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Imagine where we'd be if Flynn remained NSA?

Pelosi told Milley Trump should have been 'arrested on the spot' for inciting Jan. 6 insurrection.

Pelosi told top general Trump should have been ‘arrested on the spot’ for inciting Capitol insurrection, new book says

by Dan Mangan
CNBC, September 14, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the top U.S. Army general that then-President Donald Trump was a “dictator” who “should have been arrested on the spot” after what she called his coup attempt to remain in the White House by inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, a new book reveals.

Pelosi also said during a phone call in January with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mike Milley that “the Republicans have blood on their hands” for enabling Trump’s delusions about his ability to retain the presidency, the book says.

“But it is a sad state of affairs for our country that we’ve been taken over by a dictator who used force against another branch of government,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, told Milley during the call several days after the riot, according to “Peril,” a new book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.



FTR: I agree with Madame Speaker.

Melanie: Doomed. Dismissive. Defeated. Detached.

Former aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book

The Hill - 09/13/21

A former top aide reportedly describes former first lady Melania Trump as "the doomed French queen" in a new book set to be released next month.

Stephanie Grisham, who served as former President Trump's press sectary and was a leading aide to the former first lady, writes that she now sees Melania as “the doomed French queen. Dismissive. Defeated. Detached," according to excerpts of her book obtained by Politico.

Grisham reportedly writes that she texted Melania Trump during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by her husband's supporters and asked her: “Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?”

“No," the former first lady replied, Grisham revealed in the book, in which she relays how Melania Trump shared her husband's view that the 2020 presidential election was not conducted legitimately and said that “something bad happened."



Let them eat cake.

Lot of money in the oil.

Great saying, that!

Science flies you to the moon.
Religion flies you into buildings.

Thing is, without a cosmos, there’s none of any of that: moon, buildings, religion, science, flying.

Answer where the universe came from and I might side with the materialists. Otherwise I take both reason and philosophy to heart and keep my mind open.

"Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US"

Background n Details... https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/9-11-records-show-warnings-were-urgent-2766540.php

Continues... https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB343/index.htm

Pretzeldent’s Daily Brief (red.) in PDF: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB116/pdb8-6-2001.pdf

Outstanding post. Great article by Rep. Barbara Lee.

Why are Americans paying $32m every hour for wars since 9/11?

was the sole member of Congress to vote against the war in Afghanistan. Congress has yet to stand up against endless militarism

Barbara Lee
Sept. 9, 2021


Twenty years on, the US and the world are much worse off for this failure of leadership. It is time to turn the page on two decades of endless war with a vague and ever-shifting mission. While this begins with removing the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force from the law books, it will also require decisive changes in our foreign policy decision processes and resource allocation.

Shortly after the attacks, President Bush sent a 60-word blank check to Congress that would give him or any other president the authority to wage war against enemies of their choosing. It was a sweeping resolution known as the 2001 authorization for use of military force, or the 2001 AUMF. I was the lone vote in Congress against the authorization because I feared it was too broad, giving the president the open-ended power to use military force anywhere, against anyone.

The human cost has been high: an untold number of civilian casualties overseas, two generations of American soldiers sent to fight without any clear objective or oversight and thousands of our troops and other personnel killed, wounded and traumatized in action.

The Afghanistan war alone has cost more than $2.6tn taxpayer dollars and killed more than 238,000 individuals. The 2002 AUMF, which authorized war against Iraq based on fabricated claims of weapons of mass destruction, has cost $1.9tn and killed an estimated 288,000. Together, these two AUMFs have been used by three successive presidents to engage in war in at least seven countries – from Yemen to Libya to Niger – against a continually growing list of adversaries that Congress never foresaw or intended. The Bush, Obama and Trump administrations have further identified to Congress combat-ready counter-terrorism deployments to at least 14 additional countries, indicating that the AUMFs could justify armed combat in those places as well. Only 56 current members of the House and 16 senators were present at the 2001 vote, making a mockery of the constitutional principle that only the people’s elected representatives in Congress can send our country to war.

