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Connecting The Dots
Secrets & Lies
By Larry Kelley
"We're only as sick as our secrets."-Christopher Lawford, JFK nephew, from his book "Symptoms of Withdrawal."
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United Arab Emirates managing six to eight American seaports? On Wednesday night, Feb. 22, KGO's Ray Taliaferro, said In 2004 George Tenet, former CIA Director testified before the 911 commission that at one point the CIA knew exactly where Osama Bin Laden was located, but they couldn't kill him because he was with members of the loyal family of the United Arab Emirates. Osama has been known to frequently socialize with members of the Royal Family.
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Greenland is disappearing. In the past year, 50 cubic miles of the country turned from ice to water, according to a NASA study of the Greenland ice caps and if the trend continues, the country "can't survive." Despite the Bush Administration's attempts to muzzle NASA's top scientists, James Hanson, director of NASA's Godard Institute, says the disappearing act is happening twice as fast as it was several years ago and before W, it wasn't happening at all. Hanson recently told CNN's Lou Dobbs that America must "level off" the use of fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse emissions "this decade," or Greenland would be gone.
Bush decided that America could skip the recent UN Climate Control Conference in Montreal despite the USA being the world's largest polluter. And while 180 US mayors are committed to reducing emissions, W issued orders that government scientists shouldn't speak of the problem, especially before the '04 elections.
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Shortly after his appointment to the Presidency by the Supreme Court, Bush drew big laughs when he said he'd feel much more comfortable as dictator than president and said he'd rather not have to deal with Congress. Apparently he wasn't kidding.
When even Republicans vehemently objected to his port deal allowing an Arab country to manage six vital maritime entry points, he threw a hissy fit, threatening his first presidential veto if legislation were introduced to block the deal.
The next day, he said he didn't even know about the deal until after it was approved, apparently by Treasury Secretary John Snow. The president had demanded to know why an Arab country, United Arab Emirates, would be treated any differently than Great Britain, which had been in charge of the six ports. There were answers aplenty.
CNN reported that not only were two of the 9-11 hijackers from UAE but that this "ally" of the Bush Administration had been used as a financial and operational base for the attacks. In addition, the country had been used as a transfer point for smuggled nuclear components from Pakistan to Iran and North Korea.
And while Bush refuses to negotiate with Hamas because it does not recognize Israel, the president failed to mention that United Arab Emirates also refuses to recognize Israel and has vowed to destroy that country. Despite this and the 9-11 Report which gave the Bush Administration an F for port security, the president is willing to turn over six major ports to the UAE. His only support outside the White House seems to be from Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who said he "had faith" in his brother.
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U.S. troops appear to be off on yet another life and money consuming mission, this one in the Sahara Desert. According to ABC, $500 million will be spent over the next seven years, to send elite special forces, primarily Green Berets, to Algeria because the Bush Administration believes terrorists are trained there.
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Lt. William "Eddie" Rebrook, wounded by a roadside bomb last year in Iraq, received a $700 bill from the Pentagon while he was recovering in the hospital. KGO reported that the bill was for damaged body armor, specifically the breast plate he was wearing when he was wounded. The Army, embarrassed when the story became public, finally paid the bill after Eddie's friends and family tried to pay for it.
ABC reports that since the start of the war, 56,000 soldiers have been divorced from their spouses and the problem is so bad that the Pentagon is putting out a handbook advising "how not to marry a jerk." No joke. The Pope, meanwhile, released two doves to show his support for world peace. Some support.
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VP Dick Cheney's idea of fun is to kill innocent, defenseless birds, but on Valentines Day weekend he almost killed his friend when he ignored basic hunting protocol by firing blindly and lodging between five and 200 birdshot pellets in the face and upper body of his hunting partner.
The Raw Story website reported that the MSNBC website mentioned alcohol before the hunting began but that the reference disappeared after a short time. Cheney later admitted to "one beer" for lunch five hours before the shooting. He didn't speak to the police for 14 hours and the president for about 24 hours. Bush said he left it up to the VP to handle the matter however he wished.
Cheney, who received five special deferments during Viet Nam, didn't have the proper seven dollar hunting stamp and had been excused from taking the proper hunting lessons required for a permit. He quickly paid the $7 fee, after his spokesman tried to blame the victim for being near Cheney. There is a certain karma, it seems to having Dick Cheney as your friend.
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