The original American patriots were those individuals brave enough to
resist with force the oppressive power of King George. I accept the
definition of patriotism as that effort to resist oppressive state power. - Ron Paul
On the topic of "the new King George" ... are disturbing parallels coming to the forefront?
government that chooses to be an ally of terror has chosen to be an
civilization," Bush said. "The civilized world must hold those
to account." - speech given at Joint Armed Forces Officers' Wives
Buried in a recent proposal by the Administration is a sentence that has received scant attention — and was buried itself in the very newspaper that exposed it Saturday. It is an affirmation that the United States remains at war with al Qaeda, the Taliban and “associated organizations.”
Part of a proposal for Guantanamo Bay legal detainees, the provision before Congress seeks to “acknowledge again and explicitly that this nation remains engaged in an armed conflict with Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated organizations, who have already proclaimed themselves at war with us and who are dedicated to the slaughter of Americans.”
The New York Times’ page 8 placement of the article in its Saturday edition seems to downplay its importance. Such a re-affirmation of war carries broad legal implications that could imperil Americans’ civil liberties and the rights of foreign nationals for decades to come. (Full article here)
Bush Disagrees With Court's Guantanamo Ruling - June 12/08
ROME -- President Bush on Thursday strongly disagreed with a Supreme Court ruling that clears foreign terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts. Bush suggested new legislation may now be needed to keep the American people safe. [full report]
Comment: Actually, keeping the people safe from government IS the role of the court. Now that they have done their job, the Constitution and Liberty hating Bush cabal wants to "fix it", while using the often misused canard of "public safety".
Bush Claims More Powers Than King George III- May 27/08 “No executive in the history of the Anglo-American world since the Civil War in England in the 17th century has laid claim to such broad power,” said David Adler, a prolific author of articles on the U.S. Constitution. “George Bush has exceeded the claims of Oliver Cromwell who anointed himself Lord Protector of England.” [full report]
WASHINGTON -- In their legal battle over gun ownership and the 2nd Amendment, gun- control advocates never expected to get a boost from the Bush administration.
But that's just what happened when U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement urged the Supreme Court in a brief Friday to say that gun rights are limited and subject to "reasonable regulation" [yeah, right] by the government and that all federal restrictions on firearms should be upheld.
Worried about the possibility that a Supreme Court decision supporting the Second Amendment as an individual right could “cast doubt on the constitutionality of existing federal legislation,” the Department of Justice felt it necessary to head off any restrictions on government power right at the beginning. [full report]
President Bush's newest executive order states that any American citizen who threatens the peace and stability of Iraq and undermines efforts to promote reconstruction and reform there may have all their property and interests seized by the Treasury department without warning. The hypocrisy on display here is astounding given that the only persons in America who are doing these things are the ones who invaded Iraq in the first place and continue to sow chaos and destruction in the face of all time high public opposition.
Neo-Cons: Make Bush Dictator Of The World Maniacal right-wing Family Security Matters organization, which has ties to Cheney, Rumsfeld and Perle, carries screed that calls for Bush to declare martial law, become emperor of the planet, lifetime president, and ethnically cleanse Iraq by means of nuclear genocide
National “DNA warehouse” bill passes - AAPS News of the Day, April 28, 2008
Passing the House of Representatives on a voice vote, S. 1858 has been sent to President Bush for signature. The Newborn Genetic Screening bill was passed by the Senate last December. The bill violates the U.S. Constitution and the Nuremberg Code
...the White House evidently leaves little to chance when it comes to protests within eyesight of the president. As in, it doesn't want any.
A White House manual that came to light recently gives presidential advance staffers extensive instructions in the art of "deterring potential protestors" from President Bush's public appearances around the country.
In a blistering condemnation of President Bush's willingness to go to the wall for corporations he relies on to spy on Americans, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann says the president's message in his State of the Union address calling for immunity of telecommunications companies is a "textbook example of fascism."
President Bush promised in his remarks meant to spur House Democrats into accepting a controversial new bill that would expand the government's ability to spy on Americans, warned that the country faced terror strikes that would make September 11 "pale by comparison."
"deeper transatlantic economic integration," without ratification by the Senate as a treaty or
passage by Congress as a law.
"Never in human history have such genocide and
cruelty been witnessed...
Such a genocide was never seen in the time of the pharaohs nor of Hitler
nor of Mussolini."
~ Mehmet Elkatmi, head of Turkish parliament's human
on Bush's atrocities in the Iraq war.
[Point of fact, Bush et al, has not yet reached the levels
of genocide, death or cruelty perpetrated by Hitler, Stalin or Mussolini. The point is, however, he is
clearly marching to the same beat, and we would be fools to sit on our hands
till he matches the worse examples of our recent history.
Are 'WE THE PEOPLE' not
obliged as servants of a just God to stop the varied abuses of OUR governments when we witness it?]
The Pentagon recently reported that it
now spends roughly $8.4 billion per month waging the war in Iraq,
while the additional cost of our engagement in Afghanistan brings
the monthly total to a staggering $10 billion. [Read
full story here]
David Iglesias, who was one of seven United States Attorneys fired by the
Department of Justice for political reasons in December 2006, described his
experiences to Jon Stewart on Monday's Daily Show.
"They wanted us to file politically oriented prosecutions instead of just
doing what our normal job is, which is enforce Federal law," Iglesias
stated, explaining that Justice Department higher-ups asked the US Attorneys
"to file voter fraud prosecutions when the evidence wasn't there beyond a
reasonable doubt. It wasn't just me. It was a guy in Missouri and it was a
guy in Seattle, Washington." [full report]
The foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, told NBC's Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel that the U.S. has been feeding Iranian sources with false claims that an attack is "imminent." He said such information has been complete with plans, maps, and even dates of attacks that never take place.
Today the London Telegraph reported that "British officials gave warning yesterday that America's commander in Iraq will declare that Iran is waging war against the US-backed Baghdad government. A strong statement from General David Petraeus about Iran's intervention in Iraq could set the stage for a US attack on Iranian military facilities, according to a Whitehall assessment." [full report]
The cutting the cables in several different locations hundreds of miles apart aroused intense speculation, leading many to suspect that the activity represents, at the very least, a warning shot across the bows of certain Middle Eastern and Asian nations, and may even signify the imminence of a major geopolitical event.
