Bush Lies Continually…

From ThinkProgress:

On Tuesday, President Bush said he was never forewarned by the intelligence community that Iran had suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003:

In August, I think it was John — Mike McConnell came in and said, We have some new information. He didn’t tell me what the information was.

Now the White House is revealing that wasn’t true. In fact, Bush did know what the information was. CNN reports:

President Bush was told in August that Iran’s nuclear weapons program ‘may be suspended,’ the White House said Wednesday, which seemingly contradicts the account of the meeting given by Bush Tuesday.”

The White House statement released by Dana Perino tonight also states McConnell told Bush “the new information might cause the intelligence community to change its assessment of Iran’s covert nuclear program.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Imagine that…

Stubbed Toe Award — Hillary Clinton!

This week’s Stubbed Toe Award goes to:

Hillary Clinton for her efforts to be as hawkish as the next Republican and getting her sweet behind fried by Obama’s people now because of her Iran assessment. Senator Clinton definitely backed the wrong propaganda horse! Does America need a Presidential Candidate, let alone another President with such poor judgment?

Does America need a President with Botox in her face? Does America need a President who conducts foreign diplomacy in a similar manner to the current train wreck administration? No, we do not.

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Sy Hersh weighs in on the NIE Report

I heard this interview on CNN with Sy Hersh yesterday. It was really good. He was talking about this in November of 2006, and now must feel totally vindicated. Sy said he would have an article on this coming out next month in The New Yorker.

via: BradBlog

Sy Hersh: ‘[Cheney] Has Kept His Foot on the Neck of That Report … for a Year’

At a news conference yesterday, George Bush denied knowing that U.S. intelligence had learned the Iranian program had been suspended when he warned the American people last month that Iran was on the verge of launching World War III. He was not lying, Bush suggested, but rather his own incompetence and famous lack of curiosity led him to give the false warning. Bush said that when Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Mike McConnell told him in August that new information about the Iranian nuclear program had come to light, he simply did not bother to ask the DNI about the nature of the new developments.

If the muted response from reporters at the news conference to this assertion is a guide, journalists close to the White House appear to believe that it while it may be unacceptable for Bush to lie to them, it is perfectly okay for him to issue false predictions about an impending apocalypse if the warnings are based entirely on his ineptitude as commander-in-chief and his personal lack of curiosity.

Today we learn that Dick Cheney has known about — and actively suppressed — the intelligence community’s finding for over a year. In particular, Cheney knew that Iran suspended its weapons program when he made this statement on Oct. 21, 2007, in an address to a Washington think tank:

Dismissing Iran’s claims that it is seeking only nuclear energy and not a weapons program, Cheney accused Iranian leaders of pursuing a practice of “delay and deception in an obvious effort to buy time.”

“Our country, and the entire international community, cannot stand by as a terror-supporting state fulfills its grandest ambitions … The Iranian regime needs to know that if it stays on its present course the international community is prepared to impose serious consequences.” Read on…

BradBlog has the transcript to this interview with Sy Hersh.

Conyers sets the record straight on FISA

via: OpEdNews

by John Conyers Jr.

In recent weeks, there has been lot of conflicting information floating around about efforts by House Democrats to protect the country by adopting rules for intelligence gathering that are both flexible and constitutional. This week, President Bush suggested that my legislative alternative to this summer’s hastily-enacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) reform, the “Protect America Act,” would take away important tools from our intelligence community. He characterized as “obstruction” the skepticism that many of us have about granting amnesty to telecommunications carriers who may have cooperated in warrantless surveillance. I was disappointed that the President did not propose any concrete steps to improve our capabilities or protect our freedoms — he just repeated his demand for immunity.

This comes close on the heels of a recent controversy concerning the House Democrats’ FISA legislation stemming from Joe Klein’s column in Time Magazine on November 21st, in which his Republican sources seem to have spun a tale that led Mr. Klein to characterize our efforts as “more than stupid.”

I believe that it is time for a comprehensive and detailed response to the President’s accusations of obstruction, the misinformation in the Time Magazine column, and the debate over warrantless surveillance. Below is that response. Please let me know what you think, and feel free to pass along to your friends and colleagues.

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