Posted by: quiscus | September 30, 2009

September 30, 2009

1.  Pentagon:

“We know that eyewitness testimonies can be fallible and incorrect. However, first hand eyewitness testimonies are accepted as evidence in every court in the land. We also know that while testimonies can be incorrect, it is the independent corroboration of witness testimonies which strengthens the case to the point of certainty.

For 13 witnesses to unanimously confirm a flight path completely at odds with the official one carries infinitely more weight than the physical evidence in this particular case especially, where the scene of the crime is literally the prime suspects’ back yard.”

2.  “This is what the FBI’s Most Wanted page for Usama Bin Ladin says:


The “ATTACK ON A FEDERAL FACILITY RESULTING IN DEATH” is a reference to our embassies that were bombed in 1998, not the Pentagon. In other words, Usama Bin Ladin is not wanted for the murder of U.S. nationals within America!

It’s been over eight years now since 9/11 and the Justice Department/FBI can’t get its act together on the 9/11 attacks!”

3.  Well worth reading, on Plato’s Allegory Of The Cave:

“Similarly to Plato’s engulfing allegory is the current state of today’s world wherein humans believe exactly what they are told by the oligarchy (i.e puppet-handlers), refusing to question what their eyes behold.We are brutally fooled by the political masquerades thus easily allowing ourselves to believe what we hear within the limited scope of society (i.e the cave).

Furthermore, we accept what our senses tell us – that what we are experiencing,seeing and hearing through the mainstream media is all that really exists – nothing more.

The puppet-handlers, as Plato calls them in his allegory, represent the prominent, authoritarian members of society (i.e the Government) who live inside the artificial paradigm that they have created for the rest of us.

Going along with the allegory we notice that Plato does give us hope; one freed prisoner who would eventually escape and flee the cave wherein he would see,for the first time, what the real world looks like.”

4.  “The worst and most dangerous case of non-empathy, however, has been the lack of U.S. introspection after the heinous 9/11 attacks. Instead of reading Osama bin Laden’s clear writings to glean his motives for attacking, the American public, to its future peril, simply bought George W. Bush’s demagoguery that the U.S. was attacked because it was an economically and politically free country.

That bin Laden specifically denied this accusation was lost in the drive to do more of exactly what bin Laden was mad about in the first place – U.S. forces invading and occupying Muslim soil, thus making things worse by aiding the recruitment of the anti-U.S. Islamists worldwide.

There are notorious dictatorships and terrorists in the world, but their threat to the United States has been exaggerated as an excuse to fulfill the foreign policy agendas of certain politicians, bureaucracies, or interest groups. Instead, the U.S. should realize that even these outlaws have security fears and are not just hostile to the United States because it is a relatively free country.”

5.  “The U.S. government has just received the ultimate put-down from one of its Guantanamo prisoners. Arkin Mahmud, a Chinese Uighur who has been held at the prison camp for 8 years, stated ruefully, “In China, at least I would have a trial and sentence.”

What bigger insult than to be accused of providing less justice than that provided by one of the most vicious and brutal communist regimes in the world?

6.  Sure hope so:

“Will NATO’s 60th Anniversary Be Its Last?”

7.  The people most responsible for America’s war-lust:

“1) Thomas Friedman
2) David Brooks
3) Charles Krauthammer
4) George Will
5) Paul Krugman
6) David Broder
7) E.J. Dionne
8) Karl Rove
9) Peggy Noonan
10) William Kristol ”

8.  Not surprising, since the US wants to control Burma, in order to further encircle China:

“US takes a radical turn on Myanmar”

9.  Article includes a list of the criminal weapons used against peaceful protesters in  Pittsburgh:

Long Range Acoustic Device or “The Scream,” is a powerful megaphone the size of a satellite dish that can emit sound “50 times greater than the human threshold for pain” at close range, causing permanent hearing damage.”

10.  “How similar are the cases against Iran and Iraq?

In fact, that’s what I believe is the most significant issue here.  It’s not surprising that media coverage of this matter is similar (though not identical) to what happened in 2002 with Iraq, given that media organizations and establishment journalists (with some exceptions) never examined what they did wrong in the run-up to the Iraq War and, indeed, don’t think they did anything fundamentally wrong.  Recall that David GregoryCharlie Gibson, Brian Williams and numerous other establishment journalists all explicitly said that they reject the view that they failed to do their jobs prior to the attack on Iraq.  The NYT itself, one of the very few outlets to examine its pre-war behavior in any way, issued only the narrowest and mildest mea culpas, while one of that paper’s prime culprits, Michael Gordon, to this day angrily rejects the notion that he did anything wrong, and thereafter, long continued to report on “the Iranian threat.”

Just look at that original NYT article on Iran to see that the principal reporting methods have not changed.  The whole article is framed based on claims from the government.  The sources are almost all anonymous U.S. government officials.  Provocative, unproven claims — ones that will obviously inflame war passions among a significant segment of the population — are passed on with no evidence and little questioning.  Dissenting voices are excluded (other than a fleeting, token quote from the Iranian President buried in the middle).  And overnight, an extremely fear-inciting and sensationalistic case against Iran was cemented as unchallengeable wisdom across the political spectrum.  Along with a few other isolated reports, Shane’s article today commendably includes some voices raising questions about all of this, but the vast bulk of the coverage from the start has consisted of an unquestioning recitation of the government’s case against Iran.  The similarities between that behavior and 2002 strike me as both self-evident and, given the lack of institutional remorse in journalism, inevitable.

One rather odd aspect of Shane’s article is this sentence:  “Antiwar activists, with a fool-me-once skepticism, watch the dispute over the Qum plant with an alarmed sense of déjà vu.”  Of course, it wasn’t “antiwar activists” who were fooled the first time around; to the contrary, they were insisting that there was no evidence to prove the Bush administration’s accusations.   The list of people who were actually “fooled” the first time around — and/or who helped perpetuate the fooling — begins with Shane’s newspaper.  And that doesn’t seem to have changed much.”

11.  “Iran’s crime is its independence. Having thrown out America’s favourite tyrant, Shah Reza Pahlavi, Iran remains the only resource-rich Muslim state beyond US control. As only Israel has a “right to exist”in the Middle East, the US goal is to cripple the Islamic Republic. This will allow Israel to divide and dominate the region on Washington’s behalf, undeterred by a confident neighbour. If any country in the world has been handed urgent cause to develop a nuclear “deterrence”, it is Iran.

During the Bush years, according to the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, a military coup took place in the US, and the Pentagon is now ascendant in every area of American foreign policy. A measure of its control is the number of wars of aggression being waged simultaneously and the adoption of a “first-strike” doctrine that has lowered the threshold on nuclear weapons, together with the blurring of the distinction between nuclear and conventional weapons.

All this mocks Obama’s media rhetoric about “a world without nuclear weapons”. In fact, he is the Pentagon’s most important acquisition. His acquiescence with its demand that he keep on Bush’s secretary of “defence” and arch war-maker, Robert Gates, is unique in US history. He has proved his worth with escalated wars from south Asia to the Horn of Africa. Like Bush’s America, Obama’s America is run by some very dangerous people. We have a right to be warned. When will those paid to keep the record straight do their job?


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