(written 2007 0412; extended 2007 0413)
I’ll admit that this post is basically ripped off from Glenn Greenwald, whom you should read for details. I just wanted to collect all the points in a clean, stripped version. The subject? The amazing and disturbing “incompetence” demonstrated by the Bush administration in producing records that might put it in a bad light. How many times must we accept the excuse “The dog ate my homework” before everyone recognizes that this is actually criminal malfeasance. I know that you should “never ascribe to malice what is adequately explained by stupidity” — but come on — this is passing from unbelievable to ridiculous:
| Emails regarding plans to fire US Attorneys, allegedly sent via RNC accounts
|18 days of emails (this time from the Justice Department and White House) regarding plans to fire US Attorneys
|Videotape of the final interrogation of detained US citizen Jose Padilla, which could shed light on whether he had been tortured.
|Memos regarding the White House policies on torture
|Over 2,000 pages of a classified report, missing from the copy submitted to Congressional oversight committees, regarding possible abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib
|Legally-required documents to explain gaps in President Bush’s service — or, more usually, lack thereof — in the Air National Guard
|Transcript of a videoconference call that directly contradicted the White House story on how engaged the President was during the Katrina debacle. The administration told Congress that no such transcript existed — then oops! it was found and leaked.
|FBI records indicating agency participation in the interrogation of anti-war protesters in 2002. The FBI denied that the secret intelligence unit was present, except — oops! — DC police logs show that it was.
|Emails relating to the case against I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, for illegally disclosing the identity of a covert CIA operative
|Videotape records of abuse by federal guards of foreign citizens detained after the 9/11 attacks.
How do they expect anyone to believe their story?
PS: If you have links to any similar events, I’d appreciate hearing them and I’ll add them to the list. And before the wingbats take over the comment space, yes, I’ve heard of Sandy Berger and yes, that was reprehensible. What’s your point?