Bush's winning hand: racial tokens in the administration. (Enemies of the State).
Enemy Agent: Viet D. Dinh
Hideout: Department of Justice
Resume highlights: Senate Whitewater Committee, Georgetown University Law profesor
Accomplices: John Ashcroft, Pete Domenici, Bob Dornan, Sandra Day Oconnor
Sworn Enemies: Communists, ACLU, Hillary Clinton
Languages: Vietnamese, Legalese, Doublespeak
Missions accomplished: PATRIOT Act (Part I and The Sequel), frontlines for the domestic "War on Terror"
"The attorney general said to me, 'Viet, you need to undertake a top to bottom review of the way we do our job. When you do so, think outside the box, but never, ever outside the Constitution.'"
"My history as a refugee, as an immigrant and as an American informs each and every decision I make and each and every policy I recommend. We do this in order to protect the American dream."
Enemy Agent: Rosario Marin
Day Job: Treasurer of the United States. The highest-ranking Latina in the Bush Administration, and first foreign-born U.S. Treasurer
Hideout: Department of the Treasury
Resume highlights: City councilwoman for Huntington Park, seven years on former California Governor Pete Wilson's administration, unpaid volunteer for George W. Bush's election campaign, State Council on Disabilities, AT&T public relations, once an employee in a towel factory
Accomplices: Pete Wilson, President Vicente "Cola Cola" Fox, Republican National Committee
Sworn Enemies: undocumented immigrants, bilingual ed advocates, schoolchildren who still can't speak English
Languages: Spanish, God-Bless-American. Missions accomplished: Her signature is on billions of U.S. dollars, Hispanic Business Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential hispanics, possible Republican candidate for U.S. senator 2004
"Both God and my parents were wiser than I when they saw fit to bring me to this great country where even unimaginable dreams come true."
"In 10th grade, was given an 10 test.. A score of 100 being average, mine came back with a score of 27. My friends and even my teacher laughed at me. But I knew then that the only thing that low score represented was the fact that I did not speak English. Far from making me angry or upset, it gave me resolve. I would learn English to the best of my ability ... and so I did. Three years later, I graduated from high school in the top 20 with honors."
Enemy Agent: Dr. Roderick R. Paige
Day Job: Secretary of Education
Hideout: Department of Education
Resume highlights: Superintendent, Houston Independent School District (rated among the worst in the country for protecting gay and lesbian students), Dean of College Education at Texas Southern University
Accomplices: George W. Bush, McGraw Hill Publishing family, and corporations who got monopoly-contracts for schools: Aramark, Peoplesoft, Coca Cola, Channel One, Pepsico, Reebok, Nintendo, M&M/Mars
Sworn Enemies: Teachers unions, female athletes and Title IX supporters, LGBT community
Languages Spoken: Parental Choice, Corporate-speak, Cronyism
Missions accomplished: "Leave no (well-connected) child (or rich parent) behind," corporatization of schools, in-roads to school voucher programs nationwide
"Education is a national security issue."
"I do believe in parental choice, and I think that parental choice is a necessary condition to effective public education."
Enemy Agent: Colin Luther Powell
Day Job: Secretary of State
Hideout: Department of State
Resume highlights: Deployed U.S. troops to wipe out thousands of people of color, beginning with leadership in My Lai, Vietnam (1968); his support of CIA military backing to the Nicaraguan Contras; intervention in El Salvador and Honduras; and invasions of Grenada (1983), Panama (1989), Iraq (1991), Somalia (1993). Powell also served on the Board of AOL.
Accomplices: Caspar Weinberger, Frank Carlucci, Richard Armitage, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, and, of course, FCC Chair (and Powell's son) Michael Powell
Sworn Enemies: Harry Belafonte, Saddam Hussein
Languages: Yiddish (really), He Speaks So Well
Missions accomplished: Helped block Kyoto Protocol, ABM treaty, World Court, and UN Security council vote on Iraq. Also pulled off quick-n-dirty war on Iraq
"Many interviewers when they come to talk to me, think they're being progressive by not mentioning in their stories any longer that I'm black. I tell them, 'Don't stop now. If I shot somebody you'd mention it.'"
"You don't know what you can get away with until you try."
Enemy Agent: Eduardo Aguirre
Day Job: Acting Director
Hideout: Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS)
Resume highlights: Appointed by good friend George W. to Board of Regents of the University of Houston; free trade pusher for Bank of America and IM Bank; named "one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the nation" by Hispanic Business Magazine
Accomplices: George W. Bush and family, Cheney, Domincan Big Business Sector
Sworn Enemies: Fidel Castro, immigrants from 25 countries ordered to special registration
Languages Spoken: Spanish, Dubya, Big-business
Missions accomplished: Landing choice post in new Homeland Security Department with no experience whatsoever, swearing in soldiers posthumously
"We need to raise the bar in reaching our customers and serving their needs. This kind of market-driven, results-oriented program answers the challenge put forth by President Bush in his vision for management reform."
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