Lies And The Liars That Tell Them; Will a White House Appointed Commission Seek the Truth?
A headline and article that echoes the facts we have attempted to share with you from the smaller circulation non-mainstream press: "Iraq intelligence efforts led by Cheney magnified errors, officials say". This article makes mention of facts I hadn't come across from other sources, that PNAC signer and Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby pressed Colin Powell with intelligence of questionable authenticity prior to the Feb.03 United Nations Security Council speech laying out the U.S. case for an invasion. Reportedly Powell was badgered by this representitive of White House and Pentagon hardliners for war to include bogus information relating a Saddam connection concerning the 911 tragedy.
If you are thinking"But I heard David Kay on the radio- he blamed the intelligence community, clearing Mr Bush". It seems David Kay is enough of a Bush/Republican party supporter that he has contributed over 2000 dollars over the last few years. I gleaned this at Cursor a couple days ago.
I also came across a poll reference there , The Poll question:
"Do you think Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq was DIRECTLY involved in planning, financing, or carrying out the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, or not?"
1/29-30/04 WAS:49% Was Not:39% Don't Know 12%
9/18-19/03 WAS:47% Was Not:37% Don't Know 16%
This is what we are up against, we who are looking for truth in these matters. The truth could help us get an elected and Democratic President, what has been going on in the present Administration far outshadows Watergate in it's scope, spirit and lethality. As sign I saw at The Freeway Blogger sums it up "We're All Wearing the Blue Dress Now".
The scope of the investigation Mr Bush supports sounds like it will go well beyond the scope of what we need to no in this case. He sees it as a look into intelligence across the board dealing with WMD's and their proliferation. We need an inquiry that looks into the lies that got us into pre-emptive war. We need to see the papers Mr Cheney and Mr Rumsfeld utilized that were outside the accepted channels of intelligence. We need to explore how the unprecedented visits of Cheney to the CIA politicized intelligence analysis. How Donald Rumsfeld's "Office of Special Plans" (OSP) created to review "raw" intelligence and the Office of Analysis Near East and South Asia (NESA) under Dougla Feith influenced how intelligence was interpreted- and used. The membership reads like a NeoCon "Who's Who". Largely these people identify with the Israeli right wing Likud Party. This "raw" (read unvetted, undocumented) intelligence was circulated to the press. Perhaps a reason the people of our nation have a skewed view, as the poll results above show, as to the reality of the Iraqi "threat" to the US.
Jim Hoagland in a Washington Post editorial from October 2002 praised the Bush Administration for putting pressure on intelligence analysts to make the case for a Al Qaeda/ Iraq connection. It has been pulled from the WaPo website. Go to the link to see it.
Mr Bush talks of setting up an inquiry panel much like The Warren Commission. I'm sure he does, he needs all the help he can get to keep "We the People" from finding out the truth about his administration.What we need is an inquiry that will seek the truth, we know the Warren Commission was a bunch of crap. As Congressional Leaders have suggested in a letter to Mr Bush, we need and independent commission not made up of White House appointees.
As these White House appointed "Truth Commissions" go see the conflicts of interest and lack of White House cooperation with the 911 Commission. Kurt Nimmo points out a glaring conflict of interest concerning Thomas Kean. If Mr Kean were a man of honor it would seem that he would not have accepted a position on the board of inquiry.
Thomas Kean is a director (and shareholder) of Amerada Hess Corporation, which is involved in the Hess-Delta joint venture with Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia (owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans)," notes Michel Chossudovsky. "In other words, Delta Oil Ltd. of Saudi Arabia -- which is a partner in the Hess-Delta Alliance -- is in part controlled by Khalid bin Mafhouz, Osama's brother in law."
Speaking of conflict that could effect the veracity of a "Truth Commission", let's look at some possible members.
There is thought that the commission Bush sets up will include Republican funder David Kay and and PNAC signatory James Woolsey. Ex-CIA head Robert Gates is also thought to be being considered. You may remember he was said to be involved in Iran/Contra and the anti-democratic "October Surprise" that saw the hostages in Iran held until after the Carter/Reagan contest for the Presidency. Bob Kerrey is another possible choice, a man who was party to murdering a whole hamlet in Viet Nam, in what was probably a CIA mission. Richard Kerr, also mentioned for the commision, has already said that the analysts conclusions have been consistent over the years, over-ruling any White House pressure to "cook"analysis.
Not looking too good for truth, commission-wise.
Read the truth about intelligence caveats given to the White House even as they were priming us for the rush to war;
"Neglecting Intelligence, Ignoring Warnings" by The Center for American Progress has what you need to know.
It looks like it is up to us to get the truth into light, to bring it mainstream.