May 13, 2004
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Subject: Jack Inhofe
I was reading the BuzzFlash piece on Jim Inhofe, the Republican from Oklahoma. My wife, who is from Oklahoma, has met Inhofe. She told me that his "close friends" and political enemies call him Jack. As in Jackinhofe. If he went through his childhood being called names like that there could be an excuse for him. On the other hand, anyone that could say that Iraqis, or anyone else, deserve to be tortured is almost by definition a hopeless jackinhofe.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Mission Accomplished
After reading the following historic record of George Walker Bush’s grandfather it made me think of George in his flyboy outfit on the carrier with the “Mission Accomplished”banner in the background.
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Just as his father took over responsibility for relations of the government with the private arms producers, Prescott went to Europe with the U.S. Army. His unit did not come near any fire until September. But on August 8, 1918, the following item appeared on the front page of Bush's home-town newspaper:
The day after this astonishing story appeared, there was a large cartoon on the editorial page. It depicted Prescott Bush as a small boy, reading a story-book about military heroism, and saying: "Gee! I wonder if anything like that could ever truly happen to a boy." The caption below was a rehash of the batting- away- the-deadly-shell exploit, written in storybookstyle.
Local excitement about the military "Babe Ruth" lasted just four weeks. Then this somber little box appeared on the front page:
Editor State Journal:
Prescott Bush later claimed that he spent "about 10 or 11 weeks" in the area of combat in France. "We were under fire there.... It was quite exciting, and of course a wonderful experience."
Prescott Bush was discharged in mid-1919, and returned for a short time to Columbus, Ohio. But his humiliation in his home town was so intense that he could no longer live there. The "war hero" story was henceforth not spoken of in his presence. Decades later, when he was an important, rich U.S. Senator, the story was whispered and puzzled over among the Congressmen.
Subject: GOOD GOD O'MIGHTY!
Good god o'mighty! I just saw one of bush's commercials bragging about his no child left behind, is he for real with this who ya gonna believe, me or your lying eyes stuff? He started that no child left behind crap three years ago, our schools are in the worst shape they have ever been! We have less teachers now! Not to mention physically our schools all over the country are falling apart! Bush seems to think if he says it then it has to be so! Never mind the reality staring you in the face, just like the iraq war! He really thinks we are winning the hearts and minds! He thinks the more soldiers dying only means we are making progress. That man is insane!
Subject: I just had a really scary thought
Here is a REALLY cynical thought: what if the masked men were actually working with the Pentagon or the contractors, or whoever the hell is running this war and the beheading was just another ploy to turn the situation around and make the Bushies look like the good guys???
If they are capable of all the things going on, and STAND BEHIND THEM as Rummy is now saying, why would that be so farfetched?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush Brand
Wow! David Ellis was right on with his suggestions to Kerry and his campaign. I hope that Kerry reads and heeds. The battle is truly for high stakes this time - in my opinion, the survival of the U.S. as we know it.
Thank God for BuzzFlash and C-Span.
Subject: American Abuse
First, let me thank everyone at BuzzFlash for all your hard work, and commitment to keeping the truth coming. I don't know what I would do without you. I would encourage everyone whose eyes have been opened to the workings of the Bush Cartel to help BuzzFlash continue to spread the word. i have frequently bought your premiums so that your good works will continue. I encourage others to do the same. If the money I spend helps one other person open their eyes to the workings of the Repuglicans, then I consider it money well spent.
I wrote my Congressman, Rep. Dingell the following letter yesterday:
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Dear Representative Dingell,
I am appalled beyond belief. I have 3 sons who are in the military, and I pray that no one ever does to them as we have done to others.
Dear God, how much more slaughter and inhumanity must we endure before someone in Congress drafts Letters on impeachment for Bush and the rest of his cronies??? He is a disgrace to the office, and I am ashamed that such as he is commanding my sons. He was NOT elected, has destroyed the good will that we have in the international community, believes that he is above the law, and with such policies that he has, is destroying the constitution that has served us so well for over 200 years. And now, we tolerate a WAR CRIMINAL sitting in the most powerful office in the world. How can we ever expect the world to forgive us? I urge you to impeach this group of idiots who think the country can be run like a business. Send my sons to battle without the essential equipment that is needed to protect their lives? and for a war based on lies and greed? I will never forgive him, and look forward to the day when he receives the punishment that he so deserves. Please remove him and all his minions from positions of power.
