Bill Maher, Robin Williams and Sen. Joe Biden on "Jeff Gannon" at the
Bush White House*
See Video of the Show HERE
Watergate Happened Now
distance, Watergate seems like a partisan affair. But that's because we
tend to look at it nowadays through red- and blue-tinted glasses. In
truth, President Nixon was forced to resign in 1974 by Republicans in
Congress like Barry Goldwater, who realized from the so-called
smoking-gun tape that he was a crook. This was after the Supreme
Court—led by a Nixon appointee—unanimously ruled against him in the
But imagine if Nixon were president in this era. After he completed his
successful second term, I'd have to write a retrospective column like
President Nixon left office in 2005 having proved me and the other
"nattering nabobs of negativism" wrong. We thought that his
administration was sleazy but we were never able to nail him.
Jonathan Alter Newsweek,
the White House has repeatedly described former Enron
chairman Kenneth Lay as simply a "supporter"
of George W. Bush, extensive correspondence between
the two men paints a far cozier picture of their
relationship, according to copies of letters obtained
this afternoon (2/15) by The Smoking Gun. The
Smoking Gun MORE
Taxes for Politics*
of the Bush Cabinet *
How long can
the administration get along with its policies of spinning big lies into
truth. . .Note the three most important Cabinet positions. Rice said
that it was better to find the weapons of mass destruction than to see a
mushroom cloud. "Judge" Gonzales said the Geneva Convention was "quaint"
and in effect legitimated the de facto policy of torture. Rumsfeld
repealed the "Powell Doctrine" -- only go to war when you have the
massive force necessary to win decisively and quickly. . .he thought he
could win with 130,000 (unlike at least 200,000 as the army chief of
staff insisted) and hence made the current "insurgency" inevitable.The
presence of these three towering giants in the administration certainly
confirms that the president is confident that he is "right" on Iraq and
that he has a mandate from the American people and from God which
confirms that he is "right." Andrew
Greeley, Chicago Sun Times 2/25/05
Fails to Protect U.S.*
The fact is
that Mr. Bush, while willing to go to war on weak evidence, hasn't taken
the task of protecting America from terrorists at all seriously.
Consider, for example, the case of chemical plants. Just days
after 9/11, many analysts identified sites that store toxic chemicals as
a major terror risk, and called for new safety rules. But as The New
York Times reported last fall, "after the oil and chemical industries
met with Karl Rove ... the White House quietly blocked those efforts."
Nearly three and a half years after 9/11, those chemical plants are
still unprotected. Other major risks identified within days of the
attack included the possibility of terrorist attacks on major ports or
nuclear plants. But in the months after 9/11, the administration flatly
refused to allocate the sums that members of the House and Senate from
both parties thought necessary to secure these sites.
NY Times, 2/22/05
mole, the US media and a White House coup
was far from being a harmless distraction. He was writing under a false
name and working for a Republican front organisation. . . .When it
emerged that Gannon was also linked to gay prostitution websites and
might be a gay prostitute himself, the scandal as to how he was allowed
daily access to the White House grew even murkier. The American media is
now being forced to confront the possibility that Gannon, whose real
name is James Guckert, was simply a Republican plant,
and the Texas Stud*
How often does
an enterprising young man, heralded in press reports as both a reporter
and a contributor to such sites as Hotmilitarystud.com, Workingboys.net,
Militaryescorts .com, MilitaryescortsM4M.com and Meetlocalmen.com, get
to question the president of the United States?
