FORCES AT WORK TO BUILD A U.S. POLICE STATE
Porter Goss served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee during hearings on Chinese espionage (Chinagate) and on the 9-11 attacks. Prior to that Goss worked ten years for the CIA as a clandestine services officer. President GW Bush has nominated Goss to be the next director of the CIA.
One has to wonder why Bush nominated Goss for CIA when earlier this year Goss himself said he was not qualified to work at CIA:
"I couldn't get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified. I don't have the language skills. I don't have the cultural background probably. And I certainly don't have the technical skills… Uh, so, the things that you need to have, I don't have."
For some reason Goss chose to make all these remarks in a taped interview March 3, 2004 with the producer of the movie "Farenheit 9/11" as reported by Reuters "Filmmaker Moore Quotes Goss on Lack of CIA Credentials" on August 11, 2004"
Goss even sponsored legislation that would have made deep cuts in intelligence personnel by 20 percent in the late 1990s. See "Goss Backed '95 Bill To Slash Intelligence".
The recent report by the commission probing the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks found US human intelligence profoundly lacking as a result of these cuts and the commission called for more spending on human intelligence. Although the CIA needs reform, why would Bush want to nominate Goss for CIA when Bush knows it was Goss's poor judgment on cutting back on human intelligence that helped cripple the US from being able to head off 9-11?
Yet, in June 2004 Goss introduced legislation to give GW Bush new authority to direct CIA agents to conduct law-enforcement operations inside the United States - including arresting American citizens. Newsweek reported this recently on August 12, 2004 in an article, "Goss's Wish List."
In effect, the Goss bill would enable the president to issue secret findings allowing the CIA and the CIA Director (who Mr. Goss wants to now become!) to conduct covert operations inside the United States (that have heretofore been taboo)-without ANY notification to Congress.
However, if Goss gets his way, Goss will become the CIA director having the special powers given to him as CIA director by GW Bush created by the very law that Goss wrote to conduct law enforcement operations, spying and arrests in the US with CIA resources and methods and techniques. Is that not a conflict of interest that smacks of police state politics?
In late Sept 2001 former President HW Bush publicly called for new laws to permit the CIA to operate inside the US and do criminal acts in the name of national security in order to get on the inside of terror cells and stop terrorism. It looks as if HW and GW Bush found a willing participant in Goss to create the very laws that HW Bush publicly demanded.
If Bush becomes elected President for a second term he will be a "lame duck" President, no longer accountable to the American electorate and no longer accountable for the permission he would give Goss, in secret, without safeguards, to conduct CIA domestic operations against US. The opportunity and conditions for abuse of lawful US citizens by Bush and Goss will be overwhelming if Goss is CIA director under a second term of GW Bush with the new laws and powers for CIA domestic operations sought by the Goss introduced legislation.
Goss seems to be the front man for the Bush onslaught on civil rights in the name of fighting terrorism as Goss has also sponsored the notorious Patriot II Act known as HR3179, which authorizes the secret arrest of US citizens. Goss sponsored legislation for Patriot Act II, new CIA powers and possibly as the next CIA director are all ingredients for a police state.
Even if Goss's legislative attempts fail and Goss is not confirmed, the very fact that Goss and Bush would attempt this does not speak well for their lack of respect for the American citizen or the Bill of Rights.
Goss will still be around to do more questionable deeds in Congress to politically block accountability for counter terrorism failures and corrupt Bush policies with China and Pakistan.
As Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Goss helped GW Bush cover-up facts behind 9-11 that were incriminating to GW Bush, but that Goss helped deliberately keep out of the 9-11 Congressional Report, a report produced after holding a year of hearings over which Goss presided.
Remember the 28 missing pages that were removed from the 9-11 Congressional Report? Goss and his staff did that for GW Bush because Bush did not want details to come out about Bush foreknowledge of Saudi and mastermind Khalid Mohammed (who once worked for the CIA and Iraq besides Al Qaeda and Bin Laden) attack planning and involvement in the 9-11 attacks and forewarnings Bush received from other governments.
The legal counsel for the House Intelligence Committee who worked for Porter Goss was James Lewis. Lewis wrote the Congressional report for the House Committee and for Goss. Lewis told me in 2003, before he had completed his draft of the Congressional report on 9-11, that information I described to him on the phone, would subject me to an immediate FBI investigation if I submitted it to him formally in writing because Bush had classified the information retroactively.
I told Lewis that I was not a government employee and had obtained the information lawfully and that Bush's classifications did not apply to me. I asked why he would not put my information (which he knew about) in the Congressional report since it strongly pointed to FBI/CIA and Bush foreknowledge of the 9-11 attack plans. Lewis' response was to repeat the same threats to me. Lewis did all this dirty work for Porter Goss who was acting to protect and cover-up for failures involving 9-11 under GW Bush.
Goss has also been involved in blocking the efforts of Admiral Moorer and others to limit China's controls over the Hutchison Whampoa Company that runs the Panama Canal.
