Skip to comments.Rush Limbaugh: Washington Elite Protect Their Power (Able Danger)
Posted on 08/25/2005 7:07:48 PM PDT by wagglebee
RUSH: I think what's going to drive this is once they get to the hearing stage and if these Able Danger people come out and they're credible and they've got the documentation, it's going to be hard to stop this, because the American people are going to want to know the truth and they're going to be outraged about it, and that could end up driving it. When I said the political class, I don't have anybody particularly in mind. I didn't mean to say it for that reason, and so I don't want to suggest that there is a particular person that I have in mind here. I just know how that world works. It's a business like any other business. They have to be elected to get into the club but it's still a business once they get there -- and it's cutthroat, and it literally is about power, and let me tell you what makes it about power. Forget the ideology for a second, because that's obviously paramount and fundamental. But this is about money. Look at the money these people have control over. Look at the money they spend. Look at the trillion dollars they are in charge of allocating every year and look at the portion of that that they can end up steering their way in any number of ways -- after they leave office; sometimes it's been done while they're in office. You know, that's what I've always laughed when I've heard about how campaign finance reform, "gotta get the money out of politics." That's like saying we've got to get the oxygen out of life! You know, we're never going to get the oxygen out of life -- well, not human life -- and we're not going to get the money out of politics. John Linder and Neil Boortz have got a great book out called The Fair Tax Book. It's absolutely fabulous book; #1 on the New York Times. Steve Forbes has a book out on the flat tax. I love Steve Forbes. I love Boortz. I love these guys. They're great Americans and they care deeply.
But do you know what we're up against here? Do you really think that members of Congress are going to just give up the single greatest power they have -- and that is the social architecture they are able to construct via the tax code? The tax code is as big as it is because that is an illustration of the power these people have. They can determine home ownership. If they take away the home mortgage deduction, what do they do to the homeowners business? What's the homeowners lobby or the home builders lobby going to do about that if they ever tried that? The various ways that different kinds of income are taxed and not taxed and so forth -- and I don't want to be misunderstand. You've got a lot of ideologues who care deeply about all this. They run for office for that reason. I'm not besmirching everybody. I'm just saying this is a business as well and it's about money and power and reputation. So when something like 9/11 comes along, you have to understand: that is a huge failure somewhere. It is a massive failure somewhere, made ever so evident to me by how quickly we as Americans were told who the 19 hijackers were, complete with photographs. I don't want to be a broken record, but didn't it stun any of you that we knew where they went to flight school and all those details about them that night, the next day, two days after? It had to be known. Somewhere, it had to be known. This event, while people have done their best to erase it from our memories, as they conduct modern-day politics and fight Bush on the war on terror and so forth. If you want to put yourself in the minds of those who feel vulnerable on this, go back to that day and remember how you felt, and those people feel that way any time this investigation gets ginned up. Let me illustrate it this way: Does it surprise anybody that not one person, at any level of our government has been fired over what happened at 9/11? Does it surprise you?
It does me. Actually, it doesn't me. That's the point. That's the purpose. The purpose is to absolve blame from an individual. (interruption) What, somebody been fired? (interruption) What are you frowning at me about? (interruption) Well, I'm not surprised. I'm not surprised. The CIA blew this, and the CIA has been in a CYA mode ever since. The CIA has been trying to blame the FBI. The FBI has been trying to blame the CIA. They both been blaming the wall. Now everybody is blaming a building, the Pentagon, now the Pentagon lawyers. Not one person. Not one! There are people who are put into government, experts. We're the world's superpower. We have the National Security Agency. We have this big listening device. We can intercept any bit of intelligence in the world, and e-mail, cell phones, satellite phones. We have the ability. The NSA has the ability to pull this stuff out of the air. There's so much of it it may be hard to go through, but it's there. Somebody's on the hook here, or some organization is on the hook. Something is on the hook. This is where this is going to be. If it comes out that enough was known to stop this, I am telling you, heads will roll, and the whole purpose -- if somebody already knows that there was information present to stop this, there's been, you know, circling of the wagons going on ever since. And they will continue to circle the wagons to prevent that bit of information from getting out. But even at that, even if it never gets to that, even if that's not the case, nobody's been fired -- and clearly, there was, if not incompetence, there was laxness. Somebody dropped the ball or a group of people dropped the ball somewhere. Somebody wasn't taking something seriously. In fact some of the people that have been closer to this have been given medals.
