Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Big Dan's Big News August 6, 2008

In his new book, author and journalist Ron Suskind claims Bush ordered forgery to link Sadaam with al-Qaeda.

John Dean on Ron Suskind's book:

Democracy NOW! says:

Book: White House Ordered CIA to Forge Iraq Intelligence

The White House ordered the CIA in 2003 to forge a letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein in an attempt to portray a false link between Iraq and al-Qaeda. The fake letter was backdated July 1, 2001, and it stated that 9/11 ringleader Mohammad Atta was trained for his mission in Iraq. Those are the claims of the explosive new book, The Way of the World, by journalist Ron Suskind. He reports the Bush administration then used the forged letter to show there was an operational link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, something the Vice President’s Office had been pressing the CIA to prove since 9/11 as a justification to invade Iraq. On NBC’s The Today Show, Suskind said then-CIA Director George Tenet received orders directly from the White House to forge the letter.

Ron Suskind: “Well, the CIA folks involved in the book and others talk about George coming back—Tenet—coming back from the White House with the assignment on White House stationary and turning to the CIA operatives, who are professionals, saying, ‘You may not like this, but here is our next mission.’ And they carried it through, step by step, all the way to the finish. Ultimately, people even talked about it after the fact. It was a dark day for the CIA. It was the kind of thing where they said, ‘Look, this is not our charge. We’re not here to carry forward a political mandate,’ which is clearly what this was, to solve a political problem in America. And it was a cause of great grievance inside of the agency.”

According to Ron Suskind, the CIA’s forged letter was passed on to Con Coughlin, a reporter from the London Sunday Telegraph, who wrote a front-page article titled “Terrorist Behind September 11 Strike Was Trained by Saddam.” The story was published on Dec. 14, 2003, the same day Saddam Hussein was captured. Coughlin’s article was picked up in the US media, and he was interviewed on NBC’s Meet the Press. Suskind reports the CIA forgery was likely produced in violation of statutes that bar the agency from conducting covert operations intended to influence US public opinion or the media. The White House described Suskind’s report as absurd and accused Suskind of engaging in “gutter journalism.”

Ron Suskind: The Forged Iraqi Letter: What Just Happened?

Author claims White House knew Iraq had no WMD. Journalist Ron Suskind says Bush ordered forgery linking Saddam, al-Qaeda

CIA Agent Allegedly Involved in Forged Iraq Letter Ran Previous Operation to Create Pretext for War. In Ron Suskind's interview on NPR today (and also in his new book), he names CIA operative John Maguire as one of the people allegedly involved in the Iraq letter forging.

George Tenet And White House Admit Iraq Intelligence Chief Told Them Iraq Had No WMD. NPR asked George Tenet and the White House for comment, and, remarkably enough, they both essentially admitted this was true.

Did FBI cross the line in anthrax probe?

Before killing himself last week, Army scientist Bruce Ivins told friends that government agents had stalked him and his family for months, offered his son $2.5 million to rat him out and tried to turn his hospitalized daughter against him with photographs of dead anthrax victims.

The pressure on Ivins was extreme, a high-risk strategy that has failed the FBI before. The government was determined to find the villain in the 2001 anthrax attacks; it was too many years without a solution to the case that shocked and terrified a post-9/11 nation.

The last thing the FBI needed was another embarrassment. Overreaching damaged the FBI’s reputation in the high-profile investigations: the Centennial Olympic Park bombing probe that falsely accused Richard Jewell; the theft of nuclear secrets and botched prosecution of scientist Wen Ho Lee; and, in this same anthrax probe, the smearing of an innocent man — Ivins’ colleague Steven Hatfill.

FBI said to have stalked Ivins' family


Army Recruiter Suspended for Threatening High School Student with Jail Time, Sparks Bipartisan Call for Investigation

Where is Republican Senator Trent Lott, who just retired? Oh! There he is! He's a lobbyist for Chevron Oil! Condi Rice's old company! Chevron’s lobbying team includes former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, former Democratic Senator John Breaux, and Wayne Berman, a top fundraiser for John McCain.

Chevron is being accused of promoting geopolitical blackmail in its efforts to stave off a lawsuit accusing it of contaminating the Ecuadorian rain forest. Nearly 30,000 Amazon residents are seeking $12 billion from Chevron for dumping billions of gallons of toxic oil waste. According to Newsweek, the oil giant is urging the Bush administration to yank special trade preferences for Ecuador if the country’s government doesn’t force the Amazon residents to drop the case. If the White House agrees, it would be the second major lobbying victory for Chevron in just a matter of weeks. Last month, the Senate dropped an effort to penalize Chevron for maintaining extensive ties to the military junta in Burma.strong>

Chevron Lobbies White House to Pressure Ecuador to Stop $12 Billion Amazon Pollution Lawsuit

Chevron had an oil tanker named "Condoleezza Rice", which they quickly renamed after Rice was picked for the Bush administration.

U.S.S. Liberty after Israeli attack.

U.S. WARNS ISRAEL! Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Another ‘Liberty’ Will Not Be Tolerated.

While you're busy worrying about how you're going to heat your house this winter, Cheney & Rumsfeld made MILLIONS off of 9/11 and the Avian Bird Flu scare via the government offices they held!

Fearmongering = Profit

Donald Rumsfeld to Profit Millions from Bush Spending on Avian Bird Flu Pandemic

Jerome Hauer’s Role:

TOTAL HEALTH TYRANNY; The Year’s Biggest Story No One is Talking About . Forced vaccinations and forced drugging already legal when “state of emergency” called. New legislation would leave no accountability if forced administration kills. Deadly AIG anthrax vaccine may already be stockpiled for emergency use. Jerome Hauer leaves HHS: Oh where, oh where will he turn up? Bird flu scare – But has the virus been isolated? Regardless, Rumsfeld set to profit

Why did Cheney, CEO of Halliburton, acquire Dresser Industries, whose liabilities included billions of dollars in Asbestos-related lawsuits?

In 1998, Dresser merged with its main rival, Halliburton, and is now known as Halliburton Company. Dick Cheney negotiated the $7.7-billion deal, reportedly having done so during a weekend of quail-hunting. In 2001, Halliburton was forced to settle the asbestos lawsuits that it acquired as a result of purchasing Dresser, causing the company's stock price to fall by eighty percent in just over a year.

Cui Bono?

WikiPedia: Dresser Industries

let's talk about Halliburton's well-executed $5 billion escape from its asbestos problems, most of which Cheney created when he orchestrated Halliburton's purchase of Dresser Industries in 1998. Few people connect this problem with Cheney, but they should, given that he was in charge at the time and got a raise as a result of buying Dresser.

How did Cheney ensure that the biggest Asbestos liabilities would go away?

On 9/11: Was the Asbestos-Laced World Trade Center "Disposable"?

EPA Misled Public on 9/11 Pollution. White House ordered false assurances on air quality, report says


After 9-11, health still an issue for students

Asbestos in the WTC. Towers' Destruction 'Solved' Asbestos Problem

How did Bush play his part?

GW included the issue in his State of the Union speech in 2005:

"To make our economy stronger and more competitive, America must reward, not punish, the efforts and dreams of entrepreneurs. Small business is the path of advancement, especially for women and minorities, so we must free small businesses from needless regulation and protect honest job-creators from junk lawsuits. (Applause.) Justice is distorted, and our economy is held back by irresponsible class-actions and frivolous asbestos claims -- and I urge Congress to pass legal reforms this year."

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