The results today are a perpetual state of war and an ever-expanding military-industrial complex that consumes a greater and greater amount of our resources every year. Pentagon spending since 9/11 (adjusted for inflation) has increased by almost 50%. Each hour, taxpayers are paying $32m for the total cost of wars since 2001, and these wars have not made Americans safer or brought democracy or stability to the Middle East. To the contrary, they have further destabilized the region and show no sign of ending or achieving any of the long-ago stated goals.



GOP Sends Out Fake Pence Email Calling 2020 Election 'Contested Takeover,' Then Apologizes

Source: Newsweek

The National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) sent out a fundraising email calling the 2020 election a "contested takeover," which it signed with former Vice President Mike Pence's name—but he didn't approve the message.

Pence refused to cave to former President Donald Trump's pressure to not formally certify the official election results on January 6, the day the U.S. Capitol was assaulted. The former vice president went on to attend President Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20. In June, Pence said he was "proud" to have certified the official election results early on the morning of January 7.

But on Thursday the NRSC, which works to elect Republicans to the Senate, sent out an email in which Pence appeared to be suggesting that he did not believe the 2020 election results were valid. "Since their contested takeover, the Biden-Harris administration has unleashed a tidal wave of Left-wing policies that threaten to wipe out the progress we made for a safer, more prosperous, more secure America," the email said. Punchbowl News first reported on the email.

The email message was a clear departure from Pence's previous position on the 2020 election. An NRSC spokesperson later admitted that the former vice president had not approved the email and apologized.


Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/gop-sends-out-fake-pence-email-calling-2020-election-contested-takeover-then-apologizes-1627851

Show me a liar and I’ll show Thee a thief.

Moussaoui trial revisited on the eve of Sept. 11 anniversary

AP brings up the case of the only terrorist tried for direct participation in 9-11 plot.

He was arrested in August, 2001, several weeks BEFORE the hijackings and attacks.

Moussaoui trial revisited on the eve of Sept. 11 anniversary

September 9, 2019, Associated Press

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Zacarias Moussaoui remains the only person ever convicted in a U.S. court in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks. A behind-the-scenes look at the trial Thursday from its lead participants demonstrated how hard it was to bring it to justice.


Moussaoui was arrested in August 2001, before the attacks, when his efforts to obtain advanced flight training drew suspicion. He was charged in December as being a member of the al-Qaida conspiracy that carried out the attacks that killed 3,000 people.

It took years to work through various pretrial procedural issues, including a period where Moussaoui served as his own lawyer and filed handwritten screeds against the judge and others under the guise of legal motions. Appellate courts weighed in several times on how to handle classified evidence, including statements from al-Qaida leaders like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, which were obtained under enhanced interrogation techniques that many said were equivalent to torture.

Moussaoui actually pleaded guilty to the charges against him, so the 2006 trial was simply to determine whether his sentence would be life in prison or death. In the first phase of the trial, prosecutors had to prove that Moussaoui's role in the conspiracy led to the deaths of Sept. 11 victims, making him eligible for the death penalty.


Moussaoui's exact role in the Sept. 11 conspiracy remains imprecise. In broad strokes, Spencer said, Moussaoui's guilt was obvious: He was receiving flight training that he had no rational reason to be taking, and he received $10,000 from Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a key member of the Sept. 11 plot, a month before the attack.



Hmm. That’s odd: This AP story missed the part where the FBI BLOCKED its own agents from looking at his laptop.

We talked about it on DU at the time:

Know your BFEE: The Stench of Moussaoui Permeates the Octopus


FBI Was Warned About Moussaoui

Agent Tells Court Of Repeated Efforts Before 9/11 Attacks

By Jerry Markon and Timothy Dwyer
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, March 21, 2006; A01

An FBI agent who interrogated Zacarias Moussaoui before Sept. 11, 2001, warned his supervisors more than 70 times that Moussaoui was a terrorist and spelled out his suspicions that the al-Qaeda operative was plotting to hijack an airplane, according to federal court testimony yesterday.

