Sunday, July 02, 2006

THINGS WE NOW KNOW THAT WE KNOW February of 2002 our Secretary of Defense uttered these words

“The message is:
That there are known knowns,
There are things we know that we know,
There are known unknowns,
That is to say there are things that we now know, we don't know
But there are also unknown unknowns,
There are things we do not know we don't know
And each year we discover a few more
Of those unknown unknowns.”

We now know that we know that:
  • Iraq had no WMD’s at all.
  • There was no link between Iraq and Al Queda
  • We were led (or misled) into the war for the wrong reasons.
  • The Defense Department spied on Americans
  • The administration planted at least one phony reporter in the White House pressroom to ask softball questions
  • We hired people to make up stories for paid covert insertion of slanted news in Iraqi media outlets
  • We condoned all sorts of illegal and improper torture of prisoners.
  • The Valerie Plame “leak” came from the highest levels of the White House.
  • The president approved of illegal searches of Americans by electronic means and then stretched the bounds of reasonableness by misleading America into believing that what he did was legal and in our countries best interest. In what appears to be a consistent position to take, the administration is validating its position be expressing the notion that we haven’t been attacked since we’ve been doing this and ergo, it must be OK!
  • The president knows how to change the subject by attacking whomever “leaked” the surveillance information to the public.
  • Whoever leaked this is a national hero, not a criminal.

We do not know what else we do not know has been going on in this top secret and duplicitous administration. They have a five-year history of lies, deceptions, and omissions. We also don’t know if the president has ever noticed or read the constitution, or if the Attorney General of the United States has looked at it lately.

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