Archive for the ‘Chertoff’ Category
We will not be posting Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007. We are participating in the STRIKE FOR PEACE.
If you’ve had enough, you need to say “When.” Say-when.org
Don’t get too excited about Alberto Gonzales stepping down – rumor has it that Michael Chertoff will be his replacement…
To quote this very long and very important post – “…what was a dual nationality cat like Rabbi Zakheim doing in charge of the Pentagon’s money supply? Forget that, what is Chertoff, another dual nationality cat doing in charge of Homeland Security?“
Take some time and read it all at Smoking Mirrors
…Also, you should remember all that talk earlier this week about the terrorist dry runs at airports here in the U.S. Well, just kidding. It turns out it was all one big false alarm. We’ll explain.— CNN anchor T.J. Holmes, at the top of Saturday morning newscast (via Nexis).
In other reports on CNN over the weekend when fewer people watch television news:
(CNN reporter Brian) TODD: In fact, a U.S. government official familiar with the investigation now says there were valid explanations for all four incidents in that bulletin and no charges will be brought in any of these cases.
(on camera): TSA officials first told us the incident with Sara Weiss** got put on that bulletin because of a systems error. But they also say they were right to put all these incidents on that alert because whenever they find suspicious objects, they have to run them to ground and tell law enforcement officials to look out for items like that.
** Sara Weiss is a 66-year old woman (visiting her family in San Diego) with a leaky ice pack in her luggage, who was asked by a Federal Agent “Do you know Osama Bin Laden?!”
“My administration knew that there would be more attacks from these terrorists who hate us and our way of life and are determined to destroy every one of us. If only more of you had believed me and supported my war on terror these new attacks would not have happened. Our security efforts were impaired by the Democrats’ determined attempts to surrender to the terrorists by forcing our withdrawal from Iraq and by civil libertarian assaults on our necessary security measures. If only more Americans had trusted their government, this would not have happened.”
From Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan. Read his entire piece “My Wake-up Call” here.
In a speech on 9/11, he stated that the losses were likely to be “more than we can bear.”
In retrospect, he was right. Even though the initial death toll at “ground zero” was lower than expected, the losses from 9/11 are ultimately proving to be more than we can bear.
They say that if you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out right away to escape the danger.
But, if you put a frog in a kettle that is filled with water that is cool and pleasant, and then you gradually heat the kettle until it starts boiling, the frog will not become aware of the threat until it is too late. The frog’s survival instincts are geared towards detecting sudden changes.
- The greatest threat now is “a 9/11 occurring with a group of terrorists armed not with airline tickets and box cutters, but with a nuclear weapon in the middle of one of our own cities.” — Dick Cheney on Face the Nation, CBS, April 15, 2007
After reading this article at Rense (http://www.rense.com/general77/chens.htm) I had a momentary flash of pre-cognition, or was it indigestion from last night’s beer and pretzels? I’m not sure because I don’t think I’m psychic. Any way, earlier I read where the West Coast was going to be the next target of terrorist attacks. This doesn’t make sense to me since San Francisco and L.A. have been so demonized in America it probably wouldn’t galvanize us to war with them; them being the forces of evil, and us being the righteous soldiers of God. Then again there is a large Mexican and Central American population in L.A. They are the potential new recruits, and there is nothing worse than a Mexican vendetta. Still as heinous as that would be many Americans might just view it as a solution to the illegal alien problem.
Getting back to my pre-cognition, or was it the after glow of my Sunday morning Bloody Mary, if there were to be a terrorist attack, either real or false flag, it wouldn’t be on the West Coast. It would be in the heartland, somewhere near or in the evangelical Bible belt where obsolete technology still dominates the landscape. Since of course the next terrorist attack will be nuclear according to Cheney’s gut feeling, probably Iranian enriched plutonium. Somewhere where people feel especially safe, because it’s in God’s country. Somewhere where the staunch supporters of the Iraq war and this administration reside. What better way to galvanize the people into the next world war than to strike the people who feel they are removed from the real threat? What better ways to start the next crusade than to have attacked fundamentalist Christians with fundamentalist Muslims? Besides you’ll still need L.A., i.e., Hollywood to make all those upcoming war propaganda films, like “Allah, the real threat to ‘IN GOD WE TRUST'”.
Note: On Tuesday President Bush will make a speech at the Charleston Air Force Base.
Greystone – A common laborer.
Because of the posts we’ve made detailing the rantings of Chertoff, Santorum, and Milligan, it has been suggested that we think the United States is not in danger of another 9/11-style event. Quite the contrary – we think there is every indication that something is in the works. We just want to make certain that you understand where the threat is actually coming from and why.
Please keep an eye on the poll numbers, the continuing desertion of Republican Senators and Congress-persons, and an escalation of claims of increased al Qaeda activity. Make note of whether there appears to be a correlation between them.
Don’t allow yourselves to be swept up in the fear – but be aware of what is happening. We are thinking the line this administration is looking for is “See…we told you.”
We’re All Gonna Die
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Columnist Friday 13 July 2007
We are all wired into a survival trip now.
