Prince Bandar bin Sultan Saud
“…MintPress editor Mnar Muhawesh in turn released a lengthy statement that defines their position in no uncertain terms: (emphasis added)
Thank you for reaching out to me in regards to statements made by Dale Gavlak alleging MintPress for incorrectly attributing our exclusive report titled: “Syrians in Goutha claim Saudi-supplied rebels behind chemical attacks.” Gavlak pitched this story to MintPress on August 28th and informed her editors and myself that her colleague Yahya Ababneh was on the ground in Syria.She said Ababneh conducted interviews with rebels, their family members, Ghouta residents and doctors that informed him through various interviews that the Saudis had supplied the rebels with chemical weapons and that rebel fighters handled the weapons improperly setting off the explosions.
When Yahya had returned and shared the information with her, she stated that she confirmed with several colleagues and Jordanian government officials that the Saudis have been supplying rebels with chemical weapons, but as her email states, she says they refused to go on the record.
Gavlak wrote the article in it’s entirety as well as conducted the research.She filed her article on August 29th and was published on the same day.
Dale is under mounting pressure for writing this article by third parties. She notified MintPress editors and myself on August 30th and 31st via email and phone call, that third parties were placing immense amounts of pressure on her over the article and were threatening to end her career over it. She went on to tell us that she believes this third party was under pressure from the head of the Saudi Intelligence Prince Bandar himself, who is alleged in the article of supplying the rebels with chemical weapons.
On August 30th, Dale asked MintPress to remove her name completely from the byline because she stated that her career and reputation was at risk. She continued to say that these third parties were demanding her to disassociate herself from the article or these parties would end her career. On August 31st, I notified Dale through email that I would add a clarification that she was the writer and researcher for the article and that Yahya was the reporter on the ground, but did let Gavlak know that we would not remove her name as this would violate the ethics of journalism.
We are aware of the tremendous pressure that Dale and some of our other journalists are facing as a result of this story, and we are under the same pressure as a result to discredit the story. We are unwilling to succumb to those pressures for MintPress holds itself to the highest journalistic ethics and reporting standards. Yahya has recently notified me that the Saudi embassy contacted him and threatened to end his careerif he did a follow up story on who carried out the most recent chemical weapons attack and demanded that he stop doing media interviews in regards to the subject.
We hold Dale Gavlak in the highest esteem and sympathize with her for the pressure she is receiving, but removing her name from the story would not be honest journalism and therefore, as stated before, we are not willing to remove her name from the article. We are prepared and may release all emails and communications made between MintPress and Dale Gavlak, and even Yahya to provide further evidence of what was provided to you in this statement.”
“One can readily assume that these people are her employers at the Associated Press. Who have apparently now suspended Gavlak “indefinitely”
Original MintPress article:
…If you didn’t get enough first time around, go fuck yourself and get some more.”
(shoots machine gun).
“You get that? You get that one? Huh? You bunch of fucking cock suckers.”
Displaying the confidence and maturity that men reach around their 42nd month of life, Gilberton, PA police chief Mark Kessler makes numerous implied threats via Youtube. Kessler is a provocateur, a ranting raver who does not back down and escalates his rhetoric in the hopes of getting a rise.
The posting that alerted a large hunk of the Web originates in a Tweet:
“Chief Mark Kessler
SHOOT A LIBTARD OUT OF A TREE :) http://youtu.be/DglbrMU6-YM?a”
The video is Kessler firing off his M-16 again, without comment, and it is the separate Tweet that reveals his implied threat – which many aren’t finding so implied. The smiley icon at the end would seem to negate the message. But, one can’t simply ignore the active verb, arguably a command, “SHOOT.” People in America have faced serious legal repercussions for similar threatening language.
Witness the case of Facebook poster Justin Carter who faces 8 years in federal prison for sarcastic typing:
“‘Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.’”
According to the parent, the teenager from Texas followed up that remark with the phrases “LOL” and “JK”— Internet shorthand for “Laugh out Loud” and “Just Kidding.”
Here police chief Mark Kessler rants and raves about having actor Jamie Foxx hung upside down on a cross, claiming that Foxx called for riots if Zimmerman was found innocent. He provided no source or quotation, of course.
