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    ... BEYOND BUSH - Part I by Michael C. Ruppert © Copyright 2003, From The Wilderness Publications, www.copvcia.com. All Rights Reserved. May be reprinted,
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      BEYOND BUSH - Part I

      by Michael C. Ruppert

      © Copyright 2003, From The Wilderness Publications, www.copvcia.com. All
      Rights Reserved. May be reprinted, distributed or posted on an Internet web
      site for non-profit purposes only.

      There is no longer any serious doubt that Bush administration officials
      deceived us into war. The key question now is why so many influential people
      are in denial, unwilling to admit the obvious...But even people who aren't
      partisan Republicans shy away from confronting the administration's
      dishonest case for war, because they don't want to face the implications...

      After all, suppose a politician - or a journalist - admits to himself that
      Mr. Bush bamboozled the nation into war. Well, launching a war on false
      pretenses is, to say the least a breach of trust. So if you admit to
      yourself that such a thing happened, you have a moral obligation to demand
      accountability - and to do so in the face not only of a powerful, ruthless
      political machine but in the face of a country not yet ready to believe that
      its leaders have exploited 9/11 for political gain. It's a scary prospect.

      Yet, if we can't find people willing to take the risk - to face the truth
      and act on it - what will happen to our democracy?

      Paul Krugman, The New York Times, June 24, 2003

      July 1, 2003 1600 PDT (FTW) -- Let's just suppose for a moment that George
      W. Bush was removed from the White House. Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld,
      Ashcroft, Wolfowitz and Rove too. What would that leave us with? It would
      leave us stuck in hugely expensive, Vietnam-like guerrilla wars in Iraq and
      Afghanistan. It would leave us with the Patriot Act, Homeland Security and
      Total Information Awareness snooping into every detail of our lives. It
      would leave us with a government in violation of the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and
      8th Amendments to the Constitution. It would leave us with a massive
      cover-up of US complicity in the attacks of 9/11 that, if fully admitted,
      would show not intelligence "failures" but intelligence crimes, approved and
      ordered by the most powerful people in the country. It would leave us with a
      government that now has the power to compel mass vaccinations on pain of
      imprisonment or fine, and with no legal ability to sue the vaccine makers
      who killed our friends or our children. It would leave us with two and half
      million unemployed; the largest budget deficits in history; more than $3.3
      trillion missing from the Department of Defense; and state and local
      governments broke to the point of having to cut back essential services like
      sewers, police, and fire. It would leave us with a federal government that
      had hit the debt ceiling and was unable to borrow any more money. And we
      would still be facing a looming natural gas crisis of unimagined
      proportions, and living on a planet that is slowly realizing that it is
      running out of oil with no "Plan B". Our airports however, would be very
      safe, and shares of Halliburton, Lockheed and DynCorp would be paying
      excellent dividends.

      This is not good management.

      Leaving all of these issues unaddressed is not good management either.

      And this is why, as I will demonstrate in this article, the decision has
      already been made by corporate and financial powers to remove George W.
      Bush, whether he wants to leave or not, and whether he steals the next
      election or not. Before you start cheering, ask yourself three questions:
      "If there is someone or something that can decide that Bush will not return,
      nor remain for long, what is it? And if that thing is powerful enough to
      remove Bush, was it not also powerful enough to have put him there in the
      first place? And if that is the case, then isn't that what's really
      responsible for the state of things? George W. Bush is just a hired CEO who
      is about to be removed by the "Board of Directors". Who are they? Are they
      going to choose his replacement? Are you going to help them?

      What can change this Board of Directors and the way the "Corporation"
      protects its interests? These are the only issues that matter.

      So now the honest question about the 2004 Presidential campaign is, "What do
      you really want out of it?" Do you want the illusion that everything is a
      little better while it really gets worse? Or are you ready yet to roll up
      your sleeves and make some very unpleasant but necessary fixes?

      The greatest test of the 2004 presidential election campaign is not with the
      candidates. It is with the people. There are strong signs that presidential
      election issues on the Democratic side are already being manipulated by
      corporate and financial interests. And some naïve and well-intentioned (and
      some not-so-naïve and not-so-well intentioned) activists are already playing
      right into the Board's hands. There are many disturbing signs that the only
      choice offered to the American people will be no choice at all. Under the
      psychological rationale, "This is the way it has to be done", campaign
      debates will likely address only half-truths and fail to come to grips with
      - or even acknowledge - the most important issues that I just described. In
      fact, only the least important issues will likely be addressed in campaign
      2004 at the usual expense of future generations who are rapidly realizing
      that they are about to become the victims of the biggest Holocaust in
      mankind's history. The final platforms for Election 2004 will likely be
      manifestos of madness unless we dictate differently.

