July 26, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Rove's Clearance
I know that Karl Rove was given some security clearance as a "senior political advisor," but what I haven't seen discussed is whether his position warranted that he even be allowed to see the famous memo. By definition, should someone whose job is to navigate the political waters around the president be privy to state secrets??
Subject: Nice To See Andy Card In The Press Again - SKATING AWAY
It's good to see Andy Card show up in the press again.
He's another teflon guy - a great example of how good-looking people can skate away from everything. A good fit for the Bushies.
For some reason, when Andy whispered into George's ear in a school in Florida that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center, neither of them seemed to think there was any emergency.
Even though Card had been Secretary of Transportation under George's father.
And even though Card's close buddies in Massachusetts were intimately involved with the running of Logan Airport/Massport where the two planes that hit the towers were boarded by terrorists.
National Republicans had to do a lot of damage control to protect their people in Massachusetts from investigations that might expose their responsibility for September 11.
As we know, the fund for victims had benefits for the people but was even more important for blocking lawsuits. We also know that the Bush administration stonewalled every attempt for a government inquiry and still hasn't released all of what was investigated.
The Boston Phoenix called Massport the Republican hackocracy.
Andy Card's close friend Paul Celluci and Bush Ambassador to Canada had appointed the woman who was head of Massport on September 11. The Governor on September 11 was was Celluci's former Lt. Governor, a woman who had worked at Massport.
When Andy Card was out of national office he was paid by GM as a lobbyist but was present when the Republican-run Massport had a showcase at Logan that focused on every kind of profit incentive for Massport except security.
Andy Card wanted his friend Cellucci to join him in the 2d Bush administration. Both Card and Celluci fit in well with what we now know about the Bushies - hacks for business who are indifferent to the public.
"I'm confident that Paul Cellucci would be high in Governor Bush's mind if [Bush] is in a position to put together a leadership team. Paul was one of the first governors to endorse him," Card said confidently. Then he caught himself and backtracked: "But Paul's real passion is for Massachusetts. If I were Bush, I would want Paul Cellucci. If I were Paul Cellucci, I would take a hard look at how my leadership could best help the Commonwealth."
Card's current boss would have enjoyed the frat-boy scandal during the administration of Card's friend Cellucci when another of their buddies was the head of Massport and got caught having a mid-day 'booze cruise.' Peter Blute might have gotten away with it but a woman on board his boat raised her shirt in the direction of a Boston Herald photographer.
Card was President Reagan's liaison to the nation's governors and then, after George Bush (the president-elect's father) was elected president in 1988, Card stayed on as assistant to chief of staff John Sununu. He later became transportation secretary.
Andy Card's Massport friends (not it's not the flasher)
The Massachusetts Republican 'hackocracy'
Incidentally, the biggest highway pork barrel project in the history of the world was started by Democrats but monitored by a string of Republican governors, including Card's friend Cellucci, and took place while Card was US Secretary of Transportation. The graft of the Central Artery project has been spread around so much that there will never be real accountability.
Counting Down To Impeachment
Subject: Covering the Cover-ups!
The Bush Administration has lied, covered, up and stretched their limits of power to an unbelievable and unreasonable limit! America must wake-up and impeach!
Mr. Bush used Sen. Pat Roberts before, on the 9/11 investigation. The administration was extremely slow to produce documents, and when they finally did they redacted too many pages, the Democrats complained of that. We were promised and it was politically delayed, until after the election, a “part two” dealing with the Bush Administration’s failures in 9/11. The election came and went, Bush was not exposed and then Pat Roberts said he didn’t want to “replow old ground despite the fact it had NEVER been “plowed!” Now the same henchman, Pat Roberts of the Senate Intelligence Committee is looking into the “cover of spies” because of ROVEGATE! Isn’t that special!
Mr Bush and reprobates regret they will be unable to provide documents on Bolton, Mr. Bush regrets he will not be able to provide documents on John Roberts, and there are “certain questions" he should not be asked! There will be a delay on Delay ethics charges; there has been a huge delay on Bush big-time buddy Ken Lay’s trial!
