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“Dan Crashes -- Bush Flies High
But what was the rest of the story?
"... that those who kept Little George out of wars way ended up very well rewarded."
“LOL...now the REAL STORY...GW was a FIGHTER INTERCEPTOR PILOT....OKay..see Tilt this is the guy who shoots down the bad pilots. Now at the time GW was a pilot there just weren't a big calling for FIGHTER INTERCEPT pilots. Kinda like there was no real call for people with charachter in the 42 nd administration. So when GW was flying ...on the southern border of the US...want to know the fighter interceptor proceedure for incoming Nukes from say...CUBA? Physical Interception...i.e. you crash your fighter into the missile if you can to take it out.
Of course at least he was not committing war crimes, aiding and abetting the enemy (Khymer Rouge) like John Kerry-Heinz.”
“Well I'll be knocked over with a feather! ;-)
Ol' Tiltypoo has finally learned how to use the Fuego button!
“George W is a coward always will be... hiding behind Daddy's apron strings his entire life.
So is Dick "Five Deferments" Cheney.
If you think their #&%!$ still smells like roses after all that's happened, that's YOUR moral blockage, LMAO!”
“Who was it that signed up for ROTC but demanded to be let off because he "Loathed the Military..."?”
“What occupant of the White House has caused the deaths of thousands of innocent Iraqis based on his trumped up crap about 'imminant threat'?
Do you need a HINT?”
“Oh joy, the only TTer scummier than violin graces us with his terrorist-sympathising presence.”
“Why was Dan canned again? Isn't CBS part of the "Liberal Left/MSM" Machine???????????
Whatever Dan did, he didn't deserve that kind of treatment from the Network.”
“Addicted To Oil And Violence
Many years ago, I was so innocent I still considered it possible that we could become the humane and reasonable America so many members of my generation used to dream of. We dreamed of such an America during the Great Depression, when there were no jobs. And then we fought and often died for that dream during the Second World War, when there was no peace.
But I know now that there is not a chance in hell of Americas becoming humane and reasonable. Because power corrupts us, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power. By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas.
13 May , 2004
“How scummy is it to endorse mass murder, Muttley?”
“Ol' tiltypoo is still that same angry terrorist-sympathising guy stuck in the 60s.”
“BM...(great initials by the way) DAN got canned a few years after he PRESENTED A LIE on the media, and purported it as true even when EVERYONE including the Tibetian Monks knew it was a damn lie.
See Dan was typical of the Liberal Socialists SCUM. I got to watch Dan blather in 1980 in a speech. When HE was asked a tough question he had a General order the person asking the question to SIT DOWN.
COWARD thy name is LIBERAL.
Tilt...um thousands of Iraqis Killed due to poor policy...I would say the 42nd Occupant of the WHITE HOUSE...since he refused to carry out the enforcement of the Surrender Documents.”
“Interesting story Tilt.
Thanks for posting it.
Nice to see you around.”
“You've obviously hit on something here Tilt - look at the reaction you got from the usual suspects ;o)”
“DAN got canned a few years after he PRESENTED A LIE on the media, and purported it as true even when EVERYONE including the Tibetian Monks knew it was a damn lie.
Dubya should be canned immediately after he PRESENTED NUMEROIUS LIES on the media, and purported it as true even when EVERYONE including the Dixie Chicks knew it was a damn lie.”
“Dan was a scapegoat and a result of CBSorry asses kowtowing to the Right.
To fire Dan was cowardly.”
“"Dubya should be canned immediately after he PRESENTED NUMEROIUS LIES on the media, and purported it as true even when EVERYONE including the Dixie Chicks knew it was a damn lie.
WOW USA!!! I am so in awe of you for that post!!! I never before realized that any as knowlegeable as THE DIXIE CHICKS knew things that GW (or the rest of the worlds' intelligence agencies) didn't know about what WMD Iraq did, or didn't, have!
That clarifies it all for me !!! If the Dixis Chicks knew something the President of the US didn't, that's grounds for impeachment!!! RIGHT NOW... we don't need no stinkin' debates!”
“With friends like these, who needs a enema?
It's good to see you guys are still Fighting the Good Fight.
(... "for Truth, Justice and the American Way!".... ? waitaminute.... that's Superman's routine... )”
“Amy Goodman and Greg Palast Mom's Day broadcast
This Sunday 7pm (EST) - on C-SPAN's Book TV
Amy and Greg have a couple of neo-cons for lunch - recorded live at the LA Book Fest.
