Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Frances Townsend's "Patently Ridiculous" Report

Ex-White House Homeland Security Adviser Frances Townsend called the latest assertion of Bush malfeasance in building the case for war, "Patently ridiculous". She gave no consideration to author Ron Suskind's revelation that the White House ordered the CIA to fabricate a letter connecting Saddam Hussein to a 9/11 hijacker.

Fran's former associate in the White House, Tony Fratto called Suskind a nut, a conspiracy theorist. Neither spoke to the following:

Suskind noted in the acknowledgments that research assistant, Greg Jackson, “was sent to New York on a project for the book” in September 2007 and was “detained by federal agents in Manhattan. He was interrogated and his notes were confiscated, violations of his First and Fourth Amendment rights.”

It's not often crazy conspiracy theorists have anything worth taking, especially on "patently ridiculous" topics. Fran's words come full circle, given her Lessons Learned report on Hurricane Katrina. Who conducts "an investigation" and leaves out the hospital with the highest patient death toll post landfall? Mrs. Townsend omitted LifeCare Hosptials and their 24 patient deaths in her "patently ridiculous" whitewash. Weeks before landfall, the Carlyle Group closed the deal for LifeCare.