Sep 2006

Morality is not a major issue in Bush World

Mr. President,
There seems to be a disconnect on who is or is not a terrorist in your mind.
When you capture people in a sweep in Iraq, Afghanistan, you make the blanket assumption that they are all terrorists, until a suitable amount of torture at some undisclosed location, fails to get you any credible intelligence on future attacks on the United States.
It's the George-Bush "Guilty until torture proves they are innocent," system in full bloom.
With such an aggressive action against potential terrorists and as a warrior against terror, how do you justify keeping a known terrorist from justice?

Luis Posada Carriles wanted in Venezuela to face charges that he blew up a Cuban airliner in 1976, killing 73 people, is considered a hero among south Florida's Cuban exile community for his plots to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Carriles was captured and arrested by Federal agents on May 17, 2005. The Homeland Security Department issued a statement after Posada's arrest that said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has 48 hours to rule on his immigration status.

"As a matter of immigration law and policy, ICE does not generally remove people to Cuba, nor does ICE generally remove people to countries believed to be acting on Cuba's behalf," the statement said.

You have that person in who was judged to be a terrorist by a court of law where the defendant was provided with a lawyer and the evidence was presented for everyone to see. He also confessed, sentenced and jailed, and still you refuse to extradite him back to the country's prison from where he escaped. The reason seems to hinge on the fact that the airline he blew up was Cuban and that turning him in would cost you a lot of anti-Castro voters in Miami. The bottom line is that innocent Cuban lives don't matter I guess.

That is just one of the items Chavez was pissed off about when he addressed the U.N.'s General Assembly recently which, by the way applauded for his comments.

I just knew where he was going when he started his speech by called you a devil and that he could still smell the stench of sulfur at the podium.
He made several interesting comments during his speech

The Chavez government announced that resource-rich nations should be wary of you. He seemed eager to start that conflict. According to Rafael Quiroz, an oil industry analyst in Caracas, 85 per cent of the world reserves are in developing countries.

It was also mentioned that certain financial incentives will continue to keep Venezuelan oil flowing to the U.S. But if Chavez does ship its oil to someone else someday, who has the refining capability for Venezuela's type of crude oil it may spike oil prices for a while but Quiroz seems to believe the U.S. will import oil from another source, and it will all even out after a while. Venezuela will have to spend some major dollars on developing shipping and infrastructure to ship their oil from their eastern shores.

Besides the turmoil caused by Mexico's botched election, another nation in South America is also making some news.

Nicaragua is having an election which may signal another South American country going left on you.

Daniel Ortega is the leading candidate in Nicaragua’s presidential race, according to a poll by Borge y Asociados. Right now, 26.8 per cent of respondents would support the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) member in this year’s election.

Daniel Ortega Saavedra was the president of Nicaragua from 1985-1990. He was one of the commanders of the Sandanista forces.

Ortega became the head of the ruling junta that ousted Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in July 1979. In disputed elections in November 1984, he was elected the president. During the 1980s Ortega led the
Sandinistas in a long and bloody civil war against the U.S.-backed Contras.

Maybe your father told you about Ortega. Surely, you remember the Sandinistas and the
Contra civil war that Reagan supported.

You resurrected and appointed some of the most notorious participants of Reagan's failed Iran-Contra contingency; John Pointdexter, Elliot Abrahms, Otto Reich, and John Negroponte to some very impressive posts in your administration.

During the Iran-Contra war, Reagan spent more than $4 billion on El Salvador in the ’80s, backing brutal regimes and their death squads against the Sandistas. The 12-year civil war left 75,000 Salvadorans dead most of whom were civilians killed by U.S.-supported forces.

During the Iran Contra war, Otto Reich covertly disseminated intelligence leaks to journalists, to trump up a Nicaraguan "threat," and to promote the US-backed Contra guerrillas fighting Nicaragua's government as "freedom fighters," who actually tortured and killed thousands of civilians in Nicaragua. You nominated Otto Reich as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs, the top post for Latin America.

John M. Pointdexter lost his job as National Security Adviser under Ronald Reagan, and was convicted of conspiracy, lying to Congress, defrauding the government, and destroying evidence in the Iran Contra scandal. But that didn't keep you from appointing him in February 2002 to head the Office of Information Awareness at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

FOX News reported on November 21st 2002 that Pointdexter was responsible for the "Total Information Awareness Program" which allows the military to spy on the civilian population in the U.S.without search warrants by scanning personal information such as email, credit-card statements, banking and medical records, and travel documents for patterns that might suggest criminal or terrorist activities.

Your other famous choice was John Negroponte and he is a real piece of work. He was Reagan's ambassador to Honduras from 1981-85, who covered up human rights abuses by the CIA-trained Battalion 316 who massacred scores of Sandinistas and any villagers they thought were friendly with Sandistas.
The Baltimore Sun did a lot of extended reporting on Negroponte's role, bluntly describing Negroponte as "a retired career diplomat who helped conceal from Congress the murder, kidnapping and torture abuses of a CIA-equipped and -trained Honduran military unit.

You first appointed Negroponte be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in February, 2001, and after substantial opposition from Senate Democrats. The Republican-dominated Congress approved his appointment.
After the 9/11 Commission recommended a position be created to oversee all the security agencies, you appointed Negroponte as the first Director of National Intelligence, He was confirmed on April 21, 2005, by the same Republican-ruled Congress.

All of these examples prove Powell is right about you losing our country's moral high ground when dealing with terrorism.
The only thing he forgot to add was that you lost it long ago.
Decsions like providing safe haven for a known Cuban terrorist while clamoring for a crackdown on anti-american terrorism while torturing suspects caught in the field and appointees such as those mentioned, above speak volumes about your morality.

Chavez is making a lot of sense to many unaligned nations around the world. It may be time to arrange another attempted coup buddy.
Date: September 21, 2006 3:44:52 AM CDT

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