Bravo to the Baltimore Chronicle for having the courage the post this article! As a New Yorker I have been especially disgusted by President Bush and his hand-picked audiences smirking and chortling over the death of thousands of my neighbors--especially when immediate action on his part would have saved HUNDREDS of lives in the South Tower and Pentagon had appropriate action been taken in the first minutes of the assault. What did Bush do? He "got out of harm's way." Pathetic. If the innocents in the South Tower and Pentagon understood the nature and intent of this attack--which Bush and senior members of his administration certainly did know--they would not have died that horrible morning. His "trifecta" lie pales in comparison to his utter failure to act when action was most needed.
Personally, I have been wondering where the clear, objective voice of the "free press" has been since the debacle of Bush's capturing the White House. Thank you for your integrity in keeping the public informed. Thank you, Brad Carlton, for speaking out about this controlling administration. Bush and the Republicans are slowly eroding the rights and freedoms of American citizens. Why can't people see this? The rest of the news media should take off their gloves and report the real "news."
Thank you, thank you, thank you for publishing Brad Carlton's article. This administration, I believe, is intentionally ignorant and dismissive of the concerns of the majority of informed citizens in this country. To make matters worse, most of the media is concerned with only two things: ratings and keeping their White House access. I salute you for daring to swim upstream. I suspect that the number of hits to your website recently are evidence that there is a vast under-served market of people who value truth over tactics. Keep up the good work, and work to persuade others that truth is our only hope of retaining democracy.
Thanks for having the courage and conviction to run the column "How Bush Hit the 'Trifecta' on 9/11--and the Public Lost Big-Time." It's time the
questions are asked and answered. My hat is off to you.
Michael J. Sarofeen, Esq.
Good thought-provoking article.....too bad the media doesn't let all
Americans read this and decide if this President is guilty of treason.
Florence J. Brock
I just want to add my voice to the many others congratulating Brad Carlton and the Baltimore Chronicle and Sentinel for printing the piece on G.W. Bush's "Trifecta." I'm a retired reporter with 30 years in the business, and as I watched the media giving Bush & Co. pass after pass, I was becoming ashamed to have been a part of the Fourth Estate. Carlton's comments were a breath of fresh air, and I hope the Chronicle--and other media-- start doing some more serious digging into the crimes of this unelected administration before it's too late--if it isn't already.
I want to extend my gratitude for your publication of Brad Carlton's "Trifecta" opinion piece, and the many, many letters singing its praise. Keep it up!
Santa Cruz, CA
Wow!!! Congratulations to Brad Carlton for finally printing some truth, and the Baltimore Chronicle for being brave enough to publish it in this time of imperiled free speech. This is a long-overdue wake-up call from someone willing to connect the dots and tell the rest of the world about it. Thank you so much. Maybe there still is hope for our country.
Dr. Michael J. Bower
Thank you for publishing the piece by Brad Carlton on Bush's poor-taste joking of hitting the trifecta. Part of what amazes me about the continued repetition of that joke is that it's the only "humor" I've heard in the nine months since the tragedy of Sept 11. Laughter is often a good release, and frequently appropriate. But laughing at what happened in New York City, Washington DC, and rural Pennsylvania is not appropriate. If the man who occupies the White House cannot be trusted to behave well and set a good example, what does that mean? I guess his repeated comment about hitting the trifecta tells us more than we want to know about his true moral character.
Overland Park, KS
Thank you for publishing the article by Brad Carlton. Tonight at the supper table I commented on how in my childhood people were afraid to speak out against the administration for fear of being called a communist and now they are afraid for fear of being called a terrorist, and my college-age son added, "or a witch." And he is exactly right. It is the Salem Witch Trials all over again in America. Perhaps Brad Carlton and others like him can collectively become the Arthur Miller of our time. I hope so.
This was an excellent article. Please investigate more.
Thank you so much for tackling the common lack of honest writing and reporting that saturates our media. Many of us have turned away from the irresponsible reporting and are seeking alternative news reports from around the world and the few outstanding journalists in our country. The Beltway folks are behaving in a most egregious manner by twisting the facts, misinforming us, or simply lying about the news. We must punch their balloon now or lose our country to the oligarchs that pay their salaries and dictate what they can write about and report.
Dr. Joan Magit
Brad Carlton is NOT an investigative reporter--he is in the business of
fabrication and fantasy. Putting dates to alleged conversations or events is a cute gimmick, but in the end is revealed as a vile smear job for the benefit of the extreme left wing cabal. This President's poll ratings were at 56% before Sept. 11th. Compare that with Clinton at the same time in his Presidency. Clinton had tanked, not President Bush. A slime job by a smarmy leftist crosses the line when a paper prints outright lies in an attempt to discredit an administration over the horrific events of Sept. 11th. Shame on Carlton and shame on the yellow journalism of the Chronicle.
San Diego, CA
EDITOR'S NOTE: Sources of the dates and "alleged conversations or events" can be easily confirmed using Internet sources, one of which is the White House, which publishes the texts of George W. Bush's speeches.
This is a great essay and I applaud your courage in writing and publishing it, but I wonder to what good. The media isn't up in arms, the Democrats aren't up in arms, and the people aren't up in arms (save for a few of us). We've been sold in this country, and for whatever reason, it seems to be okay for the majority. I have kids in their late twenties and thirties and they think George Bush is doing everything to protect us and that he is just a swell guy. They don't seem to understand that by giving up their rights, they are in danger. The fact that the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES might have known, could have prevented those tragic events is just far more than they can handle. They accept that politicians and businesses lie, but somehow they just don't see that businesses and politicians are lying to them. But keep writing, and hopefully we will wake up before this country as we have known it is completely gone. Thanks for printing the truth. Most journalists (especially the "so-called" television journalists) continue to cover for this administration's failures. They ignore Enron, a failed foreign policy, a failed domestic policy, and a failed war on terrorism. Please keep up the good work.
You missed two of the most, um ...›distressing ... indications of this administration's 'prescience.'
Plans for the Afghan campaign were already drawn up prior to 9/11.
The White House staff began a regimen of Cipro on 9/11.
Having read the reader responses to the aforementioned article the one letter said it all for me. "Is this our Reichstag?" People who are even vaguely interested in world history of the 20th Century will know immediately what this means. Yes, it is sickening to think that there are those in power or the places of power, who could contemplate allowing, if not encouraging, such a heinous act as we were allowed/forced to see and observe. But they existed in Germany in 1933 and they exist now. Open the doors and let the sunlight in! Keep up the good work and know that there are those of us in America who will fight to keep those doors open to the light.
Thank you for posting [Carlton's] trifecta piece. You might not realize this but there are so many people that know that "Bush Knew." Could you please get the answer to this question: Who ordered the stand-down of the FBI and CIA in tracking Muslim terrorists? And just today another leak--They knew on Sept. 10 that "tomorrow will be the day"! Oh, but they couldn't translate in time! What is their budget? They couldn't hire a couple more translators?
This stuff stinks. Americans deserve the truth now not 40 years from now. The consequences are immense. We know it's all about OIL.
Please, I pray that you will continue to print the truth and INVESTIGATE. Are there any real investigative reporters out there?
WE need mainstream media to report the important stuff. It's very frightening what the Bush Boys have gotten away with so far. Make them accountable. An excellent analysis! let's see more good coverage!
The....article is excellent. More journalists & citizens need to speak up to what is obvious, but many are afraid to say--the Bush administration definitely had motive to allow 9-11 to happen. It is time that we demand a full accounting. ....I never thought I would see the truth in major newsprint again until I read Brad Carlton's piece in your paper. You give America hope that all news outlets are not corrupt.