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Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal is an internationally acclaimed novelist, essayist, playwright and screenwriter whose historical fiction and collected criticisms have garnered him the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, among others. An outspoken political activist, he ran for the U.S. House...








 
 

President Jonah, Meet Oliver Cromwell!

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Berman does a brief tour of the American horizon, revealing a cultural death valley. In secondary schools where evolution can still be taught too many teachers are afraid to bring up the subject to their so often un-evolved students. “Add to this the pervasive hostility toward science on the part of the current administration (e.g. stem-cell research) and we get a clear picture of the Enlightenment being steadily rolled back. Religion is used to explain terror attacks as part of a cosmic conflict between Good and Evil rather than in terms of political processes…. Manichaeanism rules across the United States. According to a poll taken by Time magazine fifty-nine percent of Americans believe that John’s apocalyptic prophecies in the Book of Revelation will be fulfilled, and nearly all of these believe that the faithful will be taken up into heaven in the ‘Rapture.’

“Finally, we shouldn’t be surprised at the antipathy toward democracy displayed by the Bush administration. ... As already noted, fundamentalism and democracy are completely antithetical. The opposite of the Enlightenment, of course, is tribalism, groupthink; and more and more, this is the direction in which the United States is going. ... Anthony Lewis who worked as a columnist for the New York Times for thirty-two years, observes that what has happened in the wake of 9/11 is not just the threatening of the rights of a few detainees, but the undermining of the very foundation of democracy. Detention without trial, denial of access to attorneys, years of interrogation in isolation—these are now standard American practice, and most Americans don’t care. Nor did they care about the revelation in July 2004 (reported in Newsweek), that for several months the White House and the Department of Justice had been discussing the feasibility of canceling the upcoming presidential election in the event of a possible terrorist attack.” I suspect that the technologically inclined prevailed against that extreme measure on the ground that the newly installed electronic ballot machines could be so calibrated that Bush’s heirs would win handily no matter what (read Rep. Conyers’ report (.pdf file) on the rigging of Ohio’s vote).

Meanwhile, the indoctrination of the people merrily continues. “In a ‘State of the First Amendment Survey’ conducted by the University of Connecticut in 2003, 34 percent of Americans polled said the First Amendment ‘goes too far’; 46 percent said there was too much freedom of the press; 28 percent felt that newspapers should not be able to publish articles without prior approval of the government; 31 percent wanted public protest of a war to be outlawed during that war; and 50 percent thought the government should have the right to infringe on the religious freedom of ‘certain religious groups’ in the name of the war on terror.”

It is usual in sad reports like Professor Berman’s to stop abruptly the litany of what has gone wrong and then declare, hand on heart, that once the people have been informed of what is happening, the truth will set them free and a quarter-billion candles will be lit and the darkness will flee in the presence of so much spontaneous light. But Berman is much too serious for the easy platitude. Instead he tells us that those who might have struck at least a match can no longer do so because shared information about our situation is meager to nonexistent. Would better schools help? Of course, but, according to that joyous bearer of ill tidings, the New York Times, many school districts are now making sobriety tests a regular feature of the school day: apparently opium derivatives, not gin, are the opiate of our stoned youth. Meanwhile, millions of adult Americans, presumably undrugged, have no idea who our enemies were in World War II. Many college graduates don’t know the difference between an argument and an assertion (did their teachers also fail to solve this knotty question?). A travel agent in Arizona is often asked whether or not it is cheaper to take the train rather than fly to Hawaii. Only 12% of Americans own a passport. At the time of the 2004 presidential election 42% of voters believed that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11. One high school boy, when asked who won the Civil War, replied wearily, “I don’t know and I don’t care,” echoing a busy neocon who confessed proudly: “The American Civil War is as remote to me as the War of the Roses.” He should have added the US Constitution, as well.

We are assured daily by advertisers and/or politicians that we are the richest, most envied people on Earth and, apparently, that is why so many awful, ill-groomed people want to blow us up. We live in an impermeable bubble without the sort of information that people living in real countries have access to when it comes to their own reality. But we are not actually people in the eyes of the national ownership: we are simply unreliable consumers comprising an overworked, underpaid labor force not in the best of health: The World Health Organization rates our healthcare system (sic—or sick?) as 37th-best in the world, far behind even Saudi Arabia, role model for the Texans. Our infant mortality rate is satisfyingly high, precluding a First World educational system. Also, it has not gone unremarked even in our usually information-free media that despite the boost to the profits of such companies as Halliburton, Bush’s wars of aggression against small countries of no danger to us have left us well and truly broke. Our annual trade deficit is a half-trillion dollars, which means that we don’t produce much of anything the world wants except those wan reports on how popular our Entertainment is overseas. Unfortunately the foreign gross of “King Kong,” the Edsel of that assembly line, is not yet known. It is rumored that Bollywood—the Indian film business—may soon surpass us! Berman writes, “We have lost our edge in science to Europe…The US economy is being kept afloat by huge foreign loans ($4 billion a day during 2003). What do you think will happen when America’s creditors decide to pull the plug, or when OPEC members begin selling oil for euros instead of dollars?...An International Monetary Fund report of 2004 concluded that the United States was ‘careening toward insolvency.’ ” Meanwhile, China, our favorite big-time future enemy, is the number one for worldwide foreign investments, with France, the bete noire of our apish neocons, in second place.

Well, we still have Kraft cheese as of today and, of course, the death penalty.

Dig last updated on Feb. 7, 2006


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By Bill Blackolive, November 3, 2007 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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Glub, glub.  We are in shit swamp.  Might a million people howl in unision 9/11 is inside. Can a US Buddhist priest set hisself afire and sit peaceful with the universe in his then horrific final earthy stench. How get attention of the ants who see US corporate television?  Is it too late?  Glub, glub.

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By Revere, November 2, 2007 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment

Dear nils cognizant,

I very much appreciate your perspective.  I too find Kurt Vonnegut a literary and philosophical treasure.  It’s possible for several seemingly opposing or intersecting perspectives to be applicable simultaneously. 

The main reason I’m replying at this juncture is that I came upon something about Thomas Jefferson today that I had set aside on my computer.  The below quote was in a time of ascendancy I believe.  You could say our eyes are now closed instead of being opened.  Maybe Vonnegut would note the irony in the seeming reversal of energy now – as opposed to the optimism elicited in the below quote:

All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Roger C. Weightman, June 24, 1826 (in the last letter he penned)


Take Good Care

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By nils cognizant, November 2, 2007 at 12:40 am Link to this comment
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Revere’s post was nice and hopefilled and somrthing I would have encouraged a young student with some years back. The reality, in its manifold simplicity, is that schoolkids here in USA are fed a stream of nonsense in their history texts, led to believe power is the key to success ( hmmm, true I guess) and left swinging in the noxious breeze of carelessness by their finely brain attenuated parents. And their political candidates.  The real problem with Revere’s thinking is that some systems are by nature meant to fail when they become out of control. George Bush has merely been the tool we’ve chosen to help ease us out of global relevance. I don’t go quite as far as my beloved Kurt Vonnegut and state that all we humans should be good syphillis (organisms) and go extinct. I do, though, believe that nature has her uncompromising ways of ridding herself of pointless burdens. We are, after all, part of the natural system.

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By Lily Maskew, November 1, 2007 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment
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This was a great allegory for this administration.  Unfortunately, like Jonah, if Bush was once favored by God, he is no longer.  I don’t think Bush is doing God’s will.  Did you ever hear of false prophets and pharasees?

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By ocjim, November 1, 2007 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

originallycredulous:
Wash your mouth out with soap!

I would never associate myself with that mutation. He is a product of something but it has nothing to do with me.

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By originallycredulous, November 1, 2007 at 11:18 am Link to this comment
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Roughly half of Americans do not believe in evolution - Gallup Poll.  Over half say bomb Iran as of Oct-31-07 - Zogby Poll.  Bush is a product of us.

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By ocjim, November 1, 2007 at 9:21 am Link to this comment

I have always said that Bush claims of being a Godsend were really in the form of a plague. In this light, I agree with Mr. Vidal that it must be a send off in a more spectacular and divine vein. Perhaps Charleston Heston is now too feeble to command—in his booming voice—Bush’s departure like he ordered the parting of the Red Sea in “The Ten Commandments.” Or I think of some TV evangelist commanding Bush to depart from the hallowed rooms of the White House like the unclean spirit he is. HEAL! Certainly we have little in the way of a legal path to rid ourselves of this menace, perhaps we can turn to the divine.

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By mdruss42, October 31, 2007 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

Bob Reed. Surely we would have to look in a zoo. Even Hollywood can’t have an endless supply of these characters.

