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March 26, 2004

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Tom Bowler

In this case I do. A Red Sox fan no less.

TM

Hmm, a Red Sox fan rooting for Goliath on the side represents useful emotional diversification. As a Yankees fan, I can only get fully behind one Evil Empire at a time.

And Clarke may be OK, if I can believe this.

Bastage

I would add three other recommendations:

First, if Mr. Clarke's testimony is to be released, it should be released in its entirety -- not, as the Bush administration has done in the past, selectively edited so that only portions favorable to the White House are made public.

Second, the Bush administration should de-classify other documents that surround the Clarke testimony, such as his January 25, 2002, plan for action against al Qaeda, in order to clarify the issues that are in dispute.

And finally, the Bush administration should release all other testimony and documents related to 9-11 for which classification can no longer be justified -- including the 27 pages of the Joint Inquiry's final report that address the involvement of a foreign government in supporting some of the 19 hijackers while they lived among us and finalized their evil plot.

The American people deserve to know what their government has done -- and should be doing -- to protect them from terrorists, and who should be held accountable for shortcomings that have left our country vulnerable.


Patrick R. Sullivan

I hope that Richard Clarke takes a look at the Kerry for President blog, where he can see a picture of Theresa and the widow of the man who is responsible more than anyone else for the FBI being unable to get a search warrant for the laptop computer of the Al Qaeda member who was arrested in August 2001 for his suspicious actions in a Minnesota flight school:

http://blog.johnkerry.com/blog/archives/001230.html#001230

In the comments there is this endorsement from a fan:

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Bethine Church is such a lovely lady. Her husband, Frank, was an idol of mine.

Kerry in '04

Posted by: big sky brad on February 24, 2004 02:42 PM
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The "idol's" legacy being the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 (iirc).

HH

"First, if Mr. Clarke's testimony is to be released, it should be released in its entirety -- not, as the Bush administration has done in the past, selectively edited so that only portions favorable to the White House are made public."

Thus far everything released about him has been released in its entirety.

Patrick R. Sullivan

What a whiner this guy is. Keeping in mind that Clarke is the one who came forward with a book designed to destroy Geo. W. Bush's (and Condi's) professional reputation, and end his political career, let's look at Meet the Press:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4608698/

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MR. CLARKE: Because I have no obligation anymore to spin. When you're in the White House, you spin. And people have been doing a lot of that against me this week. You know, they're engaged in a campaign. People on the taxpayers' rolls, dozens of people, are engaged in the campaign to destroy me, personally and professionally, because I had the temerity to suggest that the American people should consider whether or not the president had done a good job on the war on terrorism. The issue is not me. The issue is the president's job on the role on terrorism.

.... They don't want to talk about the effect on the war on terrorism of our invasion of Iraq. And so, instead, A, they try to do character assassination of me; but, B, they try to punish me for having said it by going after my professional life, by going after me, besmirching me. This is just not appropriate.
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Yeah, no fair guys. He had Kingsies.

HH

Time, of course, has exposed that he still spins. So who are you spinning for now Clarke?

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