Why are We Looking Forward?
Hawks and Vulcans
Hard Pill to Swallow
For the life of me, I don't undertand. Why are we "looking forward" before coming to grips with, and rectifying the past? I've heard the reasons....not good for the country to focus on the negative, not possible to hold anyone accountable anyway, not provable crimes. Or this one: Obama wants immunity for the crimes he intends to commit.
What kind of a county have we become anyway? What happened to accountability and how about this simple one; Law and Order? Or do these things just apply to welfare mothers, poor people and enemies of the State?
Most disturbing of all is hearing now how certain right-wing sectors are speaking of impeaching president Obama....this takes my breath away with incredulity. You are going to slide right over the last administration, yet go after this one? Incredible. Let's review just a smidgeon of the gluttony of corruption that was the Bush administration; some of the actions of the people behind these three faces I have put up here. Let's refresh our memories a little, shall we? And then you can tell me what you intend to impeach President Obama for. Deal?
First is the former Attorney General of the United State of America, Alberto Gonzales.
This guy is some piece of work. I did my first double-take on him when he was testifying before the House or Senate (can't remember which) about a letter he said Bush had him write to the Department of Justice. Basically, it was a scam concocted by Bush (or Cheney) to provide cover for their illegal wiretapping. Gonzales wrote in this letter stating the "Gang of Eight"--select members of the House and Senate-- approved of Bush's illegal wiretapping. Well, you know what? They didn't.
Jay Rockefeller, one of the "Eight" said this: "the Administration never afforded members briefed on the program an opportunity to either approve or disapprove the NSA program." (emptywheel, July 24, 2007)
So Gonzales was lying for his boss GW. And the disturbing thing is, he had such a humorous manner about it! Like it was all some big joke or something. I'm not kidding. Watch this:
Do you remember that? He and Andrew Card went to Ashcrofts' hospital bed while he was sick and tried to get him to sign off on the illegal wiretapping...While he was in a hospital bed...probably barely conscious! What was the urgency? This: Congress was voting to end it or expand it the next day.
And speaking of Andrew Card, how is it that he got the job as Chief of Staff to Bush? He was a minor politician from Boston....What qualifications did he have to be COS? The answer may be hidden in a story from New England involving convicts, dead prostitutes and HW Bush. You can find speculation about it by going here: http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2007/07/08/3905-11-women-killed-Does-anyone-care But you must read the comments section to get the inference. It just always struck me as odd that he got that job...like what kind of favor was being returned?
But, of course, that whole situation was orchestrated just to allow that administration to break the law unhindered. And they had the help of one particular Democrat, too. Jane Harman, of "spying for Israel" fame.
emptywheel Monday April 20, 2009:
"As I explained in the last post, CQ is reporting that NSA intercepts caught Jane Harman agreeing to help AIPAC avoid criminal charges in exchange for AIPAC’s support for her to get the House Intelligence Chair. That post suggests Harman was willing to intervene in a criminal case in hopes of getting a powerful Chairmanship of a committee.
But the story also shows Alberto Gonzales’ efforts to ensure support from those members of Congress who didn’t object to the illegal wiretap program. Gonzales spiked an investigation into Harman because he needed her to support the Administration as news of the warrantless wiretap program broke in 2005.
The Justice Department was prepared to open a case on her, but Attorney General Gonzales intervened.
Gonzales said he “needed Jane” to help support the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about to be exposed by the New York Times.
Harman, he told Goss, had helped persuade the newspaper to hold the wiretap story before, on the eve of the 2004 elections. And although it was too late to stop the Times from publishing now, she could be counted on again to help defend the program"
This is corroberated here:
EXCLUSIVE…Bush’s Law: Eric Lichtblau on Exposing the NSA’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program and How the White House Pressured the New York Times to Kill the Story
So that is but one thing Gonzales was invoved in. And think about it...he was the highest-ranking prosecutor of crime in the country!
Oh well, in the Alice in Wonderland world of crazy people, what matters? Holding onto power, that's what. Or perhaps they were all doing someone else's bidding, who knows? Either way, Ozzie and Harriet they were not.
And speaking of Ozzie...the guy with the butch-cut...our favorite snake-oil salesman, number two on the list...Donald Rumsfeld.
Rumsfeld: Architect of torture
The secretary of defense began laying the groundwork for detainee abuse years before Abu Ghraib.
BY Mike Madden
Read about how the Bush administration may have pressured interrogators to use torture to extract information linking al-Qaida to Saddam Hussein here.
WASHINGTON -- "When Donald Rumsfeld heard about plans to force detainees at Guantánamo Bay to stand for hours on end, in order to soften them up and make them talk to U.S. interrogators, he made a joke about it.
