HAMMERNEWS- Michael Hammerschlag

Current Political Commentary by journalist Michael Hammerschlag; Thoughts on foreign policy, Republican outrages, liberal strategies, science by 8 year correspondent in Russia/Ukraine over 22 years and longtime commentator; Website: http://HAMMERNEWS.com

Sunday, May 08, 2005

SMOKING GUN for IMPEACHMENT- Iraq lies exposed

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His questioners are his groupies, adoring fans of our adorable president who would not think of asking him a hard question. They are vetted, examined down to their ideological DNA, rehearsed and then sent out like automatons to ask programmed questions. Bush's town meetings are town meetings only if the town is Pyongyang. - Richard Cohen
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SMOKING GUN for IMPEACHMENT

This scandal broke May 1st, front page in London Times, but barely a peep emerged from any major American media (except Knight-Ridder) about this, now descended farther and farther into neo-Stanlinist correctness. Anything negative on our Dear Leader now often doesn't see the light of TV tube or print.
London Times memo: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1593607,00.html
Greg Palast's take: http://gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=426&row=1
new Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002265205_intel06.html

by Ray McGovern, TomPaine.com

"Intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy."

Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would see those words in black and white—and beneath a SECRET stamp, no less. For three years now, we in Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) have been saying that the CIA and its British counterpart, MI-6, were ordered by their countries' leaders to "fix facts" to "justify" an unprovoked war on Iraq. More often than not, we have been greeted with stares of incredulity.

It has been a hard learning—that folks tend to believe what they want to believe. As long as our evidence, however abundant and persuasive, remained circumstantial, it could not compel belief. It simply is much easier on the psyche to assent to the White House spin machine blaming the Iraq fiasco on bad intelligence than to entertain the notion that we were sold a bill of goods.

Well, you can forget circumstantial. Thanks to an unauthorized disclosure by a courageous whistleblower, the evidence now leaps from official documents—this time authentic, not forged.

Whether prompted by the open appeal of the international Truth-Telling Coalition or not, some brave soul has made the most explosive "patriotic leak" of the war by giving London's Sunday Times the official minutes of a briefing by Richard Dearlove, then head of Britain's CIA equivalent, MI-6. Fresh back in London from consultations in Washington, Dearlove briefed Prime Minister Blair and his top national security officials on July 23, 2002, on the Bush administration's plans to make war on Iraq.
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WILD WILD WEST: In a typical denoument for holier than thou Repubs, Spokane Mayor and longtime WA legislative powerhouse (Senate majority leader) James West, who was virulently anti-gay, has been accused by 2 men of molesting them when boys in the '70's while he was a deputy sherrif. He denied this, but admitted to having recent gay sex with men he solicited on the Internet. He was caught by newspaper reporters pretending to be a 18 year old guy. Come to think of it, Artemous Gordon always seemed a little light in the loafers.

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Even as scientists issue rules on chimeras in labs, a spine-tingling he-monster with the power to drag us back into the pre-Darwinian dark ages is slouching around Washington. It's a fire-breathing creature with the head of W., the body of Bill Frist and the serpent tail of Tom DeLay. - Maureen Dowd
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Amazing story about greed and environmental madness, where Gas Co. plans to drill within a few hundred feet of the site of a west Colorado 8000 ft deep cavern created when they exploded an 40kt nuke in 1969 to liberate natural gas, part of manic Edward Teller's Project Plowshares plan to harness nukes for peacefull purposes. LA Times

2 Comments:

  • At 3:58 PM, Anonymous John Thomason said…

    wow, your right. There's almost nothing about this in any major papers or TV. We are living farther and farther in the Twilight Zone every day.

    Well, that West guy does live in the Wild wild west.

     
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