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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Bush, this isn't your second 9/11. We're not being complacent in the name of patriotism.

This is a very sad time and a time when our nation should be united.  I believe that yet I can't help but feel that for the second time I'm helping Bush get out of trouble.  After 9/11 we had to accept him as a legitimate president.

Should we have?  Here's, Vincent Bugliosi, who was the lead prosecutor on the Charles Manson case, and not known for having "liberal" views.  This was an article entitled None Dare Call it Treason, in The Nation,

In the December 12 ruling by the US Supreme Court handing the election to George Bush, the Court committed the unpardonable sin of being a knowing surrogate for the Republican Party instead of being an impartial arbiter of the law. If you doubt this, try to imagine Al Gore's and George Bush's roles being reversed and ask yourself if you can conceive of Justice Antonin Scalia and his four conservative brethren issuing an emergency order on December 9 stopping the counting of ballots (at a time when Gore's lead had shrunk to 154 votes) on the grounds that if it continued, Gore could suffer "irreparable harm," and then subsequently, on December 12, bequeathing the election to Gore on equal protection grounds. If you can, then I suppose you can also imagine seeing a man jumping away from his own shadow, Frenchmen no longer drinking wine.

Bugliosi then wrote a book called  "The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President."  Bugliosi spoke on Court TV about the book.

  Let me just say before starting out, that if the Supreme Court in its December 12th decision had done the same thing for Al Gore that they did for George Bush, I can give you a 100% guarantee that I would have written the same identical book, "The Betrayal of America."

I had followed his career during the years since Manson and  had read Helter Skelter  (his book about it.)  Vincent Bugliosi is Mr. Law & Order, and has a great love and respect for the law.

If I have any credibility with the American people, and I hope I do, I want to tell America to wake up to the fact that on December the 12th, five members of the United States Supreme Court committed one of the biggest and most serious crimes in American history when they stopped the recount in Florida, took the election away from the American people, and handed it to George Bush. Unbelievably, five Supreme Court justices, not the American people, chose our president. And because of what they did, I am very serious when I say that in a just and fair world these five justices belong behind prison bars, as much as any American white-collar criminal who ever lived. I'm very confident that any fair-minded person who reads my book "The Betrayal of America," will not only agree with me but be absolutely outraged at what these justices did.

Read Bugliosi's reasoning for believing that the five justices committed a serious crime.

How would event the best defense attorney in the country defend these five justices when they themselves, in so many words, confessed to their crime. How did they confess? They confessed by saying that their ruling that different standards to count votes violated the equal protection clause only applied to Bush v. Gore, not any other case. But if their ruling set forth a valid legal principle good enough for Bush v. Gore, why wouldn't it be good enough for other cases? This is the first time in the 210 year history of the court that the court limited its ruling to the case before it. This fact alone, and all by itself, clearly and unequivocally shows that these five justices were up to no good, that they knew their ruling was bogus and fraudulent and only a means to hand the election to George Bush. Because if their ruling was based on the law, there's no reason under the moon for them to have said that it only applies to Bush v. Gore. And in "The Betrayal of America," I point out that like typical criminals these five justices left their incriminating fingerprints everywhere. Speaking as a prosecutor, in my book, I believe I prove that beyond a reasonable doubt that these five justices deliberately set out to make sure that George Bush became president.

Almost five years has passed since the last election.  9/11 happened four years ago.  We have had another disaster; this time a natural one.

There are so many things to hold Bush and co. accountable for.  Are we going to let them get away with an unneeded war,  Robert's being confirmed, interest rates that were held artificially low so they could look good in a faltering economy?  And so many other things.  Most important to me:

Will an investigation into Karl Rove's outing of Valerie Plame be postponed because we have to put all our resources into the hurricane?

Not while I'm around.  We let him steal an election in the name of patriotism.  In the name of patriotism, we will investigate Rove and Bush's possible participation.  We will not be fooled into complacency when it comes to Iraq or anything else.

We were innocent and naive before.  We played into Bush's hands.  Never again.

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Karl who? Amazing how well that trick worked, I've forgotten which cup the ball was under.. Wasn't Bin Laden under one, Rove under the other and Saddam under the third? ;-)

Good post Pia.

Posted by: Chandira | Sep 1, 2005 11:24:01 AM

It is truly amazing how the lies and deception of the Bush administration began with the fixing of the 2000 election and have continued to this day. If America has ever had a more corrupt administration it must have been back in the 1800s. The political understanding of the average American is at an all-time low meaning that people don't even spend the time to try and understand the spin that the politicians throw at them.

There was an excellent column in the San Jose Mercury News today describing how the city of San Jose was deceived by the Mayor simply because no one used their math skills to figure out how much money was being spent.


In this column Scott Herhold makes the excellent observation:

"Our exalted leader, George W. Bush, recently said we should stay the course in Iraq because to do otherwise would dishonor the memory of the 2,000 soldiers slain there. Emotionally, that rings a bell.

