The BuzzFlash Mailbag
May 24, 2002
The Republicans often accuse Democrats of jumping to conclusions, but the media has already done so since the discovery of Ms. Levy's remains. Last night I heard Chris Matthews -- less than 2 hours since her remains had been identified -- asking an NBC reporter....."Is there anything to indicate the angle of the blow?"
Good heavens! Can't we let the medical examiner and forensic team begin their work before we make assumptions on the cause of death? Did Matthews expect the reporter to say something along the lines of "it obviously came from a male, 5'11" tall, with gray-blond hair"? Why ask such a leading question when no facts are in evidence yet?
This is exactly what made the Levy disappearance and related media-driven scandal last year so irritating. I feel terrible for the family because their daughter is now confirmed dead, but I will cut back on watching TV news now since I know this story will dominate like it did before. Kudos to Dan Rather & CBS for NOT leading with this story (just like they did when it was the hot topic back in the summer of 2001).
But I hope the media has learned a valuable lesson: they were so caught up in the Condit-Levy story last summer, they failed to cover events in the rest of the world....and then Sept. 11 came. Our enemies love it when we get distracted like this. It makes their job much easier.
Why isn't anyone focusing on the fact that bush lied publicly the day after CNN disclosed the article that the White House had information about a terror attack prior to Sept. 11? Bush said something like, "there was no way we could have known that the commercial airlines would be used as missiles, and flown into buildings." I mean seriously, that's knowledge even the public knew. There's the 1995 Philippine warning, the precautions took at the Genoa convention in Italy, and the 1999 CIA report. Seriously, spare me. If that simple statement doesn't clarify to all the people of this country that Bush is a liar, then there is no hope.
[BuzzFlash Note: What boggles us is how Republicans so easily, quickly and viciously condemn Clinton for lying about a blowjob, but yet they seem completely fine with Bush lying about the death of 3000 people, because Bush wasn't "under oath" when he did it. One question: What about that Oath of Office he took in 2001? Does that not count? Just asking.]
That's it! "The Dracula Presidency." It all becomes clear after reading Prospect.org's commentary.
Cheney as the evil overload of darkness, Bush as the dimwitted sycophant, sucking the lifeblood out of the economy, preying on the fears of the peasants while a secretive and paranoid "...White House apparently fears, like Dracula, that a single ray of sunlight can spell its doom."
It's about time to fire up the torches, fellow peasants.
This guy hit the nail on the head....the one who declared, "They put the BUSINESS INTERESTS of the AIRLINES ahead of the lives of the American people." In my opinion that is EXACTLY what went down!! Big GOP donors, the major airlines certainly got their money's worth, when the Shrub & Co. prevented their losses of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business --- as many folks, had the information known by the WH in August been made public, would have definitely altered their travel plans (i.e. no flying!!!!). They raked it in while Asscrotch, who knew the score, quietly began flying a private chartered plane everywhere!!! This is TRULY sickening, and how ANYONE can support a SINGLE GOP candidate, even for street-sweeper, after these exposes, I will never know or understand!!!!!!!!!
The Washington Times and others of their ilk (i.e., all the corporate media) are attempting to "inoculate" Bush by claiming that the intelligence agencies and others down the command "sat" on the data that could have prevented 9/11. Don't buy it. The White House had enough information to know it should act to save lives. Instead, it got "out of harm's way" for a month in Texas, a morning in Florida, and an afternoon in a bunker in Nebraska.
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You have lied to us about 9-11. You have used 9-11 and the war on terrorism to justify every single thing you want, whether its taxes or undermining the Clean Air Act. You, the VP, and your mouthpiece ARI have threatened the press and have implied that any criticism or investigation of 9-11 is disloyal and treasonous. Now you personally have accused the Democrats of politics while you are orchestrating a campaign to make voters more fearful by issuing alerts and thus draw attention away from the failure to anticipate 9-11. Playing politics GOP style, accusing others of what you are yourself doing.
This White House is beyond contempt. But so is the American media for letting you get away with it. Thank god for the foreign press.