How much more proof do you need?
I am outraged that there has been so little outrage. It is time to Impeach. What more proof do we need? I hope others will start writing, calling, and demanding a full accounting for not only the prison abuse, but the abuse of all Americans, in so many ways.
If only one out of five BuzzFlash readers send a letter once a week, just think how powerful our message will be. How loud can we shout? Not far enough from the 'free speech' zones that the repuglican guards have set up. But if we continue to remind our Reps that they represent us, and have a responsibility to demand an end to the abuse of the American way of life, perhaps we can still salvage our reputation as a Nation of Hope for all the world. I urge everyone to demand accountability, and to remember that the buck stops FIRST at the Commander in Chief (sic). The pResident should be removed from duty as surely as the scapegoats in the prison scandal. Act NOW
Subject: Responsibility for torture began with Cheney
I still have not forgotten being shocked at hearing VP Dick Cheney on Meet the Press on September 16, 2001, use this tragic occasion to notify the world that he intended to "not tie the hands" of the intelligence community. His agenda was in place only five days after 911 when he agreed to the use of "unsavory characters .... who violate human rights" in order to gather intelligence.
On that date Tim Russert posed this question to the Vice President, "There have been restrictions placed on United States' intelligence gathering, a reluctance to use unsavory characters, those who violate human rights to assist in intelligence gathering. Will we lift some of those restrictions?"
To which Cheney responded, "Well, I think so. I think one of the by-products, if you will, of this tragic set of circumstances is that we'll see a very thorough sort of reassessment of how we operate and the kinds of people we deal with.
"If you're going to deal only with sort of officially approved, certified good guys, you're not going to find out what the bad guys are doing. You need to be able to penetrate these organizations. You need to have on the payroll some very unsavory characters if, in fact, you're going to be able to learn all that needs to be learned in order to forestall these kinds of activities."
"The vice president added that the Bush administration would 'make certain that we have not tied the hands, if you will, of our intelligence communities'."
It's Cheney who deserves to be tried in court for war crimes. The soldiers being court marshaled were following his orders.
If you wish to verify Cheney's statements, they are chronicled in an article by Carl Limbacher on the Newsmax website
Subject: In the Name of God
Just look at what those barbaric savages did in the name of God. And look at what we are turning into in the name of the "higher father"! I couldn't sleep last night because of all of this. I pray for the Berg family and hope that someday they and all the families of those killed can again have joy in a sunny summer day or the song of a bird. But as a parent I honestly don't know how they ever will. I fully concur with Mr. Berg in his anger and suspicion at this government. But this horror should not and must not deflect attention from the scandal of a military and civilian leadership gone so bad. Bush doesn't deserve it. Of his fifty million reasons for going into Iraq, he finally set on "liberating" the Iraqi people and bringing "democracy" to them. But what seems to be happening is not that the Iraqis are becoming more like us but that we are becoming more like them and this poison is spreading if you listen to a fundamentalist fool like Inhofe.
We must get our people out of Iraq NOW because our government has succeeded in turning a simple dictatorship that was no threat to us into a summer camp for every bloodthirsty hate filled murderer in the middle east. I feel sorry for the Iraqi people but the time has come for them to decide how they want to live and who they want to rule and this fight is theirs. The US has done enough damage to both them and us. But when we go, we should take some five rabid monsters with us and we should do what is always done to animals suspected of rabies. But we should do it while they are still alive. You see how the anger, frustration, and horror can even turn a grandmother like me into one of them.
