Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Lois Lerner be cray-cray
BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL-AID TABLE
TODAY, IRS OFFICIAL LOIS LERNER PLANS TO APPEAR BEFORE THE U.S. CONGRESS AND PLEAD THE FIFTH.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, A VERY NERVOUS LERNER INVITED THESE REPORTERS INTO HER HOME AND EXPLAINED, "I'M REALLY AFRAID OF WHAT THEY MIGHT ASK ME. LIKE AM I COMMUNIST? DID I EVER ATTEND A PTA MEETING? DO I DO TIME-SHARES? I AIN'T GOING DOWN LIKE THAT. NO, SIREE, BOB. MISS LOIS LERNER IS NOBODY'S FOOL."
APPARENTLY FEELING BETTER TO GET IT ALL OF HER CHEST, LERNER PUT ON HER TIN FOIL HAT, SMILED AND HEADED OFF TO SEE CONGRESS.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Through yesterday, Iraq Body Count counts 564 violent deaths so far this month and they have 11 more days in the month to count. Including today when Mohammed Tawfeeq (CNN) reports a Tarmiya suicide bomber claimed the lives of 3 Iraqi soldiers (seven more injured), a Tuk Hurmato car bombing which claimed 5 lives (forty-three more injured), and 3 Kirkuk roadside bombings which claimed 6 lives (twenty-five more injured). Mustafa Mahmoud, Isabel Coles and Alistair Lyon (Reuters) quote Kirkuk survivor Mahmoud Jumaa stating, "I heard the explosions, but never thought this place would be targeted since these animals have nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with sect, nothing to do with ethnicity or religion." Alsumaria notes that in Ramadi a leader of the ongoing demonstrations died from a car bombing. NINA identifies him as Sheikh Malik al-Dulaimi and adds that he," along with other capable tribal chiefs of Anbar, took care of supplying tents, food and other requirements to the protestors in Ramadi." Nouri issued no statement demanding that the killers responsible for Sheikh Malik al-Dulaimi be brought to justice. Nouri issued no statement condemning the killing of al-Dulaimi. Kareem Raheem (Reuters) counts over 40 dead from violence today.
The National notes:
First to blame for the increasing bloodshed, which killed at least 86 on Monday alone and 352 so far this month, is Iraq's prime minister, Nouri Al Maliki.
"Mr Al Maliki failed to contain the rising sectarian tensions in the early stages, resorting instead to security solutions and rejecting dialogue with his opponents," the editorial noted.
Mr Al Maliki ignored the demands of residents in Anbar province, where the largest sit-ins and protests have been taking place.
A Shia Muslim, Mr Al Maliki is accused by Sunnis of being biased towards his sect in terms of official posts. The bomb and gun attacks on Monday targeted mainly Shia areas, including in the capital Baghdad.
In a statement reported yesterday, the Iraqi premier said: "I assure the Iraqi people that the [the militants] will not be able to bring us back to sectarian conflict," pledging an overhaul at the high and middle levels of his security apparatus following its failure to stop the attacks.
A statement like this shows how Mr Al Maliki is still "in denial", since the crisis is about political failure, rather than security flops, Al Quds Al Arabi argued.
AFP makes much of Nouri's 'big shake up in security command' yet all they can list is that a someone over the security in the city of Baghdad lost his post. Woah! What a shake up. All Iraq News notes that's the only position changed (Lt Gen Abdul Amir Kamel will replace Lt Gen Ahmed Hashim).
Meanwhile Abbas al-Mahmadawi flaunts ignorance. He's the Secretary General of Iraq's Abna Al Iraq coalition. (At one point, this was a term for Sahwa aka Sons of Iraq.) According to Press TV, "Britain and the US are responsible for the growing number of bombings in Iraq because of their sales of fake bomb detects to the country, Secretary Genera of Iraq's Abna Al Iraq coaltion Abbas Al Mahmadawi says." England did not sell the 'magic' wands. A British citizen did and the UK put him on trial, convicted him and sentenced him.
The US government did not sale any magic wands and no US citizen was in charge of that company. I believe it was also the US press that first raised objections about the wands. At the start of November 2009, Rod Nordland (New York Times) reported on these 'bomb detectors' in use in Iraq: "The small hand-held wand, with a telescopic antenna on a swivel, is being used at hundreds of checkpoints in Iraq. But the device works 'on the same principle as a Ouija board' -- the power of suggestion -- said a retired United States Air Force officer, Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack, who described the wand as nothing more than an explosive divining rod."