I was thinking about 9/11 and had a question: how is it that the Bush Administration knew so quickly after 9/11 that Osama bin Laden was responsible for the attacks? They say they have definitive evidence, but they refuse to share it with anyone.
Could their evidence possibly be documentation they received prior to 9/11, such as the infamous phoenix memo? And could that be why they refuse to show their evidence to anyone lest they tip their hand that they actually did know something prior to 9/11?
After reading that the White House admits they are just putting out these stories as a reaction to the criticism of last week, stories like this are just heartbreaking:
"It's disturbing because all of a sudden in the past two days, it seems to be escalating," said Serge n`Dione, a 25-year-old who just moved to Fremont from Hawaii. "I'm not personally fearful, but I worry how in the short run it can affect people's thinking with the possibility of buildings blowing up and suicide attacks."
Thanks so much for including Rebecca Knight's comments in your page. She sounds like a lot of us democrats. We have a long tradition of quietly functioning without a lot of loudmouthed ranting and raving ala Rush and the rest of the right-wing.
But too much has happened since Bush and Cronies arrived in Washington for us to remain quiet. So former Quiet Democrats are becoming Proud and Vocal Democrats.
We're talking, we're talking out loud and we want the world to know "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore."
People keep talking about "connecting the dots" on 911.
What we really should be asking is when will the mainstream press and the American public start connecting the dots on Bush.
As Kuttner points out (http://www.prospect.org/print/V13/10/kuttner-r.html), Bush ran as a centrist and has governed from the most far right point imaginable. Yet our press and our public still thinks Bush is a centrist. Bush has enacted policies that even Newt Gingrich and Ronald Reagan didn't have the cajones to enact, and then called anyone who pointed it out either "unpatriotic" or a "liar".
So my question is, when will the press and the American people really connect the dots ... on Bush?
re Democrats Shift Focus on Probe of Terror Warnings
This article made me violently ill! I don't even know where to begin, but let me start with this quote:
There will be little found out??? They haven't even begun to investigate yet, so how do they know there will be little to find out? Furthermore, there are millions of people who DO NOT trust George Bush to handle this problem or any other problem for that matter. Obviously, the democrats who are supposed to be representing us, have no principles whatsoever; all they care about is what the polls say they should do. Did the republicans stop their attacks on Clinton when he was a popular president? NO! They didn't let ANYTHING stop their attacks on non-issues with Clinton, but the cowardly, non-principled democrats run away when they should be demanding answers about a major attack on the United States. They have the media on their side for once, and what do they do--run away because Cheney scolded them. God help us!
What really killed me was the conclusion to the article:
Natural strengths on taxes and war??? Since when??? They depleted the surplus with their tax gift to the rich, let corporations not pay taxes by having offshore offices, and have not accomplished one damn thing with this war. We have fought this war since October and all we get are color codes and "we are going to be attacked and there is nothing we can do." These "strategists" are telling democrats to talk about Social Security and prescription drugs and not the war, but how could democrats talk about "bread and butter" issues when they were the ones who gave Bush the entire purse to squander on the war? How can they talk about anything when they haven't made any serious effort to make the administration accountable for anything? What a total outrage! Can we find some real democrats to run for Congress? We need to kick these useless people out!
- Maria, San Rafael, CA
Earlier today Bush was quoted on a radio newscast as saying that the demonstrations scheduled in Berlin didn't bother him, that, in fact, he liked to go places where people were free to speak out. Uh, guess that doesn't include cities in the United States where anti-Bush protesters get herded into oxymoronic "free speech zones" so that the pResident doesn't even have to notice their existence.
I read your BuzzFlash commentary. You and your nose are not only correct in your facts and your timeline, but your writing was eloquent and witty. I hope you continue to write commentaries for BuzzFlash. I hope you continue to write, in any case.
Shawm Brydon (Los Angeles)
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Although claims of "planes used as missiles was unimaginable" here is an Army site that prepared for EXACTLY that contingency on the pentagon. Complete with pictures of model planes crashing into a model pentagon.
I's sure your readers would be interested in this.
