June 27, 2002

The Writing On The Wall Series #6: Second Guessing and Asking Questions


Hello everyone

As President-select Bush tries to dictate his conditions to the world at the G8 Summit, there are more and more people back home questioning the official 9-11 story - and lots more!

Feel free to share...

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000


G.W. BUSH: "I will not tolerate second guessing."

DONALD RUMSFELD: "Those who ask questions could face government charges."


CONTENTS

1. Raising Questions on 9-11
2. Scams Away: The Boom Is Falling


See also:

Bush’s new Department of Homeland Defense: the scaffolding of a police state (June 8)
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/jun2002/bush-j08.shtml
The sudden announcement by President George W. Bush that he will seek the creation of a huge new federal Department of Homeland Defense, to control most federal domestic policing and security programs, must be understood on two levels. In its timing, it is a transparent attempt to distract public attention from the revelations of advance warnings to the government about the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. In its substance, the proposal represents an acceleration of the moves towards presidential dictatorship that have characterized every step taken by the Bush administration since September 11.

US Treasury Secretary warns the US is running out of dollars to pay its bills
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8143-2002Jun18.html
A collapse in the value of the dollar is implicit in a warning by the US Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill on Tuesday that the U.S. government will run out of money to pay its bills unless Congress increases the limit on how much the Treasury can borrow before June 28. According to an article in the Washington Post, "The national debt cannot exceed $5.95 trillion, and at the close of business Monday government borrowing stood a scant $25 million below that limit. Since mid-May, Treasury has avoided breaching the limit only by engaging 'in a series of extraordinary account measures,' O'Neill said." And, "Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) told reporters, 'The government checks for Social Security, veterans and civil service retirement will bounce if the debt limit increase is not passed.'" (PS2)

Excerpt from a Gold-Eagle editorial by Ursel Doran
http://www.gold-eagle.com/editorials_02/doran061702.html
"Never before has a Mania become so large as to suck in the whole world. Of all the past manias, the size and scope of the U.S. Stock Mania is without precedent. History indicates that ALL the past manias eventually correct back to about where they started. The NIKKEI has dropped from 39,000 to 11,000. NASDAQ is down to 1,500 from 5,000, after starting up at 300! DOW and S&P indexes appear to be magically held aloft with PE [price to earnings] ratios of 45, with 15 the norm. Never seen before. Crash of 1929 PEs were only 33. Never before have 50% of all USA households had all their worldly wealth in the stock market, and houses and cars they do not own. Banks, Fannie and Freddie own the houses, GMAC et al, the cars. The magnitude of the packaging, repackaging, selling and reselling of these liabilities, and the derivatives on them, is literally beyond imagination or comprehension - in excess of $100 Trillion."

Both items above taken from http://www.whatmatters.nu/wmemails/wmemails17.html#WM-8 -- WHAT MATTERS-88 published by "Boudewijn Wegerif" <wegerif@connectit.co.za>

Dollar Hits a 2-Year Low Against Euro (June 21)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/06.22F.dollar.euro.htm

Who Really Pays for Corporate Abuses
http://ens-news.com/ens/jun2002/2002-06-21g.asp
Corporations are often found responsible for grievous environmental and social injustices. Lives are lost, ecosystems destroyed, and racism and sexism flourish in many corporate environments. Yet the only punishment our system usually assigns is the payment of a fine. Does this approach do anything to deter the illegal behavior or do the industries simply consider it another cost of doing business? Even the most egregious polluters are rarely shut down. Most say that a hefty fine is the way to punish a business. But is this really true when the money comes from the company bank accounts and the individuals who are responsible for the actions walk away free? What if we shut down criminal companies, prosecuted their owners and officers, and distributed their profits among the victims and the agencies responsible for cleaning up their mess?

PART 2 - THE EMPIRE ISN'T IN AFGHANISTAN FOR THE OIL! (23 Jun)
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/oil-1.htm
Washington wants to take over Afghanistan in order to speed up the fulfillment of its strategy of pulverizing the former Soviet Republics in the same way Washington has been pulverizing the former Yugoslavia.

Why Washington Wants Afghanistan
http://www.tenc.net/analysis/afghan.htm
This article analyzes the geo-political designs behind the massive deception called The War On Terror.

