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hyperactive nonfiction fiction book from the inventor of scaled imaging and
video. Learn the truth about how America became Nazi America and how these
"Holy Grail" technologies may be the key to stopping the corruption in our
"The Fight for the Grail"
WHY INVENTORS NEED CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION
Question : What does it take
to get constitution protection of basic and fundamental civil rights in America
or be put in a witness protection program in this country when trying to expose
corruption in the government, at least for your wife and children after all of
the following actions are taken against you?
Your family’s minivan being bombed with a
bomb so powerful it blew up three cars next to it. An hour before your family
was to be driving in it.
Death threats from your former President
& COO, Brian Utley made on behalf of law firms Foley and Lardner and Proskauer
Rose, LLP, that if the crimes were exposed to authorities that your family would
Patents, trademarks and copyrights stolen
Millions of dollars of investors monies
stolen from your company, including monies from the SBA through SBIC loans
The destruction of your life. Being
forced to flee with your family for over 6 years, moving into hotels at first to
hide and build a case, then running from home to home, back and forth between
Florida and California 4 times, attempting to expose the crimes and pleading for
justice, all the while fearing for the lives of your wife and children
Dastardly acts by your former attorneys,
or former mobsters disguised as attorneys to destroy the evidence of their
crimes against you, worse yet, their crimes against the United States. Using a
system of Racketeering and Public Office Abuse to turn law against you, justice
against you, the courts against you and block due process and procedure of the
complaints filed against them and the investigations ordered of the matters.
Destroying your ability to earn a living,
destroying your ability to relax and enjoy your infant children, heaping
pressure after pressure on your marriage, your friendships and overall ability
to live life; denied of life, liberty and the pursuit of anything sane.
The FBI and US Attorney’s office losing
your case files not only for the Iviewit matters but the attempted murder and
Court ordered investigations derailed
that would have blown the lid off and perhaps ended the nightmare
The time for the government
to protect you is once the system of justice not only fails to uphold
constitutional mandates to you protect but denies you both civil and criminal
legal remedies and instead violates law, denies due process and procedure and
acts as accomplice to the crimes against you. In the Iviewit matters it is
crazy as those entrusted with the administration of law and protecting the
Constitution are found abusing their public offices to effectuate crimes.
WHEN WILL JUSTICE BE SERVED
IF JUSTICE HAS CORRUPTED?
When the attorneys and other
criminals named herein are tried through due process and procedure. When the
denial of due process through violations of conflicts of interest and violations
of public offices by those entrusted to uphold law are stopped. When those
corrupted few, charged with upholding law and admonishing Justice, stop trying
to rewrite the Constitution to protect their criminal activities and shield
themselves from prosecution of their crimes when caught.
Only when those involved in
these matters are tried for treasons for their crimes against the United States
and foreign nations. Tick Tock
From the Pre Bush Constitution of the United
Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8
"Congress shall have the power ... to promote
the Progress of Science and Useful Arts, by Securing for limited Times to
Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their Respective Writings and
Those words protect
inventors' inventions and are fundamental to free commerce, unless:
The criminals disguised as
lawyers and public officers have also taken over Congress and try to remove
Article 1 from the Constitution, which with this Administration of Corruption
seems high on their agenda. Hey - what is this Patent Act reform HR 1908
They attempt to rewrite laws
to escape prosecution for their crimes, like for example with Enron,
Halliburton, Oil Price Fixing, War Crimes and Human Torture violations, all of
which they are in the process of doing to usurp the Constitution to make it an
instrument of crime.
recent filing against Rumsfeld and others for
war crimes and violations of human torture treatises, check out who filed it and
FILING ON WAR CRIMES
Far fetched this all seems,
especially where the technologies invented by the Iviewit Inventors was the
catalyst, the fire starter to tip the scale to these cults. With this
Administration and all the scandals erupting around them, their failure as
public servants to answer to Congress, their lies to Congress, their violations
of laws, war crimes, human torture, their taking the fifth, refusing subpoena's
and all these other secret agenda's becoming public, it will certainly cause one
to wonder if and how all these crimes are inter-related to the crimes against
Iviewit starting back in 1997, including the election fraud which allowed
criminals to seize America. A historical reminder to all those involved in the
treasonous plot to overthrow America, as will be further defined herein, once a
corrupt government or legal system is uncovered and exposed to the People, which
is already happening as the onion peels, the People will take pitchfork to all
those involved or floggings are historically big.
Once the pitchforks are
firmly planted in the foreheads of the guilty, the People will take all they
have gained while abusing their civic duties, the true "Evil Doers" of Democracy
quashed, as the Constitution demands. As they plead for mercy, pitchfork in
head, begging for mercy from the angry mob, citing how the new laws they changed
to allow their crimes against the People, the People will no longer buy the spin
(a clever old trick that historically fails), the final thrust of the pitchforks
will be levied for the death blow. Once dead the laws will be changed back over
their dead bodies. Tick Tock.
Personally, as American's we
have never been into violating treatises like the Geneva Convention and nor
would we allow our government to do such but this government you must keep in
mind is a body of corrupt individuals who have seized political power by corrupt
elections and illegal choosing of our Decider by our Supreme Jokers at the
Supreme Court, who have picked the worst President in the history of America.
That is because it will become evident herein, that they were placed in power
awaiting this day to take over the Constitution, to rewrite it to their will and
a secret agenda, an agenda that works to undermine Democracy.
Once in power these
subversive cult members needed to take the public eye off their crimes and
disguise their actions in patriotic terms, they needed to frighten you into
allowing you to surrender your Freedom, so their dictatorship could work.
Freedoms that American's have died for since the beginning to give you, you
surrendered like fucking Wussie's, sheep, in fear of a small group of thugs.
Guys on fucking camels with pea shooter rifles, with NO army, NO country, NO
shoes, dressed in sandals only, NO Kevlar, NO Hummies, NO F-16's, all they got
is a catchy name of "Terrorists", so as to fool any idiot incapable of thinking
for her/himself, that they are in real (yellow green red) dangers. Terror mind
you is not the name of an enemy but the name given to normally oppressed people
to fight the "MAN", as the man oppresses and uses large scale might against
those resigned to acts of terror with civilian casualty. Thus, America is
guilty of terrorist tactics in fighting to free ourselves of oppression, yet
they appear hero's of freedom because every idiot knows there is no land called
Terror, there is no army called Terror, there are no such things as Terrorists
to fear, sure there will always be the oppressed fighting oppression, as long as
manunkind exists to oppress but should we side against those fighting against
oppression, then evil will win??? Use your fucking heads you dumb ass shit
heads of America, the terrorists are the guys who are ruining our country from
within, those subversive cultists who have seized power and are changing laws
and rules to the benefit of themselves. We have problems but it is not the
stooges of Bush I, his buds Bin Laden or Osama, it is the group of people like
Bush I and Bush II and Reagan, all who have just a little bit to much invested
in oil and war companies to stop the problem, in fact they fuel it and dumb ass
American's who seem to accept shit shoved down their throats buy it without
wondering why no one is questioning it. Ask any American, would you surrender
rights in the Constitution because of guys on camels?
So it is that we live with a
flunky generation of pussy apathetic American wimps who are brainwashed to
accept what ever CNN puts in your cup, you should be ashamed of yourselves
because you will become the wimpiest most pathetic excuse of American's ever,
unless when you learn to understand what this is all really about and how it
came to be, you come out with vengeance, not pardons, pitchforks. Pitchforks
supplied free on Iviewit, call to pick one up.
How could America surrender
freedom, when we fought major super powers with major armies and surrendered
none of what we have today in the name of a deck of card terrorists. For Shame
America! Osama Bin Laden, George Bush I funded him into place and who would
sell their freedoms to some little dicked terrorist, not even if the Russkies
dropped a hundred bombs, even nukes should we sell out our freedoms. What
happened to die for country? Now that is patriotic, not letting a misnomer of
legislation aptly titled the Patriotic Act, remove personal freedom for fear of
a propagandized threat of nobodies. No, the real threat is to country as you
will learn herein, as the whole world other than Americans already sees, comes
from the "terrorists" running our country.
The Iviewit story is now less
about the stolen patents and more about the attempt of the Administration of
Corruption and some very powerful legal fellows, all aligned with secret cults
like Skull and Bones and the Federalists, who are attempting to take over
America now that they have total control after planning this immediately after
the fall of Hitler. Iviewit exemplifies the corruption and reveals amongst
their growing list of crimes against the People, they are funding their
endeavors by robbing the Patent Office and the Commerce Department, the
countries greatest source of revenue. The crime show how this Administration is
stealing personal property as their own, as your Deciders and with no worries
since they have usurped the laws and check and balances instituted to protect
your personal property rights.
ONE MUST NOW ASK - WHY IS
INVENTION SO IMPORTANT TO OUR COUNTRY WITH THE WEIGHT OF THE ENTIRE CONSTITUTION
Why, because it is the root
that is fundamental to free commerce that our democracy is founded upon.
Otherwise everything invented
and the royalties derived from inventions would be owned by the
King/Decider/Dictator and his crooked lawyers and court of jesters, not the
inventors who invented them. Therefore, invention which yields rights and
royalties under the Constitution of yesteryear, is fundamental to personal
property rights, another key factor of democracy. Nowhere will you find that
royalties under the Constitution should pass in any way to ones lawyers or the
government or the Decider, as was almost the case with Iviewit and currently is
the case. It is clear that the Constitution grants those to rights and
royalties to the inventors of the Intellectual Property for the reason that
without it democracy and free commerce are worthless.
WHY IS INVENTION SO IMPORTANT
THAT THE FOUNDERS PUT THE JOB OF THE INVENTOR, EVEN LITTLE OLD MA AND PA
INVENTORS, AT THE VERY TIP TOP OF THE CONSTITUTION IN ARTICLE I? See above car
bombing attempt to get full impact of why the inventor will need such help
against forces that would try to rip from them the inventions.
This is why protection of
the inventor rests with Congress to change whatever laws to protect those
rights, yet what happens when the law and system of protections actually work
against the inventor, read on...
WONDER WHY INVENTION IS THE
ONLY PRIVATE SECTOR JOB DESERVING SUCH SPECIAL AND TOTAL PROTECTION WITH THE
FULL WEIGHT OF THE CONSTITUTION BEHIND IT?
Because without inventors
who yield royalties for their inventions for themselves, you have nothing but
Communism or a Dictatorship, systems that have failed due perhaps to lack of
invention. So if the Constitution fails Iviewit, the inventors and shareholders
here, the Patent office and the Judicial will have also failed due to self
interested parties manning those posts not on behalf of the People but on behalf
of lining their pockets at the determinant of Democracy. Public officers who
will have violated their sworn oaths to G0d to uphold the Constitution, their
oaths to the People to serve and protect and if we do not stop it, well then we
are the first to invent in the Decider's Nazi Kingdom.
You will be next though if
you sit by complacently without doing what the Constitution mandates us to do,
which is to find and wipe out corruption in the government, in fact, it allows
you take arms against it if necessary. This is frightening as it will rest on
the children of the next generation to do regain their freedoms. Your personal
property will be next to be seized and by a government run by a corrupt few, so
read on to find out how to prevent this from continuing, your child may be the
next great inventor.
So without protections,
inventors will begin to go elsewhere, to more friendly countries than the US,
where patent attorneys are not rumored to being stealing and converting their
client inventions and where the system of jurisprudence has not corrupted so
much so, as to give the impression that it is aiding and abetting the crimes
through denials of due process and granting false inventors others ideas.
With just one inventor who
flees to say China with the hottest new and novel revolutionary idea, China will
have the patent and the royalty streams and we will pay dearly for our loss both
to the Chinese for the license we will pay them and for the loss of an
A personal note from inventor
Eliot Bernstein ~ Personally, I believe I will die soon, refer to car bombing
and death threats above and the fact that there are no protections in place to
prevent such as you will learn by reading through the documents. Yet I am
content dying as many before me, defending for my children the values I hold
dear in the old Constitution and fighting the new King Bush version.
The Constitution must
prevail, no matter the forces attempting to destroy it for personal gain, no
matter their perceived strength, no matter their size, no matter how many, or
all is lost in America.
We must win or die trying, so
that we may teach our kids about democracy, not about false wars for profits and
concentration camps we set up to violate human rights, not about cities like New
Orleans where we must now live with shame, not about dead Iraqi children who
were killed through aggression for no reason, otherwise you will be teaching
your children escape routes to the nightmare we have allowed this country to
The following information
that inventors may die delivering to you (one already missing), to protect you
and yours, if you can follow all of this, will evidence that to save Democracy
and our Country, the crimes herein, sooner or later must be tried, the crime
The inventions must be
returned to their rightful owners, those that committed the crimes and the riff
raff that violated public offices to aid and abet the criminals in robbing the
United States Patent Office and other treasonous acts against the People must be
put to death for treason, nothing short will allow this country to regain its
rights. Nothing short will set the example to the children that treason is not
a wise endeavor.
Bank robberies, stock
scandals (Enron, Arthur Andersen, Worldcomm, etc., read on to find out how these
are related to Iviewit) all counted together, are infinitely smaller crimes in
comparison to how much can be stolen if the Patent Office and Commerce
Department are robbed. Even one patent, as the case is here can be worth a
trillion dollars, you can put that on your sticky pad (another invention worth a
Figuring out how to rip-off
the patent office is the crime of the century that must be stopped dead in its
tracks. This crime against our nations treasure chest of invention is the crown
jewel of the nation, the steam engine of free commerce. This is the reason
protecting invention is at the top of Congress' list of to-do's to protect free
commerce, that is why Congress must now take action in these matters. Inaction
points now only to the guilty holding off due process showing you the People
that this country is under siege and giving you a pretty good fingerprint of the
Corrupters/Deciders, who now rule in delusions of grandeur. We shall see how
the Judiciary Committees, Feinstein, the FBI, the USPTO, the USPTO-OED, the
DOJ-OIG and all those charged with protecting inventors rights act, will they
continue to protect the clown at the top, pointing to eventual Patentgate or
will they do what their oaths to the People demand?
Without American invention
and the gazillions of dollars it brings to the country for things like:
Lining the inventors' pockets
with royalties, as it is the highest paying job in the world if you invent a
winner that changes the world. Think inventions that have changed the world.
Think Edison, now that rings a bell, or a Bell, without those two inventors
think where the world would be today, a darker world with the US mail being the
fastest transmitter of news,
Creating the only legal right
to monopolize, spurring everyone to try and creat something that changes the
world, as invention is the basis of almost every product created, manufactured
and sold worldwide.
Without invention our country
and democracy would have stagnated to death like all other forms of government
before it, where the people have no motivation to invent, where invention only
made the King/Decider and a few wealthier. Inventors flee dictatorships or just
plain stop inventing for lack of reward, imagine in those other governments what
happens when the King/Decider likes your inventions but does not like you. This
is why Russia and Communism stagnate at some point, the People have no real
incentive to invent, in fact, it becomes a deadly job the better your invention
is, as once it is given to the King, it may be off with your head, as the King
then claims your invention as his own.
Invention employ's almost 90%
of the workforce worldwide, in building the future for our children, it is the
lead source to technologies which benefit the world. A future in America where
invention is gone will set us back technologically, as it was invention that put
us in the lead as the greatest nation in the world, the most technologically
Anywhere on the planet, from
any person, of any size, any age, any creed or color, wherever and whomever
invents a concept can change the world, in profound and beautiful ways, as the
Iviewit inventions have already changed yours, without this the world will also
stagnate, as we will become dependent on our leaders to invent, our Decider will
be the only one who will invent as People will have no incentive, and George
Bush and Dick Cheney can only invent false wars and things like that, they are
two most moronic leaders ever. This is how our country will start to make
money, by stealing from the People and war mongering for oil profiteering, how
inventive, how productive to the nation, what a future for our children this
"To the Victor goes the
Spoils" will soon be replaced with "To the Corrupt and Greedy goes the Spoils".
Will our children be forced to arms against a corrupt government that has begun
to manipulate inventions (how not inventive), violate the Constitution, violate
war codes of ethics and treatise, legal ethics, etc. Looks that way for now.
People, refuse to accept this
for our country, demand Justice be restored to the Justice Department, demand
accountability from your leaders, they are not your Deciders, they are just
public servants. These leaders are Demagogues, not people who earned their
power, they are not the leaders you want to follow, unless you want to be part
of genocide and human torture and all the new ideas of our leaders. Following
our leaders without holding them accountable to the People for their actions, is
certain to lead us into hell for our children. This Administration now stands
above the law, above Congress (if they are not part of the problem), stands
above law, above the People and that leaves the People serving the pleasure of
the President, claiming in the end "I was only following orders." Where the
people in charge of government now "serve the pleasure of the President", not
the People, we as a nation are in grave danger, the same dangers German's were
subjected to when they allowed their leader to run amuck unchecked and blindly
submitted to his pleasure, look where that got them. The German's who were not
directly involved in the Nazi regime are still historically tarnished for their
complacency, not for their direct involvement, the shame and embarrassment
worldwide still lingering on their nation, fairly or unfairly, had they raised
objection and fought their leaders, they would have been looked on as hero's.
How will Americans be viewed in history after this Decider and his regime.
Die now for the principals of
true democracy, so as to show the children what to do as corruption rears its
evil head, so as to show your children what to do in the face of a corrupt
government. The inventors at Iviewit have stood in the face of the machine to
expose the crimes against the United States, to set example to the children that
Spartans still exist. A small group destined to stand for what is right,
despite the system that is supposed to stand alongside them, seemingly acting
against them. Ask where is the Justice Department and the Legal community to
protect not the inventors but the United States. These crimes where committed
against the United States, in fact, Iviewit was directed by Harry Moatz,
Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline at the Patent Office, upon
discovery of fraud in the patent applications possibly, to draft a request to
the Commissioner of Patents requesting suspension of the patent applications
based on claims of Fraud on the United States Patent and Trademark Office, that
filing was answered with patent suspensions pending investigation!!!!
May you wonder what the hell
this long diatribe is doing on a worldwide corporate web and not a far left
blog, read on, touch the evidence, feel free to call on the witnesses. If you
find after this exercise that the evidence reveals the alleged crimes are true,
after digging deep to the center facts, not being dissuaded by their attempts
to make it to complex for the common man or burying you in paperwork, if upon
reaching the conclusion that it is all true, that the real inventors are not the
lawyers who committed these treasonous crimes, well then let it frighten you to
take action, not feeling hopeless like you can't fight city hall, get your
pitchforks. If true, than these events will reveal not only who the true and
proper inventors are but will provide you with a clear path to understanding how
and why the government was then seized by this same group of people and how the
fox got in the henhouse and why our country has gone to hell since. You will
understand why elections were gained through fraud and usurping the Constitution
to select a leader not chosen by the People but chosen for them by Supreme Court
Justices who also think they are above the law, not merely public servants and
you will see that our leaders where placed in power to stave off due process and
procedure against the attorneys who stand to lose everything, including their
lives if treason is the crime that they are charged with in the end, the crime
We the People must be
frightened by this story to rid our system of the few corrupt souls for the
sanctity of the Nation. We must fight the true terror and terrorists fighting
Democracy, for I do not think Bin Laden or Hussein where capable of forcing the
American people to surrender their rights to freedom, though through propaganda
and manipulation of the media, Americans like sheep did. Fallen asleep where
the People, trusting government inapposite of the Constitution's mandate to keep
it check and balance through inherent distrust to keep them honest. Fear of
being called unpatriotic making you surrender your rights, why just look how
your leaders in Congress rolled over to the leader and surrender your rights for
you, fearful of being deemed unpatriotic. You need only look to those promoting
these terms as basis for their actions to find the true terrorists of
democracy. Guys like little dicked Bin Laden who attack women and children to
make a point, well, look at Israel, even the Israeli's have not surrendered a
single freedom in fear of him or Hussein. hmmmmmm
Meet the real terrorists of
the Nation, criminals disguised as politicians (Bush and Cheney) belonging to
secret Nazi cults with hidden agendas against the People, criminals manipulating
elections, war profiteering off our children soldiers, oil profiteering through
wars based on falsified documents and information (since Texas wells dried up
and these idiots cannot get a day job to pay their way), rapping the People
through stock scams, rapping the legal system to benefit and shield them in
crime, trying to rewrite law and the Constitution to protect their criminals
actions, robbing the Patent Office, stealing personal property from the People,
this is how our spoiled rotten kids ruining the government operate, of course
since they are spoiled and come from wealth they feel entitled to call
themselves elite, when really they have never earned a thing. Sounds far
fetched but just open your eyes, discount the tainted media that hides things
like the war crimes and deaths of our boys in Iraq and Afghanistan, as the
media is now the left arm of corruption, not the right arm of anarchy, sedating
you and taking your eye off reality. These Terrorists could destroy the very
fabric of our Constitution and remove your freedoms, desecrate the values of our
Nation that many have died to give you, thereby destroying the future of the
children, unless of course your name is Bush, Cheney, etc. one of the elitist
few. This is where we now stand America, the fox is in the henhouse, the
Iviewit story can only help you see how, why and who it was overtaken by, from
there the rest will depend on you the People, as it seems that much of the
government has corrupted in unison and others fear changing it, for fear of
shotguns to the face or guys in trench coats showing up at the Intensive Care
Unit you are recovering at with papers to sign and large bulges in their trench
Perhaps the inventor is
protected expressly under the Constitution for the reason that our Founding
Fathers reasoned that the greatest forces in the world work to try and steal and
convert the invention as their own and that since the loss to the inventor, even
one, would be the greatest threat to the value of their creation, they put the
entire weight of the Constitution and Congress behind even the lowliest of
inventors. Knowing if the inventor in all his smallness lost to the larger
forces, the principles of Democracy would be destroyed and the King/Decider we
Americans died to break free from, again would rule and the People would no
longer be free.
matter what Media player you use on the Internet to view that video, it uses the
Iviewit processes. Without the processes Internet video was garbage, Bill Gates
would have given up on media and gave his media player to Glazer to go start
Real Player, wait, he did, until he learned of the the Iviewit inventions and
since then he has had over 10 revisions of Media player, all the while trying to
wipe Real Player off the map with anticompetitive practices. No matter the
television station your are viewing and how high the definition, the video was
created and distributed using the scaling processes invented by the Iviewit
Bet Ellen had no idea at the
time how profound her statement would be and how much of the country is really
at stake over it.
Ellen DeGeneres Speaks Out on Iviewit Technology
- "Use Iviewit for the Sake of the Country"
Fascist Plot to Overthrow the
United States by the likes of Bush's grandpa Prescott and the plot to overthrow
Heart Of Fascism In The United States
The Whitehouse Coup
BBC Audio Documentary
Document uncovers details of
a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by right-wing American
The coup was aimed at
toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war
veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous
families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George
Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the
policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.
Mike Thomson investigates why
so little is known about this biggest ever peacetime threat to American
1933 Attempted Coup on Franklin Roosevelt
Click Here for Full Story
After listening to that, look
at the next article to see how Proskauer Rose and Joseph Proskauer (Nazi
disguised as Jew) were part of the plot. We learn here how these New World
Order / Skull & Boneheads really operate. They are not beholden to anything
higher than these secret cult clubs they bond with in gay ways (no offense to
homosexuals meant). Therefore, one may ask how could a Jew be called a Nazi, it
is because Jew is second to the NWO / SB values. They infiltrate all religions,
all political parties and virtually all social outlets, looking and appearing as
one of you, with a secret plan though. They intend to destroy that which you
belong, whether Jew, Hispanic, White, Black, Democrat, Republican, Catholic,
Christian, they want to incite you to hate each other, it feeds their goal.
Just look around, this is what plagues America.
- We should stand proud behind our country and its leaders who believe in this.
I have never prouder to be an American.
July 30, 2007 Jerusalem
Post - Joseph Proskauer Aids Nazi cause, lets Jews die in concentration camps,
hiding knowledge that camps existed.
or this one
Non Zionist and Zionist in America
or this one
Joseph Proskauer named stooge in plot to kill
continues his persona vendetta against conservatives
NAACP Chairman Julian Bond
opened the NAACP's national convention in Milwaukee as he has other such
gatherings in the past -- by
attacking George W. Bush and
The NAACP's national confab
got underway yesterday in Milwaukee. Bond took the opportunity to take swipes at
Bush and others, of course, reserving special venom for black conservatives.
Bond opened with an attack,
saying, "Milwaukee is the home of beer, of brats and the Bradley Foundation,"
and blasting Bush for failing to appear at the NAACP's annual convention for the
fifth straight year.
Bond explained his reference
to the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation later in the speech, saying it is
among entities that fund what he called "fraudulent" civil rights organizations.
He charged that the
organizations appear to back civil rights but push school vouchers, use legal
means to assault affirmative action and try to redraw political boundaries in
hopes of preventing people of color from being elected to office.
Such organizations have had
black "hucksters" on their payrolls for 20 years, said Bond to thunderous
"Like ventriloquist dummies,
they speak in their puppet master's voice, but we can see his lips moving," he
Similarly, Bond fired at
organizations that have tried to "seduce black clergy" to conservative causes
and criticized what he said is an attempt by the Bush administration to replace
vital public welfare programs with faith-based organizations.
He gave special importance to
the continuing battle over Bush's judicial nominees, especially a replacement
for retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, saying the high court
needs another independent-minded justice like her. Too many Bush nominees to
federal judgeships have made rulings that hurt the civil rights movement, he
said, calling newly named federal appeals court judge Janice Rogers Brown "the
female Clarence Thomas."
The former Democratic Georgia
state senator blasted the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate for failing to hold
a roll call vote on a resolution apologizing for failing to enact an
anti-lynching law first proposed 105 years ago. He named eight Republican
senators who did not co-sponsor the resolution, saying, "If a United States
senator in 2005 cannot apologize for that, what outrage is deserving of an
Targeting the Bush
administration, Bond said it was "outsourcing torture" by sending terrorism
suspects to foreign lands and backing economic policies that have created "an
ownership society, where you're really on your own."
"They profess to being true
believers, but they're really true deceivers," he said.
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Grebe Backs Bush and Bush Nazi Links
Here's where and who Mike has
been hanging out with lately to turn America into garbage after ruining Foley
and Lardner, then the RNC and now Charity @ The Bradley Foundation of right wing
gone to Heart of Darkness
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation - Michael
One of the country's largest
and most influential right-wing foundations, the Bradley Foundation is known for
its clearly articulated political and ideological vision.
In addition to providing
funding for a host of right-wing organizations, Bradley contributes to
conservative and often highly controversial scholarship, publications and
"academic" research aimed at legitimizing far-right policy positions.
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
PO Box 510860
Milwaukee, WI 53203-0153
President/CEO: Michael W. Grebe
Board of Directors: Thomas L. Rhodes
(Chairman), Reed Coleman (Vice-Chairman), Michael Grebe, William L. Armstrong,
Finances: $665,329,753 (2004) assets
Grants awarded, annually: $33,332,537
(2004) grants awarded
Publications: The Lion Letter, annual
reports outlining contributions and donations
Formerly known as: Allen-Bradley
Prize Recipients 2005: George F. Will
(syndicated columnist), Ward Connerly (anti-affirmative action, founder of
American Civil Rights Institute), Heather McDonald (Olin fellow at the Manhattan
Institute), and Robert P. George (professor, former presidential appointee to
the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights).
The Bradley Foundation
is one of the largest philanthropic foundations responsible for the financial
backing of the right-wing agenda for nearly twenty years.
supports right-wing organizations, privatized educational programs, as well as
many non-partisan social programs and civic organizations.
supports include: private school vouchers, faith-based social services, and
According to Bradley,
the projects sponsored by the foundation “encourage improved government, a more
vital sense of citizenship, and a strong belief in personal responsibility.”
Bradley has been
accused of underreporting the grant amounts that it gives to many of the
right-wing organizations that it supports.
Bradley has made right-wing
inroads in academia by establishing chairmanship positions, undergraduate and
graduate programs, fellowships, and whole departments at many prestigious
universities including: Boston College, Boston University, Bowling Green State
University, Carnegie Mellon University, Catholic University, Columbia
University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, Harvard University,
Johns Hopkins University, Kenyon College, Marquette University, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, New York University,
Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California- Berkeley,
University of California- Los Angeles, University of California- San Diego,
University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame,
University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, and
Washington University- St. Louis.
Bradley has supported and in
some cases, had to defend controversial right-wing recipients of their grants,
particularly Charles Murray and Dinesh D’Souza.
Charles Murray -
Murray, author of “The Bell Curve,” which argues that intelligence is predicated
on race, and “Losing Ground,” whose thesis is that social programs should be
abolished. Murray’s work was so controversial and objectionable that the
right-wing Manhattan Institute, supported by Bradley and for which he worked,
asked him to leave. However, the Bradley Foundation stood by him because Murray,
according to former Bradley President Michael Joyce, “is one of the foremost
social thinkers in the country.” Bradley extended Murray’s $100,000 per year
grant when he went to the American Enterprise Institute.
Dinesh D’Souza - D’Souza, in his book, “The End of Racism,” attempts to
absolve Whites from discrimination against Blacks during slavery, claiming that
Blacks were too uncivilized to be a part of society anyway.
List of Right-Wing Grantees
Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
Alexis de Tocqueville Institution
American Civil Rights Institute
American Civil Rights Union
American Conservative Union Foundation
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy
Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)
Center for Individual Rights
Center for Education Reform
Center for Public Justice
Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Children’s Educational Opportunity Foundation America
Citizens for the Preservation of Constitutional Rights
Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Foundation for Policy Research
Evergreen Freedom Foundation
Equal Opportunity Foundation
Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Friends of Choice in Urban Schools
Research and Education Foundation
Institute for American Values
for Public Policy
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
National Association of Scholars
National Center for Policy Analysis
Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Bush on the Bradley Foundation
“The reason that I am so
happy that my friend Mike Grebe is here and Mike Joyce and others from The
Bradley Foundation is because "Foundation America" must be a part of the
revitalization of our communities as well. And The Bradley Foundation has always
been willing to see different solutions. They have been willing to challenge the
status quo. They say where we find failure, something else must occur. And the
Foundation not only has been kind and generous with its donations, the
Foundation also has been willing to help people think anew, and I appreciate you
all coming. I am honored you're here and thanks for your good work.”
– President George W. Bush,
at the Bradley
Foundation-supported Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ,
Milwaukee, July 2002.
Bradley Foundation Under Reports Grants and to
Total unreported amount
American Council of Trustees and Alumni
American Enterprise Institute
American Foreign Policy Council
American Jewish Committee
American Spectator Education Foundation
("special projects" )
American Studies Center
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics
Becket Fund, Inc.
University of Wisconsin
(evaluation of Wisconsin Works welfare reform)
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Inc.
Capital Research Center
Carnegie Mellon University
Catholic University of America
Center for Individual Rights
Center for Parental Freedom in Education
Center for Strategic and Budgetary
Center for the Study of Popular Culture
CESA Foundation, Inc.
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont Institute for the Study of
Claremont McKenna College
Community Enterprises of Greater Milwaukee,
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Corporation for the Advancement of Policy
Discovery World: James Lovell
Empire Foundation for Policy Research
Environmental Defense Fund
Esperanza Unida, Inc.
Ethics and Public Policy Center, Inc.
Family House Incorporated
Family Service of Milwaukee
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy
First Stage Milwaukee
Florentine Opera Company, Inc.
Foundation for Cultural Review
Foundation Saint-Simon (Paris)
Free Congress Research and Education
Freedom House, Inc.
Fund for American Studies
George C. Marshall Institute
George Mason University Foundation
Institut Fur Die Wissenschaften Vom Menschen
Institute for American Values
Institute for Contemporary Studies
Institute for International Economics
Institute for International Studies
Institute for Justice
Institute for Policy Innovation
Institute on Religion and Democracy, Inc.
Institute on Religion and Public Life
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
International Center for Economic Growth
International Republican Institute
Johns Hopkins University
Manhattan Institute for Public Policy
Medical College of Wisconsin
MHS., Inc. Messmer High School
Michigan State University
Middle East Forum
Milwaukee Area Technical College Foundation,
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Ballet Company
Milwaukee Brewers Student Achievers Account
Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, Inc.
Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club Foundation,
Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Inc.
Milwaukee Rescue Mission
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
MMAC Community Support Foundation
(Public Interest, National Interest)
National Association of Scholars
National Bureau of Economic Research
National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise
National Center for Policy Analysis
National Council for History Education, Inc.
National Endowment for Democracy
National Fatherhood Initiative
National Forum Foundation
National Strategy Information Center
New Citizenship Project, Inc.
New York University
Next Door Foundation
Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School
Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy
Partners Advancing Values in Education (PAVE)
Penfield Children's Center
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
St Camillus Ministries, Inc.
St. Francis Children's Center
St. Mary's and St. Nicholas Joint
Salvation Army Wisconsin & Upper Michigan
Sand County Foundation
Skylight Opera Theatre Corp
Social Philosophy and Policy Foundation
St. Leo School, Inc.
State of Wisconsin
"legal fees in defense of const. of the amended Milwaukee School Choice
Taliesin Preservation Commission, Inc.
Texas A & M University
Thomas Aquinas College
TransCenter for Youth, Inc.
United Negro College Fund, Inc.
University of California-Irvine
University of California-Malibu
University of California-Berkely
University of Chicago
University of Maryland Foundation
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Toronto
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Wisconsin Correctional Service
Wisconsin Foundation for Independent
Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Inc.
Wisconsin Public Radio
Woodrow Wilson International Center for
Youth Leadership Academy
Total unreported grants
Now understanding that
Bradley funds Yale for his Federalist ideology to brainwash young greed centered
children who probably would not have got into Yale without substantial daddy
donations, we see a link as to how two organizations steeped in separate plots
against the United States came together into one New World Order plot run by
spoiled kids and their parents who spoil them wanting to create wealth of kings
by hording it all and screwing the middle and poor classes.
What is frightening is that
they have taken advantage of American's who are used to saying your such a
conspiracy theorist, no plot could be in play by the rich people who are so nice
to the poor. I think the next You Tube debate question should be:
As candidate for the next
President to take oath of office to and for the People,
1.please announce any/all
allegiances or oaths to any other organization that you have sworn public or
private oath to, including any Federalist organizations, secret organizations
such as Skull and Bones, fraternal organizations, etc.
2.who are your ten largest
political campaign contributors and briefly describe the special interests
3.if you were President would
you endorse legislation that would make it a crime tried by treason for any
public employee who falsifies information or fails to disclose membership to any
group that has dissimilar interests to the People and upholding the
Constitutional sworn too?
4. if you were President how
would you have handled the Libby situation which is a stain on American Justice
and the Presidency?
How much does this next piece
sound like Nazi Germany, with 9/11 leading to Patriot Act, leading to
humanitarian rights violations and the removal of Habeus Corpus as similar,
almost step by step, to the Nazi master plan.
Edited from Wikipedia (listed
as a skull member on politicalfriendster.com) from the entry on Adolph Hitler
and his rise to power). We cannot let history repeat itself.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to
purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of
US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 - 1790)
Having become Chancellor,
Hitler [Bush Grebe Cheney] foiled all attempts to gain a majority in parliament
and on that basis [committed election fraud] persuaded President Hindenburg to
dissolve the Reichstag again. Elections were scheduled for early March, but on
Reichstag building was set on fire. [9/11 Twin Towers,
although there were three, the Pentagon, etc.] Since a
Dutch independent communist was found in the building, [not sure any bodies
were ever found of the supposed terrorists, rumble was quickly removed for new
building that is, need some spin there] the fire was blamed on a Communist plot
["Terrorist" Plot by deck of cards terrorists (52 thugs mainly funded by Bush's
father, Hussein & Bin Laden, America so scared of these 52 guys that we sold our
freedoms to the bs propaganda spun @ cnn, fox and payollastream media] to which
the government reacted with the
Reichstag Fire Decree [Patriot Act] of
February which suspended basic rights, including
habeas corpus [that came later in this plot but the Patriot removed all
the other important ones first]. Under the provisions of this decree, the
German Communist Party and other groups were suppressed [Democrats &
Republicans alike], and communist functionaries and deputies were arrested [shot
gunned in the face, the AG/SS at your bedside, threats to Supreme Court
justices, concentration camp Gitmoschwitz set up for dissenters] put to flight,
Campaigning continued, with
the Nazis making use of paramilitary violence [immediately after 9/11 attacking
a country that had nothing to do with terrorists, only Saddam who factually
hated and killed terrorists, gotta give these guys credit for spinning AL QAEDA
into Iraq or 9/11 based on forged and false propaganda], anti-Communist hysteria
[anti Muslim, Chinese Poisoning the Chinese Food, Mexican's as humans capable
only of jobs Hitler's boys won't do and anti-American dissenters who do not go
along with Decider decisions], and the government's resources for propaganda
[CNN, FOX, etc] On election day,
6 March, the
NSDAP increased its result to 43.9% of the vote, remaining the largest party,
but its victory was marred by its failure to secure an absolute majority,
necessitating maintaining a
with the DNVP.
of remaining limits
With this combination of
executive power, Hitler's
government further suppressed the remaining political
KPD and the SPD were
banned, while all other political parties dissolved themselves.
Labour unions were merged with
employers' federations into an organisation under Nazi control, and the autonomy
of German state governments was abolished.
Keith Olbermann on Skull and
Bones - Bush and Kerry
A Primer on
the New World Order
Endgame: Elite's Blueprint For Global Enslavement 1 of 4
Endgame: Elite's Blueprint For Global Enslavement 2 of 4
OK, that said, this next link
will scare the shit out of you
2007 C-Span Washington Journal Bush Signs Law Giving Him Unlimited Powers in
Emergency over State Federal Tribal Local Government - Similar to Hitler Grab
Now Listen to Wesley Clark on
Bill Maher and his Analysis. This is a decorated Four Star General with a
brain, not a draft dodging Bush or Cheney.
and more from Wesley on Iran
Reuters Photo Wire Picks Up Bush
Nazi Salute June 15, 2005, the similarities are visual. Hitler had charisma and
public appeal, Bush does not even maintain those qualities, making him more
pathetic than hero.
Hitler also used the SA
paramilitary to push Hugenberg into resigning [Cheney sends Gonzales to Ashcroft
Bedside] and proceeded to politically isolate Vice Chancellor Papen. Because the
SA's demands for political and military power caused much anxiety among military
leaders [Comey, Generals, Ex-General], Hitler used allegations of a plot by the
Ernst Röhm to purge the SA's
leadership during the
Night of the Long Knives.
Opponents unconnected with the SA were also
Gregor Strasser and former
Kurt von Schleicher
Paul von Hindenburg died on
1934. Rather than holding new
presidential elections, Hitler's cabinet passed a law proclaiming the presidency
dormant and transferred the role and powers of the head of state to Hitler as
Führer und Reichskanzler (leader and chancellor).
Thereby Hitler also became supreme commander of the military, whose officers
then swore an
oath not to the state or the
constitution but to Hitler personally [hmmm, that sounds like Gonzales and
others who work "for the pleasure of the President - Yavolt].
 In a mid-August
plebiscite, these acts found
the approval of 84.6% of the
the highest offices in state, military and party in his hand, Hitler had
attained supreme rule that could no longer be legally challenged!
After watching this picture
transform, click on it to see what it means
!!!!!OH MY G0D, THIS NEXT
LINK STATES THAT GEORGE W. BUSH I & II WERE BOTH MEMBERS OF THE SAME CULT AS
ADOLPH HITLER!!!!! WOULD YOU HAVE VOTED FOR HIM IF YOU KNEW?
BUSH MEMBER OF SAME CULT AS
ADOLPH HITLER!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4kTnP5VJ1k
America Betrayed, Bush, bin Laden, 9-11. by R. Joseph, Ph.D. University
Press, ISBN: 0971644578
http://universitypress.info/AmericaBetrayed11.html Prescot Bush and
Rockefeller's Standard Oil had been in business with the Hitler regime and the
Nazis since 1933, and in 1942, three Bush businesses were seized by the U.S.
government, for violation of the Trading With the Enemies Act. IT ALL BEGINS
AT YALE: SKULL & BONES
George Bush: The Unauthorized
by Webster Griffin Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin
THE HITLER PROJECT
Bush Property Seized -- Trading with the Enemy
In October 1942, ten months after entering World War II, America was preparing
its first assault against Nazi military forces. Prescott Bush was managing
partner of Brown Brothers Harriman. His 18-year-old son George,
the future U.S. President, had just begun training to become a naval pilot.
On October 20, 1942, the U.S. government ordered the seizure of Nazi German
banking operations in New York City which were being conducted by Prescott Bush.
Under the "Trading with the Enemy Act", the government took over the "Union
Banking Corporation," in which Bush was a director. The U.S. Alien Property
Custodian seized Union Banking Corp.'s stock shares, all of which were owned by
Prescott Bush, E. Roland "Bunny" Harriman, three Nazi executives, and two other
associates of Bush. Note #1
The order seizing the bank "vest[ed] [seized] all of the capital stock of Union
Banking Corporation, a New York corporation," and named the holders of its
See #b|"E. Roland Harriman -- 3991 shares." Harriman was chairman and director
of Union Banking Corp. (UBC); this is "Bunny" Harriman, described by Prescott
Bush as a place holder who didn't get much into banking affairs; Prescott
managed his personal investments.
See #b|"Cornelis Lievense -- 4 shares." Lievense was president and director of
UBC, and a New York resident banking functionary for the Nazis.
See #b|"Harold D. Pennington -- 1 share." Pennington was treasurer and director
of UBC, and an office manager employed by Bush at Brown Brothers Harriman.
See #b|"Ray Morris -- 1 share." Morris was director of UBC, and a partner of
Bush and the Harrimans.
See #b|"Prescott S. Bush -- 1 share." Bush was director of UBC, which was
co-founded and sponsored by his father-in-law George Walker; he was senior
managing partner for E. Roland Harriman and Averell Harriman.
See #b|"H.J. Kouwenhoven -- 1 share" Kouwenhoven was director of UBC; he
organized UBC as the emissary of Fritz Thyssen in negotiations with George
Walker and Averell Harriman; he was also managing director of UBC's Netherlands
affiliate under Nazi occupation; industrial executive in Nazi Germany, and also
director and chief foreign financial executive of the German Steel Trust.
See #b|"Johann G. Groeninger -- 1 share." Groeninger was director of UBC and of
its Netherlands affiliate; he was an industrial executive in Nazi Germany.
The order also specified: "all of which shares are held for the benefit of ...
members of the Thyssen family, [and] is property of nationals ... of a
designated enemy country...."
By October 26, 1942, U.S. troops were underway for North Africa. On October 28,
the government issued orders seizing two Nazi front organizations run by the
Bush-Harriman bank: the "Holland-American Trading Corporation" and the "Seamless
Steel Equipment Corporation." Note #2
U.S. forces landed under fire near Algiers on November 8, 1942; heavy combat
raged throughout November. Nazi interests in the "Silesian-American
Corporation," long managed by Prescott Bush and his father-in-law George Herbert
Walker, were seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act on November 17, 1942.
In this action, the government announced that it was seizing only the Nazi
interests, leaving the Nazis' U.S. partners to carry on the business. Note #3
These and other actions taken by the U.S. government in wartime were tragically,
too little and too late. President Bush's family had already played a central
role in financing and arming Adolf Hitler for his takeover
of Germany; in financing and managing the buildup of Nazi war industries for the
conquest of Europe and war against the U.S.A.; and in the development of Nazi
genocide theories and racial propaganda, with their
The facts presented here must be known, and their implications reflected upon,
for a proper understanding of President George Herbert Walker Bush and of the
danger to mankind that he represents. The President's family
fortune was largely a result of the Hitler project. The powerful Anglo-American
family associations, which later boosted him into the Central Intelligence
Agency and up to the White House, were his father's
partners in the Hitler project.