      It is amazing to see such words of honesty coming from The New York Times as
      those of Paul Krugman. I am not referring to the recent scandals over
      falsified stories that brought down a reporter and two editors at the Times.
      That particular drama was overplayed by CNN, Fox and The Washington Post as
      punishment for the Times' opposition to the invasion of Iraq. The most
      vicious dogs of war are sometimes armed with sharpened, saliva-drenched
      keyboards. No, Paul Krugman's words represent the essence of what From The
      Wilderness has stood for since its very first issue. Unless people find the
      will to address scandals, lies, and betrayals of trust that, by their very
      existence, reveal that the system itself is corrupt and that the people
      controlling it - both in government, and in America's corporations and
      financial institutions -- are criminals, there is no chance to make anything
      better, only an absolute certainty that things will get worse.

      Already we can see the early signs of delusional and dishonest behavior that
      is being willingly embraced by equally delusional activists who have begun a
      sterile debate about which candidate to support and why it is better to
      become involved on the side of one Democratic Party candidate or another or
      why a vote for a Green Party candidate instead of a Democrat is tantamount
      to treason. The Republicans, of course, are sharpening up a campaign that
      will portray George W. Bush as the "Hero of 9/11", "The Protector of the
      American Economy", "The Savior of the Free World", "A Man Who Loves God",
      and "The Man Who Cut Taxes". Electroshock therapy might be useful for these
      people.

      But is it any less warranted for people who believe that everything will be
      fine if there is better theme music in the background, while none of the
      real offenses of the past two years are addressed or undone?

      Short Memories

      Some on the Democratic side are already positioning themselves to co-opt and
      control what happened on 9/11 into a softer, less disturbing "Better this
      than nothing" strategy. This attitude, that the only thing that matters is
      finding an electable Democrat, is nothing more than a rearrangement of deck
      chairs on the Titanic. Has everyone suddenly forgotten that the 2000
      election was stolen: first by using software and political machinery to
      disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible voters, then by open
      interference at polling places, and finally by an absolutely illegal Supreme
      Court decision? Do these people believe that such a crime, absolutely
      successful the first time, will never be attempted again?

      And has everyone also forgotten that in the 2002 midterm elections the
      proprietary voting software, in many cases owned by those affiliated with
      the Republican Party or - as in the case of Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska
      - the candidates themselves, has been ruled by the Supreme Court to be
      immune from public inspection. (Hagel won by a lopsided 83% majority).
      Throughout the United States in 2002 there was abundant evidence that the
      so-called "solution" to hanging chads did nothing more than enshrine the
      ability to steal elections with immunity and also much less fuss afterwards?
      Who in their right mind would trust such a system? Why have none of the
      candidates mentioned it?

      And, if all else fails, we can have more Wellstone plane crashes. It has
      worked with three Democratic Senate candidates in key races over the last
      thirty years. Maybe that's why no one in Congress is talking about the
      election process. Plane crashes are part of that process too.

      This is the process in which some are urging us to place our trust? My
      publication, which recently ran a full-page ad in The Washington Post, and
      is about to unleash a national ad campaign, has already been unofficially
      approached by people from two Democratic challengers seeking an endorsement.
      I have made it clear that FTW will not endorse any candidate who does not
      make the life-and-death issues facing mankind his or her number-one priority
      and address them openly.

      Is the 2004 election already being rolled, like soft cookie dough, away from
      the issues? Already there are signs that some candidates who speak the truth
      are having their campaigns infiltrated by expert managers who might dilute
      the message. There are signs that others, looked upon as likely winners with
      strong progressive credentials, may be nothing more than different dogs from
      the same kennel that brought us the Bush Wolf Pack.

      But first let me convince you that the Bush management team is actually on
      its way out and that this is not a reason to breathe a sigh of relief. Don't
      get me wrong, I'll be glad to see the mean-spirited and dishonest bastards
      go. I'll also acknowledge their healthy severance package and I'll worry
      about the bastards that will likely replace them who might be much harder to
      identify.

      BUMPING BUSH

      There is only one difference between the evidence showing the Bush
      administration's criminal culpability in and foreknowledge of the attacks of
      9/11, and the evidence showing that the administration deceived the American
      public about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein. Both sets of evidence are
      thoroughly documented. They are irrefutable and based upon government
      records and official statements and actions shown to be false, misleading or
      dishonest. And both sets of evidence are unimpeachable. The difference is
      that the evidence showing the Iraqi deception is being seriously and widely
      investigated by the mainstream press, and actively by an ever-increasing
      number of elected representatives. That's it.