Afghan war documentary charges US with mass killings of POWs (17 June 2002)
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/jun2002/afgh-j17.shtml
Showings in Europe spark demands for war crimes probe. A documentary film, Massacre in Mazar, by Irish director Jamie Doran, was shown to selected audiences in Europe last week, provoking demands for an international inquiry into US war crimes in Afghanistan. The film alleges that American troops collaborated in the torture of POWs and the killing of thousands of captured Taliban soldiers near the town of Mazar-i-Sharif. It documents events following the November 21, 2001 fall of Konduz, the Taliban’s last stronghold in northern Afghanistan. (...) Leading international human rights lawyer Andrew McEntee, who was present at the special screening in Berlin, said it was “clear there is prima facie evidence of serious war crimes committed not just under international law, but also under the laws of the United States itself.” (...) Late last year Doran shot footage of the aftermath of the massacre of hundreds of captured Taliban troops at the Qala-i-Janghi prison fortress outside of Mazar-i-Sharif. His film clips, showing prisoners who had apparently been shot with their hands tied, ignited an international outcry over the conduct of American special operations forces and their Northern Alliance allies. Doran’s new film includes interviews with eyewitnesses to torture and the slaughter of some 3,000 POWs. It also contains footage of the desert scene where the alleged massacre took place. Skulls, clothing and limbs still protrude from the mound of sand, more than six months after the event. (...) While the documentary has become a major news story in Europe, it has been virtually blacked out by the American media. CLIP

War Crimes: grave discovered in Afghanistan - U.S. involvement alleged (2002-06-21)
http://portland.indymedia.org/archive/features/2002/06/2002-06.html#4066

Australian TV show on Mass grave in Afghanistan
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/s586222.htm

INDECENT PROPOSAL
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=13423
President Bush's absurd plan for an interim Palestinian state will not resolve the bloody stalemate produced by suicide bombings and Israeli reprisals.

OUR DAUGHTER'S DEATH IS ISRAEL'S FAULT
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=11979088&method=full
"Our daughter was killed because of the terror of Israeli occupation. Every innocent victim from both sides is a victim of the occupation. The occupation is the cancer feeding Palestinian terror." (said Nurit Elhanan a doctor of language at Israel's Hebrew University)

ADDICTED TO OIL: CONFRONTING AMERICA'S WORST HABIT
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=13392
The relationship with America's most popular liquid has long since become self-destructive. It's time to re-examine the nature of gasoline.

R.I.P., Politically Incorrect
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=13400
As 'Politically Incorrect' ends its remarkable run, the appropriate farewell is not a eulogy, but a celebration of the show's rare willingness to speak truth to power.

GLOBAL: GROWTH OF INDYMEDIA (Jun 20 2002)
http://www.indymedia.org/
Indymedia Network Continues Growth Across the Globe. The Independent Media Center, or Indymedia, network, is continuing to grow explosively throughout the world. The first center, opened in Seattle in November of 1999 to cover the WTO Ministerial, has been joined by nearly ninety others operating in various localities on every continent except Antarctica. While almost half of the Indymedia centers are based in the United States, more are being formed in Asia, Africa, and particularly Latin America. Many of these media groups have grown from covering single protest events into independently-operating local sources of ongoing news and information. CLIP




Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002
From: Carol Brouillet <cbrouillet@igc.org>
Subject: Raising Questions on 9-11

Dear friends and activists,

"If you think you're too small to be effective; you've never been in bed with a mosquito."

We felt a bit like mosquitoes last January when we marched on our legislators demanding a Congressional Inquiry of 9-11. Subsequently, Bush and Cheney asked that the inquiries be limited to "why the CIA failed to prevent the attacks and how to justify expanding the National Security State to prevent the next 100% certain terrible devastating attack..."and overseen by the joint House/Senate Intelligence Committees with the assistance of outside staff headed by the CIA.. As a result of our march, I was flooded with e-mails from all over the world, sending thanks, encouragement, and offering bits and pieces of information, brilliant analysis, and an entire website by a mysterious MalcontentX entitled "September 11- Unanswered Questions" which is posted at my website- http://www.communitycurrency.org/9-11.html, which I have reorganized, adding links to ever increasing resources, including books, videos, humor, song,... but I have also been demonstrating weekly, making flyers, writing articles, press releases, organizing, speaking, not to mention taking care of the kids...

