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IS THAT A BULGE

Discussion in 'News' started by misteraven, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. misteraven

    misteraven Administrator

    Joined: May 7, 1999 Messages: 8,771 Likes Received: 309
    http://salon.com/news/feature/2004/10/08/bulge/index_np.html

    Bush's mystery bulge
    The rumor is flying around the globe. Was the president wired during the first debate?

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    By Dave Lindorff

    Oct. 8, 2004  |  Was President Bush literally channeling Karl Rove in his first debate with John Kerry? That's the latest rumor flooding the Internet, unleashed last week in the wake of an image caught by a television camera during the Miami debate. The image shows a large solid object between Bush's shoulder blades as he leans over the lectern and faces moderator Jim Lehrer.

    The president is not known to wear a back brace, and it's safe to say he wasn't packing. So was the bulge under his well-tailored jacket a hidden receiver, picking up transmissions from someone offstage feeding the president answers through a hidden earpiece? Did the device explain why the normally ramrod-straight president seemed hunched over during much of the debate?
     

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  2. diggity

    diggity Guest

    heres the subscriber version aka the whole article.

    Bush's mystery bulge
    The rumor is flying around the globe. Was the
    president wired during the first debate?
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    By Dave Lindorff

    Oct. 8, 2004  |  Was President Bush literally
    channeling Karl Rove in his first debate with John
    Kerry? That's the latest rumor flooding the Internet,
    unleashed last week in the wake of an image caught by
    a television camera during the Miami debate. The image
    shows a large solid object between Bush's shoulder
    blades as he leans over the lectern and faces
    moderator Jim Lehrer.

    The president is not known to wear a back brace, and
    it's safe to say he wasn't packing. So was the bulge
    under his well-tailored jacket a hidden receiver,
    picking up transmissions from someone offstage feeding
    the president answers through a hidden earpiece? Did
    the device explain why the normally ramrod-straight
    president seemed hunched over during much of the
    debate?

    Bloggers are burning up their keyboards with
    speculation. Check out the president's peculiar
    behavior during the debate, they say. On several
    occasions, the president simply stopped speaking for
    an uncomfortably long time and stared ahead with an
    odd expression on his face. Was he listening to
    someone helping him with his response to a question?
    Even weirder was the president's strange outburst. In
    a peeved rejoinder to Kerry, he said, "As the politics
    change, his positions change. And that's not how a
    commander in chief acts. I, I, uh -- Let me finish --
    The intelligence I looked at was the same intelligence
    my opponent looked at." It must be said that Bush
    pointed toward Lehrer as he declared "Let me finish."
    The green warning light was lit, signaling he had 30
    seconds to, well, finish.

    Hot on the conspiracy trail, I tried to track down the
    source of the photo. None of the Bush-is-wired
    bloggers, however, seemed to know where the photo came
    from. Was it possible the bulge had been Photoshopped
    onto Bush's back by a lone conspiracy buff? It turns
    out that all of the video of the debate was recorded
    and sent out by Fox News, the pool broadcaster for the
    event. Fox sent feeds from multiple cameras to the
    other networks, which did their own on-air
    presentations and editing.

    To watch the debate again, I ventured to the Web site
    of the most sober network I could think of: C-SPAN.
    And sure enough, at minute 23 on the video of the
    debate, you can clearly see the bulge between the
    president's shoulder blades.

    Bloggers stoke the conspiracy with the claim that the
    Bush administration insisted on a condition that no
    cameras be placed behind the candidates. An official
    for the Commission on Presidential Debates, which set
    up the lecterns and microphones on the Miami stage,
    said the condition was indeed real, the result of
    negotiations by both campaigns. Yet that didn't stop
    Fox from setting up cameras behind Bush and Kerry. The
    official said that "microphones were mounted on
    lecterns, and the commission put no electronic devices
    on the president or Senator Kerry." When asked about
    the bulge on Bush's back, the official said, "I don't
    know what that was."

    So what was it? Jacob McKenna, a spyware expert and
    the owner of the Spy Store, a high-tech surveillance
    shop in Spokane, Wash., looked at the Bush image on
    his computer monitor. "There's certainly something on
    his back, and it appears to be electronic," he said.
    McKenna said that, given its shape, the bulge could be
    the inductor portion of a two-way push-to-talk system.
    McKenna noted that such a system makes use of a tiny
    microchip-based earplug radio that is pushed way down
    into the ear canal, where it is virtually invisible.
    He also said a weak signal could be scrambled and be
    undetected by another broadcaster.