George Tenet got a medal. Some might say, ''Why?'' I'm not going to speculate on that. I've gone farther than I want to on this. I'm just trying to convey to you an attitude or the way I think that these kinds of things happen. The elite political class in Washington, DC, folks, it's just like trying to take out Enron. It's just like trying to take out, you know, Halliburton. Take your favorite big organization. It's like trying to take it out. Look at the UN. The UN is a classic example of what I'm talking about. Oil-for-food? Even the investigator, Paul Volcker, doesn't seem to be interested in finding out what really happened. It's taking a journalist, Claudia Rosette, to embarrass everybody, and the Wall Street Journal -- and it's taking Senator Norm Coleman to get to the bottom of this. But the UN doesn't anybody to know what really went on there. They're still in a CYA mode -- and Kofi Annan even threw his own son overboard to save his own skin! I'm telling you this is the big time. This is not a principal trying to save his job at a school. This is the big time, and I just think that it's going to be very, very challenging to get to the root of this. But we've got the ingredients for it to happen. We have Curt Weldon, and I talked to him Tuesday, and you'll read this interview. He doesn't care what happens to him as a result of this. He told that he's already been told, "Congressman, you proceed, and you are giving up any chance to head up a more powerful committee as you get reelected. If you do this, if you go through with this, you may not get any reelection funds. You're going to have all kinds of problems," and these are friends of his and advisors of him telling him what the pitfalls are down the road, and he told me he doesn't care about that.
Well, his personal involvement is unquestioned here, but the degree of passion he brings to this is unlike, as I say in the interview, I've ever had with anybody -- and we will, in coming days, share you bits and pieces of this, just to show you what I'm talking about. But already, just with that, if people are already telling Curt Weldon, "You better be careful, congressman. What do you think you're doing?" and I'm not saying been threatened. These are friends of his saying, "If you go through with this, they might shut your career down right where it is." Well, who is the "They"? "Who is the 'They'?" is all I'm saying -- and there's always a They, and the political class in Washington includes the think tankers, includes the media; it includes elected officials, includes their staff. Sometimes staff will be thrown overboard, but it's a close-knit group, folks. It's the power center of the world. You have to understand this. It's not the UN. It's not China. It's not Russia and Moscow. It's not London. It's not Paris. Washington, DC, is the power center of the world, and that's why we're despised and hated because we have so much of it, but the people that have their own little fiefdoms of power. They're not going to say, "For the right thing, I will give up my power." The idea is to keep the right thing away from you, if you're there, if you're incriminated. If it were other than that, somebody would have come forth already say, "You know what? I blew this. My agency blew this. I'm sorry and I'm resigning."
No way. It ain't going to happen.
IMHO, Rush has more power than ANY member of Congress, I just pray he doesn't let Able Danger fade away.
Here you go!
HA! You are the posting king- we're not worthy!
Hey, read that post by scaniaboy- toward the end it gets really interesting.
I just pick up the slack for the rest of you!
I heard Rush's show and the whole time I kept thinking...."someone's going to die." LOL This would make a great suspense thriller story if it wasn't for the fact that it's non-fiction!
THIS is the type of politician that deserves his job!!
Rush says he likes Boortz? First time I've heard that!
And I'm a FAN so don't think I'm one of the FR Rush-haters...
It's way beyond my abilities to even begin to comprehend the things that go on in D.C., but one thing for sure, it's obvious Rush is feeling the same frustration as I am.
I especially think that Weldon knows he may be targeted by both sides and that it may well effect his position in the Congress, he is going ahead full steam anyway. That is a true patriot.
Yes, ABLE DANGER was the final straw in the saga of the infrequentyly-mentioned POLITICAL CLASS in Washington. It is clear they are running interference for each other. Rush is on the money, as is Weldon. It really points out that if the Washington elitists have any credibility left at all, they will get to the bottom of ABLE DANGER and expose those responsible.
Any bets?? I don't think so, because the very facts of the situation show not only the GROSS INCOMPETENCE in Washington, but the CORRUPTION and COLLUSION that took place that cost us the first attack on U.S. soil, and 3000 lives to boot. The power of POLITICS OVER THE SAFETY OF THIS COUNTRY (Clinton) has had tragic consequences and exposes how vulnerable this country really is, with these elitists who think THE JOB OF BEING IN WASHINGTON IS SOME SORT OF EGO TRIP as opposed to the dire responsibility THEY ALL CARRY.
Rush obviously feels that Fairtax is a good idea and he can't very well mention it and not credit Boortz.
If we have to get rid of each and every coddled (eggs benedict arnold) careerist in DC, we will.
(Don't they understand that they can't coverup 9/11?
Don't they understand that things are different now?)
While it is true that The Gorelick Wall was the convenient device of a cowardly self-serving president, The Wall's aiding and abetting of al Qaeda was largely incidental, (the pervasiveness of the clintons' Nobel-Peace-Prize calculus notwithstanding).
The Wall was engineered primarily to protect a corrupt self-serving president. The metastasis of al Qaeda and 9/11 were simply the cost of doing business, clinton-style.
Further confirmation that the Wall was cover for clinton corruption:
Conversely, that it never occurred to anyone on the commission that Gorelick's flagrant conflict of interest renders her presence on the commission beyond farce calls into question the commission's judgment if not its integrity. Washington's mutual protection racket writ large, I suspect....
The Gorelick Wall is consistent with, and an international extension of, two essential acts committed in tandem, Filegate, the simultaneous empowering of the clintons and disemboweling of clinton adversaries, and the clinton Putsch, the firing and replacement of every U.S. attorney extant.
