The political double atrocity (stolen election and fake scandal smear-mongering of departing Clinton-Gore staffers) was followed not only by Vice President Cheney all but rolling out a red carpet for the 9-11 hijackers (here the New York Times documents that, over and above VP Cheney repeatedly refusing Counter Terror Czar Richard Clarke's concerted requests for a "Principles Meeting" to discuss Al Qaida's October 2000 attack on the USS Cole, which, having gone unpunished in 2001, encouraged Al Qaida to launch more spectacular attacks on American targets, Cheney IGNORED CIA Director George Tenet's visit to the White House...SPECIFICALLY TO DISCUSS the Al Qaida terror attack/hijacking threat! - a warning that was ignored by Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Bush, but was acted upon by Attorney General Ashcroft - who stopped flying public airliners just a week after Director Tenet gave his now infamous July 19, 2001 "Al Qaida planning to attack in America, probably by hijacking or attacking American airliners" warnings!
#1. Washington Post: July 10, 2001, CIA Director Tenet meeting to White House discussed with NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR Condoleeza Rice "warned of an imminent threat from al-Qaeda"
#2. New York Times parallel report on that July 10 CIA Director/White House National Security advisor meeting TO DISCUSS THE IMMINENT THREAT of AL QAIDA ATTACKS IN AMERICA, the Times report expanding the breadth and scope of those CIA warnings to the White House that July of 2001:
noting that she [the president's National Security Advisor, Condoleeza Rice] HAD MET REPEATEDLY WITH Mr. TENET THAT SUMMER ABOUT TERRORIST THREATS."
While President Bush and Vice President Cheney IGNORED those PERSISTENT "Al Qaida PLANNING TO ATTACK IN AMERICA, probably by HIJACKING US AIRLINERS" warnings, Attorney General Ashcroft took those CIA and FBI warnings to heart - and STOPPED FLYING PUBLIC AIRLILNERS!
In response to inquiries from CBS News over why Ashcroft was traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice Department cited what it called a "threat assessment" by the FBI, and said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the remainder of his term.
NOTE the date on this CBS news article: July 26, just over two weeks after that CIA Director visit to the White House to discuss the "IMMINENT THREAT" of Al Qaida ATTACKING IN AMERICA, probably by hijacking or attacking US airliners!
All the above just a PRELUDE to the 9-11 attacks, to the PIGGY-BACK ANTHRAX ATTACKS ON DEMOCRATIC _ONLY_ SENATORS (Daschle and Leahy), the sustained, persistent, and repetitive LIES-to-WAR to push the Congress and American public to accept a US invasion of Iraq; and the criminally corrupt and incompetent administration of that US occupation of Iraq, including NINE BILLION DOLLARS in US disbursements under American "VICEROY" Bremer GONE MISSING, in FIRST WEEKS OF THE US OCCUPATION, ALONE!
American democracy has been under sustained assault by the Bush-Cheney-Scalia-Scaife-Murdoch radical, reactionary, right-wing agenda for almost an entire decade now, and as usual, the American corporate press would rather discuss "did she or did't she" and other personality driven political stories, than talk about the 900 pound gorilla in the room: WILL AMERICA EVEN HAVE AN ELECTION this November?
Buzzflash contributor Elliott Cohen does an excellent job of outlining THE STORY of this decade, whether government "of the people, by the people, for the people" will endure the sustained assualt of the war lobby and radical right-wing disenfranchisement machine.
The Bush/McCain Game Plan: What May Be in Store for Obama -- And the Rest of America. The Iran Attack.
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Mon, 06/09/2008 - 9:26am. Guest Contribution
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by Elliot D. Cohen
Now that Barack Obama has secured the Democratic nomination, many of his supporters are looking forward with guarded optimism to a victory in November. However, while they assume that the road ahead will be a challenging one, and that the outcome may rest with key battleground states such as Ohio, what they may fail to anticipate are the kinds of obstacles that the McCain campaign in tandem with the Bush Administration might, in the coming months, place between them and victory.
It is easy enough to take one's eyes off the ball when concentrating on campaign speeches and strategies for winning over the hearts and minds of Americans. So what things might change the landscape of the current contest and tilt it in favor of the McCain camp?
