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Friday, December 05, 2003
      ( 2:02 PM )
Another Bush Crime Not Being Reported

Because for heaven's sake, we don't want to take time away from Michael Jackson or Scott Peterson. But I think that perhaps Bloggers might do some good here in getting this story out. So here I am doing my part.

A 9/11 widow has sued George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, George Tenet, et al. in US Distrcit Court and her claims against them include aiding and abetting terrorists and their conspirators; lying (duh) in Bush's version of 9/11 events; prior knowledge of terror attacks; failing to act when warned; causing the wrongful death of her husband; conspiracy; obstruction of justice and racketeering. I think someone finally got pissed off enough.

Of course of the THREE THOUSAND press releases sent out about the lawsuit, only ONE newspaper printed the story... in New Zealand. Ellen Mariani, the plaintiff, has written an open letter to the president which formed the basis of the lawsuit. It is scathing and though I'd like to reprint the whole thing here, I think you should go and read it in full from the source. And then pass it on. Some bits and pieces:

When you took no responsibility towards protecting
the general public from the possibility of attack, you
were certainly not upholding the oath you spoke
when you took office. In that oath you pledged to
uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.

On the morning of the attack, you and members of
your staff were fully aware of the unfolding events
yet you chose to continue on to the Emma E.
Booker Elementary School to proceed with a
scheduled event and "photo op". While our nation
was under attack you did not appear to blink an
eye or shed a tear. You continued on as if everything
was "business as usual".


It is my belief that you intentionally allowed
9/11 to happen to gather public support for a
"war on terrorism". These wars, in Afghanistan
and Iraq, have not accomplished what you stated
were your goals. Why have you not captured
Osama Bin Laden? Where are Saddam's weapons
of mass destruction? All that has happened is
a bill that is passed before Congress for 87
billion dollars to rebuild what you ordered blown
to bits. As an American who lost a loved one in the
"war on terror" I do pray and support our troops
who were sent to Afghanistan and Iraq by you.
These troops have and will continue to die for
your lies. As an American I can make this statement
as it appears that associates of your family may
stand to prosper from the rebuilding of Afghanistan
and Iraq.


We the families of 9/11 victims need to have answers to
the following questions:

1. Why were 29 pages of the 9/11committee
report personally censored at your request?

2. Where are the "black boxes" from Flight 11
and Flight 175?

3. Where are the "voice recorders" from
Flight 11 and Flight 175?

4. Why can't we gain access to the complete
air traffic control records for Flight 11 and Flight 175?

5. Where are the airport surveillance tapes
that show the passengers boarding the doomed flights?

6. When will complete passenger lists for all
of the flights be released?

7. Why did your brother Jeb (the Governor of
Florida) go to the offices of the Hoffman Aviation
School and order that flight records and files be
removed? These files were then put on a C130
government cargo plane and flown out of the
country. Where were they taken and who ordered it done?

It has been over two years since hundreds of
our lost loved ones "remains" have still yet to
be identified and their remains placed in a landfill
at Fresh Kill. We want our heroes brought back
and given a public and proud resting place
where we all can pay our respects and honor
them. These innocent people never had a chance
as they were taken from us on that sad September Day.

After what was done with Clinton, the GOP has no room to complain that a president has dispensation from being sued while in office. There is no reason why Bush and the other defendants should not have to testify before a grand jury or why records and documents should not be subpoenaed. Oh, I'm sure the argument will be "national security!" But that is what Ms. Mariani is suing for - she wants the truth and actual security, not the false blanket of lies that have neither protected us nor prevented anything in the future from happening like that again.

The Bush administration has hemmed and hawed and ignored the 9/11 Commission. The press is ignoring Bush's actions, statements and the fact that everything he did and has done regarding 9/11 has been dismally inappropriate. Why is this lawsuit against a president not a thousand times MORE newsworthy than that of a woman who claimed the president dropped his pants in front of her? Have the values of this country become so twisted that we actually care more about a disfigured rock star's grotesque lifestyle than about the president of this country putting us all in mortal danger? If so, then I think we may be in for even more of a rude awakening than 9/11 ever could have been.

I think I"ll be doing some legal reading this weekend.

(thanks to Maru for the story and the link. All you bloggers: pass it on.)

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