"The empire has created a veritable killing machine that is made up not only of the CIA and its methods. Bush has established powerful and expensive intelligence and security super-structures, and he has transformed all the air, sea and land forces into instruments of world power that take war, injustice, hunger and death to any part of the globe, in order to educate its inhabitants in the exercise of democracy and freedom." Fidel Castro Ruz, Granma, June 30, 2007, 6:45 p.m., commenting on the CIA's recent release of secret documents documenting, among other things, the US' numerous attempts to assassinate him.
member of Congress said IT and we've got the appended story from the UK's Telegraph to prove it.
Will the rest of the US media apparat take up the cry? Will they decide it's their duty as a free press in a democracy to warn the people of the danger?
Nope. This guy will be as welcome as a turd in a punchbowl at a White House lawn party.
Or a White House barber suggesting Bush would look good with a little mustache. Or a rabbi in a Leni Riefenstahl film. Or a Communist at an American Legion convention. Or an advocate of cutting the Pentagon budget at a Raytheon staff meeting. Or…
Ari Fleischer, the then White House press secretary snarled, "But this statement by the justice minister is outrageous, and it is inexplicable." It may have been less explicable then than it is now, but the snarl had its effect. In a perfect illustratiion of the kind of knee-jerk obedience Washington expects from its Free World success stories in good standing, Chancellor Schröder immediately dismissed Frau Däubler-Gmelin.
My response at the time was to write a pseudo-letter of resignation for Frau Däubler-Gmelin in which I compared Bush to Adolf. Bush didn't come off looking too good. As a sort of historical document, you can read it by clicking here
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Addressing a gathering of atheists in his home state of Minnesota, Keith Ellison, a Democrat, compared the 9/11 atrocities to the destruction of the Reichstag, the German parliament, in 1933. This was probably burned down by the Nazis in order to justify Hitler's later seizure of emergency powers.
"It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that," Mr Ellison said. "After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted."
To applause from his audience of 300 members of Atheists for Human Rights, Mr Ellison said he would not accuse the Bush administration of planning 9/11 because "you know, that's how they put you in the nut-ball box - dismiss you".
Vice-President Dick Cheney's stance of refusing to answer some questions from Congress was "the very definition of totalitarianism, authoritarianism and dictatorship", he added.
Mr Ellison also raised eyebrows by telling his audience: "You'll always find this Muslim standing up for your right to be atheists all you want."
A convert to Islam who was previously linked to the extremist Nation of Islam, Mr Ellison, 42, has cultivated a moderate image since being elected last November, concentrating on issues such as health and education.
He is an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq. But he angered his own anti-war supporters by voting for a budget bill that aims to end the war over the next 18 months. His followers want an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
After his speech was reported, Mr Ellison said he accepted that Osama bin Laden was responsible for 9/11. But his demagogic comments threaten to plunge him in controversy.
Mark Drake, of the Republican party in Minnesota, said: "To compare the democratically elected leader of the United States of America to Hitler is an absolute moral outrage which trivialises the horrors of Nazi Germany."
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