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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:33 AM
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Bush: "Mike helped trace the terrorist attacks to the Al Qaeda"
And then what? Mike suggested that the U.S. invade Iraq instead?



http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,143997,00.html

WASHINGTON President Bush on Tuesday named federal appeals court judge Michael Chertoff (search) as his nominee to be the next homeland security secretary.

Describing him as a "key leader in the War on Terror," the president, in a Roosevelt Room announcement, said Chertoff has an "unwavering determination to protect the American people."

As head of the Justice Department's 800-member criminal division during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Bush said, "Mike helped trace the terrorist attacks to the Al Qaeda. He understood immediately that the strategy in the War on Terror was to prevent attacks before they occur."

Chertoff was a U.S. attorney in New Jersey before he became special counsel for the Whitewater Committee in the U.S. Senate. He was then a partner with the firm, Latham and Watkins, then joined the Justice Department as an assistant attorney general within the criminal division.
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Oversea Visitor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:35 AM
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1. Yuck
My red light flashing
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:36 AM
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2. Note how Bush is not in the frame this time...
unlike the Bernie photo op.... :evilgrin:
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:38 AM
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6. That's interesting
like he's standing back from an imminent explosion.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:48 AM
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20. Actually, there is a picture of the two together.Bush is in the background
with that silly smirk on his face. He looks like a combination of Gollum and a Gargyle.
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Sparkly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:54 AM
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21. Here you go.
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:07 PM
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28. wow...
i love those 'look of death' george pictures... he must hate everyone...
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Norquist Nemesis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:36 AM
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3. Question...
Why is an individual whose background is juris prudence being tapped as DHS? :scared:
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roenyc Donating Member (824 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:37 AM
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4. Special council for Whitewater!! wow
they reward well dont they. what a bunch of cronies
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rkc3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:37 AM
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5. I thought trial lawyers were bad guys. Apparently not Chertoff.
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DIKB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:40 AM
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7. Seriously. . .
If you were to record all the Reich wing's hypocritical statements, say on a blog or a hard drive, I doubt there'd be enough storage room.
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Tighthead Prop Donating Member (57 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:41 AM
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8. You know..
If he would shave his beard he could pass for a good Captain Picard from Star Trek.
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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:43 AM
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10. Or the guy from "The Hills Have Eyes."


:evilgrin:
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Demit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:11 AM
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15. oh now that's GOOD. Perfect likeness (harrowing and nasty too)
Do you keep an archive of movie posters for such auspicious occasions as this?
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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:20 AM
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16. No, I just Google or head over to Amazon...
...I thought of this guy the minuite I saw the news photos.

:toast:
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:35 PM
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25. Hi Tighthead Prop!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:42 AM
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9. I'd prefer this type of fanatic over Homeland than on the bench!
:eyes:
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:43 AM
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11. Mike must have been behind the times, because there were reports
handed to Shrub before the attacks took place linking the attacks to Al Qaeda.
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gauguin57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:47 AM
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12. Hell's bells. The first thing I said when I heard the towers fell ...
... was, "This HAS to have been Osama bin Laden."

I knew instantly it was al-Qaeda (because there had been news stories about the al-Qaeda chatter in the weeks before the attacks).

Where's my cabinet post? Huh? HUH?
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Edgewater_Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:56 AM
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13. ... and BBC Said It Was Al-Qaida THE HOUR IT HAPPENED!
So what else does the guy got?
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RuleofLaw Donating Member (345 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:03 AM
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14. Criminal investigation
Has anyone ever seen the result of this investigation?:

"As head of the Justice Department's 800-member criminal division during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Bush said, "Mike helped trace the terrorist attacks to the Al Qaeda. He understood immediately that the strategy in the War on Terror was to prevent attacks before they occur."


I seem to remember that the Taliban in Afghanistan said they would hand over Usama Bin Laden if the US could provide them with evidence that Bin Laden was behind the attacks. Colin Powell promised to do so. But then Bush decided it would be easier to go to war than provide the evidence.

If they have proved that Bin Laden is behind the 9/11 attacks, how come it is not wanted by the FBI for involvement in the 9/11 attacks?

CAUTION

USAMA BIN LADEN IS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE AUGUST 7, 1998, BOMBINGS OF THE UNITED STATES EMBASSIES IN DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, AND NAIROBI, KENYA. THESE ATTACKS KILLED OVER 200 PEOPLE. IN ADDITION, BIN LADEN IS A SUSPECT IN OTHER TERRORIST ATTACKS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/topten/fugitives/laden.htm

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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:34 AM
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17. "...prevent attacks before they occur."
"He understood immediately that the strategy in the War on Terror was to prevent attacks before they occur."

