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Doesnt sound like he is any more anti intelligence than Repubs who did the same thing he did.




A misleading Bush ad criticizes Kerry for proposing to cut intelligence spending -- a decade ago, by 4%, when some Republicans also proposed cuts.


October 23, 2004

Modified: October 23, 2004

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A new Bush ad claims Kerry supported cuts in intelligence ?so deep they would have weakened America ?s defenses? against terrorists, and shows a pack of hungry-looking wolves preparing to attack. Actually, the cut Kerry proposed in 1994 amounted to less than 4 percent, as part of a proposal to cut many programs to reduce the deficit.


And in 1995 Porter Goss, who is now Bush?s CIA Director, co-sponsored an even strong deficit-elimination measure that would have cut CIA personnel by 20 percent over five years. When asked about that at his confirmation hearings he didn't disavow it.





The Bush ad released Oct. 22 is called ?wolves,? and is a direct appeal to fear.


Speak Softly But

Use Scary Words and Pictures


Using a soft-spoken female announcer to deliver the harsh message, the ad shows blurry images of a dark forest and a pack of hungry-looking wolves eying the camera and apparently contemplating an attack.


The announcer says that ?after the first terrorist attack on America ? Kerry ?voted to slash America ?s intelligence operations.? The ad is misleading in several ways, some of which we went over? last March when President Bush first accused Kerry of trying to ?gut? the intelligence budget.


Here are the ways this ad misleads voters:


?Old news: The ?first terrorist attack? the ad refers to didn't happen September 11, 2001, as some listeners assume. It actually was more than a decade ago, in 1993, when a truck bomb went off in the parking garage under one of the World Trade Center towers. In fact, Kerry was supporting regular increases in intelligence spending for several years prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001.


?Exaggerated Wording: Kerry never proposed a single $6-billion cut in intelligence spending. He did propose S.1826 (see "supporting documents" at right) which included a $1-billion cut in 1994. That measure also would have frozen intelligence spending at that reduced level through 1998, allowing it to rise only by the rate of inflation. That could fairly be called a $5-billion cut spread over five years.


Total intelligence spending is a classified figure, but was estimated at the time to be $27 billion per year. So, the cut Kerry proposed amounted to an estimated 3.7 percent -- hardly a proposal to "slash" expenditures. That measure was debated on the Senate floor and on Feb 10,1994 it was defeated 75-20 with 38 Democratic Senators voting against it.


The following year Kerry introduced another deficit-reduction package, S.1290 (see "supporting documents, at right). This one would have lowered the ceiling for intelligence spending by $300 million for five years starting in 1996. That would have amounted to a reduction of just over 1 percent of estimated intelligence spending.


Not only was this proposed reduction a small one, it came at a time when it had just become known that one intelligence agency had been hoarding $1 billion in unspent funds from its secret appropriations. Kerry's proposal died without a hearing, but a similar Republican-sponsored measure eventually became law (see below).


Saying that either of these proposals would ?slash? spending is an exaggeration. Saying that a 4 percent or 1 percent cut would have ?weakened America ?s defenses? is an opinion which the Bush campaign has a perfect right to state, but it is not a fact.


?Missing Context: The ad doesn?t tell the whole story. Some Republicans also supported similar cuts in intelligence spending at the time, including Bush?s current CIA Director Porter Goss.


Goss co-sponsored a draconian, deficit-elimination? bill in 1995 (see "supporting documents" at right) that would have cut the number of CIA employees by 20 percent or more over five years. Goss wasn't the main author -- he signed onto an 1,188-page bill authored by Gerald Solomon, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, of which Goss was a member. The measure died without a hearing and had no prospect of passage, as it called for elimination of the Departments of Education, Energy and Commerce among other things. When questioned about his co-sponsorship of the bill during his confirmation hearings in September Goss said only, "the record speaks for the record."


Another Republican-sponsored cut similar to Kerry's proposed 1995 measure actually became law. On the same day Kerry proposed his $1.5-billion cut spread over five years, the Senate passed by voice vote an amendment to eliminate $1 billion in intelligence funds for fiscal year 1996. That measure was proposed by Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. and a companion measure was co-sponsored by Kerry and Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama. The cut eventually became law as part of a House-Senate package endorsed by the Republican leadership. Specter explained at the time that the $1-billion cut was intended to recapture funds that had been appropriated for spy satellites, but which had gone unspent by the National Reconnaissance Office.

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He's still running as a Republican, last I checked. OWNED.



I don't recall Dubya being a senator though. Perhaps you can explain how a governor can influence the US senate and how that governor can be held responsible for how senators voted prior to his becomming president.


This should be a faciniting excercise in spin I would imagine.


The podium is yours. I bring my optical tachometer so I can measure your RPM's.


Rev'em up - let the spin begin!




How about you answer this one tonyi. Yeah Bush was governer. But now he is president. And since he says Kerry is wrong based on those votes, he wouldnt put Kerry in any intelligence positions right? But he put Porter Goss in the position of being head of CIA. Goss' name does get mentioned down there doesnt it? Seems to me, if Goss is good enough to be head of CIA, so is Kerry. So has Bush now thrown us to the wolves too since he put Goss up there?

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look at the topic of the thread tonyi? Its about Bush's assertions that what Kerry did in the past makes him bad for US by making it weaker. But he brings in Porter Goss into the picture in asserting that...and by doing so, is admitting that he himself is making the US weaker.


Bush's critisms of Kerry are turned around on him. But if you cant see this, it seems youre the one trying desperatley to spin this away from what it is about. The mud is flying everwhere. Youre trying to hard to pull this away from what it really is about that the vein in your head is popping out.(see, I can engage in inane humor too).


Whats even funnier is youre always the one saying others shouldnt infer anything from what youve posted. I dont recall futureGM stating anything of the sort in terms of what you claim he implies. Wanna show me where he said that?

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Ill try and make it simple for you since you are having trouble.


1. Bush says Kerry supported cuts in intelligence very deeply.


2. Based on this, Bush concludes and tells America that Kerry has weakened America ?s defenses? against terrorists.


3. According to factcheck on Porter Goss: "in 1995 Porter Goss, who is now Bush?s CIA Director, co-sponsored an even strong deficit-elimination measure that would have cut CIA personnel by 20 percent over five years."


4. Following A+B=C logic as Bush does with elements 1 and 2, Goss has "has weakened America ?s defenses? against terrorists."


5. Bush made Goss head of CIA.


6. Based on this, Bush has put someone who "has weakened America ?s defenses? against terrorists" in charge of central intelligence.



See that works? I know you are desperatley trying to make this go in another direction and now will try the disctinction that Kerry voted while Goss had some minor bill that fell to the wayside anyway. But read the article. Kerry proposed things which werent as serious as made out to be. Goss was just as guilty as Kerry in proposals to affect the intelligence community. So was Arlen Spector.



The best way to put this for you since you clearly are having a tough time with what factcheck is saying:



Saying that either of these proposals would ?slash? spending is an exaggeration. Saying that a 4 percent or 1 percent cut would have ?weakened America ?s defenses? is an opinion which the Bush campaign has a perfect right to state, but it is not a fact.

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