Agent Harry Samit told jurors at Moussaoui's death penalty trial that his efforts to secure a warrant to search Moussaoui's belongings were frustrated at every turn by FBI officials he accused of "criminal negligence." Samit said he had sought help from a colleague, writing that he was "so desperate to get into Moussaoui's computer I'll take anything."


Samit said he also sent an e-mail to the FBI's bin Laden unit but did not receive a response before Sept. 11, 2001. By late August, the agent had concluded that Maltbie and other FBI officials were no longer interested in investigating Moussaoui. Samit acknowledged that he told the Justice Department's inspector general's office that his supervisors engaged in "criminal negligence" and were trying to "run out the clock" because they wanted to deport Moussaoui rather than prosecute him.

Most portions of the inspector general's report dealing with Moussaoui have never been made public.



If the FBI etc bosses had looked into the guy who wanted to learn how to turn a 747, but not learn how to take off or land, we might have avoided September 11 and the resultant war for 20 years.

Knowledge Is Power

The Big Money Behind the Big Lie

Donald Trump’s attacks on democracy are being promoted by rich and powerful conservative groups that are determined to win at all costs.

By Jane Mayer
The New Yorker, August 2, 2021


Many experts on democratic governance, however, believe that efforts to upend long-settled election practices are what truly threaten to rip the country apart. Chad Campbell, a Democrat who was the minority leader in the Arizona House of Representatives until 2014, when he left to become a consultant in Phoenix, has been shocked by the state’s anti-democratic turn. For several years, he sat next to Karen Fann when she was a member of the House, and in his view she’s gone from being a traditional Republican lawmaker to being a member of “Trump’s cult of personality.” He said, “I don’t know if she believes it or not, or which would be worse.” Arizona, he added, is in the midst of a “nonviolent overthrow in some ways—it’s subtle, and not in people’s face because it’s not happening with weapons. But it’s still a complete overthrow of democracy. They’re trying to disenfranchise everyone who is not older white guys.”

Arizona is hardly the only place where attacks on the electoral process are under way: a well-funded national movement has been exploiting Trump’s claims of fraud in order to promote alterations to the way that ballots are cast and counted in forty-nine states, eighteen of which have passed new voting laws in the past six months. Republican-dominated legislatures have also stripped secretaries of state and other independent election officials of their power. The chair of Arizona’s Republican Party, Kelli Ward, has referred to the state’s audit as a “domino,” and has expressed hope that it will inspire similar challenges elsewhere.

Ralph Neas has been involved in voting-rights battles since the nineteen-eighties, when, as a Republican, he served as the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. He has overseen a study of the Arizona audit for the nonpartisan Century Foundation, and he told me that, though the audit is a “farce,” it may nonetheless have “extraordinary consequences.” He said, “The Maricopa County audit exposes exactly what the Big Lie is all about. If they come up with an analysis that discredits the 2020 election results in Arizona, it will be replicated in other states, furthering more chaos. That will enable new legislation. Millions of Americans could be disenfranchised, helping Donald Trump to be elected again in 2024. That’s the bottom line. Maricopa County is the prism through which to view everything. It’s not so much about 2020—it’s about 2022 and 2024. This is a coördinated national effort to distort not just what happened in 2020 but to regain the House of Representatives and the Presidency.”

Richard Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and one of the country’s foremost election-law experts, told me, “I’m scared shitless.” Referring to the array of new laws passed by Republican state legislatures since the 2020 election, he said, “It’s not just about voter suppression. What I’m really worried about is election subversion. Election officials are being put in place who will mess with the count.”



As you know, Dole was maimed fighting fascists in World War 2.

Who knew today’s GOP, in large part, would support so many of the same goals?
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