Posts Tagged ‘“War On Terrorism”’

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The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing: Decoys, Aliases and NeoConspiracy Theories
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Anyone who gives half a damn about terrorism needs to investigate the participation and subsequent cover-ups involving United States intelligence. Here is one such eye-opening investigation, among many:

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The World Trade Center 1993 bombing document collection

 

MSNBC Rachel Maddow and Michael Isikoff discuss the leak about the targeted killing of Americans.

 
Read Glenn Greenwald’s devastating response to this legally specious memo that carries no force of law whatsoever.

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Petition:

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“[N]or shall any person…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” — Article V, U.S. Bill of Rights
 

Another tick on Obama’s death count.  Short film by Laura Poitras follows the tragic return home to Yemen of a Guantánamo Bay prison detainee, Adnan Latif.

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A recurring theme around here, I found this must-read study of government war propaganda in Hollywood:

Lights, Camera… Covert Action: The Deep Politics of Hollywood, By Matthew Alford (Jan 2009)

“The major exception here is the Department of Defense, which has an ‘open’ but barely publicized relationship with Tinsel Town, whereby, in exchange for advice, men and invaluable equipment, such as aircraft carriers and helicopters, the Pentagon routinely demands flattering script alterations. Examples of this policy include changing the true identity of a heroic military character in Black Hawk Down (2001) due to his real-life status as a child rapist; the removal of a joke about “losing Vietnam” from the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and cutting images of Marines taking gold teeth from dead Japanese soldiers in Windtalkers (2002). Instances such as these are innumerable, and the Pentagon has granted its coveted “full cooperation” to a long list of contemporary pictures including Top Gun (1986), True Lies (1994), Executive Decision (1996), Air Force One (1997), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Transformers (2007), Iron Man (2008), as well as TV series such as JAG (1995-2005).”

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The CIA is also active in feeding misinformation and insider access to Hollywood.  Witness the recent Zero Dark Thirty fiasco.

“…Now, more than ever, we need the CIA.”

“…Kelbaugh’s discussion of the 2003 thriller The Recruit, starring Al Pacino. The review noted that, according to Kelbaugh, a CIA agent was on set for the duration of the shoot under the guise of a consultant, but that his real job was to misdirect the filmmakers: “We didn’t want Hollywood getting too close to the truth,” the journalist quoted Kelbaugh as saying.”

“…On October 17 [2001], in response to 9/11, the White House announced the formation of its “Arts and Entertainment Task Force,”and by November, Valenti had assumed leadership of Hollywood’s new role in the ‘War on Terror’. As a direct result of meetings, Congress sought advice from Hollywood insiders on how to shape an effective wartime message to America and to the world.”

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Endless war, endless war crime, the US bipartisan death machine has no intention of ending this fiasco for the foreseeable future. Romney and Obama will both continue sacrificing the lives of US troops and Afghan civilians in pursuit of dominance in Asia. David Swanson sums up the war so far.

As immoral as it is useless and ineffectual, a full 70-75% of the American people want the Afghan debacle to end immediately. It will not end, however, because this is not a true democracy and the will of the people is incidental. The ruling class decides which monsters will be permitted to succeed in power, not the people.

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Many Americans are very, very ignorant and misinformed about terrorism. They use the T word as a blanket excuse for all crimes waged by the US on the world stage. See this article for a minor epiphany:

“Two Cheers” for Terrorism: US Mainstream Media Applauds Syria’s Al Qaeda Rebels
by Tony Cartalucci

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This is another Robert Greenwald/Brave New Films project.

U.S. media is effectively controlled, and that includes this free online film. The range of debate is limited, restricted. Hard hitting and longstanding critics of US imperialism do not appear. This is unsurprising, and yet it does bias the film in several important ways.

The phrase “US imperialism” does not appear. It is the elephant in the room, the unspoken motive for the crime, yet it isn’t named. There is a long and repetitive history of US aggressions against weaker states, but this crucial history is ignored by Greenwald.

Even the role of the US government in the Soviet/Afgan war from 1979 to 1989 (misstated in the film as 1980-89) is not mentioned. Therefore much is not mentioned.
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