Fantasy and Lies

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Bush Administration, War on Terror

Reuters is reporting a possible al Qaeda threat to the New York City transit system. DHS seems a bit ho-hum about it, but I can’t think of any political reason the Bush Administration would have for hyping imaginary threats now, unless they just wanted to do it one more time.

Dan Froomkin wrote last week,

When and if the curtain is fully pulled back on President Bush’s “war on terror,” how much of what he said will turn out to be true, and how much of it will turn out to be fantasy and lies?

The more we learn, the more it seems the appeals to fear that Bush used to rally the nation behind him were unfounded.

The latest example came yesterday in a federal courtroom in Washington, where a Bush-appointed judge ordered the release of five Algerian men who had been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for almost seven years.

As we now know — well, as we’ve pretty much known for some time — the Bushies were not terribly discriminating about the men they scooped up and held at Guantanamo as “enemy combatants.” Our country has been holding innocent men in prison as showcase prisoners, so that the Bushies could point to something resembling progress in the war on terror.

Last night on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show, Jonathan Turley said that Bush was refusing to pardon officials involved in torture because he figures the Dems are too spineless to indict anyone. Probably, yes. I hope I’m wrong.

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  1. biggerbox  •  Nov 26, 2008 @3:52 pm

    Why do news organizations report such stories?

    “an unsubstantiated report indicating that al Qaeda terrorists discussed targeting mass transit in New York City and the vicinity”

    Really. How is this news? Can you imagine a terrorist organization worth its salt that didn’t at least discuss targeting mass transit in NYC, especially during the holidays? It’s kind of a prime target. I thought we were assuming they discussed such things all the time.

    What next? An unsubstantiated report that the annoying dog down the street has thought about chasing a car going by?

    How was this news?

  2. Mike G  •  Nov 26, 2008 @4:54 pm

    a Bush-appointed judge ordered the release of five Algerian men who had been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for almost seven years.

    B-b-b-but they could have information on a *ticking time bomb* that they planted seven years ago!! We must *torture* them now to find out where it is! Wolverines!!

  3. mike in oly  •  Nov 26, 2008 @8:07 pm

    The dems will likely wimp out on doing anything to hold the lawbreakers in BushCo accountable for their crimes. They always do. They will spout some nonsense about moving forward and not looking back or playing the revenge game and once again justice will be denied. I wish just once we could have full investigations and lay it all out int he open and start prosecuting the guilty. I won’t be holding my breath.

  4. Bonnie  •  Nov 26, 2008 @8:24 pm

    The nice thing about the Watergate hearings is they were conducted by both parties. However, that was a time when the people (Democratic or Republican) cared about the rule of law. I wonder where and when we lost this. We need to remind the Dems about justice and their role in achieving justice for this country. The Republican Party used to be the party of law and order. I guess they dropped that when they decided to break as many laws as they could find. Just, way too sad for this country. I hope I am wrong, too.

  5. erinyes  •  Nov 27, 2008 @6:31 am

    Is there a reason why individuals, or a group of individuals cannot launch a law suit against the criminals in the Bush administration who have wronged us? Any legal eagles out there who can answer that question?
    I’d rather start a class action suit against them than let them get away with what they have done, and certainly would rather not sit on my hands while the Dems worry that it might look bad if they started proceedings against the monsters that drove us down this road, only to leave the car in a ditch full of septic tank drainage.
    It ain’t about getting even, its about justice, and making sure it won’t happen again, er, ACCOUNTABILITY.

  6. erinyes  •  Nov 27, 2008 @7:20 am


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