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Saturday, February 11, 2006

The Bush Pattern of Deception Continues


Through former FEMA head Michael Brown's testimony last week in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearings we've learned of yet another case of Bushevik amnesia. Brown told committee chair Susan Collins (R-ME) that he sent urgent reports to White House officials on Monday August 29, the day the hurricane hit, that New Orleans' levees were failing and that there was potentially disastrous flooding already underway. The next day, Aug. 30, President Bush incredulously went before the press to declare that New Orleans had "dodged a bullet."

This prompted yet another chapter in the Ignorance is Bliss defense by the Bushies whenever they find themselves under attack. On the September 1 broadcast of ABC's Good Morning America, Bush said "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." But we now know he in fact knew beforehand. And as for his lack of knowledge until Tuesday that New Orleans was facing severe conditions, Brown called that "just baloney" and "a little disingenuous."

We also learned this week that VP Dick Cheney, who's on record as saying that leaking classified information hurts national security, had authorized indicted former chief of staff Scooter Libby to leak classified information on Iraq's WMD to the press.

We also now know that despite Bush's repeated denials about knowing embattled former GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, they actually met a dozen times, according to Abramoff, and he was invited in 2003 to spend a weekend at the Crawford ranch. Hannukah party, shmannukah party.

These are just a few new examples of the well-oiled Bush deception machine in action. The pattern of lies has been clearly evident since the terrorist attack on 9-11. On May 16, 2002 Condi Rice said "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile." But that assertion was later proven false when news broke at the 9-11 Congressional hearings of the August 8, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S," and which includes the following explicit warning: "Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other type of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York."

Or how about all the rhetoric about "mushroom clouds" and Iraq's massive WMD build-up? All of which proved unfounded. And now we learned just this past week that, according to former senior CIA official Paul Pillar, the Busheviks were intent on invading Iraq, ignored the lack of evidence of WMD, and then misleadingly used intelligence to justify the war.

Or what about the now infamous "16 words" in President Bush's Jan. 28, 2003 State of the Union address concerning the alleged Iraq/Niger uranium connection which Bush knew a year earlier to be untrue as investigated and written about by former Ambassador Joe Wilson.

Or what about Bush's assertion that "we don't torture" just as horrific photos of torture at Abu Ghraib flooded the media.

They lie, they deceive and they play dumb and say "we didn't know." But we know. And we're not gonna stop hammering away at this corrupt president and his posse until heads roll down Pennsylvania Avenue.

1 Comments:

  • At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's alot worse than anyone in the media is saying. At least four Bush biographers have committed suicide, a statistical impossibility.

    Harry Whittington was not only involved in the FUNERALGATE cover-up in Texas, which had then Governor Bush's Chief of Staff, Joe Allbaugh (appointed after the 2000 election to head FEMA bringing Michael Brown from Edmond, OK. with him) and Attorney General John Cornyn intervening for SCI, Service Corporation Inc. home to not only key Iran-Contra assets (remember that 18 planners of Iran-Contra have been resurrected to Bush's administration including the indicted John Poindexter and Elliot Abrams) , but SCI is also home to Al Gore's former campaign manager, Tony Coelho, a leading offender in the House Post Office scandal (THIS AIN'T REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT...IT PERVASIVE...REMEMBER THAT IRAN CONTRA NEEDED CLINTON'S APPROVAL TO USE BARRY SEAL'S AIRPORT AT MENA, ARKANSAS). SCI was manipulating the funeral industry and has a history in Florida and Texas of dispicable practices. Whittington was also a member of the Texas Department of Correction's Board whose healthcare program had about a $16,000,000 dispute. Prisoner healthcare was split between UT and Texas Tech Medical Schools in Galveston and Lubbock. Ambassasor to Switzerland, land of secret bank accounts, is Pam Willeford, whose husband was appointed to the Dept of Correction's health care commmittee overseeing prison medicine in May, 2000.

    So you can see the problem.

    The sheriff of Kenedy County deferred to his predecessor, former Sheriff Medellin who lives on Ambassador Armstrong's ranch. Kenedy County like most of the counties in the Nueces Strip, between the Nueces River and Rio Grande, are a moral no man's land. People get very rich from what crosses the grasslands....and it ain't all cattle. It was in Whittington's Goliad County (he has a ranch there on I-35 where his daughter is married to one of the County Constables. The Minute Men recently assembled because of complaints by ranchers that the county is a launch site for smuggling illegal aliens north to Houston up the famous Corridor 69 created by GATT/NAFTA).

    Kenedy County is home to the Sarita Kenedy Foundation which has been a focal point of bitter disputes and dark intrigue. The foundation was in the news not long ago when Texas Catholic Bishops were angry over the use of Foundation funds, which were susposed to spread around the state, but were horded by the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Rene Gracida, a former USN aviator who delivered the benediction at the Thursday night of the 2004 Republican National convention when Zell Miller told Chris Matthews on HARDBALL that he'd like to shoot him..."I wish I lived in the time when we still had duels."

    Hey, Zell. WE DO! You go hunting with Cheney next time!

     

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