The scandal sheet (Salon)
The last weeks in Iraq have seen terrorism violence increase, not in the last throes, Afghanistan is also being hit by the never conquered Taliban! “The insurgency is in its last throes, we are making progress.” A few incidents from one day only!
“The Taliban are defeated in Afghanistan.” They sure are causing a lot of trouble for being defeated!
Iraq IS a quagmire, The Taliban are back in Afghanistan, what have we solved, is this "success"? Despite denials, rendition still occurs, much more is covered up about abuse and hidden prison camps. Human Watch groups reports are accurate! The pentagon is blocking release of Abu Ghraib images, Editor & Publisher tell us why!
Two articles about covering abuse and torture:
And an excerpt, but read the rest- SHOCKING COVER-UP:
After Bush and the Neocons have caused a tremendous rise in terrorism by a thoughtless invasion of Iraq and their policies towards the Middle East, after our liberties and the freedom of the world and our very lives have been changed by events caused by a defiance to these same policies, Bush egotistically announces to each suffering country, he’ll stand by them! Isn’t that a great comfort????
Subject: Bush Patriot Act
It's a scary thing. I just received the 2005 legislative Maryland update which states: Judges are now authorized to issue "no knock" search warrants that allow police officers to enter and search a premises without first giving notice. Thank you for keeping me soooo safe bushwhacker!
Subject: Ben Stein Insults Valerie Plame and Shows Contempt for the
This is a copy of the letter I just sent to CBS regarding the ridiculous and despicable commentary Ben Stein was allowed to present on their "Sunday Morning" program:
CBS' "Sunday Morning" is the one television show that I almost never miss. I start my Sunday mornings in bed by turning on the program. But I've got to say, one more piece of absurd rubbish like Ben Stein's opinion piece urging George Bush to stand by Karl Rove at all costs, and I think I'll be looking for a new Sunday morning tradition.
I am not angry that an opinion much different than my own was expressed. Such free and open expression is the very cornerstone of a free society and a free press. But what Stein was advocating in this segment is beyond the pale. The only way I can see of interpreting his statements is that no matter what acts Rove or others on Bush's staff may have committed, even illegal ones, even treason, perhaps, the President should stand by them to the bitter end. He uses his former boss, Richard Nixon, as an example, saying that Nixon's mistake was giving up members of his administration. No, Nixon's mistake was breaking the law and believing himself to be above the law.
What Mr. Stein is advocating in regard to the current investigation into the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame is the cover up of an extremely serious crime. He speciously, and I would say viciously, tries to belittle Ms. Plame's position as a servant to her country by saying that she only had a desk job. This is a despicable misrepresentation of her position, at best. I am, frankly, surprised that you would allow such a reckless statement to be made.
Ms. Plame had the very highest security designation possible--NOC: nonofficial cover. Her position carried the awesome responsibility of literally putting her own life on the line in the interest of providing vital security for America.
To say that I am disappointed that you would allow airtime for such hateful disregard for the truth and for America's laws would be an understatement. Ben Stein's statements were far beyond mere opinion. They were a call for abridgement of justice.
If Ben Stein is not gone from your program, I am afraid that I must be.
[BuzzFlash Note: We saw Stein, too. He was outrageous, over the top, and ridiculous. A defender of Nixon's stonewalling? Like it worked for him? Like it served the American people?]
Subject: Congress plans to scrutinize Plame-related issues By David Morgan, Boston.com, July 25, 2005
Here we go again ... I'm not cynical at all, but this is going in the same direction that Congress took to thwart Lawrence Walsh's Iran-Contra investigation ... way back in August of 1993.
Yup, dat's how the eminent "ollie south" made his escape from treason too, ain't it? Congressional Immunity = nuttin' for Mr. Fitzgerald to prosecute. Not cute.
Amazing, eh? Three criminal Republican Administrations, and the three biggest criminals walk ...
The last paragraph of Lawrence Walsh's Iran-Contra investigation, "Final Thoughts":
This leads me to a new, shorter version of the often quoted but seldom heeded words of George Santayana: "Those who ignore history are planning crimes."
