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Volume 5, Issue Number 8

This Week You Need To Know:

Cheney: Caught in the Act of Being Himself
by Jeffrey Steinberg

During the weekend of Feb. 11-12, Vice President Dick Cheney was caught in the act of being himself. During a quail shoot at the elite Armstrong Ranch in south Texas, Cheney shot a fellow hunter, 78-year-old Texas attorney and Republican Party fundraiser Harry Whittington. While precise details of the incident may never be publicly known, and there are reliable reports that some of the shooters, including Cheney, had been drinking, one fact is certain: Cheney reacted according to profile and immediately went into full damage-control mode.

News of the incident was blacked out for 18 hours, and sheriff's deputies responding to the "accidental shooting" were blocked by Cheney's Secret Service detail from interviewing the Vice President or any other witnesses until the next morning—thus preventing any evidence of alcohol abuse from being obtained.

When Cheney's office finally did issue a statement—after local media reported the shooting—the statement was full of lies. Cheney's claims that he had authorized the Armstrong family to alert the local press were vigorously denied by the Armstrongs, who said they called the press without informing the Veep.

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This Week in History

February 21 - 27, 1732

General Washington Sets Up an Effective Intelligence Network, and Takes a Role Himself

When General George Washington triumphantly led the Continental Army into New York City at the end of the American Revolution, he amazed many loyal Americans by breakfasting the very next morning with Hercules Mulligan, a known Tory. Not only that, but the General then visited James Rivington, publisher of the New York Gazette, a notorious Tory newspaper. Of course, both of these gentlemen had served as members of the patriot intelligence network, which owed its existence largely to the efforts of George Washington.

On this anniversary of Washington's birthday, February 22, 1732, it is worthwhile to look at how this republican intelligence network was established, and the very active role which George Washington took within it. In the early days of the American Revolution, the gathering of information was haphazard, and those attempting to gather it were untrained. The sad case of Captain Nathan Hale, sent behind British lines with no training or backup, illustrates the point.

However, the Americans were under the goad of grim necessity to develop an intelligence network, not only because their military forces were so outnumbered, but because they faced one of the most feared intelligence services in the world, that of the British Empire. The characteristic of that empire was corruption, and therefore its intelligence service, modelled on that of Venice, used various forms of corruption, including large amounts of gold, to attain its ends. Its Achilles' heel was its belief that anyone could be corrupted, and to that weakness was added the inability of many of its participants to out-think George Washington.

Some progress had been made in setting up intelligence agents by 1776, when Washington was headquartered in New York City after driving the British out of Boston. In that year, a plot to kill or kidnap General Washington was discovered in the nick of time, partly due to the efforts of Samuel Fraunces, a free black who owned the famous Fraunces Tavern where British officers wined and dined during the war, and where Washington bade farewell to his officers when the erstwhile diners were forced to abandon the city. Also involved in protecting Washington was Samuel's 13-year-old daughter Phoebe, who detected part of the plot, in which one of Washington's own bodyguards was involved.

When the British captured New York City and the Continental Army was forced to retreat across New Jersey, Washington left an intelligence net behind him, one that helped lead to the victories at Trenton and Princeton. At each stop, a few army volunteers were dropped off to keep a close watch on the advancing British, but a much larger group of ordinary Americans was recruited to gather intelligence in their immediate neighborhoods. General Washington did some of the recruiting himself, and kept a tight hand on reports from the network.

He also insisted that the American intelligence agents be properly trained. "Give the persons you pitch upon, proper lessons," Washington told General Thomas Mifflin, who was about to set up an intelligence network in Philadelphia. Washington even drafted a paper in September of 1780 for the benefit of spies sent into New York, telling them what kind of signs to look for that would imply a possible British military move. These included whether the British were preparing wagons and shoeing their horses, whether the troop transports were taking on supplies, and even included the detail that if the Tory merchants were packing up or selling off their goods, the agent should "attend particularly to Coffin and Anderson who keep a large dry good Store and supply their Officers and Army."