"But if you know anything about basic finance, you know there's such a thing as sunken costs. The losses of the past have little bearing on future risks. Because you've lost $10,000 on your favorite tech stock doesn't mean you'll get it back. Bush is much like the gambler who stays at the table, convinced his luck will turn. And it's our fault if we don't know enough about numbers to challenge him."

Everything points back to us, the electorate needs to keep questioning these dishonest leaders and continue to investigate their lies and deceptions.

Posted by: Dr. Forbush | Sep 1, 2005 2:14:48 PM

There is no question that part of the blame must go on the administration and the Congress who have continued to cut funding for the SELA flood project. Can we say with proper funding the tragedy could have been averted? No, but we can say with out it, there was no chance in hell it was to be avoided. None.

Do not let them off the hook because of this disaster, and do not let them off the hook FOR this disaster. The choice was his to make and he chose Homeland "Security(laugh)* over Homeland Safety.

I hope his conscience can live with the number of dead.

Posted by: The Cranky Liberal | Sep 1, 2005 3:57:47 PM

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Posted by: Zack Brown | Sep 1, 2005 5:08:32 PM


Bush said in a speech today that no one could have expected that the levees could break. But, the project that you mentioned was cut by the Bush administration in order to get money for the Iraq war. That echoes of Condi Rice saying that no one could have expected that someone would fly planes into buildings.

The Lunatic is running the asylum...

Posted by: Dr. Forbush | Sep 1, 2005 5:39:07 PM

I CANNOT believe this lunatic told us NOT to politicize this situation. Do you see what is happening in New Orleans? A lot of NOTHING. It's a DISGRACE.

The country was SCARED after 9/11 that we were all under attack. We're not scared now...the hurricane has gone but our helpless brothers and sisters - AMERICAN CITIZENS - mostly black and mostly poor - are DYING in New Orleans. George fiddled in Crawford while kids died in Iraq and Katrina bore down on the Gulf Coast. He's a disgrace. FIVE WEEKS OF VACATION? From doing what? Pledging our help all over the globe and then ignoring his own people? No rushing on top of a pile of houses with a bullhorn promising to help these people....no, no 9/11 photo ops here George...the good people of Louisiana wouldn't be so damn "grateful"...no, lets go help, hmmm..I don't know, the MIDDLE EAST...lets make up some story about helping the IRAQI people get free of some dictator...who helps us get free of George? ARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Posted by: blahblahfreakingblah | Sep 1, 2005 7:37:18 PM

After 9/11 the administration claimed that we needed to be better prepared in case of future attacks. They tried to scare us with visions of mushroom clouds. Well, the devistation in New Orleans comes close to what a nuclear weapon would leave behind. Actually a well placed truck bomb could have taken out a levee. So, where is the planning? What have these guys been doing for four years? Everyone saw the radar an knew the storm was coming? In a terrorist attack we don't have that advantage. Shouldn't they have a file full of plans?

Posted by: Dr. Forbush | Sep 1, 2005 8:22:40 PM

Dr. Forbush I secon that emotion, and I would also like to ask a very serious question; for the sake of argument and abstract thought is this how homeland security would respond to a major crisis situation because the type of destruction that has occured over three states is probably similair to a 20 megaton wmd minus the incinaration. Not to mention that New Orleans in particular is now subject to bio chem fallout from dead bodies, raw sewage, and toxic chemicals/petroleum floating in the waters which will be followed by mold, mildew, and other potentially more toxic fungus, Its not dispersment through out the city is a problem because all that moisture is great for the transmision of bacteria. This was the nightmare scenerio we had been spending billions to defend against and manage if it should occur, so where are the resources? And is this what we can expect if the real man made nightmare scenario ever occurs?

Posted by: The Iron Sausage | Sep 1, 2005 10:18:12 PM

That's right - its all Bush's fault. That bastard planned this whole thing so we'd forget about Karl Rove. When is the American people going to get rid of this monster?!

Bark, Bark, Bark.

Posted by: DennyK | Sep 1, 2005 11:33:13 PM

We are a nation lead easily away by faux fear when the real horrors are right in front of us under our nose but for some reason we refuse to see. As long as we are comfortable and it is not impeding on our lives too awfully much we go along, let the inconsistencies go, forget what happened the first election, forget what happened this past election. It was catching up to us slowly over the past year, then the hurricane, and there is no more catching up; it got us this time.

We wake up now, right?

Posted by: cooper | Sep 2, 2005 12:16:57 AM

"SELA flood project" In fiscal year 2006, the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bracing for a record $71.2 million reduction in federal funding.

Also, a study to determine ways to protect the region from a Category 5 hurricane has been shelved for now.

The district has identified $35 million in projects to build and improve levees, floodwalls and pumping stations in St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes. Those projects are included in a Corps line item called Lake Pontchartrain, where funding is scheduled to be cut from $5.7 million this year to $2.9 million in 2006.


Posted by: john | Sep 2, 2005 12:49:05 AM

Chickens do come home to roost

Posted by: headoc | Sep 2, 2005 11:14:19 PM

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