The location of the cables are on shown on nautical charts, they are also placed within maritime exclusion zones. The Egyptian government also confirmed from video footage that there were no ships in the area when the cables were cut. So whatever happened occurred entirely beneath the surface of the Mediterranean sea. [full report]
Bombed If You Do, Bombed If You Don't - Dec 11/2007 The latest National Intelligence Estimate has been greeted by a mixture of relief and alarm. As I have been saying all along, Iran indeed poses no quantifiable imminent nuclear threat to us or her neighbors. It is with much alarm, however, that we see the administration continue to ratchet up the war rhetoric as if nothing has changed. [full report]
The Navy confirmed the departure of nuclear-powered USS Enterprise from it's home port of Norfolk, Virginia, with about 5,500 sailors and marines.
The Enterprise will provide "power to counter the assertive, disruptive and coercive behavior of some countries, as well as support for our soldiers and marines in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Vice Admiral Kevin J. Cosgriff, the commander of the Bahrain-based U.S. 5th Fleet.
Olbermann compares Bush's 2002
comments in the build up to the war in Iraq to those in 2007 in
the midst of heightening tension with Iran. The rhetoric is
almost identical as the American people are sold another
unconstitutional, suicidal, disastrous war.
The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government -
9/11 truthers are making headlines again today after confronting Rudy Giuliani in New York on his foreknowledge of the collapse of the twin towers. Amazingly, just weeks after saying the opposite, Giuliani now claims he had no idea the towers were going to fall.
Jonathan Turley joined Keith to talk
about the law that Senator Feingold said would be seen as "a stain
on our nation's history."
Turley: "People have no idea how
significant this is. Really a time of shame this is for the American
system.—The strange thing is that we have become sort of
constitutional couch potatoes. The Congress just gave the President
despotic powers and you could hear the yawn across the country as
people turned to Dancing With the Stars. It's otherworldly..People
clearly don't realize what a fundamental change it is about who we
are as a country. What happened today changed us. And I'm not too
sure we're gonna change back anytime soon."
Keith Olbermann has been calling it like it
is. His "Special Comments" are indeed special because no other
talking head outside of Cafferty is willing to step up to the plate
and say what needs to be said on 24/7. "Your words are lies, Sir."
They are lies, that imperil us all.' Sounds about right to me.
Olbermann: And lastly, as promised, a Special
Comment tonight on the signing of the Military Commissions Act and
the loss of Habeas Corpus.
We have lived as if in a trance. We have
lived… as people in fear.
And now — our rights and our freedoms in
peril — we slowly awake to learn that we have been afraid… of the
Therefore, tonight, have we truly become, the
inheritors of our American legacy. For, on this first full day that
the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our
ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and
And lastly, as promised, a Special Comment
tonight on the signing of the Military Commissions Act and the loss
of Habeas Corpus.
We have lived as if in a trance.
We have lived… as people in fear.
And now — our rights and our freedoms in
peril — we slowly awake to learn that we have been afraid… of the
Therefore, tonight, have we truly become, the
inheritors of our American legacy.
For, on this first full day that the Military
Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced,
at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic
A government more dangerous to our liberty,
than is the enemy it claims to protect us from.
We have been here before — and we have been
here before led here — by men better and wiser and nobler than
George W. Bush.
We have been here when President John Adams
insisted that the Alien and Sedition Acts were necessary to save
American lives — only to watch him use those Acts to jail newspaper
American newspaper editors, in American
jails, for things they wrote, about America.
We have been here, when President Woodrow
Wilson insisted that the Espionage Act was necessary to save
American lives — only to watch him use that Act to prosecute 2,000
Americans, especially those he disparaged as "Hyphenated Americans,"
most of whom were guilty only of advocating peace in a time of war.
American public speakers, in American jails,
for things they said, about America.
And we have been here when President Franklin
D. Roosevelt insisted that Executive Order 9-0-6-6 was necessary to
save American lives — only to watch him use that Order to imprison
and pauperize 110-thousand Americans…
While his man-in-charge…
General DeWitt, told Congress: "It makes no
difference whether he is an American citizen — he is still a
American citizens, in American camps, for
something they neither wrote nor said nor did — but for the choices
they or their ancestors had made, about coming to America.
Each of these actions was undertaken for the
most vital, the most urgent, the most inescapable of reasons.
And each, was a betrayal of that for which
the President who advocated them, claimed to be fighting.
Adams and his party were swept from office,
and the Alien and Sedition Acts erased.
Many of the very people Wilson silenced,
survived him, and…
…one of them even ran to succeed him, and got
900-thousand votes… though his Presidential campaign was conducted
entirely… from his jail cell.
And Roosevelt's internment of the Japanese
was not merely the worst blight on his record, but it would
necessitate a formal apology from the government of the United
States, to the citizens of the United States, whose lives it ruined.
The most vital… the most urgent… the most
inescapable of reasons.
In times of fright, we have been, only human.
We have let Roosevelt's "fear of fear itself"
We have listened to the little voice inside
that has said "the wolf is at the door; this will be temporary; this
will be precise; this too shall pass."
We have accepted, that the only way to stop
the terrorists, is to let the government become just a little bit
like the terrorists.
Just the way we once accepted that the only
way to stop the Soviets, was to let the government become just a
little bit like the Soviets.
Or substitute… the Japanese.
Or the Germans.
Or the Socialists.
Or the Anarchists.
Or the Immigrants.
Or the British.
Or the Aliens.
The most vital, the most urgent, the most
inescapable of reasons.
And, always, always… wrong.
"With the distance of history, the questions
will be narrowed and few: Did this generation of Americans take the
threat seriously, and did we do what it takes to defeat that
And ironic ones, Mr. Bush.
Your own, of course, yesterday, in signing
the Military Commissions Act.
You spoke so much more than you know, Sir.
Sadly — of course — the distance of history
will recognize that the threat this generation of Americans needed
to take seriously… was you.
We have a long and painful history of
ignoring the prophecy attributed to Benjamin Franklin that "those
who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
But even within this history, we have not
before codified, the poisoning of Habeas Corpus, that wellspring of
protection from which all essential liberties flow.
You, sir, have now befouled that spring.
You, sir, have now given us chaos and called
You, sir, have now imposed subjugation and
called it freedom.
For the most vital… the most urgent… the most
inescapable of reasons.
And — again, Mr. Bush — all of them, wrong.
We have handed a blank check drawn against
our freedom to a man who has said it is unacceptable to compare
anything this country has ever done, to anything the terrorists have
We have handed a blank check drawn against
our freedom to a man who has insisted again that "the United States
does not torture. It's against our laws and it's against our values"
and who has said it with a straight face while the pictures from Abu
Ghraib Prison and the stories of Waterboarding figuratively fade in
and out, around him.