We are suffering damage that will take generations to fix only if we are careful and mindful of what this country is supposed to stand for. The "evil doers" in our own country must stand before the people and explain themselves. That includes the vampire media whose question of choice today seemed to be should the American people be shown the sawing off of a 26 year old's head or the sexual abuse, perversion, and sexual torture of defenseless prisoners. I'm ashamed, disgusted and depressed by the times in which we are living. Can you imagine Bill Clinton saying, in view of all this, we will stay the course. Americans must sacrifice to free the world. I'll be happy to sacrifice when I see our "leaders" do it for a change, and President Clinton would never have gone in let alone not bring our kids home immediately. He did in Somalia. We really need Wes Clark now more than ever.
In the name of God, we have to restore sanity to this country. Vote in such numbers that no amount of tampering will change the result. Purge this country of the disease from which she is suffering and fumigate the White House, Congress, the Judiciary, the media and the intelligence services while you are at it.
Subject: Rape and Torture is Wrong!
The Pentagon showed lawmakers the remaining photos of prisoner abuse. These new photos are so graphic that senators concluded that releasing the photos would put our troops in danger. They stated that even to fully describe everything would offend the sensibilities of any rational person.
Of what they could describe they stated that saw the raping of prisoners - both heterosexual and homosexual rape. Other pictures depicted "crewel and sadistic torture" and obscenities with corpses. "I don't know how the hell these people got into our army," said Colorado Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell after viewing what he called a fraction of the images. We can only imaging what they can't describe.
I want to say for the record that rape and torture is wrong and that there is absolutely no way to justify this. We can not ignore this and try to cover it up. We need to get to the bottom of this no matter how high up the ladder this goes. This is about who we are as a country and we can not allow ourselves to be defined this way. The absolute worse thing that can happen is that we allow people to get away with this. We need to make it absolutely clear to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Military, and the people of the world that it is never ok to do this and those who are doing this will be punished. America will be judged by our integrity and we must show the world that we are an honest people and can be trusted.
PS: OK - tin foil hats on.
I look at the beheading and I see that the terrorists are WHITE and FAT. They are wearing BULLET PROOF VESTS and the guy on the right has WHITE SHOES.
The prisoner is wearing an ORANGE JUMPSUIT that is the same color and style used in the American run prison. The Arabic is bad and CNN has determined that it is not the guy who the web site says it is.
You look at the pictures and you tell me what you see. When you play "what's wrong with this picture" - it scares the hell out of you.
Subject: Outraged by the Outrage
The junior senator from Oklahoma is a complete and total imbecile. What is he advocating, that American soldiers commit felonies? We heard so much from these Republicans about "the rule of law" when Bill Clinton was cavorting with Monica. Yet now, James Inhofe and Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are saying that we should throw the Geneva Convention accords and federal law out the window? Sure, if someone I loved was attacked or killed by Iraqis, I would want to retaliate just like anyone else would. But my passion would not justify irrational and illegal action. What has America become, that we now actually can discuss the idea of looking the other way while our military commits war crimes? God help us, has Bush now led us to cede the moral high ground that we have proudly held for more than 200 years? After the Revolutionary War, many Americans wanted to retaliate against the Tories. George Washington said no, that that would be the wrong thing to do. Many wanted Abraham Lincoln to retaliate against the South after the Civil War -- he said no, before being murdered a few days later. War is hell; we know this. But it is just beyond shocking for me to hear people like Rush Limbaugh being outraged that anyone could be outraged about what has happened in Iraq. I don't want to overplay this, because I still believe that the majority of Americans are horrified by these events in Iraq. But, even a loud minority that is angry about the mere release of the news itself is simply unbelievable. These misdeeds in Iraq are directly attributable to the abominable policies of just one man, and we all know who that man is. Didn't he refer to the Geneva Accords as "a bunch of legalisms"?
Donald P. Russo, Bethlehem, Pa.
It's all well and good for Kerry to call the Iraq war a "failure", but until he has the guts to come out against it and advocate bringing our troops home, he is just another supporter of it. We need a true alternative to Bush. So far... Kerry just ain't it!
Following is an e-mail I sent to Senator Inhofe.
