April 10, 2006
Propaganda On The Cheap
There are rules against an administration using the CIA to produce propaganda against the American people.
By cherry-picking evidence and leaking certain bits of intelligence to the press, Bush came up with a really effective way to end-run around the anti-propaganda rules.
In other words, it’s legalized propaganda. And making it legal makes it A-OK, right?
Bringing honor and morals back to the White House.
Posted by James at April 10, 2006 1:59 PM
Wow I'd be really upset if I hadn't burned out the part of my brain that I use for getting upset.
These days the only thing I look forward to is one day looking back on "the horror of the Bush years."
There are also rules about voter fraud, but let's see if they matter. I just saw something in the Cape Cod Times (dead tree edition) about a guy named Tobin who was convicted of... ah yes, here is the story:
In short, Tobin was involved in a New Hampshire phone-jamming operation during the 2002 election, and he and his conspirators also made quite a few calls to the White House around that time. The case involves using a telemarketing company to jam a Democratic "get out the vote" center with hangup calls. In 2004, Tobin was rewarded by becoming President Bush's regional campaign chairman.
I wasn't around here for the 2002 election, and wasn't following New Hampshire politics at the time, so I don't know if this was already common knowledge. It's the first I've heard of it.
I remember the accusations, but I haven't kept up on the progress on this issue.
Yep, the "Jammin' Tobin" story was in the news here at the time it happened.
The story also appears on Morons.org with this comment:
"Republicans claim the calls were routine and typical of any political campaign... so surely there is no reason to fight the motion to answer questions about them (since there's nothing to hide)."
So, are they really going to get away with outing a covert operative for political gain with the "Well, the President has the authority to declassify and that is what he did" schtick? Doesn't there have to be a good reason for the declassification? Arrrrgh! I didn't think it was possible to be more outraged.