Bush Intentionally Let Osama bin Laden Escape, Asserts Congressman Hinchey

From The Huff Post:

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) is a progressive Democrat serving his ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee and a member on the Subcommittee on Defense.

In 1999 Hinchey wrote an amendment to intelligence reauthorization legislation that forced the declassification of documents that revealed the active role the Nixon Administration –especially Henry Kissinger– played in the illegal overthrow of Salvador Allende, the democratically elected president of Chile, in 1973.

He has consistently been one of the most outspoken opponents of the 2003 war in Iraq. And has consistently maintained since 2002, that the Bush Administration intentionally let Osama bin Laden escape capture.

Kathleen Wells: You stated recently that the Bush Administration intentionally let Osama Bin Laden escape capture. Can you elaborate on this?

Congressman Maurice Hinchey: Well, I think, if you look back at the situation there, you see that there was a set of circumstances that showed clearly that there was no intention to capture [Osama] bin Laden.

And I think the main reason obviously for that was to be able to justify the attack against Iraq. If [Osama] bin Laden had been captured — the person who initiated and organized the attack of September 11, 2001, against the United States — then it would have been difficult to say, that in spite of the fact that we have captured the person who initiated that attack, now we have to attack another country that had nothing to do with that attack.

[Read more at The Huff Post]

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  • Gregory

    Oh, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if that was so. The Government for a long time has realized that when you give Uhmurkans an enemy to be afraid of, you can put your hell on their neck. We had the Nazis that were allowed to be the problem they were, you had the Red Scare although now we know there was nothing scary about it and all those dominos are still standing, we had Saddam Hussein (our man i n Iraq [and may have asked our permission to invade Kuwait in the first place])and now we have Islamic Terrorism. The boogie man must be there to scare us into submission and we've already been Patriot Act-ed into something other than what the Constitution and Bill of Rights describes.

  • 5by5

    Well what other conclusion is one to draw? When Bush “surrounded” Bin Laden on three sides, and let him slither out the fourth side — PAKISTAN…

    Prior to 2001, the military industrial complex had a problem. No more perma-enemy since the fall of the Soviet Union to demagogue against, and more importantly to leech money from the American public for. No more wars, no more need for warriors. This was their fear. So they much prefer to have a boogieman out on the loose that they can fundraise with.

    Now fully 55% of our entire national budget goes to the giant money sinkhole called the DOD. Not to mention the black budget money suckage that is intel.

    Meanwhile so-called “entitlement” programs (ie. money for real Americans here at home) is a pittance. Just remember that all the blithering you hear about spending on Medicare and Social Security — both of those COMBINED make up LESS than 6% of the total national budget. (And none of this covers the Enron accounting tricks the Bush Administration engaged in like “off-budget financing” for the two wars it got us into.)

    We seriously need to get our priorities in order, before frankly, there’s nothing left for the DOD to defend here at home.

    For more detailed information on this, visit the website of the National Priorities Project a non-partisan research group, and read their analysis of budgetary spending here:

    http://www.nationalpriorities.org/Publications/NPP_Security_Spending_Primer.pdf

    Page 7 has a handy pie chart that puts this little problem in stark relief.

  • 5by5

    Well what other conclusion is one to draw? When Bush “surrounded” Bin Laden on three sides, and let him slither out the fourth side — PAKISTAN…

    Prior to 2001, the military industrial complex had a problem. No more perma-enemy since the fall of the Soviet Union to demagogue against, and more importantly to leech money from the American public for. No more wars, no more need for warriors. This was their fear. So they much prefer to have a boogieman out on the loose that they can fundraise with.

    Now fully 55% of our entire national budget goes to the giant money sinkhole called the DOD. Not to mention the black budget money suckage that is intel.

    Meanwhile so-called “entitlement” programs (ie. money for real Americans here at home) is a pittance. Just remember that all the blithering you hear about spending on Medicare and Social Security — both of those COMBINED make up LESS than 6% of the total national budget. (And none of this covers the Enron accounting tricks the Bush Administration engaged in like “off-budget financing” for the two wars it got us into.)

    We seriously need to get our priorities in order, before frankly, there's nothing left for the DOD to defend here at home.

    For more detailed information on this, visit the website of the National Priorities Project a non-partisan research group, and read their analysis of budgetary spending here:

    http://www.nationalpriorities.org/Publications/

    Page 7 has a handy pie chart that puts this little problem in stark relief.