June has brought a burst of hope- with cracks in the official story, lies being exposed, the defense of the Bush Administration crumbling to dust, the strenuous, doomed efforts to control the damage. The telling leak from the NSA -(http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory &c=StoryFT&cid=1024578107418&p=1012571727102) that on September 10th the messages intercepted said- "tomorrow is zero hour", and "the match is about to begin." Indeed the match was "staged," the press compliantly began to "demonize and conjure" an enemy, ignoring the inconvenient observations that did not fall within the "official story."

Stepping back to see the larger pattern, one can see that "in order to win public support" one must always "contrive an attack," a justification for war. In retrospect it seems so obvious, the question is why doesn't everyone see it sooner? August West posted a piece on indymedia on "Why They Believe the Government- Left Denial on 9/11" (http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/03/117429.php). In the dysfunctional family, where a father abuses his wife and children, the first rule is "don't talk about it." The Second rule is "Don't talk about not talking about it." The third rule is "Don't talk about don't talking about don't talking about it."... Our Culture of Make Believe ( see Derrick Jensen's work on this- http://www.derrickjensen.org/) makes a complete mockery of truth, particularly the politicians, especially Bush, whose entire career is based upon lies, and whose reign is dependent upon secrecy.

We started working on a "transformational film on 9-11" with Derrick and others, to weave people's personal stories of transformation together with the harsher truths of 9-11, and our hope for cultural transformation when collectively people realize that "The War on Terrorism" is truly a "War on Truth, Freedom, Democracy, Dissent, All Opposition to Corporate Globalization/Transnational Facsism." There is a cartoon which captures the historical moment that we are in now; I'd like to paint it on a giant banner for my weekly demos, it is called "American Reichstag" by Charles Amsellem (at http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=165945) which shows Hitler and Bush standing before the burning Reichstag and WTC mouthing the same speech... This is where we are- the targeting of "convenient enemies," the "neutralization of opponents," the dismantling of civil liberties, the grab for power, the denial that "security forces" had anything to do with the attack upon which all these repressive actions are justified...

On June 10th, an extraordinary Press Conference on 9-11 and Public Safety was held in Washington DC (see http://UnansweredQuestions.Org for details). C-Span did not cover it, the "established Left/Progressive Press" did not cover it, but a video, audio tapes are available, investigative journalists came, the powerful truths, questions will continue to come out. Another event is being planned for New York City (PLEASE Contact- Kyle Hence to get involved kylehence@earthlink.net ), and many of us want to organize "Citizen's Inquiries of 9-11" to share what we have learned from one another, to raise issues, raise more questions, put more public pressure on the politicians, media, demand some accountability, rein in this criminal government which is threatening Americans, Congress, the World. (Remember the Butterfly effect- sometimes small actions can spark dramatic change...) Fortunately, outside the U.S., many excellent books, videos, articles are being produced which challenge "The Bush Administration's story."

I hope that you will join us in seeking the truth about 9-11, challenging and resisting "The War on Terrorism," and in transforming the system.

Carol Brouillet

P.S. Here are URLs to my articles...

Real Terrorists- Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld... (photos of our weekly demo) http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/06/132715.php

CDC Hearing on Smallpox Vaccination Policy in SF (Phase 2 in the War- the Bioterrorist attack)
http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/06/131803.php

Deadly Connections- Corporate Globalization, Space and War
http://www.communitycurrency.org/deadly.html

Spinning 9-11
http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/05/127984.php

Opposing the Emergency Health Powers Act
http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/03/119147.php

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See also

We won't deny our consciences (June 14, 2002)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0%2C3604%2C737060%2C00.html
Prominent Americans have issued this statement on the war on terror...
"Let it not be said that people in the United States did nothing when their government declared a war without limit and instituted stark new measures of repression. The signers of this statement call on the people of the US to resist the policies and overall political direction that have emerged since September 11, 2001, and which pose grave dangers to the people of the world. We believe that peoples and nations have the right to determine their own destiny, free from military coercion by great powers. We believe that all persons detained or prosecuted by the US government should have the same rights of due process. We believe that questioning, criticism, and dissent must be valued and protected. We understand that such rights and values are always contested and must be fought for. " CLIP

From: http://www.torontostar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=7c9ad2166fe240c0&pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1025042502405&call_page=TS_News&call_pageid=968332188492&call_pagepath=News/News

Tue Jun 25, 2002

9/11 conspiracy book is bestseller in France
Meyssan is the author of a book that insists no plane ever crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11 and all the attacks that day were plotted by a faction within the U.S. military. (...) "It's the biggest seller in the history and politics category in at least 10 years." (...) Now the book is coming to the United States - in late July. Its English title: 9-11, The Big Lie.