First, the guarded optimism of Obama supporters assumes that the voting process will be largely a fair one. However, attention to past irregularities suggests otherwise. There are several familiar ways in which the election could be stolen. Some of these ways would be to disenfranchise African American voters and other would-be Obama supporters by purging them from voting lists, losing or failing to send out their registrations, deceiving these citizens about their proper voting precincts, and misallocating voting machines in precincts likely to go for Obama.
These, among other illegal and unethical tactics, were employed in key battleground states such as Florida and Ohio in both the 2000 and 2004 elections. It is pie-in-the-sky optimism to think that these same tactics won't be used, perhaps even more systematically, again in 2008. Meanwhile, faulty, insecure, and hackable electronic voting machines attached to malfunctioning printers will be used to record ballots.
In addition to these more conventional manners of election fraud, there are also other possible ways to steal the election. All electronic voting machines transport their data over telephone lines to a central computer where tabulations of votes are made. These telephone lines are not secure, however, because, in putting into operation its unlawful warrantless surveillance program, the Bush Administration had installed computer technology at major telecom company hubs, such as those of AT&T, which intercepts and reads messages before they reach their final destination. It is therefore quite conceivable that the balloting data being transported from individual voting precincts could be intercepted and reconfigured before it reaches its main tabulation point.
Unless adequate legal protections are enacted to protect against such possibilities, we may never know whether votes were changed even before they were tabulated. Unfortunately, the Senate version of proposed legislation (S.2248) that is supposed to protect against abuses of privacy, gives telecom companies immunity against criminal and civil liability for participating in unlawful electronic searches and seizures, and does not offer adequate safeguards against the possibility of such illegal tampering with votes.
As if this wasn't unsettling enough, while the Senate and House debate the final disposition of S.2248, the possibility remains of government interception of all e-mails and phone calls sent through the phone lines, including the messages sent by the presidential candidates and their representatives. Thus, while the Nixon Administration had to break into Democratic National Headquarters in order to get the lowdown on its Democratic opponents, the McCain camp, with the assistance of the Bush Administration, may now have only to go online to read about Obama's latest strategy for winning the election; thereby giving it the potential to thwart this strategy before it succeeds. Again, it is pie-in-the-sky optimism to suppose that such tactics as this will not be used by what can arguably be regarded as the most corrupt administration in the history of America.
As recently learned, there is currently a secret deal being transacted between the Bush Administration and the Iraq government that would establish permanent military bases in Iraq, thereby nominalizing Obama's promise to withdraw troops from Iraq and giving greater credence to the stalwart position of McCain to keep American troops in Iraq.
The strategy of the McCain camp will undoubtedly include stressing McCain's military and foreign affairs experience and emphasizing Obama's lack thereof. With the establishing of permanent military bases in Iraq, this emphasis will be further vindicated.
Notwithstanding a National Intelligence Estimate according to which Iran discontinued its nuclear weapons program in 2003, Bush has stepped up his rhetoric against Iran. He recently proclaimed, "Iraq is the convergence point for two of the greatest threats to America in this new century: al-Qaida and Iran," and he threatened, "If Iran makes the right choice, America will encourage a peaceful relationship between Iran and Iraq. If Iran makes the wrong choice, America will act to protect our interests and our troops and our Iraqi partners."
The Obama camp, not to mention every U.S. citizen, should be prepared for the possibility that prior to the November election, Bush will attempt to use his "war powers" to sidestep Congressional authority and launch an attack on Iran. From a purely logistical perspective, with simultaneous wars going on in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran, including a permanent presence in Iraq, it would make sense to have a commander in chief who is experienced in warfare. Obviously, this would place McCain in the enviable position of being able to boast of his wartime experiences and would leave Obama grasping for a response.
For the Obama camp, trying to win a victory against McCain and his Bush Administration support system may be like trying to play cards against an opponent who is using a loaded deck. But all American citizens on either side of the political divide should be concerned about the prospects of the 2008 presidential race becoming a power grab where the lives and liberties of all of us are used and abused to amass power and dominance, both here and abroad.
Those who support Obama need to beware. But those who support McCain need equally to beware, for winning a contest that is fixed is not really winning; and when the contest in question involves the defiling of the U.S. Constitution and the destruction of democracy, there are values at stake that far transcend one's party affiliation.
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Elliot D. Cohen is a political analyst and media critic. His most recent book is The Last Days of Democracy: How Big Media and Power-Hungry Government are turning America into a Dictatorship. He is the first-prize winner of the 2007 Project Censored Award.