Who knew that a hotmilitarystud wanting to meetlocalmen could so easily
get to be face2face with the commander in chief? It's hard to
believe the White House could hit rock bottom on credibility again, but
it has, in a bizarre maelstrom that plays like a dark comedy. How does
it credential a man with a double life and a secret past? "Jeff
Gannon" was waved into the press room nearly every day for two years as
the conservative correspondent for two political Web sites operated by a
wealthy Texas Republican. Scott McClellan often called on the
pseudoreporter for softball questions
Dowd, NY Times, 2/17/05
taken over by a cult'
George Bush thinks
this is the right thing. . . The body bags
are rolling in. It makes no difference to him, because
he will see it as a price he has to pay to put America
where he thinks it should be. . . .Since we installed
our puppet government, this man, Allawi, who was a
member of the Mukabarat, the secret police of Saddam,
. . .since we have installed him . . . the number of
tonnage dropped has grown exponentially each month. We
are systematically bombing that country. . .a friend
in the Air Force, he picked up the phone and he
said, "Welcome to Stalingrad." We know what we're
doing. This is deliberate. It's being done. They're
not telling us. They're not talking about it. . .
Every four-star General I know is saying, "Who is
going to tell them we have no clothes?" . . .Nobody is
going to do it. Everybody is afraid to tell Rumsfeld
anything. That's just the way it is.
Hersh, quoted by Smirking Chimp, 1/28/05
Picks Evil Again*
strike against Mr. Gonzales's [nomination as attorney general] is the
now repudiated memo that gave a disturbingly narrow definition of
torture, limiting it to physical abuse that produced pain of the kind
associated with organ failure or death. Mr. Gonzales's attempts to
distance himself from the memo have been unconvincing, especially since
it turns out he was the one who requested that it be written. Earlier
the same year, Mr. Gonzales himself sent President Bush a letter telling
him that the war on terror made the Geneva Conventions' strict
limitations on the questioning of enemy prisoners "obsolete." . . Other
parts of Mr. Gonzales's record are also troubling. As counsel to George
Bush when he was governor of Texas, Mr. Gonzales did a shockingly poor
job of laying out the legal issues raised by the clemency petitions from
prisoners on death row.
Here are 34
scandals from the first four years of George W. Bush's presidency --
every one of them worse than Whitewater. . .
Memogate: The Senate Computer Theft. . .
2. Doctor Detroit: The DOJ's Bungled Terrorism Case . .
3. Dark Matter: The Energy Task Force
4. The Indian Gaming Scandal
5. Halliburton's No-Bid Bonanza
6. Halliburton: Pumping Up Prices
7. Halliburton's Vanishing Iraq Money
8. The Halliburton Bribe-apalooza
9. Halliburton: One Fine Company
10. Halliburton's Iran End Run
Order: Afghanistan's Missing $700 Million Turns Up in Iraq
12. Iraq: More Loose Change
Pentagon-Israel Spy Case
14. Gone to Taiwan
15. Wiretapping the United Nations
Dizikes, Salon.com, 1/19/05
is no Sin for Bush's Minions
It is not
surprising that an administration that rose so directly from corporate
America would operate the same way. Has anyone, for instance, lost his
job for being wrong about weapons of mass destruction or for failing
to put enough troops in place to secure Iraq before a deadly
insurgency could take hold? In the Bush administration, you lose
your job not for lying but for telling the truth, as the axing of Gen.
Eric Shinseki and economic advisor Lawrence Lindsey shows. . . Like
Tenet and other architects of the war in Iraq, Gonzales gave the
president what he wanted and is now being rewarded for it. Abu Ghraib
was indeed a rogue operation, but as the female private with the leash
heads to trial, we shouldn't forget for a minute that the real rogues
who let it happen are in the administration.
Carlson, LA Times,
the New Frontier, Karl and W. offer the New Backtier. Even as a
child, I could feel the rush of J.F.K.'s presidency racing forward,
opening up a thrilling world of possibilities and modernity. We were
going to the moon. We were confronting racial intolerance. We were
paying any price and bearing any burden for freedom. We were
respecting faith but keeping it out of politics. Our president was
inspiring much of the world. Our first lady was setting the pace in
style and culture. W.'s presidency rushes backward, stifling
possibilities, stirring intolerance, confusing church with state,
blowing off the world, replacing science with religion, and facts with
faith. We're entering another dark age, more creationist than cutting
edge, .. . .Their new health care plan will probably be a return to
Dowd, NY Times, 11/7/04
Ejects Republican Soldier*
what side of the fence people are on, crowd control was at an all-time
high or low at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre [PA} Township during
President Bush's visit Friday. A 27-year-old registered
Republican and member of the U.S. Army, along with three other people
around him, was forced to leave the arena before getting inside.