President Franklin Roosevelt's Alien Property Custodian, Leo T. Crowley, signed
Vesting Order Number 248 seizing the property of Prescott Bush under the Trading
with Enemy Act. The order, published in obscure government record books and kept
out of the news, Note #4 explained nothing about the
Nazis involved; only that the Union Banking Corporation was run for the "Thyssen
family" of "Germany and/or Hungary" -- "nationals ... of a designated enemy
By deciding that Prescott Bush and the other directors of the Union Banking
Corp. were legally "front men for the Nazis", the government avoided the more
important historical issue: In what way "were Hitler's Nazis
themselves hired, armed, and instructed by" the New York and London clique of
which Prescott Bush was an executive manager? Let us examine the Harriman-Bush
Hitler project from the 1920s until it was partially broken up, to seek an
answer for that question.
2. Origin and Extent of the Project
Fritz Thyssen and his business partners are universally recognized as the most
important German financiers of Adolf Hitler's takeover of Germany. At the time
of the order seizing the Thyssen family's Union Banking Corp., Mr. Fritz Thyssen
had already published his famous book, "I Paid Hitler",
#5 admitting that he had financed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement since
October 1923. Thyssen's role as the leading early backer of Hitler's grab for
power in Germany had been noted by U.S. diplomats in Berlin in 1932.
Note #6 The order seizing the
Bush-Thyssen bank was curiously quiet and modest about the identity of the
perpetrators who had been nailed.
But two weeks before the official order, government investigators had reported
secretly that "W. Averell Harriman was in Europe sometime prior to 1924 and at
that time became acquainted with Fritz Thyssen, the German industrialist."
Harriman and Thyssen agreed to set up a bank for Thyssen in New York. "[C]ertain
of [Harriman's] associates would serve as directors...." Thyssen agent "H.J.
Kouwenhoven ... came to the United
States ... prior to 1924 for conferences with the Harriman Company in this
When exactly was "Harriman in Europe sometime prior to 1924"? In fact, he was in
Berlin in 1922 to set up the Berlin branch of W.A. Harriman & Co. under George
The Union Banking Corporation was established formally in 1924, as a unit in the
Manhattan offices of W.A. Harriman & Co., interlocking with the Thyssen-owned
"Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart" (BHS) in the Netherlands.
The investigators concluded
that "the Union Banking Corporation has since its inception handled funds
chiefly supplied to it through the Dutch bank by the Thyssen interests for
Thus by personal agreement between Averell Harriman and Fritz Thyssen in 1922,
W.A. Harriman & Co. (alias Union Banking Corporation) would be transferring
funds back and forth between New York and the "Thyssen interests" in Germany. By
putting up about $400,000, the Harriman organization would be joint owner and
manager of Thyssen's banking operations outside of Germany.
"How important was the Nazi enterprise for which President Bush's father was the
New York banker?"
The 1942 U.S. government investigative report said that Bush's Nazi-front bank
was an interlocking concern with the Vereinigte Stahlwerke (United Steel Works
Corporation or "German Steel Trust") led by Fritz Thyssen and his two brothers.
After the war, congressional investigators probed the Thyssen interests, Union
Banking Corp. and related Nazi units. The investigation showed that the
Vereinigte Stahlwerke had produced the
following approximate proportions of total German national output: "50.8% of
Nazi Germany's pig iron; 41.4% of Nazi Germany's universal plate; 36.0% of Nazi
Germany's heavy plate; 38.5% of Nazi Germany's galvanized sheet;
45.5% of Nazi Germany's pipes
and tubes; 22.1% of Nazi Germany's wire;
35.0% of Nazi Germany's
explosives." Note #8
This accounts for many, many Nazi submarines, bombs, rifles, gas chambers, etc.
Prescott Bush became vice president of W.A. Harriman & Co. in 1926. That same
year, a friend of Harriman and Bush set up a giant new organization for their
client Fritz Thyssen, prime sponsor of politician Adolf Hitler.
The new "German Steel Trust," Germany's largest industrial corporation, was
organized in 1926 by Wall Street banker Clarence Dillon. Dillon was the old
comrade of Prescott Bush's father Sam Bush from the "Merchants of Death" bureau
in World War I.
In return for putting up $70 million to create his organization, majority owner
Thyssen gave the Dillon Read company two or more representatives on the board of
the new Steel Trust. Note #9
Thus there is a division of labor: Thyssen's own confidential accounts, for
political and related purposes, were run through the Walker-Bush organization;
the Steel Trust did its corporate banking through Dillon
- * * * -
The Walker-Bush firm's banking activities were not just politically neutral
money-making ventures which happened to coincide with the aims of German Nazis.
All of the firm's European business in those days was organized around
anti-democratic political forces.
In 1927, criticism of their support for totalitarianism drew this retort from
Bert Walker, written from Kennebunkport to Averell Harriman: "It seems to me
that the suggestion in connection with Lord Bearsted's views that we withdraw
from Russia smacks somewhat of the impertinent.... I think that we have drawn
our line and should hew to it." Note #1 Note #0
Averell Harriman met with Italy's fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. A
representative of the firm subsequently telegraphed good news back to his chief
executive Bert Walker: "... During these last days ... Mussolini ...
has examined and approved our c[o]ntract 15 June." Note #1 Note #1
The great financial collapse of 1929-31 shook America, Germany, and Britain,
weakening all governments. It also made the hard-pressed Prescott Bush even more
willing to do whatever was necessary to retain his new place in the world. It
was in this crisis that certain Anglo-Americans determined on the installation
of a Hitler regime in Germany.
W.A. Harriman & Co., well-positioned for this enterprise and rich in assets from
their German and Russian business, merged with the British-American investment
house, Brown Brothers, on January 1, 1931. Bert Walker retired to his own G.H.
Walker & Co. This left the Harriman brothers, Prescott Bush, and Thatcher M.
Brown as the senior partners of the new Brown Brothers Harriman firm. (The
London, England branch of the Brown family firm continued operating under its
historic name -- Brown, Shipley.)
Robert A. Lovett also came over as a partner from Brown Brothers. His father,
E.H. Harriman's lawyer and railroad chief, had been on the War Industries Board
with Prescott's father. Though he remained a partner in
Brown Brothers Harriman, the junior Lovett soon replaced his father as chief
exexcutive of Union Pacific Railroad.
Brown Brothers had a racial tradition that fitted it well for the Hitler
project. American patriots had cursed its name back in Civil War days. Brown
Brothers, with offices in the U.S.A. and in Engla nd, had carried on
their ships fully 75 percent of the slave cotton from the American South over to
British mill owners; through their usurious credit they controlled and
manipulated the slave-owners.
Now, in 1931, the virtual dictator of world finance, Bank of England Governor
Montagu Collet Norman, was a former Brown Brothers partner, whose grandfather
had been boss of Brown Brothers during the U.S. Civil War. Montagu Norman was
known as the most avid of Hitler's supporters within British ruling circles, and
Norman's intimacy with this firm was essential to his management of the Hitler
In 1931, while Prescott Bush ran the New York office of Brown Brothers Harriman,
Prescott's partner was Montagu Norman's intimate friend Thatcher Brown. The Bank
of England chief always stayed at the home of Prescott's partner on his
hush-hush trips to New York. Prescott Bush concentrated on the firm's German
actitivites, and Thatcher Brown saw to their business in old England, under the
guidance of his mentor Montagu Norman. Note #1 Note #2
3. Hitler's Ladder to Power
Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany January 30, 1933, and absolute
dictator in March 1933, after two years of expensive and violent lobbying and
electioneering. Two affiliates of the Bush-Harriman organization played great
parts in this criminal undertaking: Thyssen's German Steel Trust; and the
Hamburg-Amerika Line and several of its executives. Note #1 Note #3
Let us look more closely at the Bush family's German partners.
"Fritz Thyssen" told Allied interrogators after the war about some of his
financial support for the Nazi Party: "In 1930 or 1931 ... I told [Hitler's
deputy Rudolph] Hess ... I would arrange a credit for him with a Dutch bank
in Rotterdam, the Bank fussaur Handel und Schiff [i.e. Bank voor Handel en
Scheepvaart (BHS), the Harriman-Bush affiliate]. I arranged the credit ... he
would pay it back in three years.... I chose a Dutch bank because I did not want
to be mixed up with German banks in my position, and because I thought it was
better to do business with a Dutch bank, and I thought I would have the Nazis a
little more in my hands....
"The credit was about 250-300,000 [gold] marks -- about the sum I had given
before. The loan has been repaid in part to the Dutch bank, but I think some
money is still owing on it...." Note #1 Note #4
The overall total of Thyssen's political donations and loans to the Nazis was
well over a million dollars, including funds he raised from others -- in a
period of terrible money-shortage in Germany.
"Friedrich Flick" was the major co-owner of the German Steel Trust with Fritz
Thyssen, Thyssen's longtime collaborator and sometime competitor. In preparation
for the war crimes tribunal at Nuremberg, the U.S. government said that Flick
was "one of leading financiers and industrialists who from 1932 contributed
large sums to the Nazi Party ... member of 'Circle of Friends' of Himmler who
contributed large sums to the SS." Note #1 Note #5
Flick, like Thyssen, financed the Nazis to maintain their private armies called
Schutzstaffel (S.S. or Black Shirts) and Sturmabteilung (S.A., storm troops or
The Flick-Harriman partnership was directly supervised by Prescott Bush,
President Bush's father, and by George Walker, President Bush's grandfather.
The Harriman-Walker Union Banking Corp. arrangements for the German Steel Trust
had made them bankers for Flick and his vast operations in Germany by no later
The "Harriman Fifteen Corporation" (George Walker, president, Prescott Bush and
Averell Harriman, sole directors) held a substantial stake in the Silesian
Holding Co. at the time of the merger with Brown Brothers, January 1, 1931. This
holding correlated to Averell Harriman's chairmanship of the "Consolidated
Silesian Steel Corporation," the American group owning one-third of a complex of
steelmaking, coal-mining and zinc-mining
activities in Germany and Poland, in which Friedrich Flick owned two-thirds.
Note #1 Note #6
The Nuremberg prosecutor characterized Flick as follows:
"Proprietor and head of a large group of industrial enterprises (coal and iron
mines, steel producing and fabricating plants) ... 'Wehrwirtschaftsfuehrer,'
1938 [title awarded to prominent industrialists for merit in armaments drive --
'Military Economy Leader']...." Note #1 Note #7
For this buildup of the Hitler war machine with coal, steel, and arms
production, using slave laborers, the Nazi Flick was condemned to seven years in
prison at the Nuremberg trials; he served three years. With
friends in New York and London, however, Flick lived into the 1970s and died a
On March 19, 1934, Prescott Bush -- then director of the German Steel Trust's
Union Banking Corporation -- initiated an alert to the absent Averell Harriman
about a problem which had developed in the Flick partnership. Note #1 Note #8
Bush sent Harriman a clipping from the "New York Times" of that day, which
reported that the Polish government was fighting back against American and
German stockholders who controlled "Poland's largest industrial unit, the Upper
Silesian Coal and Steel Company...."
The "Times" article continued: "The company has long been accused of
mismanagement, excessive borrowing, fictitious bookkeeping and gambling in
securities. Warrants were issued in December for several directors accused of
tax evasions. They were German citizens and they fled. They were replaced by
Poles. Herr Flick, regarding this as an attempt to make the company's board
entirely Polish, retaliated by restricting credits until
the new Polish directors were unable to pay the workmen regularly."
The "Times" noted that the company's mines and mills "employ 25,000 men and
account for 45 percent of Poland's total steel output and 12 percent of her coal
production. Two-thirds of the company's stock is owned by Friedrich Flick, a
leading German steel industrialist, and the remainder is owned by interests in
the United States."
In view of the fact that a great deal of Polish output was being exported to
Hitler's Germany under depression conditions, the Polish government thought that
Bush, Harriman, and their Nazi partners should at least pay
full taxes on their Polish holdings. The U.S. and Nazi owners responded with a
lockout. The letter to Harriman in Washington reported a cable from their
European representative: "Have undertaken new steps London Berlin ... please
establish friendly relations with Polish Ambassador [in Washington]."
A 1935 Harriman Fifteen Corporation memo from George Walker announced an
agreement had been made "in Berlin" to sell an 8,000 block of their shares in
Consolidated Silesian Steel. Note #1 Note #9 But the dispute with Poland did not
deter the Bush family from continuing its partnership with Flick.
Nazi tanks and bombs "settled" this dispute in September, 1939 with the invasion
of Poland, beginning World War II. The Nazi army had been equipped by Flick,
Harriman, Walker, and Bush, with materials essentially stolen from Poland.
There were probably few people at the time who could appreciate the irony, that
when the Soviets also attacked and invaded Poland from the East, their vehicles
were fueled by oil pumped from Baku wells revived by the Harriman/Walker/Bush
Three years later, nearly a year after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the
U.S. government ordered the seizure of the Nazis' share in the Silesian-American
Corporation under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Enemy
nationals were said to own 49 percent of the common stock and 41.67 percent of
the preferred stock of the company.
The order characterized the company as a "business enterprise within the United
States, owned by [a front company in] Zurich, Switzerland, and held for the
benefit of Bergwerksgesellschaft George von Giesche's Erben, a German
corporation...." Note #2 Note #0
Bert Walker was still the senior director of the company, which he had founded
back in 1926 simultaneously with the creation of the German Steel Trust. Ray
Morris, Prescott's partner from Union Banking Corp. andBrown Brothers Harriman,
was also a dir ector.
The investigative report prior to the government crackdown explained the "NATURE
OF BUSINESS: The subject corporation is an American holding company for German
and Polish subsidiaries, which own large and valuable coal and zinc mines in
Silesia, Poland and Germany. Since September 1939, these properties have been in
the possession of and have been operated by the German government and have
undoubtedly been of considerable assistance to that country in its war effort."
Note #2 Note #1
The report noted that the American stockholders hoped to regain control of the
European properties after the war.
4. Control of Nazi Commerce
Bert Walker had arranged the credits Harriman needed to take control of the
Hamburg-Amerika Line back in 1920. Walker had organized the "American Ship and
Commerce Corp." as a unit of the W.A. Harriman & Co., with contractual power
over Hamburg-Amerika's affairs.
As the Hitler project went into high gear, Harriman-Bush shares in American Ship
and Commerce Corp. were held by the Harriman Fifteen Corp., run by Prescott Bush
and Bert Walker. Note #2 Note #2
It was a convenient stroll for the well-tanned, athletic, handsome Prescott
Bush. From the Brown Brothers Harriman skyscraper at 59 Wall Street -- where he
was senior managing partner, confidential investments manager and advisor to
Averell and his brother "Bunny" -- he walked across to the Harriman Fifteen
Corporation at One Wall Street, otherwise known as G.H. Walker & Co. -- and
around the corner to his subsidiary offices at 39 Broadway, former home of the
old W.A. Harriman & Co., and still the offices
for American Ship and Commerce, and of the Union Banking Corporation.
In many ways, Bush's Hamburg-Amerika Line was the pivot for the entire Hitler
Averell Harriman and Bert Walker had gained control over the steamship company
in 1920 in negotiations with its post-World War I chief executive, "Wilhelm
Cuno", and with the line's bankers, M.M. Warburg. Cuno was
thereafter completely dependent on the Anglo-Americans, and became a member of
the Anglo-German Friendship Society. In the 1930-32 drive for a Hitler
dictatorship, Wilhelm Cuno contributed important sums to the Nazi Party.
Note #2 Note #3
"Albert Voegler" was chief executive of the Thyssen-Flick German Steel Trust for
which Bush's Union Banking Corp. was the New York office. He was a director of
the Bush-affiliate BHS Bank in Rotterdam, and a director of the Harriman-Bush
Hamburg-Amerika Line. Voegler joined Thyssen and Flick in their heavy 1930-33
Nazi contributions, and helped organize the final Nazi leap into national power.
Note #2 Note #4
The "Schroeder" family of bankers was a linchpin for the Nazi activities of
Harriman and Prescott Bush, closely tied to their lawyers Allen and John Foster
Dulles. Baron Kurt von Schroeder was co-director of the massive Thyssen-Huette
foundry along with Johann Groeninger, Prescott Bush's New York bank partner.
Kurt von Schroeder was treasurer of the support organization for the Nazi
Party's private armies, to which Friedrich Flick contributed. Kurt von Schroeder
and Montagu Norman's proteaageaa Hjalmar Schacht together made the final
arrangments for Hitler to enter the government. Note #2 Note #5
Baron Rudolph von Schroeder was vice president and director of the
Hamburg-Amerika Line. Long an intimate contact of Averell Harriman's in Germany,
Baron Rudolph sent his grandson Baron Johann Rudolph for a tour of Prescott
Bush's Brown Brothers Harriman offices in New York City in December 1932 -- on
the eve of their Hitler-triumph. Note #2 Note #6
Certain actions taken directly by the Harriman-Bush shipping line in 1932 must
be ranked among the gravest acts of treason in this century. The U.S. Embassy in
Berlin reported back to Washington that the "costly
election campaigns" and "the cost of maintaining a private army of 300,000 to
400,000 men" had raised questions as to the Nazis' financial backers. The
constitutional government of the German republic moved to defend national
freedom by ordering the Nazi Party private armies disbanded. The U.S. Embassy
reported that the "Hamburg-Amerika Line was purchasing and distributing
propaganda attacks against the German government, for attempting this
last-minute crackdown on Hitler's forces." Note #2 Note #7
Thousands of German opponents of Hitlerism were shot or intimidated by privately
armed Nazi Brown Shirts. In this connection, we note that the original "Merchant
of Death," Samuel Pryor, was a founding director of both the Union Banking Corp.
and the American Ship and Commerce Corp. Since Mr. Pryor was executive committee
chairman of Remington Arms and a central figure in the world's private arms
traffic, his use to the Hitler project was enhanced as the Bush family's partner
in Nazi Party banking and trans-Atlantic shipping.
The U.S. Senate arms-traffic investigators probed Remington after it was joined
in a cartel agreement on explosives to the Nazi firm I.G. Farben. Looking at the
period leading up to Hitler's seizure of power, the senators found that "German
political associations, like the Nazi and others, are nearly all armed with
American ... guns.... Arms of all kinds coming from America are transshipped in
the Scheldt to river barges before the vessels arrive in Antwerp. They then can
be carried through Holland without police inspection or interference. The
Hitlerists and Communists are presumed to get arms in this manner. The principal
arms coming from America are Thompson submachine guns and revolvers. The number
is great." Note #2 Note #8
The beginning of the Hitler regime brought some bizarre changes to the
Hamburg-Amerika Line -- and more betrayals.
Prescott Bush's American Ship and Commerce Corp. notified Max Warburg of
Hamburg, Germany, on March 7, 1933, that Warburg was to be the corporation's
official, designated representative on the board of Hamburg-Amerika. Note #2
Max Warburg replied on March 27, 1933, assuring his American sponsors that the
Hitler government was good for Germany: "For the last few years business was
considerably better than we had anticipated, but a reaction is
making itself felt for some months. We are actually suffering also under the
very active propaganda against Germany, caused by some unpleasant circumstances.
These occurrences were the natural consequence of the very excited election
campaign, but were extraordinarily exaggerated in the foreign press. The
Government is firmly resolved to maintain public peace and order in Germany, and
I feel perfectly convinced in this respect that there is no cause for any alarm
whatsoever." Note #3 Note #0
This seal of approval for Hitler, coming from a famous Jew, was just what
Harriman and Bush required, for they anticipated rather serious "alarm" inside
the U.S.A. against their Nazi operations.
On March 29, 1933, two days after Max's letter to Harriman, Max's son Erich sent
a cable to his cousin Frederick M. Warburg, a director of the Harriman railroad
system. He asked Frederick to "use all your influence" to stop all anti-Nazi
activity in America, including "atrocity news and unfriendly propaganda in
foreign press, mass meetings, etc." Frederick cabled back to Erich: "No
responsible groups here [are] urging [a] boycott [of] German goods[,] merely
excited individuals." Two days after that, On March 31, 1933, the
"American-Jewish Committee," controlled by the Warburgs, and the "B'nai B'rith,"
heavily influenced by the Sulzbergers' ("New York Times"), issued a formal,
official joint statement of the two organizations, counselling "that no American
boycott against Germany be encouraged, [and advising] ... that no further mass
meetings be held or similar forms of agitation be employed." Note #3 Note #1
The American Jewish Committee and the B'nai B'rith (mother of the
"Anti-Defamation League") continued with this hardline, no-attack-on-Hitler
stance all through the 1930s, blunting the fight mounted by many Jews and
other anti-fascists. Thus the decisive interchange reproduced above, taking
place entirely within the orbit of the Harriman/Bush firm, may explain something
of the relation ship of George Bush to American Jewish and Zionist leaders. Some
of them, in close cooperation with his family, played an ugly part in the drama
of Naziism. Is this why "professional Nazi-hunters" have never discovered how
the Bush family made its money?
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The executive board of the "Hamburg Amerika Line" "(Hapag)" met jointly with the
North German Lloyd company board in Hamburg on September 5, 1933. Under official
Nazi supervision, the two firms were merged. Prescott Bush's American Ship and
Commerce Corp. installed Christian J. Beck, a longtime Harriman executive, as
manager of freight and operations in North America for the new joint Nazi
shipping lines "(Hapag-Lloyd)") on November 4, 1933.
According to testimony of officials of the companies before Congress in 1934, a
supervisor from the "Nazi Labor Front" rode with every ship of the Harriman-Bush
line; employees of the New York offices were directly
organized into the Nazi Labor Front organization; Hamburg-Amerika provided free
passage to individuals going abroad for Nazi propaganda purposes; and the line
subsidized pro-Nazi newspapers in the U.S.A., as it had done in Germany against
the constitutional German government. Note #3 Note #2
In mid-1936, Prescott Bush's American Ship and Commerce Corp. cabled M.M.
Warburg, asking Warburg to represent the company's heavy share interest at the
forthcoming Hamburg-Amerika stockholders meeting. The Warburg office replied
with the information that "we represented you" at the stockholders meeting and
"exercised on your behalf your voting power for Rm [gold marks] 3,509,600 Hapag
stock deposited with us."
The Warburgs transmitted a letter received from Emil Helfferich, German chief
executive of both Hapag-Lloyd and of the Standard Oil subsidiary in Nazi
Germany: "It is the intention to continue the relations with Mr. Harriman on the
same basis as heretofore...." In a colorful gesture, Hapag's Nazi chairman
Helfferich sent the line's president across the Atlantic on a Zeppelin to confer
with their New York string-pullers.
After the meeting with the Zeppelin passenger, the Harriman-Bush office replied:
"I am glad to learn that Mr. Hellferich [sic] has stated that relations between
the Hamburg American Line and ourselves will be continued
on the same basis as heretofore." Note #3 Note #3
Two months before moving against Bush's Union Banking Corp., the U.S. government
ordered the seizure of all property of the Hamburg-Amerika Line and North German
Lloyd, under the Trading with the Enemy Act. The investigators noted in the
pre-seizure report that Christian J. Beck was still acting as an attorney
representing the Nazi firm. Note #3 Note #4
In May 1933, just after the Hitler regime was consolidated, an agreement was
reached in Berlin for the coordination of all Nazi commerce with the U.S.A. The
"Harriman International Co.," led by Averell Harriman's first cousin Oliver, was
to head a syndicate of 150 firms and individuals, to conduct "all exports from
Hitler's Germany to the United States". Note #3 Note #5
This pact had been negotiated in Berlin between Hitler's economics minister,
Hjalmar Schacht, and John Foster Dulles, international attorney for dozens of
Nazi enterprises, with the counsel of Max Warburg and Kurt von Schroeder.
John Foster Dulles would later be U.S. Secretary of State, and the great power
in the Republican Party of the 1950s. Foster's friendship and that of his
brother Allen (head of the Central Intelligence Agency), greatly aided
Prescott Bush to become the Republican U.S. senator from Connecticut. And it was
to be of inestimable value to George Bush, in his ascent to the heights of
"covert action government," that both of these Dulles brothers
were the lawyers for the Bush family's far-flung enterprise.
Throughout the 1930s, John Foster Dulles arranged debt restructuring for German
firms under a series of decrees issued by Adolf Hitler. In these deals, Dulles
struck a balance between the interest owed to selected,
larger investors, and the needs of the growing Nazi warmaking apparatus for
producing tanks, poison gas, etc.
Dulles wrote to Prescott Bush in 1937 concerning one such arrangement. The
German-Atlantic Cable Company, owning Nazi Germany's only telegraph channel to
the United States, had made debt and management agreements with the
Walker-Harriman bank during the 1920s. A new decree would now void those
agreements, which had originally been reached with non-Nazi corporate officials.
Dulles asked Bush, who managed these affairs for Averell Harriman, to get
Averell's signature on a letter to Nazi officials, agreeing to the changes.
Dulles wrote: "Sept. 22, 1937 "Mr. Prescott S. Bush "59 Wall Street, New York,
"I have looked over the letter of the German-American [sic] Cable Company to
Averell Harriman.... It would appear that the only rights in the matter are
those which inure in the bankers and that no legal embarrassment would result,
so far as the bondholders are concerned, by your acquiescence in the
modification of the bankers' agreement.
"John Foster Dulles"
Dulles enclosed a proposed draft reply, Bush got Harriman's signature, and the
changes went through. Note #3 Note #6
In conjunction with these arrangements, the German Atlantic Cable Company
attempted to stop payment on its debts to smaller American bondholders. The
money was to be used instead for arming the Nazi state, under a decree of the
Despite the busy efforts of Bush and Dulles, a New York court decided that this
particular Hitler "law" was invalid in the United States; small bondholders, not
parties to deals between the bankers and the Nazis, were
entitled to get paid. Note #3 Note #7
In this and a few other of the attempted swindles, the intended victims came out
with their money. But the Nazi financial and political reorganization went ahead
to its tragic climax. For his part in the Hitler revolution, Prescott Bush was
paid a fortune.
This is the legacy he left to his son, President George Bush.
1. Office of Alien Property Custodian, Vesting Order Number 248. Signed by Leo
T. Crowley, Alien Property Custodian, executed October 20, 1942; F.R. Doc.
42-11568; Filed, November 6, 1942. 7 Fed. Reg. 9097 (November 7, 1942).
The "New York City Directory of Directors", 1930s-40s, list Prescott Bush as a
director of Union Banking Corp. from 1934 through 1943.
2. Alien Property Custodian Vesting Order No. 259: Seamless Steel Equipment
Corporation; Vesting Order Number 261: Holland-American Trading Corp.
3. Alien Property Custodian Vesting Order No. 370: Silesian-American Corp.
4. "New York Times," December 16, 1944, ran a five-paragraph page 25 article on
actions of the New York State Banking Department. Only the last sentence refers
to the Nazi bank, as follows: "The Union Banking
Corporation, 39 Broadway, New York, has received authority to change its
principal place of business to 120 Broadway."
The "Times" omitted the fact that the Union Banking Corporation had been seized
by the government for trading with the enemy, and the fact that 120 Broadway was
the address of the government's Alien Property Custodian.
5. Fritz Thyssen, "I Paid Hitler", 1941, reprinted in (Port Washington, N.Y.:
Kennikat Press, 1972), p. 133. Thyssen says his contributions began with 100,000
marks given in October 1923, for Hitler's attempted "putsch" against the
6. Confidential memorandum from U.S. Embassy, Berlin, to the U.S. Secretary of
State, April 20, 1932, on microfilm in "Confidential Reports of U.S. State
Dept., 1930s, Germany," at major U.S. libraries.
7. October 5, 1942, Memorandum to the Executive Committee of the Office of Alien
Property Custodian, stamped CONFIDENTIAL, from the Division of Investigation and
Research, Homer Jones, Chief. Now declassified in United States National
Archives, Suitland, Maryland annex. Note Record Group 131,
Alien Property Custodian, investigative reports, in file box relating to Vesting
Order Number 248.
8. "Elimination of German Resources for War": Hearings Before a Subcommittee of
the Com mittee on Military Affairs, United States Senate, Seventy-Ninth
Congress; Part 5, Testimony of [the United States] Treasury
Department, July 2, 1945. Page 507: Table of Vereinigte Stahlwerke output,
figures are percent of German total as of 1938; Thyssen organization including
Union Banking Corporation pp. 727-731.
9. Robert Sobel, "The Life and Times of Dillon Read" (New York: Dutton-Penguin,
1991), pp. 92-111. The Dillon Read firm cooperated in the development of Sobel's
10. George Walker to Averell Harriman, August 11, 1927, in W. Averell Harriman
papers, Library of Congress (hereafter "WAH papers").
11. "Iaccarino" to G. H. Walker, RCA Radiogram Sept. 12, 1927.
12. Andrew Boyle, "Montagu Norman" (London: Cassell, 1967).
Sir Henry Clay, "Lord Norman" (London, MacMillan & Co., 1957), pp. 18, 57,
John A. Kouwenhouven, "Partners in Banking ... Brown Brothers Harriman" (Garden
City: Doubleday & Co., 1969).
13. Coordination of much of the Hitler project took place at a single New York
address. The Union Banking Corporation had been set up by George Walker at 39
Broadway. Management of the Hamburg-Amerika Line, carried out through Harriman's
American Ship and Commerce Corp., was also set up by George Walker at 39
14. Interrogation of Fritz Thyssen, EF/Me/1 of Sept. 4, 1945 in U.S. Control
Council records, photostat on page 167 in Anthony Sutton, "An Introduction to
The Order" (Billings, Mt.: Liberty House Press, 1986).
15. "Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, Supplement B", by the Office of United
States Chief of Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality, U. S. Government
Printing Office, (Washington, D.C., 1948), pp. 1597, 1686.
16. "Consolidated Silesian Steel Corporation - [minutes of the] Meeting of Board
of Directors," October 31, 1930 (WAH papers), shows Averell Harriman as Chairman
of the Board.
Prescott Bush to W.A. Harriman, Memorandum December 19, 1930 on their Harriman
Annual Report of United Konigs and Laura Steel and Iron Works for the year 1930
(WAH papers) lists "Dr. Friedrich Flick ... Berlin" and "William Averell
Harriman ... New York" on the Board of Directors.
"Harriman Fifteen Coporation Securities Position February 28, 1931," WAH papers.
This report shows Harriman Fifteen Corporation holding 32,576 shares in Silesian
Holding Co. V.T.C. worth (in scarce depression dollars) $1,628,800, just over
half the value of the Harriman Fifteen Corporation's total holdings.
The "New York City Directory of Directors" volumes for the 1930s (available at
the Library of Congress) show Prescott Sheldon Bush and W. Averell Harriman as
the directors of Harriman Fifteen Corp.
"Appointments," (three typed pages) marked "Noted May 18 1931 W.A.H.," (among
the papers from Prescott Bush's New York Office of Brown Brothers Harriman, WAH
papers), lists a meeting between Averell Harriman and Friedrich Flick in Berlin
at 4:00 P.M., Wednesday April 22, 1931. This was followed immediately by a
meeting with Wilhelm Cuno, chief executive of the Hamburg-Amerika Line.
The "Report To the Stockholders of the Harriman Fifteen Corporation," October
19, 1933 (WAH papers) names G.H. Walker as president of the corporation. It
shows the Harriman Fifteen Corp.'s address as 1 Wall Street -- the location of
G.H. Walker and Co.
17. "Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, Supplement B", "op. cit.," p. 1686.
18. Jim Flaherty (a BBH
manager, Prescott Bush's employee), March 19, 1934 to W.A. Harriman.
"In Roland's absence Pres[cott] thought it adviseable for me to let you know
that we received the following cable from [our European representative] Rossi
dated March 17th [relating to conflict with the Polish government]...."
19. Harriman Fifteen Corporation notice to stockholders January 7, 1935, under
the name of George Walker, President.
20. Order No. 370: Silesian-American Corp. Executed November 17, 1942 Signed by
Leo T. Crowley, Alien Prop. Custodian. F.R. Doc. 42-14183; Filed, December 31,
1942; 8 Fed. Reg. 33 (Jan. 1, 1943).
The order confiscated the Nazis' holdings of 98,000 shares of common and 50,000
shares of preferred stock in
The Nazi parent company in Breslau, Germany wrote to Averell Harriman at 59 Wall
St. on Aug. 5, 1940, with "an invitation to take part in the regular meeting of
the members of the Bergwerksgesellsc[h]aft Georg von Giesche's Erben...." WAH
21. Sept. 25, 1942, Memorandum To the Executive Committee of the Office of Alien
Property Custodian, stamped CONFIDENTIAL, from the Division of Investigation and
Research, Homer Jones, Chief. Now declassified in United States National
Archives, Suitland, Maryland annex. See Record Group 131,
Alien Property Custodian, investigative reports, in file box relating to Vesting
Order Number 370.
22. George Walker was a director of American Ship and Commerce from its
organization through 1928. Consult "New York City Directory of Directors".
"Harriman Fifteen Corporation Securities Position February 28, 1931," "op. cit."
The report lists 46,861 shares in the American Ship & Commerce Corp.
See "Message from Mr. Bullfin," August 30, 1934 (Harriman Fifteen section, WAH
papers) for the joint supervision of Bush and Walker, respectively director and
president of the corporation.
23. Cuno was later exposed by Walter Funk, Third Reich Press Chief and Under
Secretary of Propaganda, in Funk's postwar jail cell at Nuremberg; but Cuno had
died just as Hitler was taking power. William L. Shirer, L.,
"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960), p.
144. "Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, Supplement B", "op. cit.," p. 1688.
24. See "Elimination of German Resources for War," "op. cit.," pages 881-882 on
See Annual Report of the (Hamburg-Amerikanische-Packetfahrt-Aktien-Gesellschaft
(Hapag or Hamburg-Amerika Line), March 1931, for the board of directors. A copy
is in the New York Public Library Annex at 11th Avenue, Manhattan.
25. "Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression -- Supplement B," "op. cit.," pp. 1178,
1453-1454, 1597, 1599.
See "Elimination of German Resources for War," "op. cit.," pp. 870-72 on
Schroeder; p. 730 on Groeninger.
26. Annual Report of Hamburg-Amerika, "op. cit."
Baron Rudolph Schroeder, Sr. to Averell Harriman, November 14, 1932. K[night]
W[ooley] handwritten note and draft reply letter, December 9, 1932.
In his letter, Baron Rudolph refers to the family's American affiliate, J. Henry
Schroder [name anglicized], of which Allen Dulles was a director, and his
brother John Foster Dulles was the principal attorney.
Baron Bruno Schroder of the British branch was adviser to Bank of England
Governor Montagu Norman, and Baron Bruno's partner Frank Cyril Tiarks was
Norman's co-director of the Bank of England throughout Norman's career.
Kurt von Schroeder was Hjalmar Schacht's delegate to the Bank for International
Settlements in Geneva, where many of the financial arrangements for the Nazi
regime were made by Montagu Norman, Schacht and
the Schroeders for several years of the Hitler regime right up to the outbreak
of World War II.
27. Confidential memorandum from U.S. Embassy, Berlin, "op. cit."
28. U.S. Senate "Nye Committee" hearings, Sept. 14, 1934, pp. 1197-1198,
extracts from letters of Col. William N. Taylor, dated June 27, 1932 and January
29. American Ship and Commerce Corporation to Dr. Max Warburg, March 7, 1933.
Max Warburg had brokered the sale of Hamburg-Amerika to Harriman and Walker in
1920. Max's brothers controlled the Kuhn Loeb investment banking house in New
York, the firm which had staked old E.H. Harriman to his 1890s buyout of the
giant Union Pacific Railroad.
Max Warburg had long worked with Lord Milner and others of the racialist British
Round Table concerning joint projects in Africa and Eastern Europe. He was an
advisor to Hjalmar Schacht for several decades and was a top executive of
Hitler's Reichsbank. The reader may consult David Farrer, "The Warburgs: The
Story of A Family" (New York: Stein and Day, 1975).
30. Max Warburg, at M.M. Warburg and Co., Hamburg, to Averill [sic] Harriman,
c/o Messrs. Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., 59 Wall Street, New York, N.Y., March
31. This correspondence, and the joint statement of the Jewish organizations,
are reproduced in Moshe R. Gottlieb, "American Anti-Nazi Resistance, 1933-41: An
Historical Analysis" (New York: Ktav Publishing
32. "Investigation of Nazi Propaganda Activities and Investigation of Certain
Other Propaganda Activities": Public Hearings before A Subcommittee of the
Special Committee on Un-American Activities, United States House of
Representatives, Seventy Third Congress, New York City, July 9-12, 1934 --
Hearings No. 73-NY-7 (Washington, D.C., U.S. Govt. Printing Office, 1934).
See testimony of Capt. Frederick C. Mensing, John Schroeder, Paul von
Lilienfeld-Toal, and summaries by Committee members.
See "New York Times," July 16, 1933, p. 12, for organizing of Nazi Labor Front
at North German Lloyd, leading to Hamburg-Amerika after merger.
33. American Ship and Commerce Corporation telegram to Rudolph Brinckmann at
M.M. Warburg, June 12, 1936.
Rudolph Brinckmann to Averell Harriman at 59 Wall St., June 20, 1936, with
enclosed note transmitting Helferrich's letter.
Reply to Dr. Rudolph Brinkmann c/o M.M. Warburg and Co, July 6, 1936, WAH
papers. The file copy of this letter carries no signature, but is presumably
from Averell Harriman.
34. Office of Alien Property Custodian, Vesting Order Number 126. Signed by Leo
T. Crowley, Alien Property Custodian, executed August 28, 1942. F.R. Doc.
42-8774; Filed September 4, 1942, 10:55 A.M.; 7 F.R. 7061 (Number 176, Sept. 5,
July 18, 1942, Memorandum To the Executive Committee of the Office of Alien
Property Custodian, stamped CONFIDENTIAL, from the Division of Investigation and
Research, Homer Jones, Chief. Now declassified in United States National
Archives, Suitland, Maryland annex. See Record Group 131, Alien Property
Custodian, investigative reports, in file box relating to Vesting Order Number
35. "New York Times," May 20, 1933. Leading up to this agreement is a telegram
which somehow escaped the shredder. It is addressed to Nazi official Hjalmar
Schacht at the Mayflower Hotel, Washington, dated May 11,
1933: "Much disappointed to have missed seeing you Tueday afternoon.... I hope
to see you either in Washington or New York before you sail. with my regards
W.A. Harriman" (WAH papers).
36. Dulles to Bush, letter and draft reply in WAH papers.
37. "New York Times," Jan. 19, 1938.
George H. Bush (left of clock) with the
Skull and Crossbones group at Yale University, New Haven, CT circa 1947
Look who's standing to
the left of the clock.
Class of 1900
Standing (left to right):
John Morgan Hopkins,
Corliss Esmonde Sullivan,
''The men called their
organization the Brotherhood of Death, or, more informally, the Order of Skull
and Bones. They adopted the numerological symbol 322 because their group was the
second chapter of the German organization and founded in 1832. They worshiped
the goddess Eulogia, celebrated pirates, and plotted an underground conspiracy
to dominate the world. Fast-forward 170 years. Skull and Bones has curled its
tentacles into every corner of American society. This tiny club has set up
networks that have thrust three members into the most powerful political
position in the world. And the group's influence is only increasing-the 2004
presidential election might showcase the first time each ticket has been led by
a Bonesman. The secret society is now, as one historian admonishes, " 'an
international mafia'. . . unregulated and all but unknown." In its quest to
create a New World Order that restricts individual freedoms and places ultimate
power solely in the hands of a small cult of wealthy, prominent families, Skull
and Bones has already succeeded in infiltrating nearly every major research,
policy, financial, media, and government institution in the country. Skull and
Bones, in fact, has been running the United States for years.''
"DON'T TASE ME BRO"
JUST FOR ASKING ABOUT THE
SKULL AND BONES CONNECTION TO JOHN KERRY AND GEORGE W. BUSH
My new hero, a
Congressman that speaks the truth!
Ok but that was the first
President Bush with Skulls and here is the next in line to this sick elitist
shit George W. Bush II hanging out with the same shit. Whose oath does he honor
more, Skulls or the American people, well it is all too obvious now, get to know
these guys and girls now as they are fucking up America at alarming rates. The
head of the Department of Justice has fled, not for any other reason than the
world has caught on, now we are joining in the wasting of this group of freaks
who pray to old Nazi party values in Tombs and wear funny outfits and are
sabotaging the Constitution.
George Bush Jr. A Skull & Bones
Anti-Catholic Freemason Surrounded by Apron Wearing Freemasons in Texas (2000
When asked on Meet the Press about 'Skull and Bones', listen to how
President Bush answers: watch his demeanor: by
I thought you
would all be interested in this snippet (an Excerpt) from a chapter of the book
SKULL AND BONES: “IT’S PART
OF WHO I AM”— THE HIGHEST MORAL AUTHORITY
To assist in keeping up the deception, we will form secret societies and clubs…
and so by fair means or by foul we shall gain our ends and carry on our
dishonest proceedings with impunity. ~ Plato, The Republic. Book II, p.48.
“The pope is the ruler of the
world. All the emperors, all the kings, all the princes, all the presidents of
the world are as these altar boys of mine.” ~ D.S. Phelan, Catholic priest.
DURING HIS PRESIDENTIAL
CAMPAIGN of 2000, George W. Bush gave a 90-minute talk (on July 31) with the
managing editor of the Illuminati controlled TIME magazine/CNN (so says Jesuit
Professor Carroll Quigley: see later chapter titled “The Rhodes Gang”). At one
point in the interview, Walter Isaacson asked Mr. Bush whether it troubled him
at all that he had been initiated into the secret Society of Skull and Bones, to
which Bush responded exuberantly, “No qualms at all. I was honored.” The
problem with that response is that the secrets of this Order mark its members as
infidels and debauchees, with skeletons in their closets. The reason the
‘literary society’ of Skull and Bones is of particular concern is that its
members are required to take an oath (see later) that completely absolves them
from—takes precedence over—allegiance to any nation or king or government or
constitution, including the negating of any subsequent oath which they may be
required to take, that conflicts with the interests of the Order. To whom then
do they swear their ultimate allegiance? We must go back to the origin of the
Order to see the roots that sustain these branches.
Significantly, in the book
Proofs of a Conspiracy (previously cited) Prof. Robison described the initiation
ceremony into the “Regent Degree” of the Illuminati; and according to author
Kris Millegan, in his book Fleshing Out Skull and Bones, “It [the Illuminati’s
initiation ceremony] bears a striking resemblance to the… ritual for entry into
Skull and Bones at Yale.”
Kris Millegan, Fleshing Out Skull and Bones, op. cit., p. 17.
The oath taken by the
Illuminati requires the initiated to disregard all bonds of allegiance whether
to father, mother, brothers, sisters, relations, friends or to the king,
magistrates, and any other authority to which loyalty, obedience, or service may
have been sworn. The particular passage reads: “faithfulness and everlasting
obedience to all superiors and regulations of the Order…. you are free from the
so-called oath to country and laws: swear to reveal to the new chief… what you
may have seen or done, intercepted, read or heard, learned or surmised, and also
seek for and spy out what your eyes cannot discern. Honour and respect the Aqua
Tofana (a slow poison) as a sure, prompt, and necessary means of purging the
globe by death of those who seek to vilify the truth [their ideology] and seize
it from our hands... in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
This brings us back nicely to
the question of why Bush said in his autobiography: “[in] My senior year (at
Yale) I joined Skull and Bones, a secret society, so secret, I can’t say
anything more.” Why not? Is that not a fair question to ask, intelligent
reader? Bill Cooper says it is because: “Members of the Order take an oath that
absolves them from any allegiance to any nation or king or government or
constitution, and that includes the negating of any subsequent oath, which they
may be required to take. They swear allegiance only to the Order and its goal of
a New World Order... according to the oath Bush took when he was initiated into
Skull and Bones, his oath of office as President of the United States means
here is part of a 2000 interview (original
transcript) given by the son, President George W. Bush Jr.:
“TIME: But you [George W. Jnr.] sure shared a
lot of the same upbringing: Andover, Yale, even Skull and Bones. Did you have
any qualms, say, about joining an elite secret club like Bones?
Bush: No qualms at all. I was honored. I was
fairly nonchalant. I didn’t view it as a great heritage thing. I didn’t take it
all that seriously.
