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OfflineEchoVortex
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Was Bush Wired During the Debate?
    #3232867 - 10/08/04 01:41 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Pure speculation at this point (and probably forever) but pretty hilarious if it's true.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/10/08/bulge/

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?

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.


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: EchoVortex]
    #3232996 - 10/08/04 02:14 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

http://www.isbushwired.com/

this site blows it wide open, with photos.


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: EchoVortex]
    #3233000 - 10/08/04 02:15 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I wouldnt be surprised.

but more evidence is necessary to draw any conclusions. Besides speculating about photos (which seems like a futile exercise - could just be a lighting effect on a weird crease for all we know - face on mars anyone?), I'm not sure how you'd go about proving such a thing.

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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."




I wonder if this CNN broadcast is archived...



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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: Vvellum]
    #3233076 - 10/08/04 02:39 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

he probably was. Chaney was whispering in his ear. He's a Bush Whisperer.


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: UncleMike]
    #3233159 - 10/08/04 03:06 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

surely the president could have gotten something smaller than that if he wanted to get lines fed to him. they make cell phones smaller than what appears to be on his back. for all we know it could have been something to do with security.


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: Tao]
    #3233211 - 10/08/04 03:18 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

maybe he's just a fucking robot.


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: Vvellum]
    #3233230 - 10/08/04 03:24 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

bi0 said:
maybe he's just a fucking robot.



I can just see Dick Cheney behind the stage trying to fix the controls, going "Dammit, it's stuck! It's sounding like a broken record!"


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: silversoul7]
    #3233271 - 10/08/04 03:34 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Keep in mind he IS the president, he's likely wearing kevlar and is probably also wired if only for his protection so in case of an attempt on his life the SS can warn him or whatever. Honestly, even if he is wired to cheat, so what? That just proves what an incompetant loser he really is to still lose that badly in a debate.


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: EchoVortex]
    #3233370 - 10/08/04 04:01 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Actually I WOULD be surprised if he was wired during the debate...because if he was I would have expected him to do a LOT better than he did :smirk:


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: Vvellum]
    #3233393 - 10/08/04 04:11 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Wow look at that bulge.

LOOK AT IT.

HE'S GOT A ZACH MORRIS CELL PHONE ON HIS BACK.

I can run down to Radio Shack, give the man $20, that's $20 American, and walk out with MUCH MUCH smaller two-way radios with a range of several miles and perfect clarity.


This isn't 1980. That bulge is anything BUT a radio. If he was wired, he'd have an ear bud -- that's it. That's really all you need anymore, especially just for one-way broadcast.

My bet? it's right on his spine.. I bet he had a sore back. I bet it's a heating pad or something similar.


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: EchoVortex]
    #3233394 - 10/08/04 04:13 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

This thread is about as pathetic as pinky's Kerry-pulled-out-crib-notes thread.


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: allmakescombined]
    #3233449 - 10/08/04 04:41 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

well its not that pathetic cos noone appears to be buying it.


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: EchoVortex]
    #3233938 - 10/08/04 06:48 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Well, if he IS wired, the next move is just to get hold of the frequency during the next debate and make hime say a few things he will regret forever  :grin:
say the truth about anything, for instance, that might do :smile:


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: Aldous]
    #3234071 - 10/08/04 07:35 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Dude you guys have it ALL wrong.































It's just his Gameboy Advance.


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Re: Was Bush Wired During the Debate? [Re: EchoVortex]
    #3234091 - 10/08/04 07:46 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

There's no chance Bush did as badly as he did with someone feeding him answers.

He was probably listening to his precious Rangers, who were playing Anaheim that night.


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