United States News Digest
CNN Airs First Big Media Hit on Global Warming Fraud
May 3 (EIRNS)CNN's "Glenn Beck" program ran an hour-long special on May 2, attacking the hype and fraud of the scientific consensus around the issue of global warming. The special, entitled "Exposed: Climate of Fear," interviewed some of the climate researchers who appeared in the British Channel 4 documentary, "The Great Global Warming Swindle."
The special clearly showed that there is no consensus of the scientific community on man-made global warming, and that most of the warming that has occurred is due to natural causes like solar activity. The program highlighted Roy Spencer, a former NASA scientist, saying, "The global warming crowd talks of a consensus but never mentions the Oregon Petition that has been signed by 17,000 professionals and scientists, who do not agree with the idea that we are causing climate change."
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was exposed as a political body with a scientific "window dressing."
Patrick Moore, the former Greenpeace founder, who appeared on the program, said, "You've got Greenpeace and other major environmental groups saying that civilization and the environment are going to be destroyed by global warming, catastrophe, chaos, and these scary words; and yet they are unwilling to adopt nuclear energy." In response to a question about the supposed risk of nuclear power, Moore said, "I don't think there is much risk in nuclear power, myself. There 103 plants operating everyday in the United States, and no one has ever been injured by them."
Comey Contradicts Gonzales on U.S. Attorney Firings
May 3 (EIRNS)The smell of perjury and coverup is in the air, in true Watergate style, as former Deputy Attorney General (until mid-2005) James Comey testified on May 3 at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing. Comey dramatically contradicted the evaluations given by Gonzales's chief of staff Kyle Sampson, of the U.S. Attorneys who were fired. Although he was the number two in the DOJ and the direct supervisor of all U.S. Attorneys, Comey said, he never saw Sampson's target-list of those to be removed, and was unaware of any such process at the time. Comey said that his experience with the U.S. Attorneys who were fired was "very positive"; he explicitly disagreed with the Sampson list's assessments of Carol Lam (San Diego), Dennis Bogdan (Nevada), and David Iglesias (New Mexico), as "weak performers" and "ineffectual managers." Thus, although Gonzales testified that the list of U.S. Attorneys to be fired was a consensus of top DOJ officials, Deputy Attorneys General Comey and Paul McNulty, Associate Deputy Attorney General William Moschella, and Gonzales's chief of staff Sampson have all denied giving any recommendations as to who was to be fired.
Bush/Cheney-Funded Wiesenthal Center Hosting Gore
May 2 (EIRNS)Former Vice President Al Gore will speak at a benefit for the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies on June 5, at a Toronto synagogue.
Under the title "The Spirit of Hope," the event will be chaired by Ben Mulroney, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The senior Mulroney is now chairman of the international advisory board of the genocidal Barrick Gold Company, which recently had to pull out of sponsoring a Gore appearance at a Pinochista event in Chile.
EIR has exposed the multi-million dollar funding of the Wiesenthal Center, through its Los Angeles office, by the U.S. Justice Department under the Bush-Cheney Administration. That funding is significant especially in light of the Center's participation in the British slander attack against the LaRouche Youth Movement around the Duggan hoax.
Gore's upcoming Toronto appearance was touted in a half-page ad in the National Post of Canada March 13, 2007. The ad used a very old picture of Al Gorebefore he acquired his current vast bulk.
LaRouche: Tenet Book Is Institutional Attack on Bush-Cheney
April 29 (LPAC)In an appearance CBS-TV's 60 Minutes news magazine, former CIA Director George Tenet delivered what Lyndon LaRouche characterized as a "CIA institutional" attack on the Bush-Cheney Administration, with particular venom directed against Vice President Dick Cheney. Tenet's TV interview aired one day before the release of his book on his seven years at the helm of the Agency, At the Center of the Storm.
Tenet assailed the Vice President for his persistent false claims that the Bush Administration went to war with Iraq because of the CIA Director's purported December 2002 Oval Office characterization of the evidence against Saddam Hussein as a "slam dunk." Tenet denied that the "slam dunk" comment referred to the CIA's evidence that Saddam Hussein had amassed weapons of mass destruction, and argued that the decision to go to war with Iraq was not made on the basis of that White House meeting, but had been made long before. Tenet described the leak to the Washington Post of those purported remarks as a "total breach" between the White House and the CIA; he reported that he immediately called his White House contact point, then Chief of Staff Andrew Card, and denounced the leak as "the most despicable thing ever."
Tenet also made clear that the CIA never believed there was any connection between the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq and the al-Qaeda networks that carried out the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Tenet described how he had gone to the White House weeks before the 9/11 attacks, and had asked then National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to get Presidential authorization for a preemptive strike against al-Qaeda inside Afghanistan, because the CIA had evidence that the head of al-Qaeda was preparing "imminent multiple mass casualty attacks inside the United States." Rice sloughed off the warning and assigned a third-level NSC staffer to pursue the matter, according to Tenet's 60 Minutes account.
Tenet also had choice words for Richard Perle, the head of the Defense Policy Board at the time of the 9/11 attacks. On Sept. 12, 2001, Tenet was at the White House to brief the President when he ran into Perle, who said that "Iraq should pay the price" for the previous day's attacks on New York and Washington. Tenet claimed he stated categorically that there was never any Iraqi link to the 9/11 attackor any other operational act against the United States while he was CIA Director.
LaRouche further commented on the Tenet interview and the book: "From what I know about the problems at the CIA that have been created by the Bush-Cheney Administration, I fully understand that the Tenet book is not a personal matter, but an institutional response by the CIA, which, therefore, carries far more weight and implications."
Murtha Raises Possibility of Impeachment
April 29 (EIRNS)To the manifest shock of CBS-TV interviewer Bob Schieffer, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, during an appearance on "Face the Nation" today, raised the possibility of impeaching both Bush and Cheney. At the end of a 10-minute discussion, Murtha said, "There are four ways to influence the President: public opinion, elections, impeachment, and the [power of the] purse." Schieffer interjected, in slight paraphrase, 'Wait a minute! What did you say? Impeachment? Are you serious?' Murtha replied, "I said, there are four ways," and repeated his formulation again.
The unquestionable implication was that the first two "ways" have already been used, and the fourth way is being attempted now: Murtha had just been speaking of the White House's refusal to compromise in any way on the war disaster, and that "the public has spoken." And then again, "the public backs this [Congressional] strategy." Then he proceeded to the "four ways" remark.
Murtha did it again, the following day, during an interview on National Public Radio, when he described impeachment as one of the ways available to Congress to influence the President. He noted that he is getting calls from the public demanding impeachment, and said that, although he thought it inappropriate at this time, "it's one of the things, certainly, that I always consider."