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By Revere, October 31, 2007 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

Thank you Gore Vidal for this reflection on the destruction of our republic.  From Tiberius onward, the follies of human nature never changed much.  Notwithstanding Mr. Berman’s well-placed pessimism, it’s actually possible to take our country back if the people come together.  It’s actually possible, however the people are addicted to football (as I had been), and even baser forms of shallow gratification.  Lets just keep the awareness growing, but quickly now.  Referring to The Constitution, and in the context of human folly, it’s truly miraculous that our founders succeeded in assembling this sanctifying tribute to humanity [a goddamned piece of paper as GWB is alleged to have described it].  It was with us for a long time but has just been jettisoned into oblivion, the odds of locating it again approaching astronomical.  I thought we had a tight hold on it until October 2001 when the Patriot Act tazered us into letting go.  The violence to its principles continues as we speak.  Also, technologically cutting-edge forms of crowd control such as Raytheon’s new wide-area microwave Pain Gun should be perfectly effective at buffering us back should we attempt to retrieve our inalienable rights in the streets.  Alas, aluminum foil as a countermeasure will be outlawed from the supermarkets. The terror machine grows as the administration and its underlying band of criminal psychotics diabolically invent new ways to intimidate our spineless congress and us.  George Orwell has ceased to roll over in his grave and has arisen in astonishment.

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By Truthisgold, October 31, 2007 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment
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When you want the truth—ask Vidal.  He’s about the only one who has ever seen the truth the floats behind all the smoke, mirrors and neocon idiocy, and about the only one who has the courage and integrity to speak it. Oh yes, he also writes well, and expresses his ideas intelligently…far too intelligently for the majority of the American public to comprehend, perhaps, but intelligent nonetheless.

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By WR Curley, October 31, 2007 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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I have a plan.

Shut it down.

Pick a day and shut the whole thing down. Without our disciplined participation - getting up every day and taking our assigned places on the assembly line of empire - nothing happens. The masters and their minions are disempowered.

It’s easy, folks. Pick a day and shut it down. If that doesn’t get us what we need, pick a second day. Stay home, put the feet up. Decline to participate, as often as it takes.

Let’s simplify this thing. We don’t need nuanced argument. We all know we have a problem. We all know what the problem is.

Let’s just shut the whole thing down.

WR Curley
Elizabeth, Colorado

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By Laura Nason, October 31, 2007 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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Dennis Kucinich will be bringing the Articles of Impeachment against Cheney to the floor for a vote in about 2 weeks. If you want to see this vote take place, please write/call/e-mail your representatives in congress and tell then you want them to vote NO on the Motion to Table that will be introduced to try to STOP the vote on Articles of Impeachment.

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By Bob Reed, October 31, 2007 at 7:08 am Link to this comment
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A few years ago, California governor, Gray Davis was voted out of office and replaced by Arnold schwarzenegger.  It is unfortunate that we cannot do the same for federal office holders like the president and his appointees, eg supreme court justices.

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By Nils Cognizant, October 31, 2007 at 12:38 am Link to this comment
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Not to promote my new invention I must, however, tell you about it. The device is an advanced medical imaging system, so sensitive it is capable of detecting even the rudimentary spine sometimes visible in Democrat legislators; those who agree for some reason to be scanned. Ever up to a manly challenge, candidate Hillary, without forethought or hesitation, parked her enticing derriere in my scanning chair. Her confidence was richly rewarded as I imaged one of the most finely contoured backbones I have seen since initially trying out the untested device on my former mother in law. I could not find the words to tell the candidate, though, about the disturbing ghostly image I had been stunned to spy through the lens of my gamma filter. Revealed there from shoulder to sturdy shoulder was the glaring visage of one gaius Caligula. It’s been weeks now, but I have yet to think of a way to get George Bush to sit in the imaging chair. Maybe I’ll tell him it’s a novel torture engine of some sort and he can just sit there for a minute and pretend. Kind of like reading a book.

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By rcpmac, October 30, 2007 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment
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Bruce Boyle has hijacked this thread of comments.  In order to follow the thread, skip the Bruce Boyle series of comments below on WTC Bldg #7.  They are not germane to the essay written by Mr. Vidal.

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By amir, October 30, 2007 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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Blackwater
This is what Bush’s Blackwater forshadows for the world. The only thing that we have to do, is to advertise this nightmare to the entire world.
I noticed that in Kansas, where there is no industry to speak of, there are new shopping centers jumping up where “muscle men equivalents” through around what they have earned from unknown sources. This is social welfare and redistribution, Cheney style.

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By Randolph Maxted, August 8, 2007 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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I just want Gore Vidal to know how much I respect him . . . very, very, very, very much!

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By Missy, June 4, 2007 at 6:52 am Link to this comment

To commentors such as Jeremy and a few others: 

Attributing hate of our president to liberals and not addressing the “why” is incomprendable to most people with a rational and logical mind.  Does it ever cross your mind to research the “why?”  How you can possibly stop at your small analysis astounds me.  Denial and delusion are rampant…..obviously.

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By jonathan, June 1, 2007 at 10:53 pm Link to this comment

PHD doctors of psychology already determined that GWB never had the mental power to reason about things.
As I see it GWB has lost his mind and ability to make rational decisions.
He should be replaced by the US Congress. As/per the constitution the US Congress can replace a president anytime he becomes irrational and incapable. (it is so written)
Congress is not representing the American people.

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By Bruce Boyle, June 1, 2007 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment
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PART SIX


Below you will find a link to the current version of “Why Indeed . . .” a report devoted to the collapse of WTC Building # 7. This report, by Dr. Jones, can be downloaded as a PDF file. It is 48 pages in length—along with photos—so it can take as much as 3 to 5 minutes (at 56 Kbps—the speed of my set up). My PC uses phone lines, it has a limited modem, and thus it tends to slow things down. Perhaps you have greater speed. If so, less time will be required.

In 2005 I carefully went through his earlier draft and concluded that Dr Jones made a strong case by the use of fact based research and scientific methodology. Steven Jones holds a doctorate in physics, has taught astronomy and chemistry, and has in this effort extensive research assistance: he submits his findings to peer review.

Back in 05, I also read the official Commission Report on 9/l1 and concluded, reluctantly, that it is filled with fanciful speculation, was replete with avoidance, twisted by a series of omissions, and exhibited some measure of political distortion. Good luck. ~Bruce

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By Bruce Boyle, June 1, 2007 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment
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Part Five -B

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States Congress approved $8 billion in tax-exempt Liberty Bonds to fund development in the private sector at lower-than-market interest rates. $3.4 billion remained unallocated in March 2006 designated for Lower Manhattan, with about half of the funds under the control of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the other half under the control of former Governor George Pataki [now Gov. Elliot Spitzer].

Negotiations were held to obtain concessions from Silverstein in exchange for allocating the Liberty Bonds to the World Trade Center rebuilding. The concessions were to give back to the Port Authority rights to build and operate the Freedom Tower and another office tower, a share of the insurance payments, and not to contest the allocation to the Port Authority of Liberty Bonds. The Port Authority, a public agency, already has the ability to issue its own tax-exempt debt. The Port Authority will have its proposal in final form in September 2006. In return, the Liberty Bond funds were allocated to Silverstein and government agencies will be anchor tenants in his three office towers. This allows construction to commence.

In March of 2007 Silverstein appeared at a rally of construction workers and public officials outside of an insurance industry conference to highlight what he describes as the failures of insurers Allianz & Royal and Sun Alliance to pay $800 million in claims related to the attacks. Insurers cite an agreement to split payments between Mr. Silverstein and the Port Authority as a cause for concern.[19]
In summary, Silverstein retains rights for Towers Two, Three, and Four. [ and Building 7 under a separate lease] The Freedom Tower (designated as Tower One) will be owned by the Port Authority as well as Tower Five which may be leased out to another private developer and redesigned as a residential building.[20]”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Silverstein

Background

from the main article “the World Trade Center”

The World Trade Center in New York City (sometimes informally referred to as the WTC or the Twin Towers) was a complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan, mostly designed by American architect Minoru Yamasaki and developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It was initiated in 1960 by a Lower Manhattan Association created and chaired by David Rockefeller, who had the original idea of building the Center, with strong backing from the then-New York governor, his brother, Nelson Rockefeller.[2] Larry Silverstein held the most recent lease to the complex, the Port Authority having leased it to him in July 2001.[3] The complex, located in the heart of New York City’s downtown financial district, contained 13.4 million square feet (1.24 million m²) of office space, almost four percent of Manhattan’s entire office inventory.[4]

Lease

In 1998, plans were approved by the Port Authority to privatize the World Trade Center.[26] In 2001, the Port Authority sought to lease the World Trade Center to a private entity. Bids for the lease came from Vornado Realty Trust, a joint bid between Brookfield Properties and Boston Properties,[27] and a joint bid by Silverstein Properties and The Westfield Group.[28] By privatizing the World Trade Center, it would be added to the city’s tax rolls.[28] The lease was also intended to raise funds for other Port Authority projects.[29] On February 15, 2001, the Port Authority announced that Vornado Trust Realty had won the lease for the World Trade Center, paying $3.25 billion for the 99-year lease.[30] Silverstein was outbid by $50 million by Vornado Realty. However, Vornado later withdrew and Silverstein’s bid for the lease to the World Trade Center was accepted on July 24, 2001.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Trade_Center

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By Bruce Boyle, June 1, 2007 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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PART FIVE-A

Negotiations to rebuild at the World Trade Center site

Silverstein had the legal right to rebuild office buildings including the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site and while the site is unoccupied, he continues to pay $10 million per month in rent to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. After several months of negotiation, in April 2006 he yielded some of those rights back to the Port Authority.

