Thursday, August 17, 2006
UK Bomber's Plot: Be Skeptical
Speaking of Bush administration crap.... check out what Craig Murray, the former Brit Ambassador to Uzbekistan (who was removed from his post for criticizing the UK for committing torture by proxy) had to say about the folied UK bombers: "One thing of which I am certain is that the timing is deeply political. This is more propaganda than plot. None of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane ticket. Many did not even have passports, which given the efficiency of the UK Passport Agency would mean they couldn't be a plane bomber for quite some time. In the absence of bombs, airline tickets, and passports, it could be pretty difficult to convince a jury beyond reasonable doubt that individuals intended to go through w/ suicide bombings, whatever rash stuff they may have bragged in internet chat rooms. What is more, many of those arrested had been under surveillance for over a yr - like 1000s of others Nothing from that surveillance had indicated the need for early arrests. Then an interrogation in Pakistan revealed the details of this amazing plot to blow up multiple planes - which, rather extraordinarily, had not turned up in a yr of surveillance. Of course, the interrogators of the Pakistani dictator have their ways of making people sing like canaries. As I witnessed in Uzbekistan, you can get the most extraordinary info this way. Trouble is it always tends to give the interrogators all they might want, and more, in a desperate effort to stop or avert torture. What it doesn't give is the truth." Well, that may be true Murray, but c'mon... there is fear mongering to be done. Mass hysteria to be whipped up. Torturing in the name of liberty. Poll numbers to increase (Murray said): "We then have the extraordinary question of Bush and Blair discussing the possible arrests over the weekend. Why? I think the answer to that is plain. Both in desperate domestic political trouble, they longed for "Another 9/11". The intelligence from Pakistan, however dodgy, gave them a new 9/11 they could sell to the media. The media has bought, wholesale, all the rubbish they have been shovelled. Be skeptical. Be very skeptical" And it appears that former Prez Clinton sees all the rubbish BushCo has been shovelling on this politicized foiled plot and isn't afraid to tell us why he's skeptical: On ABC's "Good Morning America," Clinton got in the current Prez's face, slamming the Bush admin for linking the London bomb plot and the war on terror to the war in Iraq. "The Repubs should be very careful in trying to play politics w/ this London airport thing, because they're going to have a hard time w/ the facts. I don't think the foiling of that London bomb plot has any bearing on our Iraq policy." Oh c'mon Bill... now ya sound like Ned Lamont. Ya know?... the "al Qaida candidate"? Besides, when it comes to playing fear mongering politics for gain, the Repukes do it and it's practically considered a sacrament. Why else would Cheney be telling GOP donors in Arizona the "central front" in the war on terror is Iraq? Clinton, who never mentioned Bush by name, suggested the admin's claims that the UK plot looks like the work of Al Qaeda reveals a flaw in its strategy: "They seem to be anxious to tie it to Al Qaeda. If that's true, how come we've got 7 times as many troops in Iraq as in Afghanistan? Why have we imperiled Pres Hamid Karzai's rule and allowed the Taliban to come back into the southern part of Afghanistan?" Well... you just stop tossing those facts around all willy-nilly now Bill. That is not helping the BushCo fear mongering, ya know? Clinton also said the admin and GOP leaders in Congress had opposed tighter security on cargo containers at ports and airports. Feh. Can we all say Dubai Ports deal all together now, folks? Can we all say cutting the number of airport screeners and cutting $6 million in airport liquid bomb technology scanners? But I just feel sooo safe under GOP dictatorship, that I simply must sign over all of my precious civil liberties in the name of BushCo fascism b/c dammit: Freedom is on the march. Christ on a cracker, here's the next thing I'm waiting to hear from the delusional Repukes: Bush himself-- aided by illegal NSA wiretaps or some such thing-- caught the JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect and all of America's lil beauty pageant queens now finally have Dear Leader to thank for their safety, b/c ya know... since that poor lil girl was brutally murdered when Clinton was Prez, he is somehow responsible.