We have handed a blank check drawn against
our freedom to a man who may now, if he so decides, declare not
merely any non-American citizens "Unlawful Enemy Combatants" and
ship them somewhere — anywhere — but may now, if he so decides,
declare you an "Unlawful Enemy Combatant" and ship you somewhere -
And if you think this, hyperbole or hysteria…
ask the newspaper editors when John Adams was President, or the
pacifists when Woodrow Wilson was President, or the Japanese at
Manzanar when Franklin Roosevelt was President.
And if you somehow think Habeas Corpus has
not been suspended for American citizens but only for everybody
else, ask yourself this: If you are pulled off the street tomorrow,
and they call you an alien or an undocumented immigrant or an
"unlawful enemy combatant" — exactly how are you going to convince
them to give you a court hearing to prove you are not? Do you think
this Attorney General is going to help you?
This President now has his blank check.
He lied to get it.
He lied as he received it.
Is there any reason to even hope, he has not
lied about how he intends to use it, nor who he intends to use it
"These military commissions will provide a
fair trial," you told us yesterday, Mr. Bush. "In which the accused
are presumed innocent, have access to an attorney, and can hear all
the evidence against them."
'Presumed innocent,' Mr. Bush?
The very piece of paper you signed as you
said that, allows for the detainees to be abused up to the point
just before they sustain "serious mental and physical trauma" in the
hope of getting them to incriminate themselves, and may no longer
even invoke The Geneva Conventions in their own defense.
'Access to an attorney,' Mr. Bush?
Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift said on
this program, Sir, and to the Supreme Court, that he was only
granted access to his detainee defendant, on the promise that the
detainee would plead guilty.
'Hearing all the evidence,' Mr. Bush?
The Military Commissions act specifically
permits the introduction of classified evidence not made available
to the defense.
Your words are lies, Sir.
They are lies, that imperil us all.
"One of the terrorists believed to have
planned the 9/11 attacks," …you told us yesterday… "said he hoped
the attacks would be the beginning of the end of America."
That terrorist, sir, could only hope.
Not his actions, nor the actions of a
ceaseless line of terrorists (real or imagined), could measure up to
what you have wrought.
Habeas Corpus? Gone.
The Geneva Conventions? Optional.
The Moral Force we shined outwards to the
world as an eternal beacon, and inwards at ourselves as an eternal
protection? Snuffed out.
These things you have done, Mr. Bush… they
would be "the beginning of the end of America."
And did it even occur to you once sir —
somewhere in amidst those eight separate, gruesome, intentional,
terroristic invocations of the horrors of 9/11 — that with only a
little further shift in this world we now know — just a touch more
repudiation of all of that for which our patriots died —
Did it ever occur to you once, that in just
27 months and two days from now when you leave office, some
irresponsible future President and a "competent tribunal" of lackeys
would be entitled, by the actions of your own hand, to declare the
status of "Unlawful Enemy Combatant" for… and convene a Military
Commission to try… not John Walker Lindh, but George Walker Bush?
For the most vital, the most urgent, the most
inescapable of reasons.
And doubtless, sir, all of them — as always —
has seen fit, at this juncture to, in effect, declare
In a stealth
maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision
which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will
actually encourage the President to declare federal martial
law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set
of laws that limits the President’s ability to deploy troops
within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331
-335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act
(18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on
military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one
cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those
Public Law 109-364, or the “John Warner Defense
Authorization Act of 2007” (H.R.5122) (2), which was signed
by the commander in chief on October 17th, 2006, in a
private Oval Office ceremony, allows the President to
declare a “public emergency” and station troops anywhere in
America and take control of state-based National Guard units
without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in
order to “suppress public disorder.”
President Bush seized this unprecedented power on the
very same day that he signed the equally odious Military
Commissions Act of 2006. In a sense, the two laws complement
one another. One allows for torture and detention, while the
other seeks to enforce acquiescence at home, preparing to
order the military onto the streets of America. Remember,
the term for putting an area under military law enforcement
control is precise; the term is "martial law."
Section 1076 of the massive Authorization Act, which
grants the Pentagon another $500-plus-billion for its
ill-advised adventures, is entitled, "Use of the Armed
Forces in Major Public Emergencies." Section 333, "Major
public emergencies; interference with State and Federal law"
states that "the President may employ the armed forces,
including the National Guard in Federal service, to restore
public order and enforce the laws of the United States when,
as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other
serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or
incident, or other condition in any State or possession of
the United States, the President determines that domestic
violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted
authorities of the State or possession are incapable of
("refuse" or "fail" in) maintaining public order, "in order
to suppress, in any State, any insurrection, domestic
violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy."
For the current President, "enforcement of the laws to
restore public order" means to commandeer guardsmen from any
state, over the objections of local governmental, military
and local police entities; ship them off to another state;
conscript them in a law enforcement mode; and set them loose
against "disorderly" citizenry - protesters, possibly, or
those who object to forced vaccinations and quarantines in
the event of a bio-terror event.
The law also facilitates militarized police round-ups and
detention of protesters, so called "illegal aliens,"
"potential terrorists" and other "undesirables" for detention in facilities
already contracted for and under construction by Halliburton.
That's right. Under the cover of a trumped-up "immigration
emergency" and the frenzied militarization of the southern
border, detention camps are being constructed right under
our noses, camps designed for anyone who resists the foreign
and domestic agenda of the Bush administration.
An article on "recent contract awards" in a recent issue
of the slick, insider "Journal of Counterterrorism &
Homeland Security International" reported that "global
engineering and technical services powerhouse KBR [Kellog,
Brown & Root] announced in January 2006 that its Government
and Infrastructure division was awarded an Indefinite
Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to support U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities in the
event of an emergency." "With a maximum total value of $385
million over a five year term," the report notes, "the
contract is to be executed by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers," "for establishing temporary detention and
processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention
and Removal Operations (DRO) - in the event of an emergency
influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid
development of new programs." The report points out that "KBR
is the engineering and construction subsidiary of
Halliburton." (3) So, in addition to authorizing another
$532.8 billion for the Pentagon, including a $70-billion
"supplemental provision" which covers the cost of the
ongoing, mad military maneuvers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and
other places, the new law, signed by the president in a
private White House ceremony, further collapses the historic
divide between the police and the military: a tell-tale sign
of a rapidly consolidating police state in America, all
accomplished amidst ongoing U.S. imperial pretensions of
global domination, sold to an "emergency managed" and
seemingly willfully gullible public as a "global war on terrorism."
