Former CNN reporter talks openly of censorship throughout the corporate media.
Former CNN reporter talks openly of censorship throughout the corporate media.
Los Angeles progressive radio has really stunned me with its one sided coverage of Ukraine and the Russian response (Sunday, Background Briefing, 11am). Guests and the host, Ian Masters, are calling for US imperial actions against Russia and ignoring the US roles in both Ukraine and in Syria, presenting a fake history of what has just happened last week! The real complaints of the Russians are snidely dismissed without any vetting of the facts. Some amazingly counter-factual pronouncements, and they place all blame for the Neo-Nazi led violent coup d’tat of Ukraine on Russia.
The pro-imperial spin of Masters has always been questionable, but openly cheerleading for empire and Obama to escalate the prospect of World War 3 is intolerable. It is no secret that Obama’s officials openly brag about funding and sponsoring the insurrection in Ukraine that deposed the legitimately elected government there. The one-sided, US approved so-called alternative analysis couldn’t have been better scripted by Victoria Nuland herself.
“We’ve invested $5 billion… as we take Ukraine into the future it deserves.”
-Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland
A former National Security Council official, on the Council of Foreign Relations no less, got the mic to make the US anti-Russian offensive sound reasonable. No disclosures of actual US covert actions across the region nor the history of Western sponsored “color revolutions” gets a mention. This is blatant propaganda, by Pacifica / Ian Masters and his carefully selected guest lineup. Apparently everything that has happened in Ukraine to date is the sole fault of Vladimir Putin, despite Victoria Nuland admitting to “five billion dollars” spent on the Ukrainian uprising, and John McCain shaking hands with the Neo-Nazi coup leader Tyahnybok.
The US and its allies have provoked the violence with firebombs and arson across Kiev for strategic reason. The US wants Ukraine back in NATO and lined up against Russia. The Neo-Nazi shock troops stormed the government buildings under the cover of a wider demonstration. This was classic destabilization, as seen in Iran, Syria and many locations where the US funds violent extremists to destabilize unfriendly regimes. This is not difficult to investigate. Evidence is not that hard to find – they openly brag about it! But it doesn’t get mentioned, curiously, and the picture is painted in red, white and blue primary colors.
A hint of light at the end of the show when Jeremy Scahill showed up to pitch his film Dirty Wars. Scahill made some reasonable points, but he included some other spin particularly on 9/11 and on Obama’s presumed good intentions. Masters, however, would be a valuable intelligence asset, and has been a fixture on so-called alternative airwaves for a long time. He has long been an attack dog against investigating 9/11, much like Chomsky. The credibility and independence of these people are questionable.
MPAA now in the crosshairs…
Soloway directed this year’s Afternoon Delight, a story about a housewife, played by Kathryn Hahn, who discovers she likes to get it on far more and in different ways than she’d previously thought. In a discussion of her film, Soloway reveals that to get the film the R she promised to her distributors she had to cut the scenes depicting women enjoying having sex…
The MPAA is happy to give a pass to “boys being boys,” but any picture that portrays a woman taking pleasure in sex on her terms should be treated like obscene material.
by William Blum | The Anti-Empire Report
Imagine a documentary film about the Holocaust which makes no mention of Nazi Germany.
Imagine a documentary film about the 1965-66 slaughter of as many as a million “communists” in Indonesia which makes no mention of the key role in the killing played by the United States.
But there’s no need to imagine it. It’s been made, and was released this past summer. It’s called “The Act of Killing” and makes no mention of the American role. Two articles in the Washington Post about the film made no such mention either. The Indonesian massacre, along with the jailing without trial of about a million others and the widespread use of torture and rape, ranks as one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and is certainly well known amongst those with at least a modest interest in modern history.
Here’s an email I sent to the Washington Post writer who reviewed the film:
“The fact that you can write about this historical event and not mention a word about the US government role is a sad commentary on your intellect and social conscience. If the film itself omits any serious mention of the US role, that is a condemnation of the filmmaker, and of you for not pointing this out. So the ignorance and brainwashing of the American people about their country’s foreign policy (i.e., holocaust) continues decade after decade, thanks to media people like Mr. Oppenheimer [one of the filmmakers] and yourself.”
The Post reviewer, rather than being offended by my intemperate language, was actually taken with what I said and she asked me to send her an article outlining the US role in Indonesia, which she would try to get published in the Post as an op-ed. I did so and she wrote me that she very much appreciated what I had sent her. But – as I was pretty sure would happen – the Post did not print what I wrote. So this incident may have had the sole saving grace of enlightening a Washington Post writer about the journalistic standards and politics of her own newspaper.
And now, just out, we have the film “Long Walk to Freedom” based on Nelson Mandela’s 1994 autobiography of the same name. The heroic Mandela spent close to 28 years in prison at the hands of the apartheid South African government. His arrest and imprisonment were the direct result of a CIA operation. But the film makes no mention of the role played by the CIA or any other agency of the United States.
In fairness to the makers of the film, Mandela himself, in his book, declined to accuse the CIA for his imprisonment, writing: “The story has never been confirmed and I have never seen any reliable evidence as to the truth of it.”
Well, Mr. Mandela and the filmmaker should read what I wrote and documented on the subject some years after Mandela’s book came out, in my own book: Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower (2000). It’s not quite a “smoking gun”, but I think it convinces almost all readers that what happened in South Africa in 1962 was another of the CIA operations we’ve all come to know and love. And almost all my sources were available to Mandela at the time he wrote his autobiography. There has been speculation about what finally led to Mandela’s release from prison; perhaps a deal was made concerning his post-prison behavior.
From a purely educational point of view, seeing films such as the two discussed here may well be worse than not exposing your mind at all to any pop culture treatment of American history or foreign policy.
