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Cheney's Crimes and Confessions


By David Swanson

Dick Cheney's statutory crimes are notable for their severity, their number, and his public confessions to them.  Torture is the least of it.

We can start with the crimes found in the three articles of impeachment contained in H Res 333 in the 110th Congress:

1. "Cheney has purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests, to wit:" (H Res 333 goes on to list evidence).

2. "Cheney purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda in order to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests, to wit" (H Res 333 goes on to list evidence).

3. "Cheney has openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran absent any real threat to the United States, and done so with the United States proven capability to carry out such threats, thus undermining the national security of the United States, to wit:" (H Res 333 lists evidence, or rather, absolute proof, since this act was completely and by definition public.  It was also repeated in later instances than those documented).

H Res 333 does not mention, but it is also relevant, that post-invasion Cheney clung to the idea that Iraq had WMDs, continuing to state the same lies even after near-universal admission by the U.S. corporate media that they were false.

H Res 333 also does not include much explanation of how we know that Cheney knew he was lying. Congressman Henry Waxman posted a searchable database of lies (since deleted when the Oversight Committee was effectively disbanded to accomodate the new president). It included (and I'm sure it still exists somewhere) 51 Cheney WMD and al Qaeda lies, and explained how we know in each case that he was lying.

Further documentation would begin with this:

CHENEY (August 26, 2002): "But we now know that Saddam has resumed his efforts to acquire nuclear weapons. Among other sources, we've gotten this from the firsthand testimony of defectors -- including Saddam's own son-in-law, who was subsequently murdered at Saddam's direction...During the spring of 1995, the inspectors were actually on the verge of declaring that Saddam's programs to develop chemical weapons and longer-range ballistic missiles had been fully accounted for and shut down. Then Saddam's son-in-law suddenly defected and began sharing information...That should serve as a reminder to all that we often learned more as the result of defections than we learned from the inspection regime itself."

But here's Kamel, the son-in-law, on CNN on September 21, 1995:

CNN: Can you state, here and now, does Iraq have any weapons of mass destruction left?
KAMEL: No. Iraq does not possess any weapons of mass destruction.

In the notes from Kamel's 1995 debriefing by the UN, he's asked:
PROF. ZIFFERERO: were there any continuation of , or present nuclear activities, for example, EMIS, centrifuge?
KAMEL: No...

And here's a declassified CIA document from their interrogation of Kamel:
"SOURCE HAS STATED SPECIFICALLY THAT THE CENTRIFUGES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED, AND NONE ARE LEFT HIDDEN"

Finally, we know someone at the White House was asking the CIA about Kamel at the beginning of 2002, because the WMD Commission refers to this document: "Senior Executive Memorandum (Jan. 12, 2002) (discussing the value of Kamel's information)".
Senior Executive Memoranda are produced by the CIA in response to high-level questions from the executive branch. But what this specifically said is unknown, because the CIA has turned down FOIA requests for it from the National Security Archive.

The Scooter Libby trial also exposed the lead role of Vice President Cheney's office in manipulating pre-war intelligence to defraud Congress into authorizing the invasion of Iraq. Sworn testimony revealed that Cheney's office managed the evidence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, all of which proved to be lies. Cheney personally visited the CIA several times before the invasion to pressure the CIA to distort pre-war intelligence. And Cheney exerted "constant" pressure on the Republican former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to stall an investigation into the Bush administration's use of flawed intelligence on Iraq, according to the next chairman, Senator Jay Rockefeller.

On July 14, 2003, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity laid out the case against Cheney: PDF.  But it wasn't just FORMER CIA officials.  Even George Tenet blamed Cheney.

And Cheney did not only threaten an attack on Iran.  He led an effort, similar to that on Iraq, to mislead the Congress and the public about weapons and other supposed rationales for launching an illegal attack on Iran.  He even held meetings to brainstorm strategies for initiating a war with Iran.

Cheney also led a campaign of retribution against whistleblower Joseph Wilson, including the outing of a covert CIA operative.