The "click on photo to view article's photo" lead to three close ups yesterday...today they have been deactivated....hmmm
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If they knew that bin Laden was so dangerous in every other place in the world in July 2001, and they had warnings here in the US, why were they disregarded?
This story http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A35481-2001Jul22¬Found=true shows the increase of security everywhere else, why would an attack on US soil be treated so differently?
Why was John O'Neill barred from Yemen in July 2001? http://www.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/len/2001/12.31/fortunes.html
An independent investigation cannot happen soon enough to protect our country.
Now that the Justice Department is filing lawsuits for voting "irregularities" in Florida, Tennessee and Missouri,
...Attorney General John Ashcroft MUST recuse himself from any involvement because he has a direct personal interest in the Missouri results. He narrowly lost to the deceased Mel Carnahan in the 2000 Senate race.
We should be loudly shouting this, and this should also be brought to the attention of Members of Congress.
Ashcroft has the ability top pull a double whammy. He can validate Dubyah's fraudulent election in Florida, and also invalidate his own election loss in Missouri.
This must be stopped!
Ashcroft MUST recuse himself.
The little hope that was felt last week regarding the revelation of this administration's foreknowledge of 9/11 is dissipating rapidly. The voices of the Democratic Party were softened instantly in one blitz of panic-inducing rhetoric. Why does the opposition leadership insist on trying to play the Republican game, on the Republican home field? They have proven time and again they are not up for that task. Now they cower, meekly offering each other the excuse that the polls do not support an argument on this issue. They miss the point, and in doing so miss the opportunity. There is one singular, solid, unyielding, and unspinnable issue here - the truth. Yes, archaic and naive as it sounds, the truth is on their side. Never before in the history of this nation has an administration been so soiled with scandal, too numerous to even list, and each one outdoing the last. Yet, the Democrats are trying to work poll numbers, while they should be straightforward and singular in their message: We only want the truth..about 9/11; about Enron; about California; about the election. Present this to the people every day, and no one will argue it. Americans do not fear the truth. America is a hugely dysfunctional family right now. This administration will be marked in history as the brutal, abusing patriarch. But the Democratic leadership will take their place in the future as the enablers, the real culprits in this sorry saga. And the question they will eventually have to face is "Why? Why did you allow this to happen?"
In Susan DeSantis' piece called: Here's What Bush Knew she used a translating program to translate the title of the Izvestia article. It didn't do a great job. The correct translation is: "Russian Intelligence Agents Warned the CIA Against Terrorism, and Predicts Further Attacks"
[BuzzFlash Note: Actually, <ahem> BuzzFlash used the program to translate it. Thanks for the correction.]
The rumor mill is of the opinion that no one in D.C. has the cajones to pursue Bush on a 9/11 inquiry because that would lead to the dead FBI Dep. Director John O'Neill (who quit, went to work at WTC and died evacuating his people.) and his investigation that Bush stopped.
My question is: If it is accepted as fact that Bush squelched the Al Qaeda/Taliban investigation, wasn't there another agent who was forced out because she started speaking out?
<< "Closer than 60 miles out?" "Out" from what?...just which "important site" _was_ Dick really trying to protect, if not anything in DC? >>
>> it was three mile island <<
I thought of that, man, but Three Mile Island was about 120 miles away, too (http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=falmouth+PA&place2=shanksville+pa). The Peach Bottom reactor, near Delta PA was 140 miles away.
The closest thing I can get is Camp David, in Thurmont MD, 85 miles away, and Dick certainly wouldn't have had the plane shot down for that, would he?
(The strangest part of that Washington Post story were the lines...
...to which I've two questions:
First off, why would the folks in Presidential Emergency Operations Center "fear" the airliner was shot down under Cheney's order?
Then, why would it take two hours for the President's National Security Advisor to find out if the F-16 tailing the plane had shot it out of the sky. I mean, she calls NORAD then NORAD calls the ND ANG F-16 pilot circling the crash site in Shanksville, who looks out his canopy and confirms or denies that the Sidewinders and AMRAAMs it took off with are still on the wing hardpoints, right? Just how long do you think that should take...?