      It is the hard record of official statements made by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld
      and Powell on Iraq that will sink the administration, either before or after
      the election. These guys are horrible managers and they have really botched
      things up, big time - exactly as I said they would. There is no amount of
      spin anywhere that can neutralize this record. As FTW predicted back in
      March, the biggest and most obvious criminal action of the administration, a
      knowing lie (one of many) used to deceive a nation into war, was the
      administration's assertion that Iraq had reconstituted its nuclear weapons
      program and had recently attempted to purchase uranium from the African
      country of Niger.

       Just before the March 2003 Iraqi invasion in our two-part series titled The
      Perfect Storm we wrote:

      There are serious signs of a major political revolt brewing in the United
      States - one that could end the Bush Presidency - George W. Bush still has
      his finger on the trigger and he knows that his only hope for survival is to
      pull it. U.S. and British intelligence agencies are leaking documents left
      and right disputing White House "evidence" against Iraq that has repeatedly
      been shown to be falsified, plagiarized and forged. Quiet meetings are being
      held in Washington between members of Congress and attorneys like Ramsey
      Clark discussing Bush's impeachment. Leaders of the World Trade Organization
      (WTO), as reported in a March 15 story in the International Herald Tribune
      have said, "All international institutions would suffer a loss of
      credibility if the one superpower appeared to be choosing which rules to
      obey and which to ignore." And a Rockefeller has called for an investigation
      of a Bush. On March 14, the Associated Press reported that W. Va. Senator
      Jay Rockefeller has asked the FBI to investigate forged documents which were
      presented first by Britain and then the United States showing that Iraq had
      been trying to purchase uranium from the African country of Niger for its
      weapons program. Of all the glaring falsehoods told by the administration,
      the fact that these forgeries were noted by a Rockefeller may make them the
      second-rate Watergate burglary of the 21st century...

      There are few things more closely connected to or identified with Bush
      family power than globalization and the Rockefellers. He has most likely
      failed both of them and both have the power to remove him...

      In the meantime, there are increasing signs that the U.S. political and
      economic elites are laying the groundwork to make the Bush administration,
      specifically Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Perle and Wolfowitz,
      sacrificial scapegoats for a failed policy in time to consolidate post 9-11
      gains, regroup and move forward.

      That prophecy is coming true with a vengeance.

      The Bush administration's gamble is that, because it can raise more money
      than all the Democratic challengers put together, it can still manage to
      re-elect itself in 2004. No doubt, the administration will put up a good
      fight. But an impeachment, long sought after by many - including University
      of Illinois law Professor Francis Boyle -- will be waiting after the second
      inauguration just as surely as it was for Richard Nixon in 1973.

      My certainty is based upon a record that is utterly damning and penetrates
      to almost every assertion made by the Bush administration in its pursuit of
      Iraqi oil. Rather than digress into a lengthy discussion of the offenses let
      me refer the reader to two examples that exemplify how strong the case is
      and that it is being pursued.

      Hard Work from the House

      The legal groundwork for the Clinton impeachment of 1998-9 was laid out
      quietly over a period of many months. The same holds true now.

      The foundation of the impeachment - or the scandal that will prompt a regime
      change - was laid in a March 17 letter written by California Congressman
      Henry Waxman who has been dogging the Bush administration on its violations
      of law since it took office. Waxman's first battle was over the refusal of
      the administration to release the mostly still-secret records of Vice
      President Cheney's 2001 Energy Task Force. It is there that some of the
      biggest secrets of 9/11 lay buried. With respect to the Iraqi invasion --
      using the record of official statements made by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and
      Powel -- Waxman has already laid out and won the prima facie case that the
      administration has lied, deceived the public and broken the public trust.
      There can be no defense against this record once it gets into a legal
      proceeding.

      To read the full text of Waxman's March letter please visit:
      http://www.house.gov/reform/min/inves_admin/admin_nuclear_evidence.htm

      This web page details Waxman's meticulous compilation of evidence and - from
      a legal, as opposed to political standpoint - is no doubt the core of any
      future impeachment case against Bush. It is damning and Waxman has
      diligently continued to build, brick by brick, the wall into which the
      administration could soon crash. An important historical novelty here is
      that Waxman's compilation of irrefutable criminal activity also guarantees
      that if Bush goes, so do Cheney, Rumsfeld and Powell. What then?

      Rebellion From Inside the Beltway

      On June 26, a twenty-seven-year CIA veteran analyst tied the pieces together
      and made it clear that, Bush is fighting a battle he cannot win. Just as it
      was with Nixon, the intelligence agencies have turned against him. Ray
      McGovern, affiliated with the watchdog group Veteran Intelligence
      Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), has been out front with criticisms of the
      Bush administration's abuse of intelligence procedures for some time.
      However, in his interview with William Rivers Pitt, writing for
      Truthout.org, McGovern took Waxman's work several steps further. He was also
      critical of CIA Director George Tenet's endorsements of intelligence abuses
      by Powell, Cheney and Bush, yet he did not mention that Tenet had left a
      paper record showing that the CIA had never trusted the forged Niger
      documents that the administration still - even after warnings -- sold to the
      public and to the world as authentic.