The trial of Scooter Libby (not to mention the later book tour of Scooter Libby) produced overwhelming evidence that Vice President Cheney personally led the campaign to attack Joe Wilson through the media. This "get Wilson" campaign included telling numerous reporters that Wilson was sent to Niger by his wife Valerie Plame, a CIA operative. Cheney was told by the CIA that Valerie Plame worked as a covert agent in the CIA's Nonproliferation Division, which is the critical division of the CIA responsible for stopping the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Cheney's efforts to expose Plame actually exposed her entire covert network, at tremendous cost to the CIA's secret war against terrorism. If Plame's work had been exposed by a double-agent in our government like Aldrich Ames or Robert Hanssen, that person would face prosecution for espionage and treason. The evidence of Cheney's role is more than enough to start a criminal investigation.  Here's some background:

* Just Another Obstruction of Justice
* The Two Redacted Pages
* Indictment of Cheney for Plame Leak
* Fitzgerald Again Points to Cheney
* Fitzgerald: "There Is a Cloud Over the Vice President"
* Libby Testimony Raises More Questions about Cheney's Role In The CIA Leak Case
* Libby Trial Sheds Light on White House
* Did Bush and Cheney Lie to Fitzgerald?
* Libby Told Grand Jury He Was Ordered to Leak Intelligence
* Court Hears Libby Describe Cheney as 'Upset' at Critic
* Libby Trial: Russert Ruins the Cover Story
* Addington Points to Cheney
* Cheney's Notes

Ambassador Joe Wilson, Congressional testimony July 11, 2007: Cheney initiated and directed Libby's wrongdoing.

Cheney 1

Cheney, of course, also, by his own frequent and bragging confession was a leading player in a conspiracy to commit torture, and those acts of conspiracy are felonies under U.S. law.  Here's an oldie but goodie:

* Washington Post's Series on Cheney

Cheney also played a key role in setting up illegal and unconstitutional spying programs:

* NY Times: "Dick Cheney sent Mr. Gonzales and another official to Mr. Ashcroft’s hospital room to get him to approve the wiretapping."
* Unimpeachably Impeachable
* Cheney Urged Illegal Wiretaps
* Ashcroft's ex-no. 2 says Gonzales, Cheney tried to take advantage of sick Attorney General.
* Cheney Wants Surveilliance Law Expanded.

In another criminal act, Cheney refused to comply with a subpoena from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Did Cheney send Gonzales to Ashcroft's hospital bed in an aggressive attempt to legalize a criminal spying program? He "doesn't recall."

 Cheney created the secret Energy Task Force which operated in defiance of open-government laws.

In fact, Cheney created new levels of secrecy in government never to be seen again until the presidency of Barack Obama:

* Cheney Exempts His Office from Requirement to Protect Classified Information
* Cheney Destroys Visitor Logs
* A New Dick Cheney-Alberto Gonzales Mystery

Cheney openly accepted bribes: he directed massive no-bid contracts to his company, Halliburton, and profitted from the same illegal war he defrauded the American public to launch: Give It Back, Dick.

Cheney increased the danger of climate change: Cheney Bypassed Environmentally ‘Clueless’ Bush To Craft Administration’s Climate Change Agenda.

Cheney Suppressed Evidence in the California Energy Crisis: Report.

Lest we forget, lest we allow all of Cheney's crimes to be repeated with impunity, lest we persuade ourselves that "looking forward" is a sane approach to law enforcement, here's a glance back at some of the evidence of crimes not yet presented to a grand jury:

* Cheney Country
* Dick Cheney Really Is That Bad
* Answering to No One
* Cheney's Long-Lost Twin
* Cheney Made Bush Commute Libby
* Why the Perjury?
* Lost Liberties
* Absolute Power Corrupts...Cheney
* Doak: Restore Constitution as law of the land - Impeach Cheney
* Nation needs intervention to get Cheney out of office
* Did Dick Cheney kill 70,000 salmon? Committee to probe
* Rep. McDermott: The Vice President Should Resign or Face Impeachment
* Dick Cheney's Dangerous Influence
* The Misunderestimated Mr. Cheney: The Vice President's Record of Willfully Violating the Law, And Wrongly Claiming Authority
* Impeach Cheney: The vice president has run utterly amok and must be stopped: By Bruce Fein
* Dick Cheney's Dangerous Son-In-Law
* Subpoena Dick
* The People vs. Richard Cheney
* Dick Cheney Rules
* Dick Cheney and Jim Wright Saved Reagan: What Can Cheney and Nancy Pelosi Do for Bush?
* The Spoiler: How Cheney ensures diplomatic failure with Iran
* Cheney's New Front in War on Reality
* Cheney Hints at Iran Strike
* Stink of Blood Money
* Cheney's the One
* Cheney Promises to Veto Employee Free Choice Act
* Impeach the Two of Them
* Dick Cheney and the Dog that Didn't Bark
* Mr. Cheney, Tear Down This Wall
* ISOO Asks Attorney General to Rule on Cheney's Role
* Impeach Cheney Part 1.
* Impeach Cheney Part 2.
* Impeach Cheney Part 3.
* Cheney Pursuing Nuclear Ambitions of His Own.
* Cheney Tried to Stifle Dissent in Iran NIE
* Cheney's Own Logic for Impeachment
* Challenging Cheney

MORE EVIDENCE

It is far from too late to take action, and I encourage everyone to do so.

"The common sense of mankind demands that law shall not stop with the punishment of petty crimes by little people. It must also reach men who possess themselves of great power and make deliberate and concerted use of it to set in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched. The Charter of this Tribunal evidences a faith that the law is not only to govern the conduct of little men, but that even rulers are, as Lord Chief Justice Coke put it to King James, 'under ... the law.' And let me make clear that while this law is first applied against German aggressors, the law includes, and if it is to serve a useful purpose it must condemn aggression by any other nations, including those which sit here now in judgment." -- Opening Statement of The Chief Prosecutor, Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, at Nuremberg.

 

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Why isn't Prosecution being advanced by the Dept of Justice? The evidence is mountainous!!!!!!, yet we are stupified by Dem complicity.

Darwin26

Peace and Justice Forums - Billings, MT co- producer
Veterans for Peace, (disabled Veteran, WIA Viet Nam '67 - '68).
National Accountability Action Network
June 25th Torture Accountability Action Day (group)

Obama is continuing most of the same crimes and controls the Justice Department.

Thanks for asking! :-)

AG Holder said during a Senate Judiciary Congressional Oversight Hearing on November 18, 2009:

"Ensuring justice requires the public’s trust and confidence in the criminal justice system. I am committed to using all the tools at my disposal to enhance the fairness and integrity of the criminal justice system in numerous ways."

And the DOJ's 2007-2012 Strategic Plan includes:

A major theme of integrity:

Integrity. Our leadership role and the funds entrusted to us by the taxpaying public demand that we maintain the highest levels of integrity and trustworthiness.

Goal 2: Prevent Crime, Enforce Federal Laws, and Represent the Rights and Interests of the American People

including subgoals:

2.5 Combat public and corporate corruption, fraud, economic crime, and cybercrime

2.6 Uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans

...and...

Goal 3: Ensure the Fair and Efficient Administration of Justice

...The federal judiciary system is the bedrock of the United States system of government, ensuring that laws are upheld fairly and that offenders receive just punishment for their crimes. Federal judicial proceedings must be open, secure, and free from obstruction, intimidation, or threat of violence....

3.2 Ensure the apprehension of fugitives from justice

See? It's all part of The Plan.

The Dept of Justice and/or the Supreme Court 5 were appointed by the GOP and/or Bush ... Alito, Thomas, Scalia, Roberts and Kennedy.

Those are the same Justices that appointed George W. Bush to the office of the President even though Al Gore won.