That's good, because preventing attacks AFTER they occur is pointless.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:39 AM
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18. I posted this in the LBN thread - he worked on WHITEWATER

As counsel to Senator Alphonse DAmato (R-NY) in the Whitewater investigation, Chertoff proved his loyalty to the Republican Party and his willingness to turn a legal investigation into a political one. He ruthlessly pursued the Clintons, on behalf of the Republican controlled Senate. Shortly after the congressional Whitewater investigation had been finished, Chertoff utilized his role in the probe to promote Robert Doles presidential campaign. Chertoff stumped for Dole as a warm-up speaker at a fundraiser in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Referring to his work in Whitewater, Chertoff asked the crowd, (Clinton) promised us the most ethical administration in American history. Well, how many of that administration are in jail now? Why does the White House spend more time hiding its files from subpoenas than it does pursuing drug dealers?'' How many members of this administration have to resign in disgrace?13

Chertoff also wrote an article for Newsweek in 1996 entitled Why Whitewater Matters describing the Clintons wrongdoing and why it was important. It is clear that Chertoff had no problem taking his knowledge of the investigation and using it to turn Americans
against the President during an election campaign. Senators might ask if this is an appropriate role for an investigator in what was supposed to be an apolitical investigation.14

http://www.allianceforjustice.org/judicial/research_pub...

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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:47 AM
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19. Yep. I think roenyc (post #4 above) summed it up best.
It's nice, though, that after the Clinton administration, George W. Bush has been able to advance HIS model of "the most ethical administration in American history," with NO "members of this administration hav(ing) to resign in disgrace"...

err...strike that last part. Clinton bad, Bush good. Fire bad, bread good. Yeah, that's the ticket.

:grr:

Somewhere in the U.S.A. today, SOMEONE is swallowing this hogwash...probably the same folks who would vote for "President Frist" or "President Gingrich" in 2008.

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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:05 AM
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22.  Wolfe just said he was very partison!!He ruthlessly pursued the Clintons,
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:07 AM
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23. but as someone on CNN just siad, he never got his man-or woman!!
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grumpy old fart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:27 AM
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24. From what I've read so far, this could have been worse.
This link from Stephanie seems a fairly thorough examination.....
http://www.allianceforjustice.org/judicial/research_pub...
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TryingToWarnYou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:45 PM
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26. Is it just me or does he look like a dressed up homeless guy?
NT
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:04 PM
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27. bush thinks everyone is as stupid
as he is..what a chimp trying to impersonate a person.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:38 PM
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29. J.I.N.S.A.
what else?
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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:50 PM
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30. Whitewater shill and Ashcroft crony...great choice, Chimpy!
And look at this:

"Eight days later, Ashcroft said at a news conference that "three Michigan men suspected of having knowledge of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, for example, were arrested on charges of possessing false documents."
He retracted the remarks, and one of his aides, Michael Chertoff, apologized to the judge during a conference call. "

http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0310/03/d01-287752.ht...

Chertoff is really into the Patriot Act. And while working with Ashcroft, he helped make up stories to get colored alerts...this is a perfect guy for Homeland Security.

Wait! There's more...

"For chose not to violate the law but to attack the law and its institutions directly. Their proclaimed goal, however unrealistic, was to destroy the United States. They used powerful weapons of destructive force and openly declared their willingness to employ even more powerful weapons of mass destruction if they could lay hold of them. They were as serious a threat to the national security of the United States as one could envision. Michael Chertoff, Law, Loyalty, and Terror: Our Legal Response to the Post-9-11 World, Wkly. Standard, Dec. 1, 2003, at 15.

http://www.soc.umn.edu/~samaha/courses/4162_04sp/cp0615...

Perhaps Chertoff helped out with trying to link al Qaeda with Saddam.

OK...digging more...there's this slightly alarmng news:

"The Bush administration's top anti-terrorism prosecutor said the United States had ample evidence that a devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil was likely long before Sept. 11. Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff cited nearly a decade's worth of hints that foreign terrorists were targeting Americans, though he did not say there was specific information that could have prevented the attacks. ``As of Sept. 10th, each of us knew everything we needed to know to tell us there was a possibility of what happened on Sept. 11th,'' Chertoff said. "

http://www.falloutshelternews.com/9_11_ODDITIES_old.htm...



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