... Once the clintons' own U.S. attorneys were in place, once the opposition was disemboweled by the knowledge that their raw FBI files had been in the possession of the clintons, once domestic law enforcement was effectively blinded to foreign data by Gorelick's Wall, the clintons were free to methodically and seditiously and with impunity auction off America's security, sovereignty and economy to the highest foreign bidder.
waggs, I heard Rush talking about this today. It infuriates me that Congressman Weldon was threatened like this. WDC is a big JOKE! Rush nailed it..........those politicians are in it for THEMSELVES, not us! God bless Curt Weldon and those who are willing to sacrifice all in getting to the bottom of how 911 happened. The Demonrats will stop at nothing to keep this from happening, all the while protecting the Clintons and their administration. They are a force to be dealt with and I hope and pray they are stopped and held accountable.
sounds like Weldon/Rice.....Gingrich/Weldon or mebee Weldon/Allen '06 if this thangs got legs
Wonder if it has anything to do with Bush not getting his first intelligence briefing on time. Must have been a "shredfest".
It will be Allen and Weldon (I hope).
I couldn't agree more!
Yes, the theory that the Dems wanted to use 911 for an excuse for more socialism- the modern day 'great depression' for their planned 'new deal'.
Boortz is Rush's exbrother-in-law.
Wonder if it has anything to do with Bush not getting his first intelligence briefing on time. Must have been a "shredfest".
Hard to call actually, but we do know enough of the basic details to put a big majority of the blame right on the reprobate who set his minions out to set up "the wall" and nullify any actions on security and terror. God, how I hate that man for all that he did to this country. He should be in a jail cell.
Regardless, the whole thing still smells of rotting fish. One must ask, "why have the Repubs not stood up and literally taken this and put the Dems out of business, for good?"...
Neither of these. I don't trust either one. Gingrich is too cozy with Hillary the commie, and Allen is speaking out against Bush and the war - and our troops hear him!!!!
"Yes, the theory that the Dems wanted to use 911 for an excuse for more socialism- the modern day 'great depression' for their planned 'new deal'."
I remember hearing in 1999 from some strong Repulican supporters that the Dems had things lined up to slow the economy down if a Rep was elected. I never looked into it very hard because I didn't want to believe it back then. Now, in my opinion, it is very obvious.
I'd be thrilled with Cheney/Rice......Not gonna happen tho.*sigh*
Is this the first time Rush has mentioned,
much less endorsed, the FairTax proposal?
*those politicians are in it for THEMSELVES, not us!*
My God Man; did this just dawn on you? What planet are you from? The vast majority of politicians have ALWAYS been in it for themselves.
He was in transition. The dems were dicking around fighting him over his staff. It was chaos, and he handled it well in my opinion. The Clinton left overs still held their seats.
I think it was deeper than that. With Able Danger, we know they knew. Can you imagine the Patriot Act with Janet Reno as AG? The power play would have been staggering.
To my knowledge, yes. It's about time!
If he hammered the point home regularly, it would go a lot farther too.
One thing O'Reilly said always stuck with me.
He was discussing how probes investing the Clintons by the Bushes never went anywhere, and he said, "The powerful protect the powerful".
Or martial law, disarming of Americans, and a UN take over - for our own safety, of course.
I couldn't have said it better myself. Pure power and pure ego. The number of public SERVANTS in DC could be packed in a telephone booth.
The answers were in the Sandy Burglar pants?
Weldon is only sticking his neck out on this,
if he`s still sitting on a powder keg of information
he has yet to release to the public.
I know I`d have multiple aces up my sleeve if the
entire establishment was out to take me down.
Although Boortz and Rush differ on issues, I'd bet they agree on 75% of them.
The way this thing is being released, I think that's exactly what Weldon's got.
The presentation so far has been very methodical, very disciplined. They are building a case in the minds of the public. Already, the 911 Commission is wrecked and discredited.
And you're right, it's only the tip of the iceberg.
Boortz is Rush's ex wife's brother?
When has Allen said anything against Bush?
You must be thinking of Hagel unless I haven't read something really recent.
About two months ago, Rush did mention it. He said he'd prefer the Flat Tax but also liked the Fair Tax idea.
And he's pretty angry about it, too! He's not fooling around.
I saw him with together with another person on FOX. They both spoke out against Bush and his handling of the war. I forget now who was with him. Because it was Allen , it caught my ear. I was disappointed. I figured it's time for him to turn on Bush, so he can run with a "clean slate."
From his comments here, it seems that he prefers the Flat Tax because it's easier to pass.
But he recognizes that the Fair Tax dismantles the control structure of the political class. He knows it's a better plan for America on the philosophical merits of tax policy.
And learn to preflight my own plane.
Well...cross another one off the '08 list...
THIS is what I was talking about. HALL OF FAME TIHS. He swerved into yet another eloquent monologue about what we are truely up against.
IT'S POWER and MONEY. Those 2 things are great motivators.
As I told my friend earlier, the only thing that will get any tax reform passed will be a hundred thousand naked, masked citizens, waving pitchforks and torches, holding the House of Representatives hostage on CSPAN, with a guillotine on the lectern.