      McGovern also let Tenet off the hook for the biggest crime of the
      administration, allowing and facilitating the attacks of 9/11, saying, "My
      analysis is that George Bush had no option but to keep George Tenet on as
      Director, because George Tenet had warned Bush repeatedly, for months and
      months before September 11, that something very bad was about to happen".
      Even still McGovern let the Bush administration know that its conduct before
      the attacks was a sword of Damocles hanging over Bush's head.

      "On August 6, the title of the [Presidential] briefing was, ŒBin Laden
      Determined to Strike in the US,' and that briefing had the word ŒHijacking'
      in it. That's all I know about it, but that's quite enough. In September,
      Bush had to make a decision. Is it feasible to let go of Tenet, whose agency
      flubbed the dub on this one? And the answer was no, because Tenet knows too
      much about what Bush knew, and Bush didn't know what to do about it. That's
      the bottom line for me."

      I disagree with McGovern---there is a record showing that the CIA knew about
      9/11---but otherwise McGovern's analysis matched perfectly with FTW's of
      three months ago. Here are some excerpts:

      In the coming weeks, we're going to be seeing folks coming out and coming
      forth with what they know, and it is going to be very embarrassing for the
      Bush administration.

      To be quite complete on this, it encourages me that the analysts at the
      Defense Intelligence Agency - who share this ethic of trying to tell the
      truth, even though they are under much greater pressure and have much less
      career protection because they work for Rumsfeld - to their great credit, in
      September of last year they put out a memo saying there is no reliable
      evidence to suggest that the Iraqis have biological or chemical weapons, or
      that they are producing them...

      They looked around after Labor Day and said, "OK, if we're going to have
      this war, we really need to persuade Congress to vote for it. How are we
      going to do that? Well, let's do the al Qaeda-Iraq connection. That's the
      traumatic one. 9/11 is still a traumatic thing for most Americans. Let's do
      that."

      But then they said, "Oh damn, those folks at CIA don't buy that, they say
      there's no evidence, and we can't bring them around. We've tried every which
      way and they won't relent. That won't work, because if we try that, Congress
      is going to have these CIA wimps come down, and the next day they'll
      undercut us. How about these chemical and biological weapons? We know they
      don't have any nuclear weapons, so how about the chemical and biological
      stuff? Well, damn. We have these other wimps at the Defense Intelligence
      Agency, and dammit, they won't come around either. They say there's no
      reliable evidence of that, so if we go up to Congress with that, the next
      day they'll call the DIA folks in, and the DIA folks will undercut us."

      So they said, "What have we got? We've got those aluminum tubes!" The
      aluminum tubes, you will remember, were something that came out in late
      September, the 24th of September. The British and we front-paged it. These
      were aluminum tubes that were said by Condoleezza Rice as soon as the report
      came out to be only suitable for use in a nuclear application. This is
      hardware that they had the dimensions of. So they got that report, and the
      British played it up, and we played it up. It was front page in the New York
      Times. Condoleezza Rice said, "Ah ha! These aluminum tubes are suitable only
      for uranium-enrichment centrifuges."

      Then they gave the tubes to the Department of Energy labs, and to a person,
      each one of those nuclear scientists and engineers said, "Well, if Iraq
      thinks it can use these dimensions and these specifications of aluminum
      tubes to build a nuclear program, let Œem do it! Let Œem do it. It'll never
      work, and we can't believe they are so stupid. These must be for
      conventional rockets."

      And, of course, that's what they were for, and that's what the UN determined
      they were for. So, after Condoleezza Rice's initial foray into this
      scientific area, they knew that they couldn't make that stick, either. So
      what else did they have?

      Well, somebody said, "How about those reports earlier this year that Iraq
      was trying to get Uranium from Niger? Yeah...that was pretty good." But of
      course if George Tenet were there, he would have said, "But we looked at the
      evidence, and they're forgeries, they stink to high heaven." So the question
      became, "How long would it take for someone to find out they were
      forgeries?" The answer was about a day or two. The next question was, "When
      do we have to show people this stuff?" The answer was that the IAEA had been
      after us for a couple of months now to give it to them, but we can probably
      put them off for three or four months.

      So there it was. "What's the problem? We'll take these reports, we'll use
      them to brief Congress and to raise the specter of a mushroom cloud. You'll
      recall that the President on the 7th of October said, "Our smoking gun could
      come in the form of a mushroom cloud." Condoleezza Rice said exactly the
      same thing the next day. Victoria Clarke said exactly the same thing on the
      9th of October, and of course the vote came on the 11th of October...

