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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Copy of Bush's Florida trip schedule the trash

WUSA has this very interesting, exclusive story:
How much do you think Osama bin Laden would pay to know exactly when and where the President was traveling, and who was with him? Turns out, he wouldn't have had to pay a dime. All he had to do was go through the trash early Tuesday morning.

It appears to be a White House staff schedule for the President's trip to Florida Tuesday. And a sanitation worker was alarmed to find in the trash long hours before Mr. Bush left for his trip.

It's the kind of thing you would expect would be shredded or burned, not thrown in the garbage.

Randy Hopkins could not believe what he was seeing.

There on the floor next to a big trash truck was a thick sheaf of papers with nearly every detail of the President's voyage.

“I saw locations and names and places where the President was going to be. I knew it was important. And it shouldn't have been in a trash hole like this,” he said.


The documents detail the exact arrival and departure time for Air Force One, Marine One and the back up choppers, Nighthawk 2 and Three.

It lists every passenger on board each aircraft, from the President to military attaché with nuclear football. It offers the order of vehicles in the President's motorcade.
For an administration obsessed with secrecy and security, this is a pretty embarrassing slipup. That's not the only thing that has made its way into the trash over the last five years.

It's a mistake that serves nicely as a metaphor for what the administration has done to this country. They've trashed our country's fiscal health, our reputation in the world, and our environment.

It will take a long time to clean up the mess they and their Republican cronies in Congress have made. The sooner we can get started, the better.

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