An unauthorized aircraft was just ten miles out from the Pentagon and this aircraft was being actively tracked and targeted my our military air defenses, so the "young man" informs the Vice President and asks, Sir, "do the orders still stand?", and Richard B Cheney whips his neck around and replies, "of course the order still stands", as the unauthorized aircraft strikes the Pentagon, and the two World Trade Center Towers also got two clean hits earlier that morning as well, NORTHCOM on "stand down" in full compliance with Cheney's "stand down" orders that morning..take action Obama/Holder link
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/46862

Also, AA 77 was never hijacked and couldn't have been. The flight deck doors were closed before take-off and were never opened during flight, Pilots of 9/11 Truth have found based on official documentation. I've read two articles about this over the past week or so, the second one today, and I'm not sure what website had the other one, but it was a copy from the website of Pilots of 9/11 Truth (easy to find by using their website's or organisation's name to search Google, which'll immediately return the right link).

"Flight 77 Cockpit Door Never Opened During 9/11 'Hijack'"

by Sheila Casey, rockcreekfreepress.tumblr.com, originally Dec 15 2009

http://rockcreekfreepress.tumblr.com/post/285492999/flt77fdr

I got that article from 911truth-sherbrooke.org, which is in Sherbrooke, Quebec (Canada).

MORE re. 9/11:

One part of this whole story is what happened to WTC 7 and a very important interview to listen to, or to view and listen to, was provided by Barry Jennings, a Black American who was with the NYC Housing Authority and who, before 9 a.m. on 9/11, was sent to head or take over as head of the security facility at WTC 7 before towers 1 and 2 collapsed, that is, were demolished. He gave a highly important interview to the makers or producers of Loose Change, who were to initially include this interview in their documentary film, but didn't do so after Barry Jennings changed his mind out of fear for his job and, I believe, his family's safety. After his death, the Loose Change producers decided the interview too important to keep from the public and they released it.

The authentic copy I viewed can be found by doing a Google of the website 911blogger.com and using Barry Jennings' name for search term.

"Barry Jennings" site:911blogger.com

Copying and pasting this above line into the Google search term box and pressing Return will work.

Everyone who hasn't viewed and listened to this interview, in which Barry Jennings describes how he and another man who was sent to the security facility or floor at WTC 7 finally were able to get out of the building after quite strong explosions occurred below the sixth or seventh floor, though they began their exit before the explosions occurred, beginning the exit due to being ordered out of building 7, and the explosions occurred as the two men were getting to the sixth floor and before WTC towers 1 and 2 came down; well, Barry Jennings did a great job in describing this experience, which includes the apparent fact that they wouldn't have gotten out if they hadn't finally met up with some firefighters in the building. The lobby of building 7 was apparently destroyed and these people walked over dead bodies on their way out, the lobby's floor having apparently been covered with bodies.

It's a critically important and historical interview that he gave and no one should miss it. And he definitely comes across as wholly honest; not fibbing, say, about anything he says in this interview.

Also of real value to read about 9/11 are the following two articles. Of course there are many others that are of value to read, or important, but I'll just provide links to these additional recent pieces.

"Western Governments admit Carrying out "False Flag" Terror"

by Washington's Blog, originally Feb 16, 2010

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17663

This above article is loaded with links to supporting articles, including news media, a page at Stanford U., and other websites that aren't just your run-of-the-mill yocal conspiracy nuts; without referring to conspiracy researchers who are careful and truthful, for since there are real conspiracies, real conspiracy researchers are essential for their work. And this above article provides many enough examples of real historical false flag attacks committed by governments in order to blame a target party and to fool their own populations or another country's population into supporting war without the people realising that they're being deceived into believing lies. This is backed up, in the above article, with evidence of government officials of various governments admitting to the false flag attacks, and the governments include Israel and the US, among others, while the officials admitting to the false flag attacks include the CIA and other officials. It also includes the government of Indonesia most likely having been involved in the Bali bombing(s), but it includes the whole US JCS, Joint Chiefs of Staff, having signed off on a plan to include false flag attacks against the US during Operation Northwoods and to then blame Cuba for these attacks. That plan, which was rejected by McNamara, I believe, of the White House administration or US Sec. of Def. at the time, included bombings in or on streets in the US, as well as an airplane that at least looked like a passenger aircraft and was made to look like it was carrying American students on board, after which the plane was to be blown up, by the U.S.