    Mystery-bulge bloggers argue that the president may
    have begun using such technology earlier in his term.
    Because Bush is famously prone to malapropisms and
    reportedly dyslexic, which could make successful use
    of a teleprompter problematic, they say the president
    and his handlers may have turned to a technique often
    used by television reporters on remote stand-ups. A
    reporter tapes a story and, while on camera, plays it
    back into an earpiece, repeating lines just after
    hearing them, managing to sound spontaneous and error
    free.

    Suggestions that Bush may have using this technique
    stem from a D-day event in France, when a CNN
    broadcast appeared to pick up -- and broadcast to
    surprised viewers -- the sound of another voice
    seemingly reading Bush his lines, after which Bush
    repeated them. Danny Schechter, who operates the news
    site MediaChannel.org, and who has been doing some
    investigating into the wired-Bush rumors himself, said
    the Bush campaign has been worried of late about
    others picking up their radio frequencies -- notably
    during the Republican Convention on the day of Bush's
    appearance. "They had a frequency specialist stop me
    and ask about the frequency of my camera," Schechter
    said. "The Democrats weren't doing that at their
    convention."

    Repeated calls to the White House and the Bush
    national campaign office over a period of three days,
    inquiring about what the president may have been
    wearing on his back during the debate, and whether he
    had used an audio device at other events, went
    unreturned. So far the Kerry campaign is staying clear
    of this story. When called for a comment, a press
    officer at the Democratic National Committee claimed
    on Tuesday that it was "the first time" they'd ever
    heard of the issue. A spokeswoman at the press office
    of Kerry headquarters refused to permit me to talk
    with anyone in the campaign's research office. Several
    other requests for comment to the Kerry campaign's
    press office went unanswered.

    As for whether we really do have a Milli Vanilli
    president, the answer at this point has to be, God
    only knows.

    salon.com
     
  3. niseNSF

    niseNSF Member

    Joined: Jun 30, 2001 Messages: 570 Likes Received: 16
    yeah BBC world was running this down last night on NPR....i doubt it was a prompting device, but its crazy the white house is saying "its just a rumple in his suit"...when its clearly a perfect rectangle.

    they only feed Blogger conspiracy theorys by denying that it is anything at all... but you know damn well after the CBS Blog fiasco, no networks gonna jump on this at all.

    the more credible answers suggested on BBC were that its most like related to security, like a vest or a gps, something to protect or locate him at all times. id buy that before a prompting device.....even Karl Rove wouldnt take that risk...if it came out, it would collapse a campaign theyre most likely going to win.
     
  4. diggity

    diggity Guest

    it doesnt help that when speaking before a lady's voice was clearly heard over the microphone telling him what to say.
     
  5. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
    Bush is a puppet. Laura Bush is the real communist mastermind.
     
  6. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    whoa.
    this is the first I've heard of this.

    I love how the administration tries jedi mind tricks.

    'That is not a rectangle...it is merely a rumple in his suit'

    ha-ha...what are you...some stinking jedi?

    edit for sp.
     
  7. KING BLING

    KING BLING Guest


    Care to expand on this point and give some sources? I looked around and did see a few mentions on Indy media sites but nothing concrete from a reputable source. Also, can you tell what is being said?
     
  8. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    ^ yeah...I was kinda wondering about that as well.
     
  9. crave

    crave Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 20, 2002 Messages: 6,728 Likes Received: 10
    well damn, I hadn't heard about this.

    but I wouldn't be surprised at all if it was somehow proven to be true.
     
  10. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    I'm not surprised about much anymore...especially the bush administration.

    I find that kinda disappointing.
     
  11. Nekro

    Nekro Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 19, 2003 Messages: 2,568 Likes Received: 1
    I don't really believe this, if only based on the absolutely retarded answers he gave to most of the questions.
     
  12. POIESIS

    POIESIS Member

    Joined: Aug 10, 2004 Messages: 879 Likes Received: 0
    yea, and i don't think he'd be able to handle something like that anyhow,
    it would confuse him.
     
  13. Jimmy Jump

    Jimmy Jump Member

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  14. ledzep

    ledzep Junior Member

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  15. why write?

    why write? Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 19, 2003 Messages: 5,859 Likes Received: 1
    damn this thread isnt what i expected it to be :heated:


    * emotions is spelled wrong in the smilie pop up window on fast reply 'emoticons'
     
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