Want a taste? Read the Interview with Palast from the Dollars & Sense magazine spring issue about to hit the streets âŚ
"I have Karl Rove's emails. No kidding."
Dollars & Sense: In the new edition of your book, ARMED MADHOUSE, you report on the theft of the 2008 election. How do know what they're doing? Any way to stop them?
Palast: I know because I have Karl Rove's emails. No kidding. He and his team aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer. They sent copies of their plans to GeorgeWBush.ORG instead of GeorgeWBush.COM addresses -- and, heh heh, they ended up in my in-box. Who says this job ain't fun?
Dollars & Sense: Bush fired eight prosecutors. You were behind the scenes on that story long before it broke in the US. What are they still withholding from us?
Palast: Look, it's all about VOTES. You'll see that the prosecutor that Karl Rove insisted in putting in place is a slithery character named Tim Griffin. He's the guy I busted as the spider-mind behind the "caging lists" which purged thousands of Black voters. The prosecutors fired, as you'll see in Armed Madhouse, include those, like David Iglesias in New Mexico, who refused to bring phony cases of fraud against legitimate voters. It's a matter of economics: the Republican party is systematically knocking out lower-income voters; that makes their purges racially biased -- but my data show that's just the effect of hunting down and attacking the ballot power of working class and poor voters. Disenfranchisement is class war by other means.
Dollars & Sense: Why the hell hasnât the U.S. press covered the story of Bushâs vultures, electionâs theft, Iraqâs oil or any of the other stories you've put on the front pages in Europe?
Palast: Robert Kennedy Jr. just complained to the head of ABC News about the blackout on my stories. (ABC has the right to take my stuff from BBC for free.) I'm not holding my breath for an answer. I call it, The Silence of the Media Lambs. We've got loads of terrific investigative reporters in America, but gutless editors. So the suck-ups to power get the choice posts in metropolitan dailies and on the networks.
Think of the punishment inflicted for the crime of investigative reporting. Seymour Hersh told me he was forced out of the New York Times and Bob Parry, the guy who busted open the Iran-Contra story, was pushed out of the Associated Press. On the other hand, Bob Woodward, who had his journalistic tongue up George Bush's rectum, who went from writing 'All the President's Men' to being one of the President's men, is doing just fine.
Dollars & Sense: Many progressives are focused on privatization of the Iraqi economy, including its oil industry, as Bushâs real goal for the invasion. But you write about two radically different plans within the administration, the neo-consâ versus Big Oilâsâand Big Oilâs plan was the one opposed to privatization. Whatâs going on here? Plus: any update on how privatization and the whole neo-liberal reshaping of the Iraqi economy are going?
Palast: A lot of intelligent folk believe Bush had a secret plan to grab the oil fields of Iraq before the tanks rolled. That's wrong. He had TWO plans. In Armed Madhouse, I show you both -- the result of two years undercover for BBC. The plans conflict. There's the neo-con plan: Privatize -- that is, sell off -- everything, "especially the oil" industry. That's a quote from the 101-page document which I learned was written by the neo-cons. That didn't happen -- because a Jim Baker team -- he's the lawyer for both Exxon and Saudi Arabia -- secretly wrote a 323-page plan that called for CONTROLLING the oil flow, not owning it. The purpose was to LIMIT the supply of oil from Iraq and keep prices high. This would, "enhance [Iraq's] relationship with OPEC" -- the oil cartel. That's a quote from the document you're not supposed to see.
So here it is: the invasion was about LIMITING the flow of oil from Iraq, keeping prices high, not grabbing the oil to bring prices down for your SUV. The secret Baker plan is now the law in Iraq and prices are over $50 a barrel. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
Dollars & Sense: Weâve covered some of the less-told stories of Venezuela under Chavezâfor example, how heâs dramatically expanding the co-operative sector of the economy. Some progressives worry though: is he a populist demagogue, maybe in the Juan Peron mold, or is he really committed to worker autonomy, democracy, and all that good stuff? Youâve talked with Hugo Chavez. Whatâs your take?
