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The Fightin' Irish.

john o'neillThe pipeline through Afghanistan? It was under construction almost before our soldiers in Afghanistan had their first MRE. Bush certainly didn't let his Big Oil BFFs down.

That's also why our soldiers are still there. They're guarding the pipeline. End of story.

The secondary tragedy of 9/11 was that in early 2002 it was already clear to everyone that something fishy was going on, and that when the Democrats took back the House, possibly the Senate, in the 2002 mid-terms there would be investigations into what went wrong that fateful day.

That's why Bush and company immediately started demonizing Saddam Hussein. Here was another dire threat to our Amurcan way of life that only Republicans could protect us from. The corporate media propaganda machine echoed the Right's assertion that anyone who resists the call to arms is a traitor, and the rest is history. Two trillion dollars worth.

If you'd like to know more about Mr. O'Neill please watch the excellent PBS production "The Man Who Knew". (Or read William Rivers Pitt refresher course on Bush and his oil buddies.)


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And now our Chart of the Day: How much did Republican Super PACs raise from donations of $100,000 or more.

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Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation2-3-2012: The House proposed a bill that keeps welfare recipients out of strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores. The actual purpose of the bill was to have Democrats vote against it so that their Republican opponents can claim Democrats are FOR such nonsense. The bill passed 395-27 but it will die in the Senate, so ha-ha-ha, GOP.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!Sean Hannity used the CBO report to show that taxes will go up 30% if Obama is re-elected. Say it with me now:
"Sean Hannity lies!". And why does he lie? Because he works for Fox News.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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A 1997 interview with FBI Deputy Director John P. O'Neill

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I am John O'Neill. I worked for the FBI for
thirty-one years, where I served as Deputy Director. My specialty was counter terrorism and I was the expert in my field when it came to Osama bin Laden or al Qaeda.

I led the investigations of the USS Cole attack, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the attacks on our African embassies in Nairobi and Dar-Es-Salaam.

I understood that al Qaeda was a threat to the U.S., too, but in early 2001 the Bush administration slowed FBI investigations into bin Laden so it could negotiate with the Taliban for an oil pipeline across Afghanistan.

Frustrated by continued resistance from within the FBI I retired at the age of 50 to begin a new career as Director of Security of the World Trade Center, just two weeks before 9/11.

On 9/11 I died in a stairwell, going back into the South Tower to save my friends.

I am John P. O'Neil.