2.

Originally sent by "Dick Eastman" <eastman@bentonrea.com>

THOMAS JEFFERSON: "The management of foreign relations appears to be the most susceptible of abuse of all the trusts committed to a Government because they can be concealed or disclosed, or disclosed in such parts and at such times as will best suit particular views; and because the body of the people are less capable of judging, and are more under the influence of prejudices, on that branch of their affairs, than of any other. Perhaps it is universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad."

CLIP

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From: http://www.almartinraw.com/column58.html

by Al Martin

Scams Away: The Boom Is Falling

(May 22, 2001) In an incredible display of arrogance, George Bush said that HE (not the White House, but HE) will no longer tolerate second-guessing on the subject of the growing questions of what did the Bush Administration know and when did it know it regarding threatened terrorist attacks against the United States prior to 9-11. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld then came out with a press release from the Department of Defense, stating that "those who ask questions could face government charges."

The Bush Administration publicly stated that there is one congressional investigation ongoing into this matter, and they will not allow any further congressional investigations to be formed. Nor will they answer any further questions by the media on this subject.

This all happened when Fox News and MSNBC began to leak out some FBI documents, which our inside source had told us about a long time ago. This source actually knew the people who had been dealing with the major media outlets. They were FBI documents including a memorandum, which indicated that the warnings the White House had prior to 9-11 were in fact more substantial than what the White House let on.

The White House has admitted that it did have vague and nebulous warnings of a potential terrorist attack, led by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda group. But it had numerous such warnings, and as presidential press spokesman Ari Fleischer said, how many times can you cry wolf before people won't listen to you anymore? The White House also claimed that none of the information they had gotten from the FBI and the CIA was in substantive enough detail to put together any defensive plan of action.

CLIP

The Bush Administration is now circling the wagons. Imagine the arrogance of Rumsfeld to say that those who ask any further questions may face government charges. Rumsfeld said -- Look at the homeland security act, the so-called USA Patriot Act, which very few people have read all the way through to the fine print.

Bush further said that anyone who continues to ask questions is acting "unpatriotically," and that is a hell of a club to wield, particularly over congressional Democrats -- especially when you have 90% of the people supporting the "war on terrorism."

Rumsfeld said that anyone asking questions (referring specifically to congressional committees and the media) could be charged with giving aid and comfort to the enemy - if they attempt to question the motives of the administration with regards to its war on terrorism.

Senator Lieberman and Senator Daschle are up in arms about it. The Senate Democrat Caucus released a statement saying that they had warned the American people about this problem before -- regarding the USA Patriot Act and all the ensuing legislation that has since been passed. We tried to warn the American people before, they said, that the White House gave us the bum's rush in signing it.

In other words, no one who had voted on the US Patriot Act had actually read it. The only thing they got was a two or three page compendium from the White House press office, but nobody was actually given the time to read this thing.

The White House was able to give them the bum's rush by going to all members of Congress, both Republican and Democrat, and saying, "You'll sign it, you'll sign it now, you won't take the time to read it, and if you refuse to sign it, we'll label you as being unpatriotic" - something which all members of Congress were frightened of.

The Democrats were actually complaining about it. The White House threatened them to sign the bill (which became the USA Patriot Act) before they read it. The threat they used was that the White House would label Congressman so and so or Senator so and so as being "unpatriotic" -- this at a time when 91% of the American people supported what the president was doing. They did complain publicly, but they didn't go into a lot of detail.

Senator Lieberman had a constitutional law expert from Columbia University, who actually read through every word of it, including all the compendium of legislation that had since been passed.

Lieberman, Daschle and Gephardt wrote in a memorandum just released that Congress has effectively given the Bush Administration "near dictatorial powers." Lieberman then made a wise crack saying that, "You know, given a Bush, near dictatorial power is a recipe for disaster." And I doubt there would be many who would disagree with that.