TIME: Demystify it a bit for those who might
think it’s a cross between a Masonic Lodge and the Trilateral Commission. Did
your father show up for your initiation, like your grandfather showed up for
Bush: Without revealing all the great secrets? I
got a few of my old club mates who could demystify it right off the bat. My dad
didn’t tap me. Someone a year ahead of me tapped me. There was an entry
celebration. I can’t remember whether my dad showed up or not…. ”
1 - Interview by Walter
Isaacson, “George W. Bush: ‘My Heritage Is Part Of Who I Am.’” Time Magazine,
August 7th 2000 (Time Volume 156, No. 6) ; also reported on cnn.com (Times/CNN,
August 1, 2000):
Conspiracy Too Monstrous To
"The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so
monstrous he cannot believe it exists." J. Edgar Hoover
is in the malignant grip of a satanic cult. People recoil at the suggestion but
proof stares us in the face every day. George W. Bush, President of the "Free
World" is a member of "Skull and Bones" a chapter of the Illuminati order. His
father, grandfather and uncle are also members. In his autobiography, "A Charge
to Keep" Bush writes, "My senior year I joined Skull and Bones, a secret society
so secret I can't say anything more."
In Aug. 2000 he said his "heritage is part of who I am."
this a conflict of interest?
Can a man hold any public office, let alone the most important, and belong to a
"secret society"? If this society were benign, would it have to be secret?
secret society it is! The Illuminati is the hidden hand behind all modern
cataclysms, including the French and Russian Revolutions, Communism, the
Depression and Nazism. To affect the course of history only takes money. The
people behind the Illuminati have plenty.
we faced reality. Murphy's Law applies to humanity. "If it can go wrong, it
It has. The world is ruled by a satanic
ILLUMINATI AND THE SKULL & BONES
originates in the Jewish Kabala, Babylonian
mystery cults, the Templars, Freemasons and assorted interests dedicated to
Satan worship and absolute power. On May 1 1776, Adam Weishaupt, a professor at
the University of Inglestadt in Germany, founded "The Order of the Illuminati."
Many people believe Weishaupt was sponsored by Prince William of Hesse Casel and
his banker Meyer Amschel Rothschild, the wealthiest man in the world.
Illuminati's goal was to destroy Western Civilization and to erect a new world
order ruled by them. Its method was to dissolve all social ties (employer,
nation, religion, race, family) by exploiting social discontent and promising a
golden age of "human brotherhood." This is now called "globalization."
by the promise of power and change, people served without realizing who or what
they were supporting. Weishaupt urged his followers to "practise the art of
counterfeit." New recruits were told the Illuminati expressed the original
spirit of Christianity. Weishaupt marvelled that even churchmen could be gulled.
"Oh! Men, of what cannot you be persuaded?" (Nesta Webster, World Revolution,
1921, p. 27)
Bush & Kerry Admit Membership
in Skull & Bones - Either way America, the Republican & Democratic Parties
Lose. The American People stuck with a Skull Fucker, all was then lost
reading all that, that is all they have, a bunch of spoiled rotten third
generation rich kids, blowing smoke up
ass as to how powerful they are using Nazi type propaganda. We as American's
have faced much bigger threats to our country but they use propaganda to make
you think you are a helpless victim, with no way to fight city hall or
corruption. Did we really sell out our freedoms and allow them to change the
Constitution over Saddam and Osama.
terrorists? Come on America, take back America and hit them where it hurts, in
their trust funds. Then they will go get jobs or kill themselves or something
more productive than ruining the country and destroying the Constitution. I say
any politician who was involved in making one penny from the war for war
profiteering be tried 3400 times for each dead American that bloodied the price
at the pump.
or Bush made money via Halliburton or others, they should be stripped of all and
hung at dawn, ropes provided free on Iviewit. Show up early as the matinee
hangings of their accomplices should be fun too, be sure to bring the kids so
that they may learn what happens to treasonous treacherous men. That is if you
can catch them before they commit suicide like the Fuehrer they worship. I mean
to even know the President is involved admittedly in the occult Nazi cult The
Order of Death and has sworn allegiance to that versus your family or countries
best interest, is enough to try him, if not, then what, we have to catch him
with an intern and cigar?
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a
Is Skull and Bones ripping off the IRS?
From the Existentialist Cowboy
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Bush desperately seeking World War III
At a recent press briefing Bush was
asked about Vladimir Putin's plans to hold on to power when his term runs out.
Bush smirked and quipped: "I've been planning that myself." We should take Bush
at his word. We should take that remark just as seriously as his recent veiled
threat of World War III. We should take it as seriously as we should have taken
his remark about how much easier it would all be "...if this was a
So I told people [European leaders]
that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to
be interested" in ensuring Iran not gain the capacity to develop such weapons.
--George W. Bush,
How seriously should we take Bush's
offhand remarks? His quips and unguarded remarks are the only
truths to come out of his mouth. That applies to sinister references to summary
executions in his
State of the Union address: "Let's just say they are no longer a threat to
the United States of America." It applies as well to his wistful longing for
"dictatorship". Certainly, Bush is articulate only when he speaks of
death, torture, vengence, warfare, execution, or punishment. He never stumbles,
he never struggles to find the right word to describe pain, death or suffering!!
More recently, the temporal proximity of his "warnings" of
WWIII and his "quip" about staying in power after his term, may be clues to what
is in fact talked about inside the Oval Office.
Despite the president's occasional
contempt for the law,
LEVEL doesn't believe that he's going to declare a state of emergency and
cancel the 2008 election. But in July, we filed some FOIA requests anyway. We
asked five Justice Department offices for documents produced or revised after
August 2001 "addressing the feasibility, advisability or lawfulness of
deferring, rescheduling or canceling a US national election."
Quips He Might Stay in Power (Threat Level Plays Along
Simply, the mechanisms by which Bush
achieves his permanent dictatorship are already in place. Another terrorist
attack will do the trick. [See
How a Second Terrorist Attack Will Benefit George W. Bush] Measured against
our standard, the Bush administration is a catastrophe. Measured against Bush's
hidden agenda, he is very near to achieving what Richard Nixon could not --an
absolute dictatorship in the United States. That means, of course, that Bush
will have reduced Congress to a debating club, the Supreme Court to a mere
advisory panel. Sadly, it is SCOTUS who helped write themselves out of a real
The most ominous new development is the
Bush administration's push to name the Iranian Revolutionary Guards a terrorist
"The U.S. has designated any number of states over the
years as state sponsors of terrorism," says Leverett. "But here for the first
time the U.S. is saying that part of a government is itself a terrorist
This is what Leverett and Mann fear will happen: The
diplomatic effort in the United Nations will fail when it becomes clear that
Russia's and China's geopolitical ambitions will not accommodate the
inconvenience of energy sanctions against Iran.
Secret History of the Impending War with Iran
What Bush has done already may be
He lied the nation into two wars.
Neither have been won, neither had anything to do with the perpetrators of 911!
Against our own US criminal codes and
numerous international treaties, Bush has arrogated unto himself the power to
abduct, imprison and torture anyone that he decides is an "enemy". He has
assumed for himself a title: "Decider".
He has built up a private army, a
Praetorian Guard, to
enforce his edicts:
Is Bush capable of starting WWIII,
nuking Iran, staying put after his term ends? In a word --yes! Bush "gets off"
on death. Immediately prior to his announcement that the US military was in
action in Iraq, Bush --unaware that cameras were on and broadcasting --"pumped
his fist" and declared: "I feel GOOD!"
Bush savors the little hints he drops, disguising them as
"quips" or un-funny jokes. Tucker Carlson reported that Bush puckered his lips
to mock Carla Fay Tucker's final plea for her life. "Please, Mr. Bush, don't
kill me", he whined. As Governor of Texas, Bush chalked up 152 "kills" of many
who were never competently defended, who were convicted upon phony or unreliable
evidence, whose cases were tainted by dubious psychiatric evidence.
One need not be a licensed therapist to call him a
sociopathic nut job, a threat to humankind and Western Civilization. He is
clearly without empathy --that human quality upon which ethics and morality are
based. Dr. Gustav Gilbert was the American psychologist who interviewed Nazi war
criminals at Nuremberg. Based on his research there, Gilbert concluded that evil
was best described as an utter lack of empathy. Bush is, therefore, at the very
least, a psychopathic monster, for the theologically inclined --a Satan
"Sociopathy can be recognized early in
an individual. Before the age of around 15 - 16 years, a child showing
sociopathic traits is titled with conduct disorder. Signs of this early stage of
sociopathy might include immunity to parental punishment and pain. Other signs
may be the torturing of animals, fire setting, vandalism, consistent lying,
theft, or aggression towards others. Nothing usually works in trying to change
the behavior of this type of child. Therefore, the parent(s) usually give up,
making the situation worse. But it must be noted that many children with conduct
disorder do not progress on to sociopaths. After the age of 15 - 16, those who
continue to show sociopathic signs are then labeled as having sociopathy or
antisocial personality disorder
Carter & Golant,
1998; Sabbatini, 1998; See also:
Horton, The Sociopath
Old friends who knew Bush as a boy
describe a diabolical monster who reveled in inflicting pain and suffering. They
verify a well-circulated story that the Junior Bush used to shove firecrackers
up horned frogs to watch them explode when he tossed them into the air. The New
York Times reported that at Yale during his Skull and Bones days, Bush indulged
the sadistic practice of "branding" fraternity pledges with "brands" made of
metal coat hangers. The blind folded pledges still have the scars to prove it.
Li'l George promised never do it again but never figured out why others thought
it such a "big deal". Tragically for the world, li'l George now has nukes with
which to bully the world.
Dick Cheney, Halliburton's plant inside the Bush administration, can be
counted on to look after the interests of big, no-bid contractors, primarily his
own Halliburton. It says a lot about him that he actually likes being called
"Darth". Recently the Guardian reported that
"Darth" may be winning the behind the scenes maneauvering in Bush's evil empire.
The balance in
the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military
President George Bush leaves office in 18 months, the Guardian has learned.
The shift follows an internal review involving the White
House, the Pentagon and the state department over the last month. Although the
Bush administration is in deep trouble over Iraq, it remains focused on Iran. A
well-placed source in Washington said: “Bush is not going to leave office with
Iran still in limbo.”
A false-flag operation is most
certainly on the table. Every US president has made such plans, notably Nixon's
"Operation Garden Plot" and
Reagan's "REX 84 Alpha".
"Executive Directive 51" is absurdly vague about when and how Bush may declare
his dictatorship, describing only a "catastrophic emergency."
Catastrophic Emergency" means any
incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass
casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the US population,
infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions.
In other words, Bush will simply
declare an emergency following any "second terrorist" attack, terrorism being
whatever Bush decides it is.
source said Mr Bush and Mr Cheney did not trust any potential successors in the
White House, Republican or Democratic, to deal with Iran decisively. They are
also reluctant for Israel to carry out any strikes because the US would get the
blame in the region anyway.
"The red line is
not in Iran. The red line is in Israel. If Israel is adamant it will attack, the
US will have to take decisive action," Mr Cronin said. "The choices are: tell
Israel no, let Israel do the job, or do the job yourself."
Almost half of
the US's 277 warships are stationed close to Iran, including two aircraft
carrier groups. The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise left Virginia last week for
the Gulf. A Pentagon spokesman said it was to replace the USS Nimitz and there
would be no overlap that would mean three carriers in Gulf at the same time.
pushes Bush to act on Iran, Guardian Unlimited
Bush will declare martial law, postpone
the 2008 elections indefinitely, and assume a title: Imperial Decider Guy,
or some other bullshit title of his psychotic imagining
Scenario for 2008: Sometime in middle
to late summer, perhaps early fall, a "terrorist attack," or a natural disaster
occurs, allowing Bush to suspend the elections in the name of "national
security," and take the control of the government via the "National
Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51" and "Homeland Security Presidential
Directive/HSPD-20," released by the WH May 9th of this year. He could remain in
control as long as he wanted. Now, wouldn't THAT be an interesting nightmare?
Given the quagmire in Iraq, Bush will
be "forced" to nuke Iran, having secretly hoped for the opportunity. Iran will
blockade the straits of Hormuz and attack US fleets in the Gulf and
Mediterranean. World War III will have begun.
Bush will call his dictatorship a "Constitutional
Continuity" enabled for the sake of the father...uh..."the homeland".
Aided and abetted by right-wing
Republicans and spineless Democrats in Congress he has rendered the Constitution
utterly useless as an instrument for protecting the people from his
authoritarian excesses. He has offered his profane opinion of the Constitution
thus, "... it's just a God-damned piece of paper''
Thompson in Capitol Hill Blue, Dec 5, 2005.
Quietly, and without solemn ceremony,
the law of the land, the very rule of law, i.e, the US Constitution will be set
aside, as, in fact, it already has been. A few "bitter enders" may object only
to find themselves interred in FEMA camps, KBR contructed "detention
centers" built to accommodate anyone opposing the Imperial Decider Guy.
When Bush ordered the war of aggression against Iraq,
Saddam was in the process of
petro-dollars to Euros. Among US motivations for Middle East wars of
aggression, the war against Iraq has not had the effect of shoring up the
dollar. Bush fails again. Bush seems content, however, to balance the US trade
deficit upon the backs of the middle class and the poor, already bearing the
brunt of his tax cuts for tiny rich elites.
The terms sociopath or psychopath often
bring to mind images of sadistically violent individuals such as Ted Bundy or
the fictional character of Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter in the book and
movie The Silence of the Lambs. But I believe the defining characteristic
traits of sociopaths actually cover a much broader spectrum of individuals than
most of us would ever imagine. The sociopath is that truly self-absorbed
individual with no conscience or feeling for others [emphasis mine, LH] and
for whom social rules have no meaning. I believe that most all of us know or
have come in contact with sociopathic individuals without even knowing it.
Horton, The Sociopath
Indeed, we have. He occupies the Oval
Office, a lofty perch from which he bullies the world and threatens, perhaps
forever, the precious few chances we have for peace, plenty and prosperity.
Bush Eloquent and
on his Favorite Subject: Torture!
Who are the
Nazi's Now - Fascism Comes to America
Sun sets early on the
Torture, Paramilitarism, Occupation and Genocide
US Treasury Holds
Disaster Drill in Tampa Bay
the 9/11 'Fringe' Movement So Mainstream?The
Secret History of the Impending War with Iran
KBR awarded Homeland Security contract (Concentration Camp Construction) worth
up to $385M
"The contract may also provide migrant detention support
to other government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency, as
well as the development of a plan to react to
a national emergency, such as a natural disaster, the company said."
National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive
The Praetorian Guard: The U. S. Role in the New World Order
Valerie Plame on Sixty Minutes (Excerpts)
Talk by Naomi Wolf - The End of America
Bette Midler - One For My Baby
GOP Crime Syndicate
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Republican Culture of Corruption: 2007 So Far
"SenateGuru2008" has a great
run down of the Republican Party's recent ethics problems and criminal behavior.
It doen't look like they learned anything from their 2006 humiliation.
Does it seem like
there's a new Republican scandal in the news every single week? Well, that may
be because there is:
January 23, 2007:
Republican radio personality Scott Eller Cortelyou of Denver arrested on
suspicion of using the Internet to lure a child into a sexual relationship
January 29, 2007:
Republican former Jefferson County, Colorado, Treasurer Mark Paschall indicted
on two felony charges "in connection with an allegation that Paschall solicited
a kickback from a bonus he awarded one of his employees"
January 31, 2007: Republican Congressman Gary Miller is named by Republicans
as ranking member of oversight subcommittee of House Financial Services
Committee despite the FBI's investigation into his land deals
February 14, 2007: Major Republican fundraiser Brent Wilkes and former CIA
executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo are indicted by a grandy jury for
corrupting CIA contracts
March 5, 2007: Ethics complaint filed against Republican Senator Pete
Domenici for his role in the Attorney Purge scandal
2007: I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick
Cheney found guilty of obstruction of justice and perjury
March 8, 2007:
Republican former U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich admits
to extramarital affair
2007: Former Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles, an oil and gas
lobbyist who became an architect of George W. Bush's energy policies, pleads
guilty to obstructing justice by lying to a Senate committee
March 27, 2007:
Criminal charges filed against Republican Pennsylvania State Senator Robert
Regola in connection with the death of a teenage neighbor who was shot with the
senator's gun; he is accused of three counts of perjury, allowing possession of
a firearm by a minor, recklessly endangering another person and false swearing
March 27, 2007: Ronald Reagan's budget director, David Stockman, "indicted
on charges of defrauding investors and banks of $1.6 billion while chairman of
Collins & Aikman Corp., an auto parts maker that collapsed days after he quit"
March 28, 2007:
Robert Vellanoweth, a Republican activist and appointee of Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger, is arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and
felony driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, after a crash that
killed three adults and one child
April 18, 2007: The FBI raids the home of Republican Congressman John
Doolittle, investigating his ties to Jack Abramoff
April 19, 2007: The FBI raids a business tied to the family of Republican
Congressman Rick Renzi, as part of an investigation into his business dealings
April 23, 2007: The FBI questions Republican Congressman Tom Feeney about
his dealings with Jack Abramoff
April 23, 2007: Federal auditors find repeat violations of federal election
law from the 2004 Senate campaign of Republican Senator Mel Martinez, Chairman
of the Republican National Committee.
April 26, 2007: David Huckabee, son of Republican Presidential candidate
Mike Huckabee, is arrested at an Arkansas airport after a federal X-ray
technician detected a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage
May 4, 2007: Republican state Assemblyman Michael Cole is censured and
stripped of his leadership position after the married father of two spent the
night at a 21-year-old intern's apartment
May 11, 2007: A field coordinator for Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry
is indicted for voter fraud in North Carolina
May 12, 2007: NBC News breaks the story that the FBI is investigating
Republican Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons for suspicion of accepting bribes in
exchange for securing government contracts
May 15, 2007:
Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy is arrested for drunk driving
(he pled no contest on June 1, but
publicly disclose the event until June 11)
May 18, 2007: Republican former South Dakota State Representative Ted Klaudt
is charged with eight counts of second-degree rape, two counts of sexual
exploitation of a minor, one count of sexual contact with a child younger than
16, two counts of witness tampering and one count of stalking against two foster
children in his care
June 11, 2007: Republican Senator Larry Craig is arrested for lewd conduct
in the men's bathroom of an airport
June 19, 2007: South Carolina Republican state Treasurer and South Carolina
Chairman of Giuliani for President Thomas Ravenel is indicted by a grand jury on
cocaine distribution charges
July 3, 2007: A grand jury report declares that the sale of public land to
Republican Congressman Ken Calvert and his business partners violated the law
July 11, 2007: Republican state Representative and Florida co-Chairman of
McCain for President Bob Allen is arrested for soliciting a male undercover
police officer, offering to pay $20 to perform oral sex
July 16, 2007: Republican Senator David Vitter holds press conference
acknowledging being on the D.C. Madam's list and past involvement with
July 16, 2007: Story breaks that Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski was
involved in a sweetheart real estate deal
July 24, 2007: Michael Flory, former head of the Michigan Federation of
Young Republicans, pleads guilty to sexual abuse
July 26, 2007:
Media report that Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski will sell back land
purchased in a sweetheart deal, following close scrutiny of the shady
July 29, 2007: Glenn Murphy Jr., recently-elected Chairman of the Young
Republican National Federation, is accused of sexually assaulting a sleeping man
30, 2007: The FBI and IRS raid the home of Republican Senator Ted Stevens
following investigations into
Stevens' dealings with the corrupt VECO Corporation
August 2, 2007: Bush administration senior adviser Karl Rove disregards a
Congressional subpoena and refuses to testify before the Senate Judiciary
August 6, 2007: House Republican Leader John Boehner leaked classified
information regarding a secret court ruling over warrantless wiretapping
August 8, 2007: Republican Senator Larry Craig pleads guilty to misdemeanor
disorderly conduct following his June 11 arrest
August 9, 2007: Major Republican donor Alan Fabian is charged with 23 counts
of bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and
August 22, 2007: Republican consultant Roger Stone resigns his role with the
New York state Senate Republicans after reports surfaced that he made a
"threatening, obscenity-laced" phone call to the 83-year-old father of Governor
August 27, 2007:
Story breaks that Republican Senator Larry Craig was arrested and pled guilty -
he had not publicly disclosed the events to that point
THE FOX GOT IN THE HENHOUSE
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the
President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only
unpatriotic and servile, but morally treasonable to the American public."
I guess that says
that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Rove, etc. should not be impeached but tried
due to the investigation of fraud on the United States Patent & Trademark
Offices and other federal, state and international felonies against these
criminals named herein.
The claim before
investigators is that the technologies were invented by the Iviewit inventors,
not their lawyers from Proskauer Rose, LLP, Meltzer Lippe Goldstein Wolfe and
Schlissel and Foley and Lardner and how it is that through Proskauer's
acquisition of Rubenstein and the MPEGLA LLC patent pooling scheme they have
converted those technologies to inure benefits for their law firms. How they
have denied due process through a series of obscene public office corruptions
will be clearer as you understand how they knew to block the evidence and
witness was to seize the government.
The crooks are
far more insidious than your run of the mill mobster as they have legal degrees
and so are able to deny due process through planting criminals in their
organization in public offices, including the courts, at every level. Sounds
far fetched, outrageous, not really if you are trying to rob the United States
Patent Office and the United States. A crime like this is not committed by one
man, it take a criminal enterprise with tentacles deep within the government and
when you are caught with evidence and witness against you, you need a lot of
payola and a lot of criminals disguised as lawyers, politicians, justice
officials as getting caught could destroy your entire criminal enterprise. You
must risk everything to block due process, even if you have to seize the
government from top down, even if you have to fix elections. Even if you have
to put your criminals into Justice Department roles like say Attorney General.
Fighting for your life leaves one this desperate but as you will see, these
criminals are not just ordinary criminals, they have been plotting to overthrow
Democracy since Hitler failed, the Iviewit inventors just stumbled into the
lions den and brought what they heralded as the Holy Grail, they should have
thought that through before making the grab but greed beholden attorneys cannot
were the Presidential elections held that were decided by a crooked judge in
Florida, Jorge Labarga, who blocked a recount of the People's vote for President
that was fraught with fraud in that critical state, who passed it to the corrupt
Florida Supreme Court, who pushed it further up to the Supreme Court. The
Supreme's should have demanded a recount of the People's vote and instead pulled
a fast one on the nation and selected their boy Bush and Cheney, cronyism
playing part as most of the Justices were picked by Republican Presidents
aligned with secret cult organizations, like Skull and Bones and the
Federalists, the long awaited plan of overthrow came with that decision by the
Court to force a Decider upon the People. With no basis in law, these Justices
usurped the fundamental of Democracy, a leader chosen by the People and instead
gave us a President from their 5-4 decision steeped in conflict with the
candidates. Since that time, this country has been on a crash course to hell
for the People, with no one to stop it, all checks and balances removed, public
servants who boldly claim they are above the law, positioning of idiot friends
and family to key government posts who are unqualified and therefore easy to
claim they did not know how the agency was robbed and mismanaged, unimaginable
election fraud coincides exactly with the time that Arthur Andersen first
exposed that Iviewit had problems, that technologies were being transferred to
illegally set up corporations bearing similar name to Iviewit but with no books
showing the owners, that unauthorized technology transfers were being inked with
Enron's newly created Broadband division (that should raise the brow). Knowing
that this would expose them, plans were made between the criminals to block due
process and destroy everyone who was catching on to their scam. Immediately
thereafter, Arthur Andersen and Enron where destroyed, to hide any evidence that
had been being gathered, plans were made to destroy any one else. Yet, that was
not enough, as the criminals being smart guys gone sociopath knew that
investigations would be forthcoming and the knew the only way to stop due
process entirely was to siege the institutions that control due process from the
top down. Once a President that was planted, they could appoint various corrupt
friends in key government posts to stop almost any complaint as it elevated.
Administration of Organized Crime and our Deciders Bush and Cheney are facing,
sooner or later, trials for; war crimes, war mongering and profiteering, human
torture, oil profiteering racketeering and price fixing, possible involvement in
the Trade Center bombings to incite fear in the People and take them to war on
falsified intel and fraudulent documents, exposing CIA covert agents who would
opposed their regime, intimidation of government officials via showing up at
their Intensive Care Unit bedsides with documents to sign for illegal programs
to be enacted to legislation by resigned Attorney General Ashcroft who refuted
the program as illegal, shot gunning people in the face, stealing inventions,
robbing the Patent Office and all together TREASON.
One must give
these guys credit for their treasonous attempts, as they have so taken control
of the government, the press and all checks and balances of our nation, that for
all those alleged crimes above they act as if they are above law, unafraid of
impeachment, where Clinton had impeachment charges for a blow job, I mean come
America, if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck...
Another duck here
though is the American People or sitting ducks, swayed to believe whatever this
corrupt group throws at them, as again they have removed checks and balances so
that their crimes cannot be tried or even brought against them. Ask how they
have spun all of the following and used media to create false history, false
truth and brainwash the American Sheep to believe horseshit:
An illegal war in
Iraq, against a country that never harbored a terrorist group, had nothing to do
with 9/11 (as Hussein liked no other terrorist in Iraq other than himself) and
spun it into a justifiable war even when evidence showed it was based on
To make Americans
take pity on I. Scooter (Poopsy) Libby while hating Valerie Plame, an esteemed
servant in the CIA whose husband tried to expose the Sheep to the fact that the
intel they were going to war with Iraq on was false and then denying Valerie and
her husband Joe civil rights, while exculpating Libby from his treasonous and
felonious crimes he was tried for in exposing her, through Presidential
interference with no basis in law,
To believe that
Iraq had Al Qaeda or Al Queda or Al Kida as Bush pronounces it, whatever the
hell that is, in its country plotting the overthrow of America when none of
these "Terrorists" have any form of army or ally will they swim across the ocean
on Camel with Pea Shooter's and shoulder rockit launchers, really, will all 52
of them make it across?
To believe that
these friends of Bush I and II "Terrorists" are so powerful that unpatriotic
legislation that removes your rights was in order to protect you from this
unseen world power that should force you resign you freedoms in fear in terror,
To believe that
Alberto Gonzales should continue to run the InJustice Department after lying to
Congress, perjuring himself to Congress, violating the Patriot Act he
implemented to spy on American's illegally and attempting to coerce Justice
Department senior members at their hospital beds,
To believe that
bringing the boys back home from an illegal war of war crimes would somehow be
unpatriotic where leaving them in such war makes us all war criminals equal to
To believe that
opposing the Decider and his demonic crew is unpatriotic, I quote Theodore
Roosevelt "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that
we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and
servile, but morally treasonable to the American public."
To allow the
Decider to sign legislation giving him ruling powers of a king, inapposite of
Democracy entirely and as show later herein to be almost an identical series of
events used by Hitler to illegally seize power of Germany, frightening but true,
politicians who spin for whoever lines their coffers, however despicable their
agenda and allowing guys like Karl Rove and his buddy Abramoff influence our
To believing that
Katrina was not the result of careful planning by these sick demented leaders to
wipe the black out of New Orleans, leaving them floating to the ceiling with no
help or aid, so as to take the survivors back to Texas ranches for slave labor
and stealing their land to build future casino's to further rape people,
To all of the following from an excerpt
scandal sheet ~ Print it out, send it to Harry Reid, or just read it and weep.
Here are 34 scandals from the first four years of George W. Bush's presidency --
every one of them worse than Whitewater."
By Peter Dizikes
Keep in mind these are the first four
1. Memogate: The Senate Computer Theft
The scandal: From 2001 to 2003,
Republican staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee illicitly accessed nearly
5,000 computer files containing confidential Democratic strategy memos about
President Bush's judicial nominees. The GOP used the memos to shape their own
plans and leaked some to the media.
The problem: The Computer Fraud and
Abuse Act states it is illegal to obtain confidential information from a
The outcome: Unresolved. The Justice
Department has assigned a prosecutor to the case. The staff member at the heart
of the matter, Manuel Miranda, has attempted to brazen it out, filing suit in
September 2004 against the DOJ to end the investigation. "A grand jury will
indict a ham sandwich," Miranda complained. Some jokes just write themselves.
2. Doctor Detroit: The DOJ's Bungled
The scandal : The Department of Justice
completely botched the nation's first post-9/11 terrorism trial, as seen when
the convictions of three Detroit men allegedly linked to al-Qaida were
overturned in September 2004. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft had claimed
their June 2003 sentencing sent "a clear message" that the government would
"detect, disrupt and dismantle the activities of terrorist cells."
The problem: The DOJ's lead prosecutor
in the case, Richard Convertino, withheld key information from the defense and
distorted supposed pieces of evidence -- like a Las Vegas vacation video
purported to be a surveillance tape. But that's not the half of it. Convertino
says he was unfairly scapegoated because he testified before the Senate, against
DOJ wishes, about terrorist financing. Justice's reconsideration of the case
began soon thereafter. Convertino has since sued the DOJ, which has also placed
him under investigation.
The outcome: Let's see: Overturned
convictions, lawsuits and feuding about a Kafkaesque case. Nobody looks good
3. Dark Matter: The Energy Task Force
The scandal: A lawsuit has claimed it
is illegal for Dick Cheney to keep the composition of his 2001 energy-policy
task force secret. What's the big deal? The New Yorker's Jane Mayer has
suggested an explosive aspect of the story, citing a National Security Council
memo from February 2001, which "directed the N.S.C. staff to cooperate fully
with the Energy Task Force as it considered the 'melding' of ... 'operational
policies towards rogue states,' such as Iraq, and 'actions regarding the capture
of new and existing oil and gas fields.'" In short, the task force's activities
could shed light on the administration's pre-9/11 Iraq aims.
The problem: The Federal Advisory
Committee Act says the government must disclose the work of groups that include
non-federal employees; the suit claims energy industry executives were
effectively task force members. Oh, and the Bush administration has portrayed
the Iraq war as a response to 9/11, not something it was already considering.
The outcome: Unresolved. In June 2004,
the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to an appellate court.
4. The Indian Gaming Scandal
The scandal: Potential influence
peddling to the tune of $82 million, for starters. Jack Abramoff, a GOP lobbyist
and major Bush fundraiser, and Michael Scanlon, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay
(R-Texas), received that amount from several Indian tribes, while offering
access to lawmakers. For instance, Texas' Tigua tribe, which wanted its closed
El Paso casino reopened, gave millions to the pair and $33,000 to Rep. Robert
Ney (R-Ohio) in hopes of favorable legislation (Ney came up empty). And get
this: The Tiguas were unaware that Abramoff, Scanlon and conservative activist
Ralph Reed had earned millions lobbying to have the same casino shut in 2002.
The problem: Federal officials want to
know if Abramoff and Scanlon provided real services for the $82 million, and if
they broke laws while backing candidates in numerous Indian tribe elections.
The outcome: Everybody into the
cesspool! The Senate Indian Affairs Committee and five federal agencies,
including the FBI, IRS, and Justice Department, are investigating.
5. Halliburton's No-Bid Bonanza
The scandal: In February 2003,
Halliburton received a five-year, $7 billion no-bid contract for services in
The problem: The Army Corps of
Engineers' top contracting officer, Bunnatine Greenhouse, objected to the deal,
saying the contract should be the standard one-year length, and that a
Halliburton official should not have been present during the discussions.
The outcome: The FBI is investigating.
The $7 billion contract was halved and Halliburton won one of the parts in a
public bid. For her troubles, Greenhouse has been forced into whistle-blower
6. Halliburton: Pumping Up Prices
The scandal: In 2003, Halliburton
overcharged the army for fuel in Iraq. Specifically, Halliburton's subsidiary
Kellogg, Brown & Root hired a Kuwaiti company, Altanmia, to supply fuel at about
twice the going rate, then added a markup, for an overcharge of at least $61
million, according to a December 2003 Pentagon audit.
The problem: That's not the
government's $61 million, it's our $61 million.
The outcome: The FBI is investigating.
7. Halliburton's Vanishing Iraq Money
The scandal: In mid-2004, Pentagon
auditors determined that $1.8 billion of Halliburton's charges to the
government, about 40 percent of the total, had not been adequately documented.
The problem: That's not the
government's $1.8 billion, it's our $1.8 billion.
The outcome: The Defense Contract Audit
Agency has "strongly" asked the Army to withhold about $60 million a month from
its Halliburton payments until the documentation is provided.
8. The Halliburton Bribe-apalooza
The scandal: This may not surprise you,
but an international consortium of companies, including Halliburton, is alleged
to have paid more than $100 million in bribes to Nigerian officials, from 1995
to 2002, to facilitate a natural-gas-plant deal. (Cheney was Halliburton's CEO
from 1995 to 2000.)
The problem: The Foreign Corrupt
Practices Act prohibits U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials.
The outcome: A veritable coalition of
the willing is investigating the deal, including the Justice Department, the
SEC, the Nigerian government and a French magistrate. In June, Halliburton fired
two implicated executives.
9. Halliburton: One Fine Company
The scandal: In 1998 and 1999,
Halliburton counted money recovered from project overruns as revenue, before
settling the charges with clients.
The problem: Doing so made the
company's income appear larger, but Halliburton did not explain this to
investors. The SEC ruled this accounting practice was "materially misleading."
The outcome: In August 2004,
Halliburton agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle SEC charges. One
Halliburton executive has paid a fine and another is settling civil charges. Now
imagine the right-wing rhetoric if, say, Al Gore had once headed a firm fined
for fudging income statements.
10. Halliburton's Iran End Run
The scandal: Halliburton may have been
doing business with Iran while Cheney was CEO.
The problem: Federal sanctions have
banned U.S. companies from dealing directly with Iran. To operate in Iran
legally, U.S. companies have been required to set up independent subsidiaries
registered abroad. Halliburton thus set up a new entity, Halliburton Products
and Services Ltd., to do business in Iran, but while the subsidiary was
registered in the Cayman Islands, it may not have had operations totally
independent of the parent company.
The outcome: Unresolved. The Treasury
Department has referred the case to the U.S. attorney in Houston, who convened a
grand jury in July 2004.
11. Money Order: Afghanistan's Missing
$700 Million Turns Up in Iraq
The scandal: According to Bob
Woodward's "Plan of Attack," the Bush administration diverted $700 million in
funds from the war in Afghanistan, among other places, to prepare for the Iraq
The problem: Article I, Section 8,
Clause 12 of the U.S. Constitution specifically gives Congress the power "to
raise and support armies." And the emergency spending bill passed after Sept.
11, 2001, requires the administration to notify Congress before changing war
spending plans. That did not happen.
The outcome: Congress declined to
investigate. The administration's main justification for its decision has been
to claim the funds were still used for, one might say, Middle East
anti-tyrant-related program activities.
12. Iraq: More Loose Change
The scandal: The inspector general of
the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq released a series of reports in July
2004 finding that a significant portion of CPA assets had gone missing -- 34
percent of the materiel controlled by Kellogg, Brown & Root -- and that the
CPA's method of disbursing $600 million in Iraq reconstruction funds "did not
establish effective controls and left accountability open to fraud, waste and
The problem: As much as $50 million of
that money was disbursed without proper receipts.
The outcome: The CPA has disbanded, but
individual government investigations into the handling of Iraq's reconstruction
13. The Pentagon-Israel Spy Case
The scandal: A Pentagon official, Larry
Franklin, may have passed classified United States documents about Iran to
Israel, possibly via the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a Washington
The problem: To do so could be
espionage or could constitute the mishandling of classified documents.
The outcome: A grand jury is
investigating. In December 2004, the FBI searched AIPAC's offices. A Senate
committee has also been investigating the apparently unauthorized activities of
the Near East and South Asia Affairs group in the Pentagon, where Franklin
14. Gone to Taiwan
The scandal: Missed this one? A
high-ranking State Department official, Donald Keyser, was arrested and charged
in September with making a secret trip to Taiwan and was observed by the FBI
passing documents to Taiwanese intelligence agents in Washington-area meetings.
The problem: Such unauthorized trips
are illegal. And we don't have diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
The outcome: The case is in the courts.
15. Wiretapping the United Nations
The scandal: Before the United Nations'
vote on the Iraq war, the United States and Great Britain developed an
eavesdropping operation targeting diplomats from several countries.
The problem: U.N. officials say the
practice is illegal and undermines honest diplomacy, although some observers
claim it is business as usual on East 42nd Street.
The outcome: Little fuss here, but a
major British scandal erupted after U.K. intelligence translator Katherine Gun
leaked a U.S. National Security Agency memo requesting British help in the
spying scheme, in early 2003. Initially charged under Britain's Official Secrets
Act for leaking classified information, Gun was cleared in 2004 -- seemingly to
avoid hearings questioning the legality of Britain's war participation.
16. The Boeing Boondoggle
The scandal: In 2003, the Air Force
contracted with Boeing to lease a fleet of refueling tanker planes at an
inflated price: $23 billion.
The problem: The deal was put together
by a government procurement official, Darleen Druyun, who promptly joined
Boeing. Beats using a headhunter.
The outcome: In November 2003, Boeing
fired both Druyun and CFO Michael Sears. In April 2004, Druyun pled guilty to a
conspiracy charge in the case. In November 2004, Sears copped to a
conflict-of-interest charge, and company CEO Phil Condit resigned. The
government is reviewing its need for the tankers.
17. The Medicare Bribe Scandal
The scandal: According to former Rep.
Nick Smith (R-Mich.), on Nov. 21, 2003, with the vote on the administration's
Medicare bill hanging in the balance, someone offered to contribute $100,000 to
his son's forthcoming congressional campaign, if Smith would support the bill.
The problem: Federal law prohibits the
bribery of elected officials.
The outcome: In September 2004, the
House Ethics Committee concluded an inquiry by fingering House Majority Leader
Tom DeLay (R-Texas), saying he deserved "public admonishment" for offering to
endorse Smith's son in return for Smith's vote. DeLay has claimed Smith
initiated talks about a quid pro quo. The matter of the $100,000 is unresolved;
soon after his original allegations, Smith suddenly claimed he had not been
offered any money. Smith's son Brad lost his GOP primary in August 2004.
18. Tom DeLay's PAC Problems
The scandal: One of DeLay's political
action committees, Texans for a Republican Majority, apparently reaped illegal
corporate contributions for the campaigns of Republicans running for the Texas
Legislature in 2002. Given a Republican majority, the Legislature then re-drew
Texas' U.S. congressional districts to help the GOP.
The problem: Texas law bans the use of
corporate money for political purposes.
The outcome: Unresolved. Three DeLay
aides and associates -- Jim Ellis, John Colyandro and Warren RoBold -- were
charged in September 2004 with crimes including money laundering and unlawful
acceptance of corporate contributions.
19. Tom DeLay's FAA: Following
The scandal: In May 2003, DeLay's
office persuaded the Federal Aviation Administration to find the plane carrying
a Texas Democratic legislator, who was leaving the state in an attempt to thwart
the GOP's nearly unprecedented congressional redistricting plan.
The problem: According to the House
Ethics Committee, the "invocation of federal executive branch resources in a
partisan dispute before a state legislative body" is wrong.
The outcome: In October 2004, the
committee rebuked DeLay for his actions.
20. In the Rough: Tom DeLay's Golf
The scandal: DeLay appeared at a golf
fundraiser that Westar Energy held for one of his political action committees,
Americans for a Republican Majority, while energy legislation was pending in the
The problem: It's one of these
"appearance of impropriety" situations.
The outcome: The House Ethics Committee
tossed the matter into its Oct. 6 rebuke. "Take a lap, Tom."
21. Busy, Busy, Busy in New Hampshire
The scandal: In 2002, with a tight
Senate race in New Hampshire, Republican Party officials paid a Virginia-based
firm, GOP Marketplace, to enact an Election Day scheme meant to depress
Democratic turnout by "jamming" the Democratic Party phone bank with continuous
calls for 90 minutes.
The problem: Federal law prohibits the
use of telephones to "annoy or harass" anyone.
The outcome: Chuck McGee, the former
executive director of the New Hampshire GOP, pleaded guilty in July 2004 to a
felony charge, while Allen Raymond, former head of GOP Marketplace, pleaded
guilty to a similar charge in June. In December, James Tobin, former New England
campaign chairman of Bush-Cheney '04, was indicted for conspiracy in the case.
22. The Medicare Money Scandal
The scandal: Thomas Scully, Medicare's
former administrator, supposedly threatened to fire chief Medicare actuary
Richard Foster to prevent him from disclosing the true cost of the 2003 Medicare
The problem: Congress voted on the bill
believing it would cost $400 billion over 10 years. The program is more likely
to cost $550 billion.
The outcome: Scully denies threatening
to fire Foster, as Foster has charged, but admits telling Foster to withhold the
higher estimate from Congress. In September 2004, the Government Accountability
Office recommended Scully return half his salary from 2003. Inevitably, Scully
is now a lobbyist for drug companies helped by the bill.
23. The Bogus Medicare "Video News
The scandal: To promote its Medicare
bill, the Bush administration produced imitation news-report videos touting the
legislation. About 40 television stations aired the videos. More recently,
similar videos promoting the administration's education policy have come to
The problem: The administration broke
two laws: One forbidding the use of federal money for propaganda, and another
forbidding the unauthorized use of federal funds.
The outcome: In May 2004, the GAO
concluded the administration acted illegally, but the agency lacks enforcement
24. Pundits on the Payroll: The
Armstrong Williams Case
The scandal: The Department of
Education paid conservative commentator Armstrong Williams $240,000 to promote
its educational law, No Child Left Behind.
The problem: Williams did not disclose
that his support was government funded until the deal was exposed in January
The outcome: The House and FCC are
considering inquiries, while Williams' syndicated newspaper column has been
25. Ground Zero's Unsafe Air
The scandal: Government officials
publicly minimized the health risks stemming from the World Trade Center attack.
In September 2001, for example, Environmental Protection Agency head Christine
Todd Whitman said New York's "air is safe to breathe and [the] water is safe to
The problem: Research showed serious
dangers or was incomplete. The EPA used outdated techniques that failed to
detect tiny asbestos particles. EPA data also showed high levels of lead and
benzene, which causes cancer. A Sierra Club report claims the government ignored
alarming data. A GAO report says no adequate study of 9/11's health effects has
The outcome: The long-term health
effects of the disaster will likely not be apparent for years or decades and may
never be definitively known. Already, hundreds of 9/11 rescue workers have quit
their jobs because of acute illnesses.
26. John Ashcroft's Illegal Campaign
The scandal: Ashcroft's exploratory
committee for his short-lived 2000 presidential bid transferred $110,000 to his
unsuccessful 2000 reelection campaign for the Senate.
The problem: The maximum for such a
transfer is $10,000.
The outcome: The Federal Election
Commission fined Ashcroft's campaign treasurer, Garrett Lott, $37,000 for the
27. Intel Inside ... The White House
The scandal: In early 2001, chief White
House political strategist Karl Rove held meetings with numerous companies while
maintaining six-figure holdings of their stock -- including Intel, whose
executives were seeking government approval of a merger. "Washington hadn't seen
a clearer example of a conflict of interest in years," wrote Paul Glastris in
the Washington Monthly.
The problem: The Code of Federal
Regulations says government employees should not participate in matters in which
they have a personal financial interest.
The outcome: Then White House counsel
Alberto Gonzales, spurning precedent, did not refer the case to the Justice
28. Duck! Antonin Scalia's Legal
The scandal: Supreme Court Justice
Antonin Scalia refused to recuse himself from the Cheney energy task force case,
despite taking a duck-hunting trip with the vice president after the court
agreed to weigh the matter.
The problem: Federal law requires a
justice to "disqualify himself from any proceeding in which his impartiality
might reasonably be questioned."
The outcome: Scalia stayed on, arguing
no conflict existed because Cheney was party to the case in a professional, not
personal, capacity. Nothing new for Scalia, who in 2002 was part of a
Mississippi redistricting ruling favorable to GOP Rep. Chip Pickering -- son of
Judge Charles Pickering, a Scalia turkey-hunting pal. In 2001, Scalia went
pheasant hunting with Kansas Gov. Bill Graves when that state had cases pending
before the Supreme Court.
The scandal: George W. Bush,
self-described "war president," did not fulfill his National Guard duty, and
Bush and his aides have made misleading statements about it. Salon's Eric
Boehlert wrote the best recent summary of the issue.
The problem: Military absenteeism is a
punishable offense, although Bush received an honorable discharge.
