In case there wasn’t enough evidence already showing that the Bush administration purposely lied us to war with Iraq, a reportedly confidential memo of a meeting between President George W. Bush and Tony Blair — a couple of months before the invasion of Iraq — reveals that despite the lies they kept feeding to the public, they were planning to invade Iraq all along and nothing was going to stop them.
The memo, dated January 31, 2003, was written almost two months before the illegal invasion of Iraq. It confirms that Bush and Blair were aware that UN inspectors would find no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and contemplated other schemes to legitimize the invasion. A seperate memo (which can be found below), reveals that the U.S. planned to bug the phones and emails of United Nations Security Council members — with the supposed exception of the U.S. and Great Britain. Lest we forget, the NSA has been spying illegally since at least February 2001, though most likely long before that. In 1999, Texas Governor George W. Bush said he was going to invade Iraq after he became president.
According to the memo, Bush told Blair that the U.S. had drawn up a plan “to fly U2 reconnaissance aircraft painted in UN colors over Iraq with fighter cover” hoping that Saddam would fire at the planes, to try and put the Iraqi leader in breach of UN resolutions.
Bush hoped an Iraqi defector would be “brought out” to give a public presentation on Saddam’s WMD or that Saddam would be assassinated. But, Bush was ready to invade Iraq with or without UN approval. Blair was “solidly with the president.”
For years now, the NSA has blatantly spied on Americans illegally — committing crimes that are far worse than Watergate — originally under the orders of appointed President George W. Bush several months before he allowed the attacks of 9/11, and some in Congress have not only condoned it, they have actively tried to justify it by illegally passing retroactive laws, or, as in the case of Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, by trying to say that they see nothing wrong with it. It’s not only wrong, it’s illegal and America needs to put an end to it.
Recently, the New York Times (NYT) ran another story on how the National Security Agency (NSA) was again caught snooping on private telephone calls and emails of Americans beyond legal limits in late 2008 and early 2009. The abuse — which is backed up by a former NSA analyst and two intelligence officials — is widespread and was and is done routinely and without court warrants.
Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) is one of a few in Congress who has been investigating the incidents. The politicized Justice Department and other national security officials say that the overcollection of America’s communications was inadvertent, but as noted by Rep. Holt, some actions are so flagrant that they can’t be accidental.
The NSA says that when such errors are identified, they are reported to the appropriate officals who take corrective actions. Right. That’s why the ‘errors’ keep happening. Only a couple months ago, the NSA was found to be violating laws. The Justice Department said they had installed new safeguards, but those appear to be pointless. The illegal spying hasn’t stopped. Some NSA analysts reportedly spied on their own wives and girlfriends too. Until the NSA is dismantled or the proper oversight is put in place, the illegal spying will undoubtedly continue.
Not that this is in any way surprising, but the first report to Congress from the Wartime Contracting Commission reportedly presents bleak asssessments of how taxpayers have been bilked out of billions of dollars — that’s in addition to the $23 billion that has already been reportedly lost, stolen or is unaccounted for in Iraq — that have recurringly been misused or lost due to fraud, poor management, weak or non-existent oversight and a failure to learn from past mistakes.
Private contractors account for practically half of the U.S. personnel involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Billions of dollars have been lost due to waste, fraud and abuse. If it sounds familiar, it’s because poor management and weak or non-existent oversight has been the modus operandi in Washington for the past eight plus years and corrupted cronyism has prevailed. The Bush administration’s illegal occupation of Iraq created quite a war profiteering racket for numerous Bush administration cronies. Cronyism is still big in U.S. politics — President Obama has used it regularly too.
The decision to build a $30 million dining hall at a U.S. base in Iraq, which is scheduled to be finished on Christmas of this year, was based on bad planning and botched paperwork. Construction on the dining hall can’t stop because the project is too far along to halt it.
In addition to the documented poor management and weak oversight, the 111-page Wartime Contracting Commission report details how tens of billions of dollars have been misspent since 2001. That’s not at all surprising since the U.S. reliance on contractors to support two illegal wars has grown to ‘unprecedented proportions.’
Reported similarities to what appears to be collusion between former Vice President Dick Cheney and the CIA over Cheney’s role in briefing key members of Congress about the Bush administration’s use of controversial interrogation methods (torture) — which comes while Cheney is busily conducting his revisionistic media tour to mend his recent bloviations over the success of said controversial interrogation methods — revealed that Cheney oversaw at least four of those briefings and mounted a secretive and forceful defense throughout 2005 with the intent of maintaining support for torturing ‘suspected terrorists.’
It appears that Cheney still has some strong ties to the CIA. The CIA never made any mention of this on the list of 40 members of Congress who were allegedly briefed about the use of torture. Once again, the CIA has been caught in another lie. Many are still unaware of how deceptive and conniving the CIA has been for the past several decades or their history of committing crimes against U.S. citizens.
Apparently Cheney led the briefings when Congressional oversight committees were threatening to investigate or terminate the enhanced interrogation techniques. Throughout the torture debate, Cheney’s hands-on role in trying to entice Congressional support has never been mentioned. With the revelations of the CIA’s collusion with Cheney comes the realization that an investigation into Cheney’s existing governmental ties is also needed.
According to the Washington Post, Cheney’s briefing sessions with lawmakers appeared calculated to give additional heft to the CIA’s case for maintaining the torture while mounting an impassioned defense of the torture program. Cheney’s attempts to sway Congressional support included sending David S. Addington to Guantanamo Bay with key Republican Senators, including McCain and Graham. More information is available in the article from The Washington Post.
More new evidence keeps coming forth regarding the attacks of 9/11 — the official fairy tale of the attacks of 9/11 by the 9/11 commission are rapidly unraveling, especially since members of the commission have admitted that the official story is almost entirely untrue — offering more evidence of the necessity for some major investigations into all the events of the past eight years.
US News and World Report, as well as Popular Mechanics and a few other federally owned governmental propaganda machines, have spent a lot of time, receiving who knows how much money from who to spread the official lies of the 9/11 commission. Most recently, after an architect presented indesputable scientific evidence showing that the three WTC buildings were imploded, US News and World Report published another story trying to discredit the findings.
This time, US News and World Report’s propaganda piece is backfiring, since more people are waking up to the fact that there are some extremely major discrepancies between what we’ve been told by the U.S. government about the attacks of 9/11 and the truth. I’ve written in the past that it was time for a closer look at 9/11.
When you connect all the dots of the Bush cabal’s actions, it paints a very disturbing picture. The perpetrators and architects of America’s destruction need to be held accountable for their actions. You can’t be a nation of laws when crimes of this magnitude go unpunished. Doing nothing will undoubtedly result in more of these egregious crimes being committed in the future.