The Administration is using a two-pronged attack. One of the prongs is that if you continue to ask questions you'll be labeled as "unpatriotic." Anybody in the media who continues to ask questions will lose their White House access. And if anybody wants to press it, they can potentially be charged with a criminal act, for giving aid and comfort to the enemy and questioning the motives and the president's decisions and his tactics in the war on terrorism.

It is possible to prosecute someone who continues to ask questions in the tremendous expansion of the War Powers Act of 1947 that the USA Patriot Act has facilitated. This is where the new concentration of dictatorial presidential power now lies -- in the newly expanded War Powers Act of 1947. That's why, in the USA Patriot Act, they did not specifically strengthen the Sedition Acts (S. 792, US Title Code 18) because they were afraid that it would cause too much publicity. The Administration got it in through the back door by dramatically expanding the War Powers Act, which by definition strengthens the Government's ability to prosecute somebody for sedition.

The accounting mess in the United States also continues to grow. The next targets are IBM, Baxter International and Lehman Brothers. We are also hearing about a whole new scheme - not only fudging the numbers, but IBM, Baxter and many other large publicly traded corporations are committing scams against their own pension accounts. They are creating fictitious trading profits, which they then scalp off the top of the pension plan and add to their bottom line to make their earnings look better. This is not just marginal. This is an out-and-out fraud - creating fictitious trades through employee pension accounts. These are trades, which weren't even actually executed, thus creating fictitious paper profits, then transferring those fictitious paper profits to the corporate treasury.

Nothing is skimmed because no money was actually created. These are just numbers for public consumption to bolster the price of the stock. This is money, which the corporation claims it earned - which it didn't. And who would sign off on this? Their in-house auditors and in-house pension actuaries.

This also illustrates the growing problem of pension fraud in this country. The Bush Administration tries to hide behind the US Government's Pension Guarantee Corp. They try to present this illusion to the American people - "don't worry about your pensions because we have the Pension Guarantee Corp." And a lot of people swallow it. What they don't know is that the Pension Guarantee Corp. has not been funded since 1986.

Currently the contingent liability of the Pension Guarantee Corp. exceeds its current assets by $3.5 trillion. As I've been trying to point out (Fox News and CNBC have also been reporting on this issue), our nation's public and private pension system is now shakier than it has ever been before -- since the tactic was developed during the Reagan/ Bush years of leveraged buyouts using pension money. This has caused a massive drain in the nation's public and private pension systems.

We are not talking about individual companies' pension schemes, but governmental pension schemes as well, like Social Security, where there is no money. There isn't any money anywhere in these pension schemes.

Steve Forbes, who probably understands that his political days are over, was also synopsizing the situation the way I did. If George Bush serves a second term, we will have a nation with a debt to GDP ratio of 236% and a debt service to budget ratio of 37%. We will also have an aggregate of $10 trillion, which the Reagan Bush Regime and the Bush II Regime cannot account for.

This is ten trillion missing dollars, which the Reagan/Bush people and the Bush Junior People (which are all the same people) cannot account for. It's money that's "missing" from the Department of Defense, the Treasury Department, the Education Department, Social Security, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, etc. The list just goes on and on.

This is ten trillion dollars, which the Reagan Bush/Bush Jr. people cannot account for. This is money, which will never be accounted for.

It should also be mentioned that the Federal Reserve reports (it's hard to find this information since you have to go to the Comptroller of the Currency) describes record outflows of money from the United States. It's money leaving the country from the so-called "Smart Republican Money Set," money that's leaving at record levels. Not only are the "Smart Republican Money Set" transferring their money out of the country into numbered offshore accounts, they are now beginning to expatriate themselves.

In the last six months, a record number of American citizens with a net worth of over $100 million have become expatriates.

They can't use the tax loophole act anymore to avoid capital gains, but what people don't understand is that when the Clinton Administration, over bitter Republican opposition, closed the expatriate tax loophole act of 1995, which said you could flee the United States and become a "tax exile" to avoid paying current capital gains taxes, this included only personal accounts. It didn't relate to built in capital gains in pension accounts, trust accounts and corporate accounts - which is where anyone who has any real money is going to keep their money anyway. In other words, this tax loophole act that the Democrats like to point to as one of their few successes is really a very hollow victory.

The Bank of International Settlement (BIS) indicates continued record conversion of US dollars by US citizens into gold in offshore accounts.

What does the Smart Republican Money know?

