The BuzzFlash Mailbag
June 19, 2002
On the topic of Bush's chilling lack of response to 9-11, one reader's comments struck me: George was totally unconcerned about the extent of the attacks. It got me looking into the exact nature of the threat at that time. I've read several versions of events, where George was, etc. But a couple of facts:
Flight 11 was hijacked on takeoff. Takeoff was 8:11 am. By 8:27 a flight attendant onboard told the airlines the plane was hijacked. The tower notified NORAD by 8:38.
When Flight 173 was hijacked, NORAD was notified immediately at 8:43.
Flight 77 had done a 180 and was headed back towards Washington by 9:00. It is reasonable to assume that air traffic control also realized that was a hijack, and reasonable to assume they knew that before the plane actually turned around. (transponder turned off.)
So, according to one account, reporters asked if the Pretzel knew about the first plane crashing and he said he did. (He actually thinks he saw it.) According to another account, the Pretzel then conferred with Rice, the National Security Advisor, before entering the classroom. Apparently, the National Security Advisor--nor anyone else-- bothered to tell the Commander in Chief that at least 3 planes, including the one he and Condy said they thought had a bad pilot, had been hijacked.
So, either the government thinks it best to keep the Pretzel uninformed of critical events, or the Pretzel was completely incapable of responding to a threat that no one could have known the full extent of at that time. Anyone out there want to research what the emergency procedure is for informing the President of an attack on the good ole Homeland?
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Today's business section is reporting that congressional investigators are looking into insider trading by Martha Stewart of 3928 shares of ImClone stock in November or December of 2001.
Nothing is being reported on the investigation of the trading in Airline and Insurance stocks just prior to 9-11 of 2001. Trading that world wide does not involve a mere 3928 shares, but allegedly could involve amounts in the hundreds of million of dollars. Trading that would indicate foreknowledge of 9-11 happening. Trading that somehow escaped the vaunted CIA early warning system of monitoring security markets.
If you were so readily able to capture the nefarious acts of Martha Stewart, then why have you been unable to detect the perpetrators of the world wide trading in Airline and Insurance stocks and options? Why is there an active congressional investigation of Martha Stewart and no congressional hearings on the stock manipulation involving 9-11?
Is it because that would reveal something you want to hide? Is this another betrayal of the American people?
The FBI can't find the Anthrax Murderer. The Pentagon can't find Osama and Omar. The Congress can't find any reason to fully investigate the events of 9-11 and what lead up to them, including the allegations of administration negotiations offering the Taliban "a carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs" even though Congress is aware that Bush had on his desk the war plan for Afghanistan on 9-9. The General in charge of NORAD on 9-11 which failed to intercept the planes is being rewarded with a promotion. The FBI official who blocked Rowley has been promoted. "and so it goes"
Betrayal seems to be the right charge, for both the politicians and the media. Lack of courage, or better yet cowardice might also be bandied about.
Robert E. Reynolds, Orange Park Fl
I have been greatly impressed by the objectivity shown by Business Week Magazine. It constantly pushes for better corporate governance, better regulation, etc. Long before ENRON/Anderson they were warning about problems with accounting, corporate transparency, etc. Because this publication is clearly not anti-business, it gives them great credibility. I find it interesting that most television "news" shows rarely include a representative of this magazine, while the WSJ is a big favorite. Even the PBS Newshour favors the WSJ.
When discussing issues with conservative friends, I always find it helpful to be able to point to Business Week to back me up. Conservative pundits for too long have gotten away with portraying those who criticize corporate practices as anti-business, socialists, etc. A publication like Business Week is a good way to counter this kind of deceit.
Dora O'Shaughnessy Charlotte, NC
There is a huge misrepresentation of political parties in America. In everything from The Village Voice to the Washington Times, I see the same erroneous nomenclature. The definition of conservative is at extreme odds with what is called conservative by the press. The Republican party is and has been, for about 30 years, a party of radicals, not conservatives. The people running the show understand this, but the Republican voter base has no clue. Conservative is not a bad thing. Radical change for individual profit is usually a bad thing though - especially when that change is unmonitored and intended to make the richest 1% even richer. And that is the point of the Republican party. Unfortunately many decent Christians and sincerely conservative people believe that they are voting for a conservative agenda when they vote Republican. Compassionate conservatism is like the Moral Majority - it is neither. The misapplication of these words has left voters voting against their own personal interests.
I believe that for the most part Republicans are either misinformed, very greedy or they have a fanatical religious belief. The greedy and the fanatical are probably best served by the Republican party. But the rest of the Republicans - probably 90% to 99% of them are voting against themselves, their children and our America. This should be the basis of ad campaigns and liberal policy position statements.
Discarding the Constitution or the Bill of Rights is not conservative - it is radical. Implementing a radical reorganization of government security agencies overnight is explicitly not conservative. Most of the Bush policies have not been conservative. And if the average Republican knew this they'd be looking for a new political party. Somehow Democrat ad campaigns must capitalize on this, and in so doing it will hopefully bring about a more responsible Republican party (and save the poor Republicans from themselves!)
