BuzzFlash News Analysis November 18, 2003

How the Orwellian White House Continues to Keep the Saddam-9/11 Connection Alive, Even After Bush Debunked the Lie. They Are the Masters of "1984" Double Speak.


First, a letter to Buzz...

Dear Buzz:

I was a bit bored this past Saturday and thought I would turn on FOX News for a few laughs.

What I heard shocked me.

At the top of the list of stories they were covering was one about new "Top Secret documents" that had been leaked that provided "unimpeachable, unassailable" evidence that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin-Laden were tied together in the training, planning and executing of terrorist attacks throughout the world as well as the WTC bombing on 9/11.

Flabbergasted I picked up the phone and called Pacifica radio to report what I had just heard. FOX was claiming to be breaking the story live even as I listened and I thought that Pacifica would want the information right away. Well, as it turns out there was nobody there except a fellow who had something to do with Spanish programming. Turns out they don't have a news department on weekends. Typical Pacifica.

I e-mailed Buzzflash & Take back the Media.

Later that very day the Defense Department comes out with a story claiming that there is and never was a tie in between the two.

Today I turned to FOX again to see how they were going to weasel out of their story of the year.

It turns out they use the same method as the bush mob.

They just treat it like it never happened.

I didn't hear them say one word.

This is strange since they were giddy with the news two days before even having former military officers including a couple of retired Generals there to nod knowingly in agreement.

Also regarding a recent letter from one Elaine from Petaluma. Yes, there should be an outcry of voices demanding that bush turn over all information regarding 9/11. Not just the parts he wants too.

I wish I were more computer savvy so I could start a petition demanding that bush take the right action.

Perhaps someone can

Thank you,

Mitch from Woodland Hills

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BuzzFlash Responds...

Dear Mitch:

This dirty work and continual lying was probably the work of Arch-Neo-con, Douglas Feith, in collaboration with the Rupert Murdoch empire of media evil and lies. (BuzzFlash can't prove Feith actually handed the Weekly Standard the virtually meaningless memo, but the Weekly Standard interpretation reflects Feith's recent statements. It could have been Perle, Abrams, Rove, Wolfowitz -- well, they are all untrustworthy in the Bush administration.)

The fallacious charge that Saddam Hussein was connected to Osama bin Laden, which was recently denied by Bush HIMSELF, was resurrected last week in the Weekly Standard [LINK].The Standard, owned by Rupert Murdoch, is the "intellectual" Neo-con bed of radical ideas, subversive to American Democracy. It is kind of like a Pravda for Neo-cons with advanced degrees. It can't make enough money to survive, so Murdoch subsidizes it.

This was the lead paragraph of the misleading Weekly Standard article last week:

"OSAMA BIN LADEN and Saddam Hussein had an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003 that involved training in explosives and weapons of mass destruction, logistical support for terrorist attacks, al Qaeda training camps and safe haven in Iraq, and Iraqi financial support for al Qaeda--perhaps even for Mohamed Atta--according to a top secret U.S. government memorandum obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD."

FOX News, also owned by Murdoch, of course, received this baton of mistruth and prevarication about the Saddam/Al-Qaeda/9-11 connection (because that is the goal of this lie) and aired it across the nation and world. Meanwhile right wing NewsMax also picked it up [LINK]. You can rest assured that other Bush Cartel media outlets provided an echo chamber for the lie perpetrated in the Weekly Standard article. Rush Limbaugh was still being "rehabbed," otherwise he would have force read it to the Ditto Heads.

Meanwhile, the Department of Defense actually went to the trouble of issuing a denial of the lie resurrected by Murdoch's evil media empire [LINK], and went so far as to say:

"News reports that the Defense Department recently confirmed new information with respect to contacts between al-Qaida and Iraq in a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee are inaccurate.... Individuals who leak or purport to leak classified information are doing serious harm to national security; such activity is deplorable and may be illegal." [Bolded by BuzzFlash]

While not AS illegal and compromising to national security as the Plame CIA operative leak, once again the Bush administration is the one making public classified information. In this case, leaking and lying simultaneously.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post ran a November 14th article, in response to the latest Feith-Murdoch spreading of horse manure. The Post article was entitled: "CIA Finds No Evidence Hussein Sought to Arm Terrorists." [LINK]

