Monthly Archives: February, 2003

LibertyThink Homeland Propaganda
Alert Level Remains at Orange (“High”)

In response to Tom Ridge’s decision to lower the Terror Alert level to Yellow, perhaps due to the untimely death of Mr. Rogers, LibertyThink has carefully evaluated the situation and decided to maintain the status of the Homeland Propaganda Advisory System to level Orange, the second highest level on the scale. A High condition is declared when there is a high risk of propaganda attacks.

Tom Ridge has issued the following statement today:
“Detained Al Qaeda operatives have informed U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials that Al Qaeda will wait until it believes Americans are less vigilant and less prepared before it will strike again.”

We believe that what Ridge is implying is that there is an inverse reality to lowering the Terror Alert level to Yellow and we will be offering the impression that Americans will appear “less vigilant”, and thus subject to higher risk of terrorist attack.

Note that this level (Orange) of the Homeland Propaganda Advisory System is equivalent to the Justification Stage in Ottosen’s system.

Citizens are advised to be on a high level of alert for the dead baby story or any event whose apparent urgency brooks no delay – specifically, no time for cool deliberation or negotiating on peace proposals. Human interest stories are ideal for engendering this atmosphere.

Also see: LibertyThink Homeland Propaganda Alert Level Raised to Orange (“High”)

War is hell — but damned profitable!

For awhile, it looked like corporate America wasn’t going to get to share in the spoils of our glorious upcoming war with Iraq.

I know that the usual thieves in the Defense Industry have already been profiting by the buildup, but aside from the obvious players, other segments of the economy have yet to exploit war fever to their advantage — until now.

Finally, the corporate media giants have stepped up to claim their share of war economy profits.

Fox News Channel, led by its infamous naturalized wingnut, Rupert Murdoch, has used its close ties to the Bush Cartel and its utter lack of journalistic ethics to convince the average American nimrod that it and it alone speaks the truth about the coming war. And while the numbers are relatively small, this important part of the conservative media machine has trounced CNN and MSNBC in the so-called Cable News ratings war; proving that when people find a media outlet that represents their narrow views, they don’t dare change channels, lest they be exposed to another viewpoint that makes them question their own.

Fortunately (for them), the danger of this happening is becoming less and less likely.

In order to attract more of the factless Fox crowd, CNN is now promoting the war very heavily; even to the point of creating the Iraq Tracker for your browser so that you can keep up-to-date on the latest developments when Bush’s war commences.

Radio giant Clean Channel Communications, with its 1200 stations in lockstep with it’s conservative management hasn’t sit still in its war planning either.

According to columnists Cary Spivak and Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, sales personnel for the six Milwaukee area Clear Channel stations sent a memo entitled, “Planning for the Possibility of War with Iraq” to over 1,000 companies which “laid out the buying opportunities that could come from an attack.”

“In the event of a war our coverage of these events allows for additional commercial inventory allotments,”wrote Keith Bratel, sales chief for six Milwaukee stations, including WMIL-FM (106.1) and WISN-AM (1130). “This could allow more than normal availability for advertisers.”

According to Bratel, his memo was “largely lifted from one that was sent by Jeff Tyler, marketing manager for the six Clear Channel stations in Madison.”

I suspect that this memo has circulated to all 1200 Clear Channel stations. But don’t think that these two exemplary American business types are just about increasing corporate profits.

Tyler, like Bratel, said he hopes the situation with Iraq doesn’t come to [war], offering the standard platitudes about armed conflict.

“Obviously, guys could be dying and women could be dying,” Tyler said, “and it’s a horribly tragic thing.”

Still, business is business.

“Everybody has had the same problem since 9-11,” Tyler said. “Everybody has concerns about the placement of advertising during times of crisis.”

So when the war begins and the threat of pre-empted advertising looms, be sure to tell those companies who support the war effort to keep on buying radio time.

It’s the patriotic thing to do.

In the meantime, I’ve got to sign up for the Iraq Tracker. I don’t want to miss one exciting moment of Bush’s boondoggle!

