Monday, April 17, 2006

How Much of a Dummy is That Rummy?

Anyone with his less than impressive military record (US Navy (1954-57), running two losing wars while at the same time cheating the troops and wanting to start yet another one should not only be fired-other solutions or terms come to mind as well.

Malfeasant planning, criminal negligence of soldiers and civilians, war crimes and all around idiot, may also be used to describe the job Rummy hasn't done.

Dubya cannot let him go for the same reason nobody "quits" the MOB...he knows too much.

As for General Pace standing up for Rummy..Would he have been on the side of crown during America's war for independence? No one should be impressed-only dismayed that he cares so little about the soldiers that were under his command.

Peter Pace should be ashamed for being such a "sell out." He failed in his duty to his troops and to the Constitution.

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Truthout State Department Memo: '16 Words' Were False by Jason Leopold Monday 17 April 2006

A State Department official who has direct knowledge of the now declassified INR memo said when the request came from Cheney's office for a report on Wilson's Niger trip it was an opportunity to put in writing a document that would remind the White House that it had been warned about the Niger claims early on.

Many other State Department officials believed that the existence of a memo that would, in essence, disagree with the White House's own assessment on Niger would eventually hurt the administration.

"This was the very first time there was written evidence - not notes, but a request for a report - from the State Department that documented why the Niger intel was bullshit," said one retired State Department official.

"It was the only thing in writing, and it had a certain value because it didn't come from the IAEA. It came from State. It scared the heck out of a lot of people because it proved that this guy Wilson's story was credible. I don't think anybody wanted the media to know that the State Department disagreed with the intelligence used by the White House. That's why Wilson had to be shut down."

As Prissy has said, Valerie Plame was a NOC and she was "outed" by game playing politicians sending a message to those in dissent.

Or in this case, anyone presenting dissenting evidence would be smeared as a lesson to others to remain silent. Prissy has a list of those Rove smeared and how it was done, in the archives.

Artic Beacon Fitzgerald Probe Headed To Switzerland, Marc Rich, Vince Foster And At Least A Trillion Dollars Of Stolen U.S. Treasury Money By The Bush-Clinton Mob; Treasury Agent Leo Wanta, Sent To Arrest Rich, Tells What Really 'Went Down' In Switzerland 15 Apr 2006 By Greg Szymanski

Wanta, the legally appointed trustor of $27.5 trillion dollars of money made at the end of the Cold War when the Soviet Currency was destabilized, is now tracing the funds, saying more than $750 billion has been traced as stolen in the biggest bank heist in U.S. history, orchestrated by the Illumnati-controlled Bush-Clinton mob.

The Patrick Fitzgerald investigation is spilling over across the pond to Switzerland, trying to trace the bank swindling and dirty dealings of Clinton-Bush bagman and Mossad agent, Marc Rich.

Sources near Fitzgerald claim the crime-busting Chicago special prosecutor is delving into why Rich was tipped off and able to evade a 1993 arrest attempt, ordered by FBI director William Sessions.

Those watching the Plamegate investigation hope Fitzgerald is the 'real deal' and not just providing a neo con dog and pony show, but sources claim the investigation is now meticulously looking into bank swindles by the Bush-Clinton mob, amounting to more than a trillion dollars, involving money earmarked for the U.S. Treasury.

And bank account records - tracing more than $750 billion of missing or stolen money - have been already provided as public record by Leo Wanta, the former U.S. Treasury agent assigned by Sessions to put the finger on Rich. (See accounts listed below

Truth is stranger than fiction...if it is this bad, Fitz will need a lot of help. If you know anything that could help, please contact the Dept of Justice. or National Security Whistleblowers Coalition

National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), founded in August 2004, is an independent and nonpartisan alliance of whistleblowers who have come forward to address our nation’s security weaknesses; to inform authorities of security vulnerabilities in our intelligence agencies, at nuclear power plants and weapon facilities, in airports, and at our nation’s borders and ports; to uncover government waste, fraud, abuse, and in some cases criminal conduct.

NSWBC P.O. Box 20210 Alexandria, VA 22320 or email Email NSWBC

Or write to Prissy, she'll refer you to the appropriate agency or organization.

NY Sun- Hat tip to Patrick Fitzgerald's posting, since only Fitz knows what is really going he's snickering over this one. No Hint Seen in Memo that Plame's Role Was Secret (She was a NOC-As RAW Story notes-the document itself was stamped "Secret")

Contrary to published reports, a State Department memorandum at the center of the investigation into the leak of the name of a CIA operative, Valerie Plame, appears to offer no particular indication that Ms. Plame's role at the agency was classified or covert. (emphasis pp)

The memo, drafted by the then head of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and addressed to the then secretary of state, Colin Powell, was carried aboard Air Force One as President Bush departed for Africa in July 2003. A declassified version of the document was obtained by The New York Sun on Saturday

Four page story-excellent read on this case, even if not completely accurate.

See the unclassified document

One laywer notes: But,in March 2002: Wilson briefed the CIA on his findings in Niger. The agency sent to the office of the Vice-President a memo of the report. Smells like coverup to me.

Indeed, inaccurate paperwork? Say it isn't so in government...

Yahoo Jury Finds Former Ill. Gov. Ryan Guilty He's a Republican A.K.A. a ReTHUGlican...

Co-defendant Larry Warner, a Chicago businessman and Ryan friend, was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, attempted extortion, illegally structuring bank withdrawals and money laundering. Neither man took the stand during their six-month trial.

Prosecutors accused Ryan of steering big-money state contracts and leases, including a $25 million IBM computer deal, to his friends and political insiders while he was secretary of state in the 1990s and then as governor starting in 1999.

