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2007/9/7-10 [Politics/Foreign/MiddleEast/Iraq] UID:47933 Activity:low
9/7     Bush didn't lie, he just deliberately squelched any information
        that didn't support his pre-determined agenda:
        http://www.salon.com/opinion/blumenthal/2007/09/06/bush_wmd
        \_ "Sidney Blumenthal served as assistant and senior adviser to Bill
           Clinton from August 1997 until January 2001."  Tell me what Karl
           Rove writes about Clinton.  Yeah, like I trust that guy.
        \_ ...the hell? Is Blumenthal reading the motd?
        \_ I think this is treason and people involved should be tried.
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