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  • scotpeden
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing Edmund Burke If nothing changes, then nothing changes. Welcome to Hopey
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 14, 2013
      "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
      for good men to do nothing"
      Edmund Burke

      If nothing changes, then nothing changes. Welcome to Hopey Change.

      Old article, same old shit as we have today.

      PS, the graphics refered to in the article are at the URL

      Lie of the Century.

      The Downing Street Memo is only the beginning of the proof we were all
      lied to.

      Michael Rivero

      "All war is based on deception." -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

      There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war.
      Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific
      death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies
      to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the
      only possible choice they can make.

      President McKinley told the American people that the USS Maine had been
      sunk in Havana Harbor by a Spanish mine. The American people, outraged by
      this apparent unprovoked attack, supported the Spanish American War. The
      Captain of the USS Maine had insisted the ship was sunk by a coal bin
      explosion, investigations after the war proved that such had indeed been
      the case. There had been no mine.
      Hitler used this principle of lying to his own people to initiate an
      invasion. He told the people of Germany that Poland had attacked first and
      staged fake attacks against German targets. The Germans, convinced they
      were being threatened, followed Hitler into Poland and into World War 2.
      FDR claimed Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack. It wasn't. The United
      States saw war with Japan as the means to get into war with Germany,
      which Americans opposed. So Roosevelt needed Japan to appear to strike
      first. Following an 8-step plan devised by the Office of Naval
      Intelligence, Roosevelt intentionally provoked Japan into the attack.
      Contrary to the official story, the fleet did not maintain radio silence,
      but sent messages intercepted and decoded by US intercept stations.
      Tricked by the lie of a surprise attack, Americans marched off to war.
      President Johnson lied about the Gulf of Tonkin to send Americans off to
      fight in Vietnam.

      There were no torpedoes in the water in the Gulf. LBJ took advantage of an
      inexperienced sonar man's report to goad Congress into escalating the
      Vietnam War.

      It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will lie to
      their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It
      is not "conspiracy theory" to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick
      their people into wars. It is undeniable fact.

      This brings us to the present case.

      Did the government of the United States lie to the American people, more
      to the point, did President Bush and his Neocon associates lie to
      Congress, to initiate a war of conquest in Iraq?

      This question has been given currency by a memo leaked from inside the
      British Government which clearly indicates a decision to go to war
      followed by the "fixing" of information around that policy. This is, as
      they say, a smoking gun.

      But the fact is that long before this memo surfaced, it had become obvious
      that the US Government, aided by that of Great Britain, was lying to
      create the public support for a war in Iraq.
      First off is Tony Blair's "Dodgy Dossier", a document released by the
      Prime Minister that made many of the claims used to support the push for
      war. The dossier soon collapsed when it was revealed that much of it had
      been plagiarized from a student thesis paper that was 12 years old!

      The contents of the dossier, however much they seemed to create a good
      case for invasion, were obsolete and outdated.

      This use of material that could not possibly be relevant at the time is
      clear proof of a deliberate attempt to deceive.

      Then there was the claim about the "Mobile biological weapons
      laboratories". Proffered in the absence of any real laboratories in the
      wake of the invasion, photos of these trailers were shown on all the US
      Mainstream Media, with the claim they while seeming to lack anything
      suggesting biological processing, these were part of a much larger
      assembly of multiple trailers that churned out biological weapons of mass
      The chief proponent of this hoax was Colin Powell, who presented
      illustrations such as this one to the United Nations on February 5th,

      This claim fell apart when it was revealed that these trailers were
      nothing more than hydrogen gas generators used to inflate weather
      balloons. This fact was already known to both the US and UK, as a British
      company manufactured the units and sold them to Iraq.

      Click for full sized image
      Colin Powell's speech to the UN was itself one misstatement after another.
      Powell claimed that Iraq had purchased special aluminum tubes whose only
      possible use was in uranium enrichment centrifuges. Both CIA and Powell's
      own State Department confirmed that the tubes were parts for missiles
      Saddam was legally allowed to have. Following the invasion, no
      centrifuges, aluminum or otherwise were found.