The outcome: No longer a campaign
issue. But what was Bush doing in 1972?
30. Iraq: The Case for War
The scandal: Bush and many officials in
his administration made false statements about Iraq's military capabilities, in
the months before the United States' March 2003 invasion of the country.
The problem: For one thing, it is a
crime to lie to Congress, although Bush backers claim the president did not
knowingly make false assertions.
The outcome: A war spun out of control
with unknowable long-term consequences. The Iraq Survey Group has stopped
looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
31. Niger Forgeries: Whodunit?
The scandal: In his January 2003 State
of the Union address, Bush said, "The British government has learned that Saddam
Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
The problem: The statement was untrue.
By March 2003, the International Atomic Energy Agency showed the claim, that
Iraq sought materials from Niger, was based on easily discernible forgeries.
The outcome: The identity of the
forger(s) remains under wraps. Journalist Josh Marshall has implied the FBI is
oddly uninterested in interviewing Rocco Martino, the former Italian
intelligence agent who apparently first shopped the documents in intelligence
and journalistic circles and would presumably be able to shed light on their
32. In Plame Sight
The scandal: In July 2003,
administration officials disclosed the identity of Valerie Plame, a CIA
operative working on counterterrorism efforts, to multiple journalists, and
columnist Robert Novak made Plame's identity public. Plame's husband, former
Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had just written a New York Times opinion piece
stating he had investigated the Niger uranium-production allegations, at the
CIA's behest, and reported them to be untrue, before Bush's 2003 State of the
The problem: Under the Intelligence
Identities Protection Act it is illegal to disclose, knowingly, the name of an
The outcome: Unresolved. The Justice
Department appointed special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to the case in
December 2003. While this might seem a simple matter, Fitzgerald could be unable
to prove the leakers knew Plame was a covert agent.
33. Abu Ghraib
The scandal: American soldiers
physically tortured prisoners in Iraq and kept undocumented "ghost detainees" in
the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The problem: The United States is party
to the Geneva Conventions, which state that "No physical or mental torture, nor
any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from
them information of any kind whatever."
The outcome: Unresolved. A Pentagon
internal inquiry found a lack of oversight at Abu Ghraib, while independent
inquiries have linked the events to the administration's desire to use
aggressive interrogation methods globally. Notoriously, Gonzales has advocated
an approach which "renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning
of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions." More recently,
Gonzales issued qualified support for the Geneva Conventions in January 2005
Senate testimony after being nominated for attorney general. Army reservist
Charles Graner was convicted in January 2005 for abusing prisoners, while a few
other soldiers await trial.
34. Guantanamo Bay Torture?
The scandal: The U.S. military is also
alleged to have abused prisoners at the U.S. Navy's base in Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba. FBI agents witnessing interrogations there have reported use of growling
dogs to frighten prisoners and the chaining of prisoners in the fetal position
while depriving them of food or water for extended periods.
The problem: More potential violations
of the Geneva Conventions.
The outcome: An internal military
investigation was launched in January 2005.
Other scandals not in the list
The scandal: US attorneys from major US
law firms were found to be converting their client, Iviewit's intellectual
property as their own through falsified patent applications with false
declarations of oath, wrong inventors, wrong assignees and missing disclosures
for the Iviewit shareholders Intellectual Properties. Simultaneously, the were
found illegally creating companies to harbor stolen Intellectual Properties that
had the right stuff in the Intellectual Properties but the companies, while
identically named to Iviewit companies are owned by unknown parties. Further,
the attorneys involved were found with a history of patent thefts.
To deflect prosecution, these attorneys
violated various public offices, including state Supreme Courts, where it has
been speculated that a top down control was necessary to block complaints that
may have infiltrated key positions in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial
branches of government.
The problem: Without the sanctity of
the Commerce Department, free commerce in America will cease to exist and
personal property will be owned by the Decider.
The outcome: Ongoing federal, state and
international investigations were begun in 2000 and continue today with the
intellectual property having been suspended. The FBI and US Attorney offices
lost case files pertaining to the Iviewit matters and a car bombing attempt on
the main inventor's family minivan, elevating the matters to the highest levels
in the Justice Department and the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.
36. Skull and Bones Influence on the
President and Vice President
The scandal: George W. Bush is a third
generation Bush to be members in a formerly secret cult that worships the
ideology of Nazi Germany, rituals include mutual masturbation in coffins and
eating off Nazi flatware. The members take oath to Skull and Bones above all
else and it's agenda of creating an elitist New World Order that thrives on
separating the classes, starting class wars, segregation, slavery, world wars
for profit, Ebonics (population thinning through the spread of disease, war,
etc.) and the control of government for the cult, usurping the rights of the
People. Dick Cheney, although attending Yale was such a big fat loser that
despite approximately nine other family members chosen, could not weasel his way
in and thus he dropped out of Yale but has become the cults friend through his
support of their policies and influence in the government using his political
connections to funnel money to their organizations in often illegal ways, ie
Halliburton and the Carlyle Group. Finally, in the last election, John Kerry
was also a Skull and Bonehead and thus either way the country voted the
boneheads would have had their agenda in the Whitehouse. This tactic of playing
both sides of a ticket has elevated Boners into the highest levels of
The Problem: No public servant is to
swear false oath to the People as this constitutes treason when the opposing
agenda is inapposite the Constitution.
The outcome: The government has been
seized, the Bonehead agenda is ruining and running the country, Ebonics such as
New Orleans, War Profiteering War Crimes in Iraq, systematic undermining of the
Constitution to remove personal freedoms, illegal legislation to give the
President powers for marshal law, concentration camps set up, removal of Habeus
Corpus (the first thing Hitler did to seize Germany, staged terror events such
as the Trade Center with a forward looking event human torture atrocities,
intimidation of politicians and Supreme Court members, hijacking of the Justice
Department to use it at the Pleasure of the Decider Boner Bonehead disguised as
37. The Federalist Plot
38. RNC Missing Emails
The Scandal: Thousands perhaps
millions of emails, circumventing Presidential Record Retention laws and the
The Problem: Email servers set up by
the RNC allowed RNC members to set up a back channel for secretive and perhaps
subversive activities. Problem is it's wholly illegal.
The Outcome: Congress subpoenaed the
information, they refused, stay tuned...
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It is going on a year now, with little
or NO COVERAGE. I suggest The Media CorpSE check out in FindLaw's Cases & Codes
Section. Look at Title 50, Chapter 15, Subchapter IV, Section 421 of The United
States Code. That Section only deals with the "protection of CIA Agents", so
their cover does not get blown by jerks like Novak. Sure sounds like Novak, The
White House and the media corpSE could give a damn about that law.
Does Congress remember that THEY passed
these laws? Ask yourself HOW FAST would the media and The Republican Congress be
all over Clinton IF HIS White House Administration DID THIS to GET BACK AT
O'Reilly, Coulter, Limbaugh or Hannity and they had a wife or husband working as
a Covert CIA Agent? Yet the media yawns and Novak is still employed by CNN and
newspapers to this very day!!
Laws On The Books Against People Like Novak
Sibel Edmonds worked as translator for
FBI. She uncovered The FBI's plan to "get more workers" at The FBI after 9/11,
by making the people work slowly. You heard me right!!! If you were a conscience
worker who did your translation as fast as possible to help get the bastards who
bombed us with civil aircraft, your translations would get deleted by your boss.
Your boss would then tell you the next day: "Let that be a lesson to you".
Translated, take long coffee and lunch breaks and "translation work be damn".
Edmonds also told Congress about The
FBI's very poor and sloppy background checks for new workers. New translators
got into the FBI who were members of "the other side". There are words for this,
and it is known as ENEMIES doing ESPIONAGE.
She complained to Senators Leahy and
Grassley, who had the information about Sibel on their computers and papers in
their offices. Both Senators are on the committee, which oversees The FBI. When
Sibel got fired from the FBI for complaining, she took The FBI to court.
Ashcroft re-classified all the documents that Leahy and Grassley had as
Classified Material and the information was promptly removed from their
computers and offices.
Ashcroft has just had the case thrown
out by a Republican Judge, and all the documents are still classified. This is
known, for you in the media corpSE, as a COVER-UP!!
The 9/11 Commission Report only has
Sibel Edmonds in their report in footnote number 25. Check out all stories and
interviews regarding this and start covering the real news.
Do a Google search on "Sibel Edmonds"
and look at all your hits. Then go to any Major Newspaper website around the
country and do the same search of the newspaper's website. Likewise, go to the
so-called News Media corpSE and check out how many stories they have on "Sibel
Edmonds". Most of them are for the web and un-reported on television because
Scott Peterson and Kobe Bryant are "more important".
60 Minutes Transcript - Lost In Translation
FBI Informant Sibel
Whistleblowers Who Tried To Prevent 9/11
Edmonds Calls 9/11 Investigation Inadequate
3) NO WMD-Gate: Bush thinks he is funny
by making a joke about NO WMD by looking under his desk and says "Nope, No WMD
Under Here Either" at this year's Correspondence Dinner. Tim Russert and many
other journalists thought it was a "good joke".
How many soldiers has BUSH killed with
LIES? How many families have had to attend unwanted funerals? The Bush-Reporters
at FOX must have been laughing their stitches out, at his NO WMD HERE jokes.
Gee, I wonder if Bush would give Lila,
who lost her son in the F-9/11 movie, a tape of his Correspondence Dinner
No WMD Joke Backfires
Media Reacts To
Bush's No WMD Joke
4) Iran-Code-GATE: Chalabi gets told
that The United States has broken "Iran's Secret Code". So much for the
"secret". Chalabi pays us back by telling Iran. Slow, investigations and NO
REPORTING by The Media CorpSE continue through today.
I'm putting all my money on Iran, as
our next NON-SCRUTINIZED WAR by BOTH Reporters and Republicans - and that Bush
will make sick jokes about that war after thousands are killed.
Why should Bush care? It's not HIS
DAUGHTERS on the FRONT LINES with an M-16 in their hands, firing at the enemy
and getting blown-up by hidden bombs in the roadway.
Iraq's Chalabi Tells
Iran That US Broke Their Code
Really Happen to Chalabi?
5) Nuke-Gate: There have been THREE (3)
LEAKS of Classified Information from Los Alamos, in New Mexico, in the past
EIGHT (8) MONTHS!!!
For those of you who are young or do
not follow the news or history, Los Alamos is where they do Atomic Research and
made two small weapons, also known as Atomic Bombs, that President Harry Truman
dropped on Japan to end WWII. Nothing To PANIC About!!!
And Bush is worrying about "Nuclear
Problems" with Iraq, Iran and Korea? Sounds like Bush, The Media CorpSE and The
Voters had better get their act together, and start worrying about the leakers
within our OWN country.
You don't think that Al-Quida have
gotten into Los Alamos, do you? What the hell, if they could infiltrate The FBI,
what is stopping them from Los Alamos? Perhaps this is why Ridge DID NOT raise
the "color level", but he did make a speech that sounded like we were in trouble
a few weeks ago. You remember don't you? It was just as Kerry picked Edwards for
his running mate. Coincidence?
So lets see here. We have a CIA Agent
OUTED by The White House via Novak. Then Al-Quida INFILTRATES The FBI and
Ashcroft hushed up the Sibel Edmonds story. Then someone tells Chalabi that we
broke Iran's code and Chalabi tells Iran. And now, we have nuke secrets out
there somewhere, three times in eight months.
I'm "not worried" about the way Bush is
handling our "top-secrets". Are You??
Computerworld Reports on Third Security Breach at Los Alamos in Eight Months
6) Anthrax-Gate: It was back in 2001
that we had the anthrax attacks. Yet, in 2004, the person accused, Steven
Hatfill, still has not had his fair trial.
Is my memory slipping, or has Ashcroft
ransacked the "Due Process Under The Law" that you are supposed to have, when
you are accused and arrested?
Does this mean that YOU could be next
to get thrown in jail without "due process" by Johnny?
Steven Hatfill Still Not Tried For Anthrax Charges by Ashcroft in 2001
7) Forgotten-Gate: Say the name "bin
Laden" to Bush, and he would say, "bin Laden "WHO"?
Says No Link Between Iraq and Al Quida
I seem to remember this guy who claims
to be our President, once saying the following sentence about Bin Laden: "And
there's an old poster out West, I recall, that says, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive".
Makes "Dead or Alive" Statement on 9/17/2001
So instead we go after the guy in Iraq
"who tried to kill my dad".
Saddam Tried To Kill My Daddie
Now Pakistan has been ORDERED by BUSH
to catch bin Laden, during the summer of 2004. Why now? Why, THREE YEARS after
9/11, would Bush suddenly want to go after bin Laden this year - BY THE END OF
Bush Orders Bin
Laden Captured by Election
Back when Clinton was facing
Impeachment (for sex) and he went after Bin Laden, we had the Media CorpSE and
Every Republicans in Congress all yelling about "WAG THE DOG". Why aren't the
Republicans and lame media corpSE all over this "sudden change of direction" in
Bush's war plan?
8) Voter-Purge-Gate: Here we go again.
States are purging "felons" off the voter lists again. Problem is many of the
voters, mostly blacks, are NOT felons. One "FUTURE FELON" has a crime date in
January 30, 2007!!! What's Wrong With This Picture??
Try another election gimmick Bush; and
there is going to be an outbreak of WAR, here on the streets in The United
States. It will make the riots of 1968's Democratic Convention and the Kent
State protest on May 1-4, 1970, for those of you who can remember back then,
look like they were tame, quiet and peaceful.
Florida will become the new "Kent
State" or "Vietnam War Riots" in America's history books if "Innocent" or
"Future Crime" voting purges occur in Florida again.
Thank goodness for investigative
reporters Greg Palast and Fintan Dunne. America won't carry their articles. I
Purged off Florida Voting List
Greg Palast Articles on The Theft of A Presidency
The Protest At Kent
State on May 1-4, 1970
Protests and Uproar of Vietnam
9) Judicial-Gate: Republicans break
into Democratic Judiciary Office / Computer for over a year, and find out how
Senator Leahy and Democrats are going to fight Bush Judicial Nominations.
Media Replies with a big yawn. It's
must be their addiction to sleeping pills.
Republicans Infiltrate Democratic Judicial Senate Files For A Year
Republican Judicial Committee Memo Gate
10) Halliburton-Gate: Name says it all
and it would take a "War and Peace" book to write to you about all of it. Media
skims over and Halliburton on its Cheney stories, and then it's onto more
important stories about Kobe Bryant and Scott Peterson. I know the American
Press is LAME when I have to go to The Moscow Times (2nd link) to get current
articles on Bush Scandals.
Independent Media Looks At Cheney Scandals
and His Iraq Deals
Faces Trial For Iran Links
11) Religion Gate: Republicans cross
the "Church vs State" boundaries by signing up voters in church.
And the "UNbiased" media is "worried"
about a "Catholic" becoming President again?
Push for Bush Voter Registration in Churches Could Cost it Tax Breaks
12) Compassionate-Gate: Republican
Mouthpiece LimBORE says, "the soldiers were just blowing off some steam", when
the soldiers were taking pics of nude Iraq people.
Then The Vice-President then tells
Senator Leahy, in The Senate Chamber to "F Himself".
Bush then sends soldiers off into
battle, and proceeds to cut their pay and VA Benefits. I guess that takes care
of the "compassionate side" within The Republican Party.
Potty Mouth Cheney
Thanks for Serving
Because I'm Slashing Your Benefits
13) Conservative-Gate: Last time I knew
what Conservatives stood for, it meant being a tightwad with money.
So what has this Republican White
House, Republican House and Republican Senate given to us with their tightwad
The "Conservative" Republicans have
given us a Two-Trillion Dollar Deficit. It sure looks like the Republican media
corpSE got their big tax-cuts and could give a damn about reporting how LARGE
the deficit has grown under Bush and The Republicans.
All of "Liberal", Democratic President
Clinton Surplus went right down the drain. It could have been used on the
military, education and health benefits but people like Cheney needed their
$800,000 tax cut.
The Republican Spending
Amazing Disappearing Budget Surplus
Bush Is Elected, All Agencies Will Get Budget Cuts
The Carpetbagger, May 18, 2004: Let's
see, I can think of about a dozen, but I'm sure I'm missing a few. In no
Cheney's secretive Energy Task Force
was investigated by the GAO and the case is currently pending at the Supreme
Bush's Medicare scam and the
circumstances that led the administration to lie to Congress about the cost of
the legislation is under investigation by the HHS inspector general's office.
The massive intelligence failure that
led Bush to lie to the world about the Iraqi threat is under investigation by a
congressionally-authorized independent commission (which Bush fought the
Bribes offered on the House floor to
Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.) in exchange for his vote on Bush's Medicare plan are
under investigation by the House Ethics Committee and the Justice Department.
Attorney General John Ashcroft was
under investigation by the Federal Election Commission for violating campaign
finance laws in 2000, and the FEC concluded that Ashcroft accepted $110,000 in
An investigation into House Majority
Leader Tom DeLay's criminal fundraising schemes in Texas -- which allegedly used
corporate funds to help state GOP lawmakers -- is already before a Texas grand
Republican staffers on the Senate
Judiciary Committee were investigated for stealing thousands of confidential
memos from Dem computers, a matter that has now been referred to the Justice
Department for a possible criminal probe.
Republican Connecticut Gov. John
Rowland is under a criminal investigation (and an impeachment investigation)
after he lied about prominent state contractors and several government aides
paying for refurbishments to his lake-front cottage.
Former Rep. Bill Janklow (R-S.D.) was
under investigation for vehicular manslaughter, a crime for which he was later
The Pentagon launched a formal
investigation into well-armed evangelist and three-star General William "Jerry"
Boykin, Bush's pick for deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and
his record of extreme religious rhetoric.
The circumstances that led to the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 are under investigation by a
congressionally-authorized independent commission (which, again, Bush fought the
creation of and then later resisted cooperating with).
And honorable mentions should go, of
course, to investigations into Halliburton (Dick Cheney's former company) and
Enron (George Bush's biggest corporate supporter).
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
was investigated for violating state campaign finance laws, a charge for which
he was later found guilty by a state judge. The state has a $100,000 cap on
candidate loans; Schwarzenegger loaned himself over $4 million in the closing
days of his campaign. (Updated 3/21/04, thanks to reader Josh C. for the tip.)
The forged documents that led Bush to
inaccurately claim that Iraq had sought to purchase uranium from Niger are under
investigation by a Senate committee and the FBI. (Updated 3/21/04, thanks to
reader N.Z. for the tip.)
John Korsmo, Bush's choice to chair the
Federal Housing Finance Board, is the target of an ongoing Justice Department
criminal probe related to his political fundraising activities and their
subsequent cover-up. The scandal cost Korsmo his career; he was forced to resign
from his position last week. (Updated 3/21/04, thanks to reader R.G. for the
The Texas GOP's decision to seek
assistance from the FAA to track down Democratic lawmakers fleeing the state to
deny a legislative quorum was the subject of two formal inquiries -- one from
the U.S. Department of Transportation, the other from the Department of Homeland
Security. (Updated 3/21/04, thanks to reader Joe C. for the tip.)
* The General Accounting Office is
investigating the legality of White House "video news releases" -- news-like
proganda paid for with tax dollars -- which contain highly questionable claims
about the alleged benefits of Bush's Medicare plan. (Updated 3/25/04, thanks to
reader K.L. for the tip.)
* The Treasury Department's inspector
general's office has launched a "preliminary" investigation into whether
officials were misused to calculate data for GOP talking points on John Kerry's
tax proposals. (Updated 4/7/04)
* The Federal Election Commission
investigated the National Republican Congressional Committee and determined that
the GOP illegally transferred donations to outside independent groups for
assistance in the 2000 campaign. The NRCC was fined $280,000. (Updated 4/9/04)
Best List Yet but it's long
Bush Scandals List:
updated 8/16/07, recent changes in red. please
us with corrections and additions.
INTRODUCTION: George Bush, the
Connecticut cowboy, the good old boy from Yale is a man of mediocre
intelligence, little imagination, and great stubbornness and vindictiveness. He
may be the Decider but his handlers have long known how to manipulate him. The
key is to hook him with short, simple sells. Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and
Condoleezza Rice know that once he has consulted his gut and perhaps his higher
father his decision is forever. So whoever gets to him first is likely to carry
the day because he doesn't like to be challenged and is, quite simply, too lazy
to change his mind. The Bubble is a natural consequence of this decision making
process where logic, reason, and facts have little or no role.
....Bush's Presidency began in the
shadow of a contested and likely stolen election and promised to be unsuccessful
in a largely forgettable and unremarkable way. 911 changed all that and
transformed a plodding, and essentially AWOL one termer into an accidental hero.
Enormous power flowed to his office but Bush had no idea how to use it. He liked
to campaign, not govern. In those around him, he prized loyalty over competence
and honesty. A believer in the notion of "to the victor go the spoils," he was
the perfect mark for every conniver, bumbler, bungler, hack, hanger on, and
would be crony that Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and their friends could find. In the
normal course of things, this would have spelled failure. Post-911, it was
....At this critical juncture in our
history we needed an adult but got an adolescent. Instead of responsibility, we
got a truant. In place of flexibility we got obduracy. In the face of great and
complex challenges, we got strawmen, a black and white universe, my way or the
highway, regurgitated stump speeches, and a steadfast refusal to compromise not
just with opponents but with reality.
....What all this comes down to is that
George Bush should never have become our President. He is not just a bad
President but the worst one we could have had, the worst our country has ever
seen. This is a judgment that many Americans have come to but which our
political establishment and media, even after 6 years, have yet to acknowledge,
accept, and act on. This is the tragedy and crime of our times.
1. Walter Reed outpatient treatment,
poor living conditions, undelivered mail, lack of caseworkers to oversee and
facilitate patient care for amputees, brain injured, and psychologically
disabled veterans; Walter Reed is not the only military hospital about which
questions have been raised; also out there the underfunding of the VA.
....The problems at Walter Reed came to
the public's attention through a series of articles by Dana Priest beginning
February 18, 2007. Following them, Gen. George Weightman who ran Walter Reed for
6 months resigned March 1, followed by the forced resignation of Secretary of
the Army Francis Harvey the next day. Weightman's boss Army Surgeon General Gen.
Kevin "I don't do barracks inspections at Walter Reed" Kiley who lived across
from the notorious Building 18 and who had run the hospital from 2002-2004
lasted one day as the new head of Walter Reed before he was removed. He resigned
from the Army on March 12.
....One source of the difficulties at
Walter Reed was the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) decision on
August 25, 2005 to close Walter Reed. Planned renovations were canceled. Another
was the privatizing of support services at the hospital. The workforce dropped
from 350 experienced professionals to 50 who were not and the contract was given
to IAP. IAP began work at Walter Reed in 2003. In 2004, IAP lobbied successfully
against an Army recommendation not to privatize the workforce. The OMB reversed
the Army finding and the services contract was given to IAP in January 2006
although its implementation was delayed a year. IAP is run by two former KBR
executives and had a well connected board of directors as well as being owned by
a powerful holding company the Cerberus hedge fund.
....However, the generally low priority
given to ongoing patient care for wounded soldiers was probably the single
greatest reason for the woes at Walter Reed. It bears remembering that there
were problems noted as early as 2004 and certainly by 2005 and that Walter Reed
is located in the nation's capital minutes from the White House, the Congress,
and the offices of major media outlets. Washington didn't know about Walter Reed
because it didn't want to know.
2. Firing of US attorneys. Most of the
country's 93 US attorneys are usually replaced within the first 2 years of a new
administration and this is what happened when Bush came into office in 2001. US
attorneys are political appointees and are chosen to reflect the policy
priorities of a President. Still their primary job is to uphold the law, and the
law is not supposed to be partisan. Karl Rove, of course, had other ideas. He
believes that government should be politicized and populated with compliant
partisan hacks loyal to him and his.
....The plan was to create a list of
political hires and fires of US attorneys under the direction of the White House
(i.e. Rove and Harriet Miers) which Gonzales (and Bush) would then dutifully
sign off on. There were two components. First, on February 7, 2006, regulations
were published giving Attorney General Alberto Gonzales the power to hire and
fire all non-civil service employees of the Justice Department (DOJ). On March
1, 2006, Gonzales signed an order delegating this power (subject to his nominal
final approval) to two fairly junior and inexperienced staffers: Monica "Loyalty
oaths" Goodling his senior counselor and liaison with the White House and his
Chief of Staff Kyle Sampson. Second, sometime late in 2005 (shortly before the
conference report for the Patriot Act Extension was filed on December 8, 2005),
language originating at the DOJ was surreptitiously inserted into the act by
Brett Tolman which allowed Gonzales to make indefinite interim US attorney
appointments without Senate approval. The conference report was passed and
became law on March 9, 2006. So again, the two parts were first to set up a
system where Rove could control the hiring and firing of US attorneys and second
to bypass the Senate confirmation process which might interfere with the first
....On December 7, 2006, eight US
attorneys were notified that they would be fired. Most came from swing states.
Most were considered not to have aggressively enough prosecuted Democrats or
voter fraud cases in the run up to November 2006 elections, the idea being that
such prosecutions would have helped Republicans in close elections. Worse some
were investigating and had even prosecuted prominent Republicans. And then there
were those partisan hacks waiting in the wings to replace them.
1. Carol Lam,
Southern California, convicted Rep. Duke Cunningham and indicted the former No.
3 at the CIA Dusty Foggo.
2. H. E. Cummins
III, Eastern Arkansas, had been asked to investigate the Republican Governor in
the neighboring state of Missouri. He announced the investigation finished in
October 2006 a month before the election but was fired anyway to make way for
Timothy Griffin, an aide to Karl Rove who had been the principal opposition
researcher in the Bush 2004 campaign.
Iglesias, New Mexico, angered Republican Senator Pete Domenici and
Representative Heather Wilson when he refused to push for indictments of
Democratic officials before the election after they inappropriately contacted
4. Daniel Bogden,
Nevada, similarly was replaced by Brett Tolman who was crucial to bypassing
Senate scrutiny of these appointments.
5. Paul K.
Charlton, Arizona, was investigating Republican Representative Rick Renzi for
6. John McKay,
Western Washington, angered state Republicans for not creating voter fraud cases
in the 2004 Governor's race which Democrat Christine Gregoire won by 129 votes.
Chiara, Western Michigan. It is not clear why she was fired. She was on the
Native American Issues Subcommittee (NAIS) of US attorneys. It may have been to
make way for Russell Stoddard who had been languishing out in Guam as First
Assistant Attorney after Frederick Black got demoted for investigating
Abramoff's activities in the North Marianas.
8. Kevin V. Ryan,
Northern California, is the only one of the 8 who deserved to be on the list
because he did run his office poorly. DOJ actually wanted to keep him on but a
federal judge forced the issue and his name was added to the list.
....As they say, it is not the crime
but the coverup. Gonzales has given so many different and contradictory stories
about the firings that it is hard to keep up and then there is his memory. In
his Senate testimony of April 19, 2007, he answered he couldn't remember by some
counts 71 times. He didn't know who had called for such a list. He couldn't
remember having been very involved in the process. He even forgot to mention the
March 1, 2006 order in his testimony. In fact, he knew very little about what
were major decisions at the department he supposedly ran but, despite this, he
did know there was nothing improper in any of it. Testifying in the House on May
10, 2007, his memory and his believability were little improved. Kyle Sampson
too had memory problems but did contradict Gonzales' claim that he had not been
involved. For his part, Sampson described himself as just the guy that others
dropped their files off to and his contribution to the process was to keep them
in his desk drawer. Initially, Monica Goodling took an indefinite leave of
absence, then resigned, then said she would take the 5th in any Congressional
testimony. On May 23, 2007, after a grant of immunity she testified that Paul
McNulty the Deputy Attorney General was more aware of events surrounding the
firings (although this is far from clear), that she had crossed the line (i.e.
broken the law) in asking career DOJ hires about their political affiliations,
that Gonzales' statements were inaccurate (i.e. he lied), and that Gonzales had
sought to harmonize their stories (i.e. obstruct justice). Goodling, like
Sampson, tried to portray herself as a bit player despite Gonzales'
extraordinary grant of authority to them both. On June 21, 2007, Paul McNulty
testified before the Congress and basically stonewalled, saying that he was out
of the loop, that he didn't know who created the firing list, that there was no
problem at the DOJ, and that there was no contradiction between his testimony
and that of anyone else, including Monica Goodling. On July 11, 2007, Sara
Taylor who left her post of White House political director in May randomly
invoked Executive privilege and otherwise and like so many others had a bad
memory. She did state that she had had no dealings with Bush concerning the
firings. Along with her selective use of Executive privilege, this contention
further undermined the claim that an Executive privilege was involved and left
the possibility of a contempt citation. On July 12, 2007, former White House
counsel Harriet Miers refused to appear pursuant to a House Judiciary Committee
subpoena, leaving her open to contempt proceedings as well.
....From this use of Executive
privilege, it is clear that the White House, and more specifically Karl Rove,
was involved in the firings and was, in fact, calling the shots in this affair,
and that those at Justice, including the Attorney General, were just the eager,
if dim, facilitators of it.
....In addition to the Sampson and
Goodling resignations, Michael Battle Director of the Executive Office for US
Attorneys (EOUSA) who informed the US attorneys of their firing left the DOJ on
March 16, 2007. Paul McNulty the No. 2 at the DOJ and Deputy Attorney General
announced his resignation on May 14, 2007 to become effective later in the
summer. Although left out of the loop on the details of the firings and giving
false Congressional as a result for which he apologized, McNulty did approve the
firings and through his Chief of Staff Michael Elston warned several of those
fired to stay quiet about them. Elston announced his resignation on June 15,
2007. The DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) informed the Senate
in June 2007 that it was investigating Goodling's claim that Gonzales had tried
to tamper with her testimony.
....Congress intervened and changed the
relevant provision of the Patriot Act to re-instate the Senate's role in
confirming US attorneys (May 22, 2007). This was signed into law June 14, 2007.
Provocatively, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales continued to make interim
appointments right up to the Presidential signing.
3. Plamegate. Scooter Libby Chief of
Staff to the Vice President was convicted on March 6, 2007 on two counts of
perjury before the Grand Jury and one count each of obstruction of justice and
making false statements to the FBI. Placing political payback (against an
individual and an agency) above national security, the Vice President's office
orchestrated the outing of a covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame, her cover company
Brewster Jennings, other agents which had used this same cover, and her
contacts. All this was done in retaliation for an op-ed in the New York Times on
July 6, 2003 written by her husband ambassador Joe Wilson. In it, he publicly
debunked the "16 words" in Bush's January 28, 2003 State of the Union which
claimed that Saddam Hussein had sought to obtain uranium from Africa (Niger).
This undercut the argument that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat and showed
that the Bush Administration had known this was so in advance of the war. Wilson
had been sent to Niger to investigate this charge in February 2002 at the
request of the CIA and had reported nearly a year before its use in the SOTU
that it was false. After several attempts by among others Karl Rove to pitch
Plame's identity to the media, on July 14, 2003, Valerie Plame was outed in a
column by Robert Novak In his closing argument at the Libby trial, Patrick
Fitzgerald detailed Cheney's guiding hand in the conspiracy behind the outing
and spoke of a "cloud" over the Vice President. That cloud remains.
....On June 5, 2007, Scooter Libby
received a preliminary sentence of 30-month term in federal prison, with a
2-year term of supervised release following the completion of that sentence, a
$250,000 fine, and a requirement of 400 hours of community service. This was
confirmed June 14 and bail during appeal was denied. Scooter's defense solicited
letters on his behalf from Washington's conservative elite. These praised his
legal expertise and national security credentials and were likely
counterproductive since they made clear he was well aware of the legal
ramifications of lying to a grand jury and the security implications of outing a
CIA agent. A group of conservative attorneys led by Robert Bork also filed an
unsuccessful, last minute amicus brief questioning the legitimacy of Patrick
Fitzgerald's appointment as prosecutor. It called the appointment a "close"
question although its rationale depended upon a lone Supreme Court dissent in a
case that was not closely decided and its effect would be to prevent independent
investigations of high US officials. On July 2, 2007, a three judge panel of the
Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit unanimously denied Libby's appeal. Hours
later George Bush commuted Libby's sentence eliminating any jail time. This is
an Administration that believes it is outside the law and acts accordingly. It
is not so much that they have contempt for the law. Rather they have contempt
for us. The cloud that was over Cheney now covers Bush as well.
....A civil suit filed by Valerie Plame was dismissed on
July 19, 2007 by judge John D. Bates who ruled that, while Plame's complaint had
merit, the court did not have jurisdiction.
4. Iraq: axis of evil, lack of
preparation for occupation, looting, including the National Museum, too few
troops, lack of training, lack of equipment, lack of securing loose Iraqi
munitions, disbanding the Iraqi army, banning the Baathists, the CPA, cronyism,
Paul Bremer, losing tons of money literally, lack of international inclusion in
reconstruction and security, weak Constitution, formation of sectarian parties,
weak government, denial of actual conditions in Iraq, for example, its civil
war, ignoring 4 years of failed policies and the basic proposal of the Iraq
Study Group to withdraw, escalating instead, continuing lack of any discernible
5. Afghanistan, transferring resources
to Iraq before the job was finished, the results: a resurgent Taliban,
continuing warlordism, and exploding opium production.
6. Iran and saber rattling, axis of
evil, lack of engagement, refusal to talk to, addressing the nuclear issue
through threats, clumsy attempts to blame Iran for the debacle in Iraq and a
failure to recognize their very real interests there.
7. North Korea, axis of evil, ditching
the 1994 agreement and freezing of bank accounts because of dubious uranium
program, the plutonium program which led to a fizzled first nuclear test, and
something like a return to the 1994 agreement.
8. Osama bin Laden, where are you? The
blown opportunity at Tora Bora. Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the roles of Pakistan
and Saudi Arabia in terrorism. Pakistan's intelligence service the ISI created
the Taliban. The government of Pervez Musharraf continues to give it safe haven
in Pakistan and its efforts against al Qaeda in Pakistan which do occur are
limited and often timed to the visits of American dignitaries. The Saudis for
their part fund radical madrassas throughout the Moslem world and have a
domestic educational system run by the most extreme of their homegrown
extremists. Saudi and Gulf oil dollars find their way to many terrorist groups
as well as the Sunni insurgency in Iraq.
9. Civilian contractors; also no bid
contracts; in Iraq Halliburton tainted food and water, overpriced gas;
Blackwater use of private security contractors, what used to be called
mercenaries, with little or no accountability.
10. The Military Commissions Act:
torture, indefinite detention, the end of habeas corpus, and kangaroo courts.
One of the last acts of the Congress before the November 2006 elections, it
passed the Senate on September 28 and the House the next day and was signed into
law by Bush on October.
17. The short story on this is that,
pre-election, the Republicans pushed it and the Democrats caved on it. As bad as
the military commissions envisioned in the act are, the Combatant Status Review
Tribunals (CSRTs) which designate who is to be tried are even worse. They were
complete shams. Decisions were made on the flimsiest and most general
information without challenge or taking into account the methods (torture) used
to obtain it. Detainees lacked effective legal representation, and the CSRTs did
not come close to meeting minimal standards of judicial process, even a
preliminary one. To top it off, as later military judges have found, the CSRTs
designated detainees "enemy combatants" which does not meet the Military
Commissions Act standard of "unlawful enemy combatants" vitiating their findings
to date. Even when they make up the rules they can't get it right.
....On July 20, 2007, a three judge
panel of the DC Circuit in Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. US rejected parts
of the Detainee Treatment Act (DTA) of 2005 asserting that it will expect to
examine all information bearing on a detainee's case and not just what the
government used in deciding to hold a detainee. SCOTUS on June 29, 2007 changed
its mind and decided to take a look at these cases in the fall, especially in
light of what the Circuit Court might decide.
11. Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the
destruction of New Orleans, FEMA and "Heck of a job, Brownie," lack of
preparation, lack of emergency aid, slowness of reconstruction, Bush ignores for
days then gives address from Jackson Square in New Orleans promising aid which
never comes or much of which goes to politically connected outstate no bid
contractors, disparity between response to Louisiana and Republican Trent Lott's
Mississippi; Bush refuses to waive 10% state match for federal funds (waived in
many previous disasters) increasing the bureaucratic paperwork, reducing aid to
affected areas, and further slowing and complicating rebuilding.
12. Bush authorized warrantless NSA
wiretapping in October 2001. Under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Act (FISA) a warrant would be needed from the FISA court (federal judges
entrusted with these decisions in addition to their regular jobs) for domestic
to international telephone or internet communication. The bar for such a warrant
is extraordinarily low, has almost never been denied, and can be granted up to 3
days after the surveillance as begun (in order to give maximum flexibility in
emergency situations). This is in contrast to international to international
communications which have always been considered legitimate targets for US
intelligence organizations and require no warrant. The Bush program acquired its
legal basis from a John Yoo memo originating in the DOJ's Office of Legal
Counsel (OLC). It went much further than cutting FISA out of the loop and
probably included surveillance of not just domestic to international
communication but also domestic to domestic surveillance of any communication
with the original domestic participant. It is conceivable that this continued to
those domestic contacts and then to their contacts in ever expanding (and less
relevant) circles of surveillance. In such a scenario the number of surveilled
increases exponentially and perhaps explains the rumors of data mining since
such techniques would be needed to get some kind of a handle on such a mammoth
undertaking. Another controversial aspect of the program is that it might be a
justification to surveille reporters and politicians, especially opposition
....In any case in March 2004, the OLC
under its new head Jack Goldsmith a defense oriented conservative rejected Yoo's
reasoning and reversed its position on the NSA warrantless wiretapping program.
Attorney General John Ashcroft and Deputy Attorney General James Comey both
conservatives and Bush appointees accepted this finding. Then Ashcroft came down
with acute gallstone pancreatitis and transferred his powers to his deputy Comey
who became Acting Attorney General. In a scheme apparently orchestrated by Vice
President Cheney, Bush called Mrs. Ashcroft and Cheney "on the President's
behalf" ordered then White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and Chief of Staff
Andrew Card to go to the hospital and get the ailing and doped up Ashcroft to
sign off on the surveillance program. Mrs. Ashcroft informed her husband's Chief
of Staff David Ayers about the impending visit and he contacted Comey. Comey in
turn contacted FBI Director Robert Mueller to order the FBI agents guarding
Ashcroft to remain in his room (as witnesses) and raced to the hospital and
Ashcroft's room in the ICU. This set the scene for the now famous March 10, 2004
hospital room confrontation where Gonzales and Card ignoring Comey tried to get
Ashcroft's signature. Ashcroft was, however, lucid enough to refuse to sign and
to point out the obvious: that he did not have the power to do so since Comey
was the Acting Attorney General. Despite the refusal by the DOJ to vouch for the
program's legality, Bush re-authorized it anyway. A threat by Ashcroft, Comey,
and Mueller to resign did, however, result in changes to the program. The OLC
came up with a narrower justification under the AUMF for a more limited program
which became the TSP (Terrorist Surveillance Program). It should be noted that
this program in all of its manifestations and despite its various justifications
has been illegal on its face since its inception.
....The program became public when the
New York Times reported on it in December 2005. In 2006 various unsuccessful
attempts were made to accommodate the program. This included the infamous
attempted "compromise" by Arlen Specter to legalize its worst excesses and
retroactively amnesty any illegalities. Under mounting pressure and with a new
Democratic Congress, Alberto Gonzales announced on January 18, 2007, a "deal"
with the FISA court which would put the program under its supervision. Gonzales
maintained, however, that Bush still had Article II power to go outside the
court if he wanted to.
....On July 24, 2007, Gonzales
testified under oath before Senate Judiciary Committee that before going to the
hospital to see Ashcroft he had met with a bipartisan group of Congressional
leaders overseeing intelligence matters (the Gang of 8) and that they had
approved the predecessor to the TSP. Several of the Democratic members of the
Gang of 8 denied that such approval was ever given. Additionally, Gonzales
asserted that the program discussed was not the TSP but another program. Both
General Hayden then head of the NSA and John Negroponte then DNI have indicated
that this was precisely the program discussed albeit in its unmodified form.
Finally, Gonzales maintained in his testimony that there had been no serious
disagreement about the program despite the objections from the DOJ. Along with
his constantly changing testimony concerning the US Attorney firings, this
discrepancy led four Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on
July 26, 2007 to ask Solicitor General Paul Clement (in his role of Acting
Attorney General for matters in which Gonzales has recused himself) to name a
special prosecutor to determine whether Gonzales has obstructed justice,
perjured himself, and made false statements.
....Despite previous abuses, April 10,
2007 intelligence czar DNI John McConnell proposes allowing NSA to conduct
domestic surveillance of foreign nationals completely outside of FISA, extend
from 3 days to one week surveillance without seeking FISA permission "in
emergency situations," immunize telecoms, and extend FISA warrants from 120 days
to one year.
....On August 5, 2007, Bush signed into
law a 6 month revision of FISA which would allow warrantless wiretapping of
non-American individuals "reasonably" thought to be outside the US and
incidentally of US citizens as long as these are not the primary targets of
surveillance. The Attorney General would oversee that the program was properly
carried out. In effect, this is a backdoor way to surveille Americans without a
warrant, supervised by the thoroughly untrustworthy and eminently impeachable
Alberto Gonzales. The bill written by the Republicans was raised at the last
minute as lawmakers were on their way out of town for the August recess and
would not have come to a vote and won passage except for the parliamentary
machinations of Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid. It represents another failure of Democrats to stand up to a
deeply unpopular President and oppose his power grabs.
13. SWIFT surveillance of international
14. Black prisons and extraordinary
rendition to facilitate interrogation by torture.
....Khalid El-Masri a German citizen
was detained by Macedonian police in late 2003. His name was similar to the
alleged mentor of the al Qaeda Hamburg cell (of which two of the 911 pilots
Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi as well as Ramzi Binalshibh were members). He
was held for 3 weeks and then released. Although the CIA knew that this El-Masri
was not the one they were looking for, they kidnapped him and took him to
Afghanistan where he was interrogated and beaten for months. Eventually, on May
28, 2004, after two orders from then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice
and being made to promise never to talk about what happened, El-Masri was dumped
at night on a road in Albania. On December 6, 2005, the ACLU filed suit on his
behalf in federal court. On May 18, 2006, Federal District Judge T.S. Ellis III
dismissed the case accepting the government's contention that a suit into
Masri's illegal detention would compromise national security. The dismissal was
upheld by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on March 2, 2007. On January 31,
2007, a German prosecutor issued warrants for 13 people suspected of
participation in the kidnapping. For his part, since his release, El-Masri has
had a troubled history. On May 17, 2007, after an argument with clerks about a
defective iPod, he set fire to the store and burned it down.
....Meanwhile on February 17, 2003, the
CIA kidnapped a cleric Abu Omar in Milan and rendered him to Egypt where he was
held and tortured. In December 2005, an Italian court issued arrest warrants for
22 CIA agents. Abu Omar was released early in 2007.
....Several European countries are
looking into the rendition programs. These efforts are complicated by US
stonewalling and the complicity of their own intelligence services.
....As for black prisons, these were
created to hold high value ghost detainees up to one hundred in number beyond
the oversight of the judiciary and Congress, essentially so that they could be
tortured. 14 of these, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, were
eventually transferred to Guantanamo. In Europe, Poland and Romania were rumored
to be sites of the prisons. US bases in Iraq and Afghanistan held others. The
remainder were scattered throughout the world in complicit countries and on
other US bases. Although there had been previous revelations, the story broke
officially in a Dana Priest Washington Post report of November 2, 2005.
President Bush acknowledged their existence nearly a year later on September 6,
....The purpose of both rendition and
black prisons was to gain actionable intelligence, an obsession in the Bush
Administration. In its pursuit, they stooped to torture and bartered our image
as a champion of human rights for a stack of unreliable information. It is an
exchange that is impossible to justify.
15. Homeland Security: white elephant
(organization), black hole (money), Tom Ridge and threat levels, Michael
Chertoff and general incompetence.
....As of May 1, 2007 at DHS, under
Chertoff's direction, there were 138 vacancies and another 92 currently being
recruited among the department's top 575 positions. Most of these were in the
department's policy, legal and intelligence sections, immigration agencies,
FEMA, and the Coast Guard. Luckily, nothing important.