Ground was broken on the construction of the Freedom Tower on April During the 1990s, New York was suffering from the effects of Black Monday (1987) leading to high vacancy rates at the World Trade Center. George Pataki became governor of New York in 1995 on a campaign of cutting costs including privatizing the World Trade Center. A sale of the property was considered too complex, so it was decided by the Port Authority to open a 99-year lease to competitive bidding. [5]

In January 2001, Silverstein, via Silverstein Properties and Westfield America, made a $3.2 billion bid for the lease to the World Trade Center. Silverstein was outbid by $50 million by Vornado Realty, with Boston Properties and Brookfield Properties also competing for the lease. However, Vornado withdrew and Silverstein’s bid for the lease to the World Trade Center was accepted on July 24, 2001, seven weeks before the buildings were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. This was the first time in the building’s 31-year history that the complex had changed management.

The deal was described in a press release on July 24, 2001:

“Silverstein Properties, Inc., and Westfield America, Inc. will lease the Twin Towers and other portions of the complex in a deal worth approximately $3.2 billion – the city’s richest real estate deal ever and one of the largest privatization initiatives in history. [6]”

The lease agreement applied to One, Two, Four and Five World Trade Center, and about 425,000 square feet of retail space. Silverstein put up only $14 million of his own money [7]. Silverstein was also given the right to rebuild the structures, should they be destroyed. [8]

27, 2006. [18] Lack of financing had prevented construction from commencing earlier. The proceeds of the insurance payments from the destruction of the previous buildings alone were insufficient to cover the cost of rebuilding all the planned buildings.

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By Bruce Boyle, June 1, 2007 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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PART FOUR

You ask:

“What did he actually pay? What did he actually own? Why was the NY Port Authority sharing in the settlement?”

from Wikipedia

Larry Silverstein

“Silverstein put up only $14 million of his own money [7]. Silverstein was also given the right to rebuild the structures, should they be destroyed. [8]”

World Trade Center lease

7 World Trade Center [ “WTC Building 7”]
In 1980 Larry Silverstein won a bid to lease and develop the last undeveloped parcel from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build 47-story 7 World Trade Center.

World Trade Center
Dispute with Insurers

As a private developer with a 99-year lease on the World Trade Center, Silverstein insured the property. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, he sought payment for the destruction of the towers as two incidents. The two dozen insurers held that it was one incident. If it were considered to be a single incident, the payout would be $3.55 billion and if it were two incidents, it would be $7.1 billion. Silverstein sued the insurers. In October of 2006, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a Southern District verdict by a jury that the attacks must be considered a single occurrence. Yet, the same court also upheld a victory in the second phase of trial which was awarded to Mr. Silverstein in which temporary insurance policies in effect when the buildings were destroyed did require that the attack to be treated as two occurrences. Thus, nine insurance companies will pay double the approximately $1 billion in coverage under their policies.[9] 

On December 6, 2004, a federal jury ruled in favor of Silverstein giving him an additional $1.1 billion from nine insurers, declaring it to be two “occurrences”. [10] However, in a previous trial, a different federal jury delivered a mixed verdict which highly favored insurers on April 29, 2004 [11]

At dispute in the trial were interpretation of standard forms used in the application for property insurance and when particular insurers saw which documents.[12]

In total, Silverstein was awarded nearly $5 billion in insurance money [$3.55 + $1.1 billion = $4.6 billion] following the destruction of the Twin Towers [13]. He plans to use some or all of the settlement to rebuild. [14] The World Trade Center had a total of 24 insurance policies. In 2007, 6 years after the attacks, Silverstein and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey filed a $1 billion lawsuit ($250 million in unpaid claims and $750 million in damages) against Royal & Sun Alliance Group Plc and its U.S. affiliate.[15]
Silverstein’s lease with the Port Authority for the World Trade Center requires him to continue paying $102 million annually in base rent.[16] He is applying insurance payments toward the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.[17]

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By Bruce Boyle, June 1, 2007 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment
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PART THREE

Back in July of 2001, Larry Silverstein’s * invested $124 million for a 99 year lease of the WTC complex. In an act of extraordinary foresight Larry insured the World Trade Center for $7 BILLION with a clause added in August (01) for full settlement “in the event of an act of terror.” After 9/11, Larry demanded a settlement of $7 Billion (estimated at 4 times the cost for replacement). There were two major insurers and several reinsurance companies. According to IndyBay .org “The insurance company, Swiss Re, agreed to pay Mr. Silverstein $4.6 Billion - a princely return on a relatively paltry investment of $124 million.” As to be expected, extensive litigation over settlement ensued: Larry demanded the full $7 Billion (estimated at 4 times the cost for replacement). On May 24, 2007 an agreement covering “all outstanding insurance claims of $2 Billion” was announced between Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Co, and Silverstein Properties. Larry will receive approximately double the cost of planned replacement on this “outstanding” resolution. You should be also be aware that the new tower project is something of a scaled back version of the original complex that formerly stood in the early sunlight of 9/11—before the three of seven buildings were demolished. Larry’s crystal-ball and business foresight, and his keen investment stratagem, have finally paid off.

Note: “Larry Silverstein is the New York property tycoon who purchased the entire WTC complex just 6 months prior to the 9/11 attacks . . . That was the first time in its 33-year history the complex had EVER changed ownership . . . Mr. Silverstein’s first order of business as the new owner was to change the company responsible for the security of the complex. The new security company he hired was Securacom (now Stratasec). George W. Bush’s brother, Marvin Bush, was on its board of directors, and Marvin’s cousin, Wirt Walker III, was its CEO. According to public records, not only did Securacom provide electronic security for the World Trade Center, it also covered Dulles International Airport and United Airlines - two key players in the 9/11 attack …The company was backed by an investment firm, the Kuwait-American Corp., also linked for many years to the Bush family. KuwAm has been linked to the Bush family financially since the Gulf War. One of its principals and a member of the Kuwaiti royal family, Mishal Yousef Saud al Sabah, served on the board of Stratesec  …“Following the attacks, Silverstein filed TWO insurance claims for the maximum amount of the policy ($7B), based on the two—in Silverstein’s view—separate attacks. The insurance company, Swiss Re, paid Mr. Silverstein $4.6 Billion - a princely return on a relatively paltry investment of $124 million.” (actually $2.3 billion, see MORE below)

Source of note
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/09/07/18306895.php

** Also see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Trade_Center
http://www.wtc.com/

Larry was understandably eager to be paid, perhaps even more eager to shut the door and avoid ongoing investigation. He will not get this second wish . . .

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By Bruce Boyle, June 1, 2007 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment
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PART TWO
On may 24, 2007 “Insurance NewsNet” announced that

“Seven Insurance Companies Pay Silverstein Properties $2 billion As Settlement For 9/11 Insurance Claims”

Until I have an opportunity to research the court papers everything below is subject to revision:
I too have difficulty with fuzzy mathematics.
It’s my best guess, admittedly based on inference on my part, that:

The key sentence from the Insurance Newsnet article reads.

“The courts originally [2004] ruled that Silverstein Properties was entitled to collect $4.68 billion but insurance companies paid only half of the amount while the rest remained under dispute.”

The first payment made to Silverstein Properties was $2.3 Billion (“only half of the $4.68 Billion order by a judge”). That suggests that another $2.3 Billion was “outstanding” (being disputed and subject to litigation). The settlement announced this month (May 2007), was over the unpaid balance, the “outstanding” portion.

I would guess that the insurance companies dragged it out hoping for lesser settlement on this “outstanding” portion.

“Silverstein Properties and seven insurance companies finally ended with the biggest settlement agreement in regulatory history:  $2 billion”
Of the $2.3 billion “outstanding” Larry will now collect $2 billion as final settlement. This suggests that the total settlement for 9/11 destruction was $ 4.3 Billion.

The replacement cost figure for the WTC most commonly used by the press range from $1.6 to $1.8 Billion. (Mayor Bloomberg demanded the insurers pay $1.5 Billion for the new ground zero project.)
My attempt to clearify the fuzzy math surrounding this insurance settlement with Larry is, admittedly, subject to revision or correction. I am not a lawyer or expert on insurance.

The way I read the information presented, it looks like two (half) payments totaling $4.3 Billion in all . . .

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By Bruce Boyle, June 1, 2007 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment
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PART ONE:

Will everyone please take the time to read Vidal’s “Imperial America,”  and Chambers Johnson, “Nemesis.”

Everything that has gone down has helped advance the neonazicon’s war -making agenda.

