Who Hijacked Our Country

Monday, June 13, 2005

Downing Street Memo

Half a million e-mails are hard to ignore, even if you’re sheltered inside the Beltway. The unwashed masses are gathering; they’re pissed; and they’re not going away. This Thursday, June 16th, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Downing Street Memo.

If you haven’t already done so, please click here to send the e-mail. The more e-mails that have been received by this Thursday, the better.

If you get all your news from the TV networks and daily newspapers, you’re probably thinking “hmmm, Downing Street? Isn’t that over on the other side of Third Avenue?” But, if you seek out “non-mainstream” news sources, then you’re probably familiar with the Downing Street Memo: the Smoking Gun. The cookie jar that George W. Bush has his hands caught in.

This is what you didn’t learn from the daily paper or the evening news: the Downing Street Memo is the minutes of a meeting in July 2002 between Bush and Tony Blair. This is the meeting where they planned the Iraqi invasion, and agreed to fix whatever “intelligence” was necessary to justify their plan.

In other words, Bush spent almost a year just going through the motions of trying to deal peacefully with Saddam Hussein, and letting the UN sanctions work if they possibly could. The mass hysteria about “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” the dire warnings about Hussein trying to buy uranium from Niger — all a hoax.

Fixing the intelligence to fit their planned invasion vs. “Weapons of Mass Destruction!” — we have a discrepancy here. Some questions need to be answered.

Should the President of the United States be held accountable for lying and manipulating us into a war which has killed nearly 1,700 American soldiers? Richard Nixon thought he was above the law — Wrong! During Nixon’s presidency there were some real journalists who actually investigated and reported the news. Today’s “liberal media” (wherever they may be hiding) are either too complacent or afraid to investigate anything.

Let the mainstream “media” (using the term loosely) lie there in a stupor, wallowing in Michael Jackson and the missing-girl-of-the-week. Thousands of online activists and bloggers are now doing the job that the “media” watchdog (more like a lapdog now) used to do.

The Thursday Hearing is expected to produce additional documents which will corroborate the minutes of the Downing Street Memo. After the hearing, Conyers and other members of Congress will hand-deliver a petition (with over half a million signatures) to the White House, demanding that President Bush answer questions regarding his secret plan for the Iraqi invasion.

Things are heating up. Uh oh, Karl Rove needs to divert public attention Now! Terror Alert! Code Orange! Gay Marriage! Come on, Karl, think of something quick!


Blogger ~jay said...


They came up with a verdict in the Jacko case.... today.

Coincidence? I think not.

Stop being distracted by your ghoulish obsession with screwed-up famous people, America!


June 13, 2005 at 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Der Rovesmarschall is one of no feeling inside. What he might come up with is chilling to consider.

June 13, 2005 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Brother Kenya said...

I can't wait for Thursday!

BTW, I've posted on this today as part of the blogswarm. Other bloggers who might want to join in, post and then tell Heretik Joe at:


Nice job, Tom. As usual...

June 13, 2005 at 1:11 PM  
Anonymous JoanSinbad © said...

I can't wait for this hearing. I refuse to say anything about Michael Jackson on my blog, precisely because it's so disgusting he's getting so much coverage, and this isn't.

June 13, 2005 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Zack Brown said...

Come visit The Big Red Blog: A Political Road Sign Transcending State and Party Lines. zbrown.blogspot.com

June 13, 2005 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

~jay: They should have waited 'til Thursday for the Jackson verdict. Then the next day's papers could be full of Michael Jackson stories, and page 27 would have "Bush admits 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' was a hoax, says he's sorry." Nobody would see the story, and Bush/Rove could say "we came clean; let's move on."

Anonymous: Yeah, it's chilling all right. I'm sure he's gonna think of something.

Brother Kenya: Thanks. I also e-mailed joe.ivory.mattingly@gmail.com and Charles Norman Todd at cntodd@gmail.com about my post.

I haven't had a chance to do any surfing yet today, but I'll be sure to check out your post.

Joan Sinbad: Yeah, it sucks that Michael Jackson is getting so much coverage at the expense of real news. But if it wasn't Jacko it would be somebody else; that's just the nature of the public's taste. And the media gives the public what it wants; the bottom line is a much higher priority than journalism.

Zack Brown: I'll check it out.

June 13, 2005 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger ~jay said...

oh, but you see, I haven't heard a word of this hearing on any of the media outlets that I follow other than blogs. Why? because every major news source is covering Jacko. We *might* hear about this by like Wednesday, if we're lucky, even on NPR. (at least my local stations.)

They'll still be talking about it all f%&*ing week, just in case ANYONE out there mighta freakin' missed it, along with full recaps of the past 15 WEEKS of the trial process.


June 13, 2005 at 7:01 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

~jay: Maybe some of the obsession with Jacko will be played out by Thursday; but maybe not. Americans do love to hear every last detail of their favorite celebrities' lives, over and over again.