16. K Street Lobbyists, Jack Abramoff,
North Marianas, removal of investigating US attorney Frederick Black (Guam),
Gale Norton and Steven Griles at Interior, go betweens Italia Federici for
Norton and Susan Ralston for Rove, tribal casinos; conviction of Rep. Bob
"Freedom Fries" Ney (R-OH) for conspiracy and false statements re Abramoff's
Indian casinos scam.
17. Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, No. 3 at the
CIA under Porter Goss, tied to the Duke Cunningham scandal, and poker "read
money laundering" parties with limos and hookers for government officials and
representatives. Foggo was indicted for fraud February 13, 2007 by fired US
attorney for Southern California Carol Lam two days before she left office. On
May 10, 2007, an expanded, superseding indictment was filed against Foggo, and
Cunningham associate and co-conspirator Brent Wilkes.
18. Duke Cunningham convicted of
receiving $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and conspiracy to
commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion, the MZM connection.
Mitchell Wade the founder of the defense contracting firm MZM purchased
Cunningham's Del Mar home for $1,675,000 then put it back on the market a month
later for $975,000. Cunningham lived in Washington on a yacht owned by Wade. In
exchange for these kinds of bribes and favors, Cunningham steered contracts to
MZM. One of the first in July 2002 was for $140,000 for computers and office
furniture for Vice President Cheney which turned out in actuality to be for
anthrax screening (for which MZM had zero expertise). Another in September 2002
was for a data storage system for CIFA (see item 158 on CIFA's domestic spying).
$5.4 million of the $6.3 million contract was profit. As it turned out the
system was incompatible with CIFA's and was never installed. As often happens in
these kinds of arrangements, Lt. Gen. James C. King who helped set up CIFA went
to work at MZM and became its President in June 2005 replacing Wade. By the time
that Cunningham pled guilty on November 28, 2005, he had managed to steer $150
million in contracts to MZM, a firm which before Cunningham and Wade hooked up
received no important government contracts. Another player in the Cunningham
scandals was Brent Wilkes who founded ADCS a data conversion firm. He too won
contracts through Cunningham and according to Wade set up a prostitution ring
for the benefit of Cunningham and other legislators at the Watergate and Westin
19. Tom Delay, creator of the K Street
Project, squeezing lobbyists to finance Republicans only, indicted for
conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws (money laundering) in Texas, also
connections to the Abramoff scandal. Major figure in Washington culture of
20. Mark Foley, chairman of the House
Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, resigned over the House page scandal:
sending sexually explicit messages to pages.
21. Cheney's Energy Policy, Big Oil's
writing of it, and refusal to divulge that participation.
22. Tax cuts for the wealthiest,
corporations and on capital gains; retention of the AMT.
23. Global warming: denial of manmade
origin, followed by minimization of the effects of the manmade contribution,
continued reliance on fossil and carbon based fuels, little movement on CAFE
standards and conservation, and political interference in scientific reports:
March 13, 2001,
Bush rejects Kyoto Protocols (finished December 1997 but never ratified by the
US Senate) and casts doubt on the causes of climate change.
June 11, 2001, in reference to a report by the National
Academy of Sciences, Bush questions both the extent of global warming, its
impact, and the manmade contribution to it.
February 14, 2002, Bush announces his Clear Skies
Initiatives which lacks any limits on CO2.
April 2002, at the urging of ExxonMobil Bush blocks
reelection of Robert Watson, chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) and advocate of reducing greenhouse gases.
June 3, 2002, an EPA report to the UN admits global
warming largely due to human activities.
June 4, 2002, Bush dismisses the report as "put out by the
bureaucracy" and reiterates his opposition to Kyoto.
September 2002, for the first time in six years, the
annual EPA report on air pollution "Latest Findings on National Air Quality:
2001 Status and Trends" omits the section on global warming.
June 23, 2003, the EPA issues "Draft Report on the
Environment 2003" in which the section on global warming was pulled after the
Administration sought to replace data showing sharp increases in global
temperatures with references to a study funded by the American Petroleum
Institute questioning the evidence for global warming.
Early 2005, Bush meets with author, non scientist, and
global warming skeptic Michael Crichton. Bush had read his novel "State of Fear"
which depicts global warming as a conspiracy.
June 1, 2005, Rick Peltz a scientist at the U.S. Climate
Change Science Program (USCCSP) resigns and accuses Phillip Cooney, the then
chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a former
lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, and a non scientist, of editing
scientific papers so that they would agree with Administration policies on
June 10, 2005, Cooney resigns
June 13, 2005, Cooney is hired by ExxonMobil
December 2005, NASA climatologist James Hansen reported
his work was being monitored and his access to the press limited by a 24 year
old Bush political appointee in NASA's PR department George C. Deutsch. Deutsch
also tried to qualify references to the Big Bang as this conflicted with his
February 7, 2006, Deutsch resigns after it becomes known
that he lied on his resume about having a college degree.
April-November 2006, the Smithsonian (almost all of whose
$1.1 billion budget comes from the government) self censors an exhibit on
climate change in the Arctic which it had delayed six months while trying to
tone it down.
May 31, 2007, in an NPR interview, NASA Administrator
Michael Griffin admits that global warming exists but doubts that it is a
problem "to be wrestled with".
(see also item
24. Terri Schiavo (family and privacy
rights in end of life cases); Senate Majority leader Bill Frist making his
famous (and erroneous) video diagnosis; the memo written by Brian Darling, the
legal counsel for Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) that the Schiavo case was a great
political issue which could be used against the Democratic Senator from Florida
Bill Nelson. Republicans who had cast the Schiavo case as a "moral" issue
initially declared the memo a Democratic plant and dirty trick before the real
source came out.
25. Big budget deficits and vastly
increased national debt; the national debt as of the date of Bush's 2001
inauguration was $5.7 trillion in mid-April 2007 it was $8.8 trillion an
increase of 35%.
26. The stacking of SCOTUS with right
wing conservatives Roberts and Alito; the threat to Roe v. Wade; April 18, 2007
in a 5-4 decision in Gonzales v. Carhart SCOTUS upholds a ban on "partial birth"
abortions (intact dilation and extraction). The procedure is rare and performed
for medical reasons. Such a ban has been a goal of abortion foes who see it both
as a step in a direct overturning of Roe and as part of an indirect approach to
place so many restrictions on abortions as to effectively eliminate them.
....The opinion written by Kennedy is
remarkable for its inflammatory use of language (partial birth abortion,
abortion doctors, killing the fetus, etc.) and example (an account of the
procedure by an anti-abortion nurse). Kennedy manages to condescend not only to
women but to their physicians as well. He essentially gives them both his
considered medical opinion, as a lawyer, and orders them to follow it. The word
hubris comes to mind.
27. Medicare: a bigger time bomb than
Social Security left unaddressed.
28. Medicare Part D: the 3 hour vote in
the House, the doughnut hole, hitting elders with confusing multiple plans, boon
to insurance and drug companies, prohibition on Medicare using its market power
to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices.
29. Healthcare (in general)!!!
30. Cooked intelligence and the Office
of Strategic Plans/ Doug Feith; stovepiping and Cheney's alternate intel
operation; pitching stories to credulous compliant reporters like Judy Miller
then citing these stories as independent evidence; Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraqi
National Congress feeding fake stories and dubious sources like "Curveball" into
the mix; the subsequent coverup and Republican delayed and deep sixed
Congressional investigations into the politicization of intelligence; an
Inspector General's report of February 9, 2007 declared Feith's activities
inappropriate but stopped short of calling them illegal. The IG's rationale
seemed more political than legal since Feith was running an intelligence
operation which would be illegal.
31. 2000 Presidential election; voter
suppression and cooked felons list, Secretary of State Katherine Harris,
Governor Jeb Bush, Bush consigliere Jim Baker oversaw the recount, Theodore
Olson argued Bush v. Gore: SCOTUS decided 7-2 to stop recounts because of
inconsistent procedures and 5-4 insufficient time to begin new recount, giving
Bush the election.
32. 2004 Presidential election; Ohio
voter irregularities that consistently favored Bush; Ken Blackwell was the
Republican Secretary of State and honorary co chair of the Bush campaign who
oversaw the election in Ohio. He opted for touch screen voting machines which
left no paper trail and were sold by Diebold whose CEO Walden O'Dell was a
Republican fundraiser. Long lines and too few machines in traditionally
Democratic and minority areas also occurred.
....The Ohio Republican Party was
unusually corrupt and was largely voted out in the November 2006 elections. It
was epitomized by Tom Noe a Bush Pioneer who made illegal contributions to the
Bush campaign at the same time he was looting millions from the state's workers
comp program in a kooky coin investment scheme. He's currently serving ~20 years
on state and federal charges.
33. Attempts to torpedo the 911
34. Failure to implement the 911
35. Marginalization of the UN; UN
hating John Bolton made our UN ambassador (in a recess appointment); as
Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bolton
requested raw NSA transcripts 10 times in an effort to spy on and embarrass his
bosses and coworkers. NSA transcripts are required to have the names of
Americans redacted. Raw transcripts contain the names. It later came out that
the release of unredacted transcripts was much more common than previously
thought and that up to 10,000 names had been so released to various departments
36. Preventive war doctrine, aka
Cheney's one percent doctrine and the Bush doctrine. Bush first enunciated it at
a speech at West Point on June 1, 2002. Preventive war is different from
pre-emptive war. In preventive war, there is no imminent threat and this type of
war is considered a war crime. (Think of Hitler attacking Poland.) In
pre-emptive war, there is an imminent threat and this type of war is sanctioned
by international law. (Think of the Israelis striking the Egyptian army in the
Sinai in 1967) After the failure to find WMD in Iraq, the Administration dropped
any pretense of imminence and overtly embraced the preventive war doctrine,
asserting the right to eliminate threats before they develop.
37. Loss of US reputation
internationally after massive post-911 world support.
38. No serious attempt to achieve peace
between Israelis and Palestinians. The epitome of this was Condoleezza Rice's
announcement in Luxor on January 15, 2007 of talks on talks to develop a
"political horizon" for a return to the "road map" leading to a final
Israeli-Palestinian settlement. This is not serious.
39. Underfunding of basic research.
40. Alberto Gonzales: politicization of
the department, even down to the intern program, decimation of career lawyers
and evisceration of divisions, like civil rights. The US attorney firings and
the use of political litmus tests in hiring. The use of corruption, voter
suppression, and voter fraud cases to influence elections.
....Gonzales was counsel to the
President before becoming Attorney General. This should have meant that he moved
from being the President's lawyer to the people's lawyer but it is clear that he
continues to see his main client as the President. Some think that he is
dishonest; others say he is incompetent. He is both.
41. FDA: drug testing; food safety:
underfunding, cutback in inspections and inspection staff (a decrease of 12%
between 2003 and 2006), reliance on self-policing, lack of inspection of
imported foods, and inability to force recalls.
42. EPA: mercury levels for coal
plants, delay in release of climate change reports; failure to address CO2
levels in global warming: Massachusetts v. EPA April 2007. On May 14, 2007, Bush
asked government agencies to come up with a plan and submit it to him 3 weeks
before he leaves office. The stalling continued on May 31, 2007, when Bush
called for what was termed an aspirational goal of coming up with voluntary
limits to greenhouse gases in the next 18 months (or again just before he leaves
office) to go into effect after Kyoto expires in 2012.
43. Porter Goss and the gutting of the
CIA: Goss a conservative Republican Congressman who chaired the House
Intelligence Committee was chosen to replace George Tenet in 2004. He promised
to be non-partisan in his new role, a promise he did not keep and which it is
difficult to imagine anyone took seriously at the time. He brought with him some
of his House staff, the "goslings". Their doctrinaire style produced confusion,
demoralization, resignations, and not much else. Having done what damage he
could and being largely isolated, he resigned suddenly on May 5, 2006, achieving
the distinction of being one of the few people who was too big an embarrassment
even for the Bush Administration, well that and that he was outmaneuvered and
marginalized by the Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte.
44. Militarization of intelligence:
Rumsfeld perhaps out of pique that the Afghanistan operation was largely a CIA
affair and conceiving the world as one big turf battle pressed to put all
special operations under Pentagon control. The vast majority of intelligence
funding is already funneled through the Defense Department. In addition to this,
the current intelligence czar the Director of National Intelligence John Michael
McConnell is a retired vice admiral. The CIA is currently headed by an active
duty general Michael Hayden (USAF). The top man at the NSA (formerly headed by
Hayden) is Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander (Army). And the National Counterterrorism
Center is headed by another retired vice admiral John Scott Redd. General James
R. Clapper Jr. is Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Lt. Gen. William
J. (Jerry) Boykin is Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence, Marine Corps Maj.
Gen. Michael Ennis is Deputy Director for Human Intelligence at the CIA. And
retiring Army Lt. General Dell Dailey, currently the Director of the Center for
Special Operations at the Pentagon which runs black ops, has been nominated to
head the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism (S/CT) at the State
45. Rampant cronyism!!!
46. Signing statements: As of early
2007, there have been 147 signing statements challenging over 1,140 provisions
in about 150 federal bills. In the past signing statements were used to
establish grounds for a possible future challenge of a law by the Executive
branch or to assert that signing a specific bill did not imply a surrender of an
underlying Presidential power. Bush has used them to maintain that he will only
obey a law or a part of a law when it suits him.
47. Unilateral (aka Unitary) Executive
doctrine: the brainchild of John Yoo and David Addington which seeks to
establish a legal framework through misreading the Constitution for a
48. Overuse and abuse of the National
Guard and Reserves; posse comitatus; decreased ability to deal with natural
disasters; also much National Guard equipment is now in Iraq and there is
currently a $24 billion shortfall in equiping National Guard units in this
49. Increasing unpreparedness of US
ground forces (Army and Marines): too many tours, extended tours, too little
rest between tours, insufficient training.
50. US balance of trade deficit. This
is a measure both of our general indebtedness and our competitiveness. In 2001
it was $389 billion. In 2006 it was $758.5 billion, a 95% increase. The deficit
in goods (as opposed to services) accounts for almost all of this.
51. 2005 Grassley Bankruptcy bill
heavily favoring lenders.
52. Mexican cross border trucking and
53. Karl Rove did not lose his security
clearance after his participation in the Valerie Plame case. Instead it was
quietly renewed in late 2006. Henry Waxman would like to know why.
54. Detention of families for
immigration violations; large ICE raids which leave children of detainees
unaccounted for; immigrant detentions for long periods in a hodgepodge of
facilities without adequate medical care (resulting in deaths), suicide
prevention, or legal representation.
55. Dubai Ports deal.
56. The Patriot Act that no one had
time to read and passed anyway; the Patriot Act extension that people had the
time to read and passed anyway.
57. Attempts to privatize Social
Security dating all the way back to a stacked commission report of December 11,
2001; Andrew Biggs who favors privatization made deputy director of Social
Security in a recess appointment after the Senate made it clear it would not
take up his nomination because of his privatization views.
58. The War on Science.
59. Conviction of David Safavian for
lying and obstruction June 20, 2006 re his dealings with Jack Abramoff. In the
1990s, Safavian was a business partner of Grover Norquist. In 2002, he was named
Senior Advisor and Acting Deputy Chief of Staff at the GSA and in November 2003
was made head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the OMB in the
60. Presidential adviser Claude Allen
stealing from Target.
61. Bush casually admits to lying about
decision to fire Rumsfeld.
62. Armstrong Williams and paid
63. Decimation of the Labor Department
presided over by Elaine Chao, married to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell;
job safety, job creation, wage increases, unions, and workers' rights have
languished under her stewardship. Edwin Foulke who heads OSHA continues the
Administration policy of trusting to self-regulation of industry, by industry,
64. Net neutrality and media content
and ownership policies.
65. Backing Israel while it destroyed
Lebanon July 12, 2006-August 14, 2006.
66. Presidential Daily Brief August 6,
2001: Bin Laden determined to attack in US.
67. EPA chief Christie Todd Whitman
declares toxic filled Ground Zero safe for cleanup. On August 9, 2003 the EPA
Inspector General finds differently. In Congressional testimony June 25, 2007,
Whitman states that it was not her fault and blames the terrorists for the site
68. Sago mining disaster hearings and
MHSA's David Dye who walked out of the hearings; Bush push for reduction in
fines for safety violations and non-collection of them since 2001.
69. Bush nominates Harriet Miers to the
Supreme Court on October 3, 2005. She was serving as White House counsel after
Alberto Gonzales went to the DOJ. A typical Bush crony appointment, nevertheless
it quickly runs into problems. Miers has little knowledge of Constitutional law,
but what dooms her nomination is that conservatives don't think she is
conservative enough. Think Roe v. Wade. The nomination is withdrawn October 27,
2005. A few months later Miers' involvement in the firings of the US attorneys
70. Bush vetoes a stem cell research
bill July 19, 2006 (Bush's first veto). Bush vetoes a second stem cell research
bill June 20, 2007 (Bush's third veto).
71. Attack on Plan B contraception,
staffing Women's Health positions with religious conservatives: Dr. Eric Keroack
at Health and Human Services who thought birth control demeaning to women and
Dr. David Hager at FDA who tried to keep Plan B prescription only. His wife
contended in divorce proceedings that he had repeatedly sod*mized her without
72. Clear Skies Act of February 14,
2002 a failed attempt to weaken the Clean Air Act. Bush reacted by changing
standards on nitrogen oxide, SO2, and mercury through the EPA. The Healthy
Forest Restoration Act of 2003 based on bad science in how to protect
communities from forest fires and on the effects of "thinning" forests, i.e
disrupting ecosystems. The real aim was to remove public scrutiny on sweetheart
deals with logging companies by claiming such deals were to protect communities
even when there were no communities in the vicinity.
73. Missile defense shield that doesn't
work. So far the only tangible result is that Vladimir Putin has used it as an
excuse to introduce a new class of MIRVed (multiple warhead) ICBMs and threaten
the Europeans. This is payback for the US withdrawal from the ABM Treaty
announced December 12, 2001 and entered into effect June 13, 2002. On June 14,
Russia announced that it was pulling out of START II (negotiated in the 1990s)
which covered the de-MIRVing of ICBMs and which Russia had never gotten around
to ratifying anyway. Putin knows that Russia is not threatened by such an
ineffective system and that Russia has plenty of conventional ICBMs to overwhelm
it even if it did work. As for targeting Europe, although it sounds scary, this
represents little change from current policy. De-targeted Russian (and US)
missiles can be re-targeted in a matter of seconds to minutes. On July 14, 2007,
Putin suspended Russia's participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe
treaty. The Bush missile shield is providing an excellent excuse for Russia to
detach itself from the security framework put in place at the end of the Cold
74. Leandro Aragoncillo naturalized
Filipino-American in Cheney's office (previously Gore's) accused of spying for
the Philippines and possibly France, pled guilty to unlawfully possessing secret
US government documents. He was sentenced to 10 years on July 18, 2007.
75. Defunding overseas AIDS programs
that promoted condom use for prevention; ineffective abstinence only programs.
With these should be mentioned domestic abstinence only programs directed at
teens which have proven to be abysmal failures.
76. Call for a constitutional amendment
declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman.
77. Opening up Bristol Bay, the last
pristine large-scale salmon fishery in the world, to oil drilling. Congress has
also sanctioned further drilling in the Gulf of Mexico including off the coast
of Florida. Interior has proposed drilling off the coast of Virginia which would
need Congressional approval which isn't likely.
78. Accusation that Clintons trashed
the White House before leaving, including stealing the Ws from keyboards.
79. Gannon/Guckert a working male
prostitute in the White House press corps.
80. Native American trust funds and
Trust Responsibility to Indian Country.
81. Selling creationist materials at
the Grand Canyon gift shop claiming it was 6000 years old.
82. Banning photographing return of
coffins of slain American soldiers!!!
83. False military reporting: Pat
Tillman, Jessica Lynch. Pat Tillman was an NFL player who post-911 joined the
Army and was killed in Afghanistan April 22, 2004. He was immediately
mythologized John Wayne-style by the military. On May 28, 2004, it came out that
he died in a friendly fire incident. Details of Tillman's death and the coverup
surrounding it continue to dribble out. On July 13, 2007, the Bush White House
invoked Executive privilege on its communications with the Pentagon concerning
the story pursuant to requests from the House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee. It is likely that Bush knew within a week of Tillman's death that the
initial accounts of it were false. Executive privilege has become an
indispensable tool in the stonewall this Administration has constructed around
....On July 31, 2007, retired Lt. Gen.
Philip Kensinger who headed Army special forces received a letter of reprimand
from Army Secretary Pete Geren for his role in the affair and may lose a star
and a tenth of his retirement pay. Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal who heads the
Special Operations (black ops) Command approved Tillman's Silver Star citation
on April 28, 2004 in which Tillman is described as being killed by devastating
enemy fire. The next day he sent a back channel memo saying he thought Tillman
may have been the victim of friendly fire. McChrystal remains on active duty and
has never been punished although a Pentagon Inspector General's report
recommended that action be taken against him for misleading and inaccurate
84. AIPAC espionage scandal; former DOD
employee Lawrence Franklin pled guilty to passing information on Iran to Israel
through two AIPAC employees.
85. Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Bagram; the
Marine massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha and its coverup. A few cases:
Rasul: On June
28, 2004 SCOTUS in a 6-3 decision ruled that the US court system had
jurisdiction over non US nationals held at Guantanamo. Rasul had been released
to the UK before the ruling on March 29, 2004.
Hamdi: On June 28, 2004 SCOTUS 8-1 ruled that U.S.
citizens can not be detained indefinitely as enemy combatants without due
process. Hamdi was released to Saudi Arabia on October 9, 2004 on condition that
he give up his US citizenship.
Hamdan: On June 29, 2006, SCOTUS in a 5-3 decision ruled
that Bush's military tribunals were illegal under the UCMJ and the Geneva
Conventions and needed Congressional authorization (which was supplied by the
Military Commissions Act or MCA of September 2006)
Khadr/Hamdan: On June 4, 2007, a military court dismissed
charges against them because their Combat Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs) had
designated them enemy combatants. The MCA authorizes trials for "unlawful" enemy
combatants only, which they had not been designated.
al Marri: On June 11, 2007, the 4th Circuit Court of
Appeals ruled 2-1 that a legal US resident (similar to Hamdi) can not be denied
due process and held indefinitely as an enemy combatant outside the purview of
the US judicial system.
86. Asserted right to open US mail.
87. The housing bubble, its collapse,
subprime mortgage crisis. Since about 1998, subprime mortgage loans have
accounted for about 1/4 of US home sales. Such mortgages allowed people with low
or bad credit ratings to purchase homes. Easy credit resulted in a housing
boom/bubble between 2000 and 2005 and was touted as a major plank of Bush's
"ownership society". The problem was people were sold too much house financed by
loans that they could initially, if marginally, afford but which they could not
after a few years as the terms on their loans changed and monthly payments
greatly increased. The effects of this nonsensical lending and speculation were
delayed for awhile as the housing market was on the way up and the value of
homes (including those financed by subprime loans) steadily increased, but in
late 2006 the bubble became unsustainable and burst. Ameriquest the largest
subprime lender went belly up after a $325 million settlement with 30 state
Attorney Generals for deceptive lending and marketing practices. (Its former CEO
Robert Arnell was appointed Ambassador to the Netherlands by George Bush.) It
was not alone. Other subprime lenders like Mortgage Lenders Network USA and
Ownit followed suit. Market analysts try to downplay the significance of the
subprime disaster but its effects continue to ripple through financial markets.
For one thing most of the mortgage loans were not held by the original lenders
but sold to investors and hedge funds. As a result two Bear Stearns funds failed
and on August 9, 2007 the French bank BNP Paribas froze withdrawals from 3 of
its funds due to subprime losses sparking a major sell off in stock markets and
forcing central banks to inject ~$180 billion into markets over a 24 hour period
to avoid a credit crunch. The fallout from this housing bubble collapse will be
with us for years and is going to be very, very expensive.
88. Bush connections to Enron and Ken
Lay. Lay was connected to the elder Bush but helped finance the younger Bush's
gubernatorial campaign. In 2000 he was a Bush Pioneer, and gave hundreds of
thousands of dollars to fund the Republican convention and the Bush inaugural
celebration. Through Enron, he also contributed more than a million dollars in
soft money to the Republican party. In exchange, Bush stayed out of the
California energy crisis and Lay participated in Cheney's Energy Task Force
which wrote Bush's business friendly energy policy. When Enron collapsed, Bush
could barely remember ever having met the man.
89. Refusing to intervene in the
California electricity crisis in early 2001.
90. Lack of action on Darfur despite
Congress declaring it genocide in a resolution of June 22, 2004 and Bush's own
Secretary of State Colin Powell on September 9, 2004.
91. Failure to adequately fund programs
to reduce poorly secured nuclear material in Russia.
92. Refusal to grant security
clearances to OPR (Office of Public Responsibility) lawyers investigating the
role of Gonzales both as WH counsel and later as AG in authorizing warrantless
NSA wiretapping thus quashing the investigation.
93. Political interference in the
Justice Department lawsuit against Big Tobacco.
94. White House involvement in election
day phone jamming of Democrats in New Hampshire November 5, 2002; Charles McGee,
former executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party pled guilty to
conspiracy; James Tobin New England head of the National Republican Senatorial
Campaign Committee made two dozen calls to the White House over a three day
period during this time. He was convicted for his participation. This was
reversed on appeal March 21, 2007 and his case was sent back to the district
95. Sweetheart plea deal for Steven
Griles former No. 2 at the Interior Department. Griles and his then girlfriend
Italia Federici worked with Jack Abramoff and later lied to Congress about it.
The proposed deal by the government: no cooperation demand, the minimum 10
months, 5 to be served at the home of his now wife Sue Ellen Wooldridge who had
just left Justice where she was an assistant attorney general heading the
environment division. She signed a generous consent decree with ConocoPhillips
despite being friends with a Conoco vice president and despite the fact that
Conoco was being represented by Griles.
....On June 26, 2007, US District Judge
Ellen Huvelle sentenced Griles. Griles asked for probation and blamed the Senate
for his lying. The judge didn't buy this or the government's deal and doubled
his prison time to the full 10 months. He was also fined $30,000 and given 3
96. The unfired (Bush appointed) US
attorneys who targeted 80% of their political corruption cases against
97. Insertion into the Patriot Act
extension of language allowing US attorneys to be named without Senate approval.
This provision originated with Daniel Collins a former Associate Deputy AG back
in 2003 but was taken by then Assistant AG for Legislative Affairs (now
Principal Associate Deputy AG) William Moschella in 2005 and forwarded to Brett
Tolman, a protege of Utah Senator Orrin Hatch on Arlen Specter's staff who snuck
it into the bill. Specter denied knowledge of the insertion and said he had not
read the bill. He admitted, however, that his chief of staff Michael O'Neil did
know. As a reward, Tolman was nominated US attorney for Utah and confirmed by
the Senate July 21, 2006 in the usual way and not the one he slipped into the
Patriot Act. Gonzales approved but maintained he didn't know how it happened.
98. Massive and illegal abuse by FBI of
National Security Letters (administrative warrants) or NSLs. A report by DOJ
Inspector General Glenn Fine of March 2007 estimated that 143,000 NSLs had been
issued between 2003 and 2005. An exact number was not possible because
recordkeeping was so bad that an unknown number were never properly recorded. In
response to the IG's findings, Alberto Gonzales stated that he was unaware of
abuses in the program although he had begun receiving reports about them
beginning in 2005. On June 15, 2007, DC federal district court judge John Bates
ordered the FBI to begin producing documents related to NSL abuse pursuant to a
FOIA request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation by July 5. On July 13, 2007,
Attorney General Gonzales and FBI Director Mueller announced that a new office
would be formed within DOJ's National Security Division to oversee the program
and prevent abuses. Of course, these were the same people who promised that
there would be no abuses in the first place.
99. Attempted use of GSA to promote
Republican candidates; presentation by Scott Jennings deputy political director
to Karl Rove at a video conference of 40 political appointees hosted by GSA head
Lurita Doan in violation of the Hatch Act. Later, Doan testifying before
Congress had severe memory loss. Doan at GSA has been involved in various
contract irregularities. In a letter to Bush on June 8, 2007, the Office of
Special Counsel which investigates this kind of thing called for Doan to be
punished to the fullest extent for violations of the Hatch Act and obstructing
....At least 20 other meetings
involving senior officials from 15 government agencies and the White House
discussing political prospects were held before the 2006 elections also in
violation of the Hatch Act. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has begun
investigations into these.
100. Karl Rove and the culture of
corruption. What did Karl Rove see in George Bush that he tied his fortunes to
Bush's political star? Rove saw Bush as inhabiting the intersection of often
disparate and conflicting elements of the Republican Party. Bush came from a
powerful Texas family. His father had been President and that meant not only
name recognition but contacts to the Republican Establishment. Bush Senior was
also tightly connected to the conservative monied classes in Texas, the
Northeast, and the country more generally. Despite this, Bush Junior assiduously
cultivated and exploited a "good ole boy" image so at odds with his family's
wealth and power. Although born in Connecticut and schooled in the Northeast, as
a Texan and with the Everyman shtik, Bush could also lay claim to being both a
Southerner and a Westerner and so tap into two important bastions of the
Republican Party. As a recovering alcoholic turned to religion, Bush Junior
added in another part of the Republican base the religious Right, evangelical
and family values vote. With this and a smattering of Spanish, Rove saw Bush
could court the Hispanic vote as well. In other words, from Rove's point of view
Bush was a political goldmine.
....Here were two men with little
knowledge of or curiosity about the world, motivated by no great philosophy but
with a great thirst for power and a willingness to do anything no matter how
sleazy or dirty to win it. This was not about consensus building. It was about
50% plus 1 or close enough for a court to decide in their favor. Rove probably
would have sought to politicize the federal government in favor of the
Republican Party anyway but the disputed nature of the 2000 vote gave him an
added incentive and 911 supplied him with a golden opportunity. The result has
been the most thoroughgoing politicization, often in contravention of the law,
of all aspects of government in our lifetimes.
....The goal was to carve out a
permanent majority using the 50% plus one philosophy, but there were two
problems. First, while Bush personified the many facets of the modern Republican
Party, neither he nor Rove ever unified them. The conflicts between social
conservatives, libertarians, and the wealthy remained. The wealthy got their tax
cuts but the financial situation of Nascar dads became more precarious. Social
issues got two Supreme Court justices but no real money, and to date little
change in the law. Nativist types clashed with pro-business ones over
immigration. Rove's outreach to the expanding numbers of minorities in the
country came crashing down. The result was a peeling off not a building up until
Bush and Rove were left with only their hardcore base of 25-30%. Second, placing
political loyalty above professionalism and experience in government did not
strengthen the Republican Party or the conservative cause. It created instead an
environment of corruption, cronyism, incompetence, and failure. Examples of this
can be found everywhere in this Administration and form much of the content of
this list, but the epitome of this collision between ideology and the real world
is Iraq. The practical problem with politicization of government is that it
doesn't work and produces bad results of which Iraq is the most obvious and
....On August 13, 2007, Karl Rove
Bush's chief political adviser throughout his entire political career announced
his resignation to become effective on August 31, 2007. From his 5 appearances
before the grand jury in the Valerie Plame/outing of a CIA agent case, to
violations of the Hatch Act and the Presidential Records Act, the US Attorney
firings, and lobbyist Jack Abramoff's influence peddling schemes, investigations
have swirled around Rove. Bush has invoked Executive Privilege to protect him.
It may not have been enough. In Washington's culture of corruption, all roads
lead to Rove.
101. Voter suppression, voter ID laws,
exaggerating the problem of voter fraud, attempts to eviscerate the Voting
Rights Act on its renewal; Hans von Spakovsky, a Republican volunteer in the
Florida recount, was Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ's
Civil Rights division where he signed off on Tom Delay's 2003 Texas
redistricting plan and a 2005 Georgia voter ID law overruling staff
recommendations that they were discriminatory. Both were struck down in the
courts. In the Georgia case, a federal appeals judge compared the ID system to
Jim Crow poll taxes. In April 2005, on his own and without consulting voting
rights attorneys, Spakovsky incorrectly advised the Arizona Secretary of State
that provisional ballots should not be given to voters who lacked proper ID.
Spakovsky went on to be a Commissioner at the Federal Elections Commission (FEC)
in a January 6, 2006 recess appointment.
....The head of the voting section of
the Civil Rights Division during this period was Bradley Schlozman. Schlozman
was highly political. He wanted to know if prospective hires were Republicans
and forced out employees who committed the sin of not agreeing with him.
Although having no prosecutorial experience, Schlozman was named US attorney for
Western Missouri on March 23, 2006. In a blatant attempt at voter suppression
and in contravention of DOJ guidelines, he filed voter fraud cases days before
the November elections. His was one of the first of the "interim" appointments
made under the revised provisions snuck into the Patriot Act and there have been
suggestions that his predecessor Todd Graves was forced out to make way for him.
He left in April 2007 to work at the Executive Office for US Attorneys (EOUSA).
Schlozman testified about his activities before the Senate on June 5, 2007. Like
most recent DOJ witnesses, he suffered from extreme memory loss. He testified
that Craig Donsanto OK'ed the pre-election Missouri cases although Donsanto is
the one who wrote the DOJ guidelines. A May 2007 update to these guidelines
weakens or eliminates the prohibition on bringing politically sensitive cases
near to an election.
....The current head of the Civil
Rights Division is Wan J. Kim, an Orrin Hatch protege.
102. Campaign finance and political
103. Swift boating of John Kerry
(2004); push polling and McCain's black baby in the South Carolina primary
(2000); Sam Fox made Ambassador to Belgium in a recess appointment. Fox's
nomination was withdrawn in the Senate where it faced certain defeat. Fox was
controversial because he had given $50,000 to the anti-Kerry smear campaign of
the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
104. No Child Left Behind, based on
flawed and false data, chronically underfunded, capricious in its evaluations,
places test scores above knowledge; allegations have arisen that people at the
Department of Education pushed reading programs as part of NCLB that they had
financial interests in.
105. Susan E. Dudley made administrator
of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management
and Budget. Dudley who doesn't believe in regulation except in extreme cases
when the "market fails" was named to this powerful regulatory post in a recess
appointment on April 4, 2007.
106. Paul Wolfowitz, after his
disastrous hyping of the Iraq war, did a McNamara and went to the World Bank to
do good. He brought his neocon values, a doctrinaire, secretive management
style, and a real gift for poor leadership to rail against corruption in 3rd
world countries while practicing some of it himself closer to home. Prohibited
from supervising his girlfriend, Shaha Riza, a senior communications officer at
the bank, he detailed her to the Department of State, gave her a raise of
$47,340 twice what was permitted, and then a further raise of $13,000 bringing
her salary to $193,000 tax free and making her the highest paid official in the
State Department and that includes Condoleezza Rice. Wolfowitz's eventual
defense of the raise was that Riza was very angry at leaving the Bank and might
have sued although as the Bank later pointed out she did not have grounds to do
so. Her initial boss at state was none other than Liz Cheney. Her job through
State was to set up the Foundation for the Future to promote civil society in
the Middle East. After 1 1/2 years there, it still has no permanent office,
executive officers, or staff and has yet to disperse a grant. There is also the
matter of a security clearance that Riza, a non-citizen unaffiliated with an
allied government, would need to work at Defense (through an earlier contract
with the defense contractor SAIC arranged by Wolfowitz through Doug Feith) or
more recently at State and which would be extremely unusual to give to someone
in her situation.
....Wolfowitz dragged out his departure
from the Bank for nearly a month doing serious damage to the institution. He was
eventually forced to announce his resignation on May 17, 2007 effective June 30,
2007. In keeping with his double standard on corruption and despite his
disastrous stewardship at the Bank, he will not go cheaply into the night. His
severance package will be in the neighborhood of half a million dollars. The
poor should get such deals. On June 25, 2007, pro-business, free trader (and
like Wolfowitz) neocon Robert Zoellick was approved as the World Bank's new
107. Kenneth Tomlinson chairman of the
CPB politicized public broadcasting, commissioned a biased study to monitor
liberalism on Bill Moyer's show NOW, resigned after an IG report alleged
political tests and inappropriate dealings in the creating of a new show; later
he was put on the board of governors for the Voice of America where there were
further allegations of hiring a friend, misuse of staff, improper billing, and
use of his office to run a horse racing operation.
108. Matteo Fontana, a general manager
in the Office of Federal Student Aid in the Education Department held and sold
shares worth at least $100,000 in Student Loan Xpress whose activities he was
ostensibly overseeing. He was placed on paid leave. Fontana's boss who oversees
the student loan program Theresa Shaw resigned on May 8, 2007 a few days before
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings was to testify before Congress. The
official reason given for Shaw's leaving was that she had "plans to take some
time off." This is part of the larger scandal of sweetheart deals between
universities and companies making loans to students to the detriment of
students. On June 1, 2007, the Department of Education came out with new rules
to regulate the $85 billion student lending business.
109. A 9th US prosecutor Tom
Heffelfinger in Minnesota was replaced by Rachel Paulose. Paulose at age 33
joined the DOJ and after less than 2 months as a senior counsel to deputy
attorney general Paul McNulty she was named to the USA position in Minnesota.
She was also reputed to be good friends with Monica "Loyalty oaths" Goodling and
had a reputation for quoting the bible and dressing down staff. As a result on
April 5, 2007, three of her top assistants, career prosecutors, resigned their
administrative positions and voluntarily demoted themselves rather than work
with her in a sign of their complete lack of faith in her abilities.
....The push to oust Heffelfinger
appears to have resulted from an attempt to suppress the Native American vote in
2004. In Minnesota, many Native Americans vote Democratic, live off reservation,
and have tribal IDs as their principal source of identification. The Republican
Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer refused to accept these for voting purposes.
An assistant US attorney in Heffelfinger's office Rob Lewis contacted Joseph
Rich a career prosecutor and the head of the voting section of the DOJ's Civil
Rights Division. Rich recommended an investigation which was vetoed by Bradley
Schlozman. Attempts to gather further information were effectively derailed by
Hans von Spakovsky. Shortly before the November election, federal District Judge
James Rosenbaum ruled that tribal IDs could be used. Heffelfinger who was cited
in testimony by Monica Goodling as spending too much time on Native American
issues (He headed the US attorneys subcommittee on Native American issues)
resigned effective February 28, 2006. As one of her first acts, interim USA
Paulose got rid of Rob Lewis.
110. Use of GWB43.com email servers
through the RNC to transact government business outside the White House logging
and archiving system in contravention of the law; also similar use of
Blackberries; a large but unknown number of emails have now been reported
"lost", a situation that is nearly impossible given current backup systems.
111. Georgia Thompson a purchasing
agent in Wisconsin was convicted of steering a contract to a company in which 2
executives had contributed the maximum to Democratic Governor Jim Doyle's
re-election campaign. Thompson had been a hire of the previous Republican
governor and no evidence was produced at trial that she knew of the
contributions. Remanded by the Republican judge who heard the case, she served 4
months of an 18 month sentence before an appeals court overturned her conviction
after oral arguments where one judge typified the government's case as "beyond
thin" and ordered her freed the same day. The case was brought by Bush appointed
US attorney Steven Biskupic during the campaign and was used in Republican
campaign ads to accuse Doyle of corruption.
112. US attorney for New Jersey and
former Bush "Pioneer" Chris Christie issued subpoenas in a corruption probe of
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez two months before the Nov. 2006 elections.
Menendez was in a tight race with Tom Keane. After Menendez won, the
investigation went away.
113. Kay Coles James, dean of Pat
Robertson's Regent's government school, made director of the Office of Personnel
Management in 2001. In 2002, John Ashcroft eases qualifications for DOJ hiring.
The influx into the DOJ of young, poorly qualified lawyers on a conservative
religious mission begins.
114. In a rushed process, Bernard B.
Kerik, a Rudy Giuliani protege and former New York City Police Commissioner, was
nominated to be Secretary of Homeland Security December 3, 2004. He withdrew his
name a week later ostensibly because of his employment of an undocumented
immigrant as a nanny. However, it quickly came out that Kerik was also involved
in a dubious stock sale of stun gun manufacturer Taser International shortly
before a critical report by Amnesty International, a sexual harassment suit,
connections to a construction company tied to organized crime, use of an
apartment donated for 911 relief as a love nest where he could meet his
girlfriends, including Judith Regan, and accepting gifts in contravention of
ethics rules (for which he paid a $221,000 fine). Kerik was also the inept
Interim Minister of the Interior in Iraq under Paul Bremer's CPA in 2003.
115. The Bush back story: The time in
the TANG, the transfer to the Alabama National Guard, the lost years, the 1976
DUI in Maine, the business bailouts, the governorship, hardline on drug crimes
despite his own past history and a fast and loose approach to the death penalty.
116. As of February 2006, the terrorist
watchlist of the National Counterterrorism Center: the bizarrely named
Terrorists Identity Datamart Environment (TIDE) has 400,000 names representing
300,000 people. The Transportation Security Administration's no-fly list had
44,000 names on it as of October 2006. 75,000 others are on an extra screening
list (CBS). The size of the lists, that they contain numerous errors, that it is
difficult or impossible to remove names or correct errors, the presence of
common names, and the ease with which these lists can be subverted by real
terrorists raise questions why such large, sloppy lists exist at all.
117. Insta-declassification in
contravention of Bush's own Executive order 13292 and without consultation with
the original classifying agency. Also abusive and indiscriminate classification
(secrecy for secrecy's sake) of government documents.
118. Vice President Cheney shoots 78
year old lawyer Harry Whittington Feb. 11, 2006 during a quail hunt at the
Armstrong ranch in Texas. The shooting is not reported until the next day and
then by the ranch owner to a Corpus Christi reporter. Under pressure and despite
his disdain for the press, Cheney finally breaks his silence Feb. 15 on Fox
News. Any real investigation is smothered by the powerful Armstrong family (who
by the way are the ones who set Cheney up in his job at Halliburton) and the
story remains incomplete.
119. Homeland Security's Automated
Targeting System (ATS) database which makes a terrorist risk assessment on
anyone traveling to or from the US by any means and keeps it for 40 years.
120. Supreme Court Justice Antonin
Scalia refuses to recuse himself from Cheney's appeal of a Sierra Club lawsuit
to keep records of his 2001 Energy Task Force secret. Shortly after SCOTUS
agreed to take up the case, Scalia flew with Cheney on Jan. 5, 2004 on Air Force
Two to Louisiana for a duck hunting trip. Cheney stayed two days and Scalia
four. June 24, 2004, SCOTUS decides 7-2 to send the case back to the district
court for reconsideration of the government's separation of powers argument.
Scalia and Thomas going further concurred and dissented thinking that the
appellate court should have been the one to deny the Sierra Club's discovery
request. May 1, 2005, the DC Court of Appeals dismisses the Sierra Club case
holding that Cheney could keep the participation of oil companies in his Energy
Task Force secret.
121. The Election Assistance Commission
which was created to do election research after the 2000 election debacle issued
a December 2006 report which changed the conclusions of its experts and
exaggerated the problem of voter fraud. Previously, the Commission released a
report only under Congressional pressure that indicated that voter ID programs
suppressed voter turnout among minorities. The EAC also has oversight of voting
machines and voting software in which it has failed.
122. Bush tried unsuccessfully to kill
the confirmation of Mohammed ElBaradei to a third term as head of the IAEA
(International Atomic Energy Agency). ElBaradei and the IAEI had stated in the
runup to the Iraq war that the famous aluminum tubes were for rockets not
centrifuges, that the Niger documents were fakes, that there was no evidence
that Iraq was trying to reconstitute a nuclear program, and that the Iraqis had
been cooperative with IAEA inspections. As part of the Bush campaign in 2005 to
oust him, the NSA tapped his phones in an unsuccessful attempt to show he was
being soft on Iran. John Bolton unsuccessfully lobbied for more aggressive
surveillance of him. ElBaradei was reconfirmed and later that same year won the
Nobel Peace Prize.