Palast: Chavez recommends that everyone read my book, so obviously I think he's the greatest statesman since Lincoln. But seriously, folks, what makes the guy an astonishing threat to the Bush World Order is that he insists on keeping the cash from the sale of Venezuela's oil -- shock of shocks! -- in Venezuela! With some lent to the rest of Latin America. Up until now, Venezuela sold us oil then immediately shifted the funds back to the US Federal Reserve. Chavez withdrew the funds from the Fed and, Heaven help us, spent it on building his own nation's economy. Is he a "demogogue"? The word means, spokesman for the people. That he is. Fun trivia: RFK Jr. reminded me that Chavez picked up the line, "Whiff of sulfur" in speaking of Bush from my last book which he had just read.
Dollars & Sense: You write about how, depending on the price of oil over time, Venezuelaâs oil could turn out to be a pivot point of huge geopolitical change. Can you explain?
Palast: Internal US Department of Energy analysis (I got my hands on it for BBC; it's in the book) shows that Venezuela, not Saudi Arabia, has the largest reserve of crude. That's a geo-political earthquake.
Dollars & Sense: Are you really convinced that a big devaluation of the Chinese currency would be meaningless in terms of saving U.S. manufacturing jobs by making Chinese exports more expensive? Then why are U.S. policymakers across the political spectrum so obsessed with getting China to devalue its currency?
Palast: You're really asking, Why do politicians feed us bull#&%!$? That's a whole book right there. Both parties are winking and nodding and giggling behind your back that the way to save jobs is to change the value of China's money. It's a brilliant cover for the bi-partisan banging the American worker received with the one-two punch of NAFTA and 'Most Favored Nation' trade status for China. There are 700 Wal-Mart plants in China -- zero in the USA. Hillary Clinton was on the board of Wal-Mart when that shift went into full swing. No wonder she's joining George Bush in talking about baloney like "exchange rates."
Greg Palast is author of ARMED MADHOUSE: From Baghdad to New Orleans -- Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild, by Greg Palast, newly released in an updated, expanded edition; now in paperback. For more info go to www.GregPalast.com
Catch Palast, Randi Rhodes and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - live from New York at http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=6C0F65AB2719BDF5”
“YAWN...think its time to readdress the threat of DHMO to our lives.”
“Yah! The Dental Health Maintenance Org. says,' fire the boss and never floss'.”
“Dan was canned for broadcasting lies as facts.
The President flew the F-102 arguably the most dangerous and difficult aircraft in the history of the Air Force. There were several fatalities in Houston based National Guard unit in the F-102. The President put his life on the line everytime he strapped into the cockpit.
Statistically he was at greater risk of a fatality than the typical soldier sent to Vietnam.”
“bacpac..wasn't the 102 called the Widowmaker...?
The other thing was the standing order for fighter interceptor pilots during a nuke attack was to "take out" i.e. intercept and physically crash into incoming ICBMs”
Sunday, May 13 at 7:00 pm
2007 LA Times Festival of Books - State of the Union Panel
Description: From a LA Times Festival of Books, a panel on domestic politics and U.S. foreign policy featuring: Amy Goodman ("Static"), Douglas Kmiec ("The History, Philosophy, and Structure of the American Constitution"), Greg Palast ("Armed Madhouse"), and Doug Wilson ("Getting America Right"). The discussion is moderated by Larry Mantle.
last edited: 5/13/07 12:55:57 PM”
“Neo-Cons changing the subject is like changing a diaper without wiping the crap from the little bugger's bung hole.
The truth still stinks.
"The President put his life on the line everytime he strapped into the cockpit."
No wonder the little weasel deserted.
Wow, Venezuela has the largest reserve of crude?!?
No wonder the neo-cons are worried enough to make threats against Chavez.
These guys have invested years of ass-kissing with the Saudi royals.
And the Dubya Regime has the largest reserve of crud.”
“Palast says he has the easiest job in the world. People in gov't who actually have consciences are sick of what's happened to this country since the subsequent George Bush took office, and send him interesting leads all the time.”
“Light the fuse and run!!!”
The second panel was action-packed, also: Michael Isikoff, Frank Luntz & Joe Conason.
It was definitely a Liberal audience. In his opening remarks Luntz said, "I feel like Dr. Kevorkian at an AARP convention."”
“The rich get richer until the poor get educated.”
“Slow Down Gandhi Lyrics
Artist(Band):Sage Francis Review The Song (1) Print the Lyrics
Send Sage Francis polyphonic ringtone to your cell phone
There once was a song called "Arrest The President."