It's amazing that Abbas is too cowardly to blame Nouri al-Maliki. From yesterday's snapshot:
So in 2010, it was known that the magic wands were not working? No. It was known before that. May 11th, Alsumaria reported that new documents from the Ministry of Interior (reproduced with the article) demonstrate that a Ministry committee said the wands were not working and, in 2009, recommended that they not be purchased anymore. There were calls for Nouri to appear before Parliament to answer questions. He needs to. But he has refused all calls so far -- despite the Constitution on this issue. He continues to violate and ignore the Constitution. Kitabat also coverd the revelations about the 2009 recommendation at length here. May 12th, Alsumaria reported Parliament's Integrity Committee held a hearing to determine the details surrounding the purchase of these wands and Committee Chair Bahaa al-Araji states that the Integrity Commission appeared before the Committee and offered names of "top officials" involved. Mohammad Sabah (Al Mada) reported that even after Nouri was personally warned by a British commander "Colonel Powell" that the devices did not work, an order was still place and Al Mada reproduced that order -- it came from Nouri's office. Last Thursday, National Iraqi News Agency reports that Iraqiya MP Nada al-Jubouri is calling for an emergency session of Parliament to address yesterday's bombings, "These repeated security breaches came as a result of the lack of a way to detect car bombs, which claim the lives of people, in addition to the weakness of the intelligence information." May 3rd, Ammar Karim (AFP) reported that despite the wands being found not to work, despite the conviction and sentencing of their seller and maker in a British court, the wands were still being used in Baghdad.
Nouri was told they didn't work and he ordered them anyway. They're still being used -- and they don't work.
Wait, it gets better.
Al Mada reports that Nouri held a press conference today and announced that the magic wands work. Back when Karim reported they were being used, I noted Nouri's plan to sue the maker just lost standing. Any chance that it still had legal standing is now gone. Nouri stood up and Baghdad and declared that the rip-off devices work. That's money Iraq will now never get back. It doesn't matter that they don't work. Ignoring years of warnings, Nouri continues to use them. It no longer matters, he's lost standing to sue.
What an idiot. Dar Addustour has him insisting that these 'magic' wands can detect bombs 20 to 40% of the time. No, they can't. This was established in a court of law. What an idiot. Robert Booth (Guardian) reported May 2nd:
McCormick sold 7,000 fake bomb detectors based on useless golf ball finders to the Iraqi government and other international agencies for prices ranging from £1,600 per unit to £19,000.
They cost McCormick less than $50 (£32) and police believe sales to Iraq alone were worth more than £55m, buying McCormick a mansion in Bath, holiday homes abroad and a yacht.
Judge Richard Hone told McCormick: "Your fraudulent conduct in selling so many useless devices for simply enormous profit promoted a false sense of security and in all probability materially contributed to causing death and injury to innocent individuals."
Get it? They didn't work. They were never going to work. They had nothing to do with bombs but were invented to be golf ball finders and were useless at even that.
Why didn't Nouri appear before Parliament today? Because he has blood on his hands and he knows it. Instead of getting honest, he's now insisting that the magic wands work.
Christiane Amanpour (Amanpour, CNN) spoke with Iraq Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari about the situation in Iraq and he stated, "The government has its own failing. I'm not here to give you a rosy picture or to portray unrealistic picture. But the country is not crashing."
Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujafi also held a press conference. All Iraq News reports that he called out Nouri for ordering State of Law MPs not to attend today's emergency session. He calls it a violation of the Constitution. National Iraqi News Agency notes that al-Nujaifi "added that there is no personal problem between him and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, confirming that the problem lies in the lack of respect from al-Maliki to the legislative authority." Alsumaria reports State of Law is screaming for al-Nujaifi to resign. (State of Law is Nouri's political slate. In the 2010 elections, Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya beat State of Law.) Alsumaria notes cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr has weighed in but their brief report doesn't make clear on whose side. He apologizes to the Iraqi people for what is happening and blames government officials -- Iraqiya and State of Law both? Nouri for calling for a boycott of the emergency session? It's not clear.
Following yesterday's violence in Basra and Baghdad, the Iraq Times reports professors and teachers belonging to the National Alliance coalition are asking that Nouri be dismissed as prime minister as a result of the continued violence and unstable security. Moqtada's bloc is part of the Shi'ite National Alliance (as is Nouri's State of Law). The report notes an MP from Moqtada's bloc said Nouri needs to resign or appear before Parliament. He's been denounced for the way he's managed Iraqi security. As Sheikh (Dar Addustour) has a column on the whole matter that strives for balance and notes that the Parliament was directly elected by the people (not true of the prime minister) and that Nouri should show respect for democracy and for the state institutions.
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