      The most important and clear-cut scandal, of course, has to do with the
      forgery of those Niger nuclear documents that were used as proof. The very
      cold calculation was that Congress could be deceived, we could have our war,
      we could win it, and then no one would care that part of the evidence for
      war was forged. That may still prove to be the case, but the most
      encouraging thing I've seen over the last four weeks now is that the US
      press has sort of woken from its slumber and is interested. I've asked
      people in the press how they account for their lack of interest before the
      war, and now they seem to be interested. I guess the simple answer is that
      they don't like to be lied to...

      I think the real difference is that no one knew, or very few people knew,
      before the war that there weren't any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
      Now they know. It's an unavoidable fact. No one likes to be conned, no one
      likes to be lied to, and no one particularly likes that 190 US servicemen
      and women have been killed in this effort, not to mention the five or six
      thousand Iraqi civilians.

      There's a difference in tone. If the press does not succumb to the argument
      put out by folks like Tom Friedman, who says it doesn't really matter that
      there are no weapons in Iraq, if it does become a quagmire which I believe
      it will be, and we have a few servicemen killed every week, then there is a
      prospect that the American people will wake up and say, "Tell me again why
      my son was killed? Why did we have to make this war on Iraq?"

      So I do think that there is some hope now that the truth will come out. It
      won't come out through the Congressional committees. That's really a joke, a
      sick joke...

      It doesn't take a crackerjack analyst. Take Pat Roberts, the Republican
      Senator from Kansas, who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
      When the Niger forgery was unearthed and when Colin Powell admitted, well
      shucks, it was a forgery, Senator Jay Rockefeller, the ranking Democrat on
      that committee, went to Pat Roberts and said they really needed the FBI to
      take a look at this. After all, this was known to be a forgery and was still
      used on Congressmen and Senators. We'd better get the Bureau in on this. Pat
      Roberts said no, that would be inappropriate. So Rockefeller drafted his own
      letter, and went back to Roberts and said he was going to send the letter to
      FBI Director Mueller, and asked if Roberts would sign on to it. Roberts said
      no, that would be inappropriate...

      What the FBI Director eventually got was a letter from one Minority member
      saying pretty please, would you maybe take a look at what happened here,
      because we think there may have been some skullduggery. The answer he got
      from the Bureau was a brush-off. Why do I mention all that? This is the same
      Pat Roberts who is going to lead the investigation into what happened with
      this issue.

       All I'm saying is that you've got Porter Goss on the House side, you've got
      Pat Roberts on the Senate side, you've got John Warner who's a piece with
      Pat Roberts. I'm very reluctant to be so unequivocal, but in this case I can
      say nothing is going to come out of those hearings but a lot of smoke...

      What I'm saying is that this needs to be investigated. We know that it was
      Dick Cheney who sent the former US ambassador to Niger to investigate. We
      know he was told in early March of last year that the documents were
      forgeries. And yet these same documents were used in that application. That
      is something that needs to be uncovered. We need to pursue why the Vice
      President allowed that to happen. To have global reporters like Walter
      Pincus quoting senior administration officials that Vice President Cheney
      was not told by CIA about the findings of this former US ambassador strains
      credulity well beyond the breaking point. Cheney commissioned this trip, and
      when the fellow came back, he said, "Don't tell me, I don't want to know
      what happened." That's just ridiculous.

      I strongly recommend a full reading of the McGovern interview, which can be
      read at: http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/062603B.shtml.

      McGovern's reference to Walter Pincus echoes an observation made by FTW in
      March:

      FTW has previously noted strong signals in the form of published remarks by
      powerful figures such as Senator Jay Rockefeller and news stories by media
      powerhouses such as James Risen and Walter Pincus that quiet moves were
      underway to remove the Bush administration from power. In a harsh and
      stunning public statement to the BBC three days ago, former Bush I Secretary
      of State and Henry Kissinger business partner Lawrence Eagleburger smacked
      ol' "W" right between the eyes with a two-by-four.

      The shocking April 14 Eagleburger statement revealed the depth of
      dissatisfaction in the real halls of power with the Bush team:

      If George Bush [Jr.] decided he was going to turn the troops loose on Syria
      and Iran after that he would last in office for about 15 minutes. In fact if
      President Bush were to try that now even I would think that he ought to be
      impeached. You can't get away with that sort of thing in this democracy.

