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Bush's winning hand: racial tokens in the administration. (Enemies of the State).

Day Job: Assistant Attorney General

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"

Overheard saying:

"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

Overheard saying:

"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

Overheard saying:

"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

Overheard saying:

"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

Overheard saying:

"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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Author:Nguyen, Tram
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Date:Jun 22, 2003
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