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By Joseph Cannon on 9/5/2006 10:43am PT  

Guest blogged by Joseph Cannon

As you probably know, ABC plans to commemorate 9/11 with a lying "docudrama" designed to portray Bill Clinton as soft on terrorism. As a small counter to such assaults on history, AmericaBlog reminds us the the Republicans once had a very different attitude toward terrorism.

In July of 1996, Clinton asked Congress for increased wiretapping authority in order to catch terrorists --- unlike Bush, who simply assumed such powers, consulting his lawyers instead of the legislators. The Republicans smacked down the idea, citing the dangers of increased presidential powers.

They also fired up their base with dark tales of a Clinton power-grab, using terror as a excuse. You can relive this history as I did --- by firing up Google Groups in order to see what Clinton's conservative opponents were saying about terrorism ten years ago.

Below, you will find a hastily-compiled selection of excerpts. Some of these comments were written directly for usenet, others are quotes from web sites or printed sources. In order to convey an impressionistic sense of how conservatives thought at that time, I've decided to forego names and dates; if you want full context, fire up Google for yourself. All the quotes appeared somewhere on usenet during 1996.

Those of you old enough to recall those days will testify that these sentiments were widely shared in conservative circles. The change in attitude is almost as stunning as the attempt to change history itself. As you read, ask yourself if you can imagine any of our modern death-to-Islam types saying such things about Bush or the current world situation:

Anti-terrorist hysteria has become the excuse for governmental attempts to circumvent online freedom of expression, guaranteed by constitutions, laws, and the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
It was to be expected that laws made under such circumstances of semi-hysteria would be imperfect and threatening to the liberties of innocent American citizens whose only "crime" was belonging to a "suspect" group or class whose opinions were not "politically correct." Such we believe was the case with the original "Terror Bill", and such we believe to be the case today with the legislation proposed by the Clinton Administration in the wake of the downing of TWA Flight 800 and the Olympic bombing in Atlanta.
Clinton could SAVE several billions instead of spending a meagerly $100 million by curbing U.S. terrorism with its predictable response from others. How? Stop what we're doing around the world.

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Paper not shipped to UK on Monday; NYT web page blocks British visitors
By Winter Patriot on 8/30/2006 11:57pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

Monday's New York Times included a long article about the alleged "liquid bombing plot", which --- as you may recall --- was reportedly broken up by British authorities three weeks ago.

The article "claims to reveal new information", and would certainly have been of great interest to NYT readers in Great Britain.

But they couldn't read it!

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One Other Suspect Charged; One Released; Charity Funds Frozen; more...
The Media 'Lid' Seems To Be 'On' --- But It Can't Contain That Old Familiar 'Fish Market' Aroma!
By Winter Patriot on 8/28/2006 6:00am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot.
Research assistance by Agent99.

British authorities investigating the alleged "liquid bombing plot" released two more (suddenly former) suspects last Thursday, charged one person, bringing the total now charged to 12, and extended the custody limit for the remaining suspects who are still being held without charges.

One of the two people released Thursday (August 24) had previously been described as "a potentially important figure" in the alleged plot, since his brother is (or was) supposedly the ringleader.

Allo, London? We're getting mixed messages here!

But then again ... what else is new?

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Police Say They Have Evidence Ranging From Bomb-Making Materials To Martyrdom Videos; Huge Investigation Continues - Story Finds Limited Space In British News Cycle [After the Mutiny, Before the Cricket]
Meanwhile, Chemists Wonder: How Could They Possibly Have Thought They Could Do This?
By Winter Patriot on 8/23/2006 5:00am PT  

Guest Blogged by Winter Patriot

An enormous investigation continues in Great Britain, where eight people were charged with conspiracy to murder on Monday and lesser charges were laid against three others. All eleven of the suspects who were charged Monday appeared in court on Tuesday.

From Monday's account in the Mirror: 11 Charged Over Airline Bomb Plot, police described the alleged evidence as follows (with my emphasis):

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke said this afternoon: "First there is evidence from surveillance carried out before August 10.

"This includes important, indeed highly significant, video and audio recordings.

"Since August 10 we have found bomb-making equipment. There are chemicals, including hydrogen peroxide, electrical components, documents and other items.