The Wyoming Valley man . . .is being deployed to Iraq in two weeks.
. . "I thought seeing Bush would be enough to sway my opinion one way
or the other. After today, it definitely has swayed," he said. . . Not
long after showing his own ticket and being told he wasn't part of the
"master list" either, the police asked the soldier to leave. He was
told the event was for Bush supporters or undecided voters only. .
.Until Friday when he left the arena, the soldier was an undecided
voter. Now he's voting for Sen. Kerry and volunteering for the
Family Business: WAR*
after the 9/11 attacks, it became known that Bush Sr was
financially linked to the bin Laden family. The Sept 28, 2001 Wall
Street Journal (WSJ) reported that, "George H.W. Bush, the father
of President Bush, works for the bin Laden family business in
Saudi Arabia through the Carlyle Group, an international
consulting firm." . .
6 months prior to 9/11, Osama appeared in a video taken at his
son's wedding, along with his mother, his son and his son's new
wife. . .Carlyle
is the country’s 11th largest defense contractor. In . . . 2003,
it was awarded contracts worth another $2.1 billion.
Business has definitely improved for the firm since Jr took
office. . .[W] was actually employed by Carlyle at on point in his
life. According to a story in Harper's Magazine, Jr held a
position as a corporate director on the board
of the Carlyle subsidiary, Caterair.
Evelyn Pringle, Independent Media TV, 10/18/04
Oedipal Oops *
is not giving an inch on Iraq. He's toughing out the cascade of
confirmation and criticism from his own people about the hyperpower
hyperbole that led to an unnecessary war and an unruly occupation. His
advisers say it's better for the president to appear out of touch than
apologetic. He'd rather seem delusional than deluded. He can't
admit what the Duelfer report says, that Saddam was no threat to the
U.S. or any other country. The mushroom cloud was a Fig Newton of Dick
Cheney's feverish imagination. That would mean W. didn't fix his
father's screw-up, but he screwed up his father's fix. A big Oedipal
oops. . .in a vain retroactive attempt to justify his hokum about
W.M.D., he had 1200 people working for 15 months - stretching our
scarce supply of Arab linguists - to produce 918 pages at a cost of
about a billion dollars just to find out that Saddam would have liked
to have had weapons if he could have, but he couldn't, so he didn't.
DOWD, NY Times, 10/10/04
Makes NO Mistakes*
One of the
uncommitted voters in the audience sensibly asked President Bush to
name three mistakes he'd made in office, and what he had done to
remedy the damage. Mr. Bush declined to list even one, and instead
launched into an impassioned defense of the invasion of Iraq as a good
idea. The president's insistence on defending his decision to go into
Iraq seemed increasingly bizarre in a week when his own investigators
reported that there were no weapons of mass destruction there, and
when his own secretary of defense acknowledged that there was no
serious evidence of a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.
Even worse, the president's refusal to come up with even a minor error
- apart from saying that he might have made some unspecified
appointments that he now regretted - underscores his inability to
respond to failure in any way except by insisting over and over again
that his original decision was right.
NY Times Editorial,
Bush has never tried to fix the economy in the short term. His focus
is on making long-term--and, he hopes, irreversible--changes to taxes
and social programs; foreign policy; and the government's capacity to
regulate the environment, natural resource use, and corporate
behavior. Bush's top economic priority has always been to cut
taxes on the wealthy; as he famously said, the "have-mores" are his
political base. The marginal income-tax rate, the estate tax, the tax
on dividends, and the proceeds of the profits tax all fell sharply in
his first term. His second term could finish the job, shifting the tax
base to consumption, perhaps even abolishing the income tax for a
value-added tax (as Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert now suggests).
Virtually the whole tax burden will then fall on the middle class, on
working Americans, and on the poor.
