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Yesterday, 3 hours before the president's State of the Union address, I typed this....
He'll use tonight's speech as an opportunity to rail on Democrats for not protecting America somehow…..all the while what he really cares about is hiding any potentially damaging evidence to himself that could be made public in any future court cases. And the GOP Senators are still trying to help W., all that they can, in that effort. Link
Here's what he actually said last night, and the response from those still wanting to please their lawless Leader....
Just a quick history review. It was 8 years between the first Twin Towers attack and 9-11. Arguing, as Bush does, that because we haven't had any subsequent attacks since 9-11 that somehow proves he's made us safer, is not only simplistic, but also mistaken. Bill Clinton could have said the same thing in his last SOTU address, and though he would have been accurate, it wouldn't have proved anything. And America has been attacked since 9-11....the anthrax letters in October of 2001.
The truth about international Islamic extremism, and America's vulnerability to it, must include the fact that MORE young Muslims are now willing to kill themselves in order to hurt America than were willing before 9-11. That is because of the international crime of Iraq. A crime that continues.
The two anecdotal terrorist plots allegedly broken up during Bush's leadership are weak examples at best, and misinformation at worst. About the L.A. building plot....
Planning began in October 2001, but it was derailed in early 2002 "when a South East Asian nation arrested a key al-Qaeda operative", Mr Bush said.
The plot was finally thwarted in the summer of 2003, when a man suspected to be a key member of JI, an Indonesian known as Hambali, was arrested in Thailand. Link
This plot was first announced by Bush in February 2006, and it was announced for exactly the same reason then as it was last night.....
The administration needs to persuade Americans that measures such as the highly controversial tapping of phones without court warrants are fully justified.
Here's what L.A.'s mayor said about Bush's surprise plot announcement in 2006, a plot previously classified....
In Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the Associated Press news agency he had not been forewarned about the president's revelations.
"I'm amazed that the president would make this [announcement] on national TV and not inform us of these details through the appropriate channels," he said.
No one is surprised anymore when deliberate efforts to invoke fear for political goals come out of George W. Bush's mouth.
On the contrary, we expect it.
On the multiple-plane-over-the-Atlantic plot we have this....
Former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray was sceptical of the account of the plot. He based his criticism on the assumptions that "None of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane ticket. Many did not have passports." He also suggested that suspected ringleader Rashid Rauf invented the plot under torture in Pakistan.
On 18 September, Lieutenant-Colonel (ret.) Nigel Wylde, a former senior British Army Intelligence Officer with decades of anti-terror and explosives experience, declared the plot to be 'fiction'. He said the explosives in question could not possibly have been produced on the plane. "So who came up with the idea that a bomb could be made on board? Not Al Qaeda for sure. It would not work. Bin Laden is interested in success not deterrence by failure," Wylde stated. Link
Some may say that Bush's time is almost over and so critques like mine are no longer relevant. Old news. To those who would suggest that or suggest that my criticisms here are only part of "Bush Hatred Syndrome".....I would direct your attention to the reaction of the Republicans immediately following Bush's faux tantrum.
The Republicans literally jumped to their feet and began shouting and applauding in agreement with Bush's silly sounding, yet stern words to the Democrats. I don't want anyone to forget what these Republicans were cheering for. They were shouting and clapping for their lawless president who was right then and there calling for immunity for complicit telco lawbreakers, cheering for a continuation, nay, an institutionalizing, of presidential lawbreaking and permanent shredding of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.
What provoked this leaping and cheering action by all those Republicans? What accounts for this most boisterous of demonstrations last evening?
Bush's willingness to pre-meditatively and comprehensively break the FISA laws passed by Congress overwhelmingly 30 years ago. That's what all the celebratory noise was based on. Those Republicans were cheering for President Bush BECAUSE he has been, and still is, an unflinching lawbreaker. Those Republicans jumped to their feet to applaud a president who began violating the 4th Amendment, pertaining to probable cause and warrants for spying on Americans, long before 9-11.
These proud Red Staters hooted and hollered last night for a president who ordered AT&T to vacuum up all of America's communications, without the benefit of legal warrants. This is a president cheered for his efforts to immunize any corporate folk who might have constructed and operated the mirror hubsites used in the vacuuming up process. Republican representatives stood and gave a rousing applause to the scolding George gave to the Democrats, to those that would have the audacity to want the law enforced and the Constitution upheld and the communications companies to be held accountable.
Last night's cheering Republicans were shouting for a man, who on numerous occasions, has willfully and with foreknowledge, violated his oath of loyalty to the Constitution.
I'm not a newbee. I realize SOTU addresses are mostly pageants of political pomp. At the same time, when one political party's members voice their loudest agreement of the night, cheering and shouting and applauding for lawlessness to be institutionalized in the presidency, and lawbreakers to be granted immunity from prosecution.....it struck me as a new all time low moment in American history.