George W. Bush
George Walker Bush, the 43rd President of the USA, is not to be confused with his father, George H. W. Bush, CIA operative and the 41st U.S. president. He is brother of Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida. Investigative journalist Russ Baker found it so remarkable that some so lacking could reach such high office, that he decided to write a book about how he got the job - this became the highly recommended Family of Secrets, which looks in detail at Bush the elder.
George Bush Jr. is son of a lifelong intelligence operative, George (H. W.) Bush Sr. He was sent to Yale university where (like his father and grandfather) he became a member of the Skull and Bones society. He went to Harvard Business school, but showed little aptitude for business. This did not stop him following the pattern set by his father, of using business as a cover for other activities.
September the 11th, 2001
At the time of the attacks, US President George W. Bush was reading a story to a primary class in Florida, an activity he didn't interrupt when told that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center, purportedly because he didn't want to upset the children. One commentator remarked that  "he does not even turns his head, it is obvious he knew what was up, if he were really surprised his first reaction would have been to look in the eyes of the person whispering to him". Mark Gorton suggests that 9/11 was planned by George Bush senior, which would suggest that George Bush Jr. was deliberately put out of harm's way, and that he had been instructed to obey orders.
The US Secret Service also apparently saw no problem with leaving him where he was, strongly suggesting that they did not perceive the events of that day as a threat.
Bush later engaged in predictable posturing about "terrorism", Bin Laden and "terrorism". His popularity, which was extremely low before the 9/11 event, rose dramatically in its aftermath, his inaction notwithstanding - a demonstration of the effectiveness of the strategy of tension.
War Crimes Indictment
- Full article: George W. Bush/Torture Indictment
- Full article: George W. Bush/Torture Indictment
Bush was found guilty of war crimes, including the authorisation of torture, which is illegal under the United Nations Convention Against Torture which the USA has ratified. Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak has given expert opinion that Bush has no immunity as a former head of state. US attorney Vincent Bugliosi, forcefully argued in his 2008 book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder that since Bush intentionally misled Congress and the US population about the reasons for invading Iraq, under the felony-murder rule the deaths of over 4,000 American soldiers and 100,000 Iraqi civilians amount at the very least to second-degree murder. Bugliosi has argued for Bush's impeachment and offered to work with any US State's Attorney General interested in pursuing the prosecution.
Bush was tried in absentia and convicted by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission both for crimes against peace and conspiracy to commit war crimes, specifically torture, after the Iraq War and torture carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. No sentence was pronounced, but the tribunal referred their findings to the chief prosecutor at the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
2004 US Presidential Election
Skull and Bones member George W. Bush won the 2004 US Presidential Election against his fellow bonesman John Kerry. Family of Secrets details how misdirection was used to handle the difficult question of Bush's missing military service records.
Since 2009, Bush has received a total in excess of $15 million for giving speeches, sometimes for as much as $200,000 each.
An event carried out
|Patriot Act||A legislative coup d'état|
|Saifullah Paracha v. George W. Bush||Saifullah Paracha||George W. Bush||8 December 2004||18 November 2008||A habeas corpus petition filed on behalf of a prisoner of Guantanamo Bay.|
Quotes by George W. Bush
|Black site||“The US does not torture. I have not authorized it and I will not”||2005|
|Polarising perspective||“Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.”||20 September 2001|
Appointments by George W. Bush
|Luis A. Aguilar||Securities and Exchange Commissioner||31 July 2008||June 2015|
|Lester Crawford||FDA/Commissioner||18 July 2005||23 September 2005||Resigned after his lies emerged regarding a conflict of interest.|
|William S. Farish III||United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom||12 July 2001||10 July 2004|
|Alexander Karsner||US/Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy||23 March 2006||2008|
|Andrew Natsios||USAID/Administrator||May 2001||14 January 2006|
|Kristen Silverberg||US/Ambassador to the EU||22 July 2008||18 January 2009|
|Francis X. Taylor||US/Coordinator for Counterterrorism||13 July 2001||15 November 2002|
|Black site||“The US does not torture. I have not authorized it and I will not”||George W. Bush||2005|
|Jörg Haider||“Asked about the impression that Saddam is better for him than Bush, Haider said: "The choice is really hard for me. Both have been at war with international law and committed human rights violations. The one is lucky enough to command a world power, hence the power to write the laws, while the other has been a weak dictator"”||Jörg Haider|
|US/2000 Presidential Election||“There was one exact moment, in fact, when I knew for sure that Al Gore would Never be President of the United States, no matter what the experts were saying -- and that was when the whole Bush family suddenly appeared on TV and openly scoffed at the idea of Gore winning Florida. It was Nonsense, said the Candidate, Utter nonsense. . .Anybody who believed Bush had lost Florida was a Fool. The Media, all of them, were Liars & Dunces or treacherous whores trying to sabotage his victory. . . Here was the whole bloody Family laughing & hooting & sneering at the dumbness of the whole world on National TV. The old man was the real tip-off. The leer on his face was almost frightening. It was like looking into the eyes of a tall hyena with a living sheep in its mouth. The sheep's fate was sealed, and so was Al Gore's.”||Hunter S. Thompson|
|Document:Bush Cheney Rumsfeld and 9/11||webpage||1 December 2005||Matt Everett|
|Document:Sanitising the Iraq War||article||6 July 2016||Jonathon Shafi||The full horror of what Blair unleashed will never be truly understood in the West. And, internationally the full consequences of this war are still to be felt. As the sister of a soldier killed in Iraq said: “There is one terrorist in this world and his name is Tony Blair.”|
|Document:The Trump Administration’s Syria Gas Attack Narrative Continues to Unravel||Article||18 April 2017||Michael Krieger||United States Government: "They Lied About Iraq; They Lied About Libya; They're Lying About Syria."|
|Document:Why Isn’t Everyone In Favour of Taxing Financial Speculation?||report||19 April 2016||Robert Reich||Bernie Sanders wants to tax stock trades at a rate of 0.5 percent (a trade of $1,000 would cost $5), and bond trades at 0.1 percent. The tax would reduce incentives for high-speed trading, insider deal-making, and short-term financial betting. Sanders’ 0.5 percent tax could thereby finance public investments that enlarge the economic pie rather than merely rearrange its slices – like tuition-free public education.|
- Family of Secrets, by Russ Baker