By Robert Parry
August 11, 2006
As Americans suffer through another terrorism scare and George W. Bush talks tough about a long war against "Islamic fascists," it bears remembering that top CIA analysts concluded that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden released a videotape right before Election 2004 to help Bush win a second term.
Many liberals and Democrats have focused on allegations of Republican voter suppression and vote tampering, especially in the swing state of Ohio. But polls suggest that a more decisive factor in Bush's narrow victory in 2004 was the reaction of the American people to bin Laden's last-minute tirade against Bush.
On Oct. 29, 2004, the Friday before Election 2004, bin Laden broke nearly a year of silence and took the risk of releasing a videotape that denounced Bush and was immediately spun by Bush's supporters as bin Laden's "endorsement" of Democratic Sen. John Kerry.
According to two polls taken during and after the videotape's release, Bush experienced a bump of several percentage points, from a virtual tie with Kerry to a five or six percentage point lead. Tracking polls by TIPP and Newsweek detected a surge in Bush support from a statistically insignificant two-point lead to five and six points, respectively.Read the rest of the article at ConsortiumNews.com: Link:http://www.consortiumnews.com/2006/081106.html
I've recently brought up this very interesting contention that the Oct. 2004 bin Laden video tape helped Bush win in 2004. This is a detailed look at that possibility. I also think that the Bushevicks aren't hot and heavy after Osama so they can roll out the threat of an Osama led attack on the US at anytime they wish.
No evidence of U.S.-based threat found
By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON - Investigators have uncovered no signs of U.S.-based terrorists linked to a plot to blow up airliners headed to the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday.
"Currently, we do not have evidence that there was, as part of this plot, any plan to initiate activity inside the United States or that the plotting was done in the United States," Chertoff said, a day after British authorities announced the arrests of two dozen suspects.
The Link to Complete Article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060811/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_terror_plot_64
The Repugs keep trying to tie in Bush's illegal spying activities to the success of the Brits. The British found out about these guys from an informant and then they infiltrated the group and did wire taps and financial tracking. If this same thing took place in the US there would no reason that the Administration could not get FISA warrants for this kind of domestic surveillance as there would be plenty of probable cause and plenty of time to obtain warrants in the FISA Court. The Brits were onto this plot starting up to one year ago. We need to debunk this Repug rhetoric at every turn,
9/11 Commissioner: Iraq War Hinders Anti-Terrorism Efforts
Former 9/11 Commissioner Tim Roemer argued that the recent terror plot in Britain illustrated why we need to direct resources from Iraq to the global terrorist threat. Roemer said, "It's very important that we don't put all our intelligence and military resources in Iraq and take our eye off the ball in other places in the world."
Link to complete article: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/081106b.shtml
This guy should know a little bit about what is needed for our security because he was privy to plenty of information on our flawed security and intelligence operations when he was on the 9/11 Commission.
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