Contemporary music, a hit with the kids, it was a top ten.
I wasn't pop then, so I missed the bus a bit,
But politics was on everybody's hot this summer list.
The cool kids were all rocking votes,
I #&%!$ you not, I was pistol whippin' cops for hip hop. [Booyea!]
On my soap box yelling into megaphones.
Killing hard rocks using carcasses as stepping stones.
Had to promise that I'd stop holding my marches
The day that Chris Columbus got crucified on golden arches.
My pedestal was too tall to climb off,
In fact that's the reason for the high horse.
And from up here I see Marines and Hummers on a conquest;
Underdogs with wonderbras in a push-up contest,
All for the sake of military recruitment.
It felt like Kent State the way they targeted the students,
I galloped off whistling "Ohio."
The rest of them, stuck doing stand up at a cricket convention.
What would they die for? (repeat)
Is it the same machine that leaves the quality of life poor?
An abominable colony of cyborgs?
Clogging up the property that I bought with eyesores?
That clever ad campaign ain't worth
The time taken from minimum wage labor;
I don't care how half-naked or fake she looks,
She smells like dirty cash and aged paper books.
What would she die for?
Slow down Gandhi, you're killin' em
Slow down Gandhi, you're killin' em.
Now it's whistle blower vs. the pistol holder;
Case dismissed, they'll lock you up and throw away the key witness.
Justice is the whim of a judge, check his chest density,
It leaves much room for error, and the rest left to destiny.
The West Memphis 3 lost paradise,
It's death penalty vs. suicidal tendencies.
All I wanted was a #&%!$ing Pepsi.
Making you think you're crazy is a billion dollar industry.
If they could sell sanity in a bottle
They'd be charging for compressed air,
And marketing healthcare.
They demonize welfare,
Middle class eliminated,
Rich get richer til the poor get educated.
But some of y'all still havenât grown into your face,
And your face doesn't quite match your head.
And I'm waiting for a brain to fill the dead space that's left,
You're all, "Give me ethnicity or give me dreads."
Trustafundian rebel without a cause for alarm,
Cause when push turns to shove
You jump into your forefathers arms.
He's a banker, you're part of the system,
Off go the dreadlocks in comes the income.
The briefcase (the freebase)
The sickness (the symptom)
When the cameras start rollin' stay the #&%!$ outta the picture pilgrim!
The briefcase (the freebase)
The sickness (the symptoms)
When the cameras start rollin'...
Slow down Gandhi, you're killin' em.
Mr. Save The World, spare us the details,
Save the females from losing interest.
And Miss Save The Universe,
You're a damsel in distress,
Tied down to a track of isolated incidents.
Generalize my disease,
I need a taste of what it's like.
Living off the fat of kings,
I play the scab at your hunger strike.
Slow down Gandhi, you're killin'em.
One love, one life, one too many victims.
Republicrat, Democran, one party system.
Media goes in a frenzy,
They're stripped of their credentials.
Presidential candidates can't debate over this instrumental.
Let 'em freestyle, winner takes all,
When the musicâs dead, I'll have Ted Nugentâs head hangin' on my wall.
Kill one of ours, we'll kill one of yours.
With some friendly fire, thatâs a funny term, like civil war.
Six in the morning, police at my crib.
Now my nights consist of two toothpicks and eyelids.
The crucifix and vitamins, music that is pirated.
New flavored food made of mutated hybrids.
Uh, they tell me that it's not that bad.
It #&%!$s you up good, but its not that bad.
They hold on to these tales till it's the dog that wags.
God save us all if he lets the cat out the bag.
Who's the one to blame for this strain in my vocal chords?
Who can pen a hateful threat but can't hold a sword?
It's the same who complain about the global war,
But can't overthrow the local joker that they voted for.
They call the shots
(but they're not in the line of fire).
I call the cops
(but they're breakin the line of duty).
Lets call a stop to the abuse of authority.
The truth keeps callin' me, and I'ma live to tell the story.
So look for truth, quit seeking forgiveness.
You need to cut the noose, but you don't believe in scissors.
You support the troops by wearing yellow ribbons?
Just bring home my mother#&%!$in' brothers and sisters.
Cause they don't call the shots
(but they're in the line of fire).
I'd like to call the cops
(but they're breakin' the line of duty).