“Fucking shit bag. …Here’s a guy who’s making millions and millions of dollars off us, off the white people, because we’re stupid, and we go to watch this communist, racist piece of shit. We go to watch his movies. And then he comes out and starts carrying on. He ‘hates white people.’ He hates white people? There’s no ifs ands or buts about it. Jamie Foxx is a communist that hates white people! …He’s calling on people to riot if Zimmerman walks.”
Jamie Foxx said:
“And I said I don’t want anybody to forget about [the Treyvon Martin killing], because they can’t forget about the fact that they lost their son. And the thing is, we’re not asking for anything out of the ordinary. We’re asking for justice.”
Extreme right wing propaganda “news” has no need for quotations, and they make them up as they go:
“Jamie Fox, If Zimmerman Is Acquitted, Rioting, Looting, And Indiscriminate Violence Is Acceptable As Long As You Feel Within Your Heart Its For A Good Cause.”
This dangerous, virulent scare mongering goes around the web as so-called “fact” before anyone can respond.
At the BET awards show, Jamie Foxx wore a Trayvon Martin t-shirt, and:
“Despite the clear statement via his outfit, Foxx did not specifically address Martin’s death while accepting his award.” source
A fake reality, in this case a highly racist and acerbic delusion spreads without check. There is no counterbalance and no opportunity for correction as the right extremists remain blinkered and content in their racial victimhood fantasies. They have a new enemy to yell about, Jamie Foxx, a new scapegoat, and ranting, frothing, armed and dangerous blustering fools like Kessler are all the authority needed.
Kessler doesn’t present himself as evil or likely to initiate violence. A lengthy disclaimer at the start of his radio show belabors how he is concerned with protecting life and only interested in defense. He says he has no interest in initiating any violence. His inflammatory rhetoric that follows, however, betrays a possible mental illness. He’s not completely irrational, but the outrageousness of his shouting and venting leaves one wondering.
Like a lot of extreme right wingers, Kessler rants in defense of private property and against the evil government. His use of the term communist is peppered throughout the show. He apparently has no concept of neoliberalism or how things actually work in the halls of power. Obama is a communist, and so is Jamie Foxx, and the rest are simply “libtards.” This witty term, a preferred one of Kessler’s, obviously combines liberal with retard. This short-circuit to thinking about issues places them in strict black white terms.
Ideology clearly confuses Kessler, as at one point he rails against Obama’s government allegedly trying to appropriate water rights from a private party in Missouri or thereabouts. This private water is defended by Kessler’s framing, and Obama/government is demonized. The idea of public water resources is beyond what Kessler could conceive and why one owner should control or own “10,000 acres” of life-sustaining water isn’t made clear. Fine and well, he believes in private ownership above all, right?
A minute later, I’m not kidding, he and a caller decry the Chinese allegedly buying up US water and shipping it across the ocean to China. This is the market in action, no? This is buying and selling the water, the free market of right wing dreams. By what rationale can buying the water and sending it across the ocean be a problem, if private parties can do whatever they want with it? He complains that George Bush Sr. is allegedly buying up aquifers. Kessler and the caller, “Steve,” bemoan corporations gobbling up vital water supplies.
How can they simultaneously hold diametrically opposite views about the water? Like most right wing ideologues, Kessler doesn’t think through the implications of his cherished dogma and his first impressions, his emotional responses. There’s enough cognitive dissonance floating around here, with anti-this, and anti-that, that consistency is unnecessary. The only consistency seems to be “freedom,” and “guns.” The rest of the details are malleable.
Similarly Kessler holds to a near fanatical love of the military and militarism. He has an emotional component toward warriors and what his own father allegedly “fought for” in the United States armed forces. Of course the military is one of the most socialistic organizations in the nation. It’s socialism on display, a government program funded by taxes which owns everyone and everything involved, and it does the government’s bidding – around the world regardless of legalities. Even Kessler should be able to notice that no wars have been “declared” since World War Two.
I don’t disagree with some of the things Kessler says concerning abuse of power, the corruption of government institutions, the rights of people, and common sense things like that. But, Kessler uses these positions as jumping-off points time and again, to see how far he can venture out. He truly is a provocateur, as several examples from his radio show illustrate.
