Thursday, May 19, 2005
He told committee chairman Senator Norm Coleman: "I know that standards have slipped over the last few years in Washington but for a lawyer you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice."
"I told the world that your case for the war was a pack of lies," Galloway informed the yahoos on Capitol Hill.
"I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims, did not have weapons of mass destruction. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to Al Qaeda. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11, 2001. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end but merely the end of the beginning.
"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong, and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1,600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies.
"If the world had listened to [UN Secretary General] Kofi Annan, whose dismissal you demanded, if the world had listened to [French] President Chirac, who you want to paint as some kind of corrupt traitor, if the world had listened to me and the antiwar movement in Britain, we would not be in the disaster that we are in today. Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported, from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq's wealth," stated Galloway.
Galloway then turned his attention toward "the real Oil for Food scandal."
"Have a look at the fourteen months you were in charge of Baghdad, the first fourteen months when $8.8 billion of Iraq's wealth went missing on your watch. Have a look at Halliburton and other American corporations that stole not only Iraq's money but the money of the American taxpayer," Galloway said.
"Have a look at the oil that you didn't even meter, that you were shipping out of the country and selling, the proceeds of which went who knows where. Have a look at the $800 million you gave to American military commanders to hand out around the country without even counting it or weighing it. Have a look at the real scandal breaking in the newspapers today, revealed in the earlier testimony in this committee. That the biggest sanctions busters were not me or Russian politicians or French politicians. The real sanctions busters were your own companies with the connivance of your own Government."
Now, that's what I call civilized discourse.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Somebody suggested that we start a new TV netwrok, WAR TV, say, so that word about what is really going on can be at least accessible, if not actually understood, by Mr & Mrs John Q Public and all the ships at sea.
We now have definitive, verified and undenied evidence documenting a panoply of lies told to the American and world publics about the invasion of Iraq, a bloody war which was neither legally nor morally justified, despite overt attempts to make it so by those who wished to launch it.
On top of that crime, we can now also add that of America's fourth estate, which has completely abdicated its role and responsibility to present this crucial bombshell of information to the public.
It gets worse, however. Eighty-nine members of Congress have taken note of the items described above, as well as a separate secret briefing for Blair's meeting, in which it was agreed that "Britain and America had to 'create' conditions to justify a war", and have sent a letter to the president, demanding a response.
And, yet, still there is no coverage from our press. It appears that demanding that the government respect the will of the people is no longer enough in American democracy. We must now also carry the burden of demanding that the media do its job and cover developments which are unfavorable to the national kleptocracy of which these giant media corporations have become a part.
Your elected (duh) representatives are hard at work, folks, and they’re working against you. It seems that outlaws will be the only ones without no stinkin’ badges when this bill hits the streets.
Forget the bullshit security issue. Mexicans, terrorists and anarchists aren’t stupid. Any hacker worth his Gyro Gearloose merit badge can make a pretty decent chip card with a soldering gun and some Superglue. How do you think Xerox got to be so big? Who’s going to police the damn police is my question. Where the fuck are the Congressional Democrats on this one? I keep hearing the pissing and moaning coming out of blogosphereland about the chicanery of the Repugs, but nary a whisper about the backstabbing of the Dems.
What am I saying? These guys don’t have the energy to backstab, they just laid down and said “Roll over us; it’s for National Security; there is no higher good than that. And screw us in the ass while you’re at it.”
This boondoggle is going to cost billions, employ apes and jam every waiting line from Cucamonga to Copley Square Station. And how the hell are we going to pay for it? This is a just a disaster waiting to happen, and you can bet your bottom dollar that the Diebold, Sequoia and Election System & Software corporations (the clowns that brought you rigged touch screen voting) are going to be up to their omicrons in no-bid contracts on this one.
Our freedoms and our liberties just keep slipping away; slip and slide and then they are no more. “National Security!” they cry, as if it weren’t a plain fact of life that we all “proceed at our own risk,” wherever we go and whatever we do. Ultimate security is ultimate imprisonment. This ID business is one more brick in the paving of the road to the National Lockdown.