White House Flack Pins Official Warnings on 9-11 Memogate http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0222/gray-web1.php
Wow! Was the press secretary attributing the recent flurry of alerts to the shellacking his administration has taken from the Democrats over a few missed 9-11 signals? Not wag the dog per se, but wag the terrorist?
The White House did not return calls for a clarification of his statement.
"It's a little disturbing," says Bill Allison, a spokesperson for the Center for Public Integrity. "If the Bush White House is reacting to polls and then deciding which information to release on the basis of cosmetics, it's a sign they're not reacting properly.
Did you get a look at the pathetic "W " trying to answer questions from the Press with the German Chancellor, Bush is rude, arrogant,flippant, and just plain DUMB.
He gave answers that I couldn't make head nor toe of. He waffled on and on about freedom, terror, values and how Germany was now GOOD!!!!!.
He lectured Germany like it was some new nation just beginning its history. WHAT A JOKE THIS MAN IS.
How he gets a 70%+ rating beats me. He is so bad it would be funny if it wasn't so serious.
Regards Chris from OZ.
I have given the Bush administration some very small leeway in dealing with bin Laden and the Islamic terrorism network, but recent revelations are seriously making me rethink this whole strategy.
It seems to me that the new revelations that the security alert and warning system is now being used for political purposes is an almost unbelievable "Bush who cried Wolf" situation. To use the American fear of death and repeat of terror method of diverting public attention from the true fear, Bush-Cheney and the Nixon Boys' political agenda, is sickening at best. I have never been more angry with my own government.
I assume further that this alleged "new threat" is an amazing slap in the face to the families of the victims of September 11. Think about those kids of the deceased, some 10,000 by last count, thinking about their other parent getting on a plane this past week. Think about individuals who lost friends and families and how they felt, and think about the citizens of New York, who showed an incredible amount of resiliency, and what it must have been like to walk near tall buildings or drive over the Brooklyn Bridge. To scare those parties for political gain is one of the most irresponsible and ruthless things I can think of, outside of those parties that actually participated in the murders themselves.
More slaps to the families of 9/11 is that not only is there no serious change in the leadership (which should have happened after an IMMEDIATE investigation into why this national disaster happened), there is an explicit resistance to even disclose any information, using the Reagan secrecy tactic of "national security"...GOP Security is more like it. Any resistance to an independent investigation, called for by those anti-American liberal war-wimps like John McCain, can only be viewed as hiding something really explosive.
We are now at war, not only with international terror, but with the leaders of this nation, but most will choose to fly their flags on their 4x4 pickup trucks than use analytical thought. The government uses tried and true WWII Germany tactics to bait everyone into a sense of blind nationalism, while they simultaneously destroy civil liberties, eliminate dissent, form secret armies, and hold political prisoners and limit access by their lawyers. I do not think Bush had the mental capacity to mastermind such a scheme, although he is responsible. But think of the scheming that Ashcroft and Cheney can do in an "Energy Taskforce" with the leaders of the oil producing multinationals.
The Phoenix Memo, combined with the August briefing, is surely enough to warrant an independent investigation. But we'd all rather watch the DC police extract the remains of poor Chandra Levy, or watch a re-run of The Osbournes, to be bothered with such. Ultimately, to most of the nation, politics is nothing but another game to watch on television. Lakers v. Kings, Astros v. Cardinals, Democrats v. Republicans, The Rock v. Hulk Hogan, it's all on my television, so it is all the same.
God help us.
Rummy and the rest of the Republican gangsters have been terrorizing this nation for several days now, telling us that it's inevitable--we'll have a suicide bombing sooner or later in this country! They terrorize us further by adding that there really isn't anyway to stop this kind of terrorism.
If this is the case then why are we spending a billion dollars a day on GW Bush's W-ar on Terrorism?! And if the super power of the world, the United States, which supposedly has the best intelligence and military in the world can't stop suicide bombings, what the hell makes them think that the little ole Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, can stop them!
Nancy Lynn Nagy
Thought you might like to see my letter to Sen Dorgan who spoke for American workers on the floor of the Senate today. We need more like him.
Peggy in TX
A fine story that I hope gets wide distribution.
The FBI is now saying the FBI lawyers killed the warrant requests.
