Saturday, April 22, 2006

A Family of Liars and War Criminals: The Latest 'Smoking Gun'

Normally, I would not consign so much space to a single article. But these revelations cannot be ignored; they must not be relegated.

They should be shouted from the rooftops.

This is not a single "smoking gun"; this is one of a MYRIAD of smoking guns that should lead to Bush's impeachment and removal from office. They should lead inexorably to war crimes trials.

White House knew there were no WMD: CIA

The CIA had evidence Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction six months before the 2003 US-led invasion but was ignored by a White House intent on ousting Saddam Hussein, a former senior CIA official said, according to CBS.

Tyler Drumheller, who headed CIA covert operations in Europe during the run-up to the Iraq war, said intelligence opposing administration claims of a WMD threat came from a top Iraqi official who provided the US spy agency with other credible information.

The source "told us that there were no active weapons of mass destruction programs," Drumheller said in a CBS interview to be aired on Sunday on the US network's 60 Minutes.

"The (White House) group that was dealing with preparation for the Iraq war came back and said they were no longer interested," he was quoted as saying in interview excerpts released by CBS on Friday.

"We said: 'Well, what about the intel?' And they said: 'Well, this isn't about intel anymore. This is about regime change'," added Drumheller, whose CIA operation was assigned the task of debriefing the Iraqi official.

He was the latest former US official to accuse the White House of setting an early course toward war in Iraq and ignoring intelligence that conflicted with its aim.

CBS said the CIA's intelligence source was former Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri and that former CIA Director George Tenet delivered the information personally to US President George W Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other top White House officials in September 2002. They rebuffed the CIA three days later.

"The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy," the former CIA agent told CBS.
Stay tuned to the cowboy. I am researching an article about Bush Sr, who raised the specter of the mushroom cloud in his run up to the Persian Gulf War I. Simply put, wars of aggression are crimes against the peace. Atrocities in the act of carrying out such a war are war crimes. U.S. law prohibits such violations of Nuremburg —so don't let anyone tell you that Nuremberg doesn't matter. Read U.S. Codes; Section 2441. This is serious stuff, folks. Of course we're talking about violations of Nuremberg, but we're also talking about capital crimes under U.S. law!

Bush administration committing treason

Tom DeLay, that paragon of virtue who spearheaded that impeachment movement, is now the figurehead of the congressional moral shambles that started out as the dubious "Contract with America."

If an extramarital affair deserves a censure vote, what does the implosion of our rights of privacy guaranteed by the Constitution deserve?

President Bush promised the American people that he would fire anyone working in his administration who was involved in leaks. What a surprise. The order came from our President himself. Both of these acts, plus the lies perpetrated on the American people about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, Mr. Gaffney, are called treason.

The ludicrousness of tax cuts for the rich (elite) while the country is at war is fiscally and morally reprehensible. It has left us without the ability to deal with education, Social Security, and is eroding our ability to give aid to the poor. It has also left us without the strength to stand up to the real enemies of this country, Iran and North Korea.

Finally, please do not equate this quagmire with World War II. We had a dictator who was well on his way to world domination, not a tin horn [dictator wannabe] firing a shotgun from a podium. ...

Bush should resign

An excerpt:
George W. Bush should do the ultimate patriotic act for America. He should resign.

He should give up this miserable, unpopular and tragic presidency and return to Texas. [my comment: he should be arrested for felony violations of U.S. Codes; Section 2441 and tried in a court of law. When found guilty, he should be sentenced!]

There, he can reflect on the lives he has cost in Iraq, the huge deficits he is accountable for, the Medicare drug program and Katrina recovery messes he so incompetently created, the illegal spying he has promoted, and the enormous waste of time and money he has spent going around the country telling his lies to friendly, hand-picked Republican audiences who are most certainly in denial about how pitiful he is.

Louisville-area folks can do their patriotic act this fall. They can dump Anne Northrup for her rubber-stamping support of Bush's reckless, dangerous and misguided policies. ...
Bush should not merely resign. This man is armed and dangerous, a threat to U.S. Democracy, a traitor, a mass murderer by proxy, an arch criminal.
Americans, increasingly, are not buying his justifications for any of these positions. Yet Bush has made no effort to persuade them that his actions are sound, prudent or productive; rather, he takes offense when anyone questions his unilateral powers. He responds as if personally insulted.

John Dean, Former White House Counsel, Nixon Administration

Bush must be brought to justice!
'Toons by Dante Lee; use only with permission

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