June 13, 2005 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger lefty said...

have you read the other memo that was leaked? i have a copy of it at my site. i really don't think the MSM can ignore this much longer. if they actually start to report on it, maybe there will be a SMALL chance of impeachment in the future. i guy can dream, can't he?

June 13, 2005 at 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Lefty: I've seen the memo on some other blogs. I haven't really read it closely; I'm already convinced Bush has to go. I'll just get more and more pissed off if I keep reading too much detail about all his lies and finagling.

But I'm glad the word is getting out. The more publicity, the more people will look away from Michael Jackson for a minute and go "Huh? Oh my God!" At least I hope so.

June 13, 2005 at 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I certainly agree that Bush League is ruining our country and needs to go, I hate the thought of President Cheney!!!


June 13, 2005 at 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Cat: True, the idea of President Cheney is pretty chilling. But this information needs to come out, wherever the chips end up falling. Hopefully there'll be so much damaging information coming out, and so much publicity, that Bush and the neocons will become an albatross during the '06 and '08 elections.

June 14, 2005 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger frstlymil said...

I've started e mailing all the local news affiliates and demanding that the saturation coverage of the Jacko nonsense be stopped so that actual NEWS can make it's way in, and to ask why the thursday hearing has not been covered. Perhaps flooding news stations in addition to the letters sent to Conyers can do SOMETHING...

June 14, 2005 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger ~jay said...

I have to say that I don't thinkand have to hope that it wouldn't be that Bush would go down alone. this is the kind of conspiracy that is second to none.


June 14, 2005 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger John said...

"Who hijacked our country?"

Chimpy McBushHitler and his merry band of hegemonsters did, of course!

June 14, 2005 at 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Frstlymil: That's a great idea; maybe that's what it'll take. But I'm afraid the "news" affiliates' bottom line probably speaks louder than all the voices and e-mails in the world. Either the bottom line, or the orders they're receiving from above (whoever that is) to keep the public distracted with celebrity news so that nobody will notice when the Bush / Rove / Cheney machine tightens its grip.

~jay: Yeah, a twofer would be nice, getting rid of Bush and Cheney (since Cheney's actually a player and Bush is just a sockpuppet). Whoever ends up as president is gonna be a shitty choice; Hastert, DeLay, Frist, depending on how many heads roll.

John: Yup, must be those damn hegemonsters again.

June 14, 2005 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

I already signed the letter and joined the Big Brass Alliance. I doubt Bush will ever get impeached because his cronies won't let him but still, this might very well be the situation that brings his White House down and destroys his legacy beyond Rove's spin-cycle ability to repair. God be praised for letting the truth come out at last!

June 14, 2005 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger ~jay said...

OKD-- remembering that the legacies are often remembered a bit rosier than they really were (anyone recall how sentimental virtually EVERYONE got at the passing of good ol' Uncle Ronnie, anyone? ) I hope that the neoconartists are remembered as poorly as possible.


June 14, 2005 at 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

OK Democrat: I'm just glad for all the online publicity this is finally getting. Whether or not he gets impeached, this groundswell is just gonna keep growing, no matter how much the mainstream media ignores it. If there isn't an impeachment, the stench will just worse and worse as Bush and his handlers keep losing credibility.

~jay: Who knows how history will treat this. Maybe Halliburton will buy up all the textbook companies. "The first decent president we ever had was overthrown by a bunch of treehugging Communists."

June 14, 2005 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger ~jay said...

Funny how you seem to know exactly what I'm afraid of sometimes!


June 14, 2005 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger erinberry said...

Raw Story published six additional memos yesterday - Check it out!

June 14, 2005 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

~jay: Yeah, it's scary. Just so this current administration IS history by the time those history books are written.

Erinberry: Oh yeah, I've seen them. The scandal is growing; the stench is getting worse.

June 14, 2005 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger greeneyed_lady said...

Who sends memos back and forth when they are scheming a big "hoax"? Doesn't this big of a con merrit more of a watergate like approach? You know, liberals tapping phones, paying weak republicans to become their "moles" to wire up and try and get into secret conversations? Even Bush isn't dumb enough to let memos fly around. Gardeners to that, you know, the ones who have been doing all the above stuff to get info and haven't succeeded, so what do they do? they plant. Appearently Britian has them too and harvest time came just before Blairs election, coincidently.

June 16, 2005 at 8:02 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Greeneyed Lady: Well, today's Downing Street memo hearings should be interesting. At least I'm assuming the hearings will still be held and won't be derailed by a 9/11-type attack or a supercelebrity media headline. Something like "Michael Jackson kidnaps James Dobson, makes him watch Paris Hilton have sex with Elvis."

June 16, 2005 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger greeneyed_lady said...

LOL, Well I don't think Dobson would have to make Paris Hilton screw Elvis LOL!

June 18, 2005 at 8:44 AM  

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