      The Military's Silent Mutiny - A "Full Scale Rebellion"

      In his interview with Pitt, retired CIA analyst McGovern hinted at what
      appears to be a growing but quiet dissent within the ranks of the US
      military at the totalitarian management style of Defense Secretary Donald
      Rumsfeld, and the fact that the administration seems unconcerned with the
      facts. He said:

      To be quite complete on this, it encourages me that the analysts at the
      Defense Intelligence Agency - who share this ethic of trying to tell the
      truth, even though they are under much greater pressure and have much less
      career protection because they work for Rumsfeld - to their great credit, in
      September of last year they put out a memo saying there is no reliable
      evidence to suggest that the Iraqis have biological or chemical weapons, or
      that they are producing them.

      Indeed the multitude of leaks of intelligence estimates, reports, memos and
      other records from within the military and intelligence communities suggests
      a deep dissatisfaction with the Bush regime. But perhaps nothing is as
      telling as a recent report from Washington journalist and frequent FTW
      contributor Wayne Madsen who is also a former US Naval officer and a veteran
      of the National Security Agency.

      In a recent article for the Online Journal (www.onlinejournal.com) Madsen
      noted,

      Other effects of Weaponsgate are already apparent. Defense Secretary Donald
      Rumsfeld, the majordomo of the neocons within the Pentagon, cannot find
      anyone to take the place of outgoing Army Chief of Staff General Eric
      Shinseki. General Tommy Franks and Shinseki's vice chief, General John
      "Jack" Keane, want no part of the job. After winning a lightning war against
      Iraq, Franks suddenly announced his retirement. He and Keane witnessed how
      Rumsfeld and his coterie of advisers and consultants, who never once lifted
      a weapon in the defense of their country, constantly ignored and publicly
      abused Shinseki. Army Secretary and retired General Tom White resigned after
      a number of clashes with Rumsfeld and his cabal.

      Curious as to whether this indicated a no-confidence vote in the Bush
      administration by career, professional military officers I e-mailed Madsen
      and asked for further comment.

      His reply was straight to the point.

      Senior Pentagon officers have told me that Rumsfeld and his political
      advisers take no criticism from the military or the career civil servants,
      to complain publicly though is to sign a death warrant for your career. The
      "cabal" as they call themselves are extremely vindictive but there remains a
      full-scale rebellion within the Pentagon, especially the Defense
      Intelligence Agency, as well as the CIA and State over the cooking of the
      books on the non-existent Iraqi WMDs. The people who have been dissed by
      Rumsfeld and his gang know WMDs are their weak point and even Richard Perle
      is worried that the wheels are coming off their charade.

      As casualties continue to mount in the worsening guerrilla war in Iraq, and
      as growing casualties in Afghanistan are beginning to attract notice, it is
      a certainty that career military leaders are going to become more restive as
      they watch their troops die in attacks that remind us all of Vietnam and as
      the world continues to disintegrate. The power of the military, rarely
      discussed in the news media, is substantial. And if the military has no
      confidence in the White House, it will shake both Washington and Wall Street
      to the core. Without the military, Wall Street cannot function. This is
      especially true as conflicts continue to erupt all over Africa and
      instability mounts in Iran and Saudi Arabia. That instability was created by
      an administration that is increasingly demonstrating zero management
      competence.

      THE MEDIA MASSES - THE MIGHTY WURLITZER PLAYS

      Not since the Watergate scandal of 1972-4 has a crescendo of press stories
      been more carefully crafted. And it is because of this that we can see many
      historical connections to Watergate - a coup that took down a President who
      believed he was invincible.

      A Media Sampling

      What follows is a partial list of recent articles, reports, letters and
      editorials in the mainstream press focusing the administration's fraudulent
      case for the invasion of Iraq:

      June 6 - In a story published at the hugely influential FindLaw.com, former
      Nixon counsel John Dean - the witness who broke Watergate wide open -
      publishes a lengthy article comparing the current scandal to Watergate. He
      states bluntly, "If Bush has taken Congress and the nation into war based on
      bogus information, he is cooked."

      June 12 - Follow up letter by Henry Waxman to Condoleezza Rice asking why he
      has received no response to previous inquiries;

      June 13 - US News and World Report states that in November 2002 "the Defense
      Intelligence Agency issued a report stating that there was Œno reliable
      information' showing that Iraq was actually producing or stockpiling
      chemical weapons."

      June 15 - Retired NATO Commander Wesley Clark tells Meet the Press that the
      administration had asked him to talk about Iraqi weapons and that he refused
      because there was no evidence supporting the claim;

      June 18 - USA Today quotes former CIA Director, Admiral Stansfield Turner as
      saying that the administration stretched the facts on Iraq.

      June 18 - The Associated Press quotes Democratic candidates John Kerry and
      Howard Dean as saying that the administration has misled Americans.