"I would be ashamed to say I am an Oklahoman (if I were) after your comment in the Senate hearing of the Iraqi prisoner torture. Do you have NO sense of ethics? Are you NOT outraged that torture took place? When you attack your constituents (and as an elected senator, I feel every American is your constituent) I truly feel this is a slap in the face. I served in the Air Force for four years and know that any military person has the right to refuse to obey an order if they feel it is illegal or immoral. I feel that these orders came from the highest level of command and each person involved should be punished, including the president if he so ordered these actions."
Of course, I held my language and feelings in check. If I wrote what I truly thought of this comment and action, I would probably be in that "really deep doo-doo".
IMPEACH THE WHOLE CROOKED BUSH MAFIA!!
Jerry - Texas
Subject: The junior senator from Oklahoma
It seems we are not making any progress at all. It use to be that when a bigot wanted to come out with public racist epithets they had the common sense to realize they should do it incognito. They would shroud their identity is white robes and cone-head, face-covering hats. Senator Inhofe says dreadful things in full view of the world and shames the whole country.
Subject: On Nick Berg . . .
We find that Nick Berg's dad is on the Freepers "Enemies List" (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1092851/posts)
This now seems to be the reason Military Intelligence seemingly led to the FBI visiting the Berg home 3 times during Nick's retention.
Then the mountain of suspicious statements about how the US tried to help him, tried to talk him into leaving, that the US did not "retain" him, etc, etc.
A Muslim translator, who translated the "Execution Orders", says that there is no mention of "Al-Qaida" (UndergroundDemocrats.com), which was reported as fact on most US media outlets.
Finally, we are led to believe it is al-Zarqawi, Osama's right hand man (which was quickly jumped on by the right as "proof" that Iraq has, all along, had ties with Al-Qaida) - was to blame (this based on one statement).
This story has all the hallmarks of the death of Senator Wellstone, his wife, his daughter and staff members.
This is the problem when the administration has a history of lying to the American people. The truth gets murky, and we are left with no logical handles.
Hitler wrote, while imprisoned in 1925 as a young man, that the easiest thing in the world to do is to "fool the people".
How right he was.
Subject: Limbaugh to run ads quoting Washington Times
Did you see on Drudge today that they ran a reprint of an article from Reuters saying Rush's broadcasting company is going to run two adds in Miami newspapers quoting the "Rev. Moon" Washington Times. Apparently, the motive is to try to discredit the Miami prosecutor as being biased against Limbaugh because of his political stands.
Maybe it's time for MoveOn.org or Media Group to run a few ads about the Rev. Moon/Bush connection.
Also, the Republicans have their wedge issues like abortion and gay marriage. How about developing a liberal wedge issue -- birth control. Rich Sanatorium has not been shy about saying it should be abolished. The recent FDA ruling against the morning after pill, which had been approved by doctors and researchers as safe, shows the influence and interference of the religious right and neocons in drafting Bush policy...they embrace it.
So why not let main steam America know and start asking some questions. The younger generation thinks that birth control is a given. Give them something to worry about. Tie Bush to Sanatorium. Make birth control an issue in the campaign by running ads and a public relations campaign.
Just my thoughts, but I think Democrats need to beat these people at their own game. The Bush/Moon connection (not hardly Christian) and the FDA morning after pill/Sanatorium stand on birth control need to be exploited.
Please feel free to pass these ideas along.
Subject: Where are the townspeople????
A"Town Meeting" was broadcast live from Iraq on CNN today. Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers and Gen. Sanchez appear at the podium, joking and laughing, surrounded by American soldiers, who cheer and whoop and laugh along with them.
What's wrong with this picture?
When you have a Town Hall Meeting, shouldn't members of the "town" be present? (Iraqi citizens--where are you represented here?)
Oh wait, this is like Bush's turkey trop to Baghdad a while ago--it's meant to pump up the morale of the troops.
I thought Town Hall Meetings were where citizens come together to debate serious issues involving the community.
The soldiers have no say in how Iraq is being governed or run.
The military dominated these proceedings at this "Town Hall Meeting."
This hastily staged cheerleading session hardly qualifies as a real exchange of ideas or sharing of concerns.