In the article, Feith "defends" his claim, refuted by none other than "the man hotwired to God in the White House, George W. Bush," with a chilling Orwellian explanation, the likes of which is all too common from the Bush administration:

Last Thursday, Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith defended the administration's prewar position at the Council on Foreign Relations. "The idea that we didn't have specific proof that he was planning to give a biological agent to a terrorist group," he said, "doesn't really lead you to anything, because you wouldn't expect to have that information even if it were true. And our intelligence is just not at the point where if Saddam had that intention that we would necessarily know it."

In short, Feith is saying no proof is necessary because the Bush Cartel knows what the truth is even if it is a lie.

According to recent polls, 50% of the American people still support Bush. This is very scary, indeed. This deluded half of America has proven that we have reached Orwell's vision of "1984" in 2003.

Remember that a key reason Bush was able to invade Iraq was that he had used a combination of the Murdoch empire, right wing think tanks, pro-Bush corporate media, coerced and trumped-up intelligence reports, the evangelical fundamentalists, and a phalanx of administration misleaders to scare America half to death. Key to this Soviet style call to defend the "motherland" against Saddam's "imminent threat" was the conscious effort to persuade Americans that Saddam was directly linked to Al-Qaeda and 9/11.

That is why the vast majority of Americans, more than 70% in one poll, thought that Saddam was responsible for or deeply involved in the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attack. Americans believed this before the war on Iraq -- and AFTER the infamous Bush "Mission Accomplished" stunt on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.

Lately, the horrifying violation of national security committed by the White House and condoned by Bush (we are talking about the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame) has been forgotten. As we predicted [LINK], John "KGB" Ashcroft is in the process of covering-up the true damage done by the Plame leak and ensuring that they will not prosecute Rove or any other Bush official. The Justice Department's excuse will be that they cannot prove that the disclosure was "intentional," which is a prerequisite for prosecution. Bush will declare, in essence, no harm, no foul -- and the Democrats will let it all drop.

Meanwhile, the Murdoch evil media empire continues to be a conduit for Neo-con mistruths and lies. FOX News even went so far as to coordinate the timing of last week's failed GOP attempt to force a vote on three radical Bush judicial nominations (even though the phony "talkathon" succeeded in throwing some red meat to the radical right).

Democrats, Independents and Greens all too easily dismiss the impact that FOX (and other less biased, but still VERY biased, mainstream media outlets) have on the thinking of Americans who don't rely on the Internet for alternative news. Remember that more than 70% of Americans, at one point, believed that Saddam Hussein was connected to Al-Qaeda and had a roll in 9/11.

You cannot counter this kind of Orwellian media manipulation with good intentions. You have to battle for control of the media.

Otherwise, the slow creep into the Soviet-style Gulag that the Bush Cartel is imposing on America will continue.

They control the Congress, the White House, the courts and the media.

Most Americans are like frogs being boiled. It will be over for them long before they even know that democracy is being served up on a platter prepared for a Bush Politburo state dinner.


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BuzzFlash Afternote to Mitch: On November 18th, the Washington Post reported [LINK]:

The CIA will ask the Justice Department to investigate the leak of a 16-page classified Pentagon memo that listed and briefly described raw agency intelligence on any relationship between Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network, according to congressional and administration sources.... Excerpts from the memo were first published Saturday in the issue of the Weekly Standard dated Nov. 24. Under the headline "Case Closed," the article described the memo as documenting "an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003" between bin Laden and Hussein.

Of course, this will go into the same "case closed" file on John Ashcroft's desk as the outing of a CIA operative by the White House. How can the administration investigate its own damaging leaks? It can't, but the Democrats aren't keeping up the drumbeat, so another potential Bush felon will be left off the hook.

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Final Note to Mitch: The November 18th Washington Post Article also notes: "A Washington Post poll in August found that 69 percent of the American public believed Saddam Hussein was connected to the attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon."

Enough said.

Now, get out there and bang the drum loudly, Mitch.