It's time to call a stop
(To the abuse of authority).
The truth keeps calling me
And I'ma live to tell the story.
That is what you are
Coming from a farm
Reaching with your arm
Come away with me
To another ranch
We can rely on a tree-branch
(Greeting is on)]”
“Slow down Gandhi, you're killin'em!
(underdogs with wonderbras)”
“No wonder the little weasel deserted.
Let's hear about your service. How did you serve?
The President did not desert. He actually served his country. He completed his tour of duty. It was actually Kerry who left the military early. Not the President. MarkO never served a day yet he is compelled to fabricate lies and demean the President's service. I can't think of anything more cowardly.”
“Eat my shorts, bacpac.
I served as a citizen soldier in the Vermont National Guard Mountain Infantry....Co A 3/172 Inf(mtn).....as a squad machine gunner for two years and a field radio operator for two more years.
I finished infantry "school" three weeks before my 35th birthday.
I took the same oath upon entry as anyone who joins the armed forces.
During my last year of service my third son was born.
Dubya went AWOL.”
“You were in the National Guard? Never heard about this.
The President did not go AWOL. This is a complete fabrication.”
“MarkO, I thought you said you were in Nam wading waist deep through rice paddies, looking for Charlie.”
“The President went AWOL in the FAKED (remember Bland Blather lost his job over that) report...now according to John Skerry...HE (by his own words ) admitted to supplying the enemy in Vietnam (the Khymer Rouge in Cambodia at Christmas) how come the libbies didn't jump on that? (OH thats right Treason by a libbie is acceptable. )”
“Two really stupid wars and more than two stupid people talking about them.”
“Not a chance, Mutt.
I was taking part in peaceful civil rights and anti-war marches during those years.
XL, that is totally incomprehensible.
Slow down and think before you type.”
“You mean the protesting part was incidental to you smoking pot trying to be hip in the hippy scene in order to get laid by hippy chick skanks, right?”
“Right uncliff...there it was a good thing we left...here is the legacy of the hippies and drug infested debris generation
Oh and FYI, one of my close friends in college was a survivior...he was a child when his family escaped on an overloaded boat (Vietnam boat people) of 30 people in his direct family 5 survived the REEDUCATION camp to get on the boat. His mother was raped by pirates his Father and brother were gunned down by the "People's Navy" and he survived to be rescued. THANK YOU MAGGOTS for your assistance.”
“Who elected you as world baby sitter?”
“LOL....good theory and no one elected me to protect someone else's family but I have been doing it for almost 20 years.
The fun part is the same libbies who opposed the War in Vietnam and Iraq were just slap happy to send troops into Bosnia for NOTHING, and remember...(LOL) HAITI?
See the only good war for a Libbie is a war that will make the military look bad.”
“An Army of Rove-Bots -- Captain Iglesias, Obstruction of Justice, and the Theft of 2008
by Greg Palast
Special to The BRAD BLOG | Wednesday, May 16, 2006
âThe wheels have come off, the engine is on fire and no one is driving,â Captain David Iglesias told me yesterday. Iâd asked the Naval Reserve officer, heading off to duty in Norfolk, why he didnât want his old job back, United States Attorney for New Mexico.
The busted, burning, ghost-mobile he described is the Department of Justice, driven by Alberto Gonzales. Or is Karl Rove at the wheel? Or no one? Whomever, he didnât want to jump back into Bushâs Justice Jalopy.
Today, Iglesias is in Washington to pull the junker off the road, meeting with the Office of Special Counsel where Obstruction of Justice may be swirling around in the old oil pan laying on the garage floor.
The ex-prosecutor and I, long, long ago, had both worked for the Attorney General of New Mexico, a state where the snakes have less venom than the politicians.
First, thereâs Senator Pete Domenici, whose hiss is as smooth as his bite is deadly.
Domenici, softball interviewer Chris Matthews notes, is a nice guy. On TV. However, the Republican Senatorâs call to Iglesias at his home, just before the 2006 midterm election, asking the prosecutor about filing charges against Democrats in the week before the vote, was downright rude. When the prosecutor replied in the negative, the Senator hung up.
And apparently, the Senator contacted one Monica Goodling who, scribbled on a notepad: âIglesias - Domenici says he doesnât move cases.â Oops. Goodling, a political stooge working for Gonzales, was listing the reasons for firing US attorneys. Now, rudeness was no longer the issue. Firing a prosecutor for failing to âmove casesâ â handcuff citizens at the request of a Senator â is Obstruction of Justice.