And then Rumsfeld tells the troops he's stopped reading newspapers.
Way to go, White House. Whoever arranged this PR damage-control campaign stop should think for a minute how this completely phony "meeting" is being perceived by viewers.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Monumental Hypocrisy
Donald Rumsfeld wants to release all of the pictures of tortured Iraqis to " put it behind us," but, alas, he has been told the Geneva Convention forbids it so his hands are tied. It's hypocrisy of a magnitude that takes the breath away. To suppress graphic evidence of criminal violations of the Geneva Convention by invoking the Geneva Convention is something no one but the utterly shameless Bush Administration would attempt.
Albert Clark, NY
Subject: Rumsfeld Baghdad Photo Op
Does anyone know if Rumsfeld took a plastic turkey with him on his photo-op visit to Baghdad, just like the genuine turkey he works for did upon his last visit there?
Subject: Just a thought
It occurred to me the other day that one of the major excuses that the Bush Cartel used to invade Iraq was the assertion that Saddam was involved with Al Qaeda and the 9-11 tragedy.
If the United States had reasonable evidence to suspect that Saddam was involved with 9-11, then why are we turning him over to the Iraqi's and not trying him here for his part in the death of our citizens? Could it be that there is no credible evidence?
Subject: A friend saw Michael Moore's 9/11, here's what she writes:
Last night I had the privilege of seeing Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 before it and its filmmakers march off to the Cannes Film Festival for what I think will be its triumphant world premiere, and I was so moved and emboldened by the experience of watching it, that I wanted to write all of you and share my excitement.
Because it is passionate without being haughty or condescending, informative without seeming arrogant, the film reaches across the great cultural divide that is destroying our country and positions us - all of us - Democrats and Republicans, urbanites and middle-Americans - against our common enemy-not each other, finally!- but our corrupt, selfish, hateful, unelected government. If you're in my address book, most likely, you will see this movie anyway in the next few months, despite the efforts of the Walt Disney Company (Jim Czarnecki, one of the producers, told me that a new distribution deal is in the works.), but, I believe, it must go beyond us, the few, the converted, and more importantly, it can.
The sincerity of Michael's concern for real people, working people, struggling Americans trying to make ends meet, permeates the film, and it is they, not pundits, who carry his message to the audience. His rallying cry to become active and informed citizens inspired me to send this email. I feel that the film had given me my marching orders, and, I think, it will do the same for others. So, at the risk of seeming too 60's evangelical, I encourage you to reach outside our cultural and political enclaves and embrace other Americans, with whom you may not share the same tastes, and take them to see this movie. Until then, spread the word.
Well, if my mind wasn't boggled by the Bush cartel before, it certainly is now. On Thursday, May 13, 2004, Rumsfeld and General Myers flew secretly to Baghdad, and then traveled to the Abu Ghraib prison. While there, Rumsfeld announced that the Iraqi prisoner abuses represent the work of only a few people. Well then I guess the problem is solved, once and for all? Apparently all of the Congressional investigations and military investigations can now be cancelled, I take it? I mean, if Rumsfeld already knows what exactly what happened before it is even investigated (despite his having recently announced that he never read General Taguba's report), then why bother spending money on any further inquiries? These people are now going to put on a full court press to hang this entire scandal on a few privates and corporals, and the world should be outraged at their craven audacity.
Donald P. Russo, Bethlehem, Pa.
Subject: A well-deserved apology
Our president refuses to acknowledge that any mistakes have been made during his reign over our country. Our president refuses, despite assertions of the media to the contrary, to apologize for US treatment of prisoners in Iraq. Though I am nobody, though I have no power other than the power to vote, which apparently is no longer the power that it used to be, I apologize for the actions of our country and our administration. I apologize not only to the citizens of Iraq and other Arab nations for the deplorable treatment of Iraqi prisoners, most of them innocent of any wrongdoing according to the report issued by the Red Cross, but I also apologize to the many families who have lost sons and daughters in this war. My heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones in Iraq, not only those in the military but for all civilian casualties, both American and Iraqi. I am sorry that your children, husbands, and wives were lost in a war that never should have been waged. Though their deaths obviously meant nothing to our great Commander-in-Chief as evidenced by his refusal to attend a single funeral for our fallen soldiers, I want you all to know that their deaths meant something to me and I am so very sorry for your loss.