And on the topic of 9/11 It is time to look beyond the official conspiracy theory that has been us to justify preemptive aggression in the Empire’s war against the people of Iraq as it has unfolded in the TV media’ and driven by a massive propaganda campaign to uncritically support “Jonah” and war. 

Ben wrote:

“Keep in mind that 9-11 was also a faith based initiative.”

Maybe, but most likely not.

You must consider possibility and of insurance lightning as motivation to knock down the Tower complex that had become “White Elephants”  with astronomical liabilities.
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/09/07/18306895.php

You see, like millions of critically minded people I have come to accept Steven Jones’s findings and most of Griffin’s excellent debunking of the official myth. The facts brought forward by these critics indicate that Building 7 was a controlled demolition. With this the case, I find it is difficult to accept that the owner of that building knew nothing. What did Larry know? And most important, as I work through this ultimately gruesome subject (and with good personal reason), I want to assure the readers that I sincerely hold to “innocent until proven” otherwise. I have many questions about 9/11, about the growth in power of the corporate state and the convenient fit of the impact of 9/11 into the neonazicon’s agenda and into the Bush administrations’ Empire war policies, but the answer to most of these questions are illusive and my research goes in slow motion.

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PART SEVEN

Steven Jones’ Paper:

Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse?
The webpage at this URL contained a 2005 draft of the article Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse? by Dr. Steven Jones. The current version of the article is now available as a PDF file.

Dr. Steven Jones, a Physicist and Archaeometrist, is co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies with Kevin Ryan.

Article Versions

CURRENT VERSION

Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse?

http://www.wtc7.net/articles/WhyIndeed09.pdf

(1.2mb PDF)
by Dr. Steven E. Jones
published: October 8, 2006


In the article Jones enumerates thirteen reasons to challenge government reports and investigate the controlled-demolition hypothesis:
1.Molten Metal: Flowing and in Pools
2.Observed Temperatures around 1000ºC and Sulfidation in WTC 7 Steel
3.Near-Symmetrical Collapse of WTC 7
4.No Previous Skyscraper Collapse Due to Fires
5.Squib-timing during the Collapse of WTC 7
6.Early Drop of North Tower Antenna
7.Eyewitness Accounts of Flashes and Loud Explosions
8.Ejection of Steel Beams and Debris – plumes from the Towers
9.Rapid Collapses and Conservation of Momentum and Energy
10.Controlled Demolition “Implosions” Require Skill
11.Steel Column Temperatures of 800ºC Needed: A Problem in the Argument of Bazant and Zhou
12.Problems in the NIST Report: Inadequate Steel Temperatures and Tweaked Models
13.NIST’s Failure to Show Visualizations
 

PREVIOUS VERSIONS
Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse? [DRAFT]
By Steven E. Jones published: November 22, 2005

Also see comment:

#  24168 below.>>>

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PART THREE

Below you will find a link to the current version of “Why Indeed . . .” a report devoted to the collapse of WTC Building # 7. This report, by Dr. Jones, can be downloaded as a PDF file. It is 48 pages in length—along with photos—so it can take as much as 3 to 5 minutes (at 56 Kbps—the speed of my set up). My PC uses phone lines, it has a limited modem, and thus it tends to slow things down. Perhaps you have greater speed. If so, less time will be required.

In 2005 I carefully went through his earlier draft and concluded that Dr Jones made a strong case by the use of fact based research and scientific methodology. Steven Jones holds a doctorate in physics, has taught astronomy and chemistry, and has in this effort extensive research assistance: he submits his findings to peer review.

Back in 05, I also read the official Commission Report on 9/l1 and concluded, reluctantly, that it is filled with fanciful speculation, was replete with avoidance, twisted by a series of omissions, and exhibited some measure of political distortion. Good luck. ~Bruce

Steven Jones’ Paper:
Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse?
The webpage at this URL contained a 2005 draft of the article Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse? by Dr. Steven Jones.

The current version of the article is now available as a PDF file.

Dr. Steven Jones, a Physicist and Archaeometrist, is co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies with Kevin Ryan.

Article Versions
CURRENT VERSION

Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse?
http://www.wtc7.net/articles/WhyIndeed09.pdf

(1.2mb PDF)
by Dr. Steven E. Jones
published: October 8, 2006


In the article Jones enumerates thirteen reasons to challenge government reports and investigate the controlled-demolition hypothesis:

1.Molten Metal: Flowing and in Pools
2.Observed Temperatures around 1000ºC and Sulfidation in WTC 7 Steel
3.Near-Symmetrical Collapse of WTC 7
4.No Previous Skyscraper Collapse Due to Fires
5.Squib-timing during the Collapse of WTC 7
6.Early Drop of North Tower Antenna
7.Eyewitness Accounts of Flashes and Loud Explosions
8.Ejection of Steel Beams and Debris – plumes from the Towers
9.Rapid Collapses and Conservation of Momentum and Energy
10.Controlled Demolition “Implosions” Require Skill
11.Steel Column Temperatures of 800ºC Needed: A Problem in the Argument of Bazant and Zhou
12.Problems in the NIST Report: Inadequate Steel Temperatures and Tweaked Models
13.NIST’s Failure to Show Visualizations
 

PREVIOUS VERSIONS
Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse? [DRAFT]
By Steven E. Jones published: November 22, 2005

Also see comment:

#  24168 below.>>>

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By Ben, May 31, 2007 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment

Keep in mind that 9-11 was also a faith-based initiative.

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By John C. Bonser, May 19, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

Loved the use of that powerful sermon we know as the “Book of Jonah.” Unfortunately our fundamentalist sisters and brothers are too busy discussing the type and size of the “big fish” that they fail to understand the writer’s intent!

Growing up in Tennessee (now I am 69) when it was against the law to teach evolution in a public school I will never forget the conversation I had with the seminary intern who was serving our congregation. As a freshman at the University of Tennessee in 1955 I had to take zoology. One of the lectures I would face was evolution and I was told to be sure as speak with our intern who promised to “straighten me out after the lecture.” At 17 I failed to see a conflict between my faith and the theory of evolution. But then I did not believe in the Bible but I did believe in the God toward whom the Bible points!

It hurts to realize that this president and his administration trivialize faith with pseudo pious claims that “Jesus is my favorite philosopher” while turning a deaf ear to His pleas to “love your enemies,” to care for the poor, naked, hungry, or those in prison. It is not faith versus reason; but superstitious hucksterism versus reality.  jb

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By John Hanks, March 12, 2007 at 8:37 pm Link to this comment
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Anger is exhausting, but hatred is serene.  Put short computer generated signs in your car windows.
“Bush did 911”, “He who dies without lower middle class values wins”.  “Crooks, suckers, lazy cowards”
“Support Our Crooks with Casualties for Bucks.”

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By Scott Brison, February 27, 2007 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment
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I know that you must hate to feel that the Bush regime speaks for you. Spare a second now to feel for those of us who are greatly embarrassed to have a neo-con of the religious right as our newly minted Prime Minister. They will feel very cosy together, I am sure.

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By Jeff, February 19, 2007 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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kdsg: We do have the same president. However, Celeste is living on another celestial sphere. We obviously do not have the same ability to divide the world into Good and Evil that she and Mr. Bush do. They must be native to the Moon, where there is a clear deliniation between dark and light. Perhaps they were brought back by our astronauts without their knowledge. And as for Jermy Jones, it is not that we “hate” Mr. Bush, it is that we HATE the fact that we have been stuck with him as our president, and we HATE the fact that he has needlessly condemned so many people to death, and HATE the fact that he has undermined our Constitution. Because, believe it or not, we LOVE our country. We just HATE what has been done to it. If Mr. Bush were a private citizen screwing up his own life in Crawford, we wouldn’t give a rat’s ass about him.

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By kdsg, February 19, 2007 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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re: Comment #43623 by Celeste

Do we have the same president? I can’t imagine this one going down as one of our greatest presidents. I can, however, imagine him as just going down. I can imagine him going down the White House steps for the last time. I can imagine him going down to Crawford.  I can imagine him going down in history as a man who divided this country on religious reasons.

I very much enjoyed this article.

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By Wayne, February 8, 2007 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment
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One of the reasons I fail to take decisive action is the internet. I spend so much time being enraged by the truth coming out over the web (Gore Vidal’s excellent piece) that I fail to act effectively. Simply condemning the Bush administration will not guarantee the survival of my Republic. I must get off the web and into the streets. That’s where the fight is.

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By Jermy Jones, January 30, 2007 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t agree with most of what Bush says or does, but you all HATE him with such vitriol, that it really makes me wonder. We’re supposed to be the people who remind the world to avoid hate, yet conservatives just think liberals are crazy and out of touch, and it’s mostly because of websites like this.  Hijacking elections, lying? Come on…. find arguments that are based on reason, and not just your hate of the man.

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By Tim, January 22, 2007 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment
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The use of religion in the years since 2000 has been apalling, and I am glad that Vidal comments extensively on it. I recall the 2004 election, when Kerry was assaulted by Catholic ministers because he was pro-choice, and that those who voted for him were “bad Catholics” and would no longer go to Heaven.