James K. Galbraith,
Washington Monthly, 9/04
on RNC Bash*
McCain (R-Ariz.), who has pushed for more civility in this year's
presidential race, is warning that the biting, angry attack on Sen.
John Kerry by a fellow Democrat at the Republican National Convention
on Wednesday night might harm President Bush's efforts to woo swing
voters. McCain said the keynote address by Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.)
could prove as controversial as a speech by Patrick Buchanan at the
1992 GOP convention in Houston.
"I think it backfires," McCain said of Miller's rhetorical assault on
Kerry. He added that it "makes Buchanan's speech look milquetoast." .
. he also has denounced ads by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
criticizing Kerry's military service in Vietnam and his protests
against that war. McCain has urged the White House to condemn the ads.
Hook. Chicago Tribune, 9/3/04
Reading the Script
Fox News is
for all practical purposes a G.O.P. propaganda agency. A now-famous
poll showed that Fox viewers were more likely than those who get their
news elsewhere to believe that evidence of Saddam-Qaeda links has been
found, that W.M.D. had been located and that most of the world
supported the Iraq war. CNN used to be different, but Campaign
Desk, which is run by The Columbia Journalism Review, concluded after
reviewing convention coverage that CNN "has stooped to slavish
imitation of Fox's most dubious ploys and policies." . .
.On Thursday night, Mr. Kerry's speech was a palpable hit. A focus
group organized by Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster, found it
impressive and persuasive. Even pro-Bush commentators conceded, at
first, that it had gone over well. But a terrorism alert is
already blotting out memories of last week.
Krugman, NY Times,
Seeks Release of Bush Military Records
Associated Press asked a federal judge Friday to order the Pentagon to
quickly turn over a full copy of President Bush's military service
record. The White House has released partial documentation of
Bush's military service in the Texas Air National Guard but has not
complied with the news service's Freedom of Information Act request
for any record archived at a state library records center in Texas,
the AP said in a court filing. . . Texas law requires
separate record keeping for state National Guard service, and those
records should exist on microfilm in Austin, the AP said. . . .``A
significant, ongoing controversy exists over the president's military
service during the Vietnam War, specifically whether he performed his
required service between May and October 1972,'' lawyers for the AP
wrote. There also are allegations that
potentially mbarrassing material was removed from Bush's military file
in 1997, when he was running for re-election as Texas governor, the AP
said. AP in The Guardian,
Moore's Public Service
been much tut-tutting by pundits who complain that the movie, though
it has yet to be caught in any major factual errors, uses association
and innuendo to create false impressions. Many of these same pundits
consider it bad form to make a big fuss about the Bush
administration's use of association and innuendo to link the Iraq war
to 9/11. . . Mr. Moore's greatest strength is a real empathy with
working-class Americans that most journalists lack. Having stripped
away Mr. Bush's common-man mask, he uses his film to make the case, in
a way statistics never could, that Mr. Bush's policies favor a narrow
elite at the expense of less fortunate Americans — sometimes, indeed,
at the cost of their lives.
