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A group of New York families of 9/11 victims came out swinging against Richard Clarke

March 28, 2004 -- A group of New York families of 9/11 victims came out swinging against Richard Clarke yesterday, accusing the former White House anti-terror chief of cashing in on the tragedy with his explosive book.
A group of New York families of 9/11 victims came out swinging against Richard Clarke
Monday, March 29 2004 @ 01:25 AM GMT
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March 28, 2004 -- A group of New York families of 9/11 victims came out swinging against Richard Clarke yesterday, accusing the former White House anti-terror chief of cashing in on the tragedy with his explosive book.

In a scathing open letter, the furious families also ripped Clarke for releasing the controversial tome to coincide with his appearance before the 9/11 commission on Wednesday.

"It was very disturbing to learn that Mr. Clarke would be releasing his book immediately before his scheduled public testimony before the 9/11 commission," they said in their emotional "Open Letter to America."

"The notion of [Clarke] profiteering from anything associated with 9/11 is particularly offensive to all of us."

In "Against All Enemies," Clarke accuses President Bush of not doing enough to thwart the terror strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The fuming families said Clarke's motivations are also political and called the book - which has become an overnight best seller - divisive and mean-spirited.

"We find Mr. Clarke's actions all the more offensive especially considering the fact that there was always a high possibility that the 9/11 commission could be used for political gain . . . with the presidential election less than eight months away," they wrote.

"Surely, Mr. Clarke knew this. Yet, he decided to risk the actual and perceived impartiality of this important process to maximize book sales," they added.

"We believe it inappropriate for [him] to profit from and politicize 9/11 and further divide America by his testimony before the 9/11 commission."

Retired FDNY firefighter Jim Boyle, who lent his name to the letter, ripped into Clarke, who served as a counterterrorism adviser to the past four presidents.

"Richard Clarke is doing all of this to sell his book," said Boyle, whose Bravest son, Michael Boyle, died in the WTC. "What he's doing isn't right. He's trying to make money off our pain. This was all orchestrated to benefit him," Boyle told The Post.

Retired FDNY Capt. John Vigiano Sr. said he's "incensed" with Clarke.

"He's all about promoting his book, plain and simple," said Vigiano Sr., whose sons John, a firefighter, and Joseph, a police officer, died in the WTC attacks.

"It's all about greed. He shouldn't be doing this. He's showing a lack of loyalty to the president. It's awful."

The blistering letter, signed by more than 36 people who lost loved ones in the WTC, came a day after the Senate's top Republican, Bill Frist, accused Clark of an "appalling act of profiteering."

Meanwhile, a Newsweek poll released yesterday found that 65 percent of Americans say Clarke's testimony hasn't affected their opinion of the president.

Fifty percent of those polled said they believe Clarke is motivated by personal and political reasons.

Clarke, who retired early last year after 30 years in government service, has said he provided dire warnings to the Bush White House in the months leading up to 9/11 but that little was done.

 http://www.indiemediamagazine.com/article.php?story=20040329012550580
More Repugnant-con propaganda 28.Mar.2004 21:18

Admin

Rupert Murdoch's New York Post (a right wing republican rag) is doing Karl Rove's work for him. After accusing Dem's of engineering the 9/11 victims relatives outrage against Bush's commercials (which showed 9/11 victims) Rove has got Murdoch's rag engineering (as in calling up known Bush supporters among the 9/11 victims relatives to get inflamatory quotes against Clarke) a campaign to discredit Clarke (who is a registered Republican who worked against terrorism under four Presidential administrations.) Why? To undercut Clarke's insider charges that Bush ignored the pre-9/11 threat and then used 9/11 as an excuse to attack Iraq.

Funny how 'Admin', the poster of this article, didn't mention the source.

Portland Indymedia is under attack by right-wing partisians pretending to be progressives or 'Admin'-istrators. They are posting things to reduce anti-Bush activity and to change anti-Bush opinions. In failing to admit who they are and what they are trying to accomplish they display the same lack of morality and honesty as Bush & Co. Birds of a feather....

Be careful out there.

ctrl-z

What A CROCK of Shit. 28.Mar.2004 21:42

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even if Clarke has made some sales of that book, it's not like it's his primary income. his publisher is probably cutting him a 10 or 15% royalty on sales. this definitely is not a bestseller of John Grisham - or even Michael Moore magnitude. authors don't make fortunes on books like this plain and simple. the sales-fest will probably subside anyway - it's a policy book by a policy wonk.

the Rove & Co. machine - along with those 'victim's families' - sure waited a long time to go after him (maybe they were waiting until they saw the media splash he made with his testimony???) - it's not like they didn't have a heads up:

Clarke Book First Mentioned Right Here On Portland IMC newswire 10.Jan.2004
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/01/278098.shtml
January 08, 2004

White House Braces For Insider Books

The White House is reportedly nervous about forthcoming books by ex-Bush Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Richard Clarke, the White House's top terror expert under both President Clinton and President Bush.

"One Bush insider, however, ventures that no one really cares what a former Treasury secretary says. But, a book due out later by Richard Clarke, the White House's top terror expert under both President Clinton and President Bush, is another matter. Mr. Clarke is known to feel the Bush administration largely ignored the threat of terrorism and Osama bin Laden before 9-11, even after al Qaeda in June 2001 claimed responsibility for the bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 American soldiers."
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p.s. if you're an Amazon.com shopper, go to the site right now and look at all the FReeper-spam claiming Clarke "lied under oath" and other shit-smearing . . .

remember folks 29.Mar.2004 06:03

corproate media is a liar totally

reminds me of the little "pro-ARthur Anderen" fake hired parades that Arthur Andersen, the criminal accouting firm for Halliburton, attempted to spin on the public.

Remember, we are fighting against a CIA corporate media framework that knows how to manipulate public opinion well--better than the Nazis that trained them from Project Paperclip.

correction 29.Mar.2004 06:21

back at ya

sorry, the criminal accouting firm for ENRON! (There are so many crimes it is hard to keep them straight.)

Hey, didn't the white House 29.Mar.2004 08:26

Mulberry Sellers

Hold up publication of Clarke's book for three months while they cleared it for secret stuff?

So then who's to blame for the timing of the book release?

2 Questions for neoCONdoleezza Rice... 29.Mar.2004 12:01

Concerned Citizen

How did you know to warn San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown not to fly on 9-11? And why did you not warn the nation?

 http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=1000