Late Night Musings: Time to get mad at THE Man again

Here’s a few head lines to sleep on:

Four months after Trayvon Martin shooting, Sanford police chief fired.  Talk about a little late to hold some one accountable and this would be it!

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, who came under fire for his department’s handling of the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, has been fired, City Manager Norton Bonaparte announced in statement on Wednesday evening.

“After much thoughtful discussion and deep consideration for the issues facing the City of Sanford, I have determined the Police Chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community,” Bonaparte said. “We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support.”

The Bush Administration was totally negligent about preventing 9/11 and now we’ve got the documents to prove it.

Many of the documents publicize for the first time what was first made clear in the 9/11 Commission: The White House received a truly remarkable amount of warnings that al-Qaida was trying to attack the United States. From June to September 2001, a full seven CIA Senior Intelligence Briefs detailed that attacks were imminent, an incredible amount of information from one intelligence agency. One from June called “Bin-Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats” writes that “[redacted] expects Usama Bin Laden to launch multiple attacks over the coming days.”

The famous August brief[ing] called “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike the US” is included. “Al-Qai’da members, including some US citizens, have resided in or travelled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure here,” it says. During the entire month of August, President Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Texas – which tied with one of Richard Nixon’s as the longest vacation ever taken by a president. CIA Director George Tenet has said he didn’t speak to Bush once that month, describing the president as being “on leave.” Bush did not hold a Principals’ meeting on terrorism until September 4, 2001, having downgraded the meetings to a deputies’ meeting, which then-counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke has repeatedly said slowed down anti-Bin Laden efforts “enormously, by months.”

These declassified documents also contradict Cheney’s claim of connections between 9/11 and Iraq.

A document declassified this week by the National Security Archive reveals that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) delivered a briefing to the Bush administration which directly contradicts former Vice President Dick Cheney’s claim that 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta visited an Iraqi intelligence official in Prague.

The document (PDF), dated Dec. 1, 2001 and delivered to the White House on the 8th, claims that Atta “did not travel to the Czech Republic on 31 May 2000,” and adds that “the individual who attempted to enter the Czech Republic on 31 May 2000… was not the Atta who attacked the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.”

Try to run this one through your brain: Security Agency Won’t Release Number of Americans it Spied On Because it Would ‘Violate Their Privacy’

Last month, Democratic Senators Ron Wydon and Mark Udall asked the National Security Agency how many U.S. residents were spied on under Bush’s 2008 expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allowed for warrantless eavesdropping. But on Monday, the agency told the Senators that they couldn’t know how many Americans it spied on because that kind of oversight would violate people’s privacy.

Wired.com acquired Charles McCullough’s response to the two senators, who are members of the Senate’s Intelligence Oversight Committee. McCullough, Inspector General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, wrote that the NSA “agreed that an IG review of the sort suggested would itself violate the privacy of U.S. persons.”

Wyden said that he and Udall simply wanted a “ballpark estimate” of the number.

But McCullough wrote that the agency was incapable of providing such a number, and an attempt to calculate the number would hamper intelligence missions.

With government employees like these, who need enemies?


15 Comments on “Late Night Musings: Time to get mad at THE Man again”

  1. RalphB says:

    I haven’t ceased being mad at the Man in years. Now I’m just getting more livid!

    • dakinikat says:

      I calmed down during the Clinton years but since then I feel like one of those cauldrons at Yellowstone.

      • dakinikat says:

        I want some arrests, frankly. So, do you suppose keeping the DOJ tied up with nonsense is part of the plan to avoid arresting the Dubya administration?

  2. fiscalliberal says:

    Dak – the only arrests will be in the history books after George Bush dies. There is a lot of stuff in the books out that the Bush administration comepletely bungled the Iraq War and fumbled gettin Bin Laden in Tora Bora.

    Its been a while since I read Dick Clarkes book. Randy Beers was his cohort at that time. I think Clarke complained bitterly that Condi ( Ntl Sec Officer) would not let him talk to the principles. Condi wrote her thesis on Russia and I guess they thougnt that qualified her. History will not treat the Bush Administration well.,

    The big question in my mind is – what was the state of Bush during the attack. He knew that he muffed it from the breifings. He was in the air, incommunicado for a long while. Rumor had it that as a fighter pilot, he went white knuckle in the aggresive tactics. During the attack, Condi put Clarke in charge and the rest went to the bomb shelter. I think they knew they speculated fourth plane was going to the capitol or the white house. Chaney gave the order – shoot to kill the plane. The passengers took it down. Later the air guard story came out that two pilots were sent up to take the 4th plane down. Commander was a male and other plane was a female. They scrambled so fast that the support cords disconnected by the plane heading for the runway. They did not have live amo loaded in the planes. They knew going up that if the plane was still comming in their only hope was to ram the plane.

    Cheney was in effective command. He claimed he had direct contact with Bush

    • northwestrain says:

      And then there was the anthrax — the FBI drove one innocent victim to suicide. We still don’t know who or how many were really involved. Samples were destroyed — cover up on top of cover ups. People died — but bush was taking the antidote before anyone knew that there was a threat.

      Seems like someone wanted a big bang somewhere — and they wanted their war with Iraq. Afghanistan just didn’t have enough bombing targets.

      History will not treat the Bush/Cheney keystone cops well — I agree.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    The next firing in Sanford should be of the City Manager, Norton Bonaparte.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Unbelievable! Wayne Schmidt, Michigan GOP Lawmaker: Silencing Lisa Brown Was Like Putting A Kid In ‘Timeout’

    Thousands of women protested when Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) was banned from speaking on the House Floor for a day after she used the word “vagina” during a debate over anti-abortion bill.

    But her colleague, State Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City), said Republican leadership’s decision to silence Brown was no different than putting a child in timeout.

    “It’s like giving a kid a timeout for a day,” he told Lansing radio host Patrick Shiels. “You know, hey, timeout, you wanna comment too far, you spoke your piece. We’re gonna let these other people have their dissenting comments, and then we’ll get back to business.”

    • northwestrain says:

      I would like to export all of those male chauvinist persons to a remote desert island.

  5. dailypuma says:

    Arianna Huffington, in her book, Pigs at the Trough, detailed that month long siesta at George Bush’s ranch. I recall reading that many high up republicans, both in the admin and outside as well, were very upset at how quickly Bush’s popularity had tumbled since his election and they felt something big needed to happen.

    It makes one suspicious.

  6. ecocatwoman says:

    You forgot about the Red Beanie Brigade & their Fortnight for Freedom campaign. From the NPR story:
    “The rhetoric is pretty strong. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who leads the bishops conference, says the White House is “strangling” the church. The bishop of Oakland warns of “despotism.” And then there was an April sermon by the bishop of Peoria, Ill., Daniel Jenky.

    “Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open,” Jenky says in the video, adding that the dictators would not allow the church to compete in education, social services or health care.

    “President Obama with his radical pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda now seems intent on following a similar path,” he says.”

    The full story here: http://www.npr.org/2012/06/20/155421644/bishops-launch-2-week-campaign-against-health-law

    I’m thinking they should be calling this protest Pedophiles for Religious Freedom.

    • RalphB says:

      Sounds right to me. It sure takes the pedophile stories off the front pages for the most part and gives their supporters some reason to rally around.