The Bush administration's
desperation to legitimize and legislate torture in the face of
revolt from Congress, the Senate and even Colin Powell, is an
attempt to rescue the need to have a constant supply of phony
intelligence obtained from torture to justify the war on terror -
while the real horror of how the administration advocates sexually
mutilating children under the same legal definition remains hidden
from the U.S. public.
A large portion of Americans
still support the use of 'rendition' and 'pressure' because they are
told that the information obtained from such methods protects them
from terrorists. Not only is that information crude, unreliable and
often misleading - but the suffering inflicted on the victims is a
horror show in comparison to the milquetoast edited version
presented via the media.
The philosophy of the Bush administration's
approach to torture is encapsulated by John “torture” Yoo, professor
of law at Berkeley, co-author of the PATRIOT Act, author of torture
memos and White House advisor.
During a December 1st debate in Chicago with
Notre Dame professor and international human rights scholar Doug
Cassel, John Yoo gave the
green light for the scope of torture to legally
include sexual torture of infants.
Cassel: If the president deems that he’s got
to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the
person’s child, there is no law that can stop him?
Yoo: No treaty.
Cassel: Also no law by Congress — that is
what you wrote in the August 2002 memo…
Yoo: I think it depends on why the President
thinks he needs to do that.
By the very framework that has been
established within this context, Bush's Rose Garden speech this past
Friday was a tacit attempt to sell the justification of crushing a
child's genitals in the name of the war on terror. No you haven't
entered the twilight zone, you are witnessing the absolute sacking
and moral decay of everything that used to be America.
They are actually arguing for the
legalization of sadistic, serial killer style torture and sexual
molestation of children - the same administration that labels its
critics "fascists" is pursuing a doctrine that makes Dr. Josef
Mengele look like Ronald McDonald in comparison.
a. (U) Breaking chemical lights and pouring
the phosphoric liquid on detainees;
b. (U) Threatening detainees with a charged
c. (U) Pouring cold water on naked detainees;
d. (U) Beating detainees with a broom handle
and a chair;
e. (U) Threatening male detainees with rape;
f. (U) Allowing a military police guard to
stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed
against the wall in his cell;
g. (U) Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical
light and perhaps a broom stick.
h. (U) Using military working dogs to
frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one
instance actually biting a detainee.
a. (S) Punching, slapping, and kicking
detainees; jumping on their naked feet;
b. (S) Videotaping and photographing naked
male and female detainees;
c. (S) Forcibly arranging detainees in
various sexually explicit positions for photographing;
d. (S) Forcing detainees to remove their
clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a time;
e. (S) Forcing naked male detainees to wear
f. (S) Forcing groups of male detainees to
masturbate themselves while being photographed and videotaped;
g. (S) Arranging naked male detainees in a
pile and then jumping on them;
h. (S) Positioning a naked detainee on a MRE
Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to his fingers,
toes, and penis to simulate electric torture;
i. (S) Writing “I am a Rapest” (sic) on the
leg of a detainee alleged to have forcibly raped a 15-year old
fellow detainee, and then photographing him naked;
j. (S) Placing a dog chain or strap around a
naked detainee’s neck and having a female Soldier pose for a
k. (S) A male MP guard having sex with a
female detainee; [Rape]
l. (S) Using military working dogs (without
muzzles) to intimidate and frighten detainees, and in at least one
case biting and severely injuring a detainee;
m. (S) Taking photographs of dead Iraqi
detainees (after detainees were beaten to death).
Spun as the actions of "a few bad apples,"
the Abu Ghraib torture program was sanctioned from the very top.
Janis Karpinski was scapegoated
as being party to the torture when she was in reality trying to put
a stop to it. Since the Abu Ghraib scandal she has been blowing the
whistle on who directed the torture program and how it continues to
this day. During an interview on the Alex Jones Show, Karpinski stated,
"There is overwhelming proof that torture is
going on, that it has been directed and is likely continuing, even
to this day. I don't want to believe it is but the statements from
the people just returning from the theater give every indication
that in fact it is, they still don't know where to draw the line."
The General said.
Karpinski identified the masterminds of the
torture policy as occupying the highest rungs of the Bush
"The orders came right from the top, filtered
down from the secretary of defense, with the endorsement of the
President, the Vice President, whatever advisors are surrounding
them, filtered down through the Commanders in the field, these
practices were not only endorsed, but were in use at Guantanamo bay
and in locations in Afghanistan. And when General Miller visited
Iraq he brought those techniques with him. And then he sent contract
interrogators who had 'performed well' at Guantanamo Bay to Iraq as
Why is the Bush administration
so feverish to gut the Geneva conventions and legislate torture?
It is common knowledge that
evidence obtained from torture is completely unreliable and if
anything only muddies the waters of intelligence. The Neo-Con
architects of the war on terror could not care less whether the
information obtained from torture is accurate or not, the agenda is
to artificially manufacture the myth that there are numerous
Al-Qaeda cells dotted around the world wanting to attack America.
This process is clearly evident
in Uzbekistan, where racist dictator Islam Karimov, the man who
enjoys boiling people alive, plays ball in helping Bush and Blair
maintain the Al-Qaeda myth by providing a steady supply of tortured
Muslims who would admit to being Osama Bin Laden's rent boy just to
have the cattle prod removed.
Karimov, Bush and Blair have
a nice little back scratching society and it
works like this - Karimov has his brownshirts snatch innocent
Muslims off the streets, tortures them until they "confess" to being
Al-Qaeda members, and then in return for financial kickbacks, hands
the phony confessions to the CIA and British intelligence, who use
them as propaganda to argue the threat of the Al-Qaeda menace. In
addition, the manufacturing of an artificial 'Al-Qaeda threat'
enables Karimov to propagandize his own population into supporting
his savagery through fear.
The fact that the British
Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray told the Blair government
directly that false confessions were being obtained through violent
torture, didn't concern MI6 or the CIA, who ordered the program to
of the worldwide detainee and torture camps is defined by repeated
examples whereby proven top Al-Qaeda members are protected or
released while completely innocent individuals are imprisoned for no
reason and tortured.
For more than a decade, Osama bin Laden
had few soldiers more devoted than Abdallah Tabarak. A former
Moroccan transit worker, Tabarak served as a bodyguard for the al
Qaeda leader, worked on his farm in Sudan and helped run a gemstone
smuggling racket in Afghanistan, court records here show.