All other commentary aside, Bush’s divine inspiration alone is cause for worry. If he were not the president, I invision him as one of those poor homeless saps in New York City walking up and down the streets with a big sandwich sign bearing “THE END IS NEAR!” in sloppy, black painted letters. People have been commited for less radical beliefs in the past and in the present; the fact that he is preisdent does not give him immunity - it should be cause for more worry.

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By Polly Ester, December 30, 2006 at 9:50 am Link to this comment
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“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”

The eerie veracity of this statement certainly rings true today—-the finest become enervated by the forceful temperament of greed, loathing, contempt and corruption.

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By Dave Summers, M.D., December 29, 2006 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment
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RE:  Vidal’s Pearls of History, Truth & Wisdom

America should thank Vidal for his astute observations; as revealed in his recent autobiographical people, places & principles, he is an expert in language & expression and has a unique ability to observe and evaluate objectively the sectarian dangers by which his America is becoming more & more characterized.  Congress and that American, 90% majority called “Christians” seem unphased by a President who delusionally started a war “to save the world for Christ”, subordinates our laws to his “higher power”, and perpetually confuses philosophy with piety or (Spinoza with an antithetical Pope).  Even if America succumbs to a faith or sectarian, 21st century, Osama-George, Crusade-like atrocity which obviously will end “the world’s best hope”, the President & his faith-heads under Falwell-Robertson augmentation, still are unlikely to perceive the tragedy of their
“higher power” follies.

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By David, December 29, 2006 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment
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Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
William Butler Yeats: “The Second Coming”

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By Russell Einstein Spinoza, December 28, 2006 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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Why is the U.S. at this point? writes Vidal…and then further down in his writing he answers the question:
the atrophy of education and critical thinking; the integration of religion

but he missed adding that since approximately 90% of Americans are self-proclaimed Christians AND the U.S. is the most uneducated country in the Western Hemisphere (Correlation, anyone?) perhaps it’s the reason why Bush was voted in as our president.  Blind faith at its very best.

Can we learn from our mistake?  Please, majority vote with rationaliy, not religion….for no prize is at the bottom of ths cereal box.

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By Celeste, December 24, 2006 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment
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Bush is a wonderful President who is looking to get rid of the evil in the world.
I just wish he do something about the corporations ripping off America and its people.
Bless him for getting rid of the mass murderer of Iraq.
Saadem Hussein has terrorized the Iraqi people for 30 yrs.
The dead have been estimated in the hundreds of thousands over that period of time.
All those who think evil can just go unchecked are fools.
It is the obligation of humankind to make sure that all its people live free and be free of fear.
Bush has been demonized because he is a religious man and believes in doing the will of the Almighty.
The atheists and self centered materialistic society of our generation does not understand the battle to rid the world of the evil that men do.
President Bush does.
He will go down as one of our greatest Presidents.
Bless you all,
Bless the United States of America.

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By BJ, December 1, 2006 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment
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Didn’t care for this article, much.

W.

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By Bea Trayed, October 28, 2006 at 8:54 am Link to this comment
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Thomas,
I wouldn’t call it Erection Day—that assumes too much—to have an erection you need to have cajones, and the “crumb-bums”  holding office and those on the ballot,  lost their cajones a long time ago,  to lobbyists and other creeps looking for deals and favors.  The election machines are not sex toys—since they’re only designed to frustrate the user, and not to satisfy.

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By THOMAS TYSKIEWICZ, October 25, 2006 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment
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THE GOP HAVE PARAPHASED OUR NATIONAL VOTE INTO “ERECTION DAY”....YET AGAIN, ANOTHER SCREWING, THIS TIME WITH A SEX-TOY MACHINE!

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By Bruce Boyle, September 18, 2006 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment
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I sent a message to my representatives today.

My immediate concern in contacting my representatives is the Cheney-Specter Bill. In doing this I also had in mind of the words of Berman and Lewis that Gore Vidal includes in his “President Jonah (redux)” above:


“Finally, we shouldn’t be surprised at the antipathy toward democracy displayed by the Bush administration…. As already noted, fundamentalism and democracy are completely antithetical. The opposite of the Enlightenment, of course, is tribalism, groupthink; and more and more, this is the direction in which the United States is going…. Anthony Lewis who worked as a columnist for the New York Times for thirty-two years, observes that what has happened in the wake of 9/11 is not just the threatening of the rights of a few detainees, but the undermining of the very foundation of democracy. Detention without trial, denial of access to attorneys, years of interrogation in isolation—these are now standard American practice . . .”


Tribalism and fundamentalism are both in opposition to democracy; another opposition to democracy within our society and government is tyranny.

Symbolic of this danger, in a movement towards tyranny, is the “Cheney-Specter bill” that floats around Congress and might soon become law.

Move-on.org summarized the this bill with these words:


“It allows President Bush—and every president after him—to wiretap Americans indefinitely, in secret, without a warrant and without any oversight. 

“It effectively pardons the president for any illegal behavior by forcing Congress to concede that he has the inherent authority to conduct the program —something federal courts, numerous legal experts and many leading Republicans disagree with. 

“It completely guts FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) which has protected the privacy of Americans against illegal wiretaps for close to 30 years.

“It prevents any legal challenges from taking place in the public court system. Instead, it moves all cases to a secret court, where only Bush administration officials can argue it.

“It would help “immunize” any officials who broke the law in this program from being held accountable in the future. 

“Since the program was exposed in December of last year, we’ve learned that President Bush personally blocked a Justice Department investigation of the program, Vice President Cheney also personally intervened to stop telecom companies from testifying to Congress about it, and a federal court recently ruled the program unconstitutional.9 In an effort to protect himself from further consequences, the president is pressuring Congress to let him off the hook.”


Given the treads above and angered by this turn by some in Congress toward support of tyranny, I share the following

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Senator Patrick Leahy; Senator Jim Jeffords, Representative Sanders:
Re: Cheney-Specter bill—
Honored Representatives of Vermont,

GEORGE W. BUSH SHOULD NOT BE PARDONED.

He should NOT be pardoned for:

his VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES;

for his ASSAULT ON THE BILL OF RIGHTS;

for his wiretaps and other crimes AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Nor should he be pardoned for his WAR CRIMES against the people of Iraq.
for his LIES AND WAR OF AGGRESSION against Iraq.

For his crime of BACKING ISRAEL’S MURDEROUS INVASION of Lebanon;

for his part in the systematic devastation of Lebanon and Gaza aimed against those civilian populations and in direct violation of international law;

for dragging his feet in bringing about a timely “cease fire,” and for the Bush administration’s complicity in assisting Israel with prior planning and materials for that invasion.

BUSH MUST NOT BE GIVEN IMMUNITY FOR HIS, OR FOR HIS ADMINISTRATION’S CRIMES, AND NO IMMUNITY FOR HIS INTRODUCTION OF TORTURE OF PRISONERS OF WAR; PRISONERS BY “ALLEGATION” AND PRISONERS HELD ILLEGALLY BY BUSH’S ORDER, SUBJECT TO HIS SADISTIC TORTURE, HELD WITHOUT DUE PROCESS, AND IMPRISONED BY ARREST UNDER HIS SUBJECTIVE CLAIM THAT THEY ARE “TERRORIST” BEFORE THEY ARE INDICTED, CHARGED, BEFORE EVIDENCE IS PRESENTED, BEFORE THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THESE ALLEGED CRIMES IS ESTABLISHED, OR SENTENCED BEFORE BEING BROUGHT TO TRIAL BY THE UNITED STATES UNDER US LAW WITH A PRESUMED INALIENABLE RIGHT TO FACE THEIR ACCUSER(S) AND AN ASSUMPTION OF INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE, AND TO BE TRIED WITHIN THE EXISTING JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND BY THE LAWS OF UNITED STATES, OR WITHIN INTERNATIONAL COURTS - OR UNDER THE US CONSTITUTION OR IN AGREEMENT WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW THAT INCLUDE, AMONG OTHER APPLICABLE LAWS,  THE NUREMBERG CODE AND, AS BINDING ON OUR GOVERNMENT AS SIGNATOR, THE ARTICLES OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION .

GEORGE W. BUSH HAS UNDERMINED THE REPUTATION OF OUR COUNTRY, AND IS AN INSULT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

FURTHER, G. W. BUSH IS KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD TO BE A TORTURER AND LOVER OF DEATH PENALTIES AND THUS AN INSULT TO AMERICA, BOTH AN INSULT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

I am a Vermonter, so I make this demand:

Do not pardon George W. Bush. Charge him with War Crimes instead. American Justice demands nothing less than this course of action on your part as a member of our Congress and as a Representative from Vermont.
Sincerely,

~Bruce Boyle

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By Helen Pope, September 13, 2006 at 5:07 am Link to this comment
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Britain is following America into the darkness. Our young people are not taught our history and care not to read newspapers. They seem to know of nothing outside their own social group. Politics has fallen into a contest of personalies with policy and good governance given no thought.
We gave the terrorists their victory, our democracy is in tatters, and they only attacked once.
It seems unlikely we can climb back while we try to sell democracy from the mouth of a gun.

