Monday, July 25, 2005

You Heard It Hear First, Loser

Here's a quote from White House Press Secretary Scott McClelland's website, March 17 2004:

" Q Scott, does Secretary Rumsfeld approve methods that Seymour Hirsch is reporting, that includes humiliating Iraqis or using sexual interrogation techniques? Was any of that approved by Secretary Rumsfeld, to your knowledge?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think the Pentagon has already denied the reporting by Seymour Hirsch, and they addressed that this weekend. "

Right. Of course, later it would all turn out to be true, but never mind. It's spelled Hersh, by the way, Scott, you fat bald lying little pimple of a man, you. Hersh, If you don't know, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who does something that most reporters barely bother to do nowadays; find out if the stuff coming out of the White House is actually TRUE, as opposed to reporting the news as Rummy would like it reported, which admittedly better serves the agenda of most of the great media houses of our day: improve stock holdings. See, Hirsch belongs to an old, outdated way of thinking about journalism, which is that it is supposed to help the people, catch the bigwigs in their lies so that they have to start being honest, and find out things that are true.

So what's this quaint, old-fashioned kinda guy discovered now? Here's a quote from Democracy Now's program of July 19, 2005:

"Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports in this week's issue of The New Yorker that President Bush authorized covert plans last year to support the election campaigns of Iraqi candidates and political parties with close ties to the White House. Hersh's article cites unidentified former military and intelligence officials who said the administration had gone ahead with covert election activities in Iraq that 'were conducted by retired CIA officers and other nongovernment personnel, and used funds that were not necessarily appropriated by Congress.'"

I'll summarize the interview for you, god forbid you should do any research on your own. Bush, backpedaling fast from his "weapons of mass destruction" nonsense as a pretext for invading Iraq (following Rove's burning a CIA Op because her husband exposed this lie as the great steaming mess of dingo entrails it was), told us that his real agenda for illegally and unpopularly invading Iraq was the "spread of democracy." Now it looks very much as if the administration used oil money from Iraq and retired psy-ops guys to rig the Iraqi elections in favor of the party that would be most supportive of the US presence there. Why all the cloak-and-dagger? Because there is a law (remember law? It used to apply to everyone, not just the enemies of the Bushies) that states that any clandestine action by the CIA must be reported to Congress. It's Congress' money that's being used, after all. So it should be obvious to even the most brain-damaged reporter out there that using oil money (instead of Congressional money) and retired ops (who are not technically members of the government) was an attempt to circumvent this law. And why would they wish to circumvent the law? Well, apparently they tried to rig this election on the up-and-up, fair and square kind of way:

"In response to the article, a spokesperson from the National Security Council denied that, saying the administration rescinded the proposal because of congressional opposition."

See, the idea is that the CIA is supposed to be used to advance our national interests, and it's in our national interest that Allawi gets elected, see, and right now he's running at 3% in the polls, so we need to go rig this election with our spies. And that garnered opposition? Right, specifically from people like Congressional Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali), who were horrified to learn that our soldiers had perished in order to "spread democracy" by the establishment of a government whose first act would be to rig an election. So this is the best defense these jokers have: "oh, no, we WERE going to commit this egregious act of dictatorship using your money, but we decided not to because those meddling stop-sign philosophy liberals got ethics all of a sudden."

Yeah, because this administration is always ready to roll over and die when the control-nothing liberals of Congress grab their collective nutsacks and manage to shake their fingers at the Prezzie. Anyway, it looks like they went ahead and did it anyway, funnelling who knows how much moolah into Allawi's campaign (perhaps you are aware that the London Review of Books recently figured, from US govt. reports, that the amount of Iraqi oil money and Congressional appropriation that has "gone missing" now totals twenty billion dollars?). So now Hersh has collected a mountain of evidence of direct intimidation of voters at polling places by Iraqi police, of former CIA agents bragging after the fact about stuffing ballot boxes, that at least 22,000 of the 30,000 Iraqi polling station were not monitored by any poll watchers or journalists at all, and that the results of each precinct reported directly to a central HQ, where, say, 10 votes for Allawi were made into 100, stuff like that. Allawi won the election at 15%, five times what he was expected to get.

This isn't speculation, this is evidence. I'm spinning it, of course, because that's what I do. But I bet you never heard this story before, did you? Find this story on CNN. Find it on Fox. Find it on the so-called Liberal, Bush-bashing NPR. You won't, chuckies, but if you want to read the original article you can find it in the New Yorker for the week of July 17 2005. Thanks, Seymour, there are a few of us out here who really appreciate it. But seriously, American people, how much longer are we going to lie here like a 2-dollar hooker while Curious George gives it to us whatever way he wants to?


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