War Protesters Use Telephone to Lobby

Thousands of calls and e-mails protesting the prospect of a war with Iraq flooded Senate offices today, making it impossible to reach Senators or their staffs. Senators were inundated whether they had supported the war or not, as protest organizers urged telephone and internet users to contact Senate offices across the board. NPR’s Andrea Seabrook discusses the protest.

Watch it live: http://www.moveon.org/onlinehq/index_04.html

Also see: Anti-war protesters flood Senate, White House offices with calls in ‘virtual march’

From the front: As ones who volunteered their Kung Fu to set up and admin Voice/Fax dialing servers, all we can say is, “Jam the Circuits Baybee, Yeah!”

The call volume is estimated at over one million calls. Circuits were jammed, but on the lighter side, those staffers that were forced to field the calls and messages were sent “care packages” of snacks and such. Dissent hax0r stylee.

A voice in the MSNBC wilderness is silenced

It just got a lot tougher to make any real headway against the conservative hate machine.

Yesterday, Phil Donahue’s MSNBC show was abruptly axed. While this had been rumored for quite some time, the ending demonstrated corporate despicability at its worst and was insulting as hell to a man who deserved much better.

Rather than be allowed to even work out the week presenting both sides of important public issues as he has been doing for the past six months, MSNBC simply yanked the show and lengthened Countdown: Iraq by an hour. Apparently a glitzy presentation the administration’s push toward war is a safer corporate bet than a lively discussion of the issue. In fact, in a column by Rick Ellis of www.allyourtv.com, he writes this:

At least some of the executives at [MSNBC] were concerned that Donahue presented a challenge for the company, at a time when the U.S. was preparing to go to war. I quoted a report which had been leaked to me, which described a possible “nightmare scenario” where the show becomes “a home for the liberal antiwar agenda at the same time that our competitors are waving the flag at every opportunity.”

It must be noted that NBC is owned by General Electric, one of the largest US defense contractors in the country; hence one of the company’s reasons for concern.

Donahue’s response was quick and to the point:

“We were hoping to break through the noisy drums of war on Cable and become a responsible platform for dissenters as well as Administration supporters. The New York Times op-ed page features a variety of views regarding the Bush war on Iraq, including regular columnists who have been quite critical of the Administration’s foreign policy team. MSNBC’s voice should be no less diverse.”

When the Donahue show began, there was an uproar by wingnuts not used to being questioned in depth about their positions and there was a call to boycott the program. But there were enough responsible conservatives who ignored the boycott and got a much better shake than liberals do on the average hate machine program.

A couple weeks ago, it was announced that Mike Savage (AKA Michael Wiener) had been hired by MSNBC. I’ve never heard this guy’s radio show, but having read excerpts from his book, Savage Nation, lead me to be amazed at the amount of hatred one man can dredge up. Whether opportunistic entertainer or mad extremist, this former health guru has become the latest filth-monger to attract the attention of the kind of people who will ultimately destroy this country from within.

Finally, just yesterday, MSNBC announced with great fanfare that Dick Armey, the great liberal-hater and former House Leader would join the network as a contributor. With Donahue’s exit, MSNBC’s conservative lockstep march to the right in is proceeding quickly.

As Donahue said yesterday, “the hiring of Mike Savage, Dick Armey and Joe Scarborough suggest a strategy to out-Fox FOX.”

But why would anyone who watches Fox switch to the cable outlet of the great liberal media Satan, NBC? Your average brain-dead Fox viewer doesn’t understand objectivity vs bias. He only wants to believe what he is told…and Fox does that blatantly and without subterfuge.

The irresponsibility and ethical bankruptcy of GE/NBC/MSNBC shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows how the television game is played, but as voices of dissent continue to be silenced, this little medium known as the Internet will play a larger and larger role in disseminating the truth.

Spread the word!

‘Mister Rogers’ Dies of Cancer at 74

Fred Rogers, who gently invited millions of children to be his neighbor as host of the public television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” for more than 30 years, died of cancer early Thursday. He was 74.