During the US federal government shutdown in October over a budgetary dispute, Washington Post columnist Max Fisher wondered if there had ever been anything like this in another country. He decided that “there actually is one foreign precedent: Australia did this once. In 1975, the Australian government shut down because the legislature had failed to fund it, deadlocked by a budgetary squabble. It looked a lot like the U.S. shutdown of today, or the 17 previous U.S. shutdowns.” 2
Except for what Fisher fails to tell us: that it strongly appears that the CIA used the occasion to force a regime change in Australia, whereby the Governor General, John Kerr – a man who had been intimately involved with CIA fronts for a number of years – discharged Edward Gough Whitlam, the democratically-elected prime minister whose various policies had been a thorn in the side of the United States, and the CIA in particular.
I must again cite my own writing, for the story of the CIA coup in Australia – as far as I know – is not described in any kind of detail anywhere other than in my book Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II (2004).
There are those in the United States and Germany these days who insist that the National Security Agency is no match for the East German Ministry for State Security, or Stasi, which, during the Cold War, employed an estimated 190,000 part-time secret informants, and an additional 90,000 officers full time, in a spying operation that permeated both East and West Germany. Since the end of the Cold War, revelations from the Stasi files have led to thousands of collaborators being chased from public life. Even now, new accusations of a Stasi association can hound politicians and celebrities in Germany. 3
All that of course stems from an era before almost all information and secrets became electronic. It was largely labor intensive. In the digital age, the NSA has very little need for individuals to spy on their friends, acquaintances, and co-workers. (In any event, the FBI takes care of that department very well.)
Can we ever expect that NSA employees will suffer public disgrace as numerous Stasi employees and informants have? No more than war criminals Bush and Cheney have been punished in any way. Only those who have exposed NSA crimes have been punished, like Edward Snowden and several other whistleblowers.
Article complains that sex, violence, torture and rape are allowed on US television, but not a girl masturbating. Explanations? (I don’t watch TV.)
Noam Chomsky has misled what passes for “the left” in the United States since the September 11th attacks. His verbal contortions apparently get some traction amongst people who know as little about the actual evidence as he does.
A recent college appearance had Noam slinging the same ignorant blather as he has done for 12 years now, and his reasoning fails due to a) either a complete lack of understanding of international terrorism and its sponsors, or b) dishonesty.
For an alternative perspective there is Senator Bob Graham, who co-wrote the Congressional Joint Inquiry Into the Attacks of September 11th 2001, the most crucial parts of which remain censored to this day (by two administrations).
Luckily Senator Graham has the backbone to tell the public what is being censored: Re-Open the 9/11 Investigation Now
Censoring clear evidence of Saudi state complicity in the 9/11 attacks on America fits the Constitutional definition of Treason.
Chomsky’s response concerning WTC building 7 is dismissive, claiming that 2000 architects and engineers are a “miniscule” number. Noam swiftly changes tack so that these professionals, who take very real career risks by openly signing the 9/11 statement, are equated with people who learned about physics for an hour on the Internet. This sleight of hand earns Chomsky a special place in hell for the damage he has willingly done to the US, just on this one issue. He also makes ridiculous claims about investigating 9/11 being a “safe” topic, as if those who challenge the US government’s 9/11 story are not routinely attacked across the corporate media as well as on so-called “alternative” foundation-funded media. That architects and engineers would face reprisals for such political activity as this is inconceivable apparently.
But Chomsky’s Big Lie, pretty unique to himself, is a whopper of irrelevant speculation. His personal musings are given the label “evidence” with total disregard for so much actual evidence it would humble any real scholar.
Noam Chomsky’s political gibberish, which he had the stones to call “evidence that [the unelected Bush regime] weren’t involved” in the 9/11 attacks, rises to a new level of absurdity:
Noam Chomsky’s (Anti) Conspiracy Theory:
There you go. Noam would have had Central Casting call up some Iraqis to blame the 9/11 attacks on, because… it’s so ridiculous. It’s astounding that adults, never mind academics in attendance, applauded such foul reasoning.
Here’s an alternative understanding, Noam. One that actually meshes with the known history of the event and US proxy wars with their partners Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, beginning in 1979 (another uncontroversial fact, see Operation Cyclone).
Chomsky has the sense to punt on questions of WTC Building 7, claiming no opinion on the matter (except for his disdain at even being asked). His opinions of what happened on 9/11 and the geopolitics of empire are hamfisted grasping at straws and desperate squeals from someone who has painted himself into a corner. Chomsky finds himself in the unfortunate position of being looked to as someone who supposedly knows what he is talking about, and yet his responses reveal that he has no desire to know about the actual September 11th attack operation at all. That the audience would applaud such mindless obfuscation is indicative of a cult of personality rather than any credibility or superior logic at work.
Chomsky assails the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth for not having enough scholarly papers published, in his opinion, and yet they do what he does. They use alternative media to get the word out. This is not an academic question but real life and death struggle for the fate of the world. US empire, Noam Chomsky should know quite well, exploits the 9/11 event to occupy, threaten and covertly destabilize a large chunk of planet earth. It is their main military recruitment meme. It is truly a day that changed history, and Chomsky doesn’t want to know what happened. He doesn’t care. He is a flagrant misleader who should have shut his mouth if he lacked the spine to learn the truth.
No surprise that “We came, we saw, he died” Clinton would be a sleazy politician, like the rest of them. Please. Ask her about her contributions to the massacres in Libya and Syria today.
Clinton’s press secretary Nick Merrill “interrogated” [director Charles Ferguson] about the plans for the project and repeated questions about his approach. Merrill also informed the filmmaker that Clinton wouldn’t be available to be interviewed for the project.
Clinton’s longtime aide Phillipe Reines also took part in the plot to kill the movie.