All Things Must Pass…. George.

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President Bush and Vice President Cheney knowingly lied to Congress and the public about the threat Iraq posed to the United States in the months leading up to the invasion of the country in March 2003, according to a long-awaited report released Thursday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Separately, a second report said former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld set up an intelligence office within the Defense Department known as the Office of Special Plans “without the knowledge of the Intelligence Community or the State Department” to promote alleged links between Iraq and al-Qaeda and cooked intelligence about Iraq’s weapons cache.

Douglas Feith, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and a main architect of the Iraq war headed the Office of Special Plans.

“Before taking the country to war, this administration owed it to the American people to give them a 100 percent accurate picture of the threat we faced. Unfortunately, our Committee has concluded that the administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence,” said committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV, D- W. Va.

The Senate report is the first document to state that Bush and Cheney knowingly made false allegations about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi dictator who was executed in December 2006.

“There is no question we all relied on flawed intelligence. But, there is a fundamental difference between relying on incorrect intelligence and deliberately painting a picture to the American people that you know is not fully accurate,” Rockefeller said in a statement.

Senate Report: Bush, Cheney Knowingly Lied About Prewar Iraq Intel

By Jason Leopold

The Public Record

Thursday, June 05, 2008  

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    • Edger on June 6, 2008 at 12:04 am
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    We’ll try to miss you.

  1. More like a fart… leaves a big stink behind him.

  2. “There is no question we all relied on flawed intelligence. But, there is a fundamental difference between relying on incorrect intelligence and deliberately painting a picture to the American people that you know is not fully accurate,” Rockefeller said in a statement.

    i keep reading and re-reading that sentence. and i keep wanting him to say… there is a fundamental difference between relying on incorrect intelligence and fabricating intelligence… okay. stop short of saying they lied. but but but…………..

    because the “that you know is not fully accurate” just doesn’t bite as it should.

    okay. so i’m not that excited. but it is something. it’s approaching it…

  3. It’s old news that they were lying.  We’ve known it for years.  Now there’s a report that confirms it.  BFD.  When are there going to be consequences for lying us into the Iraq war?  

    Or put another way, are consequences off the table?

  4. is wondering how many people have died since the Downing Street Memo was released 3 years ago saying pretty much the same thing.  

    • Viet71 on June 6, 2008 at 3:07 am

    that so many smart, knowledeable, caring individuals come here to express their views and frustrations.

    Do the evildoers view this sort of place as a bin into which go the views they abhor?

    I sometimes think so.

    99.9% of educated, thinking Americans don’t come here.

  5. …I find it significant that so many “new” old stories confirming the BushCo crimes, plans and back closet deals (Bush plans to remain in Iraq forever and ever in perpetuity) are coming out just as buhdy has asked how we can involve the People’s Champions to work to help us change course.  

    With so much coming out again right now, I think it a good time to start reaching out to some of these people.  We need a contact person, to contact the others.  How about Gore Vidal?  Bruce Fein? Jonathon Turley?  Anybody have any way to access some of these?  I think it is a good time to go for it.  

  6. But I’m also sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to those in Congress who voted to fund the war. In addition to an endictment of the Bush administration, the report is much like previous statements by Democrats who voted for the war and then later disingenuously said, “We were deceived. If I had known then what I know now . . .”

    It allows Congress to support the war and then dump the responsibility for it on the White House doorstep.

    • Edger on June 7, 2008 at 5:26 pm
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    after the report was released asking for her reaction and if she would now consider impeachment. She reiterated that it is “off the table”.

    No surprise.

    She probably is a little reluctant to impeach herself…

  7. that the source documents were available to members of Congress to inspect if they chose to.  Those who did not support the war seems to have the only ones who actually went to the source and looked for themselves and did not rely on the interpretations of this administration.  That means that the ones who did vote to support this war of aggression are lazy or incompetent or both.  I guess I should add IMHO, as though the facts can not speak for themselves.

    • C Barr on June 8, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Beware of darkness.

    • C Barr on June 8, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Beware of greedy leaders

    They take you where you should not go

    While weeping atlas cedars

    They just want to grow, grow and grow

    Beware of darkness (beware of darkness)

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