Friday, November 25, 2011

Reagan Dodges Bullet From Grave

Thank God. Now Ronald McReagan can unseat Lincoln as America's most loved McPresident. There's no need to let anything as uncertain as the truth tarnish the PR constructed image of America's first Alzheimer president. I'm equally glad that his sidekick George "Wimp" Bush skated away clean as a whistle. Otherwise one could discern a pattern, given the uncomfortable truths of George Jr.'s presidency, of familial obfuscation amongst the Bush clan. With any luck, history's dustbin will have room for any allegations that may surface regarding George the Lesser. Otherwise the War On Terror, much like the War On Communism, could look like a sham and no one wants that.

Do they?

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the prosecutors who investigated the Iran-Contra affair concluded two decades ago that neither Ronald Reagan nor George H.W. Bush was criminally liable in the scandal that tarnished the presidencies of both men, according to reports made public Friday.

Associate independent counsel Christian Mixter reached that conclusion in 1991 even though he found that President Reagan was briefed in advance about every weapons shipment sold to Iran in the arms-for-hostages deals in 1985-86. In a separate report on Bush, Mixter wrote that the then-vice president was chairman of a committee that recommended mining the harbors of Nicaragua in 1983.

Mixter's reports were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from the National Security Archive, a nonprofit research group, which released them on the 25th anniversary of the Iran-Contra scandal. At a Nov. 25, 1986, White House news conference, Reagan and then-Attorney General Edwin Meese disclosed that money from the arms sales to Iran had been diverted to the Contra guerrillas fighting the leftist government of Nicaragua after Congress had cut off military aid to the rebels.

Mixter concluded it would be difficult to prosecute Reagan for violating the Arms Export Control Act mandating congressional notification of arms transfers through a third country — Israel in the case of the Reagan White House's secret arms sales to Iran in 1985. The reason, said Mixter, was that Meese had told Reagan the National Security Act could be invoked to supersede the export control act.

Mixter's March 1991 reports to his boss, Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh, and his team of prosecutors noted that they were actively investigating Bush, who by then had become president.

"As we have discussed," Mixter wrote to Walsh and the other prosecutors, "there is an outstanding area of investigation that could conceivably lead to wholly new evidence regarding Mr. Bush's role in Iran-Contra." The topic concerned possible knowledge by Bush of secret military support for the Contras, including the recommendation to mine the Nicaraguan harbors.

A year after Mixter wrote his reports, Walsh obtained a grand jury indictment charging former Reagan administration Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger with concealing his detailed notes of the controversy from investigators.

Bush pardoned Weinberger and five other Iran-Contra figures shortly before the former defense secretary was to go on trial in a case in which Bush could well have been summoned as a witness either by prosecutors or defense attorneys.

In a final report by prosecutors released in 1994 more than a year following Bush's pardons, Walsh stated that Reagan acquiesced in a cover-up that had been spearheaded by Meese and carried out at the top levels of the Reagan administration. The report was immediately denounced by Reagan, Meese, Bush and others. Impeachment of Reagan "certainly should have been considered" by the congressional committees investigating the Iran-Contra affair, Walsh told a news conference at the time.

Mixter's reports on Reagan and Bush reflect the absence of evidence demonstrating that Reagan or Bush hid information from investigators. Both men participated in meetings of Reagan and his inner circle in which one or the other covert operations was discussed.

"I conclude that President Reagan lacked sufficient information" about what the National Security Council staff was doing, "and the manner in which Congress was deceived, to support a criminal charge that he conspired" with others indicted in the scandal, Mixter wrote.

"The record on President Reagan's awareness of these congressional inquiries is somewhat muddy," said Mixter. "There is no indication that Mr. Reagan was aware of, or played any conscious role in, the administration's efforts to deflect congressional inquiries into the shootdown" of one of the planes secretly supplying arms to the Contras, says Mixter's report.

As for the report on Bush, Mixter wrote: "Although the quantity of information compiled by Mr. Bush's Iran-Contra activities is much smaller than that amassed on former President Reagan, it is quite clear that Mr. Bush attended most — although not quite all — of the key briefings and meetings in which Mr. Reagan participated."

The report went on: "However, if then-President Reagan faces no criminal liability for having 'authorized' any of the core Iran-Contra events of which both he and Mr. Bush were aware, then there is no basis on which to find a secondary officer like Mr. Bush liable for simply 'being there' while those events were discussed with the president."

Peter Kornbluh, the National Security Archive analyst who obtained the Mixter reports under the FOIA, called them "the verdict of history on the Iran-Contra roles of both the president and vice president of the United States."

That won't be necessary Mr. Bush. You're innocence was carefully constructed and unassailable.


Morocco Bama said...

This is an unadulterated fabrication. You and I know it is not possible. With credit dried up and the unemployed having no cash to spend, Black Friday sales, and Holiday sales in general, must be declining, yet they are reporting the opposite.....perpetuating the illusion of continuous growth and prosperity.

"See, even the unemployed have gotten the message and are fulfilling their obligation to BUY, BUY BUY....."

Tuco says it

Morocco Bama said...

I'm sorry, but this is complete bullshit. This is not enough to charge this man, and this can be differentiated from what Sandusky did. I don't like to conflate the two, because one is gray and the other is jet black.

I would bet that if you or I were somebody's target, they could find such images on our computer. Do I look at, and get off on, child porn? Jesus Christ, hell no, and the idea disgusts and angers me, but that doesn't mean that in this age of digital discovery, some ill-intentioned assholes can't slip some images onto your hard drive without your knowledge.

You've seen some of these porn sites. They like to mix some of this shit in there in very deceptive and devious ways, from the little I've seen. So, you visit a site that you believe to be rather benign adult porn and on that site they have ads for, and photos of, child porn. You click off quickly in disgust, but now it's permanently imprinted on your hard drive, and easily found by a computer forensic's expert.

Don't the fucks have their hands full with all the actual know, the myriad pedophiles and child rapists on record that they can't seem to detain and keep track of, and yet they have the resources to go after someone who may be such a person based off of some alleged images on his/her computer?

just_another_dick said...

I don't know Shrub. Credit cards are still available. Consumerism is our religion & our addiction &, for many, the biggest joy they have in life. A few weeks ago one of my female co-workers was telling me she was in the market for a car. Then she said, "Gee, I wonder what kind of car J-Lo is driving in her commercial? I just love J-Lo." I said, "How do you know? You've never met her." She said, "She's so cute. Don't you think she's cute?" I said, "Why would I care? She won't be blowing me anytime soon." Then I said, "You don't actually believe that dipshit J-Lo TV ad, do you?"
She looked at me as if I just spit out a half chewed turd on her prom dress.

Our entire generation has been mainlining instant gratification as neurosis cure since it squirted into the world.

I don't think that people can stop.
Their entire identities are wrapped up in the products they buy.

Continuous growth & prosperity have always been illusions. That's never deterred anybody.

People like illusions.

Reality is what they hate more than anything.

I agree that the kiddie porn deal is overinflated flap doodle, but I have to question why the dipshit was looking at any porn on a fucking plane.

Did he have a little hole cut in his pants pocket so he could do himself in mid-air? Kind of a solo mile high club for lonely guys.

Is his addiction so acute he couldn't wait until he got home or to his hotel?

If nothing else the guy deserves a smack in the head for being such a pathetic weinie. He apparently has an advanced degree but little common sense.