Tuesday, June 15, 2004

My Last Reagan Post...

...until Bush opens up federal funding for stem-cell research.

From Greg Palast:

...In November 2001, with my BBC television and Guardian newspaper colleagues, I reported that, during the Reagan presidency, a US embassy official in Saudi Arabia was, in his own words, 'repeatedly ordered by high-level State Department officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants.'

Sounds icky but not too notable until you learn the identities of these 'applicants.' They claimed to be engineering students who, when queried as to what school they attended, answered they 'could not remember.' They didn't have to. The unlikely 'engineers' had little helpers in the Reagan Administration.

After investigation, the career diplomat, attorney Michael Springmann, learned they were, 'recruits, rounded up by Osama bin Laden, to [bring to] the United States for terrorist training by the CIA. They would then be returned to Afghanistan to fight against the then-Soviets.'

Uh, oh. They returned to Afghanistan all right. But terrorists are like homing pigeons -- they have a bad habit of coming home to roost. In spook-world, it's known as 'blow back.' The Reagan-bin Laden killer brigade, skilled in such crafts as skinning Russian prisoners alive, blew back with a sickening vengeance.

That story ran world wide at the top of the BBC nightly news -- except in the USA where it bounced off the electronic Berlin Wall. Our media was careful not to wake America from its nap, to hide the deeply disturbing truths behind Grandpa Gipper's grin...

Still boils the blood.

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