No wonder Monica took The Fifth.
Of course, the Rove dogsbodies at Justice couldnât tell Congress they fired Iglesias because he wouldnât jump at the Senatorâs rattle. They reached for another complaint on Monicaâs list: âabsentee landlord.â Deputy Assistant Attorney General Paul McNulty used absenteeism as the official reason for dismissal. McNultyâs resigned.
He should have taken The FifthâŚ.
The problem is that the US Attorney from New Mexico was missing for 40 days because he was on active duty. I guess the White House gang doesnât go to the movies. Iglesias is a celebrity Navy lawyer, the role model for Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men.
âOur Mission Accomplished President attacked you for spending time in the US Naval Reserve?â I asked IglesiasâŚ
âAppalling,â he said. And illegal. Firing a reserve officer for missing work for active duty violates the Uniform Services Employment Rights and Reemployment Act (USERRA).
Pressuring a prosecutor to bust Democrats and punishing a soldier for deploying are the little felonies, the warm-up crimes, in this caper.
The real crime is the one they are about to commit: The Theft of 2008.
Iglesias told me he was continually being pushed to bring âvoter fraudâ cases beginning in 2004. Unfortunately, Iglesias went along with the game, at least at the opening kick-off, holding a press conference just weeks before the Bush-Kerry race, announcing he was setting up a task force with the FBI to hunt down evil voters.
But there were none. âIt was the old throwing pasta at the wall trick. Somethingâs got to stick. And it didnât,â he said.
So Iglesias got the axe. âI didnât help them out on their bogus voter fraud prosecutions.â
Notably, Iglesias has been signaling these cases were phony-baloney for two years. I got that word from his office in 2005 while reporting for BBC Television on what passes for elections in the USA. But the New Mexico and US press continued to hawk the Republican line of masses of illegal voters, especially illegal immigrants jamming the polling stations.
One thing the American media still has failed to do is to explain why the GOP wanted to bring these cases. In New Mexico, in Arizona, in Georgia and a dozen other states, Republicans were pushing laws requiring voters to have special ID. In 2004, at least a quarter million citizens lost their vote because they didnât bring in the right ID. And which quarter million? Overwhelming, it was Black, Brown and âBlueâ Americans.
Yet, despite this tidal wave of a quarter million âfraudulentâ voters, not one was charged with a crime. Hmmm. Maybe they were innocent. If thereâs no crime, thereâs no need for a law to stop the crime. But Republicans donât want to stop voter fraud â they want to stop voters. The US press wonât tell you that.
But Iglesias wouldnât help. He did the PR stunt â but he wouldnât handcuff the innocent. Was he fired for that? His termination was ordered by Tim Griffin, Karl Roveâs right-hand hitman.
Were Griffin and Rove punishing Iglesias for not bringing the fake cases? Iglesias said, âIf his intent was, look what happened with Iglesias, if that was his intent, heâs in big trouble. That is obstruction of justice, one classic example.â
Figuring out Roveâs intent requires crawling inside his head. Thatâs scary and difficult â unless you have his officeâs âmissingâ emails. I have 500 of them. How I got them is another story. The key thing is, as I was discussing with my fellow alum of the AGâs office, is to explain to a jury the perpâs mindset. And these emails show the mad fixation of Griffin and the Rove crew with eliminating voters of the wrong hue.
Most notable were the âcagingâ lists naming thousands of voters who lost their vote to GOP challenges, a large proportion of them soldiers sent overseas. Voting rights attorney, law professor Robert F., Kennedy Jr., reviewed the evidence we obtained and concluded, âThey ought to be in jail for doing thisâ â Griffin and his boss Rove both â for violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
But who would bust them, Bobby? Albert Gonzales?
Is Captain Iglesias just another serviceman âcagedâ?
And where is Griffin today? After Rove had the US Attorney for Arkansas fired, he replaced him with Griffin. The perpetrator became the prosecutor.
And thatâs the real crime: removing those who wonât conspire with the GOP bigs to push the voter ID con â and planting their Griffins, expert in election manipulation â in place for the 2008 race.
This week, I contacted the office of Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy about the Griffin appointment to which they seemed oddly indifferent. His aide said, âWell, Griffinâs just an interim appointee.â
True, Griffin has promised to leave â right after the 2008 election.