Another reason that Washington wanted accurate assessments of British movements was that he would install American agents ahead of time in any city or town that the British were aiming to capture. This policy was followed so well in the months between finding out the British were moving to attack Philadelphia, and the actual British conquest of the city, that all of southeastern Pennsylvania had been seeded with a well-coordinated American spy ring before the British troops ever set foot on Market Street.

Washington loved the theater, and on some occasions he could not resist acting a part in deception operations. One of these opportunities came before the Battle of Trenton on Christmas Day in 1776, when many of the state enlistments for the Continental Army would expire with the turn of the New Year. Washington had to strike before his army was reduced to an impossibly small size, but he needed intelligence in order to use his forces wisely. He not only needed a victory, but one that would embolden those soldiers who were discouraged or wavering. If he made a mistake, the republican cause would be reduced to conducting guerrilla warfare.

Washington found a courageous agent in John Honeyman, a New Jersey weaver and butcher who had fought for the British during the French and Indian War, and had even helped to carry the mortally wounded General Wolfe off the Plains of Abraham at Quebec. Around the middle of December, Honeyman fled his home and pretended to espouse the British cause. Washington issued orders to arrest him on sight, but added the provision that he must be brought back alive. In the meantime, Honeyman travelled in and out of Trenton on business, supplying the Hessian troops with beef and gathering information on Colonel Rall's plans.

When he had gathered enough intelligence, Honeyman wandered far enough from Trenton to allow the Americans to capture him. He was brought to General Washington, who ordered the room cleared. After they had conferred, Washington loudly berated Honeyman for his treason, much to the delight of the Continental soldiers outside and to the great interest of any lurking Tory spies. Then prisoner Honeyman was put into a log hut to await his early morning court martial, but a fire broke out nearby, and when the sentries came back from putting it out, Honeyman was gone.

A few hours later, Honeyman was telling Colonel Rall in Trenton that "no danger was to be apprehended" from the American camp across the Delaware "for some time to come." Meanwhile, Washington had sent out three volunteers, although he had wanted more, to prevent any Tories from sending warnings to Colonel Rall about the coming American move across the Delaware. Because there were not enough men for the job, one Tory farmer did ride to Trenton with a written warning. But Rall was in the midst of Christmas festivities and refused to see him. When the farmer sent in the note, Rall put it in his pocket unread, and that is where it was found after he was mortally wounded during the Battle of Trenton.

After Washington's subsequent victory at Princeton, also aided by good intelligence, the British retreated back into New York City, and Washington established his headquarters at Morristown, New Jersey. When campaigning began again in 1777, General John Burgoyne and his large British force set out from Canada southward via Lakes Champlain and George, heading for the Hudson Valley. He was to link up with British forces from New York, which would move up the Hudson and thus cut the rebellious American colonies in two.

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Prolegomena for a Party Platform:
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The following is the opening section of Lyndon LaRouche's "Prolegomena" for a Democratic Party platform. The completed document will appear in an upcoming issue of EIR.

February 18, 2006

To play a useful role in history, influential leaders of institutions are those, like President Franklin Roosevelt, who act to prevent, or to prepare for a crisis before it has happened, while it could still be prevented.


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Cheney: Caught In the Act of Being Himself
by Jeffrey Steinberg

During the weekend of Feb. 11-12, Vice President Dick Cheney was caught in the act of being himself. During a quail shoot at the elite Armstrong Ranch in south Texas, Cheney shot a fellow hunter, 78-year-old Texas attorney and Republican Party fundraiser Harry Whittington. While precise details of the incident may never be publicly known, and there are reliable reports thatsome of the shooters, including Cheney, had been drinking, one fact is certain: Cheney reacted according to profile and immediately went into full damage-control mode.