In return for that help, Ryan was rewarded with annual winter vacations in Jamaica, stays in Cancun and Palm Springs and gifts ranging from a golf bag to $145,000 in loans to his brother's business, prosecutors said.

Warner, 67, raked in $3 million from Ryan-era deals, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald — who during the trial was also leading the federal investigation into the leak of CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity.

Takes real nerve with Rummy's track record to tell these gentlemen how to run a war.

From former CIA analyst Larry Johnson at NoQuarter. Throwing Rummy from the Train (Let Prissy help!)

Like it or not, Don Rumsfeld's time as Secretary of Defense is running out. The real question is who will be next to step out of the shadows and denounce him. So far, six retired Generals (four Army and two Marines) have stepped up to the microphone to denounce Donald Rumsfeld as an incompetent, failed leader and the list is likely to get longer in the coming days. The list, so far, of retired Generals is impressive (for those non-military folk, a Brigadier General has one star, a Major General has two stars, a Lieutenant General has three stars, and a General has four stars; four stars outranks the others)

And...This is not a simple case of the military trying to usurp or embarrass civilian leaders. The growing chorus of senior military officers recognize that if they do not speak out now that the debacle in Iraq could erode the publics' confidence that military leaders, especially those in the Army and the Marines, and leave the military with a tarnished legacy like the aftermath of Vietnam.

War Crimes Watch Gallup: Most Americans Critical of President in CIA Leak Case

Overall, 63% of Americans believe Bush did something either illegal (21%) or unethical (42%), while 28% say he did nothing wrong. While many more Democrats are critical, 3 in 10 Republicans also find that Bush did something illegal or unethical.

The more closely people are following the issue, the more likely they are to say he did something illegal rather than merely unethical.

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Rummy Trivia: Between his two stints at the Pentagon, he was chief executive of pharmaceutical giant G D Searle & Company from 1976-1985. He sold off several Searle subsidiaries, reduced the payroll by more than half, and made Fortune's list of the ten toughest bosses in America. Critics charge that he used his Washington connections to rush approval of Searle's aspartame (NutraSweet), which, by the time Rumsfeld left, accounted for more than half of Searle's profits. (Some experts refer to aspartame as neurotoxin and claim it was never thoroughly tested.pp) More info:History of Aspartame


According to Kaplan, the administration has formed what it calls the Iran-Syria Operations Group (ISOG), a body headed by Vice President Cheney's daughter, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Liz Cheney, and whose purpose is to encourage regime change in Iran.


The administration's pre-Iraq war creations of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) and the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans (OSP) may suggest one possible answer for why the administration feels the need to set up a secretive Iran operating group.

OSP was created to cull intelligence to make the strongest possible case for war with Iraq, while WHIG helped market the war based on the selective intelligence the administration collected.

Cheney is operating with more than $75 million at her disposal to ostensibly promote democracy in Iran.

Forbes Pattison: U.S. Passport Plan Could Cut Canada Tourism

That's our dictator Dubya, making friends the world over...

Village Voice Uh,Oh Dubya...that pardon you and the boys been countin' on isn't looking so good. Mutiny at the Supreme Court The Roberts Court signals the president that he is not immune from the Constitution

Pulling Padilla out of the military brig and into our real justice system, the administration filed a mélange of new charges—without any mention of the "radioactive dirty bomb" that John Ashcroft had tried to scare us with. When that happened, a majority of the high court—clearly resentful of the Bush team's trying to game the system by preventing the court from ruling on the lawfulness of putting people away as "enemy combatants"—decided to hear Padilla once more.

This time, although they decided to hold off on the "enemy combatant" ruling until Padilla goes through our regular courts, a majority of the justices showed they're aware that even if he is found innocent of the new charges, the administration can still put him into military prison again as an "enemy combatant."

If this happened to Padilla—warned John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and John Paul Stevens in their concurring opinions—the Supreme Court wouldl teach Bush a lesson he and the nation will not forget. Even, therefore, if Padilla is acquitted in a lower civilian court, the often cited Professor Michael Greenberger, director of the University of Maryland's Center Health and Homeland Security, told National Public Radio:

"I think we're going to see the end of the use of the enemy combatant status . . . arresting a U.S. citizen in the United States and claiming they can be held incommunicado without contact with the outside world."

More -later this evening...

Quotes for the Day

Rummy didn't learn this at Princeton... So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.--Peter Drucker (1909 - 2005)

Faith in the ability of a leader is of slight service unless it be united with faith in his justice.--George Goethals,American army officer and engineer (1858 - 1928)

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.--John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), speech prepared for delivery in Dallas the day of his assassination, November 22, 1963

When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882), Journals, 1824

Results from The Prissy Patriot poll:

Support Your Troops--If the U.S. military determined they would not support illegal orders (as determined by JAG's), would you support them?

Yes (92%)

No (3%)

Maybe (3%)

1306 total votes

One reader comments: If JAG is of the opinion that orders are illegal, i think many CO's would give serious thought to at least avoiding the orders, a classic tactic as old as the military. When given an order that is likely to get a lot of people hurt, and the order comes from a chain of command that has lost the respect of the people at the sharp end of the stick, all kinds of delaying tactics tend to pop up. This is a similar situation, but instead of getting people killed, it is placing them in legal jeopardy; the Geneva Conventions don't accept the old 'I was just following orders" defense for war crimes, so many CO's would try to protect their troops from that type of order. First by avoiding and stalling, then refusing if it comes to that point.

The Prissy Patriot supports military brass and others who refuse to stand in silence and watch this administration misuse our military personnel.

"Grandpa Bad@ss"