123. Alice Fisher named to head the
Criminal Division at the DOJ in a recess appointment, later confirmed September
19, 2006 (just before the Nov. 2006 elections). A protegee of Michael Chertoff,
she worked under him as deputy head of the Criminal Division but has no
experience as a criminal prosecutor. She also worked on the Senate investigation
into the Clinton era Whitewater scandal and was a lobbyist of HCA the healthcare
company controlled by the family of the recent Republican Majority Leader Bill
Frist. She has opposed rescinding the more gratuitous aspects of the Patriot
Act, favored its extension unchanged, participated in discussions of abusive
interrogation methods at Guantanamo, and reportedly has social ties to Tom
Delay's defense team. Under her leadership, the investigation into Abramoff's
many connections (some of which go back to Delay) has gone nowhere.
124. After being admonished 3 times by
the House Ethics Committee in 2004, Tom Delay through Dennis Hastert had the
Republican head of the committee replaced and staff fired. Ethics rules were
also changed making it easier to kill ethics investigations. An initial
provision to allow an indicted member of the House leadership to continue to
hold his position was rescinded after negative publicity.
125. Collusion of the media: the NYT,
WaPo, Time, Newsweek, cable and network news in the Bush disasters through
silence, lack of investigation, and above all accepting uncritically whatever
spin came out of the White House on anything.
126. Failure of the Democratic Party to
act as an opposition party for nearly 5 years.
127. A supreme lack of oversight by a
rubberstamping Republican Congress over the same 5 years.
128. The use of the 2002 AUMF against
Iraq to justify the Bush invasion and an ongoing US military presence there. The
UN Resolutions it cites, including those sanctioning military force, are from
the 1990-1991 Gulf War. The UN never passed a resolution that authorized the use
of military force in the Second Gulf War. On June 28, 2004, the US returned
sovereignty to the reconstituted state of Iraq and in doing so acknowledged that
the Iraq referenced in the AUMF as well as the legal rationale for a US presence
in (and occupation of) the country no longer existed.
129. President Bush awards the Medal of
Freedom, the highest civilian honor, to General Tommy Franks, George Tenet, and
Paul Bremer for their efforts to create the disaster that Iraq has become.
130. Real ID Act of 2005 mandates
essentially a national identity card by forcing states to have nationally
compatible driver's licenses. The program has multiple goals: facilitate
surveillance and data mining and make it harder for illegal aliens to get jobs
and for the poor to vote.
131. Jose Padilla. This is not about a
bad and deluded man, but rather that an American citizen held in the United
States could be held for 3 1/2 years (May 8, 2002-January 3, 2006) outside the
purview of American courts and tortured. He was transferred to the regular US
legal system only because his case challenging Bush's power to declare him an
illegal enemy combatant was wending its way to the Supreme Court. The transfer
successfully pre-empted this when the Court declined April 3, 2006 to hear the
case. The lack of a Supreme Court determination and passage of the Military
Commissions Act mean that any American can still be declared an illegal enemy
combatant and held indefinitely without charge, and if the MCA is to be believed
(and unlike the Padilla case) without any right to habeas corpus.
....On May 14, 2007, Padilla who was
initially accused of being a terrorist mastermind behind a plot to detonate a
dirty bomb inside the US was put on trial for being a minor member of a
conspiracy to murder, kidnap, and maim outside the US. Among the many dubious
and disturbing aspects of this case: the length and nature of detention, his
mental fitness to stand trial, the change in jurisdiction from military to
civilian, and the major reduction in the scope of the charges and Padilla's role
in them, the government claims it "lost" evidence, specifically a DVD of
Padilla's last interrogation as an enemy combatant from March 2, 2004. On August
16, 2007, he and his codefendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi
were found guilty on all counts.
132. National All Schedules
Prescription Electronic Reporting Act of 2005. This sets up a state by state but
nationally compatible data base of prescribed controlled substances available to
many agencies. The substances include not only painkillers taken for more than a
couple days but also tranquillizers and sleeping pills.
133. Jean-Bertrand Aristide the
President of Haiti who was certainly no Boy Scout was flown out of the country
on February 29, 2004 in the midst of an insurrection that was not exactly
opposed by the Bush Administration "willingly" according to American
authorities, "kidnapped" according to Aristide.
134. Hugo Chavez the controversial
President of Venezuela was briefly deposed in a military coup April 11, 2002.
The Bush Administration initially recognized the interim government of Pedro
Carmona the head of the national business federation and said that Chavez had
brought the coup on himself. The coup collapsed and Chavez resumed power two
days later on April 13, 2002. Later the Bush Administration condemned the coup.
135. Bush's ethanol program will not
solve America's energy problems. It is a boon to corn state farmers and the
politicians who represent them but depletes soil that would be better reserved
for food production. Ethanol is also a carbon based fuel and contributes to
global warming directly through its burning and indirectly through its
136. Post the November 2006 elections,
the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly used the filibuster to
obstruct Congressional action. This has happened so far on Iraq resolutions
(even some co-sponsored by Republicans), an intelligence bill requiring greater
accountability, and a bill to allow Medicare to negotiate with drug companies.
This is especially egregious in light of the last Congress where then Republican
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist repeatedly threatened Democratic Senators
contemplating a filibuster with the "nuclear option" of doing away with it by
changing Senate rules.
137. The stacking of the federal
judiciary with unqualified rightwing hacks; the role of the Gang of 14 (7
Democrats and 7 Republicans) who came together to avoid the nuclear option and
push hyper-conservative judicial choices: Janice Rogers Brown (DC Circuit),
William Pryor (11th Circuit), and Priscilla Owen (5th Circuit); no agreement
could be made on two others William Myers and Henry Saad and their names were
eventually withdrawn. The Gang of 14 was also involved in the confirmation of
Brett Kavanaugh (also to the important DC Circuit). Kavanaugh had no trial
experience but had worked for essentially partisan causes, such as Kenneth
Starr's Clinton investigations for 5 years, the 2000 Florida recount, and as an
Associate Counsel in the current Bush Administration where he worked to nominate
and confirm unqualified, radically conservative candidates rather like himself.
....On June 27, 2007, Senator Patrick
Leahy raised the possibility that Kavanaugh might be prosecuted for lying to
Congress. In testimony, Kavanaugh said he had taken no part in developing the
Administration's policy with regard to enemy combatants. Recent articles in the
Washington Post indicate that he had.
138. Ralph "I need to start humping in
corporate accounts" Reed led the Christian Coalition in the 1990s and was an
associate of both Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist. Abramoff funneled millions
in 1999 and 2000 to Reed in exchange for Reed's mobilizing evangelicals in
support of Abramoff's various schemes. These included: spiking an Alabama law
which would have allowed gaming at dog tracks in competition with Choctaw
casinos which were Abramoff clients; similar opposition to an Alabama state
lottery; opposition to the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act (the rationale, a
major stretch, was that it didn't go far enough) for his client eLottery;
opposition to a Tigua casino in Texas to the benefit of his clients the Lousiana
Coushatta; and then in 2002 persuading the Tigua that he Abramoff could use his
connection to Reed to help them get back their casino. Reed was an indispensable
cog in the Abramoff machine.
139. Aggressive proselytizing by
Christian evangelical faculty and cadets at the US Air Force Academy. A report
was issued June 2005 but it is not clear if much has changed. The USAF Academy
also has a recurrent history of cheating and sexual assault.
140. The Office of Faith Based and
Community Initiatives, an idea for those who don't believe in the separation of
church and state or the Establishment Clause in the Constitution (First
Amendment). A political and financial sop to rightwing Christians, the program
has given no money to non-Christian groups. It is unclear how much money has
actually gone through the program. The real problem is that any money should be
distributed in this way.
....On June 25, 2007, SCOTUS ruled 5-4
in Hein, Director, White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives
et al v. Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. et al that taxpayers do not have
standing to contest this spending in violation of the Establishment clause A)
because they can not show direct harm and B) because Establishment challenges
under Flast v. Cohen are only allowed if a specific Congressional statute is at
issue. SCOTUS held that the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives had
been created wholly within the Executive Branch and that no specific monies had
been appropriated to it by Congressional statute so no challenge could be made.
This is fairly squirrely reasoning (increasingly typical of the Roberts Court)
because the money didn't just appear out of nowhere and what money the Congress
does appropriate and how it is spent by the Executive must meet Constitutional
requirements such as the Establishment Clause. In any case, the bottom line is
that in the view of SCOTUS the Congress and/or another President are the ones to
change this. Ordinary Americans need not apply.
141. Military disability ratings: A 30%
rating is the cutoff between receiving payments, staying within the military
healthcare system, and eligibility for family coverage and is now given out more
rarely than before the beginning of the Iraq war, despite the large number of
soldiers with severe injuries.
142. Earmarks: Special interest funding
directed to a specific project by an individual legislator. The most famous
example was Republican Senator Ted Stevens' $223 million for a bridge to nowhere
in Alaska. Earmarks exploded in number and expense under the Republicans. Bush
only decided that there was something bad about them (nearly 6 years into his
Presidency) when Democrats won control of the Congress.
143. Medicare privatization. This began
in 1982 and grew throughout the 1990s with 17.3% of Medicare recipients enrolled
in 1999 in private plans when it went into decline. Since the start of Medicare
Part D (passed 2003, went into effect January 1, 2006), numbers have begun to
rise again. One of the reasons for this increase is that they are being
aggressively, and often unscrupulously, marketed to unsuspecting elders. In
addition, private plans receive government subsidies to make them competitive
with Medicare itself. This is money that could go to reducing Medicare premiums
generally but instead goes to higher overhead and profits for private providers.
144. Signing of a nuclear cooperation
deal with India December 18, 2006. This is another example of the Bush
Administration and Congress's selective approach to nuclear non-proliferation.
Israel's nuclear program is ignored. Iraq is, in part, invaded for a mythical
program that existed only in the fevered imaginations of Cheney, Feith, Bush,
and Rice. At the same time, nuclear moves in North Korea and Iran are opposed.
Meanwhile the deal with India will allow it to dedicate some of its facilities
completely to nuclear arms production.
145. Julie MacDonald, who has a degree
in civil engineering and no background in the natural sciences, was named the
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the Interior
Department on May 2004. She altered and reversed conclusions in scientific
reports to prevent species from being protected. The Bush Administration to date
has listed 58 species (54 as the result of litigation) as endangered as opposed
to 512 in the Clinton years and 234 by the first President Bush. MacDonald also
hired Todd Willens who worked with the former Republican Representative and
anti-environmentalist Richard Pombo. According to a March 2007 Inspector General
report, she also passed on internal department documents to the oil industry and
land developers in contravention of federal rules and to aid filing of lawsuits
against the department. Facing oversight hearings, she resigned April 30, 2007.
....The endangered species program has
been without a director for a year and, as of July 2007, 30% of its positions
are unfilled. On July 20, 2007, H. Dale Hall the current director of the Fish
and Wildlife Service announced that 8 decisions made by MacDonald concerning
species protection and land use would be reviewed and likely reversed.
146. From tales of the revolving door.
Darleen Druyun was a principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for
acquisition and management where she negotiated a sweetheart deal worth $23
billion for leasing air tankers from Boeing. She was also negotiating at the
same time for an executive position at Boeing. The deal was made. She left the
Air Force and took up her new position at Boeing. In a 2004 plea agreement,
Druyun pled guilty to fraud and was sentenced to 9 months in a minimum security
prison, 7 months of home detention, 150 hours of community service, and required
to pay a $5,000 fine.
147. Luis Posada Carriles is an
anti-Castro terrorist who masterminded the October 6, 1976 bombing of a Cubana
airliner killing 73. He had worked before this with the CIA and after the Cubana
bombing during the Reagan Administration helped funnel aid to the Contras. In
1997, he directed a series of bombings in Cuba against the growing tourist
industry there. In April 2005, running out of places to hide, he requested
asylum in the US but the following month was detained for entering the country
illegally. Despite his terrorist past, he was released on bond to home detention
on April 19, 2007. On May 8, 2007, a federal judge in Texas dismissed the case
against him for lying to immigration authorities. Contrast his treatment to that
of terrorists like the "waterboarded" Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Apparently it is
not what you bomb but who you bomb that counts.
148. James Knodell, Director of the
Office of Security at the White House, in testimony before the House Committee
on Government Reform chaired by Henry Waxman said that no internal White House
investigation was ever initiated (contrary to Executive order 12958 requiring
one) in the period between July 14, 2003 when Valerie Plame a covert CIA agent
was outed in a column by Robert Novak and September 29, 2003 when the Department
of Justice asked the FBI to investigate pursuant to a request from the CIA of
September 16, 2003.
149. Robert Cobb, NASA's tame Inspector
General since 2002, tipped off former NASA head Sean O'Keefe to audits he would
be performing and search warrants the FBI would be executing. O'Keefe, primarily
known for his forceful dealing with the 1991 Tailhook scandal, was an accountant
by training without a scientific or engineering background whose tenure at NASA
was marked by drift. He got the top NASA job in December 2002 through his
connection with Dick Cheney and, while still NASA administrator, campaigned for
Bush in 2004 as a "private citizen". He left in February 2005. The inappropriate
contact between NASA administrators and the NASA Inspector General continues as
well as its coverup. The NASA General Counsel Mike Wholley illegally destroyed a
tape of a meeting (between the current NASA head Michael Griffin and Cobb and
his staff) to avoid it ever becoming public under the Freedom of Information Act
150. Evangelos Dimitros Soukas a
convicted felon serving 8 years for tax fraud was scheduled to testify on April
12, 2007 before the Senate Finance Committee on identity theft and filing false
tax returns. The Department of Justice challenged the right of the Congress to
order a prisoner in federal custody to appear before it, even though this has
happened numerous times in the past. A federal district judge did not agree with
the DOJ and Soukas testified. The DOJ move appeared baffling, an empty assertion
of Executive power, but, may have been pre-emptive to prevent more controversial
prisoners from testifying in the future.
151. Excessive corporate pay,
retirement, and severance packages in the Bush era. Even post-Enron, control
over executive compensation still rests largely in the hands of the executives
themselves and the compliant boards of directors they often select. Pay is still
not coupled to performance and stock options still encourage executives to
manipulate stock prices (which is very much not the same thing as performance as
the Enron case showed) for their own benefit. Reporting the cost of stock
options was not mandated by the SEC until August 2006. The total cost of
multi-year options is still not reported fully but treated as a year by year
expense making the true cost look smaller. Back dating of options so they could
be purchased at a lower price was also fairly common until somebody noticed it
constituted fraud. Spring loading, a variant of insider trading, i.e. exercising
an option and buying just before news that will drive up the stock price, still
152. Eliot Spitzer the then New York
State Attorney General (and not the SEC or the Bush Administration) announced on
May 21, 2002 that Merrill Lynch had agreed to sever contacts between its
analysis and investment divisions and to pay a $100 million fine. The lack of
such separation was behind a lot of the dot com bubble in the 1990s as well as
propping up Enron and facilitating its scams. It is a recognition of sorts of a
systemic problem, although the fine was a tiny fraction of what investors lost
and it is unclear how "objective" analysts are going to be even with the
supposed wall to the investment side.
153. Scott Bloch initially deputy
director for the Task Force for Faith Based and Community Initiatives became the
head of the Office of Special Counsel (whose function is to protect
whistleblowers) on January 5, 2004. Once there he summarily closed hundreds of
ongoing cases, decried cases that had a "homosexual agenda", tried to use the
office to protect a non-governmental employee who was a defender of Intelligent
Design, gave 12 of his in-office critics the choice of immediate re-assignment
to field offices or be fired, and was the subject of complaints filed with his
own office. In April 2007, Bloch announced an investigation into Karl Rove's
political machinations. The real aims of such an investigation probably do not
include carrying out a real probe but are more likely an attempt by Bloch to
hold on to his job, derail efforts to remove the OSC from the purview of the
White House, stymie other investigations into Karl Rove, conduct a whitewash,
and/or run out the clock.
154. Lax security at US nuclear
facilities and airports exposed by whistleblowers Richard Levernier and Bogdan
Dzakovic for which they were punished.
155. The 120,000 hours of counter
terrorism related recordings that the FBI had not translated by September 2004;
related to this is the case of Sibel Edmonds. She blew the whistle on the
backlog and the dubious skills and allegiances of some of the translators the
FBI was employing. For this she was rewarded by being fired.
156. Monica "Loyalty oaths" Goodling
comes up again in an investigation of the DOJ's Office of Professional
Responsibility (OPR) into whether she used party affiliation in determining
hires of entry level prosecutors. Did she? Given Gonzales‚ March 1, 2006 order
delegating hiring authority to her and her role in the US attorney hiring and
firing scandal, the answer is obvious.
157. Michael Baroody who was Executive
Vice President of the National Association of Manufacturers a powerful K Street
lobbying group was nominated by Bush on March 1, 2007 to head the Consumer
Products Safety Commission. NAM has sought to limit or even eliminate corporate
liability for unsafe products and environmental practices. NAM decided to give
Baroody a $150,000 extraordinary payment on his way out the door. It is hard to
say whether this is simply a further conflict of interest or just
straightforward bribery. On May 23, 2007, Baroody withdrew his nomination, one
day before the beginning of hearings.
158. The Pentagon's Counterintelligence
Field Activity (CIFA) created February 19, 2002 created a database the Joint
Protection Enterprise Network (JPEN) [sorry for the acronym gobbledygook]
composed of TALONs Threat and Local Observation Notices. These are basically raw
unvalidated reports of threats posed by dangerous civilian group like the
Quakers. The idea of the military spying on civilians is unsettling. The
Founding Fathers after all fought a revolution over such abuses and in the 4th
Amendment enunciated: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons,
houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures." Beyond
this, CIFA did not follow its own guidelines in how it managed the material it
obtained. The story does not end there. Duke Cunningham swung CIFA work to
Mitchell J. Wade's company MZM in exchange for bribes. He was aided in this by
CIFA Director David A. Burtt II and his top deputy Joseph Hefferon. In August
2006, Burtt resigned and Hefferon retired when the Cunningham-MZM connection was
....On November 30, 2005, two days
after Duke Cunningham enters into a plea agreement, all TALON reports were
deleted from the JPEN database. However, the TALON program continues. (These
programs never really die.) In keeping with the DOD (Department of Defense)
Inspector General's usual lackluster performance, a report requested by
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in January 2006 and released June 27, 2007 on TALON
failed to address who was responsible for violations in following the program's
guidelines or why they occurred. The report also didn't examine if current
safeguards were adequate or if the program should continue.
159. Bush's March 6, 2003 news
conference. Less than two weeks before the start of the Iraq War, the
"independent" press willingly play-acted spontaneity in what was a heavily
scripted propaganda piece promoting the war.
160. An investigation into Bill Frist
former Senate Majority Leader was closed on April 27, 2007. He was not indicted
for insider trading in selling his stock in the family's large healthcare
company HCA shortly before a major fall in its stock price. It was all just a
coincidence, a very profitable coincidence.
161. Julie Myers was made Assistant
Secretary of DHS to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a recess
appointment on January 4, 2006 after the Senate failed to vote on her
nomination. Bush re-nominated her January 9, 2007. Myers is another Bush hire
whose lack of experience is overshadowed by who she is related to. At ICE, she
has sponsored aggressive, high profile, and controversial raids against illegal
immigrants. The irony of someone whose success is based not on hard work but on
connection imprisoning those who are hard working but without connection is I
suspect lost upon her.
162. Randall Tobias, US Director of
Foreign Assistance and head of US Agency for International Development (USAID)
with the rank of Deputy Secretary of State since March 29, 2006. Before this he
was our first Global AIDS Coordinator (October 2003) where he criticized condom
use, discouraged outreach to sexworkers, and promoted abstinence only programs.
As Director of Foreign Assistance, he continued to oversee the Global AIDS
program. He resigned April 27, 2007 after it came out that he had been named as
using a Washington escort service. I am not a prude about these things but I do
see a problem between his personal activities and his public positions.
163. Robert E. Coughlin II, deputy
chief of staff of the Criminal Division at the DOJ, resigned on April 6, 2007.
He was a friend and colleague of Kevin Ring who was an Abramoff associate.
164. Stuart Bowen was Inspector General
for the Bremer's CPA and documented that $8.8 billion had gone missing. He
stayed on as Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR)
chronicling waste, abuse, and fraud. In the 2007 Defense appropriations act an
item was snuck in terminating Bowen's job, because well, he was doing his job.
When this became known, funding was restored. In April 2007, Bowen released
reports showing that in a sample of what reconstruction projects there were and
which were deemed successful, most were not being maintained and were no longer
usable for their original functions.
....Bowen a Republican whose
investigations have proved an embarrassment to the Bush Administration is now
under investigation himself subject to a complaint by a group of former
employees who left his office on less than amicable terms. The complaint has
been taken up by the President's Council on Integrity and Excellence headed by
Clay Johnson III, a longtime friend of the President, and by Thomas Davis III
the ranking Republican on the House Government Reform Committee. Davis says this
is not about retribution although at this point that is exactly what it looks
165. Continued Republican support of
the Iraq war after the November 2006 elections flying in the face of public
opinion, the election results, and reality. Republican losses were largely
attributable to Iraq but have done little to change the minds of Republican
lawmakers. Bush and Republicans demanded that Democrats come up with an Iraq
plan. When they proposed withdrawal, they were accused of micromanagement. Yet
withdrawal is precisely what Republicans pushed for during the Clinton
Administration when they tried to force legislative ends to deployments in both
the Balkans and Somalia. War resolutions have been filibustered by Senate
Republicans, sometimes and even despite the fact they co-sponsored them.
Opposition to Bush's war policies are portrayed as "fringe" although they are
supported by 60%-70% of the American people. They accuse Democrats of not
backing the troops and then vote on a near perfect party line basis against a
supplemental to fund the troops and applaud the President's veto of it on May 1,
2007 (the 4th anniversary of Bush's catastrophically wrong Mission Accomplished
speech). They ask for patience and to give the surge a chance even after a
record of 4 years of failure, constantly worsening conditions in Iraq, and
inaction by the Iraqi government.
166. George Bush signed the "Secure
Fence Act" into law on October 26, 2006. Its purpose is to construct a barrier
to stem illegal immigration into the country along the Mexican border. How a 700
mile fence along a 2100 mile border would accomplish this or what effect it
would have on the 12 million undocumented immigrants already in the country is
unclear. The initial estimate for its cost was $2 billion, and $1.2 billion was
budgeted for it. The final cost, however, if it is ever built (which is
unlikely), could be between $8 billion and $30 billion. In other words, it is an
expensive, pointless gesture to anti-immigrant feeling without addressing what
an immigration policy could or should be.
167. Development of a coverup strategy
to fight Congressional oversight that involves more than a little Karl Rove and
obstruction of justice. In addition to the public relations campaign that there
is nothing to see and they have cooperated anyway, we have:
witnesses (Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General Michael Elston acting,
he says, on Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty's orders to tell 3 of the 8
fired US attorneys to stay quiet or else)
witnesses from testifying (Condi Rice directing Simon Dodge not to testify about
his early identification of the uranium from Niger for Iraq documents as fakes
and Rice's knowledge of this as National Security Advisor)
3. Large but
incomplete docudumps that are missing key information (for example, the November
15-December 4 email gap around the time that the US attorney firings were being
destruction of evidence and/or Claiming that evidence has been lost (Rove's
deleted emails, Monica Goodling's instruction to remove older versions of files)
5. Slow response
or non-response (the failure of Rice to answer written questions; dragging out
the document production process)
6. Claims of
executive privilege regardless of merit (to keep Karl Rove and Harriet Miers
from testifying under oath or to block production of emails, even those on
non-White House servers, and even after the assertion that Bush was not part of
the firing process)
7. Coaching of
testimony known to be false by the coachers (Karl Rove and Kyle Sampson
misleading Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty into giving testimony that
attorneys were fired for "performance" reasons, which Rove and Sampson knew to
8. Testifying but
with severe amnesia (Gonzales, Kyle Sampson, Lurita Doan)
9. Lying (as
evidenced by Gonzales' numerous stories, Sampson misstating his role in the
attorney firings, or Victoria Toensing in defining who is and is not a covert
168. When Oregon Senator Gordon Smith
was up for re-election in 2002, Dick Cheney working with Sue Ellen Wooldridge
(Stephen Griles' current wife who was deputy chief of staff to Gale Norton at
the Interior Department before moving on to Justice) moved to divert more water
from the Klamath River for irrigation purposes to help the area's Republican
farmers. In February 2002, Bush and Karl Rove announced their support for the
idea. In March after a preliminary report by the National Academy of Sciences
requested by Cheney, Interior's Gale Norton approved the diversion and quashed
scientific views to the contrary. As a result, in the following months, water
levels dropped resulting in a large die off of salmon but Senator Smith won his
election. In March 2006, a federal judge put limits on the draw off in an
attempt to protect Northwest fisheries.
169. Debra Wong Yang the US attorney
for Central California (Los Angeles) left office on November 11, 2006 a month
ahead of the more well known firings of 8 US attorneys on December 7, 2006. She
had been investigating Representative Jerry Lewis. Part of this was an offshoot
of USA-San Diego Carol Lam's investigation into Representative Duke Cunningham
and defense contractor and briber Brent Wilkes. I say part because Jerry Lewis
has been rated one of the most corrupt members of Congress. And then there are
the interesting connections. The Cerberus group, for example, which gave large
contributions to Lewis and his organizations, owns IAP the outfit involved in
the Walter Reed scandal. As for Debra Yang, after resigning for "personal"
reasons, she joined the law firm representing Lewis and received a highly
unusual $1.5 million dollar signing bonus.
170. Nepotism Cheney-style. Although
she had no background in Middle Eastern affairs, in the run up to the Iraq war
in 2002, Elizabeth Cheney, Dick Cheney's daughter, was named to the newly
created position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
(where she could keep an eye on things for her father at a critical juncture in
the fabrication of the case for war). She left in 2003 to work on her father's
re-election campaign but returned after the election in 2005 as Principal Deputy
Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and as such was the second
ranking diplomat at State for the Middle East. She was Shaha Riza's boss when
she came to State. She also headed the Iran-Syrian Operations Group (ISOG) with
a budget of $80 million. This was a kind of reprise at State of what Douglas
Feith's Office of Strategic Plans had been at the Pentagon. It was aimed at
regime change in the two countries, especially Iran. She left State in 2006. She
is married to Philip Perry, general counsel at the Department of Homeland
171. Dick "I had other priorities in
the 60s than military service" Cheney received 5 deferments to avoid service in
Vietnam. He did no more than what many did at the time. Still it is a very
strange start for one who prides himself on being a superhawk and who views our
relations with the rest of the world as a matter of will, and paranoia. As Vice
President, he has been the extremist behind the throne, one of the few for whom
911 was a godsend because it furnished him the opportunity to realize his most
radical tendencies. Unlike Karl Rove who believes in turning government into an
extension of the Republican Party, Cheney believes in making government a direct
extension of the President. And if that President is weak and uninvolved, well
then all that accumulated power flows quite naturally to the next person in line
who is more engaged, the Vice President say. Of course, Cheney will only use
this power against our enemies. Unfortunately, he sees enemies everywhere.
....Cheney understands that sometimes
lies must be used to serve a higher truth and that even after being exposed they
still have power, hence the repetition of even the most thoroughly debunked
assertions, like the connection between Saddam and al Qaeda or that the Vice
Presidency is not part of the Executive Branch. It doesn't matter that they are
untrue. They take up time and energy. They delay, misdirect, and confuse action
....While Cheney has been spectacularly
successful in acquiring power, he has been a disaster in using it. The results
are a preventive and preventable war in Iraq, domestic spying, welfare for the
rich, largesse for Halliburton, a mania for secrecy, and a whittling away of
Constitutional rights and safeguards, in other words a country less safe, more
unequal, and less free.
172. Johnnie Burton, director of the
Minerals Management Service since 2002 resigned May 7, 2007 after an Interior
Inspector General report of December 2006. During her tenure, she reduced audits
and depended on self-reporting by energy companies resulting in underreporting
and underpayment of royalties. The first auditor Bobby Maxwell who noticed a
problem had his job eliminated.
...As part of this, Burton also failed
to review leases. Only 9% have been since 2000. In a particularly egregious
case, approximately 1100 bungled oil and gas leases for the Gulf of Mexico
dating from 1998-1999 which failed to tie royalties to changes in oil and gas
prices were left unexamined for years and then not promptly addressed and
renegotiated once they were known. The GAO estimates that $1 billion in royalty
payments has been lost on these leases and that another $6.4 billion to $9.8
billion could go uncollected over their lifetime.
173. Punishment of defense counsel at
Guantanamo for doing their jobs. Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift who won the
Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case which held that the Executive could not set up military
tribunals on its own without approval by the Congress was forced out of the Navy
JAG corps as a result. Major Michael Mori who defended Australian Guantanamo
detainee David Hicks got for him a plea deal on March 26, 2007 whereby he was
given 7 years all but 9 months of which were suspended and which he could serve
in Australia. As a reward, Mori was passed over for promotion, offered remote
postings, and rejected as a judge trainee. To date, 4 of 6 military defense
attorneys up for promotion have been similarly passed over. Another Lieutenant
Commodore Matthew Diaz has been convicted of giving secrets to the benefit of a
foreign government for having given a list of Guantanamo detainees to a New York
law firm the Center for Constitutional Rights in 2005. On May 18, 2007, he was
sentenced to 6 months in the brig and discharge. At the time (before the
Military Commissions Act), the Center had won the right in Rasul v. Bush to file
habeas briefs on behalf of detainees but the US sought to block these by
refusing to turn over the names and so preventing the detainees from getting
legal representation. The US has fought such disclosure despite Rasul and even
though it is obligated to release this information at least to the Red Cross
under the Geneva Conventions and failure to do so is a violation of
174. Despite backlogs and a 2005 budget
that resulted in a $1.3 billion deficit, VA officials received $3.8 million in
bonuses. About half a million went to officials who sat on the review boards
giving out the bonuses.
175. The Privacy and Civil Liberties
Oversight Board was recommended by the 911 Commission to make sure that in
countering terrorism the privacy rights and civil liberties of Americans were
respected. Established by law on December 17, 2004, it first met more than a
year later on March 14, 2006. Its first public meeting was on December 5, 2006.
Its 5 members currently are chosen by the President although there is currently
legislation to make it an independent agency. The Board's chairwoman is Carol
Dinkins a former law partner of Alberto Gonzales. Theodore Olson who argued Bush
v. Gore is also a member. In its first report (2007) to Congress, the
Administration made over 200 changes even after the final draft had been
approved by the committee, resulting in the resignation of the one of the board
members Lanny J. Davis.
176. Johnnie Frazier, the Commerce
Department's Inspector General who is supposed to investigate and prevent this
kind of thing, was found by the government's whistleblower agency the Office of
Special Counsel to have wrongly demoted his top deputy, Edward Blansitt, and his
chief counsel, Allison Lerner, after Blansitt refused to sign off on expenses
Frazier incurred during an August 2006 junket to Boston and New York. When
Frazier learned of the investigation, he sought to destroy emails concerning his
activities. Additionally, Frazier's Deputy Assistant Inspector General Thomas
Phan has filed a civil rights complaint against him charging harassment and has
also sought an investigation by the OSC. Frazier is also facing an inquiry by
the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE).
177. In 2007, Bill Roderick the Acting
Inspector General for the EPA tried to cut his staff of 360 by 60. They are
tasked with making sure that the EPA enforces its pollution rules. Roderick
cited potential budget cuts for the proposed reductions just before he got a
178. Janet Rehnquist, daughter of the
late Chief Justice, was Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human
Services from August 2001 to March 2003. She replaced numerous senior staff
including all six of her deputy inspector generals through involuntary
retirements and reassignments. She delayed an audit of Florida's pension fund
before the 2002 election in which the President's brother Jeb Bush was running
for re-election. The audit would have shown that the fund had lost $300 million
in the Enron collapse.
179. Karla Corcoran was strictly
speaking a Clinton appointment having been made the Post Office's Inspector
General in 1997. Nevertheless, she extends into the Bush era and no discussion
of Inspector General misconduct would be complete without her. She resigned in
August 2003. Her tenure was marked by "rampant waste, cronyism, questionable
management and personnel practices, and substandard performance." Her office was
incredibly inefficient in uncovering fraud and waste. On the other hand, she
held really good parties bringing her whole staff of 750 to Washington once a
year for a week at a cost of $1 million each time.
180. Russian scientists in conjunction
with the World Wildlife Fund set up a meeting to discuss the problem of
increased human-polar bear interactions. These have become more frequent and
dangerous as the bears are forced out of their usual ranges due to the melting
of arctic ice packs. A polar bear expert Craig Perham from the Fish and Wildlife
Service was invited along by Margaret Williams of the WWF. Perham was told by
the Interior Department in February 2007 that he could not talk about global
warming at the meeting because it was not part of the agenda, even though the
meeting had no agenda and global warming was the cause of the change in polar
181. The American Center for Voting
Rights Legislative Fund (AVCR) is a fake "voting rights" group created by
Republicans to give "non-partisan" testimony on the dangers of that most
Republican of obsessions and inexistent of problems, voter fraud. It was
registered on March 17, 2005 and was the only voting rights group to testify 4
days later on March 21, 2005 in House hearings held by now convicted
Representative Bob Ney on voting problems in Ohio in 2004. The group was put
together by Thor Hearne, both national and Missouri counsel for the 2004 Bush
campaign, and Missouri's Republican Senator Kit Bond. Like the Swiftboaters,
this is another group with a highly partisan agenda masquerading as an impartial
182. In 2000 the EPA announced plans to
phase out over 4 years the gasoline additive MTBE which had been found to be
contaminating ground water supplies. These were canceled when Bush took office.
As a result, MTBE is still in use but, due to law suits against oil companies,
state bans, and lack of Congressional agreement in 2005, its production is half
of what it was.
183. On May 30, 2002 Attorney General
John Ashcroft removed restrictions on domestic spying by the FBI in
counterterrorism investigations, including political and religious groups
without probable cause. Unsurprisingly, the FBI used its new powers (as it
admitted on November 23, 2003) to spy on antiwar protesters.
184. On August 23, 2004, the Labor
Department changed regulations contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
of 1938 to raise the minimum salary (from $155 to $455/week) at which executive,
administrative, and professional employees must be paid overtime. I expect the
idea was that they should be happy to have a job and that there was no reason to
go overboard and actually pay them for their work.
185. In a show of rare prescience, on
May 6, 2002 George Bush voided the US signature on the treaty (signed by
Clinton) establishing an International Criminal Court at the Hague and so set
the US and its leaders effectively outside its jurisdiction.
186. On August 9, 2002, the Department
of Health and Human Resources changed its medical privacy regulations. While
patients were given the right to review and correct their medical records and
not have medical information disclosed to their employers without their consent,
doctors, hospitals, and healthcare providers could do so among themselves and
with insurance companies for treatment and billing purposes. Pharmacies were
also allowed to enter into agreements with drug companies to promote their
brands to patients without disclosing this relationship.
187. The Public Utilities Holding
Company Act of 1935 is one of those acts which no one has ever heard of and
since its repeal in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 it is likely no one ever will.
PUHCA kept regulated energy companies from moving into unregulated businesses
and so placed limits on their size, activities, and abilities to manipulate
markets. You might think that was a good idea after the 2000-2001 electricity
debacle in California. The Bush Administration and a Republican Congress more
responsive to lobbyists than facts disagreed.
188. May 24, 2007 Bush nominates James
Holsinger as the next Surgeon General. Holsinger believes that homosexuality is
a lifestyle not an orientation and that it is incompatible with Christian
teaching. The Surgeon General is described as the nation's top health educator.
....On July 10, 2007, Richard Carmona
Surgeon General from 2002 to 2006 testified that he had been muzzled by Bush
political appointees and prevented from discussing stem cell research, emergency
contraception, prison healthcare, mental health issues, and the effectiveness of
abstinence only programs. He related that a report on the health effects of
secondhand tobacco smoke was delayed for years and its conclusions weakened.
....A 2006 report on poverty and world
health has still not been released as of July 2007 because of the efforts of
William R. Steiger the 37 year old head of the Office of Global Health Affairs
at Health and Human Services and godson of the elder Bush. Steiger has held the
post since 2001 although he has no background in health or medical issues.
Steiger criticized inaccuracies and lack of analysis in the report which was
pre-read and well received by healthcare professionals. In fact, Steiger's real
gripe was that the report did not promote Bush health policies. This is not the
first time that Steiger has engaged in such behavior. In 2004, at the behest of
food manufacturers and sugar producers, he sought changes in a health report on
189. In June 2007, Italia Federici
agreed to plead guilty to tax evasion and obstructing a Congressional
investigation. She was Jack Abramoff's go between for the Interior Department.
She headed the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, a fake
pro-business anti-environmental group created by Gale Norton (who went on to
become Secretary of the Interior 2001-2006) and Grover Norquist. At the time of
her Abramoff related activities, she was romantically involved with the Deputy
Secretary of the Interior Stephen Griles who has also pled guilty to obstructing
a Congressional investigation. Her sentence (~ 16 months) will depend on her
190. Thomas Barnett entered the DOJ's
antitrust division in April 2004 and became its head (assistant attorney
general) on February 10, 2006. Barnett sent a memo to state prosecutors in May
2007 urging them to drop an investigation into a complaint by Google that
Microsoft's new Vista operating system slowed Google's search engine in
preference to Microsoft's own version. The Google complaint has its origins in a
consent decree monitoring Microsoft's antitrust compliance. Before coming to the
Justice Department, Barnett was the Vice Chair of the Antitrust and Consumer
Protection Practice Group of Covington & Burling, the Washington law firm which
had represented Microsoft in the antitrust proceedings. Barnett's efforts seem
to have backfired for now, but not for want of trying on his part. On June 19,
2007, Microsoft agreed to modify Vista later this year to allow users to disable
the Microsoft version and choose another search engine, thus solving the speed
191. The Palestinian civil war. January
2006 the populist and rejectionist Hamas (one of the Islamist organizations that
Israel had supported in the past as a counterweight to Fatah) wins Parliamentary
elections pushing out of government a corrupt but well entrenched Fatah. Clashes
between Fatah and Hamas militants begin almost immediately. Despite Bush's oft
stated support of democracy in the Middle East, the US organizes a boycott of
Hamas. The US and the Europeans cut off funds to the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Israel holds back tax receipts. International banking transactions are blocked
preventing aid from other countries. The result is a sharp increase in
unemployment, poverty, and radicalism in the Territories, especially Gaza where
Hamas is strongest. At the same time, the background pattern of Israeli and
Palestinian attacks and counter-attacks continues. In the deepening humanitarian
and political crisis, Western governments led by the US seek to do end runs
around Hamas funneling aid directly to the Palestinian people bypassing the PA
and backing the Fatah Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an alternative to
Hamas. In addition to political support, the US supplies Fatah security forces
with weapons. A national unity government is finally cobbled together in
February 2007 but doesn't last. In May, 500 Fatah fighters enter Gaza from Egypt
with Israeli approval and Bush okays $40 million to train 4,000 troops directly
under Abbas' control. Violence flares in June 2007 and greatly outnumbered and
outgunned Fatah fighters are kicked out of Gaza. On June 14, 2007, Abbas
dissolves the "national unity" government. A few days later on June 16, Fatah
forces effectively expel Hamas from the West Bank. Instead of accepting the
results of a democratic election and engaging with its opponents, the Bush
Administration fomented a civil war. As has happened so many times before, it
didn't do its homework or the math, and the consequences were once again not
those it expected. The Palestinians are even weaker and more divided. Gaza has
real potential to become a full blown humanitarian crisis. The situation is more
dangerous and peace even further away.
192. Selling the war: Part 1. Iraq the
reasons. Some say there was no reason for the war. This is untrue. Many reasons
were given for it, just no good one. Here are a dozen of them grace of Bush,
Cheney, the neocons from the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), and
the 2002 AUMF.
2. Saddam Hussein behind 9/11
3. Saddam Hussein connected with al
4. Fighting terrorists there so we
don't have to fight them here
5. Spread democracy
6. Saddam Hussein was a bad man
7. Iraqi violations of UN Resolutions
8. The 1993 assassination attempt
against GHW Bush
11. Defend Israel
12. Bad intel
193. Selling the war: Part 2. Iraq the
turning points. While enough for a pentadecagon, not enough to make a
1. May 1, 2003 End of major combat
operations announced on board the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln: Mission
2. July 22, 2003 Saddam Hussein's sons
Uday and Qusai killed
3. December 13, 2003 Saddam Hussein
4. March 8, 2004 Interim Constitution
5. June 28, 2004 Interim government
6. November 2004 Second siege of
7. January 30, 2005 First elections for
8. May 3, 2005 Transitional government
9. October 15, 2005 Vote on
10. December 15, 2005 Elections for
11. April 22, 2006 Nuri al Maliki
replaces interim PM Ibrahim Jaafari in forming a permanent government
12. May 20, 2006 Maliki presents
permanent government: the key ministries of Defense, Interior, and National
Security are left unfilled
13. June 7, 2006 Jihadist Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi killed; June 8, 2006 last ministries filled in permanent government
(175 days after the elections)14. December 30, 2006 Saddam Hussein executed by
15. January 10, 2007 Bush announces his
New Way Forward plan, aka the "surge". Deployment of surge forces completed June
15, 2007. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and General David Petraeus claim
progress is being made.
194. Torture and Guantanamo
September 25, 2001, John Yoo at the
DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) writes a memo to then White House counsel
Alberto Gonzales in which he opines that in the war on terror the President's
decisions are "for him alone and are unreviewable."
January 9, 2002, John Yoo together with
Robert Delahunty assert in a memo to the Pentagon that the Geneva Conventions do
not apply to the Taliban and al Qaeda.
January 22, 2002, Jay Bybee, Assistant
Attorney General and head of the OLC, communicates this finding to White House
January 25, 2002, Gonzales sends a memo
(written by David Addington) to George Bush in which he argues that the war on
terror "renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy
prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions."
January 26, 2002, Secretary of State
Colin Powell writes to Gonzales arguing that the Geneva Conventions should be
applied to Taliban and al Qaeda whether or not there is a legal duty to do so.
January 27, 2002, Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld declares that Guantanamo detainees are not prisoners of war,
i.e. not covered by the Geneva Conventions.
January 29, 2002, Bush agrees with
February 1, 2002, Attorney General John
Ashcroft weighs in and agrees with Yoo, Bybee, Gonzales, Rumsfeld, and Bush that
the Geneva Conventions to do not apply to Taliban and al Qaeda detainees.
February 2, 2002, agreeing with Colin
Powell, the State Department's top lawyer William Taft IV points out that
non-observance of the Geneva Conventions could endanger American troops.
Febraury 7, 2002, Bush signs an
executive order that says the Geneva Conventions do not apply to Taliban and al
Qaeda detainees and further asserts his authority to suspend compliance with the
Conventions in future conflicts.
February 26, 2002, it having been
decided that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to Taliban and al Qaeda
detainees, Jay Bybee further informs the Pentagon that these detainees have no
protection against self incrimination since they are outside the purview of US
August 1, 2002, Jay Bybee writes to
Gonzales his now infamous memo (drafted by John Yoo with the help of then legal
counsel to the VP David Addington and then deputy White House counsel Timothy
Flanigan) in which he asserts that "Physical pain amounting to torture must be
equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such
as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death."
October 2002, officers at Guantanamo
request permission to use "harsh interrogation techniques" (i.e. torture) on
November 4, 2002, Major General
Geoffrey Miller takes command of the prison at Gunatanamo with a mandate to get
actionable information from detainees.
November 27, 2002, Rumsfeld signs off
on harsh interrogation techniques at Guantanamo.
January 15, 2003, Rumsfeld looking for
greater legal cover both for himself and interrogators rescinds his order and
directs Pentagon General Counsel William Haynes II to create a review panel to
come up with new interrogation rules. Haynes chooses Air Force General Counsel
Mary Walker to head the panel. (Walker's previous claim to fame was that she had
been behind a coverup of sexual abuse scandals at the Air Force Academy.)
