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04 Aug 2003

Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the Aug. 7, 2003
issue of Workers World newspaper



You've got to hand it to the thieves and liars of the Bush
administration. They do learn from experience. After the documents they had provided as "proof" that the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein was seeking weapons-grade uranium from Niger were exposed as crude forgeries, there must have been some long faces in the White House, Pentagon and State Department. Secretary of State Colin Powell had been set up and presented them to the UN Security Council, even though the CIA knew they weren't worth the paper they were forged on.

If only the cabal had been a little more cautious with their "proof"!
Maybe just alluded to documents, but not really showed them to the
world. That might have worked for a while. Or maybe show them, but ink
out the "sensitive" parts in the interests of "national security."

Yes, yes! That's the way to do it! Then nobody can get into the details and track things down and show that the whole thing is a ridiculous fabrication.

So now comes the report from the congressional committee that
investigated 9/11. It has a section saying that the Saudi government
knew the attacks were going to happen. After the war on Iraq, this is
like putting a gun to the head of the country with the richest oil
fields in the world.

The section is supposed to be based on intelligence information--just
like the documents on Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction." But nobody
is allowed to know what any of that "information" is. It's all been
inked over in the interests of--you guessed it--"national security."

It was an amazing day, indeed, when Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud
Faisal rushed to Washington to plead with Bush that the 28 obscured
pages in the report be declassified so his government could rebut them. Request denied. Even though it came from wealthy rulers so anxious to be loyal allies of U.S. imperialism.

The Bush gang must figure that their refusal to present evidence,
instead of making public phony charges that can be torn to pieces, has
worked pretty well so far on the domestic front. How many thousands of
immigrants have been thrown behind bars without knowing why--and
seemingly there's nothing they can do about it? All it takes is the
magic words "national security" and the criminals in power appear able
to get away with anything.

The wheels of justice grind too slowly, but the furor and indignation
that this bunch of imperialist thugs is building up all over the world
will surely bring a day of reckoning.

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