These students were really to be CIA agents disguised to look like students, while the plane they would've been on would've been secretly sent on a different path than publicly announced and an empty plane looking much the same, if not identical, was to be remotely controlled and blown up on route to or over Cuba, with Cuba being blamed for this. Etcetera.

That's a false flag the U.S. didn't carry out, but it's carried out others before, and psosibly since; while 9/11 definitely does have a strong resemblance of false flag. Even if some Saudis who're alleged hijackers were on the planes used as "missiles" on 9/11, this doesn't mean that 9/11 were not a false flag event. Patsies are used for false flags, and the above article gives the example of the U.S. having used some foolish Iranians in the 1950's to get them to act as communists and commit false flag attacks in order to get the population to rise up against their then good leader; because, we know, the U.S. elite must always steal other peoples' profitable resources.

If you read it, then you'll see that this above article is very, very important and that it provides critically fitting history to keep in mind when thinking about 9/11, which many former U.S. military officials, as well as other U.S. government officials and former CIA people variably claim the official story to be bogus. Some of these people also have publicly stated that Flight 77 did and could not have hit the Pentagon. Ray McGovren doesn't use those words, but doesn't say that AA 77 or any other airplane hit the Pentagon, either. He merely said, "whatever hit the Pentagon". These people all support the [need] for a new 9/11 investigation.

That includes Lt Col Anthony Shaffer, who was a member of the US Army's special intelligence team called Able Danger, which operated for roughly three years and specifically to track, monitor, ... Al Qaeda and its operations, meetings, etcetera, worldwide, but the team also found three or more active Al Qaeda or terrorist cells in the USA and got LOADS of documented information on all of this. Yet, when Able Danger could have shut down these cells in the USA and could have prevented the 9/11 attacks, the intelligence team was unconstitutionally shut down by or at least during the Bush Jr-Cheney administration and before 9/11.

There are videos for Lt Col Shaffer's testimony at Youtube and/or Google, Ray McGovern, and some of the other former U.S. goverment, military, ... officials, for their words on 9/11 and the 9/11 Commission's final report, which was so bogus that several members of the commission have clearly denounced it after its release; including at least one of these officials who clearly lambasts Bush, Cheney and the CIA for their unconstitutional obstructiveness, refusals to provide documentation required by the commission.

The other article is about the continuously growing worldwide news media attention to 9/11.

"The Media Response to the Growing Influence of the 9/11 Truth Movement.
Part II: A Survey of Attitude Change in 2009-2010"

by Elizabeth Woodworth, Feb 15 2010

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17624

Her article seems to have a part III included, for there's a subheading that begins with "III.", "III. The Changing Mainstream Media Treatment of 9/11 Evidence from early 2009 to early 2010: 18 Case Studies". I didn't read the article text preceding this latter section, but the latter is highly interesting and, I think, should be carefully read by everyone. It's not critically important, but is very good to read, and is very welcome news. Although I had already begun to develop the worldwide sense of where people are on the topic of 9/11 starting some years ago, the above one is a very good compilation, including updates I wasn't yet aware of.

Some of the news media covered in part III of this above article at first seem like bleak, depressing news media, but as the author explains in her concluding words in each case, even the apparent bleakness is really good news. And she did a very fine job in compiling this above article.

The first linked article, above, on Flight 77, is critically important, and the interview with Barry Jennings is also critically important; while the two articles linked mmediately above this closing paragraph are very important and very good to read, respectively.

And don't worry, Cheney's also involved in this. Otoh, you already brought up his stand-down, not stands-down, but stand-down order; just that flight 77 is not what hit the Pentagon and there's no evidence to the contrary.