Krugman, NY Times, 7/2/04
President Dick Cheney was recently interviewed by federal prosecutors
who asked whether he knew of anyone at the White House who had
improperly disclosed the identity of an undercover C.I.A. officer,
people who have been involved in official discussions about the case
said on Friday. . . The interview of the vice president was part of a
grand jury investigation into whether anyone at the White House
violated a federal law that makes it a crime to divulge the name of an
undercover officer intentionally. . .Mr. Bush has acknowledged that he
had met with a Washington criminal lawyer, Jim Sharp, about the
possibility that prosecutors might want to interview him about the
DAVID JOHNSTON, NY Times, 6/5/04
Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11
are,. . . the whole corrupt gang who fixed the 2000 election, which
began when Bush's cousin John Ellis, a Fox News executive, was
instrumental in "calling it" for Bush/Cheney on election night and
cowed the other networks into joining in. From there,
Moore sketches out the Texan-Saudi link through the Bin Ladens. This
very much involves George Bush Sr, who far from being a retired old
gentleman, is a vigorous player in the business and political scene,
fully availing himself of the ex-presidential prerogative of receiving
intelligence briefings. Moore has a terrifying and funny
sequence when he shows the rabbit-in-car-headlights expression on the
president's face when he is told about the second plane hitting the
towers while at a children's literacy event. A stopwatch appears in
the corner of the screen, as the minutes tick by and the president
keeps reading My Pet Goat, not knowing what to do without his advisers
to tell him. Peter
Bradshaw May 18, 2004 The Guardian
CBS News Video: "Woodward's Book on Bush"
Fear & Deception*
I mention in the book that there
are also reports from journalists back to me that they're fearful of
writing these stories. One journalist said because he was afraid he
would end up in Guantanamo. . . .I did not put those 16 words in the
State of the Union address. Indeed, had the president heeded the
report that I and others had submitted, had the vice president heeded
what the CIA briefer had told him, had the national security adviser
and her deputy remembered the two memoranda and the telephone call
relating to this particular subject, that line might not have been in
the president's State of the Union address. Either they were derelict
or they were deceptive. . .There was a pattern of deception and lying
to the Congress of the United States that got us into this terrible
Wilson on NBC's "Meet the Press," 5/2/04
In Bushworld, we can win over Falluja by bulldozing it. . .
In Bushworld, it's fine to take $700 million that Congress provided
for the war in Afghanistan and 9/11 recovery and divert it to the war
in Iraq that you're insisting you're not planning. . .In Bushworld,
you brag about how well Afghanistan is going, even though soldiers
like Pat Tillman are still dying and the Taliban are running freely
around the border areas, hiding Osama and delaying elections. . . .
In Bushworld, there's no irony that so many who did so much to avoid
the Vietnam draft have now strained the military so much that
lawmakers are talking about bringing back the draft. . .In Bushworld,
we're making progress in the war on terror by fighting a war that
Maureen Dowd, NY Times, 4/25/04
$700 Million Diversion*
Robert C. Byrd, the senior Democrat on the Appropriations Committee,
said Tuesday that the administration might have broken the law by
failing to inform Congressional leaders in mid-2002 of its use of
emergency antiterror dollars to begin preparations for an invasion of
Mr. Byrd, of West Virginia, said that he was never told of any shift
of money, as the measure required. A diversion of $700 million without
Congressional approval was reported in "Plan of Attack," a new book by
the journalist Bob Woodward.
"If the Woodward allegations are true, then the administration failed
to abide by the law to consult with and fully inform Congress," Mr.
Byrd said in a statement. CARL
HULSE, NY Times, 4/21/04
me go right to page 155 of your book. You write, quote, "The evidence
is overwhelming that George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have engaged
in deceit and deception over going to war in Iraq. This is an
Absolutely is. The founders in the debates in the
states-- I cite one. I cite one that I found -- I tracked down after
reading the Nixon impeachment proceedings when-- Congressman
Castenmeyer had gone back to look to see what the founders said about
misrepresentations and lying to the Congress. Clearly, it is an
impeachable offense. And I think the case is overwhelming that these
people presented false information to the Congress and to the American
Now with Bill Moyers, 4/2/04
examination by USA TODAY of all the Bush records released to the
public. . . suggests Bush was treated differently from most pilots:
• Bush was
accepted into pilot school even though he scored in the 25th
percentile on a standardized test.
• There is
no record of a formal procedure called a "flying evaluation board,"
which normally would have been convened once Bush stopped flying in
April 1972. . .
records do not show he was given another job in the Air Guard once he
quit flying. . .
father was in Congress at the time, was selected for Air Force pilot
training, a highly competitive process, despite the speeding tickets
and automobile accidents. He had also been arrested for two incidents
considered college pranks
Dave Moniz and Jim Drinkard, USA Today,
Colin Powell on
"The Powerful and Well-Placed"
"I particularly condemn the way our political leaders
supplied the manpower for that war, the Vietnam War. The policies
determining who would be drafted and who would be deferred, who would serve
and who would escape, who would die and who would live, were an
anti-democratic disgrace. I am angry that so many sons of the powerful and
well-placed managed to wangle slots in reserve and National Guard units. Of
the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as
the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe
equal allegiance to our country."