      June 19 - The Los Angeles Times calls for open hearings on the Iraqi
      evidence;

      June 20 - The Boston Globe runs a widely reprinted Op-Ed by Derrick Jackson
      saying that without WMDs Iraq must be about oil.

      June 22 - The Observer (UK) quotes Council on Foreign Relations Senior
      Fellow, retired General William Nash saying that the administration has
      distorted intelligence.

      June 22 - Washington Times/UPI correspondent Arnaud de Borchgrave raises
      serious questions about the administration's conduct.

      June 22 - The Washington Post, a front-page major story by Walter Pincus.

      June 24 - The Christian Science Monitor runs an editorial titled, "Bush
      Credibility Gap - a Slow, Quiet Crumble".

      June 25 - The New York Times, James Risen and Douglas Jehl report that a top
      State Department expert has told Congress he was pressed by the White House
      to distort evidence.

      June 25 - Newsweek correspondent Michael Isikoff in a lengthy article titled
      "Distorted Intelligence" reveals that intelligence documents from Germany
      (in Newsweek's possession) and Qatar blow distinct holes in the
      administration's claims of an Iraq-Al Qaeda alliance. This constitutes a
      clear message to Bush that the media case against the administration is
      tight.

      June 29 - Denver Post Columnist Diane Carman publishes a column titled,
      "Scandal Lurks in the Shadow of Iraq Evidence".

      June 29 - Time Magazine publishes a story titled "Who Lost the WMD?" that
      summarized many of the major points of the scandal including direct
      interference with CIA analysis by Dick Cheney during "working visits" to CIA
      headquarters. It contains the telling statement, "And as Bush's allies and
      enemies alike on  Capitol Hill begin to pick apart some 19 volumes of prewar
      intelligence and examine them one document at a time, the cohesive Bush team
      is starting to come apart."

      But who (and what) is the media serving?

      Of all of these stories, it is the June 22 front-page Washington Post story
      by Walter Pincus that tells me that Bush is cooked. Pincus is a CIA
      mouthpiece who wrote a 1967 column titled, "How I traveled the world on a
      CIA stipend." He was the major damage control spokesman when Pulitzer Prize
      winner Gary Webb's 1996 stories blew the lid off of CIA connections to
      Contra-connected cocaine being smuggled into Los Angeles. If any journalist
      is a weathervane for the tides of political fortune in a scandal like this
      it is Pincus. His role, though likely to be shared with other press
      organizations, will be the same as Woodward and Bernstein's in Watergate.

      In that article, titled, "Report Cast Doubt on Iraq- Al Qaeda Connection"
      Pincus created a virtual airtight separation of the CIA from the White
      House. It was, in effect, a warning to Bush that if he sought an escape by
      blaming the Agency, it would backfire. He wrote:

      In a nationally televised address last October in which he sought to rally
      congressional support for a resolution authorizing war against Iraq,
      President Bush declared that the government of Saddam Hussein posed an
      immediate threat to the United States by outlining what he said was evidence
      pointing to its ongoing ties with al Qaeda.

      A still-classified national intelligence report circulating within the Bush
      administration at the time, however, portrayed a far less clear picture
      about the link between Iraq and al Qaeda than the one presented by the
      president, according to U.S. intelligence analysts and congressional sources
      who have read the report.

      The National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, which represented the consensus
      of the U.S. intelligence community, contained cautionary language about
      Iraq's connections with al Qaeda and warnings about the reliability of
      conflicting reports by Iraqi defectors and captured al Qaeda members about
      the ties, the sources said...

       Similar questions have been raised about Bush's statement in his State of
      the Union address last January that the British had reported Iraq was
      attempting to buy uranium in Africa, which the president used to back up his
      assertion that Iraq had a reconstituted nuclear weapons program. In that
      case, senior U.S. officials said, the CIA 10 months earlier sent a former
      senior American diplomat to visit Niger who reported that country's
      officials said they had not made any agreement to aid the sale of uranium to
      Iraq and indicated documents alleging that were forged. Details of that CIA
      Niger inquiry were not shared with the White House, although the agency
      succeeded in deleting that allegation from other administration
      statements...

      The presidential address crystallized the assertion that had been made by
      senior administration officials for months that the combination of Iraq's
      chemical and biological weapons and a terrorist organization, such as al
      Qaeda, committed to attacking the United States posed a grave and imminent
      threat. Within four days, the House and Senate overwhelmingly endorsed a
      resolution granting the president authority to go to war.

      The handling of intelligence on Iraq's banned weapons programs and its links
      to al Qaeda has come under increased scrutiny on Capitol Hill, with some
      leading Democrats charging that the administration exaggerated the case
      against Hussein by publicizing intelligence that supported its policy and
      keeping contradictory information under wraps. The House intelligence
      committee opened a closed-door review into the matter last week; its Senate
      counterpart is planning similar hearings. The Senate Armed Services
      Committee is also investigating the issue...

