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Massacre at Ft Hood – UPDATE


UPDATE

Today, ABC came out with a story attributed to “a senior lawmaker” accusing the CIA of having evidence Hasan attempted to contact the al Qaeda earlier this year, although by what means and what level of contact was unknown. From the report:

One senior lawmaker on the House Intelligence Committee, said that he requested the CIA and other intelligence agencies brief the committee on what was known, if anything, about Hasan by the U.S. intelligence community, only to be refused.

That story was later changed to identify the “senior lawmaker” to be Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a frequent critic of the Obama administration.

Not long after release of the ABC report, Hoekstra spoke:

“President Obama said people should not jump to conclusions about what happened at Fort Hood, but the administration is in possession of critical information related to the attack that they are refusing to release to Congress or the American people,” Hoekstra said. “I intend to push for intense review of this and other issues related to the performance of the intelligence community and whether or not information necessary for military, state and local officials to provide for the security of the post was provided to them.” Hoekstra said he was concerned that more information had been provided, piecemeal, to the news media by anonymous sources than had yet been provided to the Committee.

Since publication of ABC’s report, the CIA has dismissed Hoekstra’s claim as “bogus” .

The CIA is denying an ABC News report that the agency has refused to brief Congress on any knowledge it has about Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army major suspected in the shootings at Fort Hood last week. “This is a law enforcement investigation, in which other agencies — not the CIA — have the lead. Any suggestion that the CIA refused to brief Congress is flat wrong,” CIA spokesman George Little tells TPMmuckraker in a statement.

It’s apparent another slippery threshold has been passed – and another concerted effort by the right wing Republicans to tie, somehow, this massacre to the Obama Administration.

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A note of thanks to VetVoice for giving this blog the national attention needed to spread my word!

Update: The Brainwashing of Republicans


UPDATE: 17 july…

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Following my recent post regarding C Street, we now know of another Republican resident of C Street caught with his pants down.

The wife of former Congressman Chip Pickering has filed a lawsuit against his286270businessman-caught-with-his-pants-down-posters1 mistress, one  Elizabeth Creekmore Byrd, a member of the wealthy family that owns Cellular South. Pickering is now employed as a lobbyist for the company.

Pickering’s wife, in her lawsuit, states that her husband and Byrd began having an affair while he was living at C Street, the subject of several of my blog posts on here.

I have to ask the question: While the Fellowship was brainwashing Republicans to vote and toe the fundamentalist Christian line, was it also providing a safe haven in Washington, DC, for the same politicians to carry out their affairs in secrecy at C Street?

Drugs? Alcohol? Wanton women? I swear…the C Street residence is quite the Animal House, isn’t it?

One final word: Pickering “cast himself as a defender of decency, particularly on television and the Internet, and was among House members urging then-President George W. Bush to declare 2008 “the National Year of the Bible.”

The Brainwashing of Republicans, Part II


My story about The Brainwashing of Republicans has certainly become a blogosphere hit, and today we have more on The Family and C Street, a residential home for Republicans Gone Bad.

As meager details of The Family, the C Street residence housing wayward politicians, and the comments (or lack of comments) from the residents of C Street and/or past residents of this half-way house come to light, Ms. Maddow has come under fire for her reporting:

Which leads me to Zach Wamp, the Republican from Tennessee who’s been recently brought into the topic of C Street, by admitting the residents there have entered into a “secret pact” to not discuss their life in the compound.

I have to ask this question: Why has Wamp lived at C Street for twelve years? If C Street is the home for helping Republicans, what in the world did Wamp do two years after his arrival on The Hill to to be sent to live at C Street?

In a recent interview (funny how Wamp’s giving out all these interviews, but not actually saying anything), he states:

“In the state of Tennessee, if you are an elected official and you are involved in a Christian fellowship, it ain’t gonna hurt you,” he said. “There ain’t nobody perfect.”

Um. Congressman Wamp? You’re not involved in a Christian fellowship! You’re lock, stock, and barrel an integral part of this “operation” and have been for twelve years? Why? What kind of “spiritual guidance” have you needed for twelve years?

Here’s the scoop on Congressman Wamp. A Gingrich Conservative swept into office since 1994, he’s one of the original gang who swore to term limits, thenzach reneged on that promise (although he’s running for Governor in Tennessee in 2010). In the news article quoted, Wamp was living in a “small apartment” in the DC area.

He’s also a cocaine addict,  supposedly beating the habit in 1984 and subsequently found Jesus. Does this have anything to do with the reason he’s been a resident at C Street since 1997?

Is the man so weak he has to be locked up when he’s not working?

How about Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas? Why is he living at C Street?

Or Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma? The same guy who is discussed here?

Even Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who believes that doctors who perform abortions should be executed and lesbianism is rampantly “afflicting” grammar school girls, “allegedly” counseled Ensign on how to cover up his prolonged and unrepentant sexual dalliance that was virtually incestuous. Coburn too, is a member and resident of “The Family” home, which is religiously incorporated, near Capitol Hill.

The Brainwashing of Republicans?


I’ve decided to pretty much stay out of the hoopla surrounding the escapades of Senator John Ensign and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, passing it off as just another example of the hypocrisy involved when a group of people tell others what to do or not do in their bedroom.

Of course, most times it’s Republicans doing the telling and citing the word of God in the purest fundamentalist Christian sense when they do.

Then, when caught with their britches down and their gavels hanging out, once again it’s God in the purest fundamentalist Christian sense who gets the credit for showing them the error of their ways. And we’re all supposed to forgive and forget.

After the comedy tour known as The Return of the Wasilla Hillbillies (more – lots more – on that coming in future posts), nothing really surprises me anymore.

Except for this. TPM has found a connection between Ensign, Sanford, and other political bed-hoppers-while-praying-to-The Almighty in the form of a halfway house hidden away in the hallowed streets of Washington, DC.

Both Ensign and Sanford have mentioned something called “C Street” whilst expressing their extramarital mea culpas to the waiting ears of their Republican brothers (and, of course, God in the purest fundamentalist Christian sense).  Why didn’t we think of this before? Who better to counsel and confer with these miscreants than their very own Scientology-style cult designed to wash them of their sins?

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Courtesy of The Washington Post

From The Washington Post:

On any given day, the rowhouse at 133 C St. SE — well appointed, with American flag flying, white-and-green-trimmed windows and a pleasant garden — fills with talk of power and the Lord. At least five congressmen live there, quietly renting upstairs rooms from an organization affiliated with “the Fellowship,” the obsessively secretive Arlington spiritual group that organizes the National Day of Prayer breakfast, an event routinely attended by legions of top government officials. Other politicians come to the house for group spirituality sessions, prayer meetings or to simply share their troubles.

It seems like  “The Family”, apparently another name for the super-secret Scientology-style  “The Fellowship” which runs C Street, which, according to author Jeff Sharlet, has been around for a while, reminding wayward Republican politicians they have strayed from the path.

And shaping right-wing conservative neocon policy along the way?