Goss was involved in the Chinagate Congressional Hearings in deliberately papering over, covering up for HW Bush, and doing nothing about China involvement in nuclear espionage at national labs and defense contractors that were involved with HW Bush and Republicans during the HW Bush administration. At one point during the Chinagate hearings Goss said that the espionage at the US labs was something that had been going on for a long time (Goss was right and the espionage had been going on with the help of HW Bush) and that the US should be resigned to never being able to stop it. Goss really never followed through to do enough to effectively stop it.
Goss even cavalierly but deceptively mused during the Chinagate hearings that we really could not know how much, if any, or what the Chinese really stole at US labs. This defied what a Chinese defector walked in and revealed to the CIA and US diplomats. Goss knew this but still claimed the US could not know! Goss even asserted that it was Clinton's fault for not telling Goss about the Chinese theft of the W-88 nuclear warhead design. But all Goss was doing was covering for HW Bush since the theft of the W-88 warhead and the nuclear design computer legacy codes at the national labs occurred during the time HW Bush was Vice President and President and when HW Bush had intentionally lifted restrictions on unescorted travels of US scientists to Communist China. See the article "Chinese Espionage was a Reagan- Bush Scandal".
GW Bush ignored the recommendations of the Cox Report, to even try stopping Chinese espionage in the US by 3000 Chinese espionage front companies. It sounds as if Bush was using Goss's phony pronouncements at the Chinagate hearings to provide cover for the Bush family to continue profiting in their corrupt business dealings with Communist China. Goss has been a Bush enabler in Congress for corrupt Bush profiteering with Communist Chinese acquisition of vital US nuclear and missile technology. See the articles "Has the Bush Administration Aided Communist China's Support of Global Terrorists?" Part 1 and Part 2
As Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Goss has learned of, did nothing adequate about and covered up for GW Bush the fact that AlQaeda and Pakistani and Islamic terror groups are gaining access to US nuclear secrets at US national nuclear labs using the same methods that HW Bush enabled the Chinese to use in US nuclear labs in the past. See the July 21, 2004 article "Nuke Weapons Security Breach at Lawrence Livermore Involves Suspected Terror Link" by national lab espionage expert Anthony Kimery.
Bush and Goss have known about but have consistently not acted or spoken in public forcefully against Chinese repeated and continuing violations of agreements and pledges not to conduct espionage and transfer nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and chemical weapons-related production equipment and technology to terror backing nations like Iran and Pakistan. These violations by China are violations of the agreements that HW Bush established when HW Bush gave China US missile and nuclear technology. The US has sanctioned Chinese companies before for similar violations but they are mere slaps on the wrist, speeding tickets, that are ignored and have no significant affect on US China trade or political relations. Here is a recent example reported just this week "China breaks vow on halting arms transfers".
The Goss's hosted meeting with the head of the Pakistani Intelligence Services (ISI), General Mahmoud Ahmad, on the morning of 9-11 takes on a whole new meaning when one considers how close the CIA, Goss and the Bushes have been to Pakistan to give them US nuclear technology for decades which in turn has been given to AlQaeda, Iran, Syria and Libya. General Mahmoud wired 9-11 hijacker Mohammed Atta over $100,000 just before the 9-11 attacks. The Pakistani ISI has maintained close ties to the CIA for decades while at the same time actively supporting AlQaeda and the Taliban, a fact known to Goss when he traveled to Pakistan to meet with the ISI in late August 2001 and then again on 9-11 in DC.
Goss and the Bush family have been foxes falsely guarding and looting the American "hen house" for over two decades. According to the Washington Times, Goss profiteered with Jeb and Neil Bush in Iran Contra in 1983. Goss reportedly also made $3 million illegally in a Destin Country Club development fraud scheme with Neil Bush.
Bush is exposing that he wants a fox, his fox Goss, around to continue falsely guarding the "hen house" by nominating Goss, a man that Bush knows and that Goss openly admits, does not have the qualifications to be the next CIA director. Goss has helped the Bushes cover-up Chinese and Pakistani espionage, weapons proliferation and support of terrorism that the Bushes have profited from. Goss has been very adept at sponsoring legislation that Bush wants to establish a police state, legislation such as Patriot Act II and a new bill giving the CIA director special secret powers to operate with unacceptable methods inside the US.
We do not need the foxes Bush and Goss to keep pretending to guard the American "hen house" from the other foxes, China and the terrorist nations and groups China supports.
© 2004 Patrick Briley
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Patrick Briley is a Navy Viet Nam era veteran who served on a Polaris ballistic missile nuclear submarine patrol in the Pacific." My Polaris submarine patrol in the Pacific was in far East Asia near China but I can not elaborate any more than that other than to say it was a very special, historically significant and exceptionally dangerous.
Briley was chosen to work under Admiral Rickover at Naval Reactors. He volunteered for Naval service from 1968 to 1976 during the Viet Nam era including being in Naval ROTC, a batallion commander of my ROTC unit and a Midshipman on board the ballistic missile submarine, SSBN 624, the Woodrow Wilson, as well as serving at Naval Reactors in DC for Admiral Rickover.
Patrick started research and investigation into
terrorist attacks after the Oklahoma City bombing. Pat submitted his findings
concerning the OKC bombing and the 9-11 attacks in briefings to high-level
staff for the Senate Judiciary and Senate and House Intelligence committees,
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