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By Lester Shepherd, August 7, 2006 at 7:56 am Link to this comment
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I agree with Mr Vidal and Mr Berman in toto.  However, Mr Berman gives way, way, too little credit for Noam Chomsky’s contributions to understanding the problems in this country.  Manufacturing Consent is the goal of elites and they do it well enough to assure a “Dark Ages America”.

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By Michael Dean Anthony, August 2, 2006 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment
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This is Vidal at his finest, a comprehensive essayist with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Western civilization and a deeply thoughtful appreciation of American political history. 

Nature and chance have never before conspired to bring us someone like Vidal, who has no allegiance to anything accept his own perception of political and moral truth.  It is reassuring that his mental clarity and sardonic humor is so demonstrably intact in his 81st year of life (if only the same could be said of our “president” in his 61st). 

Those with an interest in Vidal might like to visit a website maintained by Harry Kloman at the University of Pittsburgh.  It is a bit hagiographic and “fan”-like in nature, complete with anagrams of the author’s name (which also appears in Chinese), but otherwise a nice source of well researched information about our “greatest living man of letters,” who is, at the very least, our most underappreciated.

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By John Underwood, July 11, 2006 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment
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This story hits the nail on the head….America in a self chosen, self feeding downward spiral created from its own parochialism with the boy idiot ‘leading’ the way in his flight suit. It’s definitely the ‘not ready for prime time’ superpower. And still about 30 more horrible months to go. Brilliant!

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By Jim Bolman, July 6, 2006 at 10:13 pm Link to this comment
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Being eternally optimistic, I adhere to the reverse of, “What goes up must come down.”
I’m sticking with, “What goes down must come up.” Once the degree of fascism & fear our country is experiencing becomes obvious to the faithful of a God that I’m not acquainted with, Truth and Transparency must prevail. Meanwhile, let’s pray for the Rapture and get them out of here so we can bathe in the beauty of our Universe.

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By quintal, June 22, 2006 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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i find it so moronic to attack Bush when he is due out anyway. We didnt hear you americans that much at the time of his second Selection in 2004. What’s the point in bashing him now? He’s gone. Unless you expect him to change the constitution in order to stay a third term.

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By Steve, May 26, 2006 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment
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Stop what, what shall we or they do to cease our degrading democratic state and the constraining of our human freedom?  There is so many of us on this planet, I’m afraid we are all apes doomed to be ruled by the rich and powerful and “all-knowing”.  Our futures are decided to an extent, but keep your mind as untarnished and fresh as possible.  I’m beginning to think that the wisest decision is to avoid all politico-philosophical works by all writers no matter how close they may tread to the truth and how illuminating they may be.  Just inhale-exhale, I say.

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By saul2006, May 25, 2006 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment
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Franklin the heir to the Graham scam said that Bush was selected by God showing poppa Billy was too busy amassing a 300 million dollar fortune to teavh his sonthe difference between the Supreme Court and the Supreme being.
Of course Bush thinks God is with him , how else can anyone explain an ex drunk , failed businessman,who is a stupid arrogant spoiled brat was picked to run the leading nation on Earth and destroy it?

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By Stewart Griffin, May 8, 2006 at 4:13 am Link to this comment
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Oh dear Amanda, I’m afraid reading Mr Vidal hasn’t helped improve your grammar, has it m’dear? Perhaps you would enjoy the works of a British writer who did make headway into politics, Jeffrey Archer :}
So many comments on here still echo the politics of personality. Too many people are focussing on the gap between George W’s eyes instead of the removal of their democratic rights (Though Lefty you have grasped the truth) Anyone who has studied any politial history will know that the “freedom” we have experinced has always been fleeting, the darkness is coming my friends. Read, or reread, some Orwell, another writer who understood politics too well to want to get his hands dirty with it, and see how little has changed.

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By Amanda Coffman, May 5, 2006 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve read Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace and now am half way through Dreaming War.  I am thoroughly held spellbound yet at the same time downright disturbed.  I now realise how ignorant I have been.  Has Mr Vidal yet written a book suggesting in his opinion what can be done to halt this seemingly degrading state these politicians have gotten us into?  If so could somebody email me to tell me the title please.  Its .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Mr Vidal, I think its time to turn your hand to the political arena and get them votes in!

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By Vet, April 12, 2006 at 1:49 am Link to this comment
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Bush and his inner cult circle are a rotten curse on America’s soul.  Break free of the Cult of Bush!

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By Pierre Gretian Ardans, April 10, 2006 at 5:14 pm Link to this comment
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The fascist state is here. It is now. We must find the cojones to turn back the fascist conspiracy that has almost ruined our country. The generation that fought and won WW2 and left us with incredible advantage over other nations must be spinning in their graves at our sniveling demeanor before the Rupert Murdochs who’ve bought their way into power over this unsuspecting politically correct generation. My hero, Gore Vidal has done his part. Now it’s time for the rest of us to ours.

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By Paschal Baute, April 8, 2006 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment
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“He has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly.  The hungry he has filled with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty…”

I feat for my country because God is Just.” Thomas Jefferson.
It is my faith that justice shall prevail, but not in the short run.
Old Salty Dog
Lexington, Ky

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By Jose Lara, April 6, 2006 at 6:45 am Link to this comment
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Germans still can’t figure out how their ancestors chose a madman in the 1930’s. Jose

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By Timothy Kinnaird, March 30, 2006 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment
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“But here the Babylonian whore hath built
A dome, where flaunts she in such glorious sheen,
That men forget the blood which she hath spilt,
And bow the knee to Pomp that loves to varnish guilt.”

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By Praeto, March 29, 2006 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment
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I thought Morris Berman’s simple quote says it all:  ““If a nation is unable to perceive reality correctly, and persists in operating on the basis of faith-based delusions, its ability to hold its own in the world is pretty much foreclosed.”  He could just as easily be talking about the Islamic fanatics of the world as the American ones.

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By Chip DeNure, March 27, 2006 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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In regard to Michael’s recent blog, not only is the emperor naked, he stinks to high heaven and he’s up to his elbows in innocent blood. Of course, the media fail to report this and the people remain largely ignorant.  The illusion once again triumphs over the reality. Thank you “watchdogs of our freedoms” for undermining democracy once again.

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By Michael, March 26, 2006 at 10:43 am Link to this comment
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no matter how you twist and complain about voting irregularities, the voters still have the man they voted for (or didn’t vote for as the case may be) because no one (apart from the fringes) is doing anything except putting their heads in the sand and accepting the erosion of their fundamental rights and the ascendancy of the emperor. It reminds me a little of the fable of the emperors new clothes. The majority of americans refuse to see that the president is naked!

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By censored?, March 25, 2006 at 10:56 am Link to this comment
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if one goes to the link for “preserving democracy: what went wrong in ohio?” one is told that no such page exists.
going to the house home page and the judiciary committee one is told no matches exist.
any ideas how to find it?

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By Rick Ladd, March 18, 2006 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment
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I find it difficult to be as magnanimous as Mr. Vidal. I prefer this pussilanimous little prick be called to task for the crimes he has commmitted. Something simple, say a public flaying followed by a roll in a bed of rock salt (at least as a low-key beginning of the festivities) would give me - for one - great pleasure.

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By Gnan-kouassi, March 17, 2006 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment
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j’aimerais avoir un livre de vidal 2006.Car,je veux être un treès bon pharmacien qui maîtrise la chimiethérapeutique et la pharmacologique.

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By Daniel Smythe, March 15, 2006 at 11:49 pm Link to this comment
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The article by Gore and the comments which accompany it demonstrate that America faces some similar problems to ourselves in Australia.

Our ‘fearless’ leader, John Howard, while not as stupid as GWB, operates much the same way: he allies himself with religious groups, tells lies, is a miniature megalomaniac, is in bed with the rich and powerful, and is supported by the right-wing media.

He sent our troops to Iraq and Afghanistan against the wishes of the Australian people using faulty intelligence and is currently trying to dismantle unions so that employers have all the power and workers have none.

As in America, our opposition is in total disarray and democracy, to all intents and purposes, is dead.

So, you are not alone. As capitalism and greed sweep the world, worse is to come I’m afraid.

Dig bombs shelters while you may!

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By Thomas Bregman, March 15, 2006 at 9:07 pm Link to this comment
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Wonderfully done.  But well crafted anaylsis grounded in a thorough understanding of history and precendent is woefully inadequate and NO MATCH FOR RAGE AND RIGHTEOUS ANGER against the incipient American dictatorship.  Yes we need words, but they are not enough.  They must be followed by deeds of direct action, which under current conditions require more than a dash of fortitude.  The new dark ages won’t be rolled back with devastating op-ed pieces or standard issue electoral politics.  Recreating the enlightment and a progressive society will require fighting the fundamentalists and new imperialists at every turn.  Weak willed dems (e.g. congressional delegation, most of the rest of nationally recognized “leaders”) with very few exceptions have been neutered or cowed and incapable of leading the fight.  If the neo-dictatorship is to be rolled back, it will be through the energies and acts of the rank and file.  To the barricades we go.