As a newly released Senate Armed Services Committee report makes clear, the effects of Rumsfeld's cavalier attitude toward what the report calls "detainee abuse" -- and what international law would probably call torture -- didn't just stop at the military prison on Cuba. The techniques Rumsfeld approved for use at Guantánamo oozed into prisons in Afghanistan and Iraq, undermining decades of U.S. policy about humane treatment of detainees and leading to some of the worst outrages of the Bush administration, including the Abu Ghraib abuses."
There's that attitude again...cavalier. As if it was all a big joke. Well, it was no joke to the rest of the world, and the rest of us here in this country. Or to the ones who have to pay for their crimes.
Then of course, there was the "war" on Iraq and WMD's:
But really, it's nothing new for an operative like Rumsfeld. He's been around for a long, long time. From putting Aspartame into our food supply, to really sinister stuff with his old buddy Dick:
I'm still trying to understand why these people aren't brought up on charges. There must be some deep-seated, claw-digging corruption in our system to allow this to go unpunished. Oh what a naive child I am.
But look!...Condi and Colin were honest at one time in their lives! Must have been politically expedient.
Which brings us to our last face on the list...Condi Rice. (did you know she owns a house with a woman last named Beans? Their mortgage says Rice and Beans! it's true)
By Robert Parry
April 3, 2006
"During the three years of carnage in Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has shifted away from her now-discredited warning about a “mushroom cloud” to assert a strategic rationale for the invasion that puts her squarely in violation of the Nuremberg principle against aggressive war.
Rice’s comments in Blackburn, England, followed similar remarks during a March 26 interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in which she defended the invasion of Iraq as necessary for the eradication of the “old Middle East”where a supposed culture of hatred indirectly contributed to the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
But this doctrine – that the Bush administration has the right to invade other nations for reasons as vague as social engineering – represents a repudiation of the Nuremberg Principles and the United Nations Charter’s ban on aggressive war, both formulated largely by American leaders six decades ago."
So here we have it again...the attitude of anything we say goes. And she could get very angry if people dared to question her, too. But maybe the worst thing about Condi was this; the day after Hurricane Katrina, she was in Europe shopping for shoes! Secretary of State and you can't be here for people in the midst of an emergency? I'm sorry--these people are either crazy or psychopaths. How can it be anything else?
Or maybe it's me who's crazy.
And I know we've been through all this before...I just wanted to remind us who forget how bad it was...just how bad it was! And to make light of it is an insult. And to say Obama is worse, or just as bad....I'm waiting for the proof on that, cause so far it's not even close.
Well, I'll leave you with this depressing thought:
Trust Us/Just Us......
"The reality of the "accumulated evil" unleashed on the people of Iraq by the "supreme international crime" of aggression has been painstakingly obscured behind a tapestry of lies. Our military leaders may be chronically unable to win a war in another country, but they sure know how to wage a propaganda war in America"
An Iraqi boy who lost his mother so he drew himself a mother on the ground and slept next to her
"Chickenhawk", by Roy Zimmerman
Unpleasant But True
The World Knows
Historic Court Ruling: CIA's Rendition Program Clear Case of 'Torture'
In what is hoped to be a seminal legal ruling, the European Court of Human Rights court on Thursday found that the CIA's extraordinary rendition and subsequent mistreatment of a German national in 2004 was clearly a case of "torture" and breach of international law.
Do You Care?
Sell My Soul for a Piece of Gold
For three decades Vice President Dick Cheney conducted a secretive, behind-closed-doors campaign to give the president virtually unlimited wartime power. Finally, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Justice Department and the White House made a number of controversial legal decisions. Orchestrated by Cheney and his lawyer David Addington, the department interpreted executive power in an expansive and extraordinary way, granting President George W. Bush the power to detain, interrogate, torture, wiretap and spy -- without congressional approval or judicial review.
Iraq For Sale
March 18, 2013
MI6 and CIA were told before invasion that Iraq had no active WMD
BBC's Panorama reveals fresh evidence that agencies dismissed intelligence from Iraqi foreign minister and spy chief
To All Leaders and Decision Makers, Everywhere.....
The Last Letter
A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran
To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From: Tomas Young
I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.
I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.
You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.
I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.
Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.
I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.
I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.
I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.
My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.
Casualties of War
My Take, March 19, 2013
Yesterday, I read that during Obama's visit to Israel, Netenyahu will be pushing him to attack Syria.
This morning, I read that Syrian Rebels have unleashed chemical weapons.
Syrian Rebels say it is the Gvt doing it.
Flash-Back: Iraq. "Saddam has used chemical weapons on his people"..he's a bad bad man.
"Saddam is planning to attack the USA".. mushroom cloud malarkey.
"Saddam has WMD's".. Curveball lies.
