Archiv: George H. W. Bush (Senior)

25.01.2019 - 19:13 [ ]

The Vice President’s Men

The one member of Congress who knew what was going on was Dick Cheney, a close friend and confidant of Bush’s from their days together in the Ford administration. In 1976, in the aftermath of the Church Committee’s inquiry into CIA abuses, standing intelligence committees had been set up in both the Senate and the House, charged with holding the CIA and other intelligence agencies to account. But it was understood by all those involved in the vice president’s secret team that these committees could be bypassed, even though the laws governing covert intelligence activities had been stiffened: there was now a legal requirement that all covert CIA and military intelligence operations had to be made known to the committees through a formal, written document known as a ‘finding’. But there was a big loophole in the legislation, in the view of the vice president’s men. ‘There was no requirement for a finding for merely asking questions,’ the officer said, ‘and so we’d make routine requests for intelligence assessments from the CIA through the Joint Chiefs and the National Security Council. Our basic philosophy was that we were running military’ – not intelligence – ‘operations and therefore did not have to brief Congress. So we could legally operate without a finding.’ He was describing an ingenious procedure for getting around the law: one that would be put into use again after 9/11, when Cheney, by then vice president, triggered the unending war on terror.

07.12.2018 - 20:18 [ ]

Es ist gut, über tote Präsidenten zu diskutieren

Die erschreckende Tatsache ist, dass unser nationaler Sicherheitsstaat zu erschreckenden Verbrechen fähig ist – unabhängig davon, wer das Land regiert. Es ist beunruhigend. Es besteht also die starke Versuchung, sich auf die privaten Tugenden des Individuums zu konzentrieren, das an seiner Spitze sitzt, und nicht auf die schmutzige Maschinerie darunter.

Und sehen Sie nur, was sich dahinter verbirgt.

Wenn Sie keinen Umgang mit Leuten aus der progressiven Bewegung haben, ist die Wahrscheinlichkeit groß, dass Sie nie jemanden sagen hören, dass der erste Golfkrieg problematisch gewesen sein könnte. Wenn Sie es nicht erlebt haben, haben Sie vielleicht überhaupt nichts von Panama gehört, geschweige denn von den tieferen CIA-Intrigen während des Kalten Krieges.

15.09.2018 - 16:24 [ ]

Lies, slaughter, capital: The 2011 NATO intervention in Libya, part two

(13.1.2014) By 1981, the country that was picked for this purpose by the National Security Council (NSC) was Libya. Libya was an OPEC country with few powerful connections, lots of nearby enemies, and a small population. In short, the perfect target. Once Libya was chosen by a few higher ups in the NSC, what was needed was to get the president, Ronald Reagan, on board. Seymour Hersh details in his New York Times report, Target Gaddafi, how the NSC and the CIA quickly accomplished this goal. “’It was clear early in the Administration,‘ one former White House aide recalls, ‚that the best way to get the President’s attention was through visual means.’” This led to the creation of a 15 minute long video, “to show the nature of the beast. If you saw it, there’s little doubt that [Gaddafi] had to go.” Once the president was on their side, the NSC, in cooperation with the CIA, began to leak reports endorsed by Reagan that Libyan hit squads were roaming the United States, planning assassinations on diplomats and even the president.

“One involved official recalls, ‘we came out with this big terrorist threat to the U.S. Government. The whole thing was a complete fabrication.’”

18.04.2018 - 12:11 [ New York Times ]

Barbara Bush, Wife of 41st President and Mother of 43rd, Dies at 92

As the wife of the 41st president and the mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, Mrs. Bush was only the second woman in American history to have a son of hers follow his father to the White House. (Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams, was the first.)