bridge behind them in yesterday's pictures from Fallujah.
In Vietnam we kept saying we could not leave because of those who had already died for the cause of democracy. We looked back on 58,000 dead when we finally turned the governance of Vietnam over to the Vietnamese people. Are we really going to go down that same road again?
It is time to confront the nightmare the Bush Administration has created before more are lost. Yes, more than 600 American lives have been tossed away needlessly and without justification. If George Bush does not lose his own liberty over this crime, he should, at least, pay a severe political price for these deaths.
Paul A. Moore
Subj: June 30 Turnover to Iraq
A lot of people are questioning the supposed "turnover to Iraqi Sovereignty" on June 30th, 2004, even though the American troops will remain in Iraq for years to come - I don't know if anyone realizes that while the Bush Administration is in "occupation mode" in Iraq, no contracts for the oil fields, ministries and military bases are legal ( contracts, of Iraqi resources, etc. can only be negotiated with an actual Government); therefore, they want to put their own cohorts into Government positions (i.e. Chalabi) so these guys will "legally" sign the contracts that the Americans require; And talking about Chalabi, when did this guy become an authority on Iraq and/or Saddam Hussein and/or its peoples - he left Iraq under exile 45 years ago long before Saddam Hussein came into power. Another thing (it's called doing research) Saddam Hussein is the one dictator/leader/whatever you want to call him to made education mandatory for all children (and it was free) along with hospital and medical, and he nationalized the oil company for the benefit of the Iraqis and took it away from the Brits/Americans Oil Corporations who were dictating what the Iraqis could do with their oil; Don't you all ever wonder how come they have such a high proportion of women engineers, doctors, lawyers, physicists, etc. in Iraq? They surely didn't get this education the minute that George Bush overrode their country; this takes a lot of years of schooling; Another story I have heard is that Saddam Hussein stole the money from the people and built lavish palaces for himself and had pictures of himself all over the place; well, I have news for you; I am a Canadian, and I have for years paid takes towards the British Monarchy to keep them in comfort in all of their palaces, etc. We have the picture of the Queen in all our schools, government buildings and our money; Even though we are now independent from the British Monarchy in that, we can make our own laws in Canada; we still have to support her and her family etc. Anyway, just some interesting little tidbits to add to the "Why Iraq" story.
TRUE CASUALTY COUNT - IRAQ
Well, today I heard the first accurate information with respect to the total casualty count involving the Iraq war: 18,000 medical evacuations from the start of conflict to the 1st of March of 2004. (That's a far cry from the 3,000 listed by the Pentagon.) The 18,000-man figure is said to include both evacuations out of the country and back in. Excuse me, but evacuation -- at least according to my Webster's -- brings to mind a removal, whereas inbound "evacuation" would more accurately be termed troop deployment. At least I thought so. I guess I'm just stoopid, eh.
An executive from a engineering contractor doing work in Iraq was asked during an interview on Lou Dobbs Tonight if his employees were apprehensive about working in Iraq, and he mentioned that the U.S. military provides his personnel 24-hour protection since the company subcontracts its services to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but he did mention in passing that the 150 hostile incidents reported per day in Iraq was cause for concern. Pardon me? Has anyone else heard that there are 150 hostile incidents on average each day in Iraq? Well, I just thought I was having a bit of a senior moment, you know, so I rewound the ol' TIVO and played his comments again. Yep, that's what he said. It appears there is some disparity between his figures and those provided by the Pentagon and/or Paul Bremer, but since the interviewee had no reason to "spin" the facts and did not give the comment emphasis (simply stating it as if it were a well-known fact), I think I have more faith in his numbers.
Jesus H., is there anything this administration tells us that we CAN believe? Evidently not.
Air America... Amazing stuff folks. Just amazing. Get with the program. And when you finally do, talk it up... This is the way to build a world. Freedom, above all else..
On a station near you or failing that, satellite radio and the internet via live feeds. http://www.airamericaradio.com/
Get with the program.......
A Real Liberal.
Subj: Dick Cheney's Wife's Lesbian Tale
"Cheney is wife of Vice President Dick Cheney and the mother of Mary Cheney who is out. But, Lynne Cheney has her own lesbian past; a 1981 novel she penned called "Sisters".
Billed as a novel about feminism in the Old West, the book features all of the things her husband's party reels against. There are plenty of condoms, lots of prostitution and a torrid lesbian love subplot."
Subj: Let's see the plastic turkey again!
I know it is old news, but now more than ever, would be a good time to rehash the plastic turkey story again before it ends up on an ad (since the cod-piece,mission accomplished didn't work). I just think it embodies the soul of this administration..not just turkey, phoney turkey!!
The Seattle Times: Politics: Bush's turkey in Iraq images was for show, not for eating!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: HalliTroopers Die in Falluja
Finally, some media sources are questioning the presence of these shadowy 'private security' forces. What were heavily armed, unnamed 'contractors' doing driving around a war zone like Falluja, where even the U.S. Marines won't go without armour and air support? Can anyone now believe they are not working hand in glove with American/British intelligence? Consider it...if you need a deniable resource to have recalcitrant local killed, or a suspected insurgent tortured for information, who do you call?
As was mentioned a few days ago(Salt Lake Tribune), both the U.S. and British military are losing highly trained Special Services people to firms like 'Blackwater Security' and the 'Steele Foundation' (they were working for Aristide in Haiti, before being ordered to stand down by Washington, who then sent in Marines to 'escort' him to safety). In a parody piece some time ago I called these men "Hallitroopers" ("Uncle Dick Wants YOU!"). (Deadbrain.com). I wonder who actually works for the Vice-President's corporate raider.
Their CEO, in a stunningly ironic statement, (considering his predecessor was Cheney!) said this..."I have a fiduciary obligation to operate Halliburton in the best interest of the shareholders, not in the best interest of other people who may have a political or a social agenda," Dave Lesar, Halliburton's chairman, president and chief executive, told an energy conference in New Orleans. (Reuters). Sakes Alive, Dave! You don't mean to say that there's people in Iraq with a political or social agenda?! Your undoubtedly large and taxpayer subsidized force of 'Security Contractors' wouldn't take direction from good old DICK, would they?
This seems to be nothing less than the unprecedented use of secret, privately run armies, made up largely of ex-military personnel, working for giant corporations. The world just got a little bit closer to the bizarre and horrible world of WalMart meets RoboCop.
Subj: I thought our Mission was Accomplished?
I looked at The Hartford Courant today (4/1/2004) and saw a large picture above the fold on the front page, bodies of Americans hanging from a bridge and people in Iraq jumping with jubilation.
I then opened the paper and saw burnt Americans being dragged through the streets.
Evidently, the people of Iraq never got the message when Bush made his stunt carrier landing a year ago (5/2/2003) that told the world "Mission Accomplished".
It's time to send Wolfowitz over to Iraq, with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Perle right behind him, and have them pass out the roses to the " freedom-loving" people in Iraq.
After all, wasn't that how they were supposed to welcome us in Iraq?
PS: Let Bush Inc. buy their own flack jackets like our soldiers have to, when they put on those military uniforms they love to be seen in!!!!! And keep the Secret Service here at home while Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz and Perle all get the taste of real war that they all love so much in "Friendly Iraq".
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