Thanks to Federation of American Scientists for posting it, and to BuzzFlash for leading me to it a couple of days ago.
Subject: Non Action by Bush Contributed to 9/11
Bush may, or may not, have had anything intentional to do with 9/11 , but two of his NON ACTIONS did have a bearing on the attack ... and they are ...
1: One of his first official comments upon stealing the presidency in 2000, and shortly after his coronation as King, was to say that he had no plans on continuing the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians that had been originated by Jimmy Carter and then President Bill Clinton.
Bush said that it was a matter that the Israelis and the Palestinians would have to work out for themselves without United States assistance.
That being the case, shortly after the occurrence of 9/11, two very prominent Arab leaders suggested, ON AMERICAN TV, that 9/11 may not have occurred had Bush continued the peace process that Clinton had started.
2: During the final months of Clinton's 2nd term, the U S S Cole was attacked. It was believed that the attack was carried out by Al Qaeda, under the orders of Osama Bin Laden. It could not be proven, at that time, so a complete investigation was initiated.
The investigation did come back and determined, without a doubt, that the attack was the work of Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. The investigation results were handed down AFTER George W. Bush became president and it was up to Bush to decide what to do. HE DID NOTHING ...
It is my opinion that Bush's non-action told Bin Laden that the U S would not retaliate and it gave him the green light to proceed with his plans for 9/11.
Therefore, one certainly has to say that the terrorists perpetrated the vile and dastardly act on 9/11, but because of two NON ACTIONS by Bush, and his fascist administration, George W. Bush MUST share, and shoulder, some of the fault for what happened.
Of course we all know that GWB accepts blame, or responsibility, for nothing.
He can continue to do that, as far as I am concerned, from his lifetime cell in Leavenworth, where he belongs.
Subject: Adam Southwick
Beautiful writing Adam Southwick. We need clarity now and what you have written is that.
Thief in the White House (A BuzzFlash Reader Contribution)
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Subject: Barbara's Daily Minute
I must say that my sister and I are joined "at the hip" so to speak on issues. She is just better at voicing them than I am. I must say though that I was sitting first-hand in DC when Nixon was brought down, justifiably so, and my "ex" was an AF auditor at the time and was threatened with an "indeterminable" isolated tour somewhere really awful if he disclosed any of the findings he had with regard to the "administration" AND the GAO. Like most career officers at the time, he unfortunately caved in, even though he had my support to go public.
Why are we even surprised at this date that the GOP has continued all of their covert and OVERT policies against our country and the American people? They have an agenda that we can't even comprehend because we still live under the illusion that we are FREE, when in fact we are becoming prisoners in our own country.
Just look at how much trouble I am having getting my birth certificate. They cashed my check "by the way" but I still don't have the certificate. My letters to my congressmen still go unanswered.
I now can help you ALL find info on "opus dei" which my sister cited in her last BuzzFlash. My husband can get you to direct web-sites and sources of information if you choose to ask. They are a frightening organization within the Catholic Church that makes the inquisition look like saints and martyrs. Bush loves them because they make him look like the second coming. We cannot, as a people, allow this to happen to America. What has happened to our innate regard for and belief in freedom to be allowed to read, write, protest, express in any way our beliefs? If we do not stand up now, we will end up as a science fiction movie or mini-series that shows us losing all of our personal rights and freedoms.
I thank my sister for her courage in writing and making us all think. We ALL NEED TO ACT and not just agree with the sentiments of those who have the courage and veracity to write and put themselves on the line.
Subject: Filtered News
To Carol in Md. I have heard the same thing from my relatives in ARKANSAS that they do not receive the news we do. You talk about your relatives in Texas who do not get the real truths about this gang in D.C. I was talking to a relative in Ark. a couple weeks ago, and they said, someone had found some boxes and boxes of ballots stored away somewhere. Guess what? They said they were all democrats' ballots. I am so sick of the constant spin (lies) they put out about this squatter (by the way, I'm glad you agree this thug occupying the w.h. is a squatter). Everything he does or says is brillint according to his mouthpieces. I can just hear them now, if he farts, they would say, what a brillent idea. He is supplying the world with more gas. That's the mentality of that bunch.