"We have also found a number of video recordings. These are sometimes referred to as martyrdom videos."

As for the charges...

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Broadcast also available in Sacramento, Eureka, Phoenix, and on the Internets! [Archived Audio Online NOW!]
We talked about what Peter calls 'the liquid bombers', and al-Q'aeda, and had a great chat --- as the MP3 files will attest!
By Winter Patriot on 8/18/2006 3:28pm PT  

Guest bloged by Winter Patriot

If you've never heard a nearly frozen voice coming out of your radio --- or better yet, coming out of a series of tubes --- your chance is coming soon.

Your humble and very cold blogger will be speaking with Peter B. Collins this afternoon, beginning at 5pm Pacific time (that's 8 Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain, and so on). I'll be filling in for Brad (who usually visits with Peter on Friday afternoons) and talking about "the thwarted alleged British-Pakistani simultaneous airline bombing plot".

I've written four articles for The BRAD BLOG about this alleged plot since last Thursday; here are the links in case you missed them the first time:

  • Thursday, August 10:
    An Avalanche Of Bullshit: Republican Attack Dogs Hit Democrats Nationwide Over Lieberman's Loss In CT Primary
  • Tuesday, August 15:
    Spin? CounterSpin! The Alleged British Airplane Bombing Plot, Counterclockwise
  • Wednesday, August 16:
    NYT Beats The Terror Drums Again, But Exposes A Vital Fact!
  • Friday, August 18:
    British News Full Of Terror Revelations; World Opinion Appears Skeptical
  • If you're in (or near) Monterey, Sacramento, Eureka or Phoenix, you can listen via broadcast radio. Otherwise you'll have to tune in to a streaming "tube-cast". Either way, click here for more details.

    Peter's shows are archived, so if you can't catch us live you will be able to do so later. I'll keep you posted on that. But if you can join us live, we'd love to hear from you. Give us a call at 888-5PeterB ... that's 888-573-8372. And have a good question ready! ;-)

    UPDATE: An audio record of my talk with Peter is now available online. In consideration of those readers with slow connections, I've broken the segment up into three files. Each is about 6 megabytes and plays for about 6 minutes. I hope you'll be able to download them without difficulty; I'll check the comments thread in case anyone has trouble.

    Here you go:

  • WP and Peter B. Collins, Part One
  • WP and Peter B. Collins, Part Two
  • WP and Peter B. Collins, Part Three
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    An overview of the most recent fallout from the thwarted alleged British-Pakistani simultaneous airplane bombing plot
    ALSO: Have our British friends gone Mad?
    By Winter Patriot on 8/18/2006 4:46am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    I did quite a bit of reading yesterday (British time) and I want to share some of the highlights (and lowlights) with you.

    On the British news scene, everyone seemed to have new and different revelations, all from unnamed sources, and all presented in a manner which (if you'll pardon my French) exuded an aroma reminiscent of a seafood market.

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    Administration Gets Stay Of Execution, Pending Appeal; Meanwhile They're Trying To Pass A New Law To Make It Legal
    But The Tricky Little Question Never Mentioned In Today's News Has Not Escaped This Nearly Frozen Blogger
    By Winter Patriot on 8/17/2006 10:55pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Today (Thursday), in Detroit, a federal judge ruled that the illegal covert spying program put in place by the Bush administration is unconstitutional and ordered the administration to stop it immediately. But the administration has given every possible indication of its unwillingness to comply.

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    None of the alleged terrorists arrested in Britain last week have even been charged!
    They didn't have tickets, they didn't have bombs, and some didn't even have passports --- but the threat was imminent. Yeah, sure.
    By Winter Patriot on 8/16/2006 10:24am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    I wasn't surprised to see the New York Times banging the terror drums again today. It seems to have become a specialty of the house. My attention was particularly drawn to piece in today's NYT by Eric Pfanner of the Iternational Herald Tribune, which bears this headline: Europe Seeks to Unify Airport Security Rules.

    I noticed that headline immediately, because I have good reason to believe it may be misleading...