– Hunter S. Thompson
Who can forget the incredible scandal that erupted back in May of 2002? Around about the middle of that month, details began to emerge about the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing that specifically warned Bush about Osama bin Laden’s determination to strike the United States.
Wait. Actually, everyone forgot, because two days later, the Bush administration unleashed a blizzard of dire warnings about impending terrorist attacks. FBI Director Robert Mueller intoned such attacks were “inevitable,” and the Department of Homeland Security announced the imminent, explosive destruction of all American railroads, along with the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.
Who can forget the incredible scandal that erupted back in June of 2003? Over the course of two days, reports emerged about serious doubts held by the CIA regarding the credibility of the administration’s claim Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger. On the heels of this, Congress unfurled its 9/11 report, which criticized all levels of the Bush administration for its performance before and during the attacks.
Wait. Actually, everyone forgot, because the Bush administration unleashed another blizzard of warnings about impending terrorist attacks. Specifically, the Department of Homeland Security warned terrorists were, once again, preparing to attack the United States with suicide missions using commercial airliners as bombs.
Who can forget the incredible scandal that erupted back in December of 2003? 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Keane declared the attacks of 9/11 should have been prevented. The next day, a Federal appeals court ruled against the administration on the case of suspected terrorist Jose Padilla, stating Padilla could not be held indefinitely without being charged.
Wait. Actually, everyone forgot, because the Bush administration increased the terrorism threat level to Orange and claimed more suicide planes were about to come zooming out of the sky. Six international flights were diverted due to potential terrorist actions of some passengers who were later identified as an insurance salesman, an elderly Chinese woman and a five-year-old boy.
Who can forget the incredible scandal that erupted back in May of 2004? Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on Meet the Press and stated the intelligence on Iraqi WMD he’d been given for his UN presentation had been “inaccurate and wrong and, in some cases, deliberately misleading.” Horrifying new pictures of the torture, rape and murder of prisoners by Americans at Abu Ghraib prison became public. The American military accidentally bombed a wedding party in Iraq, killing 40 civilians.
Wait. Actually, everyone forgot, because FBI Director Mueller and Attorney General John Ashcroft announced they had reports from multiple sources of al Qaeda’s “specific intention to hit the United States hard.” The threat levels were not raised, but dire warnings of impending catastrophe were offered by the administration for the next several days.
The recipe is simple, like the directions on the back of a shampoo bottle. Damaging reports of Bush administration malfeasance emerge. Warnings of imminent terrorist-borne doom immediately follow, all spread far and wide by said Bush administration. Lather, rinse, repeat.
There are many more instances of this curious timing to be found, but apparently, no one in the administration is concerned this dubious pattern – spreading fear among the populace to change the subject, an act of terrorism itself – might start to wear thin.
Who is going to forget the incredible scandals of June and July of 2007? The Bush administration leaves Nixon in the dust by commuting the prison sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. This action strongly suggests the existence of a quid pro quo between Libby and Bush’s people to cover up the criminal activities of powerful officials like Vice President Dick Cheney, who had recently claimed his office wasn’t part of the executive branch to avoid handing papers over to the National Archives.
The administration deploys spurious claims of Executive Privilege to avoid subpoenas regarding the patently illegal NSA wiretapping of American citizens. That privilege is extended to deny Congressional access to Harriet Miers, former White House counsel, regarding the issue of fired US attorneys. Contempt charges are threatened against Miers, and the NSA subpoena stonewall comes closer to getting openly challenged in court. Alberto Gonzales is exposed as having lied to the Senate in his testimony about FBI abuses of the Patriot Act.
Few of the benchmarks for success in Iraq are met. Desperate to halt a tide of GOP defections from his Iraq policy, Bush again coughs up the totally discredited link between 9/11 and Iraq, saying, “The same people that attacked us on September the 11th is a crowd that is now bombing people, killing innocent men, women and children.” The House again votes to withdraw American troops from Iraq. A new Harris poll on Bush’s approval rating is published. The number reads 26 percent.
Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff all but guarantees devastating new terror attacks against the United States this summer. He bases this warning on a “gut feeling.” White House spokesman Tony Snow threatens that withdrawal from Iraq would bring terrorism “to a shopping mall near you.”
Meanwhile, al Qaeda is alleged to be as secure in Pakistan and Afghanistan as they were before 9/11, yet no one in the administration connects this new security to the drain of resources happening in Iraq. Additionally, no one in the administration points out the fact that, if Chertoff’s gut is indeed correct, and we are indeed attacked again, responsibility for that attack will fall upon those who manufactured war in Iraq. Never mind the fact that if an attack is allowed to happen, even a minor one, more of our constitutional rights and protections will be eviscerated by the very same people who failed to stop it again.
Will everyone forget about the scandals of June and July 2007 amid these deadly warnings of coming death?
Lather, rinse, repeat.
William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of two books: “War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know“ and “The Greatest Sedition Is Silence.” His newest book, “House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America’s Ravaged Reputation,” is now available from PoliPointPress.