- Peter Bayol
As a Canadian, I have always thought of us as close neighbours and friends, and, as such, I am very concerned. It is a feeling not unlike watching someone you care about become more seriously ill than ever before yet will do nothing to help themselves.
I have kept telling myself that, surely, my good neighbour will wake up and realise how ill they are, but I am giving up hope now. With the latest actions of the Bush administration with regard to holding one of their citizens in violation of the constitution and little outcry about it, I have become very fearful of the eventual outcome.
The lack of opposition to this outrage from the democrats in Congress is incredible and I can't understand it! I am at the point that I am afraid to visit your country! Will I be stopped at the border, incarcerated without rights? After all, I would be classified as an alien, who knows what could happen! I used to be a frequent visitor to my neighbour's "house" but no longer!
I can only hope that my neighbour soon begins to recognise that their illness is very serious or it could result in the death of democracy very quickly.
Bev, A concerned Canadian friend
Even though our dissenting voices might be needed more at home here in the US, my wife and I are moving (in a few weeks) to Europe. Not because Europe is a Utopia (although I do identify in general with western European politics) but because we feel that our own government has forsaken us and the American people as a whole. We are not wealthy, making huge personal and financial sacrifices to expatriate.
We feel very strongly about this, to say the least.
In my opinion, this is the "darkest hour" for US democracy, at least since 1945. It all started with the Supreme Court appointing you-know-who. Events have spiraled quickly downward since. I cannot, in good conscience, work here and pay federal taxes to a thoroughly corrupt system, bent on ruining the country (and the world) for all but 5% or so of Americans.
I am a 9th generation US citizen, my grandfather was seriously wounded in combat in WWll, my great-grandfather fought in combat in WWl, etc. I consider myself fortunate to have been born in such a great and wealthy nation, but I feel the US has become, pardon the expression, "the evil empire"; especially now that our illegitimate leader and his oligopoly have assumed power.
I enjoy reading BuzzFlash daily and will continue to do so when abroad. I find it a great alternative to the censored and corporate-corrupted mainstream US media.
The American public, unfortunately, are duped by the regime and the media into supporting these insane policies. I am sad to say that my feelings of helplessness against these powerful forces (the most powerful in the world) have grown so much that I am expatriating indefinitely. I will however continue to vote (absentee), and do all I can to change the current situation.
I just read WHERE HAVE ALL THE BLACK HELICOPTERS GONE by Dwayne Eutsy and just wanted to let him know what a powerful and well-stated essay it was. I only hope many others read it and pay attention to the signs - we are in a crisis moment in world history - the United States is about to become a dictatorship... and nobody seems to care but us!!!!!
MARIE JONES, SAN MARCOS, CALIFORNIA
After all the hoopla about Clinton being so dishonest, we have an administration that can't tell the truth about anything. We get no information on the "war," nothing about shrub's connections to Enron, nothing about his oil interests and etc. What is wrong with the media? What are the Democrats afraid of? Are they actually scared of this ignorant, incompetent, idiot? I don't hear any voices championing the causes of those in need. I didn't see many Democrats oppose the new attacks on the poor with the new welfare laws. I'm unemployed at the moment and went to welfare hoping I could get some help for my family until I can find work. I was told that I could only get $250 per month to support a family of 4. I'm in SC and all the repuglican candidates are pledging to cut welfare even more. How can a family of 4 live on $250 per month? I was fired due to a disability. This is a common practice down here where workers have no rights. I'm on medication that I won't be able to afford when my insurance expires. Where is the outrage about our insurance company run health care system. Why have the Democrats not tried to nationalize health care? Instead, we're putting billions into weapons and creating new secret police agencies. Hopefully you know where I can go to get some information on these issues. Why do the Democrats keep moving to the right? I've always voted for Democrats but they don't seem to want my support.
With all the talk about Watergate lately, I would think more of the media would pick-up the story about soldier in Florida that planted a bomb at a power plant and got caught. To me he sounds just like the bumbling burglars of Watergate.
Thanks for the variety,
[BuzzFlash Note: You can read all about it here: http://www.buzzflash.com/contributors/2002/06/09_Conspiracy.html.]
From the NY Times:
Is this guy the president of the United States or a gym teacher? Considering the fact that King George claims everyone in the administration is "too busy" fighting the war on terror to testify in an independent investigation of 9/11, how is it that nobody in the press has called him on it? Or is that a rhetorical question?
Frederick H. Winterberg III
RE: BuzzFlash 6/19 article on Rumsfeld's assets and federal form's. The article mentioned that Rumsfeld was a holder of Gilead Sciences -an anti-aids biotech- who are just undertaking Phase I trials for an antivaginal transmission aids drug.
Is it a coincidence that today the Toxic Texan proposes a $500 Million bill to support this effort.
AP - "Bush has already requested nearly $900 million for the worldwide AIDS fight for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. This year's total is more than $750 million, not including the $200 million in the anti-terror bill.
The president's proposal would include the $200 million to be spent this year. The remaining $300 million would be spent over the next few years, a Bush official said. All of it would be targeted to preventing mothers from passing the disease on to their babies.
Bush has already requested nearly $900 million for the worldwide AIDS fight for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. This year's total is more than $750 million, not including the $200 million in the anti-terror bill. "
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