Deception, Hypocrisy, Duplicity & Disclosure

"We need honest, reasoned debate, and not fear-mongering. To those . . . who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies and pause to America's friends. They encourage people of good will to remain silent in the face of evil."
– John Ashcroft,
Attorney General, 2001
while depriving millions of American
residents due process to a fair trial

"The truth is, and always must remain fluid, so that it may be subject
to endless subsequent revisions,to justify the political expediencies of the day."
– President George Herbert Walker Bush

"We must do more to reach out to our children and teach them to express their anger and to resolve their conflicts with words, not weapons."
– President William Jefferson Clinton,
at Columbine H.S., Colorado,
while directing NATO forces to bomb Belgrade

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Who Said What When

"The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on which was weapons of mass destruction as the core reason {for going to war with Iraq}.
– Paul Wolfowitz
Deputy Secretary of Defense 
Vanity Fair Magazine Interview with Sam Tennenhaus

"I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq."
– Paul Wolfowitz
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense

"Let's look at it simply. The most important difference between North Korea and Iraq is that economically, we just had no choice in Iraq. The country swims on a sea of oil."
– Paul Wolfowitz
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense
when asked why the U.S. chose to go to 
war with Iraq instead of North Korea
Asian Security Summit – Singapore 2003

"As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know."
– Don Rumsfeld 
February 12, 2002 
response when faced with pointed press questions about terrorism
(good example of double-speak)

"Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream, engaging in 'mission creep,' and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under those circumstances, there was no viable 'exit strategy' we could see, violating another of our principles."

"Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different–and perhaps barren–outcome."
– George Herbert Walker Bush
A World Transformed 
1998(sounds prophetic)

"If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions,then we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road. And I'm going to prevent that."
– George Bush, Jr.
during his 2000 campaign criticized the
Clinton-Gore Admin. for being too interventionist

"I don't believe there is a separation of church and state. I think the Constitution is very clear. The only separation is that there will not be a government church."
– Tom DeLay

"I got a young man named George W. Bush into the {Texas Air} National Guard when I was lieutenant governor of Texas, and I'm not necessarily proud of that, but I did it… I became more ashamed of myself than I've ever been because the worst thing I did was get a lot of wealthy supporters and a lot of people who had family names of importance into the Guard and I'm very sorry about that and I apologize to you and the voters of Texas."
– Former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes
Austin,Texas, May 27, 2004 
in a video message
(President Bush has denied that family 
influence got him into the Guard.)

"In 2002, {Republican candidate John} Thune would have been elected to the state's other Senate seat, but the election was stolen by stuffing ballot boxes on Indian reservations. Now, Tom Daschle may have to pay for that theft."

"Has Thune said that the Native Americans are election thieves?" Carville asked.

Novak replied, "No, I said it."
– Robert Novak
nationally known political commentator
as stated on CNN program Crossfire
January 2004

"First of all, real rich people figure out a way to dodge taxes."
– George W. Bush

"Emotional appeals about working families trying to get by on $4.25 an hour [the minimum wage in 1996] are hard to resist. Fortunately, such families do not exist."
– Tom DeLay
during a debate in Congress on increasing 
the minimum wage, April 23, 1996

"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."
– Phil Angell
Monsanto's director of corporate communications
New York Times, October 25, 1998

"We are going to impose our agenda on the coverage by dealing with issues and subjects that we choose to deal with."
– Richard M. Cohen
senior producer of CBS political news
(from Economic Solutions by Peter Kershaw)

"A woman can take care of the family. It takes a man to provide structure. To provide stability. Not that a woman can't provide stability, I'm not saying that… It does take a father, though."
– Tom DeLay
in a radio interview, Feb. 10, 2004

"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."
– Richard Salant
former president of CBS news
(from Economic Solutions by Peter Kershaw)

"The idea of reinstating the draft has never been debated, endorsed, discussed, theorized, pondered, or even whispered by anyone in the Bush administration."
– Donald Rumsfeld
(Rolling Stone magazine recently unearthed an 
internal selective service memo that reveals the lie. 
It details a meeting with two of Rummie's top aides 
early in 2003, specifically to debate, discuss, ponder, 
and otherwise consider reinstating the draft. Indeed, 
the head of the selective service later testified before 
congress that, following "consultations with senior 
Defense manpower officials," the agency began preparing 
a plan to draft Americans who have special skills that 
the military needs, such as nurses and doctors. But
conscripting people with medical skills is just a start.
A selective service official confides that "with some 
very slight tinkering, we could change that skill to 
plumbers or linguists or electrical engineers or 
whatever the military was short.") Jim Hightower

"As you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,
responding to a U.S. soldier serving in Iraq who asked
him why troops had to dig through scrap metal to armor