Prosecutor-gate is not about Gonzalesâ incompetence. Itâs not about appointing âloyal Bushies.â Itâs not even about firing A Few Good Men.
Itâs about the 2008 election and changing the Department of Justice â the agency charged with protecting voters â into an army of Rove-botsâŚprogrammed to attack them.
* * * * * * * * *
Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, ARMED MADHOUSE: From Baghdad to New Orleans â Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild, just out in a new edition. For more information, go to www.GregPalast.com
Read / Watch / Listen to the report by Palast, on David Iglesias, for Democracy Now! here: http://www.gregpalast.com/investigative-journalist-greg-palast-reports-on-the-firing-of-new-mexico-attorney-david-iglesias/”
“LOL..WHOODA thunk...some twit gets fired and says bad stuff about his former employer...nope never has happened before.”
“US Attorney Resigns Following Conyersâ Request for BBC Documents
by Greg Palast
June 1, 2007
Tim Griffin, formerly right hand man to Karl Rove, resigned Thursday as US Attorney for Arkansas hours after BBC Television âNewsnightâ reported that Congressman John Conyers requested the networkâs evidence on Griffinâs involvement in âcaging voters.â Greg Palast, reporting for BBC Newsnight, obtained a series of confidential emails from the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign. In these emails, Griffin, then the GOP Deputy Communications Director, transmitted so-called âcaging listsâ of voters to state party leaders.
Experts have concluded the caging lists were designed for a mass challenge of votersâ right to cast ballots. The caging lists were heavily weighted with minority voters including homeless individuals, students and soldiers sent overseas.
Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee investigating the firing of US Attorneys, met Thursday evening in New York with Palast. After reviewing key documents, Conyers stated that, despite Griffinâs resignation, âWeâre not through with him by any means.â
Conyers indicated to the BBC that he thought it unlikely that Griffin could carry out this massive âcagingâ operation without the knowledge of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rove.
Griffin has not responded to requests by BBC to explain this 'caging' operation. However, in emails subpoenaed by Conyers' committee, Griffin complains to Monica Goodling, an assistant to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, about the BBC reporter's reproduction of caging lists in Palast's book, "Armed Madhouse."
In the email dated February 5 of this year, Griffin stated that the purpose of 'caging' was to identify "fraudulent" voters. This contradicts one explanation of the Bush campaign to BBC that the lists were of potential donors and not in any way created to challenge voters.
Griffin confidentially wrote: "The real story is this: There were thousands of reported illegal/fake voter registrations around the country, so some of the Republican State Parties mailed letters welcoming new voters to the newly registered voters. âŚ The Republican State Parties ultimately wanted to show that thousands of fraudulent registrations had been completed."
Last Wednesday, Goodling testified under a grant of immunity before the House Judiciary Committee that Gonzales' Deputy Paul McNulty, "failed to disclose that he had some knowledge of allegations that Tim Griffin had been involved in vote 'caging' during his work on the President's 2004 campaign."
Goodling's testimony prompted Conyers' request to the BBC for the Griffin emails.
Last night Palast showed Conyers a Griffin email from August 2004 indicating that Griffin not only knew of 'caging,' but directed the operation.
And check out this story from Slate: Raging Caging - What the heck is vote caging, and why should we care? Here: http://www.slate.com/id/2167284/pagenum/all/#page_start
Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, ARMED MADHOUSE: From Baghdad to New Orleans -- Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild. For information, go to www.GregPalast.com”
“We can't waste time on this when JFK terrorist attack is in the news. Yah think?”
“Please explain how the existance of a Guyanese terror plot justifies denying Black people the right to vote. Â ”
“It sure doesn't help people learn about it. These horrible things seem to always be overshadowed by some 'homeland security' news that springs up on Sat. mornings.”
“Criminals prefer to operate in the dark and the only hope of curtailing their activity is to shine a light on it --- like the proverbial cockroaches.
The investigation certainly wouldn't move one inch with a Republican-dominated Congress. Â It remains to be seen how far this goes now that the tables have turned.
I do not trust either branch of our single corporate party system. Â I'm a big fan of Divided Government. Â All that crap about gov't "bogging down".... We've just experienced many glowing examples of what happens when it moves quickly: the Dept. of Homeland Security, for instance.”
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