Subject: Sen. Intel. Hearings: Repugs Want To Know What Grand Jury Has!!!!!
"Little said the Senate committee would also review the probe of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who has been investigating the Plame case for nearly two years." (boston dot com)
I just wonder if, at the Senate hearings, the Senators (like Roberts) will be able to call Fitzgerald and anyone else involved in the grand jury investigation to testify? About what information they've collected so far about any criminal activity by people in the White House?
Would the sanctity of grand jury investigations be violated? Would the Repugs (like Roberts) on these congressional intelligence committees pass on any information to Karl Rove they glean from testimony?
In other words, it sounds to me that the White House Repugs are getting mighty scared so they have ordered their troops in Congress to go on a fishing expedition. Can Fitzgerald refuse to cooperate, especially if testifying might compromise the grand jury investigation into treason at the White House?
It seems to me that any congressional hearings, if legitimate, would be called AFTER the grand jury completes their investigation into White House corruption ... not before the grand jury completes their task and Fitzgerald issues his report.
Looks to me like someone in the White House is getting mighty anxious to find out what the top-secret grand jury has uncovered.
So Fred Thompson will be shepherding Mr. Roberts, and we're all supposed to give a crap. I'd rather see a good spy show with Don Adams going after Dumbass, Sean Connery corralling the poodle, and Robert Vaughan rolling up the Rummy-Condi-Dick axis of evil. Then CSI could come in and clean the place up ...
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Subject: Terrorism situation explained -- brilliantly!
No, not by ME. It's too hot to sleep (no air conditioning and broken fan), so I'm up at 2:30 a.m. reading TomPaine.com, particularly a story (July 25) by Rami G. Khouri (described as "editor at large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper." The title is "We Must Not Take the Bait."
Using the recent terrorist attack on Egypt's Sharm-el-Sheik -- the "model" resort city that (ironically) represents, at least to terrorists, all the western values that include the rich (as in tourists) and exclude the poor and disenfranchised -- Khouri argues that current explanations of terrorism, based on motives like religious extremism and individual pathology, are ... well ... a crock.
However, the West (most particularly the U.S. and Britain) refuses to recognize this. And the powers-that-be in the Arab world (specifically, in this case, Hasni Mubarak, who now serves as a model for the Busheviks -- as in "Here's how to maintain absolute power/control in perpetuity) confirm what the neocons of the West want to believe. (Hey -- there's nothing like life in a think-tank to blind you to what's happening in the REAL world.)
In short -- though please read the entire article, if you have time -- the causes of terrorism are rooted in the policies of the entrenched power system, be it Western or Middle Eastern. But obviously the people who hold the power don't want (and can't afford) to admit this: that would incur unwanted responsibilities to make basic changes. Instead, they go on refusing to connect the dots -- and peddling their lies to the rest of the world (which, for the most part, has already seen through them).
Ironically, Egypt's Mubarak has created his own version of Guantanamo/Abu Ghraib -- i.e., round up anyone you even remotely SUSPECT might be a threat, throw him in jail, and keep him there indefinitely, without hearings, trials, legal representation, etc. DUHH. If this isn't a recipe for inciting terrorism, I can't imagine what IS. Citing "religious extremism" as a main factor reverses cause and effect: how better to create a religious extremist than to take away all his legal and political rights, leaving him nowhere else to turn except to the clerics who reaffirm his humanity?
Please note: I'm not defending terrorism. Or excusing it. But Khouri's article helped me to understand it and move beyond the rhetoric that we're bombarded with after every new attack. In retrospect, I'd bet that the British, back in the days of the American Revolution, would have called its supporters and participants "terrorists" as well. Think of the Boston Tea Party. And Nathan Hale, who said, before he died for his cause, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Maybe today's suicide bombers share that view. And maybe the powers that be need to understand this before it's too late.
Egypt Must Not Take The Bait (Rami G. Khouri/TomPaine.com)
Barb in Athens, GA