- Colin Powell, "My American Journey," 1995
2000 FLORIDA ELECTION RECORD
See the Video Recaps BELOW:
The year was 1990 and
George W. Bush’s company, Harken, had been altering some accounting
figures, nothing extravagant by today’s standards, but not chump
change either. His sale occurred just before those numbers were due to
be restated.When George sold that stock on June 22, 1990, it was
trading at $30.48 a share. The next quarterly report, released a few
weeks later, revealed a $23 million loss, causing the stock to end the
year at $9.24 a share. The SEC swung into glorious action and launched
a two-year faux-investigation of his $848,650 sale. But, with dad in
the Oval Office and dad’s friend running the SEC, the investigations
found their way into a black hole. The matter never went to trial.
George was never indicted and never paid a penalty. CNN did not cover
him. Barbara Walters did not interview him. Things were different for
Martha Stewart, who saved herself less than $50,000 in a stock sale.
She didn’t have a pack of executive-office friends—she had to count on
Bill Cosby and Rosie O’Donnell. But, while the media had a field day
deciding whether she should be jailed for the maximum ten year
sentence or continue
baking cookies, the leaders of America’s greatest frauds remained at
large and inculpable, under the leadership watch of that small-time
Texan miscreant. Likewise, their former companies were setting up to
emerge from bankruptcy for round two.
Nomi Prins, Left Business Observer,
April 23, 2004
BUSH LEGAL RECORD
in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976, for driving under the influence of
alcohol; pled guilty, paid a fine, and had driver's license suspended for
record has been lost and is not available because it was expunged, a
result of having his driver license number changed, basically overwriting
the old file with all the skeletons in it.
Ran for U.S.
Congress and lost.
in the oil business in Midland, Texas, in 1975 by buying an oil company,
but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly
after Bush sold all his stock.
Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using
taxpayer money. With the help of Bush Sr. and friends in the oil
industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS
pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most
polluted state in the Union.
Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog -ridden city in America.
Cut taxes and
bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
Set the record
for the most executions by any governor in American history.
brother, the governor of Florida, and his father's appointments to
the Supreme Court, I became President after losing by over 500,000 votes.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT
President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.
occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars
Spent the U.S.
surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.
record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.
economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any12-month period.
all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock
In his first
year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend
continues every month
Members of the
Bush cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history.
"Poorest millionaire," Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named
Set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by a U.S. President.
and world record-holder for receiving the most corporate campaign
lifetime campaign contributor, and one of his best friends, Kenneth Lay,
presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history, at
political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure
my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.
friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution.
More time and
money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than he spent
investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history.
the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when
corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.
the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.
Changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded
international treaties than any President in U.S. history.
President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from
the Human Rights Commission.
U.S. from the World Court of Law.
allow inspectors access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby
have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.
President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during
the 2002 U.S. election).
Set the record
for fewest number of press conferences of any President since the advent
all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period.
off the entire month of August, Bush presided over the worst security
failure in U.S. history.
most sympathy for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less
than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the
largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest
against me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for
protest against any person in history.
President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack
against, and military occupation of, a sovereign nation and did so against
the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. citizens, and the
health-care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty- benefits
for active-duty troops and their families -- in wartime.
In State of
the Union Address, lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq, and then
blamed the lies on our British friends.
First President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view his
presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.
development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster" WMD.
So far failed
to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.
All records of
tenure as governor of Texas are now in Bush Senior's library, sealed and
unavailable for public view.
All records of
SEC investigations into insider trading and bankrupt companies are sealed
in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
All records or
minutes from meetings that Bush or his Vice-president, attended regarding
public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public
PLEASE CONSIDER THIS EXPERIENCE WHEN VOTING IN 2004.