During the battle of Tora Bora in
December 2001, when al Qaeda leaders were pinned down by U.S.
forces, Tabarak sacrificed himself to engineer their escape. He
headed toward the Pakistani border while making calls on Osama bin
Laden's satellite phone as bin Laden and the others fled in the
Tabarak was captured and taken to the
U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was classified as
such a high-value prisoner that the Pentagon repeatedly denied
requests by the International Committee of the Red Cross to see him.
Then, after spending almost three years at the base, he was suddenly
The article describes how Tabarak was a
proven loyal and unceasing Al-Qaeda member with an unparalleled
affinity for Osama bin Laden.
This website has repeatedly highlighted
examples of where known terrorists, even in some cases individuals
who were in the
throes of carrying out terrorist attacks, are
ordered to be released by the US government.
And yet Pakistani gangsters
admitted to rounding up innocent people in
street sweeps and selling them to the US government as terrorists
for anything up to $25,000. These people are now at Guantanamo Bay.
Khaled Masri was
abducted off the streets of Germany by the CIA
for being a suspected terrorist, the case against him later
collapsed and the U.S. government graciously apologized for ruining
similar recent case, Ottawa software engineer
Maher Arar, who holds Canadian and Syrian nationality, was arrested
for terrorist ties and deported to Syria, where he was tortured. An
official inquiry concluded that Arar was completely innocent.
Only nine alleged terrorists have been
brought to trial by the US government and none have been convicted,
save the mental retard Zacarias Moussaoui who was
tortured into whistling whatever tune his
In many cases, alleged terrorists like
Iyman Faris, the so-called Brooklyn Bridge
bomber, turn out to be confidants of the US government. Faris was an
The so-called mastermind of the 7/7 London
Haroon Rashid Aswat, was an MI6 informant whom
British intelligence had repeatedly protected in the years before
the attack in the face of attempts by intelligence agencies of other
nations to arrest him.
The policy of the highest echelons of the
American and British establishment is to torture the innocent and
release the guilty.
The elite needs to maintain the facade that
terrorist cells are everywhere and that only their smothering
'protection' will keep us safe. And yet time and time again the real
terrorists are protected and given safe passage by the
military-industrial complex handlers.
Though the torture program is being sold to
the American people as a necessity in the "war of civilizations," it
is in actual fact a trial balloon for the incarceration of political
dissidents during a time of manufactured national emergency such as
a biological terror attack or race riots.
announced earlier this year that Halliburton
subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root had been awarded a $385 million
dollar contract by Homeland Security to construct detention and
processing facilities in the event of a national emergency.
The language of the preamble to the agreement
veils the program with talk of temporary migrant holding centers,
but it is made clear that the camps will also be used "as the
development of a plan to react to a national emergency."
Under the enemy combatant designation anyone
at the behest of the US government, even if they are a US citizen,
can be kidnapped and placed in an internment facility
forever without trial. Jose Padilla, an American citizen, spent over
three years in a Navy brig before he was afforded any kind of
hearing. The evidence against him was
proven to be non-existent and he was
transferred to a civilian jail.
Slamming the final nail in
the coffin of everything America used to stand for, the
boot-licking U.S. Senate last night gave President Bush the
legal authority to abduct and sexually mutilate American
citizens and American children in the name of the war on terror.
There is nothing in the
"detainee" legislation that protects American citizens from
being kidnapped by their own government and tortured.
Yale Law Professor Bruce Ackerman states in the
L.A. Times, "The compromise legislation....authorizes the
president to seize American citizens as enemy combatants, even
if they have never left the United States. And once thrown into
military prison, they cannot expect a trial by their peers or
any other of the normal protections of the Bill of Rights."
Similarly, law Professor Marty Lederman explains:
"this [subsection (ii) of the definition of 'unlawful enemy
combatant'] means that if the Pentagon says you're an unlawful
enemy combatant -- using whatever criteria they wish -- then as
far as Congress, and U.S. law, is concerned, you are one,
whether or not you have had any connection to 'hostilities' at
We have established that the
bill allows the President to define American citizens as enemy
combatants. Now let's take it one step further.
Before this article is
dismissed as another extremist hyperbolic rant, please take a
few minutes out of your day to check for yourself the claim that
Bush now has not only the legal authority but the active
blessings of his own advisors to torture American children.
The backdrop of the Bush
administration's push to obliterate the Geneva Conventions was
encapsulated by John “torture” Yoo,
professor of law at Berkeley, co-author of the PATRIOT Act,
author of torture memos and White House advisor.
During a December 1st debate in Chicago
with Notre Dame professor and international human rights scholar
Doug Cassel, John Yoo gave the green light for the scope of
torture to legally include sexual torture of infants.
Cassel: If the president deems that
he’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the
testicles of the person’s child, there is no law that can stop
Yoo: No treaty.
Cassel: Also no law by Congress —
that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo…
Yoo: I think it depends on why the
President thinks he needs to do that.
So if the President thinks he needs to
order children's penises to be put in vices, there is no law
that can stop him and after last night's vote, the Senate and
Congress, exemplified by
sicko 16-year-old boy groomer Mark Foley (R-FL),
has graciously provided Bush its full support for kids around
the world to be molested in the name of stopping terror.
Yoo's comments were made before
the passage of the torture legislation last night. Up until that
point Bush had merely cited his role as dictator-in-chief as
carte-blanche excuse for ordering torture - now his regime have
the audacity to openly put it in writing - going one step
further than even the Nazis did.
Again, for those who are still
deluded into thinking the extent of the "pressure" is loud music
and cold water being thrown over Johnny Jihad in Ragheadistan,
consider for a moment the fact that your own Congress and
President who, according to the Constitution, are mandated to
serve you, have just legalized abducting your kids from your
home and electric shocking their genitals.
Now that the criminals have
declared themselves outside of the law does that mean we'll see
Bush barbecuing babies on the White House lawn? Of course not,
but the policy of torturing children in front of their parents
has already been signed off on by the Pentagon and enacted under
Copper Green program and
it happened at Abu Ghraib.
Women who were arrested with their
children were forced to watch their boys being sodomized with
chemical glow sticks as the cameras rolled. Investigative
Seymour Hersh says that the U.S. government is still
withholding the tapes because of the horror of the
"soundtrack of the shrieking boys" and their mothers begging to
be killed in favor of seeing their children raped and tortured.
Your government has just lobbied for and
Congress has passed legislation to discard the Geneva
Conventions and mandate all this.
Pedophiles nationwide should rejoice -
they can comfortably take a stroll down to the local swimming
pool, grab whoever they like, drag them home, rape and torture
them, and then in their defense cite the U.S. government as an
example of how one should conduct themselves.