It was Ehud Barak who said we must invade Iraq after 9/11.(check) Ehud Barak who claimed Al Queda was behind 9/11.(check)--repeated en mass by our media.
Ehud Barak who sat on a panel and said "Something must be done about Iran" with McCain and Graham in the audience....Broadcast on C-Span
We are repeating Iraq, IMO-- One way or the other.
Iran fell flat: Not for lack of trying.
Now the target is Syria.
The Golan Heights: I read google has taken off google maps, placed it as part of Israel!
You may have read this on the net, as well: Countries without a Rothschild-Owned Central Bank:
Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea.
A picture is emerging here, and it screams NO! Not again-- you don't.
We Don't Get Fooled Again.
Who's the one in the Bible, that tricked his father for the Blessing?...
"The “Jews” of America, Europe, and Israel are descendants not of Father Abraham but of King Bulan and the people of ancient Khazaria. Khazaria was an amalgam of Turkic clans who once lived in the Caucasus (Southern Russia) in the early centuries CE. These Turkic peoples were pagans who converted to Judaism in the eighth century. As converts, they called themselves “Jews,” but none of their blood comes from Israel.
Geneticists report that less than 2% of “Jews” living in Israel are actually Israelites."
Timeline of Iraq
"Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion" -- Rep. John Murtha, 11/18/05
Was it Saddam?
* Saddam's Wife (of 25 years), angrily said the Prisoner was NOT Saddam, but one of his doubles
* Saddam's Mistress said the Prisoner was NOT Saddam, but one of his doubles
What Happened to Soldier Who Found "Saddam"
Just heard on "news".....McCain and Graham pushing Obama to attack Syria, "if they use chemical weapons"....
False Flag to start another invasion!!! Take the country, centralize banks.
Also talking about Iran......oh shit! He just mentioned Saddam and chemical weapons!
This is a clear psy-op and false flag event.
Operation Gladio, redoo.
March 20, 2013
Seriously, CNN right now is Wolf, without irony, warning of WMDs in Syria
Beating the drums.....
What they Don't Report Says Volumes
"From the 1970s Blitzer worked for the pro-Israel lobby organization the American Israel Public Affairs Committee where he had the position as the editor of their monthly in house publication, the "Near East Report". In 1973 Blitzer was hired as a a journalist for the English language Israeli Newspaper "Jerusalem Post" where he worked as their Washington correspondent/Bureau Chief until 1990, when he quit for CNN."
Granted, that was a long time ago: and it doesn't mean he's slanted. I just would not trust him on Middle East affairs, nor on telling me who it is that's beating the drums of war.
WOLF BLITZER AND POLLARD
Wolf Blitzer, then of the Jerusalem Post, interviewed Pollard in his jail cell and wrote an article calling Pollard “Israel’s Master Spy.” Blitzer tried to paint Pollard as victim of an American witch hunt, the victim of an anti-Semitic FBI. The Washington Post published the Blitzer account and American media pulled in behind this false cover story painting Pollard as a victim.
Blitzer used his support of Pollard to vault himself to the top of Americas most respected media, the voice of CNN.
What is not reported is that Blitzer was only able to “spin” Pollard as aiding Israel because the damage done to the United States was so severe that it was and is classified. Pollard and Blitzer talked about stealing intel on the PLO and Libya, information long shared with Israel but nothing about NATO order of battle or war plans against a Soviet ground offensive against Western Europe, the real heart of Pollards efforts.
The deal cut Pollard, leaving him alive, is the equivalent of giving a drunk driver who plows through a sidewalk filled with kindergartners a ticket for a broken tail light.
WHERE IS AMERICA’S PRESS?
Ten Years Gone--Led Zeppelin
Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, the war criminals are still at large. Saddam Hussein is dead and buried, but the cabal that lied us into war is still around – and not only that, they are mocking us from their podiums in the media, justifying and obscuring their crimes.
Dr. Kelly "suicided"-- Blair gvt in up to their teeth
A former British diplomat has revealed he was ‘warned’ by the senior civil servant running the Iraq Inquiry not to mention the late biological weapons expert Dr David Kelly when giving evidence.
Carne Ross, the UK’s Iraq expert at the UN Security Council between 1998 and 2002, said he was told by the ‘very aggressive’ official that if he discussed Dr Kelly during his testimony, he would be silenced.
It is understood the official who delivered the order was Margaret Aldred, secretary of the Iraq Inquiry chaired by Sir John Chilcot.
comment from article: "there was increasing noise that the forged documentation about Niger-Iraq uranium trading came from (or via) the British."
Makes Sense to Me
"Britain's government has been co-opted by the Russian-Israeli mobsters, much in the same way that their American colleagues, acting through neo-con proxies, ... captured control of the Bush administration."
3/27/13: A Real Video on Iran, Not “Argo,” Not Hardly!
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