Cheney's involved, and I'll make another post for a link to a video for an interview with Lt Col or retired Lt Col Karen Kwiatkowski for this. Otoh, that's about the war on Iraq; but, nevertheless, Cheney's also to be highly investigated regarding 9/11 and there's official though perhaps shelved testimony about him having given the stand-down order; just that AA 77 is not what hit the Pentagon.

BLACK BOXES

Btw, if you haven't read or heard of this yet, then it appears that [all] of the black boxes, the flight recorder boxes, of the airplanes used for the 9/11 attacks WERE FOUND and secreted away for "safekeeping", away from prying public eyes and ears. I've read about one, two or more U.S. government officials who have stated this, while one or more of these people added that these boxes are ALWAYS FOUND from crashed airplanes.

I also viewed a certainly credible video interview with a Ground Zero worker (a clean-up sort of worker from, I believe, some construction company) who said that he saw one of these boxes being placed on or in some vehicle and hauled away, while adding that another person there, a peer worker, I believe, told him of having seen two others of these boxes being removed and ... hauled away. Another thing he said was that he was told that he better keep his mouth shut.

Perhaps I'm misrecalling a little of what this witness said, but he did say that he witnessed people taking away one of these boxes himself and that another person working at Ground Zero said that he saw two other boxes being taken away. Am pretty sure the first guy also said that he was warned to shut up about this though.

And these weren't the only pieces of evidence that were criminally removed and secreted away. We have the same thing with a considerable number of video cameras from businesses around the Pentagon, the side that was struck by some object, as well as the steel from the WTC towers.

Flight 77? No evidence of it at the Pentagon, and it couldn't have been hauled away fast enough for reporters to have missed it all, for they were present ..., not immediately, but nevertheless soon enough, and we have pictures of the ground in front of where the Pentagon was hit from moments shortly after, with no real traces of AA 77 there.

Furthermore, AA said that 77 didn't take off on 9/11. AA came to change this story, but initially stated that 77 never flew on 9/11. And the same was reported about another airplane that was allegedly used for the strikes on 9/11. Real airplanes hit the WTC towers, but if it was one of these that didn't take off on 9/11, then some other plane hit the tower, instead. No AA 77 hit the Pentagon and apparently no other airplane did, either.

Cheney's involved, but not solely.

Mike Corbeil

From Feb. 16, 2010, White House Briefing by Robert Gibbs:

Q And on Iran, you said there will be consequences. Do you rule out military consequences?

MR. GIBBS: I wouldn't rule out anything. Our focus has been on the process of engagement. The Iranians have at virtually every turn either ignored or disregarded that engagement, demonstrating to the world that its nuclear program is not of the means and type that they have tried to convince others that it's for; that as a result of that, not living up to their responsibilities, that consequences will follow.

And that's what the President, the P5-plus-1, have been involved in. And, again, the letter that's gone to the IAEA from the French, the Russians, and the Americans I think outline a united position in dealing with Iran.

Thanks, guys.

Former US Army Intelligence Chief, Major General Albert "Bert" Stubblebine says "I've had a lot of experience looking at photographs".. "So, what hit the Pentagon?", the interviewer asks.. "I don't know exactly what hit it but I do know from the photographs that I have analized and looked at very, very, carefully, it was NOT AN AIRPLANE"..

"Take a look at the buildings falling down-they didn't fall down because airplanes hit 'em, they fell down because EXPLOSIVES WENT OFF INSIDE, DEMOLITIONS.."..video link
http://tinyurl.com/lq69q6

NYPD 9/11 Photos confirm the World Trade Center Towers (1,2,7) exploding, multiple floors at once, not collapsing by planes crashing and fires burning as falsely claimed by the Bush administration..view photos..link
http://tinyurl.com/yc6o8qc

I viewed one or two videos with him and one is, I believe, an interview in which he answers questions from a Japanese reporter. It's a good interview. Ret. Maj. Gen. Stubblebine answers well. But some people try to discredit him on the topic of his analysis on 9/11 because he purportedly has previously said that he believes that he could walk through walls, or that using mind power, people could walk through walls. I nevertheless found the interview and his analysis on 9/11 to be quite fine or good, and fitting with what many other people who explicitly and implicitly say that the official story is bogus say.