Could that possibly be because they are
knowingly committing war crimes?
The legislating of torture itself should
be a criminal act. All laws that contradict the U.S.
Constitution are null and void. It was once a law that black
people were slaves.
Only by engaging in civil disobedience
and refusing to tolerate or acknowledge the laws of a criminal
regime that has greased the skids for sexually torturing kids
can we ever have a hope of returning America to its past glory.
Comment: Alberto 'The Bull' Gonzales is already out threatening
federal judges to shut up and get behind the dictator or face the
Gonzales has the sheer
gall to attack judges for even considering to "overturn
long-standing traditions or policies without proper support in text
or precedent," which is exactly what Gonzales, Bush and the rest of
the White House criminals are doing themselves by de facto
abolishing the Bill of Rights!
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who is defending President Bush's
anti-terrorism tactics in multiple court battles, said Friday that
federal judges should not substitute their personal views for the
president's judgments in wartime.
He said the Constitution makes the president
commander in chief and the Supreme Court has long recognized the
president's pre-eminent role in foreign affairs. "The Constitution,
by contrast, provides the courts with relatively few tools to
superintend military and foreign policy decisions, especially during
wartime," the attorney general told a conference on the judiciary at
Georgetown University Law Center.
"Judges must resist the temptation to
supplement those tools based on their own personal views about the
wisdom of the policies under review," Gonzales said.
And he said the independence of federal
judges, who are appointed for life, "has never meant, and should
never mean, that judges or their decisions should be immune" from
"Respectfully, when courts issue decisions
that overturn long-standing traditions or policies without proper
support in text or precedent, they cannot — and should not — be
shielded from criticism," Gonzales said. "A proper sense of judicial
humility requires judges to keep in mind the institutional
limitations of the judiciary and the duties expressly assigned by
the Constitution to the more politically accountable branches."
His audience included legal scholars and
judges, including Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the Bush
administration's most reliable supporters on the Supreme Court.
The attorney general did not refer to any
specific case or decision but only to wartime, military and foreign
affairs cases in general.
Gonzales has sent Justice Department lawyers
into federal courts from coast to coast defending Bush's detention
of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, his plans to try some
of them before military tribunals and his use of the National
Security Agency to wiretap Americans without court warrants when
they communicate with suspected terrorists abroad.
Over administration objections, the Supreme
Court ordered that detainees could challenge aspects of their
imprisonment in federal courts and overturned Bush's plans for
military tribunals, forcing Bush to ask Congress to approve a new
version of the panels.
A handful of federal district judges either
ordered an end to the warrantless wiretapping or agreed to hear
court challenges to it. Opponents of the plan argue the NSA program
violates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act's requirement
that the government get a warrant from a court that meets in secret
before wiretapping Americans to gain intelligence information.
The administration contends that despite the
statute's language, the president has inherent authority from the
Constitution to order such eavesdropping without court permission.
Justice lawyers also have argued that the challenges to the NSA
program should be thrown out of court because trials would expose
state secrets. Most of the judges' rulings and proceedings have been
stayed pending appeal.
Gonzales also said he thought more states
should move away from having judges stand in partisan elections to
keep their seats. Gonzales himself as a Texas Supreme Court justice
"had to raise enough money to run print ads and place television
spots around the state in order to retain my seat."
In such contested elections, "most of the
contributions come from lawyers and law firms, many of whom have
had, or will have, cases before the court," Gonzales said. "The
appearance of a conflict of interest is difficult to dismiss."
He noted favorably that some states have
adopted other ways of picking judges, including merit selection and
appointment with simple up-or-down retention elections rather than
contested campaigns. With polls showing many voters think judges can
be swayed by campaign contributions, Gonzales said, "If Americans
come to believe that judges are simply politicians, or their
decisions can be purchased for a price, state judicial systems will
A columnist at Salon has described Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales' sacking of United States Attorneys
involved in controversial prosecutions as an act that
amounts to a "coup d'etat."
Joe Conason highlights the removal from office of
Carol Lam, Bud Cummings, and John McKay, U.S. Attorneys in
San Diego, Little Rock, and Seattle respectively, whose
prosecutions ran against the partisan interests of the Bush
White House. These acts, Conason writes, suggest that "the
White House and the Justice Department have been exposed in
a secretive attempt to expand executive power for
In the following MSNBC
video, former Attorney General John Ashcroft says that President
George W. Bush should be trusted not to abuse new powers granted
to him by congress.
Earlier today, Bush signed into law the
Military Commission Act, a bill giving him the legal power to
declare any person a detainee. The law has been criticized for
removing the right of habeas corpus and limiting the right to
see evidence presented against the accused. The bill also gives
the president new powers to declare anyone a detainee --
including American citizens -- and to detain that person without
oversight or access to the U.S. court system.
Ashcroft argues that Presidents in the
past have not abused Executive powers during times of war.
Jonathan Turley, a Constitutional law expert, unloaded on Bush during his
segment on "Countdown" tonight. He's been critical before, but watch this clip.
Turley calls attention to the fact that Bush likes hiring officials who have
either been convicted or pleaded guilty to crimes or others who should have been
indicted. He also rakes Gen. Hayden over the coals.
Classified, or black, programs now appear to account for
about $30.1 billion, or 19%, of the acquisition money the Defense Department
is requesting for fiscal year 2007, according to Steven Kosiak, a defense
analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington,
an independent policy-research group.
The figure is more than double the amount the
Pentagon requested in 1995
The investigation by Congress of the surveillance of domestic telephone and
emails calls is an absolute necessity, because the greatest threat at this
time is not so much to our "security" as to the preservation of our
constitutional system of government.
The underlying question is whether we will discard the checks and balances
of the Constitution in favor of some sort of mythical guarantee of our
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has told a
Senate hearing that President Bush blocked the Office of Professional
Responsibility from investigating domestic eavesdropping programs,
SEN. SPECTER: It was highly classified, very
important and many other lawyers had access. Why not O-P-R?
GONZALES: The President of the United States
makes the decision.
The often illegal and un-Constitutional administration of President George W.
Bush is not giving up on its program to use the National Security Agency to spy
on Americans. The administration Friday asked a federal judge to delay enforcing
her order for a halt to the NSA's warrantless communications surveillance
The Justice Department argued that ending the intelligence-gathering program
threatens "the gravest of harms to the government and to the American public"
and leaves the country "more vulnerable to terrorist attack."
Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley of George Washington University says the
government's argument is a crock and says the court's decision, if upheld on
appeal, could provide grounds for impeachment of the President.
Today's White House admission that George W. Bush
authorized the leak of, and let's not beat around the bush and call it an
'intelligence report' like the yellow bellies at Reuters, the name of CIA
agent Valerie Plame as a political stunt in retaliation for Joe Wilson's
refusal to be the snake oil salesman for their rigged war, is the final nail
in the coffin proving we have a dictatorship in Washington.
Dictatorships are not always defined by funny hand
salutes and gas chambers. The
dictionary definition mentions neither, but it does mention
"absolute or despotic control or power."
Is a President who argues he can do anything even if it
breaks the law, and an entire cabinet who agree, exercising absolute power?
Is somebody who is above the law and whose advisors and
cabinet members write memos stating he is above the law exercising absolute
How about totalitarianism?
Definition: "a form of government in which the ruler is an
absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition)."
again put George Bush above the law today when he
indicated that the administration could outright (not that they haven't been
doing so in secret for decades) authorize wiretaps of domestic American
citizen's phone calls without a warrant. This is a clear violation of the 4th
amendment to the US Constitution.
Bush's own advisor John Yoo is
on the public record as arguing that no law could prevent
the President from ordering children to be tortured by means of crushing their
genitals. No, this isn't the Frist fake
Fox News hoax - that was his actual argument in a December 1st
debate in Chicago with Notre Dame professor and international human rights
scholar Doug Cassel.
Bush's Commander in Chief designation gives him the
right to resort to anything, including mass genocide, if it is done in the
name of protecting the American people, according to the White House. It
doesn't matter if it is unconstitutional. Is this being unrestricted by laws
or opposition? If the answer is yes then we are living under totalitarianism
by its very definition
"If anyone in this administration was involved in it
(the CIA leak), they would no longer be in this administration." White House
Scott McClellan, September 29 2003.
By the White House's own admission Bush should
immediately be removed from the Oval Office.
If Bush started dropping babies out of Air Force One
for fun would this be grounds for impeachment?
Neo-cons and fake conservatives will continue to defend
Bush to the hilt whatever he does because their childish egos are already
invested in his every word and action. The invasion of the body snatchers
scenario has already passed and Bush's remaining 30 odd per cent of support is
likely to remain until the bitter end.
If Democrats don't initiate impeachment proceedings
immediately then we know without a doubt that they are complicit and have
already been promised huge kickbacks in the next two elections for keeping
their noses out.
The handful of truly independent thinking Congressmen
and Senators such as Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo need to be the ones to get the
impeachment ball rolling, if only to expose the Democrats for the
collaborators they are.
An uncle of President Bush is set to collect close to
three million dollars from the sale of a company that profited from the war in
Iraq, according to a story slated for Thursday's edition of the LA Times, RAW
STORY has found.
Excerpts from the article written by Walter F. Roche
As President Bush embarks on a new effort to shore up public support for the
war in Iraq, an uncle of the chief executive is collecting $2.7 million in
cash and stock from the recent sale of a company that profited from the war.
A report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission shows that William H.T. Bush collected a little less than $1.9
million in cash plus stock valued at more than $800,000 as a result of the
sale of Engineered Support Systems Inc. to DRS Technologies of New Jersey.
The $1.7 billion deal closed Jan. 31. Both businesses
have extensive military contracts.
The elder Bush was a director of Engineered Support
Systems. Recent SEC filings show he was paid cash and DRS stock in exchange
for shares and options he obtained as a director. Missouri-based ESSI
experienced record growth prior to its purchase by DRS through expanded U.S.
military contracts -- many to supply current U.S. efforts in Iraq and
Afghanistan -- and an aggressive buyout strategy targeted at other defense
Mike Wallace: And Woodward says that no matter what's occurred
in Iraq, Mr. Bush does not welcome any pessimistic assessments from
his aides, because he is sure that his war has Iraq and America on
the right path.
Bob Woodward: Late last year, he had key Republicans up to the
White House to talk about the war, and said 'I Will Not Withdraw
Even If Laura And Barney Are The Only Ones Supporting Me.' Barney is
In an amazing development that has received almost no
media attention, mainstream or alternative, President Bush again placed
himself above the law and wilfully violated the Constitution by signing into
law a bill that didn't pass both Houses of Congress.
According to representative Henry Waxman, Bush signed
into law a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that didn't pass Congress.
The discrepancy between the version Bush signed and the actual bill that
passed equates to a value of $2 billion.
Bush knew he was directly violating the Constitution
and effectively acting as a despot because he received a call from the Speaker
of the House before signing the bill, warning him that it had not been passed.
The Presentment Clause of the U.S. Constitution states
that before a bill can become law, it must be passed by both Houses of
Over the past two years Bush staffers and advisors like
John Yoo and
Alberto Gonzales and Senators like
Pat Robertshave declared in their own memos that Bush is above
the law and therefore above the very US Constitution that he swore to protect
Warrantless secret wiretaps of American citizens were
claimed to be within the boundaries of the Constitution yet clearly violate
The controlled mainstream media
collaborated with the government in parroting the use of
the "terrorist surveillance" term, despite the fact that thousands of the
wiretaps were used in domestic to domestic calls and the Pentagon regularly
spies on peaceful American citizens involved in anti-war organizations.
Bush's repeated trashing of the Constitution, a
document he reportedly referred to as a
"Goddamn piece of paper," is indicative of a nation
hurtling into a dictatorial abyss.
The reaction to this travesty needs to be a heck of a
lot stronger than a Henry Waxman letter, impeachment proceedings on this alone
need to be enacted before Bush starts rounding up his political enemies and
shipping them off to
Halliburton run internment camps.
With each passing hour, the Bush administration
continues to push the world closer to a nuclear holocaust. In recent days,
Bush has unveiled a new National Security Strategy that not only affirms the
doctrine of the 2002 National Security Strategy, but pushes even more
aggressively for preemptive and presumptive attacks.
The new strategy states: “We do not rule out use
of force before attacks occur, even if uncertainty remains as to the time and
place of the enemy’s attack." Essentially, Bush is giving himself the
green light to kill any time, anywhere, on a scale that Hitler could never
have imagined. The strategy singles out Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba,
Belarus, Burma and Zimbabwe as potential targets, and also includes threats
towards China. Iran, of course, is enemy number one.
