Monday, October 09, 2006

Rove aide quits -- she took gifts, gave Abramoff inside information

A top aide to White House strategist Karl Rove resigned yesterday after disclosures that she accepted gifts from and passed information to now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, becoming the first official in the West Wing to lose a job in the influence-peddling scandal.

Susan Ralston submitted her resignation to avoid causing political damage for President Bush a month before the midterm elections, officials said.

"She did not want to be a distraction to the White House at this important time," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

As right hand to Rove, the president's most important adviser, Ralston was closer to the center of the Bush operation. She was a key organizer of presidential events, coordinating with White House political, scheduling, advance and public liaison offices.

The Bush administration insider, who is in her 30s, had been Abramoff's administrative assistant and, after Bush took office, assumed the same post with Rove.

The 'secret world' of Jack Abramoff being probed by investigators today has definite connections and unmistakable links to the one inhabited during their final year in the U.S by Mohamed Atta and the other hijackers.

One of the most amazing things about this scandal is that some of the same names in the Abramoff scandal also surface in connection with Mohamed Atta’s.

Less than a week before the 9.11 attack, for example, Atta and several other hijackers made a still-unexplained visit onboard one of Abramoff’s casino boats.

What were they doing there? No one knows.

Abramoff-Atta connection

So, with these items laid out we can connect, by four or less degrees of separation, George W. Bush and Mohammed Atta.

Even more troubling is that considering
Bush personally squashed an investigation of Abramoff back in 2002, it would appear Bush had reason to want to protect Abramoff, or, at least, his relationship to him.

Doesn't look good, does it? How connected to the 9/11 attacks is Bush II, really?


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