Of former U.S. military officers who say that AA flight 77 did not hit the Pentagon, there are more, but two names that come to mind are retired Lt Col Robert M. Bowman and retired USAF, I believe AF anyway, Major Doug Rokke, who probably everyone who reads at ADS knows of when it comes to the topic of D.U., depleted uranium. I've viewed some videos with Lt Col Bowman and only recall him speaking about the object that hit the Pentagon, but Major Rokke speaks on this topic and more, or has spoken anyway. The videos were at Youtube, though there might be some longer ones at Google Videos, and the one with Major Rokke was entitled something like, "9/11... Hello!".

There's a quite a number of former officials of various U.S. government offices who contest the official story; people from the political ranks, military, CIA, and possibly others. Ray McGovern is one of these people from the CIA, and he and Lt Col Bowman both describe the Pentagon as the most heavily or strongly defended location in the USA, including missile defence systems that would be used against aerial attacks.

TINYURL? Not a good habit.

You used TINYURL and I would recommend against doing this, for readers can't see what websites are linked to in this manner. I use Firefox and the Noscript add-on, in addition to using Threatfire and Avira's Antivir, so could open such tinyurl links without any real risks, but I don't open them out of principle. For proper Web or Internet etiquette, people shouldn't post links using services like tinyurl. If the real url is too long and the person making the post is worried about the long url being truncated, then ADS provides the ability to use HTML to create shorter hyperlinks that a reader can hover the mouse pointer over in order to see what website the real link will load.

Mike Corbeil

"Pentagon Whistleblower Reveals How Iraq War Intel Was Cooked" (31:46)

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-31821603377772546

Quote: "Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, who worked in the Pentagon and witnessed first-hand how a controversial intelligence operation was set up after 9/11, gives an insider’s account of how neoconservative Defense Department officials selected and manipulated intelligence to justify a U.S. invasion of Iraq. This video was recorded in January of 2004. This footage is from the DVD "HIJACKING CATASTROPHE: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire," produced by the Media Education Foundation."

I believe she had been working at the DIA. In this interview, she's too repetitive on some things and I don't agree with her on everything she says, but the rest of what she says is important, critically. The essential things that she says are damning for Cheney and his "political activists", who Lt Col Kwiatkowski describes as having occupied the intelligence team where she worked as a precedent. The military intelligence people had previously had visits from the White House, but NEVER anything like what Cheney et al did.

She describes them as having demanded intell. from the military's or Army's intell. people that'd support the Bush Jr-Cheney claims for justifying war on Iraq, but these intell. people, while this is also true of the CIA people who had initially worked for Rumsfeld, had no such intell. to provide and refused to support the claims of the White House. In the case of Rumsfeld, he replaced the CIA analysts who initially worked for him with inexperienced and yes-men "analysts", the OSP team, I believe they were called. In the case of Cheney et al at the military intelligence unit, they took the intell. that was available, selected some parts of it, and then packaged these parts with lies, which apparently constituted most of what Cheney et al ended up with; LIES and gross distortions.

She says that this was so fierce that Cheney et al were literally trying to "spin" the military intell. team and other military officers into believing and supporting lies, but these intell. people knew enough to not be fooled.

One thing I don't like in what she says is that the military regularly "spins" war stories, say, for the public, to deceive the public, and that this, the way she says it anyway, is supposedly okay. Maybe I'm misinterpreting her, but the way she says this struck me as if she doesn't mind the military creating spin to deceive the public. If that is what she really thinks about the military trying to deceive us, then this is not acceptable; it's to be condemned. It's un- and anti-constitutional. It makes them our enemies, from within, on taxpayer payroll, to boot.