      Questions about the reliability of the intelligence that Bush cited in his
      Cincinnati address were raised shortly after the speech by ranking Democrats
      on the Senate intelligence and armed services panel. They pressed the CIA to
      declassify more of the 90-page National Intelligence Estimate than a 28-page
      "white paper" on Iraq distributed on Capitol Hill on Oct. 4.

      In one of the more notable statements made by the president, Bush said that
      "Iraq could decide on any given day to provide a biological or chemical
      weapon to a terrorist group or individual terrorists," and added: "Alliance
      with terrorists could allow the Iraqi regime to attack America without
      leaving any fingerprints."

      Bush did not indicate that the consensus of U.S. intelligence analysts was
      that Hussein would launch a terrorist attack against the United States only
      if he thought he could not stop the United States from invading Iraq. The
      intelligence report had said that the Iraqi president might decide to give
      chemical or biological agents to terrorists, such as al Qaeda, for use
      against the United States only as a "last chance to exact vengeance by
      taking a large number of victims with him." And it said this would be an
      "extreme step" by Hussein...

      These conclusions in the report were contained in a letter CIA Director
      George J. Tenet sent to Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), then the chairman of the
      Senate intelligence panel, the day of Bush's speech.

      While Bush also spoke of Iraq and al Qaeda having had "high-level contacts
      that go back a decade," the president did not say -- as the classified
      intelligence report asserted -- that the contacts occurred in the early
      1990s, when Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader, was living in Sudan and
      his organization was in its infancy. At the time, the report said, bin Laden
      and Hussein were united primarily by their common hostility to the Saudi
      Arabian monarchy, according to sources. Bush also did not refer to the
      report's conclusion that those early contacts had not led to any known
      continuing high-level relationships between the Iraqi government and al
      Qaeda, the sources said.

      On Oct. 4, three days before the president's speech, at the urging of
      members of Congress, the CIA released its declassified excerpts from the
      intelligence report as a "white paper" on Iraq's weapons programs and al
      Qaeda links...

      "Senator Graham felt that they declassified only things that supported their
      position and left classified what did not support that policy," said Bob
      Philippone, Graham's deputy chief of staff. Graham, now a candidate for the
      Democratic presidential nomination, opposed the war resolution.

      When the white paper appeared, Graham and Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), an
      intelligence panel member and at that time chairman of the Armed Services
      Committee, asked to have additional portions of the intelligence estimate as
      well as portions of the testimony at the Oct. 2 hearing made public.

      On the day of Bush's speech, Tenet sent a letter to Graham with some of the
      additional information. The letter drew attention because it seemed to
      contradict Bush's statements that Hussein would give weapons to al Qaeda.

      Tenet released a statement on Oct. 8 that said, "There is no inconsistency
      between our view of Saddam's growing threat and the view as expressed by the
      president in his speech." He went on to say, however, that the chance that
      the Iraqi leader would turn weapons over to al Qaeda was "low, in part
      because it would constitute an admission that he possesses" weapons of mass
      destruction.

      On Oct. 9, the CIA sent a letter to Graham and Levin informing them that no
      additional portions of the intelligence report would be made public...

      Why would Tenet refuse to declassify additional portions of the report?
      Because, as I am sure he will ultimately testify, he was ordered not to by
      President Bush himself. That would close the case for obstruction of justice
      in a manner similar to the way that Richard Nixon's coup de grace was an
      18-minute gap on a tape recording of Oval Office deliberations. That would
      follow the pattern set in the joint 9/11 intelligence hearings when Staff
      Director Eleanor Hill objected to the fact that - even though some of it was
      already a matter of public record and previously documented in FTW's 9/11
      reporting - the CIA had classified details as to what information about
      impending attacks the President had received before the attacks.

      Just as with Watergate, every time the administration wiggles now, it will
      only be drawing the noose tighter. And this is what the "Board of Directors"
      intends. The Bush administration will be controlled as it is being eased
      out. Business and finance cannot afford any more militarism and this is all
      that the Neocons know.

      The biggest challenge for those who run the country---who select, remove and
      replace presidents---will be to oust the Bush administration and yet keep
      the darkest secrets of 9/11 from being publicly acknowledged.

      It will be my biggest challenge to see to it that they fail.

      Coming in Part II - What is the real state of the world and why is it
      necessary for the Board to remove the Neocons? Why doesn't the
      administration just plant the WMD evidence to get off the hook? At this
      critical juncture, which of the critical issues facing America have the
      Democratic challengers really addressed and are there warning signs of
      infiltration and manipulation? Have any suspicious characters turned up in
      any of the campaigns?


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