Record on Terrorism and Iraq
Enables Chemical Terror*
plants -- including dozens in New Jersey -- could release toxic clouds
that could kill tens or even hundreds of thousands of people in the case
of an attack or a major malfunction. Their security became a prime
concern of experts after 9/11, but proposed regulations requiring safety
measures failed to pass in Congress. In her new book, "It's My Party
Too," former New Jersey Gov. Whitman -- who was head of the
Environmental Protection Agency as the debate raged in Congress and the
Bush administration -- placed the blame squarely at the feet of
chemical-industry lobbyists and congressional Republicans. . . "The
American Chemistry Council (a chemical-industry lobbying group) fought
hard against my efforts," Whitman wrote. . . . There are still no
federal regulations requiring chemical facilities to gird against
The Bush Administration maintained and strengthened its ties to the
Saudi government upon taking office. As the Boston Herald reported,
a "revolving U.S.-Saudi money wheel" exists "within President Bush's
own coterie of foreign policy advisers."
Center for American Progress, 4/2/04
Who authorrized at least 3 flights for 50 Saudi Royals to leave the
U.S. two days after 9/11 while other flights were banned?
Response to Judicial Watch FOI request
ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could
have done something.''
Richard Clark, Former George W. Bush Counterterrorism Coordinator.
Why Saddam?" and "Why now?" were never asked. "It was all about
finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president
saying ‘Go find me a way to do this,’" says O’Neill. “For me, the
notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do
whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap.”
Paul O'Neil, Former George W. Bush Secretary
of the Treasury.
In the early days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Bush White
House cut by nearly two-thirds an emergency request for
counterterrorism funds by the FBI, an internal administration budget
after 9/11, dozens of Saudi royals and members of the bin Laden
family fled the U.S. in a secret airlift authorized by the Bush
White House. Salon
to inquiries from CBS News over why Ashcroft was traveling exclusively
by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice
Department cited what it called a "threat assessment" by the FBI, and
said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the
remainder of his term. CBS
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States,
. . .has been hobbled by a series of disputes with the Bush
administration over access to documents and other issues.
"[H]aving just been told the country was under attack the commander in
chief appeared uninterested in further details. He never asked if there
had been any additional threats, where the attacks were coming from, how
to best protect the country from further attacks, or what the current
status of NORAD or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Nor did he
call for an immediate return to Washington. Instead, in the middle of a
modern-day Pearl Harbor, he simply turned back to the matter at hand;
the day’s photo op.
James Bamford's "Body
In a status report on its work, the commission
[investigating the 9/11 attacks] said various agencies —
Pentagon and the Justice Department —
were blocking requests for vital information and
resources. Acting more like the Soviet Kremlin
than the America.
NY Times Editorial
Of particular concern
has been the conflation of al-Qaeda and Saddam
Hussein’s Iraq as a single,
undifferentiated terrorist threat.
was a strategic error of the first order because it ignored critical
differences between the two in character,
threat level, and susceptibility to U.S.
deterrence and military action.
Record, Army War College, December 2003
237 misleading statements
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM — MINORITY STAFF
SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION MARCH 16, 2004
Record on Torture of Prisoners
says Torture is, “wrongdoing of a few” 5/9/04
U.S. administration has shown a consistent disregard for the Geneva
Conventions and basic principles of law, human rights, and decency,"
Irene Kahn, Amnesty International's secretary general, said in a
printed statement. "This has created a climate in which U.S. soldiers
feel they can dehumanize and degrade prisoners with impunity." . . .[ICRC Red
Cross} delegates toured the facilities, interviewed prisoners, then
developed a series of working papers they presented to coalition
authorities highlighting "serious concerns" about the treatment of
prisoners under the third and fourth Geneva Conventions. The delegates
also repeatedly requested corrective action from coalition
authorities, the group said.
Knight Ridder Newspapers, 5/7/04