  • Cheney Bags His Limit
    From the vast outpouring of humorous late-night TV and other commentary at the expense of Dick Cheney, here are EIR's top picks...
  • Shoot, Look, & Listen
    by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
    February 13, 2006
    What Cheney did at the Armstrong Ranch this past weekend was once called 'friendly fire.' Technically, cases of 'friendly fire' include not only the companion shot in the face, but the cases of, for one, the shooter limping back from the battle to the aid-station after shooting himself in the foot, or, the other case, of the fellow eligible for the Vietnam draft, who avoided service for yet another time, by a miraculously timely impregnation of his wife. Both interpretations are appropriate for what Cheney tried to cover up this past weekend, after apparently mistaking his Republican ally for a flock of birds on Saturday. All come under the heading of 'friendly fire.' Shakespeare would advise, 'Keep Cheney away from his rival, President Bush.' Time to take his guns away from him, before he kills more innocent birds, and people, too.
  • Not Only in China
    Character Tells: Cheney's Doom
    by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

    February 15, 2006
    Apparently, most of the Democratic politicians have not yet come out from under the stupor of the sudden capitulation to Alito's nomination. This time, on the issue of cowardly Cheney's shooting his victim, it is the TV's nightly comedians, not the elected politicians, who are closest to the world's current political realities. Which is to say that the famous Democratic donkey, which should have responded immediately to this issue, needs a solid kick in the party's ass.
  • They Didn't Smell Cheney's Breath!
    by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

    February 16, 2006
    Did it occur to you, that almost everything which Vice-President Cheney said about the events of the past weekend, was almost a complete lie? What is Cheney really trying to hide with that utterly unbelievable mea culpa told to Brit Hume?


Commodity Hyperinflation: Bomb At the End of Iran-War Fuse
by Paul Gallagher

A U.S.-British military attack on Iran is now a looming threat, under the imperial-war strategy Dick Cheney brought to this Administration. If the countdown is not stopped by the removal of Cheney from the White House, a war on Iran will turn what is already intense inflation in the markets for almost all industrial commodities, into an explosion. Another huge jump in the crude oil and oil products prices, triggered by a spreading new war in the Mideast, will hit already hyperinflationary markets for metals, plastics, chemicals, etc., and crush industry in the United States, Europe, and Japan in a blowout. This is one explosive shell of the bomb, for which Blair's and Cheney's war on Iran will be the fuse.

A Renaissance in Nuclear Power Is Under Way Around the World
by Marsha Freeman

On virtually every continent of the world, nations are making the determination that 'the future is nuclear.' In an article with that title, printed by United Press International on Feb. 13, Russian Academician and renowned physicist Yevgeny Velikhov stated; 'Nuclear power engineering is capable of reassuring all thosewhoare not certain about having sufficient energy today and tomorrow. There is no doubt it is the only source of energy that can ensure the world's steady development in the foreseeable future. Today, this fact is understood not only by physicists, but also by politicians, who have to accept it as an axiom. . . . Thank God, today's world compels politicians to think about the future.'

  • Mexican LYM: Use 'Nuclear Option' To Stop Fascism
    The policy statement excerpted here was released by the LaRouche Youth Movement (LYM) of Mexico on Feb. 7:
    No, not a nuclear bomb. Nuclear energy.
    In late January, Mexico's Energy Minister announced that the Fox government would promote the building of a single, new nuclear energy plant in the country, in a location to be decided before Fox leaves office in December 2006. The LaRouche Youth Movement of Mexico does not think that we should be building one nuclear plant: We need 20!

The Bolkestein Directive
European Labor Erupts Against Dereg Policy
by Rainer Apel

The European Parliament began a three-day debate on Feb. 14, on the European Commission's Services Directive— called the 'Bolkestein Directive' after its initiator, former European Union Commissioner Frits Bolkestein. The directive plans, by 2010, the full deregulation of all services in the EU—at present, 70% of all economic activities in Europe.


Netanyahu's Fascist Record: All Roads Lead to Shultz
by Steven Meyer

If supporting the fascist Pinochet coup in Chile with its death squads, and creating the Cheney/Bush regime which now threatens to blow up Southwest Asia were not enough, former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz can add another notch to his belt as the man who created and directed Israel's Benjamin 'Bibi' Netanyahu.

