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The Talented Mr. Kerik

Reported by Marie Therese - September 2, 2004 -

On Big Story (9/1/2004, 8:36 PM) VIDEOCLIP OF Rudi Giuliani's speech at RNC Convention: "Spontaneous (sic), I grabbed the arm of then Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and I said to him 'Bernie, thank God, George Bush is our President."

After this clip John Gibson interviewed former NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, avowed Republican, Senior VP of Giuliani Partners LLC, CEO of Giuliani-Kerik and really rich guy who's made a bundle as a security consultant in the aftermath of 9/11 and Iraq. (For those asking the question, yes, it's THAT Giuliani, former mayor of NYC!)

When Gibson asks him whether or not the Republicans are wrapping themselves in the mantle of 9/11, Kerik responds: "I think it should be embraced. I think it should be talked about. I think one-half of the problem in this country is that people have forgotten a lot about 9/11. They've gotten complacent and they have to realize that the threat exists as much today as it did on September 10th. So we have a President with enormous leadership in the area of combatting terrorism. He's had major changes over the last three years. Those changes have to continue. This war has to continue and, if it doesn't, we'll be back where we were on Septemer 10th of 2001, an imminent threat a day away...."

(Later) "I want to talk about it as much as possible because people in this country hafta realize each and every day going forward we have to consider there's an imminent threat against us. As long as we have Al Qaeda out there, as long as we have bin Laden out there, as long as we have Zarqawi out there and people like them, we have to take those people out and this is going to take a long time."

Comment:

On October 4, 2003 the NY Times reported the following:

"Last month the Iraqi Governing Council questioned why the American occupation authority had issued a $20 million contract to buy new revolvers and Kalashnikov rifles for the Iraqi police when the United States military was confiscating tens of thousands of weapons every month from Saddam Hussein's abandoned arsenals. On Wednesday the Iraqi council, in a testy exchange with the occupation administrator, L. Paul Bremer III, challenged an American decision to spend $1.2 billion to train 35,000 Iraqi police officers in Jordan when such training could be done in Iraq for a fraction of the cost. Germany and France have offered to provide such training free."

(later) 'The lack of transparency and competition, Governing Council members said in interviews, may be encouraging corruption. They said they believed that many contracts had been inflated beyond the reasonable cost for the work, creating opportunities for kickbacks between prime contractors and subcontractors. One council member, Naseer K. Chadirji, said: 'As the Governing Council we are in a very weak legal position. We don't have the right to investigate these contracts.' He added, 'I don't have the evidence, but I think there is corruption. This is a common grievance that people tell me.' An Iraqi executive, who made millions of dollars as an insider under the Hussein government and would not allow his name to be used, said a relative outside Iraq had asserted that a Bechtel executive was looking to become a silent partner in an Iraqi company that would be favored with subcontracts from Bechtel."

(later) "The purchase of about 20,000 Kalashnikov automatic weapons, 50,000 revolvers and 10 million rounds of ammunition from Jordan has also been widely criticized by Iraqi Governing Council members. The contract was issued by the Interior Ministry during the summer when it was being supervised by the former New York City police commissioner, Bernard B. Kerik. Mr. Kerik did not respond to requests for an interview. 'It is totally unnecessary to buy them from outside the country,' said Mr. Chadirji, who noted that he had purchased a number of Kalashnikovs to arm his personal bodyguards and that the price in the local market was as low as $50 for each weapon." (end of excerpt)

Ah, now I get it. Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Kerik are making tons and tons of money in the security business.

Is it any wonder Mr. Kerik wants YOU to NEVER FORGET. As long as you're scared to death, he and his oh-so-saintly-former-mayor partner become richer and richer.

Wonder what Kerik meant by "one-half of the problem"? Gee, think he might mean the Democrats?

After watching the first three days of the Republican National Coronation, I get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that what they'd really like to do is round up all them thurr anti-Amurrican Democrats and commie pinko fag progressives and shoot us.

But, being good Christians, they'd first give us the chance to renounce our false idols and accept Jesus as our Savior.

Guess the Romans taught them well!