      Click for full sized image
      Powell also claimed to the United Nations that the photo on the left
      showed "Decontamination Vehicles". But when United Nations inspectors
      visited the site after the invasion, they located the vehicles and
      discovered they were just firefighting equipment.

      Powell claimed the Iraqis had illegal rockets and launchers hidden in the
      palm trees of Western Iraq. None were ever found.

      Powell claimed that the Iraqis had 8,500 liters (2245 gallons) of Anthrax.
      None was ever found.
      Powell claimed that Iraq had four tons of VX nerve gas. The UN had already
      confirmed that it was destroyed. The only VX ever found were samples the
      US had left as "standards" for testing. When the UN suspected that the US
      samples had been used to contaminate Iraqi warheads, the US moved quickly
      to destroy the samples before comparison tests could be carried out.

      Powell claimed that Iraq was building long-range remote drones
      specifically designed to carry biological weapons. The only drones found
      were short-range reconnaissance drones.

      Powell claimed that Iraq had an aggregate of between 100 and 500 tons of
      chemical and biological warfare agents. Powell gave no basis for that
      claim at all, and a DIA report issued the same time directly contradicted
      the claim. No biological or chemical weapons were found in Iraq following
      the invasion.

      Powell claimed that "unnamed sources" confirmed that Saddam had authorized
      his field commanders to use biological weapons. No such weapons were ever
      used by the Iraqis to defend against the invasion and, of course, none
      were ever found in Iraq.

      Powell claimed that 122mm warheads found by the UN inspectors were
      chemical weapons. The warheads were empty, and showed no signs of ever
      having contained chemical weapons.

      Powell claimed that Iraq had a secret force of illegal long-range Scud
      missiles. None were ever found.

      Powell claimed to have an audio tape proving that Saddam was supporting
      Osama Bin Laden. But independent translation of the tape revealed Osama's
      wish for Saddam's death.
      Colin Powell's UN debacle also included spy photos taken from high flying
      aircraft and spacecraft. On the photos were circles and arrows and labels
      pointing to various fuzzy white blobs and identifying them as laboratories
      and storage areas for Saddam's massive weapons of mass destruction
      program. Nothing in the photos actually suggested what the blobby shapes
      were and during inspections which followed the invasion, all of them
      turned out to be rather benign.

      In at least one case, the satellite Powell claimed had taken one of the
      pictures had actually been out of operation at the time. And many
      questioned why Powell was showing black and white photos when the
      satellites in use at the time over Iraq took color images.

      Another piece of evidence consists of documents which President Bush
      referenced as in his 2003 State of the Union Speech. According to Bush,
      these documents proved that Iraq was buying tons of uranium oxide, called
      "Yellow Cake" from Niger.

      Since Israel had bombed Iraq's nuclear power plant years before, it was
      claimed that the only reason Saddam would have for buying uranium oxide
      was to build bombs.

      Osama bin Laden's "Mountain Fortress", shown to the US public by the
      corporate media, and like Saddam's nuclear weapons, never actually
      This hoax fell apart fast when it was pointed out that Iraq has a great
      deal of uranium ore inside their own borders and no need to import any
      from Niger or anywhere else. The I.A.E.A. then blew the cover off the
      fraud by announcing that the documents Bush had used were not only
      forgeries, but too obvious to believe that anyone in the Bush
      administration did not know they were forgeries! The forged documents were
      reported as being "discovered" in Italy by SISMI, the Italian Security
      Service. Shortly before the "discovery" the head of SISMI had been paid a
      visit by Michael Ledeen, Manucher Ghorbanifar, and two officials from OSP,
      one of whom was Larry Franklin, the Israeli spy operating inside the OSP.