Didn't the original stories about Moussaoui indicate that the warrant request procedure required DOJ attorney approval and often note that in the Reno DOJ these requests were routinely approved? The implication being that they were referred to a higher level and not killed at "mid level FBI management."
There seems to be an effort to shield Ashcroft from criticism because as a close advisor to Bush a connection might be made. The stories on 9-11 put out by the administration keep changing. And some of them have been shown to be outright lies.
I would also point out that in the related matter of the Phoenix memo, when Ashcroft and Mueller were briefed "a few days after 9-11" the decision to not tell Bush or anyone else is a de-facto cover-up of an intelligence failure. They should both be fired, if the story is true.
Thought I'd cc the perps as a gesture of protest.
Robert E. Reynolds, Orange Park, Fl
Oh one other thing. My understanding is the Sept. date on Mueller's taking over is the confirmation date. He actually took over before then.
May 24 2002
On this day, a day which should be known as one of America's greatest holidays, I wish to send you a most heartfelt thank you. Thank you for keeping our country a democracy and not the plutocracy it would have become. Thank you for stopping an unelected president from ramming a right-wing agenda on a centrist country. Thank you for trying to right a great wrong committed by our Supreme Court. Thank you for making the future less bleak for the underprivileged in our land and around the world. Thank you for showing what true American values are. Thank you for your courage and your example of true patriotism in a time when the word patriot is paraded around for political gain. This day is an anniversary for hope. A hope that one day, the long-term damage being created by a greedy few can be repaired. Senator, your action has contained that damage, and many grateful citizens owe you a debt of thanks.
Well, duhbyuh visits Moscow tomorrow to sign the faux arms agreement. I look forward to a photo of georgy porgie giving pootie poot a kiss on the lips. Bonding, you know.
By the way, has anyone noticed GWB's nose lately, it has changed, it looks bigger and more pronounced. Very odd.
[BuzzFlash Note: Perhaps it's all the lying. VP Gepetto should be careful what he lets Bush say in public.]
Dear BuzzFlash and your readers:
In order for me to understand this entire situation, I think it's important for us to look back way before September 11. This story goes a lot farther back. Connecting the dots is the key, from what I see. Start connecting before the last Presidential election, and that should give us some insight into the turn of events. Because if we realize, it's all part of the puzzle, then we see that the wheels were already set in motion. And to connect them even further back, go back to before Bill Clinton ever took office. We talk about the amount of taxpayer money that was spent to get him out of office and every time something happens, the Democrats are blamed. All these things are all just part of misdirection. I can't believe that we didn't see any of this coming. I said to a family member after the Supreme Court put Bush in the White House that the first thing he was going to do was start a war. I believe that the election of 2000 was planned in advance. All that happened in Florida was not supposed to see the light of day. Somehow they got caught, and it didn't go as they had planned. But that's another story. If all this has been about protecting interest in Saudi oil and all about building a pipeline through Afghanistan, then, we are just pawns on a big chess board, and they are gambling w/our lives. Not that they care about our lives. Those that have the power, keep it at any cost. No matter what they have to do. That power controls the mainstream media and every other part of this country that we think is free. Nothing is free.
Here's just one more thing Bush "doesn't get": yesterday in Germany, Bush said, "I live in a bubble. I'd like to see more of Berlin, but that's just life." Does he really think that all the security, similar to that used during the cold-war, is just because he's the President of the United States (or pretends to be)? Yes, he really does! There were terrorists during President Clinton's time in office, as well as other US presidents, and Clinton could freely walk the streets of Berlin. I wish someone would dare to point out this paradox to him? Yet even then, do you think he could figure out that Europeans disagree with his policies, think he is arrogant, and do NOT like him? I doubt it. He would probably think that it's because he is so much more important than were his predecessors!!! And once again, we ask ourselves, "Is this really happening? Is our country actually represented by this bumbling, clueless, childish, regressive, lazy, pampered patrician excuse for a ." Yep!
There is only one thing that scares me more than this hostile, indifferent, condescending, greedy, lying, treasonous administration.
If they were COMPETENT.
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