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Friday, August 01, 2003

Read all about it!

The REPORT OF THE JOINT INQUIRY INTO THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 – BY THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE -- "9-11 Report" for short -- is out, and you can get your very own PDF copy here (5.5KB). 858 pages in all, it contains sections formerly labeled "TOP SECRET" and some scanned documents. Found this via Steve Perry's Bush Wars, where he also has a nice annotated listing of Bush's Top 40 Lies About War and Terrorism.

Update: You can also obtain both the complete PDF of the 9-11 Report or smaller segments of the document from The U.S. Gov't Printing Office.

Call me a masochist, but I also submitted myself this evening to reading a transcript of a Bush press conference which exceeded the previous bounds of disbelief I had for the current occupant of the White House.

Not only did he "complain" about the media's beating of the drum for the "March to War," but he also made references to himself getting old, losing his memory (two excuses for "forgetting" parts of some questions -- "Oh, yeah -- Saddam!"), "finding [his] feet," and having a "log in [his] eye" (to paraphrase that chestnut). Then there was something about "Super Stretch," one bit where he might be construed as trying to frighten a fledgling member of the press corps ("Be careful whose company you're keeping" -- I find it hard to imagine it being a "joke"), bragging about how much he can spend in his campaign ("Just watch me"), pre-approved (they sure seemed pre-approved) question[s] about Liberia, and countless other bits of insanity.

Update: I have discovered that "Super Stretch" is a reference to Washington Times reporter Bill Sammon. See paragraph 5 for the reference to the name and the rest of the article for a description of how the Whie House deals with those who ask "pesky" questions. It's not Democracy.

"Just keep saying 'It's only a movie.'"
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