    Nowhere in the article --- or anywhere else that I know of --- is there any indication that "Europe" "seeks" to unify airport security rules. Instead, the article describes what regular readers of The BRAD BLOG --- or of my own nearly frozen blog --- have come to expect: that Britain, represented here by Home Secretary John Reid, is trying to force the rest of Europe to follow it down the garden path that starts with phony terror and leads to totalitarianism.

    Based on what we've seen so far, we have no reason to believe John Reid and every reason to be suspicious.

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    A Case Study in the Bush/Rove/Cheney Administration's Agenda, Priorities and Spin Tactics
    What A Tangled Web They Weave --- But Not Quite Tangled Enough To Deceive!
    By Winter Patriot on 8/15/2006 7:04am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Unless you've been under a rock for most of the past week, you already know that people have been arrested in Britain and Pakistan recently, in connection with an alleged plot to bomb flights from Britain to the USA. According to reports of the arrests, the alleged terrorists were allegedly planning to take down 10 or 12 airplanes at the same time, and this grand-scale planning allegedly points to al-Qaeda. You may know quite a bit more than this, of course. Or at least you may think you do. But in point of fact, most of us probably know quite a bit less.

    This post attempts to dig beneath the surface, to look at various (mainstream and other) accounts of the events and to try to determine the nature, the scope and the scale of the manipulation that has been going on. It may not point us in the direction of greater truth, but perhaps it can help us to find a direction of fewer lies.

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    CNN, Westminster John Knox Press, Air America help move the story along
    Is The Official Story Falling Apart? Or Are We Seeing An Un-Controlled Demolition?
    By Winter Patriot on 8/13/2006 8:22pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    In the past few weeks the 9/11 Truth Movement has continued to move forward, propelled by a gentle nudge from a mainstream news source, a solid bump from the publishing arm of a major American church, and a full-fledged jolt from Air America.

    The Nudge: CNN's Lou Dobbs Wakes Up To 9/11 Lies

    In this short clip, Lou discusses the new book Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission, written by 9/11 Commission co-chairmen Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, who claim that the commission was lied to, not once but consistently, by the FAA and NORAD.

    Please watch this video. Among other comments, you will hear the following from Lou Dobbs:

    Well, this government doesn't deserve much credibility, does it? In point of fact, if all of the after-action reports are untrue, for whatever reason, that's a lie, because they were asserted as true by people who knew better, or should have.
    ...
    Incompetence and ineptitude on the part of this government, on September 11th and in the weeks and months leading up to it, are established. The fact that the government would permit deception after deception, whether honestly, if you can call it that, honestly intended or not. But the fact that they would continue and perpetuate the lie, suggests that we need a full investigation of what is going on and what is demonstrably an incompetent and at worst deceitful federal government.

    The Bump: Official Presbyterian Publisher Issues 9/11 Conspiracy Book

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    Republicans suggest Democrats are soft on terror, weak on national security, friends of Al-Q'aeda, undermining the president, yada, yada
    Got that? OK! Now: what --- if anything --- does this have to do with the 'Terrorists' arrested in England?
    By Winter Patriot on 8/10/2006 1:42pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    The Republican Spin-And-Noise Machine has shifted into high gear since Tuesday's Democratic Senatorial Primary in Connecticut, where the moderately anti-war Ned Lamont defeated the rabidly pro-war and pro-Bush "Democrat", Joe Lieberman, in a very close race.

    What does this mean? Has the Democratic party eaten itself? Or has it been torn in half? Is this a victory for the liberal bloggers? Or a defeat for the pro-Israeli lobby? Is it a repudiation of everything the Bush administration has ever done or said? Or maybe ... just maybe ... did the Democrats of Connecticut look at the two candidates and decide they liked one just a bit more than the other?

    If you listened to the words coming out of Republican mouths lately, you'd never even imagine that the result of the primary could possibly have been a reflection of the wishes of the voters:

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    The Great Religions Have All Been Betrayed ... Welcome To 'The Time Of Ignorance'
    By Chris Floyd on 7/28/2006 8:00am PT  

    Guest blogged by Chris Floyd

    A slightly expanded version of the column appearing in the July 28th edition of The Moscow Times, as posted at Empire Burlesque.

