Sep
06

9/11 Daze

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George W. Bush made me a blogger of me. Writing was the only way of dealing with the intensity of the frustration at America’s
Bush-era follies:

A flood of post-September 11 articles asked how the attacks happened, what we would do next, and why terrorists hate us. One savvy pundit asked, Would America keep its head?

We invaded Iraq on trumped-up intelligence. We conducted illegal surveillance on our own citizens. We imprisoned people without charge, here and abroad. We rendered prisoners for torture and tortured others ourselves in violation of international law. All the while, millions of staunch, law-and-order conservatives supported and defended it, and still do. Vigorously.

Did America keep its head? Uh, no.

Just as a friend’s PTSD flares up each year at this time (she lost a loved one in the New York attack), we’re still coping with the aftermath of decisions made by Bush’s Mayberry Machiavellis. So sure that they were God’s instruments (if not Halliburton’s), they could rationalize all of it. Their elaborate justification memos in legaleze are still trickling out.

“We conclude only that when the nation has been thrust into an armed conflict by a foreign attack on the United States and the president determines in his role as commander in chief .?.?. that it is essential for defense against a further foreign attack to use the [wiretapping] capabilities of the [National Security Agency] within the United States, he has inherent constitutional authority” to order warrantless wiretapping — “an authority that Congress cannot curtail,” Goldsmith wrote in a redacted 108-page memo dated May 6, 2004.

The program, code-named Stellar Wind, enabled the NSA to collect communications on U.S. soil when at least one party was believed to be a member of al-Qaeda or an al-Qaeda affiliate, and at least one end of the communication was overseas.

The ACLU obtained the memos through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Staff attorney Patrick Toomey tells the Washington Post,

“Unfortunately, the sweeping surveillance they sought to justify is not a thing of the past,” Toomey said. “The government’s legal rationales have shifted over time, but some of today’s surveillance programs are even broader and more intrusive than those put in place more than a decade ago by President Bush.”

Now that Bush is home in Texas painting and Vice President Dark Side is still stumping for renewed U.S. intervention in the region his intervention helped destabilize, we are still dealing with the after effects of their misrule.

Has any one else noticed: Have any of these former global players from the Bush administration actually set foot outside U.S. borders since leaving office? Can they?

(Cross-posted from Hullabaloo.)

Categories : National, Torture

Comments

  1. Pretty sure Bush and Cheney are wanted for war crimes and can’t leave the U.S. for fear of arrest and trial in the World Court.

    Not as clear about others in that admin.

  2. andrewdahm says:

    Former Archbishop of the Episcopal Church, Rowan Williams, wrote a nice little book about 9.11 called “Writing in the Dust.” The only thing worse than the attacks themselves, he wrote, would be for those in positions of authority to use the attacks for political gain, to make inhuman enemies out of the other, to arrogate power because of fear.

    Which is what President Bush and Vice-President Manson proceeded to do.

  3. Tom Sullivan says:

    I think I know this:

    Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia.

    The trial held in Kuala Lumpur heard harrowing witness accounts from victims of torture who suffered at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    They included testimony from British man Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee and Iraqi woman Jameelah Abbas Hameedi who was tortured in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

    At the end of the week-long hearing, the five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered guilty verdicts against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their key legal advisors who were all convicted as war criminals for torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

    I just like pointing out what no one in the press seems to want to, especially when they invite any of these fine gentlemen onto TV to give us their expert opinions.

  4. I know that the official story of 9/11 doesn’t hold water, and that we haven’t been told the entire truth.

    How many years did it take for us to accept that the Gulf of Tonkin was a lie, even though at the time, President Johnson was saying privately: “For all I know, our navy was shooting at whales out there.”? That was merely the starting gun for the Vietnam War.

    It took almost 40 years for us to find out that the Joint Chiefs had proposed Operation Northwoods in 1962, a massive false-flag operation including “terrorist attacks on US soil” by phony Cubans, in order to gin up support to attack Cuba. Kennedy rejected it, luckily.

    Point is, there are sick minds able to dream this stuff up and lie us into wars. I hope we find out the truth about 9/11 sooner than 2040…