As the Bush administration and its functionaries
ratchet up pressure on Iran with renewed waves of propaganda and hate, it is
no surprise that Iran is emerging as the new home of US military-intelligence
asset/construct "Osama bin Laden" (replacing “the mountains along the Pakistan
border” and other such versions).
According to a Washington Times report, several
(unnamed) members of the intelligence community and Congressman Curt Weldon,
are pushing this line. As recently as March 15, in an interview with the
Philadelphia Inquirer, Weldon has even proclaimed that, according to his
top-secret source (named “Ali”), bin Laden died in Iran.
This claim has been parroted by both conservatives (see
this), as well as neoliberals, such as Air America Radio’s Ed Schulz in recent
days. The push towards “getting Iran," the “hotbed of terrorism," is
bipartisan, as is the embrace of the USAPATRIOT Act, which was renewed this
month by Congress, with virtually no resistance.
Weldon wants to flatten Iran, and expand the “war on
terrorism." As I wrote in The Spinning of the Smoking Guns, “Congressman Curt
Weldon, who has been spearheading the Able Danger case in Washington, is
pushing a right-wing agenda. Weldon, the number one critic of the 9/11
Commission, has a reputation as a loose cannon. His book Countdown to Terror
not only pushes for more aggressive anti-terrorism, but also goes after Iran
(Iran-as-terrorist, Iran-targeting-nuclear-facilities, etc.). Weldon has been
criticized by Dana Priest of the Washington Post, and the New York Times. The
bottom line: Weldon's bias and goals must be questioned.”
It is no surprise that a convenient, unproven (and
unprovable) Osama connection to Iran now emerges along with the rest of the
Bush administration’s wholesale demonization and baiting of Iran. Certainly,
more will be manufactured.
The same fraud and insanity that preceded the
slaughter and occupation of Iraq is simply being repeated. Bush's recent tour
across the "Grand Chessboard" and the incessant Iran-baiting by the criminal
Condoleeza Rice are ominously similar to the “diplomacy” that preceded 9/11
and the attack on Afghanistan. Observers correctly view the Bush tour as the
harbinger of a new round of war across Eurasia.
Since "winning" his re-election in November of 2004,
President Bush has made some very revealing (and highly disturbing)
appointments. Here is a brief look at some of those pro-police state
Halliburton's Iraq Contracts Now Worth over $10 Billion
Dec 9, 2004
The value of Halliburton's Iraq contracts has crossed the $10 billion
threshold. Halliburton has now received $8.3 billion in Iraq work under its
LOGCAP troop support contract and $2.5 billion under its no-bid Restore Iraqi
Oil (RIO) contract, a total of $10.8 billion.
Note: The first one minute forty seven seconds of above program is in
Dutch, The remainder is in English
names.... same motives.
Special Report, 2002
"[Frank Carlucci, chairman of the Carlyle Group], was brought into the
Nixon Administration by Donald Rumsfeld, his roommate and wrestling
partner at Princeton, and quickly make his way into senior positions at
the Office of Economic Opportunity (where he worked with Dick Cheney),
the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (where he was mentored
by Caspar Weinberger) and the White House Office of Management and
Budget (where he hired an up-and-coming Army officer named Colin
Crony Capitalism Goes Global April 1, 2002
"William Conway, managing director and co-founder of the Carlyle Group,
was talking recently about the media coverage of his bank and the cast
of ex-Presidents and former officials, including George H.W. Bush, James
Baker III and Frank Carlucci, on its payroll."
"Make that a very close friend. Two internal Defense Department
documents -- letters between Carlyle and Rumsfeld -- recently made
available to the Voice show the intimate relationship between the Bush
administration and the Carlyle Group."
The Big Guys Work For the Carlyle Group March 18, 2002
"Are you the sort of person who believes in conspiracies--the Trilateral
Commission secretly runs the world, that sort of thing? Well, then,
here's a company for you. The Carlyle Group, a Washington, D.C., buyout
firm, is one of the nation's largest defense contractors. It has
billions of dollars at its disposal and employs a few important people.
Maybe you've heard of them: former Secretary of State Jim Baker, former
Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci, and former White House budget
director Dick Darman. Wait, we're just getting warmed up. William
Kennard, who recently headed the FCC, and Arthur Levitt, who just left
the SEC, also work for Carlyle. As do former British Prime Minister John
Major and former Philippines President Fidel Ramos. Let's see, are we
forgetting anyone? Oh, right, former President George Herbert Walker
Bush is on the payroll too."
Arms Buildup Enriches Firm Staffed by Big Guns
January 10, 2002
"President George W. Bush's father works for Carlyle; so does former
Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci, whose close friend Donald H.
Rumsfeld now runs the Pentagon; and so does a stellar cast of retired
generals and Cabinet secretaries, including former Secretary of State
James A. Baker III."
January 8, 2002
"Like everyone else in the United States, the group stood transfixed as
the events of September 11 unfolded. Present were former secretary of
defense Frank Carlucci, former secretary of state James Baker III, and
representatives of the bin Laden family. This was not some underground
presidential bunker or Central Intelligence Agency interrogation room.
It was the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., the plush setting for the
annual investor conference of one of the most powerful, well-connected,
and secretive companies in the world: the Carlyle Group. And since
September 11, this little-known company has become unexpectedly
Bush, bin Laden and the Carlyle Group November 10, 2001
DOBBS: President Bush's family and members of the Bush administration
have long-standing business connections with the United Arab Emirates,
and those connections are raising new concerns and questions tonight in
some quarters about why the president is defying his very own party
leadership and his party in defending the Dubai port deal.
CHRISTINE ROMANS: The oil-rich
United Arab Emirates is a major investor
in The Carlyle Group, the private equity investment firm where
President Bush's father once served as senior adviser and is a who's
who of former high-level government officials. Just last year, Dubai
International Capital, a government-backed buyout firm, invested in an
$8 billion Carlyle fund.
Another family connection, the president's brother, Neil Bush, has
reportedly received funding for his educational software company from
the UAE investors. A call to his company was not returned.
Then there is the cabinet connection. Treasury Secretary John Snow was
chairman of railroad company CSX/. After he left the company for the
White House, CSX sold its international port operations to Dubai Ports
World for more than a billion dollars.
In Connecticut today, Snow told reporters he had no knowledge of that
CSX sale. "I learned of this transaction probably the same way members
of the Senate did, by reading about it in the newspapers."
Another administration connection, President Bush chose a Dubai Ports
World executive to head the U.S. Maritime Administration. David
Sanborn, the former director of Dubai Ports' European and Latin
American operations, he was tapped just last month to lead the agency
that oversees U.S. port operations.