The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of a nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies, but would be ashamed to tell big lies.
Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" (1925)
"This government does not torture people."
George W. Bush
What makes lying so easy for Bush is his contempt-for language, for law, and for anybody who dares question him.... So his words mean nothing. That is very important for people to understand.
Justin Frank, MD, psychiatrist, professor at
GWEN IFILL: Let me ask Senator Bond a little bit about this issue of weatherboarding. And let me describe for our viewers first to remind them what it is. It's when there's a piece of cloth that's placed over the mouth of a person who's been strapped down, and water is poured on their face so they feel like they're inhaling water, and it gives a sensation of drowning. Do you think that's torture?
I just would like to -- but do you think that weatherboarding, as I described it, constitutes torture?
SEN. KIT BOND: There are different ways of doing it. It's like swimming, freestyle, backstroke.
[PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer/
Here are my ruminations about how a
You know, it’s like when water goes up your nose and you don’t want it to go up there, and you cough and you try to get the water out.
Yeah, it’s uncomfortable, but it won’t drown or kill you.
America can tolerate a little torture if it means a safer homeland; if it stops another terrorist attack.
It isn’t you or me being tortured, so what’s the big deal?
Now if 9/11 was not an Israeli or Saudi-Arabian sponsored “operation”, then the end (SAVING AMERICAN LIVES and STOPPING TERRORIST ATTACKS) might justify the means (water boarding).
But the above if remains an unsolved mystery. There are plenty of people who believe that it is not unsolved, only unrevealed and unexposed to the public.
I no longer disbelieve the diabolical possibility that 9/11 was foreknown and preventable.
A gathering "storm" of data will eventually show how 9/11 was not a fortuitous tragedy.
I don’t believe that this lying administration was that inept.
It was both outside and inside.
But that's another matter for history's posterior to uncover.
"Did the Bush administration know in advance about the impending attacks that occurred on 9/11, and allow these to happen, to provoke pre-planned wars against Afghanistan and Iraq? These questions demand immediate answers."
"We believe that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11. We believe these events may have been orchestrated by the administration in order to manipulate the American people into supporting policies at home and abroad."
[Scholars for 9/11 Truth is headed by Brigham Young University physics professor Steven E. Jones and University of Minnesota Duluth distinguished McKnight professor of philosophy Jim Fetzer. The group has 50 academicians and others. They include Robert M. Bowman, former director of the U.S. "Star Wars" space defense program, and Morgan Reynolds, former chief economist for the Department of Labor in President George W. Bush's first term.]
The Associated Press
April 12, 2004
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush was told more than a month before the Sept. 11 attacks that al-Qaida had reached America's shores, had a support system in place for its operatives and that the FBI had detected suspicious activity that might involve a hijacking plot. Since 1998, the FBI had observed ``patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks,'' according to a memo prepared for Bush and declassified Saturday.