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By steve, March 15, 2006 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment
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Hopefull not redundant

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By Peter Phippen, March 14, 2006 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment
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How we got in this mess?  Well, if you will remember, the 2000 election debacle, the result was decided not by millions or thousands or hundreds of votes, no, it was the decided by one vote, in the Supreme Court. Getting the case to the Supreme Court is still the most amazing feat of juris imprudence ever committed, way to go Jim Baker III. Plus the Republican jackboots that interrupted the vote count in several polling locations also welded shut the case for the Republicans, and no amount of recounts could put that election back together again.

When we proceed from a lie, and a fake and a sham, what comes from it is a lie, a fake and a sham of an administration read: abomination!

To remain in power, this abomination had to rig the 2004 ‘election’, so that states such as Ohio, where it was going to be decided, purged voter rolls of over 300,000 legally registered democratic voters. Thus welding shut again the case, never to be opened again.

So, how did we get here? Lies, deceit on an unimaginable scale, and trickery. Is it such a leap to suggest that, if the highest officials in the land can lie us into a full-blown attrocity such as Iraq, they could allow, and heartily embellish (WTC 1, 2 and 7 collapses from demolition charges set prior to 9/11) the attacks of 9/11 to usher in a ‘New Pearl Harbor?’  The Project for a New American Century statement of purpose, has this reference clearly and prominantly part of their ‘raison detre.’

How did we get here? Allowing the revolving door between government and the private sector (Carlyle Group, K Street, etc.) to go unchecked, allowing uprecedented access of ‘private’ businesses to ‘public’ administration.

How did we get here? When party affiliation (ie. Republican) is more important than the country and the constitution you supposedly protect and defend.

How did we get here?  Come on, look at it. It is clear. We have been had by our own complacency and fear. Remember FDR and Winston Churchill, we need someone of this stature now to slap us awake, and get us moving in the direction of freedom again.

Thank you Mr. Vidal for all you have done to slap us awake!!

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By Hilding Lindquist, March 14, 2006 at 4:01 am Link to this comment
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Re: Comment #4997 by skip on 3/10 at 5:03 pm

My sentiments also.

But times they are a-changin’!

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By Geoff, March 10, 2006 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment
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Jill, you hit it on the nose. All our efforts so far have been detrimental to the real goal - stop people hating each other and finding reasons to want to kill each other.

As for the comments about why people on the left arent in the streets protesting, withholding taxes, etc. My answer 1) we have a two term presidency, and no matter how bad things get, we will wait to see if the next administration sets about fixing them. Since they have never in my lifetime looked to be on so bad a trend, Im contemplating protesting now. If the next administration does not turn this around, I will be carrying signs in the street, even if alone. 2) If said “president” we have now decides to make any moves as to change the laws that will remove him from office, I will start a militia and we will revolt. We cannot go down this road much further, and Im quite frankly afraid of how bad it could get in three years.

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By skip, March 10, 2006 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment
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Gore Vidal, as a celebrated writer and wit,  would be a fixture on television had he not had temerity to criticize Israeli policy foreign and domestic. Were he not so prominent a write, with powerful friends, he would have shared in the oblivion of Nicholas von Hoffman and other mere mortals.

But be on other side, and you can be a mediocrity inflicting yourself on the airways on a daily basis. Witness Norman Podhoretz, Cliff May, Frank Gaffney, Ken Adelman, John Woolsey, Reul Gerecht, Tony Blankley, Charles Krauthammer and George Will.

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By Tom Macko, March 9, 2006 at 5:01 am Link to this comment
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Gore Vidal famously announced that George Bush KNEW of the 9/11 attacks in advance…and welcomed them!
He recently has taken back these remarks.
Gore Vidal moaned (pre 9/11) about airport security, and how it was not needed because U.S. planes hadn’t been targets. In his collection of essays, collected after the attacks, he discreetly edited this little tidbit.

His handpicked biographer caught him in a whopper of a lie.

Yes, Gore Vidal is a man to be taken seriously in this time of worldwide turbulance.

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By Chip DeNure, March 8, 2006 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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What’s happening is so tragically surreal. The Empire planned and executed the 9/11 attacks to provide a rationale for going into Afghanistan and Iraq. The hijackers were patsies, like Lee Harvey Oswald. (Please see David Ray Griffin’s, “The New Pearl Harbor” and his follow book which eviscerates the findings of the 9/11 Commission). It’s also apparent that the Empire is using 9/11 to gradually put an end to the Constitution. Remember the Patriot Act was almost instantly produced after the attacks and Patriot 2 is waiting in the wings. Its passage assured when the Empire launches another “terror” attack, which, of course, will be blamed on patsies, possibly with Iranian ties. Who will save us? Congress? The media? Hardly. It’s looks pretty damn bad.

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By Dorothy Tracey, March 7, 2006 at 9:46 am Link to this comment
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So, why can’t he be impeached? All the wrong
he has done would fill a book. All the people
he has caused to die would fill a city. Aren’t
there enough of us who think and have our eyes open to start a movement to get him out?
Count on my vote.

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By Dick Reed, March 5, 2006 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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I have NO hope for this country.  This is a government of the people and the people are very ignorant.  Even if King George did steal the election(and he did) you the people allowed him to do it. He is still allowed to run rampant over every thing that is good.  He has set us back many years in environmental concerns. He has killed our young people, he has lied and made a mockery of our laws.  IMPEACH this criminal.  He is not our president.

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By dearpeter, March 4, 2006 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t hear that many options being discussed. Why is there so little talk of general strikes, tax withholding, sit-ins, and such? Citizens of many countries much be puzzled at the tolerance of the American left. Will they continue to be so polite when the draft becomes necessary again?

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By Hilding Lindquist, March 2, 2006 at 2:59 am Link to this comment
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A well deserved “well done” for Vidal. I would add the similarities to Joshua at Jericho and the battle of Good vs. Evil (to say nothing of the end-times myth of the Battle of Armageddon) plus the similarities between the story of Job and “stay the course” reasoning. I have heard Bush’s irrational cadence mouthing biblical mythology from my adult male relatives since I was a child. Bush(#43) got his political philosophy from evangelical Christian pulpits on Sunday mornings, filtered and clarified in Bible Study throughout the week. Those of us who have been through that brainwashing recognize the mindset immediately.

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By Hassan, March 1, 2006 at 10:40 am Link to this comment
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Gore Vidal is a genueine American, reading his detailed and sane observation is joy to the ear and mind.Thank God, he is still with us to enlighten and provoke our thoughts.

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By Gerald Oleson, February 28, 2006 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment
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But isn’t it great fun watching an empire decline? We always knew it would happen, but in OUR lifetimes? I LOVE IT….And we can watch it die…in living color…..LOL..G

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By Mary C., February 27, 2006 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment
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Gore Vidal’s insights on American politics in general and this bunch of common criminals in particular is brilliant and precise.  I wish we had people in Congress with this kind of intelligence coupled with the courage to take a stand and get these bums out.  They’ve destroyed our country.  I dread the day the American public realizes that the emperor not only doesn’t have on clothes, but that none of us does either!!!

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By Piotr Wengovski, February 27, 2006 at 11:58 am Link to this comment
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Your article prompted me to review Joseph Campbell’s   works <u>The Hero With A Thousand Faces</u> and <u>The Power of Myth</u> (with Bill Moyers).

It’s tempting to cast him as a jonah, but he’s undeserving! According to Campbell, Jonah is the archtype of the “reluctant hero”.

More apt, I think, is the archetype presented by the Cretan King Minos, whose failure to accept his duty to the people resulted in the creation of the monster, the Minotaur.

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By shanau, February 25, 2006 at 5:28 am Link to this comment
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good article

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By Annamay Olsen, February 23, 2006 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment
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I “read” faces—along with other body language.  Was true with Nixon when I saw him 10 yrs. before he became president—I knew he was weird.  There wasn’t a doubt in my mind when I first saw Bush, Jr.  I knew from the beginning that was no better than an ignorant, self-centered elementary school-kid.

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By A P D, February 21, 2006 at 6:58 am Link to this comment
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“I knew he wasn’t ‘right’ when I first saw him” my father said on hearing of W’s plan for retaliation for the 9/11 attacks; “His eyes are too close together!”.

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By Ronald Palyu, February 19, 2006 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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Evil rules when good men do nothing.

