George Bush

Have We Learned Anything from the Bush Years? by George Washington

Many hyperlinks at the original - loose nuke

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2009/12/have-we-learned-anything-from-bush.html
Have We Learned Anything from the Bush Years? by George Washington

Fear makes people stupid.

It makes us unable to think straight. And it makes us give up our power to tough-talking authoritarians.

War Is Stupid

And since the "war on terror" is now being expanded to Yemen, it is worth remembering that experts state that the "war on terror" has been counterproductive for keeping us safe. For example, a leading advisor to the U.S. military, the hawkish Rand Corporation, released a study in 2008 called "How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al Qa'ida".

The report confirms what experts have been saying for years: the war on terror is actually weakening national security (see this, this and this).

As a press release about the study states:

"Terrorists should be perceived and described as criminals, not holy warriors, and our analysis suggests that there is no battlefield solution to terrorism."
And see this.

Book: 'Bullshit Artist: The 9/11 Leadership Myth' by Ron Schalow

http://www.bushseptember11legacy.com/

The True September 11 Legacy of George W. Bush

What Did the President Do on 9/11? Why Wonder?

Where was the Commander-in-Chief for the first 41 minutes after Flight 11 was hijacked?

What did he do for the 7 minutes before entering the classroom?

How many first thoughts did George have after being told, "America is under attack"?

How many dozens of excuses did the Bushies put forth for the Presidents 7 minutes of sitting?

What did the Leader of the Free World do for 18 minutes after leaving the classroom?

Where was the Decider for the first 33 minutes after leaving the school?

Even though his term has mercifully ended, George W. Bush and his gang continue to spread the bull as part of his "Legacy Project." They are determined to rewrite history, but the facts don't make for much of a legacy, so all they can do is spin events, lie, and hope that people will forget the details over time. Learn the truth, and spread the truth, and don't allow the history of the Bush presidency to become one of false fables.

Obama moves to curb federal secrets

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091230/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_classified_documents

Obama moves to curb federal secrets
By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer
Wed Dec 30, 3:06 am ET

WASHINGTON – More than 400 million pages of Cold War-era documents could be declassified as the federal government responds to President Barack Obama's order to rethink the way it protects the nation's secrets.

GOP strategist Matalin: Bush ‘inherited’ 9/11 attacks from Clinton

Source: The Raw Story
Event: CNN on Dec. 27, 2009
Url: http://rawstory.com/2009/12/gop-strategist-matalin-bush-inherited-911-attacks-clinton/

 Bush inherited 9/11 attacks from ClintonNo amount of spit and polish can clean the tarnish of the 9/11 attacks from the Bush legacy, but that didn't stop GOP strategist Mary Matalin from trying.

During a Sunday appearance on CNN, Matalin attempted to prop up an analogy between the first year of George W. Bush's presidency and that of President Barack Obama's. Raising the specter of rising unemployment, anchor John King wondered whether Republicans have the right to attack Democrats over the economy.

Matalin's response -- given sitting across a table from her husband, Democratic strategist James Carville -- was a little more than blindly partisan.

Break the CIA in Two By Ray McGovern

hyperlinks at original - loose nuke

http://consortiumnews.com/2009/122209a.html
Break the CIA in Two By Ray McGovern
December 22, 2009

Editor’s Note: Exactly 46 years ago, President Harry Truman looked back on the still-young CIA, which he had helped create, and was alarmed at how its original purpose – to provide unvarnished information to top policymakers – was being perverted by the agency’s growing role in covert operations.

Nearly a half century since Truman’s warning, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern marvels at Truman’s prescience and suggests that the only answer today is to separate out – and protect – the agency’s core analytical function:

After the CIA-led fiasco at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, President John Kennedy was quoted as saying he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.” I can understand his anger, but a thousand is probably too many.

Better is a Solomon solution; divide the CIA in two. That way we can throw out the bath water and keep the baby.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Member of Subcommitte on Defense: "I'm not even sure Bin Laden is still alive"

Bush Intentionally Let Osama bin Laden Escape, Asserts Congressman Hinchey

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) is a progressive Democrat serving his ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee and a member on the Subcommittee on Defense.

In 1999 Hinchey wrote an amendment to intelligence reauthorization legislation that forced the declassification of documents that revealed the active role the Nixon Administration --especially Henry Kissinger-- played in the illegal overthrow of Salvador Allende, the democratically elected president of Chile, in 1973.

He has consistently been one of the most outspoken opponents of the 2003 war in Iraq. And has consistently maintained since 2002, that the Bush Administration intentionally let Osama bin Laden escape capture.

Kathleen Wells: You stated recently that the Bush Administration intentionally let Osama Bin Laden escape capture. Can you elaborate on this?

Emails Show bin Laden was Bush Talking Point, not Target

Millions of Messages Sent, but Only Handful Mention Al Qaeda Leader
By Margie Burns

Missing” White House emails retrieved from Bush administration records indicate that top Bush Justice Department officials had little interest in the pursuit of Osama bin Laden or Mullah Mohammed Omar, head of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), prolonged correspondence has pursued “missing” emails between the Bush White House and Bush’s attorney general, deputy attorney general, associate attorney general, Office of Public Affairs, Office of Legal Counsel and Office of the Inspector General, in the Justice Department.

After a lengthy search, President Obama’s Office of Information Policy, which handles FOIA requests, found emails pertaining to Osama bin Laden or to Mullah Omar only in Attorney General and Office of Public Affairs records from the Bush administration. Alberto Gonzales, previously Bush’s White House counsel and then Attorney General, did not use email.