      In July, 2005, the Italian Parliament concluded their own investigation
      and named four men as suspects in the creation of the forged documents.
      Michael Ledeen, Dewey Clarridge, Ahmed Chalabi and Francis Brookes. This
      report has been included in Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into the
      outing of Valerie Plame, and Paul McNulty, the prosecutor of the AIPAC spy

      A recently declassified memo proves that the State Department reported the
      fact that the NIger documents were forgeries to the CIA 11 days before
      President Bush made the claim about the Niger uranium based on those

      In the end, the real proof that we were lied to about Iraq's weapons of
      mass destruction is that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found.
      That means that every single piece of paper that purported to prove that
      Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was by default a fraud, a hoax, and a
      lie. There could be no evidence that supported the claim that Iraq had
      weapons of mass destruction because Iraq did not have weapons of mass
      destruction. In a way, the existence of any faked documents about Iraq's
      WMDs is actually an admission of guilt. If one is taking the time to
      create fake documents, the implication is that the faker is already aware
      that there are no genuine documents.

      What the US Government had, ALL that they had, were copied student papers,
      forged "Yellow Cake" documents, balloon inflators posing as bioweapons
      labs, and photos with misleading labels on them. And somewhere along the
      line, someone decided to put those misleading labels on those photos, to
      pretend that balloon inflators are portable bioweapons labs, and to pass
      off stolen student papers as contemporary analysis.

      And THAT shows an intention to deceive.

      Lawyers call this "Mens Rea", which means "Guilty Mind". TV lawyer shows
      call it "Malice aforethought". This means that not only did the Bush
      Administration lie to the people and to the US Congress, but knew they
      were doing something illegal at the time that they did it.

      All the talk about "Intelligence failure" is just another lie. There was
      no failure. Indeed the Army agents who erroneously claimed that missile
      tubes were parts for a uranium centrifuge received bonuses, while the
      Pentagon smeared Hans Blix, and John Bolton orchestrated the firing of
      Jose Bustani, the director of the Organization for the Prohibition of
      Chemical Weapons, because Bustani was trying to send chemical weapons
      inspectors to Baghdad.

      The President of the United States and his Neocon associates lied to the
      people of the United States to send them off on a war of conquest.

      Defenders of the government will point to the cases listed at the top of
      the page as proof that lying to the people is a normal part of the
      leader's job and we should all get used to it. And because "Everybody does
      it" that we should not single out the present administration. But this is
      madness. We do not catch all the murderers, yet when we catch a murderer,
      we deal with them as harshly as possible, in order to deter more

      Right now, we have the criminals at hand. and, while other leaders in
      history have lied to start wars, for the first time in history, the lie
      stands exposed while the war started with the lies still rages on, to the
      death and detriment of our young men and women in uniform. We cannot in
      good moral conscience ignore this lie, this crime, lest we encourage
      future leaders to continue to lie to us to send our kids off to pointless
      wars. Lying to start a war is more than an impeachable offence; it the
      highest possible crime a government can commit against their own people.
      Lying to start a war is not only misappropriation of the nation's military
      and the nation's money under false pretenses, but it is outright murder
      committed on a massive scale. Lying to start a war is a betrayal of the
      trust each and every person who serves in the military places in their
      civilian leadership. By lying to start a war, the Bush administration has
      told the military fatalities and their families that they have no right to
      know why they were sent to their deaths. It's none of their business.

      Our nation is founded on the principle of rule with the consent of the
      governed. Because We The People do not consent to be lied to, a government
      that lies rules without the consent of the governed, and ruling without
      the consent of the governed is slavery.

      You should be more than angry. You should be in a rage. You should be in a
      rage no less than that of the families of those young men and women who
      have been killed and maimed in this war started with a lie.You need to be
      in a rage and you need to act on that rage because even as I type these
      words, the same government that lied about Iraq's nuclear weapons is
      telling the exact same lies about Iran's nuclear capabilities. The writing
      is on the wall; having gotten away with lying to start the war in Iraq,
      the US Government will lie to start a war in Iran, and after that another,
      and after that another, and another and another and another because as
      long as you remain silent, and as long as you remain inactive, the liars
      have no reason to stop.

      As long as you remain inactive, the liars have no reason to stop.


      It is time to fire the liars.

      "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
      for good men to do nothing" .
      --Edmund Burke
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