Dow Jones Stokes Riots Against Thai Premier
by Mike Billington

Dow Jones & Company, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal, keeps a high profile in Asia. Besides its own publications, including the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER), it holds part ownership in The Nation, a leading English-language newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand. It has used this media presence to attack Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra consistently, since his overwhelming election victory in 2001, and re-election in 2005. This past month, however, The Nation has gone over the edge, openly promoting violence and bloodshed in the streets as the only means to achieve its desired 'regime change' against Thaksin, and turning its website into a virtualcommandcenter for mass actions in the streets, providing minute-to-minute reporting and directions for the very demonstrators it suggests must turn violent in order to be 'successful.'

Iran Crisis: British Empire Is Up to Its Old Tricks
by Helga Zepp-LaRouche

Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche is the national chairwoman of the Civil Rights Movement Solidarity party (Bu¨So) in Germany. This statement, released on Feb. 3, has been translated from German.
If the dramatically escalating crisis over Iran is not immediately overcome, it could reach the point, within a few weeks, of a military strike against Iran by either the Bush Administration or Israel. But Iran is not Iraq. One would have to count on massive counterattacks. The conflict would have the potential of leading to a strategic catastrophe and a collapse of the world financial system.

EIR Cairo Visit Exposes Psywar Behind Cartoons
by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

As this author has just experienced during a visit to Cairo, the outpouring of rage provoked by the issue of the anti-Islamic cartoons is unprecedented. It had been building up, against injustice in Palestine, the ongoing destruction of Iraq, and the preparations for a military strike against Iran. But the cartoons were the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. The cartoons were deliberately published to provoke such a reaction, and the reaction came, according to profile.


Bipartisan Coalition Won't Work Until Cheney Goes
by Nancy Spannaus

A pattern of bipartisan collaboration in Congress, against the outrageous negligence or abuses being carried out by the Cheney-Bush Administration, has raised the hopeful potential for Congressional action in areas such as rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, and stopping police-state abuses. However, as Lyndon LaRouche has pointed out, the expression of Congressional concern is nothing but impotent kvetching, if the legislators do not remove the lawless Cheney apparatus from power.

From the Congress
Dems Challenge Constitutionality Of Omnibus 2005 Budget Law

On Feb. 14, the House Democratic leadership, under Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), sent a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Ill.), pointing out the illegitimacy of the Budget Reconciliation Spending conference report, which was signed by President Bush on Feb. 1. Representative Pelosi wrote Hastert that 'the integrity of the House requires that you take two steps to address this serious situation. First, we insist that you inform the American people of what happened, and that you recognize the abuse of this process. Second, we urge you to reconsider this legislation this week, and to work with the Senate to ensure that any spending reconciliation bill that is passed is identical in both the House and the Senate, as the Constitution demands, and then presented to the President for his signature.'

Lyndon LaRouche: Rumsfeld's 'Long War' Is Imperial Fascism
by Carl Osgood

A new expression has emerged recently to describe the Bush Administration's commitment to the so-called war on terrorism. It is now called 'the long war,' an expression that the Washington Post credited to Gen. John Abizaid, the Chief of U.S. Central Command. But no matter where it came from, it is just another way of describing the perpetual war policy of the Cheneyacs in the Bush Administration. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, speaking to reporters in the Pentagon briefing room on Feb. 1, put it this way: 'The truth is, that just as the Cold War lasted a long time, this war is something that is not going to go away. It's not going to be settled with a signing ceremony on the USS Missouri.'

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Winning the Battle Against Sophistry

'The LaRouche Show,' an Internet radio program, interviewed EIR Editorial Board member Gerry Rose on Feb. 4. The show is broadcast every Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time at www.larouchepub.com. Harley Schlanger hosted the show, and was joined by LaRouche Youth Movement (LYM) panelists Quincy O'Neill and Randy Kim.
Schlanger: Our show today will focus on a crucial aspect of the battle to defeat the fascist neo-cons centered around Vice President Dick Cheney. Following their success in imposing Judge Samuel Alito on the U.S. Supreme Court, Cheney and his allies have launched into a true flight-forward, placing a war against Iran on the immediate agenda; while Bush, Rumsfeld, Bolton and others are preparing for a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear energy and research sites, the administration has launched simultaneously, an allout offensive against the U.S. Constitution, justifying illegal spying on Americans through the National Security Agency, holding prisoners without charges, and advocating torture, among other atrocities committed by this gang.


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