BOUNTYGATE: Scapegoating Systemic Military Failure in Afghanistan
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This past week, our elected representatives voted to sustain a war in Afghanistan everyone knows has already been lost. That they did so on the backs of bad intelligence leaked for the purpose of triggering such a vote only makes matter worse. https://t.co/zn4ZT1OQEg
— Scott Ritter (@RealScottRitter) July 5, 2020
The story of the alleged “bounty scheme” grew up in the context of top U.S. brass blaming Russia for America’s defeat in Afghanistan, says Scott Ritter.
By Scott Ritter
Special to Consortium News
On the morning of Feb. 27, Beth Sanner, the deputy director of national intelligence for mission integration, arrived at the White House carrying a copy of the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB), a document which, in one form or another, has been made available to every president of the United States since Harry Truman first received what was then known as the “Daily Summary” in February 1946.
The sensitivity of the PDB is without dispute; former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer once called the PBD “the most highly sensitized classified document in the government,”while former Vice President Dick Cheney referred to it as “the family jewels.”
The contents of the PDB are rarely shared with the public, not only because of the highly classified nature of the information it contains, but also because of the intimacy it reveals about the relationship between the nation’s chief executive and the intelligence community.
“It’s important for the writers of the presidential daily brief to feel comfortable that the documents will never be politicized and/or unnecessarily exposed for public purview,” former President George W. Bush observed after he left office, giving voice to a more blunt assessment put forward by his vice president who warned that any public release of a PDB would make its authors “spend more time worried about how the report’s going to look on the front page of The Washington Post.”
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July 6, 2020 at 5:56 PM #333930peacecorpsParticipant
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And he wants to prosecute those who leaked it. The Pentagon Papers and Tricky Dick’s efforts to repress its release come to mind. As does “Plamegate” and Bush II’s efforts to combat leaks about the manipulated ‘intelligence’ that ‘proved’ the existence of WMD in Iraq.
Unhappy presidents often go after the leakers and ignore (or disparage) what they leaked. It’s what the establishment does when confronted a ‘peon’ who reveals what the government/president wants kept secret.
Whether the bounty allegations are true or not, the Taliban has killed thousands of American soldiers over the years. The allegations involve a handful of cases at most. Trump says he was not told. Ritter confirms the allegation was in the PDB. Is Trump lying? Or did the briefer choose not to read that part to Trump who “disdains detailed written reports, preferring instead oral briefings backed up by graphics”? In either case, why?
They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.
National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.
July 6, 2020 at 8:01 PM #333948
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