Hard Data: CPI Documents Lies by WH, Officials About Iraq With Their Own Words

Via PrgrsvArchitect on a comment over in a DailyKos Open Thread, here:

Just out from the Center for Public Integrity


President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows that the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.

On at least 532 separate occasions (in speeches, briefings, interviews, testimony, and the like), Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both. This concerted effort was the underpinning of the Bush administration's case for war.

President Bush, for example, made 231 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and another 28 false statements about Iraq's links to Al Qaeda. Secretary of State Powell had the second-highest total in the two-year period, with 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq's links to Al Qaeda. Rumsfeld and Fleischer each made 109 false statements, followed by Wolfowitz (with 85), Rice (with 56), Cheney (with 48), and McClellan (with 14).

The massive database at the heart of this project juxtaposes what President Bush and these seven top officials were saying for public consumption against what was known, or should have been known, on a day-to-day basis. This fully searchable database includes the public statements, drawn from both primary sources (such as official transcripts) and secondary sources (chiefly major news organizations) over the two years beginning on September 11, 2001. It also interlaces relevant information from more than 25 government reports, books, articles, speeches, and interviews.

Heh. Right from the horses ass mouth primary oratory orifice.

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Now I'd like to see a study of how many times they were found to be telling the truth for a comparison.

About what?

Where would someone actually begin researching something like that -- has there ever been a situation that we could honestly think they ~have~ told the truth, that we could research...?


this on CNN. Wonder how that got by the metal/mental detectors!!!!

Those people rank so highly on my list because they do this sort of thing.

The hacks who seve as flak-jackets for the Adminstration wave their hands yelling 'hearsay' and 'there's no proof' have to just crawl away in the face of such a 'shock-and-awe' rebuttal.

Just imagine what might be (or not be) had such investigative effort been undertaken by what we call 'the media'? Back in real-time?

CPI should be cloned!

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

And then virally reproduced through subtle genetic manipulation and propagation via a retro-viral delivery mechanism artificially inserted into a common cold virus.

"Citizen Journalism 3.0 -- the infection spreads" could be the primary horror flick for Conservative pundits everywhere in '08 and '09...