"I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it…I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with answer, but it hadn't yet…I don't want to sound like I have made no mistakes. I'm confident I have. I just haven't – you just put me under the spot here, and maybe I'm not as quick on my feet as I should be in coming up with one."
– President George W. Bush, 
after being asked in a news conference 
to name the biggest mistake he had made

"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy."
– Henry Kissinger, 
quoted in "Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the 
United States Betrayed Its Own POW's in Vietnam

"Guns have little or nothing to do with juvenile violence. The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and working mothers who take birth control pills."
– Tom DeLay
on causes of the Columbine
High School massacre, 1999


"We're standing there dying, daring to do nothing decisive because we've declared ourselves to be better than our terrorist enemies—more moral, more civilized, {Drawing a contrast with what he cast as the praiseworthy nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, Harvey lamented that} we sent men with rifles into Afghanistan and Iraq and kept our best weapons in their silos. …We didn't come this far because we're made of sugar candy. Once upon a time, we elbowed our way onto and across this continent by giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans. That was biological warfare. And we used every other weapon we could get our hands on to grab this land from whomever."

"And we grew prosperous. And yes, we greased the skids with the sweat of slaves. So it goes with most great nation-states, which—feeling guilty about their savage pasts—eventually civilize themselves out of business and wind up invaded and ultimately dominated by the lean, hungry up-and-coming who are not made of sugar candy."
– Paul Harvey
Disney/ABC radio personality

"But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. …an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down."
– William Bennett
former Secretary of Education
remarks made on his "Morning in America" show
Sept. 2005

"So many minority youths had volunteered.that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like myself."
– Tom DeLay
explaining at the 1988 GOP convention why he and vice
presidential nominee Dan Quayle did not fight in the Vietnam War

"Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"
-Tom Delay 
to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans 
at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 9, 2005

"I AM the federal government."
– Tom DeLay
to the owner of Ruth's Chris Steak House, 
after being told to put out his cigar because of
federal government regulations banning smoking in 
the building, May 14, 2003

"Almost everyone I’ve talked to says we're going to move to Houston… What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas… And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this–this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."
-Barbara Bush
On visiting the stadium where the evacuees of Katrina were staying


Uncovering Deception, Hypocrisy and Duplicity:

"When the Missionaries came,
They brought the Bible.
We closed our eyes, received the Bible,
We opened our eyes… we had the Bible,
They had the Land!"
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa

"The virus {West Nile} has for decades made its home in several U.S. research laboratories… including Rockefeller University in Manhattan and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.In fact, investigators there were the first to grow and study the WNV in the United States.The work began in the 1950s when unidentified viral samples from around the world arrived at Rockefeller University on a steady basis."
– New York Newsday
Sept. 29, 1999

"The Neocon election rigging juggernaut lurches forward unstoppable in the guise of so-called election reform. Two Republican dominated corporations, Election Systems & Software (ES&S), and Diebold Voting Systems, now control 80% of the vote count in the United States. As this transition has moved forward, a pattern of election upsets which overwhelmingly favor Republican candidates is emerging. These are test runs in preparation for the 2004 presidential selection."
– Schuyler Ebbets

"You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer’s heart."
– Fred Allen

"Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear what they are not."
– Elias Root Beadle

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
– Benjamin Disraeli

"Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult."
– George Eliot

"When in doubt, tell the truth."
– Mark Twain

"Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
– Mark Twain
The Mysterious Stranger

"During the eight years when I was an investigator… I had numerous occasions to work with the FDA on cases involving potential health fraud.I repeatedly saw cases against large corporations go unchallenged. Instead,the agency chose to pursue cases involving alternative health care providers."
– Marion Moss
former investigator
Texas Attorney General's Office

"The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them. It isn't. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it's doing are as different as night and day."
– Dr. Herbert Ley
Former FDA Commissioner

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear—kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor—with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it."
– General Douglas MacArthur

"The folks in the Pentagon are talking about the wrong morons … This was not just a failure of leadership at the local command level. This was a failure that ran straight to the top. Accountability here is essential – even if that means relieving leaders from duty in a time of war."
– Army Times
referring to the six National Guard soldiers from a 
West Virginia unit who treated Abu Ghraib as a playpen 
of pornographic torture and have been designated as scapegoats

"The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little."
– Ray Bradbury
science-fiction writer

"There is no such thing at this date in the world's history in America as an independent press. You know it and I know it. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before 24 hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to villify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it. And what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks. They pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
– John Swinton
(from Economic Solutions by Peter Kershaw)

"If you torture data sufficiently, it will confess to almost anything."
– Fred Menger
chemistry professor 

"Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another."
– Charles Caleb Colton
author and clergyman 


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