Saturday, May 28, 2005

Help Flush Out The Truth

Help Flush Out The Truth

Dear Friend:
As many of you are aware, a classified memo was recently disclosed in Great Britain that I believe has serious ramifications for the integrity of the United States Government. Dubbed the “Downing Street Memo,” but actually comprising the minutes of a meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and other top British government officials, the memo casts serious doubt on many of the contentions of the Bush Administration in the lead up to the Iraq war. With over 1,600 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen killed in Iraq, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and over $200 billion in taxpayer funds going to this war effort, we cannot afford to stand by any longer.
Along with 88 of my colleagues, I wrote to the President requesting answers about this grave matter. Thus far, our search for the truth has been stonewalled and I need your help. I believe the American people deserve answers about this matter and should demand directly that the President tell the truth about the memo. To that end, I am asking you to sign on to a letter to the President requesting he answer the questions posed to him by 89 Members of Congress.
I will personally insure that this letter is delivered to the White House.
You can read the letter here and sign on to it below. You and I know the White House is just hoping that this matter will fade away, but in a few short weeks, with our steadfastness, the memo has found its way into leading newspapers and White House press briefings. With your help, we can hold this Administration accountable.
Please pass on this important letter to your friends and colleagues, and ask them to sign as well.
Thank you for your help and support.

John Conyers, Jr. www.johnconyers.com 05-27-05

Michigan Congressman John Conyers has posted a letter on his Website asking readers to click a link to a letter demanding the White House address what has come to be known as the Downing Street Memo. This memo contradicts the reasons George W. Bush gave to the US Congress, the United Nations and the AmeriKKKan people about the need to invade Iraq. For those of you who don’t know, the Downing Street Memo is the minutes of a meeting that took place in England almost a year before the Iraq invasion in which a Member of Parliament detailed how the Bush administration was altering “intelligence” to support their agenda for war. A copy of this memo was obtained by the London Times and published in their May 1, 2005 editions. Most of the world is aware of this memo and its’ ramifications. However, due to the information control of the US corporate media and the woeful state of “journalism” in this country, the story has received scant coverage or discussion. John Conyers is one of eighty -eight members of Congress who are asking President Bush to tell Congress whether or not the Downing Street Memo is true. Of course Conyers and his colleagues already know it is true but this will give them an opportunity to cut through the veils of secrecy and deceit the Bush administration cloaks itself to get the facts to hold them accountable for their treason. What John Conyers is asking those who visit his Website to do is, read the letter and sign it, a simple request. However, there are major ramifications to this request. If enough people read and sign the letter it will force the mainstream media and the White House to ‘fess up if you will. It may even result in a congressional investigation that could potentially lead to the drawing up of articles of impeachment against George W. Bush. Signing it could also put you in a government data base or target you for reprisals by agencies like the FBI ( COINTELPRO) or the CIA (Operation CHAOS). We have the power and an obligation to uncover the truth, we can not allow this government to continue along the path it (and not we the people) has chosen! If it means earning their enmity, so be it. Courage is not the absence of fear, courage is feeling the fear but doing the right thing anyway!
In the meantime, the White House will continue to stonewall. Naturally they will continue to ignore, deny and obfuscate the issue; or in desperation, attempt to sweep it away or conduct a total whitewash like they did with the 9-11 Commission Report. But, sooner or later the truth will emerge! Our challenge is to decide whether we want to be agents of truth and peace or will we be like the Germans who sixty years ago remained silent in the face of clear evil and allowed their government to drive the nation into an abyss of depravity and ruin. What if the masses of Germans had resisted Hitler? How would world history have been different? A generation ago ordinary AmeriKKKans actively opposed and resisted the Vietnam War. Young and old alike actively opposed the political/military-industrial hydra’s lies and arrogance. Of course things were different then, the media was more independent, not consolidated in the hands of a few large conglomerates and reporters actually challenged government assertions, which turned out to be lies, about the war. But even then, anti-war stalwarts viewed the mainstream media as too pro government, so they went out and created scores of anti-establishment alternative papers all over the country. We are seeing the same phenomenon today with the rise of Websites like www.antiwar.com and thousands of blogs like this one. During the ‘60's and ‘70's the clash between the warmongers, their government sycophant supporters and those who wanted peace ripped the nation apart emotionally. We still have not recovered nor healed from that rift. Today we are confronted by another major dilemma; the Bush administration is doing the same thing Hitler did. The parallels are uncanny; 9-11 mirrors the Reichstag fire of 1933, the reasons they both gave for their preemptive invasions and wars are so similar its scary. The question is, will we sit back and give Bush and Co. a free pass? I say no! I have already read, signed and submitted Congressman Conyer’s letter. If you are reading this and have any shred of decency, love of truth, justice and peace, you will too.

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