That might be the one or sole thing in the interview that really got my steamer going and if it is, then it's just that the rest of what I didn't like was that she's too repetitive and pointlessly so, imo. Maybe some people benefit from being told the same thing multiple times in a short time span like this video is, but I don't and it frustrates me enough to only want to switch channels. Otoh, I believe to recall, vaguely, that there is another thing that she says that I disagree with her about; although this might again be due to misinterpretation on my part. I don't recall what this is and won't view the whole video again to verify, but I'm pretty sure to remember that there is another thing I disagree with her about; just that recall is vague.

I wouldn't forget the part about the military creating spin to deceive us though. That's not something I'd ever easily forget.

However, if we focus on the critically important things that she says, then it's a very important interview. It's eyewitness testimony from a retired Lt Col. about more CHENEY LIES and un- or anti-constitutional, voir criminal, coercive actions!

For people who foolishly think that there's no such thing as conspiracies or that conspiracy research is foolish, what Lt Col Kwiatkowski describes is an example of conspiracy. She doesn't use the word or draw or make or see the association, but it's nevertheless evident in what she describes about Cheney et al. It clearly involved [conspiracy]; conspiracy to LIE and, this, to criminally take the country (USA) to war (of aggression).

I am not an expert in law, but seem to remember that conspiring to commit crimes is a crime in itself; in addition to the crimes the conspirators carry out. If this is true, then Cheney can additionally be charged for leading criminal conspiracy.

Lastly, it's a great article that David Swanson provided. I've been quite fed up for years now because of people always and almost only targeting GW Bush, Mr Jr, and it's great that a focus like David Swanson has placed on Cheney has been produced for REMINDING us of the majorly corrupt and highly key role that Cheney played. Everything evil that Cheney did isn't covered in the article, BUT it's an excellent compilation of many and perhaps most of his lies, and his evil ways.

This article, what Lt Col Kwiatkowski says about Cheney et al, and what Lt Col Anthony Shaffer, a former member of the US Army's special intelligence team or unit called Able Danger, tell us is all and strongly complementary information. Lt Col Shaffer doesn't specify Cheney's name, but Able Danger was killed during the Bush Jr-Cheney administration, early into it and preceding 9/11, while this clearly (clearer than a sunlit day is) was a wholly criminal, unconstitutional, treasonous action; the killing of Able Danger.

Many of us often enough referred to Cheney as the real President hiding behind the disguise of VP. That's how strongly corrupt and powerful he was in the White House. But whether he really did override the President, or not, would still need to be proven; either way. He certainly gave cause to believe that he was like a President disguised as VP though.

I'm not sure if this was ever proven to be true, but there were reports some years ago that said that Cheney even ordered papers that were supposed to first go to the President's office and desk to, instead, be routed through Cheney's office, first. If this really happened, then it's usurpary; he would've been usurping the presidential office. Cheney would've secretly been hijacking the presidency. I wouldn't put it past him to have done this, or to at least try to do it, and wouldn't put it past some others to have gone along with this; but whether, or not, this happened requires proof and I don't have it, only recalling to have read some articles about this, or that mentioned this.

As for GW Bush, many people referred to Karl Rove as his brain; evidently because GW Bush was generally considered to have little of his own.

If Cheney provably did usurp the presidential office, then this is another criminal charge for his record when and if he is required to stand trial.

I wouldn't omit any of his crimes during his official VP years, but then this must or should apply to every high-level criminal of the White House administration, military, and ... so on. After all, they were complicit, and some of them did worse than only complicitly act, I believe. The guilty military leaders have NO excuses that can be justly considered acceptable and should answer for their criminal leadership roles. After all, they could have refused and had no valid reason to not realise that the White House was commanding war based on LIES. Furthermore, if 9/11 was a false flag or very much so, then military leaders, some, surely were complicit in this. After all, they didn't hold identically fitting war games the morning of 9/11 when or while the hijacked airplanes were on their way for use "as missiles" for nothing; it is highly improbable that this was an unrelated coincidence.

Mike Corbeil

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