Little Known Facts About Afghanistan and Bin Laden - George Washington

also see these by George Washington:
5 Reasons that Corporate Media Coverage is Pro-War
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/12/5-reasons-that-most-corporate-media-is.html

A Cheaper and More Effective Military Strategy for Afghanistan
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/12/better-military-strategy-for.html

What Empires Have Said Throughout History: "One More Surge"
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/12/what-empires-have-said-throughout.html

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Subject article:
Little Known Facts About Afghanistan and Bin Laden - George Washington
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/12/did-us-fail-to-provide-evidence-of-bin.html

Evidence which has come out over the last couple of years makes it clear that top Bush administration officials knew that Saddam didn't have weapons of mass destruction and knew that Saddam had no connection with 9/11.

It is now reasonably obvious that the Bush administration was looking for an excuse to oust Saddam, and - in the words of the Downing Street Memo - “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy”.

Controversial 9/11 truth activist to speak in Montreal tonight

Controversial 9/11 truth activist to speak in Montreal tonight -
Splitting the Sky jailed in 2009 for trying to arrest 'war criminal' George W. Bush

Source: Montrealgazette.com
Url: http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Controversial+truth+activist+speak+Montreal+tonight/2307763/story.html

MONTREAL – A public presentation hosted by a local advocacy group Saturday evening will focus on former U.S. president George W. Bush and former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney in connection with the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The main speaker will be John Boncore, a longtime political and native-rights activist.

Boncore, a Mohawk who prefers the native name Dacajeweiah – Splitting the Sky – is on a fund-raising tour to finance his trial, scheduled to begin in Calgary next March 8.

Boncore was arrested by Calgary police last March 17 and charged with obstruction of justice. He said he had been trying to carry out a citizen’s arrest of Bush on war-crimes charges, while the former president was visiting Calgary on a $400-a-plate speaking engagement.

Perino: ‘We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.’

Hyperlinks and video:
http://thinkprogress.org/2009/11/25/perino-terror-attack-bush/

Perino: ‘We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.’
Last night on Fox News, host Sean Hannity whined — as he usually does — about how the Obama administration doesn’t use the term “war on terror” (which is actually a good thing). Former Bush administration spokesperson and current Fox analyst Dana Perino joined in, complaining that no one is calling the massacre at Ft. Hood a terrorist attack. She then made this astonishing statement:

PERINO: And we had a terrorist attack on our country. And we should call it what it is. Because we need to face up to it so that we can prevent it from happening again.

HANNITY: I agree with you. And why won’t they say what you just so simply said?

PERINO: They want to do all of their investigations. I don’t know. All of the thinking that goes into it. But we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term. I hope they’re not looking at this politically. I do think we ought it to the American people to call it what it is.

Watch it:

Russ Baker on the PBS station WGBH, with host Emily Rooney - 11/11/09

This blog post is more of a shameless plug for Baker's book, Family Of Secrets, just out in paperback, and of which I am about halfway through. I'm sure many here have already read it, but I wish everyone would. It is amazing. I picked this video up at FamilyOfSecrets.com...

Russ Baker appears on the PBS station WGBH, with host Emily Rooney, to discuss an in depth look into the Bush Dynasty detailed in “Family of Secrets.”

Interview topics range from the secret life of George Bush senior during his time with the CIA, the Bush family’s connections to the John F. Kennedy assassination and Saudi Arabia oil companies. Watch Now!

Young Swedes doubt al-Qaida 9/11 guilt

Source: The Local - Sweden's news in English
Url: http://www.thelocal.se/23002/20091101/
Published: 1 Nov 09 09:27 CET

Almost one in five Swedes aged under 30 think that George W Bush's US government lay behind the attacks on September 11th 2001, according to a new survey by Novus Opinion.

The TV4 programme Kalla Fakta, which commissioned the survey, will on Sunday address the subject of the Truth Movement, an international group which espouses the conspiracy theory that the terror network al-Qaida was not behind the September 11th attacks.

The movement, also known as the "September 11th research community" argues that it was in fact the US government that staged the attacks, which claimed the lives of 3,000 people, in order to legitimize the war on terrorism.

The Novus poll indicates that a significant number of young Swedes are persuaded by the logic of the argument.

Of the 1,000 Swedes surveyed in an internet panel, 70 percent responded that al-Qaida were behind the attacks, while seven percent did not think so.

Among those under-30 only 58 percent believed responsibility lay with al-Qaida, while 15 percent did not.

Torture Charges Filed Against George W. Bush by Montreal 9/11 Truth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1sAdNfGj7E

On October 22, 2009, George W. Bush came to Montreal to give a speech. Under Canadian law, once someone who has authorized or engaged in torture enters Canada, they can be tried in Canada for torture even if they are not Canadian. Montreal 9/11 Truth was ready with all the paperwork and that morning, the charges were filed.

More info after the jump...

How a Torture Protest Killed a Career By Craig Murray

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2009/102409b.html
How a Torture Protest Killed a Career By Craig Murray
October 24, 2009

Editor’s Note: In this modern age – and especially since George W. Bush declared the “war on terror” eight years ago – the price for truth-telling has been high, especially for individuals whose consciences led them to protest the torture of alleged terrorists.

One of the most remarkable cases is that of Craig Murray, a 20-year veteran of the British Foreign Service whose career was destroyed after he was posted to Uzbekistan in August 2002 and began to complain about Western complicity in torture committed by the country’s totalitarian regime, which was valued for its brutal interrogation methods and its vast supplies of natural gas.