They know that it's all going to fall apart and that the Bush Administration has essentially given up any pretense of prudent fiscal management. It doesn't care how much deficit it creates.

The Bush Administration will make no effort to pay down the national debt and will make no effort to refund Social Security despite its pledges to do so, and it will make no effort to explain $10 trillion of missing money. The only thing the Bush Administration will do from now until the time it leaves office (whether it has one term or two terms) is continuously seek to expand defense spending with all of its rich revenues going to Republican interests, through contract skimming and offshore shadowy research groups controlled by Republican interests.

In other words, the Bush Administration will act with reckless abandon to complete the final phase of their agenda, which, according to George Bush Sr., is "the continuous consolidation of money and power into higher, tighter and righter hands."

As of right now, the top 1% of the population controls 63% of the nation's wealth. That top 1% is 78.3% Republican. If Bush serves two terms in office, the top 1% will control two-thirds of the nation's wealth and the Bushonian Agenda would have been effectively completed in terms of creating a New Ruling Elite.

It should be noted that the majority of the money that the 1% controls has been earned by some fraudulent activity.

Most of the expatriates (those with a $100 million or more) know the law and they know where to domicile. A lot of them are going to their luxurious resort mansions in Guiana. Not as many are going to the Cayman Islands because the Caymans isn't as tight a domiciliary as it once was. It used to be that everyone would simply go to their Caribbean retreats, but now that those retreats are not as tight (either protecting them from extradition or protecting their money) many now are simply going to their Swiss chalets. Their money is disbursed in hidden accounts throughout the world, but Switzerland is still the Haven of Last Resort for Republican Cabalists.

And then there's the recent pullout of the Crusader weapons system scam. CLIP

When will the American taxpayers wake up? It is almost too late, if Bush is allowed another term in office. The economic damage to our nation's public purse will be so severe that not even a fiscally prudent government coming in after Bush will be able to correct the problem because of the declining economy in the rest of the world.

Bush understands that it's too late. He's just operating with reckless abandon to suck every penny he can out of the US taxpayer and to consolidate within that one percent through a variety of scams, artifices, cross holdings, trust, limited partnerships, etc. the money and power they've accumulated.

It'll just be Scams Away for them until the end. In our new "War on Terrorism," it's no longer Bombs Away. It's Scams Away.

And whose fault is this? It is the fault of the American People who have supported Reagan, Bush and Bush II. Those who support him should receive their comeuppance.

When you keep scamscateers in power as long as US voters have (aka Reagan/Bush/Bush Jr.), eventually the bill becomes due.

Coincidentally Pfizer announced that there is a record number of depressed people in the United States. The number of depressed people in the United Sates since George Bush Jr. has come to office has increased by 11%. And that is the reaction to the Bushonian form of government. In other words, the American people have given up.

As always, the American people, not knowing what to do, being confused, not understanding what's happening, but understanding that the nation is slowly being bled dry, simply don't know what to do. They're fearful of their pensions. They're fearful for their 401K accounts. They don't know who to vote for. They've heard so many stories, so they simply take Prozac. The people don't know what else to do.

You know it's bad when not only the people take Prozac, but now those who cause the people to take Prozac, the scamscateers themselves, are taking Prozac. Washington, DC is now the Number One metropolitan area for sales of Prozac.

There's nothing like a good fresh scam. People I know from Washington (my old chums I knew from the time I was still in government) call me up and rub it in my face. People call me up and say, "Al, haven't you beat yourself up enough? You know there's no money in telling the American people the truth. Come back inside. We've got a great real estate scam here going against HUD. Everyone's going to make three or four hundred grand. You just move it into your offshore account. Your name will never even be used."

You don't think that gets tempting? I get my old pals in government calling me up and saying, "You know your offshore account has had a zero balance for fifteen years. And that's what you get for trying to tell the truth. Those who tell the truth must be punished."

And then I'm reminded of the words of George Bush who said, "The truth will get you broke."

Or I am reminded of the words of Oliver North who said, "The truth is useless. You can't deposit it in the bank. You can't eat it. It's absolutely useless."

And anyone who is interested in the truth doesn't have any money.

In Washington, there are no limits now. The covers have been blown off. There are no restraints anymore. There's not even a pretense. It's just naked, raw scams against the public purse. Nobody cares in Washington anymore. It's just grab what you can before it all comes to an end...







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