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By Roger Drowne EC, February 19, 2006 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment
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Thank U 4 Posting This Read

Glad 2 Find Some Good Thinking…

U May Enjoy… Along the Same Line… the

( Re-Written ) Declaration of Independence

U Can Read It At…

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Thank U, RogerART.com

OUT DAMN BUSH… OUT NOW

U R KILLING the USA & US DEMOCRACY DEAD

OUT DAMN NeoCons, OUT, NOW, GET OUT
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By gun, February 16, 2006 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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It makes me cringe when some poeple use the bible as a reference to politics and use the bible literally. The story about Jonah and the whale did not historically happen, do you think a person honestly was swallowed by a huge whale and awoke inside of its belly? NO that is not possible. Get real folks, this government could be doing a few things differently and changes need to happen but if you think that they will all happed withing the term or President Bush? I certainly do not. If America is on the verge of falling, then the changes will take much longer that a 8 year two 4 year term in office by the president.

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By gun, February 16, 2006 at 8:53 am Link to this comment
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Thank you for being an ignorant person, you think that Gore Vidal informs the american people, he looks at things through a totally biased perspective, I think you are totally wrong. I think Mr. Vidal forgot to inform the American people about some good things that Bush has done, its very sad that you get most of you information from Mr. Vidal, although very educated, but very biased.

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By Hassan A.Hassan, February 15, 2006 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment
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Mr.Vidal, Thank you informing the poorly informed Americans, I was accused many times for being too negative about US, simply one can get real information from Kuwaiti newspaper than NY Times, it’s sad, no one reads or cares, we all live American Idol world.
Gore Vidal, US lost the day you were not elected a President of USA, I know you never run the lease of that office, but you would be the best, only North American I admire as much as I do about you is Piere E.Truduea.
May God or whomever keep you safe and healthy.

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By Christine Smith, February 13, 2006 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment
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TIME FOR IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION—JOIN WITH CONGRESSMAN CONYERS

Those who have the courage to stand for what is right, require our support, and that is why I urge readers who are opposed to Bush and his gang to join with Congressman Conyers in his current attempts on our behalf.

In my opinion, an egotist such as Bush will not admit he has made any mistakes, much less change his behavior.  An egotist relishes his power.  He will not resign unless pressure from we the people forces him to do so.  I feel only impeachment of Bush (and Cheney) will possibly obtain the desired outcome, otherwise the defense of use of presidential power will continue to be used to justify whatever the gang decides to do.

We need accountability, an examination of Bush and Cheney’s actions under the law…impeachment proceedings, it would seem, will accomplish this. 

I recommend all concerned citizens visit Congressman John Conyers’ website now:

http://www.johnconyers.com/

where you can read his letter regarding his introduction of a resolution of censure for Bush and Cheney, and his “calling upon Congress to create a select committee similar to the Ervin Committee, which investigated President Nixon’s Watergate crimes. This select committee should investigate those offenses which appear to rise to the level of impeachment.”  After reading, and if in agreement, Conyer’s website offers a page which you can sign to join him “in sending the message to the President, the media, and the American people that we are not going to stand for an imperial presidency any longer.”

The action Conyers is initiating itself may cause Bush (and perhaps others) to eventually resign, if only to avoid embarrassment, rather than undergo such scrutiny.  We do not know the outcome, but Conyers’ proposal needs and deserves support.

I applaud and thank John Conyers for his bold stance on behalf of America, and hope Americans will voice their support for his proposals.

Mr. Vidal though you state in your essay, “Although he has done a number of things that under the old republic might have got him impeached, our current system protects him: incumbency-for-life seats have made it possible for a Republican majority in the House not to do its duty…”  I ask if you wouldn’t still think it might be worth trying?  Congressman Conyers seems to think so. 

How do we know if we do not at least try?  Not even trying is acceptance of being “slaves.”  What have we to lose?  Look at what we might gain.  We surely will not win if we do not try…impeachment is the way our republic provides for the people to hold the president and vice-president to accountability.  Conyers needs our support in his fight on behalf of all of us for accountability.  Yes, the Republican House majority may stop it…but one thing is for certain, nothing will happen unless we try. 

You wrote, “But in time, as Ecclesiastes would say, all things shall come to pass and so, in a kindly way, a majority of the citizens must persuade him that he will be happier back in Crawford…We may be slaves but we are not unreasonable.”  Yet is it not reasonable to support a Congressman, Conyers, who is trying?  Bush will not be persuaded by our rallies or our essays; he will only take notice when accountability is demanded.  Rallies and essays are the key to educating the people; once enough people understand then they must take action…and Conyers is taking that action on our behalf.

Mr. Vidal, near the end of your President Jonah (redux) essay, you write, “...And it is time we objected…” Indeed.  Mr. Vidal, your voice supporting impeachment might be instrumental in making this a more popular/publicized issue nationwide as it needs to be. 

Simply voicing the wish of so many of us that Bush leave, does not, in itself, accomplish the desired affect.  Bush has no reason to leave.  He hasn’t the honor of a Tiberius. 

But perhaps your strong voice actively calling for impeachment might rouse the suppressed (though still existent) honor and courage within a few politicians to add their support to Conyer’s current courageous effort.  Likewise, I think your vocal support of Conyer’s attempt would help it gain wider citizen support, and they, in turn may be encouraged to express their wishes to their Congressmen.  Your eloquent essay gives voice to our feelings, but more is needed.  We must take action, and Conyers is trying.  I think your voice of support would be strong.

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By Jill Warner, February 13, 2006 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment
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It is a sad sad tale of woe; That of our King George and his unknownable foe. The war on terrorism is like fighting a ghost. He is invisible to the eye, cannot be seen, and cannot be caught. Terroism is death itself shrouded in human form.

Who is the terrorist and what creates him or her? This the question we should ask ourselves. Without a government that is willing to ask this simple question there will be no end to this ridiculus fight. An Us vs a Them is the root cause of this nightmare.

Will the American people awake before it is too late?  Oh how arrogant we all must be to think that we cannot be touched by History.  At least Jonha awoke in the belly of the whale.  Sadly we all are sleeping in in the belly called IGNORANCE.

Thank you for your intelligent thoughts.  It is time for all Americans to Awaken before history repeats itself and the world news papers read: “America has Fallen!”

After 9/11 we had an unprecidented chance to become the light of the world.  Sadly, as we all know, King George chose another course.

Looking for the Light -
Jill

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By Linda H., February 13, 2006 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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Thanks for the mention of the book, “Dark Ages America” by Morris Berman. I had never heard of it.  It sounds like a very interesting read.

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By Susan Gronemeyer, February 13, 2006 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment
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Excellent article.  I’ve come back to print it and send to many people who have lost a feeling of hope in this debacle.  Each time I read someone(like David Corn, with whom I usually agree), I respond that it is both our right and responsibility as “we the people” to remove the criminals from the executive branch of our government.  It is our right as “we the people” to impeach George Dubya Bush, Dick “Go F**K Yourself"Cheney, Condoleeza"Not my husband”(spoken in defense of GWB in early 2001), Donald"You don’t get the war you want”(even though WE started it)Rumsfeld, Alberto(torture boy) Gonzales, Karl"Turd Blossom"Rove and the rest of the criminals currently occupying the White House.  It is clear,In What Really Happened in Ohio? with the assistance of the Ohio Secretary of State that the electoral votes that should have gone to Kerry were again given to the criminal who now occupies the White House.  David Corn is hoping that the Republicans will be voted out of the majority in 2006.  But the manipulation of the vote has already been evidenced in multiple states, going beyond both Florida and Ohio.  Paper Trails have to be made a necessary part of our voting laws before the elections this fall.

By the way, I was just speaking with a sales clerk in a local drug store, who said that she thought that we needed a revolution.  I would like to think that our government can still work, but watching any Senate committee hearing, where someone, like Alberto(torture boy)Gonzales tesitfies without being under oath is an utter joke.  He stated during his confirmation hearing that he would recognize that the Attorney General protected the Constitution and the laws of the law and yet there he was defending his client, Dubya. I guess I can see why a revolution may actually have to come.

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By R. A. Earl, February 12, 2006 at 10:25 pm Link to this comment
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Allan Gray #3517 wrote:

“Bitching, bitching, bitching….who’s got a plan?”

The problem, Allan, is that the American people have elevated the position of POTUS to just short of GOD/KING. Once “elected” that individual has the entire US military at the alert to protect him/her.

Unless he or she CHOOSES to listen to complaints and alter course and short of having an effective opposition in Congress to force the issues, it seems it might take another revolution and/or civil insurrection, with bloodshed the likes of which America has never seen. “Let ‘em bitch,” seems to be the attitude in the White House, “they can’t do a damned thing. We’ve got God and the guns on our side.”

You can wait for one of two things to happen: the 8 years is up and he/she has to go, or, he/she doesn’t live long enough to make it until then. Perhaps there’s the third option that I’m virtually certain GWB is working on… how to revise the constitution so he can remain in office as long as he chooses to reign.

Lord Acton in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887 wrote: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

The USA has corruption right up to its Star Spangled Banner at the moment. The only way out is to somehow get POTUS off the list of “Gods” that are worshipped in the USA (money, power, control, greed, owning “things,” etc.).

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