    The history of almost every religion is a tragedy of betrayal: the betrayal of the radical, egalitarian vision of its founders by generations of powerful elites, who twist and pervert the original principles in order to augment their own status, wealth and dominion. It has always been thus, but is nowhere more marked than among the "People of the Book" – Christians, Muslims and Jews – whose elites have for centuries steadily led their followers away from the sparks of light that shone in their beginnings, dragging them deeper into darkness, into error, until today the world finds itself mired in a new Jahiliyyah: "the time of ignorance."

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    Innocent Travelers Deliberately Snagged in Terror Net
    Chris Floyd has the details, courtesy of Denver's 7NEWS and Buzzflash
    By Winter Patriot on 7/24/2006 11:12am PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    Not for nothing is Chris Floyd one of my favorite journalists. He's one of my favorite bloggers too.

    Why? Because he cares so much, because he writes so well, because he pays such close attention. And because he never fails to mention things like this:

    Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota

    Want to know why the government shouldn't have overweening, unrestrained, unchallengeable "unitary executive power" to act as it pleases, even in the name of "national security?" Here's why – because such powers are always, always, always going to be abused, in ways large and small. This is an absolute, unalterable given of human nature, like the requirement for oxygen or the need for food: unchecked power will be abused, and innocent people will suffer. Only a cast-iron, gold-plated, copper-bottomed fool would think otherwise. Unfortunately, such specimens are swinging from the rafters in every branch of the government these days.

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    By David Edwards on 4/13/2006 12:21pm PT  

    Guest blogged by David Edwards of Veredictum.com

    Most people have little doubt that Americans were mislead into supporting an invasion of Iraq. As the war has continue, so have the lies. Here are a few of the latest...

    ABC News Report on False Claims about Bio-Weapons Trailers


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    The Bush Administration made claims that mobile biological weapons labs had been found in Iraq for at least a year after a several reports determined that the trailers were used for making weather balloons. The Washington Post first broke the story on Wednesday morning.

    The White House would not say if the President or others had read the report before continuing to use the trailers as case for justifying their war on Iraq.

    MSNBC Countdown Interview with Journalist Who Broke Phony Bio-lab Story


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    Countdown provides another great report on the Bush Administration's misrepresentation of Saddam era weather balloon trailers as mobile bio-weapons labs.

    Keith Olbermann interview Washington Post writer Joby Warrick who broke the story. Warrick responds to the charge of irresponsible reporting from the White House.

    ARAB TV - Iraqis Angry Over U.S. Military's Al-Zarqawi Propaganda


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    Al-Alam TV reports on a Washington Post article exposing a U.S. Military plan to inflate the role of Al-Zarqawi as a source of terrorism in Iraq. As the deceptions continue, Iraqis are becoming increasingly angry with the American occupation.

    The Washington Post article begins saying, "The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks"

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    By David Edwards on 4/12/2006 3:20pm PT  

    Guest blogged by David Edwards of Veredictum.com


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    Yesterday, Senator Barbara Boxer delivered a letter to President George W. Bush demanding that he apologize for his role in using NIE intelligence for political purposes. Boxer's letter begins, "I am writing to request that you apologize to the American people for your role in declassifying information for political reasons and authorizing its dissemination."

    Senator Boxer appeared on MSNBC Hardball to explain her reason for writing Bush. Boxer also spoke in support of Senator Feingold's censure resolution.

    From the MSNBC transcript:

    MATTHEWS: Thank you, David. Great report. With us now in California is California's own Barbara Boxer, the Democratic senator, who wants to censure President Bush for the NSA's domestic surveillance program and today SHE called on the president to apologize for, "declassifying information for political reasons during the Iraq war."

    Let me ask you this, Senator, are you going to follow through with this? Are you going to try to get him censured?

    SEN. BARBARA BOXER: Well, I absolutely feel that we can't close our eyes to what this president has done. You could ask me is it a smart, strategic move for the Democrats, I don't know if it is or isn't, Chris. But every day you think it can't get worse and it gets worse.

    Now we see how hard the president himself tried to hurt Ambassador Joe Wilson, who told the truth about Saddam Hussein and the nuclear weapons program. He told the truth that it wasn't happening. And yet in fact, this president wanted to release information that even he knew, and the administration knew, was suspect.

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