Subject: The slaying of Mr. Berg
This may sound crazy, but I am wondering if we are sure that it was Berg that was killed/beheaded.....that is because the man in the picture that was shown on tv, the one in the orange jump suit, appeared to be of slight build, had dark hair. The other pictures of Berg showed him to be of muscular build, and with light colored hair -- and either a receding hairline, or a shaved head??? What gives here? Are we sure that it was Mr. Berg that was killed, beheaded and dumped?
It is all horrible, and I do feel that the U.S. government should have done more to help him get out of Iraq, given the current situation there; however, even his family has agreed that he might have refused help. What a mess. We need to get out of there as fast as we can, and turn the place over to Iraqi citizens. We have brought about a religious war....and we cannot possibly win it.
Subject: Timing is Everything
Indeed, the timing of Berg execution's video could not be more convenient for Bush&Co. Which suggests that the Rove propaganda machine is in full gear, working overtime to deflect Americans' attention from the real news.
I'd like to know why was this video released at all, given its gruesome content and the specific wishes of Berg's family that it be kept from the media? Why the hell we are forbidden to see the full evidence of American atrocities in Iraq, including the videos that show rape and murder committed by Americans on innocent Iraqis, but are treated to a full and unedited view of Berg's beheading? Obviously, the argument that the public needs to be protected from explicit violence in the Abu Ghraib videos is bull. Another argument we hear from the Pentagon is that the release of those videos would incite anti-American sentiments. (No kidding. Though ain't it too late for that worry?)
The TV stations, which are so squimish about showing Abu Ghraib pictures, did not hesitate to open all their news segments with Berg's video at the time when, according to the radio newscasts, the video was not yet authenticated. Who ordered them to do it?
Unfortunately for the Bushies, Berg's father insists (rightly so) that his son died for the mistakes of the Bush's administration. But that's the part that's omitted from the TV news.
P.S. Before we glorify CBS for breaking the Abu Ghraib story, remember that initially CBS complied with Gen. Myers' request NOT to broadcast the pictures. They only decided to go ahead with it AFTER Sy Hersh's story ran in The New Yorker. CBS feared it would be upstaged in the game of breaking world-shattering news (and it was, really). Had it not been for Hersh's article, CBS would probably shelf the story forever as not to offend powers-that-be (remember the Reagan miniseries?)
Subject: Punishment for Rumsfeld
" the embattled Rumsfeld called the abuse scandal a "body blow for all of us" but said he was determined that those in the wrong be punished."
So - does this mean Rumsfeld will punish himself by whacking off and going orgasmic to the abuse photos? Will he be joined by the other top Bushco people responsible? Will they schedule it into a hourly circle jerk party - right after their prayer meetings?
Does anyone doubt anymore that this group gets off on torture - rape - murder - abuse - deprivation etc. committed across the whole spectrum of their activities.
A BuzzFlash Reader
(support everyone on the freepers enemy list - they might be our last hope)
General Myers needs to be globally repositioned.
I was watching and listening to Rummy and Myers speaking with the troops in Baghdad on CNN today. Myers started speaking in “code”to the troops who responded with roars of laughter. Myers was using language saying that earlier this week they had been dealing with “global positioning”and other sexual references to the positioning of the prisoners in the photos. I can’t remember the exact language that he used except that he was using military language puns in making obvious references to the obscenities in the pictures and the troops and Rummy were responding with laughter. So these guys don’t take the American people and the President and the Congress seriously! This is our military leadership? Myers didn’t just think that stuff up on the spot and speak those phrases extemporaneously. There is obviously behind-the-scenes laughter and joking about these offenses going on even now. Rumsfeld and Myers ought to be smarter and more sensitive than this.
Keep up the good work, Buzz. We appreciate you.
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