March-April 2003, Judge Advocate
Generals of the Army, Navy, and Air Force protest the dumping of the Geneva
Conventions and the well established doctrine of the UCMJ.
March 13, 2003, Jay Bybee confirmed as
federal judge to the 9th circuit (West Coast) Court of Appeals.
March 14, 2003, Yoo delivers a memo to
DOD General Counsel Haynes addressing issues before the Walker panel and is
taken as the controlling legal opinion for it. The memo has, I believe, never
April 4, 2003, the Walker panel accepts
the definition of torture outlined in Bybee's August 2002 memo and okays harsh
April 16, 2003, Rumsfeld signs off on
some of the recommended harsh interrogation techniques.
Summer 2003, John Yoo leaves the OLC
and returns to UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.
December 2003, things begin to unravel.
The new head of the OLC Jack Goldsmith (although he had worked for DOD General
Counsel Haynes) informs his former boss that the March 2003 Yoo memo is under
review and "should not be relied upon for any purpose."
July 14, 2004, Acting Assistant
Attorney General of the OLC (acting head) Patrick Philbin in Congressional
testimony puts the onus back on the Secretary of Defense saying that harsh
interrogation techniques must be conducted "in accordance with the limitations
and safeguards specified by the Secretary," and that the President's Article II
powers as Commander in Chief can not be used as a justification.
December 2004, General Craddock head of
Southern Command appoints Air Force Lieutenant General Randall Schmidt to
investigate FBI allegations of torture at Guantanamo. He finds abuses and
recommends that Major General Geoffrey Miller be held accountable and
admonished, a recommendation which General Craddock who had been Rumsfeld's
senior military assistant rejects.
February 4, 2005, Acting Assistant
Attorney General of the OLC Daniel Levin writes to DOD General Counsel Haynes
reminding him again of both Goldsmith's opinion and Philbin's testimony. He
informs Haynes that the March 2003 Yoo memo has been formally withdrawn.
March 17, 2005, Haynes rescinds the
Walker panel report based on the March 2003 Yoo memo and sanctioning harsh
interrogation techniques, writing "I determine that the Report of the Working
Group on Detainee Interrogations is to be considered a historical document with
no standing in policy, practice, or law to guide any activity of the Department
December 30, 2005, Bush signs into law
the 2006 Defense Appropriations bill which contains the McCain Detainee
Treatment Act which ostensibly limits harsh interrogation techniques. The act is
weakened by the Kyl-Levin amendment which allows evidence gained by torture and
restricts habeas corpus rights of detainees to challenge their treatment. Bush
completely vitiates the provision by appending a signing statement which states
that the President will abide by its limitations, if he feels like it.
October 17, 2006, Bush signs the
Military Commissions Act into law. It immunizes torturers retroactively to
November 26, 1997.
July 20, 2007, in accordance with the
Military Commissions Act, Bush signs an Executive order allowing the CIA to
engage in aggressive interrogation techniques but without specifying what they
are claims that these will not amount to torture.
195. Torture and Iraq
March 2003, Stephen Cambone is made
Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
Summer 2003, Stephen Cambone almost
certainly with Rumsfeld's blessing sends Lt. General William G. (Jerry) Boykin
to Guantanamo to see Major General Miller about prisons in Iraq. Boykin a born
again Christian gained a reputation for his anti-Islamic remarks. He is
currently the Deputy Undersecretary for Intelligence at the DOD.
Aug. 31-Sept. 9, 2003, Miller goes to
Iraq and Abu Ghraib where he recommends that prisons become part of the
intelligence gathering process. Per Brig. General Janis Karpinski commandant of
Abu Ghraib, Miller pushes to gitmo-ize the prison. Miller later denies this.
October-December 2003, period of
torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib.
January 13, 2004, Army Spec. Joseph M.
Darby, an MP with the 800th at Abu Ghraib, leaves a disc with photographs of
prisoner abuse on the bed of a military investigator.
February 26, 2004, Major General
Antonio Taguba issues a classified report on the abuse at Abu Ghraib.
April 28, 2004, Sixty Minutes II airs
the photos after a 2 week delay, setting off an international firestorm.
April 30, 2004, Seymour Hersh's New
Yorker article on Abu Ghraib appears online; Major General Geoffrey Miller is
picked to replace Janis Karpinski and oversee detainee operations in Iraq.
Early May 2004, the Taguba report is
May 6, 2004, Taguba meets with
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld who professes ignorance of his report, asks
whether torture occurred, and claims not to have seen the photos from Abu Ghraib
although 4 months have passed from the initial report and more than 2 months
from the in house release of Taguba's report.
May 7, 2004, Rumsfeld testifies before
the Senate and professes surprise and ignorance of events at Abu Ghraib. He does
name Joseph Darby for the first time as the one who notified authorities about
the abuse. Darby subsequently received death threats and he and his family had
to enter protective military custody.
The aftermath: Despite numerous
reports, no attempt was made to investigate up the military chain of command or
the civilian political leadership of the Pentagon and the White House. So far,
about a dozen enlistees have been convicted of various Abu Ghraib related
offenses. One special forces officer Lieutenant Colonel Steven Jordan is facing
charges. Colonel Thomas Pappas who ran the intelligence section where the abuses
occurred received a reprimand. Brigadier General Janis Karpinski was demoted and
some of her underlings were also reprimanded. Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez
the military commander in Iraq retires without his extra star. And, of course,
Major General Antonio Taguba who did his duty in a professional manner was
forced to retire as of January 1, 2007, no sir, can't have people behaving like
that in this Administration.
196. Vice President Cheney's bizarre
assertion that the Office of the Vice President (OVP) is not part of the
Executive Branch. (If it isn't, where does it fit in our Constitutional system,
or does it?) As a result, since 2003, he has unilaterally exempted his office
from compliance with Executive Order 12958 which requires information about its
classification and declassification activities be provided to the National
Archives so that national security materials can be safeguarded. In 2004, the
OVP blocked an on-site inspection by the Information Security Oversight Office
(ISOO) part of the National Archives. In mid 2006, the ISOO wrote to Cheney's
Chief of Staff David Addington twice on the subject but received no answer. In
January 2007, the ISOO asked Alberto Gonzales and the DOJ to resolve the matter.
Cheney's response was to seek to abolish the ISOO and eliminate the National
Archives' ability to refer disputes to the DOJ.
....Additionally, in 2001 the OVP
refused to tell the GAO as part of its oversight function who had participated
in Cheney's Energy Task Force. This was a governmental request and is different
from the Sierra Club lawsuit. (The GAO sued but the case was dismissed by a
compliant conservative judge John D. Bates on the grounds that the GAO lacked
standing and that the matter fell outside the purview of the court.) Cheney has
also refused to disclose travel paid for by special interests as required by
law. Since 2004, he has denied requests to name the political appointees on his
staff. He has asserted control over Secret Service documents which detail
visitors to his residence and exempted these from Freedom of Information
requests. Finally, per Executive Order 13233 of November 2001, the Vice
President is given authority to prevent public release of his (the OVP's) papers
after he leaves office.
197. Another wrinkle on the US attorney
scandal. On June 22, 2007, Bill Mercer Acting Associate Attorney General (from
September 2006) withdrew his nomination for the permanent No. 3 position at the
DOJ 4 days before his confirmation hearings. Mercer has been US attorney for
Montana since April 20, 2001. In June 2005, he was given a second position as
Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General in Washington. On October 20, 2005,
US District Chief Judge Donald Molloy of Billings informed Attorney General
Gonzales that Mercer was in violation of federal law since he no longer lived in
the district. On November 10, 2005, Gonzales wrote back to the judge stating
that Mercer still had a domicile there, returned on a regular basis, and would
return permanently as soon as his "temporary" assignment was finished. The same
day at Mercer's request, Brett Tolman (who had snuck in the interim US attorney
language into the Patriot Act extension) inserted a second provision which
allowed US attorneys to live outside their districts and hold other jobs.
Mercer's confirmation hearing would have raised embarrassing questions about his
role as an absentee US attorney and changing the language in the Patriot Act.
His name also appeared in emails concerning the US attorney firings. He has
stated his intention to return to his US attorney position in Montana.
198. On June 19, 2007, John Rizzo
testified in confirmation hearings for the position of CIA General Counsel.
Rizzo has been Acting Counsel for the last 3 years and is a 30 year veteran of
the agency. He has also served as Senior Deputy General Counsel and as Deputy
General Counsel for Operations. This means that he was part of or headed the CIA
legal team that gave guidance to CIA personnel at the time that the CIA was
engaged in running black prisons, conducting kidnappings and renditions to
countries that practiced torture, and using interrogation methods that amounted
to torture. In this last regard, there is the question of an unreleased August
2002 memo (not the Bybee one) from Justice to the CIA listing approved
interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, hypothermia, refusal of pain
medication for injuries, sleep deprivation, light and sound bombardment, and
forced positions for prolonged periods of time. At his hearings, Rizzo described
the CIA's interrogation program based on the 2002 memo as humane. He also didn't
deny that the CIA could kidnap an American citizen overseas, saying only that it
would be "extremely problematic". In other words, Rizzo is a classic enabler of
policy no matter how dubious or illegal that policy is.
199. The Public Interest
Declassification Board (PIDB) is another obscure governmental body that has no
reason to exist. Created in 2000, its nine members (actually still two short at
seven) were not appointed until 2004, and it was not funded until 2005. Meant to
cut down on unnecessary classification, it has to date made no recommendation to
declassify anything. Most recently, a Senate attempt to declassify the
Intelligence Committee's report on pre-Iraq war assessments of WMD, including
Ahmed Chalabi's input into them hit a brick wall when members sought to go
through the PIDB. The PIDB noted that it could only consider a request to
declassify if it originated with the President. This is a classic Catch-22. If a
President classified something and wanted it kept classified, he/she would not
make such a request. If the President wanted something declassified, it is
unclear why he/she would bother going through the PIDB. So why does the PIDB
200. On June 28, 2007, the Supreme
Court 5-4 in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School Dist. No. 1
eliminated the use of racial classification to avoid racial segregation in
public schools. Its version of color blindness is to ignore the effects of past
discrimination. The ruling is another indication that the two Bush appointees
Roberts and Alito have no intention of honoring stare decisis (respect for
precedent) which they swore to uphold at their confirmation hearings. It
effectively undermines the 1954 landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education of
Topeka by leaving school districts few or no options to address and prevent
segregation or re-segregation in their educational systems.
....The pattern of the Roberts court
with respect to precedent is becoming clear. Using a majority of 5 conservative
judges: Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy, the court has embarked on a
course to overturn hallmark decisions like Roe and Brown, not by direct reversal
but by dismantling them piece by piece until all the meaning in them is gone. It
has also sought to roll back other laws and time elsewhere as well. In doing so,
its reasoning has been remarkable for its inconsistency. This is Bush's court
and with Iraq it may well be his most enduring and pernicious legacy.
201. On May 29, 2007, SCOTUS decided
5-4 in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc. that Ledbetter had only 180
days to file an EOCC complaint of salary discrimination based on sex and that
although the discrimination had been going on for years, the court would
consider only wage discrimination that had occurred within 180 days of her
....It further stipulated the
unrealistic and onerous condition that "Ledbetter should have filed an EEOC
charge within 180 days after each allegedly discriminatory employment decision
was made and communicated to her." This was an example of the Court ignoring how
the world actually functions. Corporations often prohibit employees from
discussing their remuneration and make doing so grounds for dismissal. Employees
may not come to know that they are being discriminated against for some time,
what means are available to challenge such discrimination, if it is worth their
while to contest it, and if they have the courage to do so. The decision greatly
reduces the scope of discrimination claims and effectively gives corporations a
Get Out of Jail Free card for patterns of long term discrimination.
202. On June 25, 2007, SCOTUS decided
5-4 in Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc. that
corporations could use their general funds to run "issue" oriented ads, even
those naming candidates, within 30 days of a federal primary election or 60 days
of a federal general election in contradiction of requirements of the Bipartisan
Campaign Reform Act of 2002. This is a continuation of the infamous dictum that
money equals free speech. Apparently SCOTUS thinks there isn't sufficient money
in our political system or that it is not sufficiently bought. Another
interesting aspect of the case is that the specific timeframe in question
occurred during the 2004 election cycle and had long been rendered moot.
Nevertheless, it was resurrected by invoking the notion that the controversy was
capable of repetition, yet evading review. In other words, the Court will, if it
wants to and regardless of the facts, look at a case long over (as here), take a
very restricted view of time limits as in Ledbetter, or declare it moot as in
203. On June 25, 2007, SCOTUS decided
5-4 in Morse et al v. Frederick that a school principal acted appropriately in
confiscating a banner from a student which read Bong Hits 4 Jesus because it
appeared to advocate drug use in violation of school policy. The decision
confirmed the view that SCOTUS has a solid majority of prigs who were never
teenagers and were born with their sense of humor and proportion permanently
disconnected. SCOTUS did not have to take up this case but, having done so, it
did not need to be so mindlessly Victorian about it. Curiously, while the Court
was eager to rush to protect children's Fourteenth Amendment rights in the
Seattle/Louisville case, it showed little regard for their First Amendment
rights in Morse v. Frederick. Go figure.
204. On June 28, 2007, SCOTUS decided
5-4 in Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., DBA Kay's Kloset .
. . Kay's Shoes that a manufacturer/distributor can fix the minimum price at
which its goods can be sold by a retailer. The theory championed by Robert Bork
among others is that by giving a manufacturer/distributor more control of its
brand (including its price) it can better protect its brand. Putting it another
way, by reducing competition within a brand, competition can be encouraged
between brands. Such an approach may have some validity in high end niche
markets for limited periods of time, but the key here is that it only may have a
beneficial effect (albeit a highly restricted one) not that it will have one.
Under such circumstances, is a potential, ephemeral advantage really worth
undermining the Sherman Anti-Trust Act with its well understood and well
accepted ban on price fixing? The current hyper-conservative (and extremely
activist) Court thinks so.
Once again, so much for stare decisis.
205. A no bid Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) contract to the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton beginning in
May 2003 ballooned over 4 years from $2 million to $124 million. This is part of
the saga of the privatizing of intelligence services and the ongoing
mismanagement and incompetence at DHS. It was presided over by Cheney crony and
Booz Allen Vice President James Woolsey. When the contract (now split into 5
parts) was finally put up for bid by DHS, Booz Allen won them all. You have to
wonder what message DHS was trying to send by rewarding those who had
effectively screwed them over.
206. April 28, 2006, HUD Secretary
Alphonso Jackson stated in a speech that he cancelled a contract with a minority
advertising firm because the contractor had said he did not support Bush. Later,
Jackson in the face of mounting criticism said he made the story up. However,
his chief of staff testified (as part of an Inspector General's investigation)
that Jackson had intervened in the contracting process when contractors had
known Democratic ties. In keeping with the pattern of tame IGs who permeate the
Bush bureaucracy, the HUD IG downplayed the issue by saying, "there were some
limited instances where political affiliation may have been a factor in contract
issues involving Jackson." Even if limited, such instances violate department
policies and more importantly violate the law by establishing a political test,
something that neither Jackson nor his IG seem to have any problems with.
207. Donald Rumsfeld Defense Secretary
from 2001-2006, master of Shock and Awe and Abu Ghraib, famously said on
December 8, 2004, "As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're
not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time." This was in
response to a question about raiding garbage dumps to cobble together armor for
flimsily protected Humvees. The problem was that this was over two years from
when the buildup to the Iraq invasion began and over a year and a half after
Bush's Mission Accomplished speech declared major hostilities over. At the same
time, Pentagon spokesmen defended Rumsfeld saying that he was not involved on a
day to day basis with Iraq due to his work on the Pentagon's quadrennial review.
In other words, he was too busy with the Army he wished to have as opposed to
the one he had or the one he needed for Iraq. This was all supposed to result in
"force transformation" of the military into small, light but lethal units for
future wars, again the very opposite of the no frills but numerous boots on the
ground that General Shinseki had correctly predicted were needed for Iraq.
Rumsfeld's treatment of Shinseki sent a clear message to the uniformed military
that they could agree with Rumsfeld and his minions or else. This was a sure
guarantee for compliant generals and bad military advice.
....Rumsfeld also took on the
Pentagon's arcane and antiquated procurement process. Under his leadership, he
made a bloated and inefficient system even more so. Examples can be found
here (An excellent resource for waste in government and in the Pentagon in
....Rumsfeld ran the gamut from
arrogantly dismissive to insincerely reflective. He told us that he not only
knew that Saddam had WMD but he knew where they were. On March 30, 2003, he
assured us, "They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south
and north somewhat." When massive, uncontrolled looting broke out in Baghdad,
his response on April 11, 2003 was "Stuff happens" and "freedom is untidy." Yet
in his October 16, 2003 memo to General Myers, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith,
and General Peter Pace, victory which he continued to believe in to the end had
already become "a long, hard slog." Such an admission might have been expected
to lead to a certain belated humility or at least a change in policy, but in the
event it resulted in neither.
....Rumsfeld could be unintentionally
revealing, "illustrative" he would call it, as when he opined, "Reports that say
that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know,
there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are
known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But
there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know." While
comically convoluted, in the end he missed the point. It was not all the knowns
that were the problem. It was what he thought he knew and didn't that was. Long
after the insurgency got started Rumsfeld was still talking about "deadenders".
By the time Rumsfeld got around to admitting the insurgency's existence, Iraq
was already well on its way to civil war. Rumsfeld couldn't see past his
preconceptions. He punished those who disagreed with them. The result was he was
constantly behind the curve addressing issues that had moved on.
....In his list of accomplishments
which he left at the Pentagon before leaving, Rumsfeld cites the liberation of
Afghanistan and Iraq and the training and equipping of 131,000 Iraqi Ministry of
Defense and 180,000 Iraqi Ministry of Interior forces as number one and two.
Guantanamo is number four. Can anything be more telling? One country in civil
war, another trending that way, a shell army, a cover for militias and death
squads, and an international human rights controversy, these are what Rumsfeld
without irony points to as his monuments.
208. January 10, 2003, the Bush
administration issues guidelines that would exempt up to twenty million acres of
"isolated" wetlands and seasonal streams from protection under the Clean Water
Act (CWA). This went to court and in Rapanos v. United States June 19, 2006,
Kennedy's opinion was controlling but his definition of what constituted
wetlands was unclear. He defined them as those that "alone or in combination
with similarly situated lands in the region, significantly affect the chemical,
physical, and biological integrity" of the navigable waters covered by the CWA.
However, land adjacent to non-navigable tributaries must be decided on a case by
case basis. This was a recipe for regulatory mayhem. In September 2006, draft
guidelines prepared by the EPA and the Corps of Engineers to address the issues
raised by SCOTUS were pulled at the urging of big coal, developers, and cattle
ranchers. They were reworked by the White House's Council on Environmental
Quality and re-issued in June 2007 to track more closely with commercial
209. As with wetlands, a goal of the
Bush Administration has been to open up all federally held lands and resources
to commercial exploitation, no matter how short term, no matter now destructive.
A case in point is the Roadless Rule.
January 12, 2001, in the last days of
Bill Clinton's Presidency, the Roadless Rule is published in the Federal
Register. It prohibits roadbuilding in 58.5 million acres of roadless
wilderness. This accounts for about 1/3 of the nation's forests.
February 5, 2001, Agriculture Secretary
Anne Veneman suspends the Roadless Rule.
December 12, 2002, the 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals upholds the Roadless Rule overturning an Idaho challenge to it.
December 23, 2002, the Bush
Administration announces plans to give governors the right to seek exemptions to
the Roadless Rule.
June 9, 2003, Undersecretary for
Natural Resources and the Environment Mark Rey repeats the Administration's
intention to change the Roadless Rule to grant governors waivers to it.
December 23, 2002, the 17 million acres
(about 4% of which is old growth) of Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the
planet's largest temperate rainforest, is exempted from the Roadless Rule.
July 12, 2004, Ann Veneman proposes a
new rule which would give governors an 18 month window in which to petition the
US Forest Service to open up "roadless" areas to roadbuilding to facilitate
logging and drilling for gas and oil.
May 13, 2005, Bush issues the new rule
allowing state petitions.
August 5, 2005, the 9th Circuit Court
of Appeals blocks the Tongass National Forest management plan and bars
roadbuilding pending revision of it.
August 28, 2005, several states and
environmental groups sue and the case is assigned to federal District Judge for
Northern California Elizabeth Laporte.
September 20, 2006, Judge Laporte
reinstates the Roadless Rule nationwide with the exception of the Tongass
February 6, 2007, Judge Laporte enjoins
roadbuilding in conjunction with drilling permits and leases issued since May
April 9, 2007, the Forest Service with
the timber industry appeal Judge Laporte's decision to the 9th Circuit.
After 6 years, the Administration has
neither given up on nor cut back on its plans. It goes to show how singleminded
and persistent the Bush Administration is. The Roadless Rule is popular and
supported by most Americans. We would like to see some of our national patrimony
preserved both for ourselves and future generations. This has not caused the
Administration to hesitate for a second in its attempts to overturn it. Only the
efforts of states and environmental groups in the courts have kept them so far
210. The invocation of national
security can be used to cover so many faults. On March 6, 2006, there was a leak
of 35 liters of highly enriched uranium at the Nuclear Fuel Services plant in
Erwin, Tennessee. If this material had pooled anywhere to a depth of a few
inches, a nuclear reaction would have ensued with subsequent release of
radiation and potential for (non-nuclear) explosion and fire. As it was, the
plant was closed for 7 months. Neither the public nor the Congress was informed
until an annual report 13 months later in April 2007. As a result of the
accident, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) modified the facility's
license in a confirmatory order dated February 21, 2007. By law, such a change
requires a period of public comment but the notice for public comment was itself
stamped Official Use Only and not made public. This was pursuant to a memo of
August 24, 2004 in which all correspondence whether sensitive or not (including
the memo stating this policy) was to be kept out of public view. After talks
with staff from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the NRC agreed to
re-release its order for public comment.
211. How it gets done. Back in the
1990s, the state of Utah challenged the Bureau of Land Management's grant of
interim protection from mining, drilling, and logging on 2.6 million acres of
the San Rafael Swell pending a Congressional decision on whether it would
receive wilderness status. In 1998, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled
against Utah on all but one count of its complaint and the suit became moribund.
That should have been the end of it. But in 2003, Utah Governor Mike Leavitt and
Interior Secretary Gale Norton came to an agreement. In March 2003, Utah amended
its complaint re-opening the suit and on April 11, 2003, the Bush Administration
settled it on Utah's terms. It did this by capping wilderness areas at the 22
million acres already so designated, effectively excluding the San Rafael Swell
and opening it up to commercial exploitation. On August 11, 2003, Bush nominated
Leavitt for the post of Administrator at the EPA. Leavitt had no experience in
the field but he had helped out in the Utah deal and favored in general the Bush
policy on the environment of voluntary controls and weakened oversight. He was
confirmed October 28, 2003 and served 2 years before replacing Tommy Thompson at
Health and Human Services.
212. That compassionate conservative
thing. December 19, 2002 the White House's Office of Management and Budget
instructs EPA to value the lives of senior citizens at 63 percent that of
younger Americans when calculating the costs and benefits of air pollution
regulations. The result decreases, of course, the benefits side of the equation
and weakens the case for regulation.
213. A June 27, 2007 report by the
Department of Defense Inspector General detailed two companies Force Protection
and Armor Holdings awarded single source contracts worth $2 billion dollars to
deliver armor kits for Humvees and other vehicles used in Iraq. The armor was
not adequately tested, delivered late, and often contained unusable or missing
parts. The contract was let despite the fact that other suppliers were available
and could have competed for the work.
214. A whiff of hypocrisy. July 9,
2007, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) releases a statement admitting to using the DC
Madam's (Deborah Palfrey) Escort Service. Vitter is a "family values" social
conservative against abortion and gay marriage and for abstinence only programs.
Vitter's admission came after the release of telephone records and an
investigation funded by Hustler's Larry Flynt which showed that Vitter had used
the escort service at least 5 times between 1999 and 2001.
215. On July 12, 2007, the GAO released
a follow up to a 2003 report. It found that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's
licensing procedures for radioactive materials remained ineffective. GAO
investigators incorporated a bogus company, got a post office box in West
Virginia (one of 16 states which does not handle such applications), submitted
an application for a radioactive materials license directly to the NRC, received
it within 28 days, modified it, and were able to successfully approach two
companies which sold road testing equipment containing americium-241 and
cesium-137. The exercise was to see how easy it would be to get materials for a
"dirty bomb." The NRC downplayed the threat but changed its procedures. It now
requires face to face visits with applicants from unfamiliar companies (a
recommendation from the 2003 report). The GAO also recommended in 2006 that the
NRC take steps to prevent counterfeiting and modification of licenses. It is
unclear what is being down on this front.
216. Hedge funds buy companies, make
some changes, and then sell them or their parts off at a vast profit. Their
managers receive enormous compensations (hundreds of millions) for this which
are not taxed as income but at the much lower rates of capital gains (max 15%).
That is not the end of it. One hedge fund Blackstone recently went public to the
tune of $4.75 billion for its managers. On this, they paid $553 million in
taxes, most of it at the 15% rate. It does not end here. Managers maintain that
their going public represented a sale of $3.7 billion worth of the company's
brand identity (called its "good will") and are currently claiming deductions
based on the depreciation of the Blackstone brand (for going public), not at the
15% capital gains rate but at the much higher 35% income tax rate. Over 15
years, this deduction will result in a return of $750 million to them or $197
million more than what they originally paid in taxes. We will end up paying them
for taking their company public and for the huge profit they made doing so. The
rich are not like us, and neither are the laws that cover them.
217. More how it gets done. Science
Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is the 9th largest defense
contractor and is an integral part of the military-industrial complex. Its board
and upper ranks are filled with heavy hitters from the military and intelligence
communities who use the revolving door to cycle back and forth between the
company and government. It is a convenient arrangement. Not only does the
company have easy access to contracts with either little or no bidding but it
has inbuilt protection against its failures and misdeeds. The result is no
matter how badly a job is bungled penalties vary from minimal to non-existent.
The costs to the nation's security as a result of such boondoggles are large but
unquantifiable. A few examples:
The NSA needed a computer system to
process and manage the huge number of communications it monitors. SAIC got a
$280 million contract and 26 months to develop the system called Trailblazer. 4
years and a billion dollars later with no program in sight, the NSA finally
pulled the plug it. But since it still needed the system, the NSA relet the
contract which was again won by SAIC this time for $361 million.
SAIC was also behind the FBI's
disastrous program to computerize its case and filing system into a single
integrated database. The contract was worth $124 million. After 3 years the
Virtual Case File as it was called didn't work and was abandoned.
From 1993 to 2002, David Kay was at
SAIC where he became director of its Center for Counterterrorism Technology and
Analysis. He was a major promoter of the idea that Iraq had large WMD programs
and championed the case for the Second Gulf War. In 2003-2004, he ran the hunt
for WMD in Iraq. When none were found, he said on January 28, 2004 that "it
turns out that we were all wrong." But it really wasn't "we", but those like Kay
who had pressed the case so hard by ignoring what evidence there was and relying
instead on highly dubious sources produced by the likes of Ahmed Chalabi. When
Bush appointed a commission to investigate what had happened, three of those on
the commission had ties to SAIC. Naturally no fingers were pointed SAIC's or
Kay's way and no conflict of interest concerns were raised.
The SAIC story emblematic of so many
companies represents the problems and dangers of outsourcing essential services
to private contractors. The results are sweetheart deals, cost overruns, delays,
systems that don't work, and very, very little accountability. Companies that do
this kind of work and those that run them wrap themselves in a patriotic flag
even as they loot the nation's treasury and weaken its security with shoddy
products that don't work.
218. The MRAP case. As early as
December 2003, a need was seen for heavier vehicles than the Humvee in Iraq
(MRAPs) that could withstand and deflect IED blasts. Rumsfeld's emphasis on
force transformation and lighter, faster vehicles; his punitive and dictatorial
management style; the Pentagon's institutional slowness; the usual pitfalls with
contracting, generals unwilling to risk their careers by disagreeing with
Rumsfeld; the Pentagon's year in year out insistence that troop levels would
soon be reduced, all these things delayed MRAPs being made a priority for 3 1/2
years (until May 2007 when Secretary Gates made it one). It is estimated that
since December 2003 when the need was first noted about 30% of US combat deaths
in Iraq have come from the lack of such vehicles.
219. Another emasculation of oversight.
The Intelligence Oversight Board is a civilian intelligence oversight panel
created in the 1970s with the purpose of notifying the President and the
Attorney General of intelligence activities which it deems to be illegal. During
the first two years of the Bush Administration, the board was vacant. During the
first 5 1/2 years (2001-2006), the board made no notifications --this was while
the FBI was playing fast and loose with NSLs, the CIA was engaged in torture and
black prisons, and the NSA was conducting massive warrantless wiretapping.
220. These are the people protecting
you. The Department of Homeland Security outsources many security duties to
private contractors like the Wackenhut Corporation. This included the DHS
headquarters in Washington at least until numerous security breaches were
reported there. The worst and wackiest of these involved an anthrax scare where
Wackenhut officials took what was called a suspicious white powder into
Secretary Chertoff's office and disposed of it by dumping it out the window.
221. In the ongoing saga of Rove
inspired Hatch Act violations, before the November 2006 elections drug czar John
Walters and his deputies traveled at government expense to some 20 political
events for at risk Republican candidates where federal grants and actions
benefiting their districts were announced. The violation is that government
funds are not to be spent for political purposes, and, as a natural extension of
this, (un-elected) government officials acting in their official capacities are
not to engage in partisan activities.
222. President Bush has promised to
veto an extension of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). This
program afforded some medical coverage to 6.9 million children in 2006. Its
purpose is to cover children from families making more than the cutoff for
Medicaid eligibility but not enough to afford private insurance. The proposal
which has provoked the veto threat would increase the limit from 200% to 300% of
the Medicaid cutoff and cover an additional 3.3 million children. It would be
paid for by increasing the cigarette tax to $1 per pack. Over 5 years, program
costs would increase from $35 billion to $60 billion (in other words ~$12
billion/year or about what is being spent for a single month of the Iraq war in
2007). Bush contends that this would cause the poor to shift from (expensive)
private plans to the more affordable SCHIP program, showing that Bush is more
interested in the health of insurance companies than in that of the nation's
223. How it is done up North. In
December 2006, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) bought a $300,000 property
along the Kenai River from a major campaign contributor Bob Penney for $179,400.
After the story refused to go away, Murkowski announced in July 2007 that she
would sell back the property at the original price.
....Meanwhile in 2000 Senator Ted "Slow
Toobz" Stevens had renovations to his house doubling its size paid for by Veco
an oil services company. On July 30, 2007, the FBI and IRS raided the Stevens
home. Stevens also steered $558,000 to a former aide Trevor McCabe for the
purchase of property near one of his pet projects, the Alaska SeaLife Center in
Seward. This sale is under investigation by the FBI and the Interior Department.
McCabe is also a business partner of Stevens' son Ben a former state senator who
is himself under investigation for how federal grants to the seafood industry
....Finally, Representative Don Young
agreed to return only part of $5,500 in illegal campaign contributions, the part
on which the statute of limitations had not run out. Also Young is being
investigated for a yearly pork roast hosted for 10 years by Veco CEO Bill Allen
which was used to funnel money to Young in exchange for contracts. Allen
recently pled guilty to federal bribery and conspiracy charges.
224. 44 former state Attorney Generals
signed a petition of July 13, 2007 addressed to the Chairs of the House and
Senate Judiciary Committees asking for a full review of the investigation,
prosecution, sentencing, and detention of former Democratic Alabama Governor Don
Siegelman. Siegelman was convicted of re-appointing healthcare executive Richard
Scrushy to a hospital board in exchange for a $500,000 donation to a lottery
campaign. The government sought 30 years but, on conviction, he was sentenced to
7 years 4 months. Despite not being a flight risk and having substantial grounds
for appeal, he was immediately remanded into custody.
....There is more than a hint that the
prosecution was politically motivated. A lawyer Dana Jill Simpson working on
Republican Bob Riley's gubernatorial campaign submitted an affidavit describing
a 2002 conference call in which a top GOP strategist Bill Canary said Karl Rove
had promised him that the Department of Justice would go after Siegelman. In the
event, an investigation was begun by US Attorney Leura Canary, Bill Canary's
wife. She recused herself only after objections were raised by Siegelman's
attorneys. The case was taken over by Acting US Attorney Louis V. Franklin who
claimed he decided "independently" to pursue an investigation which had already
been going on for months.
225. Another heckuva job. Trying to
avoid legal liability, FEMA lawyers banned the testing of 120,000 trailers
purchased to house Katrina victims for high levels of formaldehyde, a
carcinogen. The Sierra Club did test dozens of trailers and found formaldehyde
levels high enough in 83% of them that would have required federal workers to
wear respirators if they were exposed all day to it. 60,000 of the trailers are
still in use.
226. The DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel
(OLC) issued a memorandum of July 10, 2007 declaring that Harriet Miers had been
absolutely immunized by the White House from responding to a subpoena to appear
and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The basis of the opinion goes
to the sloppy and disdainful way in which the Bush Administration responds to
legal challenges. The Attorney General delegates authority to the Assistant
Attorney General of the OLC to issue these kinds of opinions to agencies within
the Executive branch. The Assistant Attorney General (AAG) of the OLC may in
turn delegate this authority but must supervise the delegated work. As it is,
Gonzales has recused himself from matters pertaining to the US Attorney firings.
So the opinion should have been given by the AAG of the OLC, but here's the
....The opinion was signed by Steven
Bradbury. Bradbury was made acting AAG and nominated twice to be made permanent
AAG. However, the Senate returned his nomination to the President more than 210
days before the issuance of the memo. (They did so by the way because of
Bradbury's role in justifying the NSA warrantless wiretapping program. The
quashed OPR probe mentioned in item 92 also involved possible wrongdoing by
Bradbury and the OLC.)
....Pursuant to Title5 of the US Code
3346(b)(2)(B): "if a second nomination for the office is submitted to the Senate
after the rejection, withdrawal, or return of the first nomination, the person
serving as the acting officer may continue to serve . . . for no more than 210
days after the second nomination is rejected, withdrawn, or returned." So
Bradbury was no longer acting AAG of the OLC and had no authority to issue the
opinion. What this means is that the White House has asserted a vast and
absolute Executive privilege based on a legal rationale that has as much legal
force as if you, me, or your neighbor's dog had written it.
227. The House and Senate can vote a
statutory contempt citation if the conditions of a subpoena are not met. By law,
the contempt citation is then referred to the US Attorney for the District of
Columbia "whose duty it shall be to bring the matter before the grand jury for
its action." With regard to citations in response to claims of Executive
privilege in the US Attorney firings scandal, unnamed Administration officials
have asserted that the Congress has no power to force the Department of Justice
through the US Attorney for DC to convene a grand jury and pursue charges of
contempt. They are basing this position on an untested May 30, 1984 opinion by
then head of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) Theodore Olson. Olson argued that
since the Executive executes the laws in specific cases, it is an infringement
of the separation of powers that Congress should substitute its judgment for the
Executive's and direct it to apply a law against any specific individual. He
then seeks to marry this concept to the situation of an individual receiving a
contempt citation from the Congress in an Executive privilege case. According to
Olson, prosecutorial discretion allows the Executive to decline to pursue such a
....What Olson is really arguing,
however, is not separation of powers but that the Executive is an independent
"The Executive's exclusive authority to
prosecute violations of the law gives rise to the corollary that neither the
Judicial nor the Legislative Branches may directly interfere with the
prosecutorial discretion of the Executive by directing the Executive Branch to
prosecute particular individuals." p.115
As such, the Executive is unaccountable
to anyone in how the laws are executed, except in the broadest terms I suppose
of election, funding, and impeachment. Olson's argument also assumes the duties
of US Attorneys are identical with the interests of the Executive, which in
practice are those of the sitting President. If this view were to be accepted,
US Attorneys would cease to be agents of the law and become agents of a
particular President and his/her agenda. In other words, they would become
political not legal officers. It was precisely the Administration's attempts to
erase this difference which produced the Attorney firings scandal in the first
228. Political appointees serve at most
until a change in Administrations. Civil service employees are forever. Matthew
McKeown, a protege of current Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, was
appointed to the Solicitor's Office at Interior in 2001. McKeown was also an
associate of the now convicted Stephen Griles and his wife Sue Ellen Wooldridge.
In 2005, he followed Wooldridge to the DOJ and its environmental division where
he remained until July 2007. McKeown has backed Bush's Healthy Forests
Initiative (see item 72) and in 2004, he called the Endangered Species Act
hospice care at a convention of the Property Rights Foundation. On July 23,
2007, he was hired into the career civil service position of deputy associate
solicitor at Interior meaning he and his ideas will be there long after Bush is
229. On October 24, 2006, the night
before John Brownlee the US Attorney for the Western District of Virginia
completed a plea bargain with Oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma, he received
a phone call from Michael Elston Chief of Staff to Deputy Attorney General Paul
McNulty who urged him to go slow. Elston was acting on behalf of a Purdue Pharma
executive and was contacted by Mary Jo White a former US Attorney representing
Purdue Pharma. It is unlikely that Elston acted without McNulty's knowledge.
....The Oxycontin case had been brought
because Purdue Pharma had downplayed the dangers and addictive nature of the
painkiller. Between 2000 and 2001, it was blamed for 146 deaths and may have
been responsible for as many as 318 others. Despite Elston's call, Brownlee went
through with the plea deal which included the company pleading guilty to one
felony and being fined $635 million. Three former executives also pled guilty to
misdemeanors. This was actually a fairly light punishment seeing as the company
had made billions off Oxycontin and none of the executives pled to felonies. 8
days after the settlement, Brownlee's name appeared on a list kept by Elston of
US Attorneys to be fired. In the event, Brownlee kept his job.
230. According to a GAO report of July
31, 2007 up to December 2005 there was no centralized system of records to track
equipment transfers to Iraqi security forces. While the commander of the
Multinational Security Transition Command- Iraq (MNSTC-I ) in 2004-2005 a
certain David Petraeus reported that "about 185,000 AK-47 rifles, 170,000
pistols, 215,000 items of body armor, and 140,000 helmets were issued to Iraqi
security forces as of September 2005," "the MNSTC-I property books contain
records for only about 75,000 AK-47 rifles, 90,000 pistols, 80,000 items of body
armor, and 25,000 helmets." This results in a discrepancy of "about 110,000
AK-47 rifles, 80,000 pistols, 135,000 items of body armor, and 115,000 helmets
reported as issued to Iraqi forces as of September 22, 2005." Petraeus called it
a clerical error but it is likely that much of this equipment ended up in the
hands of militias, making Petraeus, not Iran, the biggest illicit arms supplier
231. Another upside-down nomination.
David Palmer a DOJ careerist was nominated by Bush on September 15, 2006 to
chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Palmer is chief of the
Employment Litigation section in the DOJ's Civil Rights Division. 8 of his
colleagues wrote a letter to the Senate committee overseeing his nomination in
which they noted that Palmer was not much of a lawyer, did not understand the
principles of Title VII and constitutional law which served as the basis of the
section's activities, and was himself the subject of a complaint of employee
abuse. When he became section head, he treated people badly and morale and
productivity plummeted. After 11 months, Palmer withdrew his nomination over the
weekend of August 4-5, 2007.
232. And another. Peter Kirsanow an
arch-conservative opponent of affirmative action was named on December 6, 2001
by direct appointment to a 6 year term on the Civil Rights Commission by
President Bush. The appointment was contested but ultimately confirmed by the DC
Court of Appeals in May 2002. On July 19, 2002, Kirsanow said that if there were
another terrorist attack, "you can forget civil rights in this country" and that
if it came from a certain ethnic community "I think we will have a return to
Korematsu." (Korematsu was the Supreme Court decision validating the internment
of Japanese-Americans during World War II). As a Civil Rights Commissioner, he
had a report critical of Bush's civil rights record removed from the
commission's site and testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support
of the Supreme Court nominations of both John Roberts and Samuel Alito.
....On November 16, 2005 and again on
February 10, 2006, he was nominated to the National Labor Relations Board. He
was given a recess appointment by Bush on January 4, 2006. Kirsanow's labor
background is that of an anti-union attorney opposed to the minimum wage.
233. In the USA PATRIOT Improvement and
Reauthorization Act of 2005 which Bush signed into law on March 9, 2006, death
penalty advocates included language which stripped federal judges from
determining if states in death penalty cases had provided defendants with
adequate legal counsel. The act gave this power instead to the Attorney General.
In Texas, Alberto Gonzales then Governor Bush‚s general counsel from 1994-1997
was known for his skimpy, biased clemency recommendations in capital cases. DOJ
regulations on this issue are due to take effect in late summer 2007.
Clinton got ousted for a blow job,
nobody died, nobody got hurt but Hillary and kids, this should be another
So what's wrong with today's media
corpSE? Why have they been so MUTE about ALL these UN-reported and
UN-investigated "Bush-Gates"? WHY?? Did Bush threaten to take their White House
Reporting Privileges away, if they openly report about any of these scandals?
Very Polite Press Corp
Has No Guts Today
Back during Watergate, when Nixon would
hold a press conference, Sam Donaldson and Helen Thomas, along with others,
would ask Nixon tough questions. Once Nixon tried to get around an answer, and
Donaldson responded to Nixon, "Hold on Mr. President"!!
Donaldson didn't just go after
Republican Nixon. He also went after President Carter, President Reagan,
President Bush #1 and President Clinton. He held each President's "feet" to the
fire. Today's media corpSE could learn plenty form Donaldson, but they refuse.
Only in Ireland do they try that today.
When Bush had a one-on-one interview with an Irish reporter, on his trip to
Europe in 2004, the women reporter (Carole Coleman) was not afraid to stop Bush
in mid-sentence when she heard a lie.
Irish Reporter Throws Real Hardball Questions At Bush
Reporter Didn't Get Memo To Ask Puffball Questions
CONSPIRACIES BY SPOILED KIDS TO SCREW THE MIDDLE CLASS AND KILL THE POOR
One Thousand Reasons (1500
now) George Bush Sucks
From American's, like senators, representatives & Concerned citizens who still
give a shit about our country. who still care about freedom & have some balls
to take on the corruption that threatens our country, the terrorists within.
Keith Olbermann TELLS BUSH HE BLOWS - YOU GO BOY
From the Ass of the Asshole in Deciderly his own
"The same folks
that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in
America on September the 11th." -- George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., July 12,
(That is scary, did Bush just have a Freudian Slip and admit that he bombed the
9/11 towers and Pentagon)
"You know, one
of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."
--interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006
"My job is a job
to make decisions. I'm a decision -- if the job description were, what do you do
-- it's decision maker." --George W. Bush, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007
"Iraq is a very important
part of securing the homeland, and it's a very important part of helping change
the Middle East into a part of the world that will not serve as a threat to the
civilized world, to people like -- or to the developed world, to people like --
in the United States." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007
"Suiciders are willing to
kill innocent life in order to send the projection that this is an impossible
mission." --George W. Busy, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007
"And there is distrust in
Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in
this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate
it." --George W. Bush, interview on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007
"The best way to defeat the
totalitarian of hate is with an ideology of hope -- an ideology of hate --
excuse me --with an ideology of hope." --George W. Bush, Fort Benning, Ga., Jan.
"You teach a child to read,
and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' —Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21,
"Tribal sovereignty means
that; it's sovereign. I mean, you're a — you've been given sovereignty, and
you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore the relationship between the
federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities." —Washington,
D.C., Aug. 6, 2004
"I couldn't imagine somebody
like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." —at a White House
menorah lighting ceremony, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2001
"The British government has
learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium
from Africa." —State of the Union Address, Jan. 28, 2003, making a claim that
administration officials knew at the time to be false
"The most important thing is
for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not
rest until we find him." —Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2001
"I don't know where bin Laden
is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our
priority." —Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002
"Rarely is the questioned
asked: Is our children learning?" --George W. Bush, Florence, South Carolina,
Jan. 11, 2000
"Can we win? I don't think
you can win it." —after being asked whether the war on terror was winnable,
"Today" show interview, Aug. 30, 2004
"I just want you to know
that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." —Washington,
D.C. June 18, 2002
"I trust God speaks through
me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." —to a group of Amish he met with
privately, July 9, 2004
"Major combat operations in
Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have
prevailed." —speaking underneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner aboard the USS
Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003
“We found the weapons of mass
destruction. We found biological laboratories … And we'll find more weapons as
time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing
devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." —Washington, D.C., May
I'm the decider, and I decide
what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of
Defense." --Washington, D.C. April 18, 2006
listen to audio clip;
watch video clip)
"Our enemies are innovative
and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm
our country and our people, and neither do we." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004
"There's an old saying in
Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me
once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."
—Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002 (Watch
Best Bush Sucks Music Video
Best Bush Sucks Roast By
Stephen Colbert at Presidential Press Conference
Unedited Version - click link
Best Bush Sucks
Latin American Music Video - for all our Latino friends who do the jobs
American's don't want to and have done excellent work, who are now being flogged
for helping us do those jobs, with a title of "illegal" aka cheap labor. We are
sorry for the current view expressed by our leadership gone mad.
Best Bush Absolutely Wrong but Righteous
Bush Sucks Music Video
Bush - Hu's on First
Best Bush Sucks Impersonator
More Bush Impersonation
Telling Bush - YOU SUCK
Best Bush Suck Country Western Video
Lil Bush on Bush (watch the infomercial after
each segment for continuous laughs)
Donald Trump - George Bush Sucks Worse Than Any
(used to dislike Trump but he earns your heart here)
Bush v. Zomies aka Cheney's
The Real Karl Rove - "Bites the Heads off Small
Animals" - Grandpa Rove built gas chambers for Hitler. Bloodline should be
extincted on Ebonics first and worst to go basis.
Lies on Iraq WMD's
If no WMD's = Bush Cheney, Rummy, Condi, You & Me are all war criminals.
Perhaps we should kill Joe & Valerie Plame Wilson before anyone finds out the
"I Don't Need Your War Machines ~ I Don't Need
Your Ghetto Scenes"
Humor / Commentary
Bush Sucks Links
There's just to much Reality on George
Bush Sucking for any website, perhaps the entire web to hold,
without eating all the bandwidth in the universe! So we picked the
humor to the right.
Finally a reporter with balls ~ Stephen
Colbert - Presidential Press Conference
Bush Impersonator - Presidential Press
Gallup Poll may say it all though July
2007 Bush & Cheney Gallup Polls
George Soros Compares Bush to Nazi
George Soros Compares Bush to Nazi
Is Bush an "Idiot"? - quotes from Dixie
Chicks and Linda Ronstandt and the idiot himself
Eminem ~ Mosh
~ I'll take it from a rapper since rockers seem all sold out these
days or the Dixie's !
Republican Sex 101
2007 08 23 Bush Sucks Iraq v. Vietnam
Bush Sucks 1
Bush Sucks 2
Bush Sucks 3
Bush Sucks 4 - Ok maybe rock n roll is
making it back to revolution
Bush Sucks 5 - Hu's on first
Another Rock Bush Sux, Bring it on through
Bush Sucks Site
Hitler, assassination attempt, Munich, Nov
8.1939 - where are these guys when you need them?
Dump Dick - Evil Dick (Cheney) v. Tricky
New US Attorney Scandal
Dean Loren on Michael Mukasey, Bush
Appointment to replace Bongo Gonzo and his background and ties to
mob in NY
US ATTORNEY GENERAL
ALBERTO BONGO GONEZO GONZALES & HIS MERRY HENCHMAN
July 26, 2007 Senate
Calls for Solicitor General Paul Clemente to Appoint Special Counsel
to Investigate Perjury Against Gonzales ~ we ask how does Gonzales
wake up and walk into the halls of Justice after viewing this
July 26, 2007
Republican Specter calls for a special prosecutor!
25, 2007 - House Judiciary Committee Meeting for Contempt of
Congress Citations for Harriett Meirs and Joshua Bolton
26, 2007 FBI Senate Hearings on National Security Letter Abuse
Against Citizens Like you and I whereby Mueller contradicts Gonzales
testimony to Congress
Grills Gonzo on Ashcroft, I need a bongo
24, 2007 Senate Judiciary Cmte. Hearing with Atty. Gen. Alberto
Gonzales whereby he is basically called a liar, perjurer and General
July 24th 2007 Full
Gonzales hearing at 3 hours & 12 minutes there is the scariest
statement of all by senator Sheldon Whitehouse about the dangers of
exposing these thugs disguised in robes of justice. Gonzales Senate
Hearing - Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies and Perjury
FEINSTEIN ON ATTORNEY FIRINGS - You go girl
Feinstein Grills Gonzo
on Who Changed Law to Replace US Attorney's w/out Senate
Chuck Schumer of New York Questions Gonzo on Showing Up At
GONZALES: Pressured Hospitalized Ashcroft to OK Spying - Here comes
Howard Coble at the Gonzales Attorney
Firing Hearings Asks About Patent Theft and Criminal Organizations
that use such to fund their criminal organizations - Could he have
been referring to the Iviewit case that now is missing from the US
Attorney's Office? You make the call
10, 2007 WASHINGTON, DC : CSPAN3 Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales at
House Judiciary Cmte. Oversight Hearing - Morning. The investigation
into the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys continues. This hearing
follows the appearance of former Deputy A.G. James Comey, who
testified before the Cmte. on May 3.
GRILLING OF GONZALES - FULL
7.24 GONZALES HEARING: Public Shouts for
Gonzo to Resign
GONZALES LIES LIES LIES DENY DENY DENY
Olbermann: The New Way Of Taking The Fifth
honored to be here with the eternal general of the United States, mi
amigo Alberto Gonzales." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 4,
(Watch video clip)
The War Veteran who kept tabs on how many
times GonzoBongo said "I Don't Recall", "Don't Remember" and "I
Can't Recall Now What I Knew Then Because Your Asking About Things I
Am Trying to Erase From My Memory" - It came up to about 400
Iraq War Crimes War
*AN HONEST ANSWER* DENNIS KUCINICH JULY
recent filing against Rumsfeld and others
for war crimes, check out who filed it and who joined
Lies from Bush Cheney Rummy Connie etc
regarding Iraq WMD's, lies to install fear in you to give up your
War Veteran Calls for War Crime Trials
Rumsfeld and Bush charged with War Crimes
Liberty News TV Ep 21 October 2006 Iraq
War Crimes, Bush USA ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57NbLBWLNF0
War Crimes Caught on Video - Come on, when
are they gonna be tried for this shit, American's must try the
Administration for treason and war crimes, this is the sickest video
U.S.M.C Staff Sergeant describes U.S war
crimes in Iraq ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxsgna5XZcs
Donald Trump Lambastes Bush Policies
War Syndrome and how the George Bush administration supplied Iraq
with chemical and biological warfare materials,
allowed US servicemen and women to be exposed to them and then
covered up the entire scandal by Air Force Captain Joyce Riley
Bush - Gulf War Experiments on Soldiers
Bush - Gulf War Experiments on Soldiers,
Chemical & Biological
Guantanamo Bay /
Gitmoschwitz / Human Torture
July 27, 2007: House Hearing On Guantanamo
Bay Detainees - "Upholding the Principle of Habeas Corpus for
Detainees." Witnesses testified about the operation of military
commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee treatment and
interrogation, access to defense counsel, and judicial review of
procedures used by federal courts.
Arlen Specter Questions Alberto Gonzales:
No Constitutional Right of Habeas Corpus
Lil Bush on Torture - Comedy Central
Jail Bush ~ For War Crimes
9/11 Giving up freedom
in fear of "terrorist" dressed in Sandals w. Russian Rifle on Camel
with 52 thugs and no army. Propaganda will destroy ya!
Dean Loren - 9/11 Truth Interview
911 / The Greatest Lie Ever Told
The Great Conspiracy - 911 News Special
Question to 911 Commission
911 the Great Illusion
911 - The Great Illusion - End Game of the
Illuminati (1of 2)
- The Great Illusion - End Game Of The Illuminati (1 of 2)
Convincing evidence reveals that
operatives within the U.S. Government purposely let 9/11 occur. It
was a "false-flag" attack to set the stage for invading the
Middle-East & curtail our rights at home.
example: hijacked airliners flew all over the eastern U.S. for hours
without any military activity (a complete stand-down).
Building #7 was 350 feet away from the nearest tower, yet it
inexplicably imploded in a controlled demolition.
years later, the gov't still refuses to release any clear video of
what crashed at the Pentagon.
Furthermore, the Bush/Cheney regime is totally out of control and is
openly subverting our U.S. Constitution. They may declare martial
law and/or suspend elections after another false-flag.
watch "9/11 Mysteries" or "Painful Deceptions" free on Google
videos. Please visit patriotic truth sites like the ones below & do
your own research. Wake-up now, our nation is in peril!
The following links courtesy of
The American Voice
" THE 911 NEWS MEDIA COVERAGE"
"THE FLYING TELEPHANTS"
"OF MISSILES AND MEN"
" THE DENSE COINCIDENCE DANCE"
" FORGERIES INC."
9/11 Truth Video:
the video Google took down!
See This about What 9/11 Solution Contains
9/11 Mysteries Website:
encourage you to see the entire "911 Mysteries" video and make up
your own mind.
of angry mail arrived at our doorstep
right after actor James Brolin
drew attention to
this website on the ABC TV show "The View" (12/6/06)
recent screening in Arizona, the brother of a 9/11 victim stepped up
to the microphone and rebuked us for creating and screening our DVD.
"Why did you make this movie?" he asked over and over. Here's the
This movie was made because there was a demand for it. Although many
Americans would like to blame Arabs for the attacks of 9/11 and feel
justified in seeking revenge for such violence, there are also a
great many who wish to find out who was behind the event without
assuming that what our media keeps telling us is correct. The very
suspicious collapse of the towers and Building 7 -- defying the laws
of physics -- and the continued refusals of authorities to formally
and scientifically defend the official story is greatly disturbing.
Why is there no forum for discussion of 9/11 except on the Internet
and as organized by ordinary people themselves?
Therefore, this movie was created for the citizens of the world, in
the effort to present an alternative and perhaps more plausible 9/11
thesis. The sharing of ideas is the best gift we have to give each
9/11 Mysteries NOW!
Part 1, 2,
View All Three 30 Minutes Segments Here
Video is excellent for both Seasoned Researchers &
Mainstream TV Viewers Who Are Not Yet Awake
Mysteries Official Website
9/11 Mysteries Video in Text Form
(English Script from Video)
Also in Italian
Conspiracies (History Channel Special)
Rare Footage of "Crash" in PA
This Footage Never Shown Again on TV
here is spread over a 3 to 4 mile radius which has now been
completely sealed off and is being treated, according to the
FBI, as a crime scene.",
one of those cases where the pictures really do tell the story,
that, sort of the most horrifying aspect of this particular crash
scene is how little debris is visible.",
"There is a
large crater in the ground.",
really all you see is a large crater in the ground and, and, just
tiny, tiny bits of debris.",
been at least one report that, the uh, investigators out there,
and there are hundreds of them, as I said tonight, um, have
found nothing larger than a phone book."
Next, an eyewitness of the "crash" site, a photographer from the
Pittsburgh Fox affiliate,
Chris Kanicky (phonetically spelled), is interviewed by another
reporter, and the eyewitness says,
thing you could see from where we were, uh, was a big gouge in the
earth and some broken trees.",
see some people working, walking around in the area, but, from where
we could see, there wasn't much left."
asks, "Any large pieces of debris at all?"
there was nothing, nothing that you could distinguish that a plane
had crashed there."
reporter asks, "Smoke, fire?"
it was absolutely quiet, it was uh, actually very quiet, um, nothing
going on down there, no smoke, no fire, just a couple of people
walking around, they looked like part of the NTSB crew, walking
around, looking at the pieces."
"How big would you say that hole was?"
my estimates I would guess it was probably about 20 to 15 feet, uh,
long, and probably about 10 feet long", (he says accidentally, and
then corrects himself), "or, 10 feet wide."
you see on the ground, other than dirt and ash?"
couldn't see anything, you could just see dirt, ash,
and people walking around, broken trees."
The SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TREASON
INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR ACT
Skull & Bones + The
Federalist Party = End America as Democracy Crap
1933 Attempted Coup on Franklin Roosevelt
Bush & Kerry Admit Membership in Skull
& Bones, The Brotherhood of Death
CBS Exposes Skull & Bones
June 14, 2004 CBS News on Skull & Bones in
April 21 2001 Yale Daily News ~ Skull and
Bones Airs on ABC
History of Skull & Bones
Bush Family Skull & Bones Secrets
Presidential Election of a Bonesman
~ Skull & Bones positions candidates on both Republican & Democratic
WhiteHouse.org on Secret Societies
Matrix of Evil - Howard Jones & Ron Paul
Bush Regime Shadow Government
Online Book About the Bush Blood Dynasty
Nazi's Infiltrate Republican Party
Mae Brussell Archives - Truth
The John Birch Society
Word from John F. Kennedy on Secret
Societies & Freedom of the Press - Dig this guy up
BUSH AND JOHN KERRY BELONG TO SAME CULT AS HITLER???
CNN - Prescott Bush Stole Geronimo's Bones
Corruption in High Places ~ Skull & Bones
out who is funding the propaganda machine
Bilderberg / Skull and Bones - Very
George Bush Grandfather Steal Geronimo
Skull from Sacred Burial Grounds
The Order of Skull & Bones: Everything you
wanted to know, but were afraid to ask
Skull and Bones ~ How it Really Works and
Who Runs It
Rotten Stinking Skull and Bones
80 Years of Bush Secrets and Friends
Bush Family Business Dealings
Bush II's Dirty Secrets Lists and List of
Crimes he committed
Bush Campaign Funding Scam
Bush a Loser Texas Governor
Bush Dirty Oil Deals
Skull and Bones Codeword Barbelon
Congressman McFadden on
the Federal Reserve Corporation
Remarks in Congress, 1934 AN ASTOUNDING
How the Rockefellers Raped America
Who Controls America? You Shall Know The
Truth, and It Will Make You Mad - An excerpt from the book, Fourth
Reich Of The Rich, by Des Griffin.
Mike Ruppert - CIA & Drug Running
of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to
supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the
fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of
opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our
American ruling families are to the Nazi regime. . . Certain
American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist
regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to
help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep
it there."-William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1937. See:
Shadow of the Swastika
US Fascist Plot 1
US Fascist Plot 2
Blackstone IPO= Bush=Skulls=Death=Satan;
Nazi's the Occult Conspiracy Part 1
Nazi's the Occult Conspiracy Part 2
Eugenics sites (the Bush family are among the world's top
advocates for eugenics)
Not Dead Yet.org
Henry Luce's (CNN+TIME) Empire of Fascism
Philadelphia Enquirer 9/10/98 David Lee Preston, "Fired Bush
backer one of several with possible Nazi links," September 10, 1988.
Project Paperclip: the CIA Nazi recruitment program - many of the
think tanks and organizations behind Bush got their ideas directly
from these former Nazi officials.
CIA Nazi Human Torture Experiments
Philadelphia Enquirer 9/10/98 David Lee Preston, "Fired Bush
backer one of several with possible Nazi links," September 10, 1988.
Project Paperclip: the CIA Nazi recruitment program - many of the
think tanks and organizations behind Bush got their ideas directly
from these former Nazi officials.
1998 Philadelphia Enq. - Fired Bush Back
one of several with Nazi ties
Florida holocaust Museum links Bush family to Nazis "The Bush family
fortune came from the Third Reich." -John
Loftus, former US Justice Dept. Nazi War Crimes investigator and
President of the Florida Holocaust Museum quoted in the
Sarasota Herald-Tribune 11/11/2000
Bush Family Money Tied to Third Reich
4/14/1990 New York Times quotes George Bush as stating,
"Lets forgive the Nazi war criminals."
US releases Nazi documents (AP)
Bush "Let's Forgive the Nazi's
Goebbels on propaganda - Understand how the Big Lie
techniques used by the Bush campaign work
Josef Goebbels - Hitler Propaganda Used by
Bush the Decider / King
George the Idiot
MAY 25, 2007 C-SPAN WASHINGTON JOURNAL ~
GEORGE BUSH'S POWER GRAB... IS MARTIAL LAW COMING? Bush Attempts to
Make Himself Decider / Dictator
RNC / Whitehouse / Rove Missing Email
Scandal - greatest violation of Presidential Records Act in history
Election fraud, November 2, 2004?
Cheney Connections to Halliburton & Brown
Election Fraud November 2, 2004
Cheney @ The Helm
Cheney - A Political Loser, Check out
every campaign he touched and see how they tanked the Candidate
No Wonder he does not care about poll ratings
Cheney's Multi Million Revolving Door
How Weapons Makers Are Shaping US Policy
How Weapons Makers are Shaping US Policy 2
P. Stephen Lamont,
Former Iviewit CEO
P. Stephen Lamont - You Tube Candidate
The Greatest Patent Story Ever Told -
The Greatest Patent Story Ever Told -
Eliot Bernstein /
Iviewit Inventions Explained
Iviewit Inventor Funny
December 30 2006 Iviewit Shareholder
Statement 2 Regarding Car Bombing, etc.
Ellen DeGeneres - Use Iviewit for the
Fun Documents and Evidence to Review Regarding Patentgate
721 Change of Inventorship Form ALL PATENTS CROSSBOW S.pdf
10 to 2020 03 10 Patent Application Oath & Declaration filed by
Joao. This application is a fraud and the fax headers on the page
are part of the explanation. Both fax machines' dates were changed
to look like 3/10/00 but instead come out as 3/10/1900 and
3/10/2020. This application also is entirely different than the
application signed by Rosario, Bernstein and Shirajee.
29 IVIEWIT BIZ PLAN.doc
08 Wheeler Letter re delay getting back after receiving patent
15 PROSKAUER LETTER REGARDING IVIEWIT CORPORATION THIS COMPANY
15 Proskauer letter regarding Iviewit Corporation, a company that
does not exist or perhaps it is another Proskauer owned entity
involved in theft of the patents through a complex shell game with
identically named and similarly named companies
28 Letter to Gortz asking why is Rubenstein not at Proskauer and
instead at Meltzer when they told us he was at Proskauer.
28 LETTER TO PROSKAUER ASKING WHY IS RUBENSTEIN NOT AT PROSKAUER
WHEN THEY ARE REPRESENTING TO INVESTORS HE WAS.pdf
17 - Interactive Week article where Intel engineers are quoted as
stating the Internet at speeds under 1.5Mbps would be text based
with banners, no video or imaging of quality at the lower
18 Wheeler letter regarding Proskauer and Rubenstein review of
patents, that Rubenstein is patent expert reviewing the patents for
18 Wheeler letter regarding Rubenstein review of patents 2
22 Raymond Joao Patent App Before He Says He Knows Us and said he
filed in March although it was supposed to be in January this
application is missing from his bills.pdf
22 Raymond Joao patent application before he says he knows Iviewit,
Joao bills for patent in March stating he is working on
application. Yet, the filing card shows it was sent in 2/99.
PATENT FILING RECEIPT - JOAO SAYS HE DOES NOT FILE ANYTHING UNTIL
MARCH THOUGH .pdf
02 Rubenstein letter to Eliot advising of filing Rubenstein in
deposition stated he never spoke with Eliot.pdf
02 Rubenstein letter to Eliot regarding how to do patents.
Rubenstein states in deposition that he does not know Bernstein or
anything about the inventions.
16 - Wheeler gets CD with fullscreen videos and in his deposition he
states that at this time he was unaware of fullscreen video
16 Proskauer and Wheeler get info for fullscreen video invention.
Wheeler in deposition states he did not know of video invention
prior to Real3D meeting. This indicates he had seen the videos and
retained cd's with the inventions on them.
26 NDA - Goldman Sachs - Jeffrey Friedstein & Donald Kane
26 Proskauer opinion letter for Hassan Miah and Earthlink investors
Sky Dayton and Kevin O'Donnell. Wheeler sends the opinion to
Richard Rosman, Esq. = Contradictory evidence Wheeler states in
deposition that Proskauer never reviewed the Iviewit patents and
never made any opinions
27 Rosman to Wheeler Hassan Rubenstein patent attorney
27 Rosman to Wheeler letter showing Hassan wants opinion of
Proskauer's Rubenstein who he knows from MPEGLA, Wheeler sends a
Proskauer opinion stating their retained counsel finds it to be
novel and patentable. Wheeler lies under deposition and to Florida
Bar stating he does not know anything about the technologies and
27 Rubenstein/Wheeler/Proskauer patent opinion
14 REAL DEAL.WPD
24 Real 3D Meeting bibona 2.pdf
30 Miah letter asking to email Iviewit patent counsel Rubenstein
30 Miah Letter ASKING TO EMAIL RUBENSTEIN.pdf
30 Miah Letter ASKING TO EMAIL RUBENSTEIN.pdf
01 Donald G. Kane letter on structuring the companies
01 DONALD KANE GOLDMAN SACHS LETTER ON STRUCTURE OF COMPANIES.pdf
01 HASSAN LETTER FORWARDED TO RUBENSTEIN
01 HASSAN LETTER FORWARDED TO RUBENSTEIN.pdf
03 Joao Patent Filing with Blanked Out Date
03 Joao Patent Filing with Blanked Out Date.pdf
09 - Epstein letter to Wheeler confirming Proskauer and Rubenstein
Patent Opinion for Investors contradicts Wheeler and Rubenstein
09 Epstein to Wheeler regarding Rubenstein Opinion Letter for
11 Wheeler notes regarding Intel/SGI/Lockheed/Real 3D disclosure
meeting of video and imaging
11 Wheeler to Real3d (Intel + Silicon Graphics Inc + Lockheed Martin
acting as patent counsel contradicting his deposition testimony
entirely that he knew nothing of the technologies.pdf
18 Proskauer bill for Iviewit Corporation, a company that does not
exist, we think
24 Lewin letter to Wheeler regarding his conflict of interests with
Visual Data. Visual Data was an early violator of their NDA and
when we found out we also found out that Lewin had undisclosed
24 Lewin to Wheeler regarding conflict of interest with Lewin and
his and Wheelers client Visual Data Wheeler failed to disclose it
was his client too.pdf
30 - Gerald Stanley CEO of Real 3D (Intel/SGI and Lockheed) opinion
and information forwarded to Huizenga
30 Real 3D Opinion and Licensing Info - We start to see evidence of
companies we never heard of. Now there appears an Iviewit LLC and an
19 Epstein to Wheeler why are NDA in iviewit inc.pdf
23 Proskauer/Wheeler to Huizenga/Branden opinion on technology for
Wayne Huizenga investment.
23 Wheeler Branden Opinion on technology Huizenga.pdf
08 PR Wheeler to Lewin for Payment after Huizenga funding. Wheeler
in deposition states payments were not based on funding.
08 Proskauer Retainer Letter almost one year after being retained,
bogus document by Utley and Wheeler.pdf
08 Proskauer Retainer Letter, comes over a year after engaging
20 Rubenstein Joao Utley Filipeck Meeting NY Proskauer/Rubenstein
Office, yet Rubenstein denies even knowing us other than to refer
Dated MELTZER LIPPE GOLDSTEIN SCHLISSEL PORTFOLIO.pdf
Utley resume given to Iviewit by Wheeler (his best friend) showing
false statements about his past. He conceals former patent thefts
from his past employer with Wheeler and Dick. Also, false academia
09 Utley writes letter to Joao, after Joao is thought to be writing
patents wrong and possibly in his name. Decision is made to replace
Joao with Dick and Foley - Utley suddenly claims Joao patents have
mistakes and major missing items. Good Guy - Bad Guy. Dick
replaces Joao but instead of correcting Joao errors and wrong info
and inventors they perpetuate the fraud.
01 Armstrong letter regarding Utley screwing up patents.pdf
2000 04 11 Foley and Lardner - Invitation to Correct Defect 2 -
Invitation to Correct Defects .tif
11 Foley and Lardner - Invitation to Correct Defects 3 - Invitation
to Correct Defects .tif
11 Foley and Lardner - Invitation to Correct Defects.tif
16 Iviewit to Meltzer to transfer patent docs to Foley and
11 - Foley and Lardner Letter Stating Problems with Joao Patents in
Letter to Meltzer Lippe, all patents are not assigned to Iviewit
Holdings per patent office.tif
11 Wachovia Letter from Foley and Lardner on Patents and it is
wholly wrong regarding assignments and other issues according to
information from the United States Patent & Trademark Office.pdf
11 Wachovia Letter from Foley stating false information regarding
assignments and missing inventions. False statements for a Wachovia
Private Placement by Foley.
19 Epstein Investor Letters Showing Rubenstein as Patent Advisor
25 Dr Christopher Taylor Consulting Agreement
25 Dr Christopher Taylor Consulting Agreement.tif
06 Foley and Lardner request Meltzer Joao files claiming information
is missing and not on file.pdf
06 Foley and Lardner request MLGWS/Joao files, stating that Joao has
not transferred all patent applications and files, Joao does not
send a US application and tries to replace with a PCT. Once caught
he sends file 5865-10 which he replaces patent signed by Eliot, Jude
and Zakirul with his initial provisional filing. This is the
application with fax dates of 1900 and 2020 stamped on them.
09 Copy Spitzer of Curran Investigation of Cahill Rubenstein Krane
conflicts of interest and violations of public office.pdf
13 FOLEY Patent Portfolio.pdf
22 PR News Ellen Degeneres.MDI
23 iviewit.com Unveils Streaming Video Coverage
the ELLEN DEGENERES ‘Americana 2000’
Up Comedy Tour at SHOWBIZ EXPO.
07 Sun Sentinel Article Iviewit Eliot Bernstein.MDI
22 - Proskauer Marketing Letter to Clients Regarding Iviewit
24 FOLEY Patent Portfolio.pdf
24 Letter from Steven Becker stating Joao patents suck and are
missing info and disclosure.tif
25 Dr Christopher Taylor Milwaukee Engineering Video study showing
Iviewit invention for video plays better than true full-screen
video, very cool.
25 Dr Christopher Taylor Report Iviewit Scaling Video Tests.tif
25 Foley and Lardner Attempting to Switch Patent Portfolio After
Learning of Utley Patents written without authorization.pdf
25 FOLEY Patent Portfolio Copy 2.pdf
31 Taped Meeting Foley and Lardner
31 Transcript of Meeting with Foley and Lardner and Board Members
regarding finding patents in wrong names and assignees.pdf
iviewit MTV License draft Proskauer has final.pdf
2000 08 02 taped foley meeting part 1
2000 08 02 taped foley meeting part 2
02 Taped Meeting Foley and Lardner Part 1 busted stealing
02 Taped Meeting Foley and Lardner Part 2 busted stealing
03 Letter From Doug Boehm stating he filed patents with 10 minutes
why so late.tif
04 Letter From Jim Armstrong finding math errors on filed patent
04 Taped Meeting Foley and Lardner Part 1
04 Taped Meeting Foley and Lardner Part 1 busted stealing
09 Armstrong Foley Boehm letter regarding Foley patent error that
were corrected but still filed wrong. This was beginning to
discovery that something was afoul with Foley, we had no idea the
extent at the time
09 Boehm Foley Letter to Iviewit Math Errors and Liability letter
tries to diffuse blame on Eliot for Foley's errors
09 Foley & Lardner Trying to Explain how math and other errors were
filed in once corrected patent applications.tif
09 James Armstrong Letter to Foley and Lardner regarding the errors
in the patent filings.pdf
25 Wheeler sends to Rubenstein PATENT PORTFOLIO BINDERS, contradicts
Rubenstein's entire deposition
25 Wheeler to Rubenstein PATENT BINDER wholly contradicts Rubenstein
Wheeler and Utley Depositions, Rubenstein claims he never received
or saw Iviewit Patents OUCH.pdf
29 Wachovia Securities Letter to chairman of the board regarding Due
Diligence, Foley states Iviewit Holdings, Inc. is owner and assignee
of all patents. Patent office information from OED Director Moatz
contradicts this. Also in taped meetings held later Foley admits
that not all patents are assigned. Foley materially misrepresents
to Wachovia the status and fails to list a missing Joao application,
29 Wachovia Securities Letter to Simon Bernstein Board Member
Regarding Investment Due Diligence.pdf
01 Grabbing the Holy Grail of Digital Webcasting - Digital
05 Intel/RYJO letter warning of using Iviewit technologies in
violation of Intel NDA, RYJO tries to steal concepts and get
intellectual property in his name.
08 Armstrong Where Are Assignments
08 James Armstrong Letter to Board asking Where Are Assignments on
the Patents Foley failed to file.pdf
09 Bernstein and Boehm letters regarding bad math filed and other
issues. Foley busted here.
09 Bernstein Letter & Foley Letter Pertaining to errors in Patents
18 - 60 233 344 - Utley Zoom and Pan Camera Filing contradicts Utley
deposition that he knows nothing about a camera patent application
in his name, oops.
20 Hersh Iviewit CFO Letter to Arthur Andersen stating Erika Lewin,
CPA Iviewit Account was Miffed at being accused of misleading
20 Hersh to Arthur Andersen, Erika Lewin accused of misleading
auditors on corporate structure, it turns out to be entirely true.
IVIEWIT, INC. DEL PROSKAUER HAS CONFIDENTIALITY FOR THIS COMPANY BUT
NO COMPANY EXISTS IN DELAWARE WITH THIS NAME.pdf
IVIEWIT, INC. DEL PROSKAUER HAS CONFIDENTIALITY
09 ARTHUR ANDERSEN LETTER REGARDING PROSKAUER PROVIDING PROOF OF
IVIEWIT HOLDINGS OWNING IVIEWIT TECHNOLOGIES WHICH THEY NEVER
09 Arthur Andersen letter requesting proof that Iviewit Holdings,
Inc. is owned by shareholders, turns out several Iviewit Holdings,
Inc. exist, unraveling a corporate shell game where the other
Iviewit Holdings, Inc. are owned by Proskauer Rose.
27 ARTHUR ANDERSEN FILES REGARDING TERMINATION LETTER OF IVIEWIT IN
THE MIDDLE OF AUDIT.pdf
27 Arthur Andersen termination of audit letter, terminates Iviewit
after almost one year of audit, after accusing Erika Lewin of fraud
30 Foley and Lardner Attempting to Switch Patent Portfolio 2.pdf
30 Foley and Lardner Attempting to Switch Patent Prortfolio 3.pdf
30 FOLEY Patent Portfolio UTLEY VERY STRANGE.pdf
30 FOLEY Patent Portfolio with 57103-122 being two di.pdf
30 FOLEY Patent Portfolio with 57103-122 being two di.pdf
30 Portfolio Page Foley Does not match up missing 120.pdf
20 Letter to Utley to Modify Patents to include all things
21 John Caulkin ltr.doc
Digital Webcast Article 2nd part.MDI
FOLEY Patent Portfolio Missing Date Utley Busted.pdf
Iviewit Income Accounts for Encoding and Streaming Licenses.tif
Jorge Labarga's Part in the Bush Presidential Election Fraud.htm
01 - Rubenstein bio in Wachovia PPM and as Iviewit PATENT COUNSEL &
BOARD DIRECTOR contradicts his, Wheeler & Utley Depositions
01 Rubenstein listed in Wachovia Private Placement as patent counsel
and board director, contradicts his entire deposition
01 Utley resume in Wachovia securities private placement memorandum
containing materially false and misleading claims about his former
employment where he was caught stealing patents with none other than
Dick and Wheeler
01 Wachovia Private Placement Memorandum - with bookmarks showing
Rubenstein "iviewit patent counsel" and retained intellectual
01 Wachovia Private Placement Memorandum Bookmarked
17 Utley List Rubenstein for SBA Compliance Request for Crossbow
SBIC Loans this completely contradicts Utley Rubenstein and Wheeler
Deposition Statements they never used Rubenstein as Advisor and that
he was not on Board.pdf
17 Utley Lists Rubenstein as board director for SBA loan compliance
documents and to Crossbow, this is contradicted in his deposition
when he claims he never used Rubenstein as an advisor and Rubenstein
had NOTHING to do with Iviewit, oops.
22 Rubenstein named as patent attorney in Wachovia Private Placement
Rubenstein bio in Wachovia PPM and as Iviewit Counsel.pdf
Wachovia Private Placement Memorandum - with bookmarks in col.pdf
14 Utley Fingers Rubenstein in Minutes of the Board Meeting
contradicting his deposition Rubenstein and Wheeler who all denied
Rubenstein as Advisor.msg
18 Utley states in Board Letter that Wheeler checked with Rubenstein
as advisor to board completely contradicting Utley Wheeler and
18 Utley writes letter to Board of Directors claiming that he
checked with Rubenstein as an advisor to board. This contradicts
Utley deposition statement that he never used Rubenstein as advisor,
21 - James Armstrong letter regarding Utley screwing up patents and
04 Foley letter to Utley after he is fired re his pat.pdf
08 - Board Meeting.doc
07 Utley police report full.pdf
07 Utley police report, Embezzlement and Theft of Proprietary
12 - Book One NDA.tif
12 - Book Three NDA.tif
12 - Book Two NDA.tif
12 - List of Confidentialities.tif
25 - David Colter to Steve Case founder of AOLTW/WB Regarding Eliot
Bernstein and the Thought Journal
12 Blakely Portfolio Showing Utley Patents, suddenly after Utley and
Foley are caught with patents in wrong places, BSTZ is retained and
Foley sends patent portfolios that contain all kinds of new patents
with all kinds of screw ups.
12 Blakely Portfolio.pdf
13 Utley police report embezzlement & theft leads to Utley returning
stolen proprietary computers. Later discovered that computers were
taken to New Jersey company owned partially by investor Tiedemann
Prolow. Violates officer and director responsibilities and Utley's
17 BSZT Patent Status Report.pdf
26 - Power of Attorney Revocation 2.tif
26 - Power of Attorney Revocation.tif
01 Blakley Sokoloff Zafman and Taylor Legal Opinion Patent
01 BSZT patent evaluation, showing Utley had patents in his own name
that were not assigned or owned by company, completely contradicting
Utley deposition statements. This is a majordomo f'up.
01 Iviewit Investor AOL Presentation_.ppt
04 BSTZ Letter to Iviewit showing Utley on Patents
04 BSTZ Letter to Iviewit showing Utley on Patents.pdf
29 - Irell & Manella Bill for AOL License Agreement.tif
17 Jeffrey Friedstein Power of Attorney BSTZ
18 BSTZ request for Utley Power Of Attorney signed by Bernstein on
Utley's behalf to remove him from applications he was found to be
on. Evidence shows that patent filings were made with Utley in
Japan by BSTZ after Utley was gone.
10 Crossbow Attempts to Call Loans.tif
14 AOLTW/WB LETTER STATING THEY ARE USING IVIEWIT TECHNOLOGIES IN
VIOLATION OF NDA
15 - AOLTW/WB LETTER STATING TECHNOLOGISTS CHECKED WITH RUBENSTEIN
WHO OPINED FAVORABLY ON THE IVIEWIT PATENTS. THIS CONTRADICTS
RUBENSTEIN, WHEELER AND UTLEY DEPOSITIONS ENTIRELY, THIS IS WHY
RUBENSTEIN WALKED OUT HIS DEPOSITION AT HIS LAWSUIT, HE COULD NOT
ANSWER QUESTIONS RELATING TO WHY THIS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS EXISTED
CONTRADICTING HIS STATEMENTS ENTIRELY. REMEMBER, RUBENSTEIN STATES
HE KNOWS NOTHING AND PROSKAUER NEVER OPINED OR DID PATENT WORK.
15 AOLTW INVESTMENT DUE DILIGENCE LETTER STATING THAT RUBENSTEIN
OPINED FAVORABLY ON THE PATENTS.pdf
15 AOLTW RUBENSTEIN OPINION
15 AOLTW RUBENSTEIN OPINION comments
19 - BSTZ Japanese Filing of Utley Patent After He Was Fired Over
One Year, did not discover this until US Investigations led to
research in Japan and this is when BSTZ was further found to be part
of the conspiracy. This evidences that BSTZ portfolios had false
and misleading information regarding these patents.
28 Anthony Frenden Statement Regarding Stolen Investors Money and
22 Joao Article - Ninety Patents in his name, this article needs to
be checked for accuracy in true publication.
22 Raymond Joao Article Stating Joao has 90 patents in his name and
showing his stolen Airplane Video patent concept from Iviewit.pdf
23 Kasser Book Keeper Letter to Eliot regarding Lewin, CPA
accounting fraud on financial projections.pdf
23 Kasser to Eliot regarding Lewin fraud on financial documents
submitted to lenders
09 Patent Portfolio Compilation.xls
09 Patent Portfolio2.xls
11 System and Method for Fraud on USPTO.doc
11 System and Method for Fraud on USPTO.htm
11 USPTO Complaint filed as patent System & Method for Fraud on the
17 Joao timeline of events and analysis of his documents and the
22 Utley deposition states all patents are assigned to Iviewit and
no patents in his name. Contradictory evidence = patents in his
name and all patents not assigned - confirmed by USPTO and leading
to patent suspensions by commissioner
22 Utley deposition states Rubenstein is not an advisor, nor has he
ever used him - Contradicted by Utley sending patent documents to
Rubenstein as an advisor to the Board and other evidence
23 Utley deposition - States Dick was attorney that wrote patents
into Utley name at his former employer DTE which led to business
closure due to the thefts. Wheeler/Proskauer set up the company
where the stolen patents were transferred. Wheeler lies to bar and
states he never did work for Utley then gets caught lying in
deposition. All three of them failed to disclose the prior patent
heist to anyone
23 Utley deposition on Diamond Turf patent dispute over stolen
intellectual properties by Utley, Dick and Wheeler from Utley's
23 Utley deposition statement stating Wheeler knew about Diamond
Turf patent disputes. Wheeler while recommending Utley as President
of Iviewit failed to disclose this little patent theft or that he
was involved. Dick never discloses his involvement. This shows
there intent through the concealment. Wheeler delivers Utley resume
to the shareholders and completely fabricates Utley's past.
23 Utley deposition statement that Dick never filed the patents for
DTE but Dick in his statement to the Virginia Bar states he filed
the patents in Utley's name to a company Wheeler/Proskauer had set
up, Premiere Connection.
23 Utley deposition statement that he knew nothing about a zoom and
pan camera patent application. Contradictory evidence = Patent
Application for Zoom and Pan on a Digital Camera filed in Utley's
name without assignment to the company
23 Utley deposition statement that there were patent disputes at
Diamond Turf which he failed to put in his resume led to the closure
of his former emplyer. Where Dick, Wheeler and Utley were all
involved shows a criminal enterprise of patent thieves
23 Utley deposition statement that Wheeler never represented him.
Wheeler states that he did not to the Florida Bar and then in
deposition states that he formed company for Utley. The reason they
want to hide this company is that it is where the stolen patents
from DTE went
23 Utley deposition states he did not graduate college, this
contradicts his sworn statements in a Wachovia Private Placement
that he said he did graduate college
20 Greenberg Truarig Proposal Patents
20 Greenberg Truarig Proposal Patents.pdf
16 Notice of Appeal.pdf
25 Rubenstein Statement to Labarga Proskauer
25 Rubenstein Statement to Labarga Proskauer 2
20 Kenneth Rubenstein Deposition with Exhibits CERT
20 Rubenstein Deposition Regarding unsure of Conflict Check
20 Rubenstein deposition states he does not have Iviewit patent docs
- Contradictory Evidence Wheeler Sending Him Entire Patent Portfolio
21 Wheeler deposition does not know about video invention -
Contradictory evidence shows that Wheeler was sent video invention
disclosures and then later in his deposition he claims to have been
at video disclosure meeting with Intel/Real3D engineers.
21 Wheeler deposition does not know about video invention.pdf
21 Wheeler deposition regarding no conflicts check
21 Wheeler deposition statement that Iviewit was a portal and that
Proskauer was hired for portal services and not to patent the
inventions. Contradictory evidence is overwhelming.
21 Wheeler deposition statement that no Proskauer conflict of
interest check was done
21 Wheeler deposition statement that Proskauer and Wheeler
represented Utley in the past. They failed to disclose that this
former work was for a company where stolen patents went at Utley's
former employer. Contradictory evidence = Wheeler's statements
under deposition and to the Florida Bar that conflict, constituting
perjury. Also, Utley states in deposition that Wheeler never did
work for him.
21 Wheeler deposition stating Proskauer never opined on the
technologies or had anything to do with patents. Contradictory
evidence = Wheeler/Proskauer opinions for investors. Wachovia
Private Placement showing Wheeler and Rubenstein on the Board of
Directors and representing that they are retained patent counsel.
11 Palm Beach Post Article Crossbow Sells Iviewit! Problem -- they
do not own it to sell. Evidence shows that SBA loans were written
down and then other securities were sold in violation of private
11 Palm Beach Post Article Crossbow Sells Iviewit.pdf
11 Palm Beach Post Article Crossbow Sells Iviewit2
11 Palm Beach Post Article Crossbow Sells Iviewit2.pdf
28 Counter Complaint Filed
31 Eliot Bernstein Deposition
25 Joao 9th district original complaint - somehow gets transferred
to the wrong district for prosecution
26 Original Rubenstein Bar Action
26 Original Rubenstein Bar Action.pdf
26 Wheeler Bar Action
20 Labarga order for rubenstein and wheeler to return to deposition
to answer previously unanswered questions
07 - Wheeler PERJURED STATEMENT TO FLORIDA BAR RE UTL.pdf
07 - Wheeler PERJURED STATEMENT TO FLORIDA BAR RE UTLEY
07 - Wheeler Proskauer Response to Bar Complaint tendered by matthew
triggs in violation of his public office with supreme court agency
the florida bar
07 - Wheeler Proskauer Response to Florida Bar Complaint tendered by
Matthew Triggs Proskauer Partner who acted in conflict of interest
and violation of Public Office with his Supreme Court of Florida Bar
08 Joao response to NY Bar
08 Joao response to NY Bar Complaint.pdf
11 - Rubenstein repsonse to New York Bar Complaint by Steven C.
Krane who acted in conflict of interest and violation of public
offices with the Supreme Court of New York First Department and in
violation of his role as former President of the NY BAR ASSOCIATION
within a one year blackout from handling any bar complaints.pdf
11 - Rubenstein response authored by Proskauer attorney Steven C.
Krane (Former New York State Bar Association President and former
law clerk to Chief Judge of New York, Judith Kaye) in conflict of
interest and abuse of public office. Sidebar -- Kaye is married to
a Porksour partner!!!!!
16 NY Disciplinary Department with Joao Response
30 Bernstein response Florida Bar Wheeler BOOKMARKED
30 Bernstein response Florida Bar Wheeler BOOKMARKED 1
30 Lamont Response Florida Bar Wheeler BOOKMARKED
05 Florida Bar Receipt Filing
06 Proskauer Florida Bar Receipt Filing
23 Wheeler Admits Perjury and False Statements made to Florida Bar
23 Wheeler Admits Perjury and False Statements to the Florida Bar
and tries hard to explain them away.pdf
23 Wheeler Response to Florida Bar Rebuttal 2 tendered by Matthew
Triggs who acted in violation of his Florida Supreme Court Bar
position in representing Wheeler.pdf
23 Wheeler Response to Rebuttal authored by Matthew Triggs in
violation of his public office with supreme court agency the Florida
23 Wheeler Response to Rebuttal Partial
26 Iviewit Rebuttal to Joao Response BOOKMARKED
26 Iviewit Rebuttal to Joao Response BOOKMARKED.pdf
03 Iviewit Rebuttal to Wheeler 2nd BOOKMARKED
03 Iviewit Rebuttal to Wheeler 2nd BOOKMARKED.pdf
03 Iviewit Rebuttal to Wheeler 2nd Response Final
04 Lorraine Christine Hoffman Cover letter
13 Rubenstein affidavit to his deposition, where he writes in his
answers without precedence. Judge orders him to return to
deposition and answer questions he refused the first time after
walking out of his deposition. Remember this is his deposition in
his firms law suit.