Kessler’s own son was to be charged by Pennsylvania State Police for shooting another kid with a bb gun. Not a serious crime, and one wonders if this was motivated by a desire to silence Kessler, who has admittedly made many, many enemies in the other police forces. He then claims that the charges were dropped because “3,000 heavily armed” militia men came to his son’s defense and were ready to basically start an insurrection. Kessler was extremely pleased that a new “American Revolution” may have been initiated right in his own town over the bb gun issue. Dangerous?
Mark Kessler also singled out a “Million Muslim March” that is scheduled in Washington DC this September 11th. Apparently this is true, and called for by a group called American Muslim Political Action Committee. The headline there reads, “Join AMPAC on a Historic Moment on 9/11/13 for Establishing the Humanity and Justice through Civil Rights Movement.”
Kessler announced on his show that this “adds insult to injury,” and he wants to show up that day wearing a MOSSAD t-shirt, at which point he lavishes praise on the MOSSAD for their toughness and reputation regarding assassinations. Hoping this might cause some kind of incident this upcoming 9/11, one wonders what else Mark Kessler has planned.
Joe Giambrone publishes Political Film Blog while designing plots for fictional characters to take over the world.
The investigative Rolling Stone reporter who destroyed general Stanley McChristal was at the time of his explosive, fiery car crash, working on a story concerning the … guess who? Well, read the news:
“It sounded like a bomb went off in the middle of the night. My house shook. The windows were rattling.”
In Hastings’ 2012 book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, Hastings says a McChrystal staffer said to him, “We’ll hunt you down and kill you if we don’t like what you write.”
Make of that what you will.
Police state ramps up its absurdity with military attack helicopters buzzing all over the city of Miami. Oh yes, they’re integrating with the local police as well. Doesn’t that make you feel so safe and secure?
“This is routine training conducted by military personnel designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirement,” the police statement said.” Miami Herald
Starring Brit Marling, Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and Patricia Clarkson – the question here concerns distributor Fox Searchlight acquiring a film that presents itself as anti-capitalist, when we all know Fox is the most right wing, biased organization in the mainstream media. So what gives?
Is the plot a bait and switch? Is the message in the end how anyone who challenges the crimes of corporations is essentially as bad — or worse — than the corporate criminals themselves? We shall see.
The initial review from Sundance is vague on the film’s politics. One glaring point however, it seems Brit Marling (bombshell) is a mercenary intelligence spook on the hunt for the group, and the infiltration and sting setup of its members is a central part of the plot.
VIDEO of police attack on Anaheim protesters:
“Attack comes hours [after] office deluged with racist hate calls over Anaheim police protests
On Monday, the ANSWER Coalition was highlighted in the mass media for our role supporting the protests in response to the outrageous police attack in Anaheim. ANSWER placards and signs were highly visible in media photos and video. ANSWER volunteers were interviewed by mainstream media outlets.
That night, the ANSWER office in Los Angeles was broken into, ransacked and robbed. All of our computers, ten total, were stolen, in addition to all of our sound equipment and our bullhorns — the things essential to organizing and conducting protest actions. We had many other losses too and our files were ransacked.
Please click here to make an urgently needed donation to help us recover from this attack.
At this point, we cannot say with certainty the nature of this attack—but we believe the events leading up to it are noteworthy. After being in the national spotlight the ANSWER Coalition office was deluged with racist hate calls supporting the Anaheim police, who killed two unarmed men in 24 hours and inflicted so much brutality against the community. At the same time, right-wing websites began an internet-based attack campaign against the ANSWER Coalition labeling us “outside agitators.” Hours later the office was broken into and ransacked.
And we know that the United States—and southern California in particular—has a long history of police attacks on the offices progressive organizations, with the intent of disrupting or sabotaging their organizing efforts during key political crises.
Despite this attack, we are not deterred. We still managed to mobilize for the mass action at the Anaheim City Council meeting, and will be marching in Downey this Saturday against the police murder of Mike Nida.
However, our work has been severely disrupted. We are asking for your help to so that we can replace our equipment and rebuild our office. Please help us so that we can continue mobilizing actions against police brutality, the war in Afghanistan, budget cuts, and as we work to build a movement for justice and equality. Please click here to make an urgently needed donation.
Your solidarity and support through this attack is critical to continuing our work, and is very much appreciated. Please make as generous a donation as you can. Standing together we can make a difference.”