retired judge watched the video with the same
professional attentiveness that he had used on
thousands of defendants over dozens of years.
lying." The tone, like the words themselves, was
unequivocal. All that was missing was the gavel.
The judge turned to me. "It's in his body language.
He's lying. He knows he's lying.
also afraid of the question. You can see the fear
in his posture. When I see a defendant acting
in that manner, I can usually make a good guess
on what the jury is going to find."
few hours later, I showed it to a friend of mine
who was a retired psychologist. He watched carefully.
"Play it again," he demanded, and I played it
shook his head. "I'm amazed. The man seems utterly
lost without a script. He simply doesn't have
a clue how to answer that question.
is also fearful. The question frightens him."
we watching a tape of Michael Jackson being interviewed
by the Santa Barbara District Attorney's office?
A deposition by Kenneth Lay? A scene from an old
of the above. We were watching the alleged president
of the United States utterly failing to field
an alleged question from an alleged journalist
at an alleged press conference.
fawning sycophant in the role of the reporter
was identified by a jocular Putsch as "Big Stretch."
And his question by itself would have seemed extraordinary
in pre-putsch America for the overtly ingratiating
nature of it, and the implicit effort to heap
scorn on the leading Democratic candidate. No
self-respecting reporter would have asked such
a question in front of the White House press corps
before 2001. But self-respecting reporters in
the White House press corps are in short supply
question: "I know you said there would be a time
for politics, but you've also said you wanted
to change the tone in Washington. Howard Dean
recently seemed to muse aloud whether you had
advance knowledge of 9/11. Do you agree or disagree
with the RNC that this kind of rhetoric borders
on political hate speech?"
hitting question there, right up with Peter Lorre's
"Rob the graveyard tonight, master?" They pay
"Big Stretch" to pretend to be a White House journalist.
You would think he could come up with something
that sounded a bit more like something a real
reporter might ask. I mean, GOLLUM would have
been more convincing in the role.
the question revealed the pitiable state of journalism
in America in 2003, the answer revealed the even
more pitiable state of the presidency at this
Uh, there's a time for politics. [pause. Shifts.
Looks uncomfortable] And, um, you know [long pause,
moves back and forth, looks at floor off to his
left, away from the question] There's a time for
politics and, uh, and, I [long pause, looks away
again, mumbles almost sotto voce] It's an absurd
Stretch, obviously taken aback that his question
had so discombobulated his lord and master, quickly
changed the subject, saying he would ask about
an unrelated matter. There were gusts of relieved
laughter from the White House "press corps."
tape in question, about 45 seconds long, is available
for viewing at http://images.indymedia.org/imc/washingtondc/media/video/6/9_11laugh.mpg
. You'll find that I've taken no liberties with
the descriptions, and not exaggerated one whit.
It's right there, and you can see for yourself.
course, it's not political hate speech to ask
what Putsch might have known in the hours and
days prior to 9/11. There's plenty of evidence
to show that the White House received copious
warnings prior to the attacks that something big
was coming. And Putsch's behavior and comments
on that awful day and in the months since have
created a raft of questions, surmises, conspiracy
theories, and a deep conviction in the American
people that the truth about 9/11 has not been
revealed, and that our media is complicit in keeping
the truth from being revealed.
to imagine FDR's response when told of Pearl Harbor.
Do you think he would have kept on reading stories
to a bunch of kids, even as word came of further
attacks on the twin towers, and on the pentagon
has Putsch repeatedly claimed to have seen tape,
that morning, of the FIRST plane striking the
WTC? No videotape of that event was known to exist
until several days later, when that fireman's
a huge list of questions about 9/11, and a lot
of them center around the administration's response
to events. For example, why weren't the fighter
jets scrambled? When Payne Stewart's small passenger
plane went off course, the jets scrambled and
intercepted within 23 minutes of ATC first noticing
Stewart was off course, and this was a small plane
that was out over open prairie, hundreds of miles
from any major cities. Four commercial passenger
jets all suddenly veer wildly off course and go
silent, and radar tracks them heading for the
Washington area and lower Manhattan, and the Air
Force isn't scrambled?
latest incident will just raise more questions.
I didn't need a judge or a psychologist to tell
me that Putsch was frightened, baffled, and at
a loss from the powderpuff question that fake
reporter lobbed at him. You can view that tape
and determine that for yourself.
the next question is this: did he react the way
he did because he was a clueless moron who simply
couldn't handle an unscripted question, or did
his response reveal the guilty conscience of a
is our once free and independent press now a part
of that same treason?
came to this office to solve problems and not
pass them on to future presidents and future generations."
-- Putsch, whose trillion dollar deficits apparently
slipped his mind.
Posted: December 20, 2003