Posts Tagged ‘Norman Solomon’

House And Senate Leaders Hold Enrollment Ceremony For 21st Century Cures Act

 

Norman Solomon is kind of a wild card in the alternative media sphere. Seems independent, not on any obvious payroll.

 

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Pelosi and McConnell: Cranking Up Bipartisan Madness for NATO

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The Big Lies of US Presidents

Norman Solomon, Sean Penn and others bring us the modern history of war propaganda and deception.  The American global empire since WW2 is examined, with war pretexts showing similar patterns and designed to rally, not to inform the public.  Official enemies are demonized regularly to drum up support for the next war, all the while professing that America never seeks violence. This parlor trick has been done so many times that it still amazes how the public can be so gullible, so ignorant, so stupid.

Archival footage shows the same lies, from Johnson to Bush Sr. to Clinton to Shrub.  The same war in the name of peace gibberish that plays so well in the ignorant heartland.  When a president starts talking about peace, watch out; Orwellian double-speak is more than a fiction.

“Actually, war becomes perpetual when it is used as a rationale for peace.”

War Made Easy is a compendium, much like What I’ve Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy.  But the editing is tighter and more focused.  This is the real history of our nation that isn’t permitted on corporate network news, not in this succinct, hard hitting, structured fashion.  Voices who call attention to US imperialism and deception do not get invited to corporate news studios.

Sad true fact is that every president in my lifetime should be tried as a war criminal for the same types of aggressive Nuremberg violations that led to the execution of Nazi war criminals after WW2.   And yet I did not see the Nuremberg statutes mentioned by Solomon.  He cushions his critique, perhaps to appeal to the deluded middle American audience, or perhaps he lacks the gumshen to shoot that straight?

Here Solomon tortures the language to make Obama seem less heinous than McCain in 2008.  Of course Solomon is a fixture in foundation-funded professional left-leaning propaganda outfits like Alternet.   Interestingly, not one mention is made of third parties in the election, or of a future that includes third parties.   With all the verbal contortions, acknowledging the charlatanism of the militarist, Obama, no alternative is even acknowledged as a possibility — ever, in perpetuity, amen.

Anyway, how does one know when the President is lying?

His lips are moving.

The US public has been systematically brainwashed into falsely believing that no criminal conspiracies can occur in the federal government.  In reality little else goes on.

In War Made Easy, the lies are exposed, deception called out — but it is never called a “crime.”  It is never suggested to demand impeachment.  It never compares war criminals from other nations to those here in the United States.   Is this a function of the foundation-funded media that critiques within a spectrum, that defines the boundaries of protest?

Media Liars

Thankfully, Solomon does destroy the propaganda of the corporate news media.  They are fair game.  The media, the willing executioners of imperial propaganda, are simply shown doing what they do now that the truth has come out and exposed their reports as deceptions, embedded war propaganda, hostile frothing partisan Brownshirt barking, etc.

“There’s a kind of an acculturated callousness as to what happens at the other end of US weapons.”

Network cheerleading for war and censoring out peace voices is shown explicitly, as the imperial media is laid bare as willing accomplices of death and destruction.  Media profits soar when they hype war and battle coverage.  This makes people more likely to tune in and see their commercials.  In partnership with the Pentagon and US officials, war lies are not questioned, not investigated, and actual journalists such as Phil Donahue in 2003, are simply fired.

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Norman Solomon at the University of California, speech: War Made Easy.

“U.S. journalists don’t win Pulitzers for questioning the U.S. empire.”

This film should make you very angry if you have anything approaching a sense of morality or conscience regarding America’s Crimes Against Humanity and those depraved murderous psychopaths who run it, and who get away with mass murder on a fairly regular basis.

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Dear Senator Feinstein:

On Thursday, when you responded to news about massive ongoing surveillance of phone records of people in the United States, you slipped past the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. As the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, you seem to be in the habit of treating the Bill of Rights as merely advisory.

The Constitution doesn’t get any better than this: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The greatness of the Fourth Amendment explains why so many Americans took it to heart in civics class, and why so many of us treasure it today. But along with other high-ranking members of Congress and the president of the United States, you have continued to chip away at this sacred bedrock of civil liberties.

As The Guardian reported the night before your sudden news conference, the leaked secret court order “shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of U.S. citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk — regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.”

One of the most chilling parts of that just-revealed Surveillance Court order can be found at the bottom of the first page, where it says “Declassify on: 12 April 2038.”

Apparently you thought — or at least hoped — that we, the people of the United States, wouldn’t find out for 25 years. And the fact that we learned about this extreme violation of our rights in 2013 instead of 2038 seems to bother you a lot.

Rather than call for protection of the Fourth Amendment, you want authorities to catch and punish whoever leaked this secret order. You seem to fear that people can actually discover what their own government is doing to them with vast surveillance.

Meanwhile, the Executive Branch is being run by kindred spirits, as hostile to the First Amendment as to the Fourth. On Thursday night, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a statement saying the “unauthorized disclosure of a top secret U.S. court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation.”

That statement from Clapper is utter and complete hogwash. Whoever leaked the four-page Surveillance Court document to Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian deserves a medal and an honorary parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Nation’s Capital. The only “threats” assisted by disclosure of that document are the possibilities of meaningful public discourse and informed consent of the governed.

Let’s be candid about the most clear and present danger to our country’s democratic values. The poisonous danger is spewing from arrogance of power in the highest places. The antidotes depend on transparency of sunlight that only whistleblowers, a free press and an engaged citizenry can bring.

As Greenwald tweeted after your news conference: “The reason there are leakers is precisely because the govt is filled with people like Dianne Feinstein who do horrendous things in secret.” And, he pointed out, “The real story isn’t just the spying itself: it’s that we have this massive, ubiquitous Surveillance State, operating in total secrecy.”

Obviously, you like it that way, and so do most other members of the Senate and House. And so does the president. You’re all playing abhorrent roles, maintaining a destructive siege of precious civil liberties. While building a surveillance state, you are patting citizens on the head and telling them not to worry.

Perhaps you should have a conversation with Al Gore and ask about his statement: “Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?” Actually, many millions of Americans understand that the blanket surveillance is obscenely outrageous.

As a constituent, I would like to offer an invitation. A short drive from your mansion overlooking San Francisco Bay, hundreds of us will be meeting June 11 at a public forum on “Disappearing Civil Liberties in the United States.” (You’d be welcome to my time on the panel.) One of the speakers, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, could explain to you how the assaults on civil liberties and the wars you keep supporting go hand in hand, undermining the Constitution and causing untold misery.

Senator Feinstein, your energetic contempt for the Bill of Rights is serving a bipartisan power structure that threatens to crush our democratic possibilities.

A huge number of people in California and around the country will oppose your efforts for the surveillance state at every turn.

Sincerely,

Norman Solomon