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I watched a lot of Mr. Rogers when my kids were little. This world just lost a very good neighbor.

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NEWSWEEK EXCLUSIVE: THE DEFECTOR’S SECRET

In August 1995, Hussein Kamel, the son-in-law of Saddam Hussein who headed Iraq’s nuclear, chemical, biological and missile programs, defected, saying he “could not continue to tolerate the oppression of the Iraqi people and the savagery of the regime.” This was of course the same Hussein Kamel who was behind Iraq’s bizarre 1980s quest for a “supergun,” who was accused of gassing Iraqi citizens, who committed atrocities at Kerbala and Najaf, and was personally responsible for a sizeable percentage of that savagery.

The time was right: Iraq had declared that it would terminate its (limited) cooperation with the U.N. and its weapons inspectors unless the devastating sanctions regime against Iraq were lifted. Further, Washington was reported at the time to have been “sending massive military reinforcements to Jordan and the Gulf on the pretext of protecting Jordanan against Iraqi threats or pre-empting Iraqi troop movements in the direction of Kuwait” despite Jordanian insistance “that it faces no threat from Iraq or Iraqi military buildup near its border” and Kuwaiti denial of “knowledge of any troop movements,” as the Mideast Mirror reported at the time. How fortuitous that someone could be dredged up willing to tell the Associated Press that “All [Iraqi] army units were informed to enter Kuwait and the eastern parts of Saudi Arabia. The move was reversed after . . . our [Kamel and his fellow defectors'] departure,” thus justifying a vastly unpopular parcelling of military resources.

Kamel’s CIA handlers expected the proverbial intelligence windfall, though a none-too-close close read of the papers at the time was enough to let one know what game was being played: The Sunday Timeswrote of ”wary negotiations” over how much Kamel would disclose and under what circumstances. A more plainspoken “Western official” told The Times‘ Michael Theodoulou that Kamel was “looking for a quid pro quo for talking.” The opportunity to preen for CNN cameras was initially enough, and Kamel told all who would listen about imminent popular uprisings in Iraq and about a revived supergun program “‘meant for long-range attack and also to blind spy satellites. Our scientists were seriously working on that. It was designed to explode a shell in space that would have sprayed a sticky material on the satellite and blinded it.”

“Information provided by Gen. Kamel,” Ben Barber and Bill Gertz wrote later in The Washington Times, “helped convince the U.N. special commission that Iraq had failed to scrap chemical, biological and ballistic missile programs.” Iraq would claim that the information provided by Kamel was “incomplete,” and would invite Rolf Ekeus’ U.N. inspectors to a erstwhile chicken farm to receive metric tons of documents on Iraq’s programs for the development of weapons of mass destruction and the long-range missiles to convey them. The weapons themselves destroyed, Iraq claimed, the documents were all that remained.

It now turns out that Kamel’s “tale raises questions about whether the WMD stockpiles attributed to Iraq still exist,” writes Newsweek‘s John Barry, a 10-year veteran of the inspections beat. His article in the March 3 edition begins:

Hussein Kamel, the highest-ranking Iraqi official ever to defect from Saddam Hussein’s inner circle, told CIA and British intelligence officers and U.N. inspectors in the summer of 1995 that after the gulf war, Iraq destroyed all its chemical and biological weapons stocks and the missiles to deliver them.

Barry then notes that Kamel’s revelation was “hushed up” by U.N. inspectors to make Iraq, nervous over not knowing the content of the Kamel-U.N. talks, disclose information it otherwise would not have.

It seems that the hush-up will have the ultimate effect of causing the likely deaths of unknown numbers of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen and greater numbers – also unknown – of Iraqi civilians. After all, for the current crew locking down the block of 1600 Pennsylvania, the Kamel episode “should serve as a reminder to all that we often learned more as the result of defections than we learned from the inspection regime itself” – at least as long as a pesky inspection regime is proving a hindrance to war. In that case, the amazingly incomplete disclosures of palace intriguers now serve as rationales and rationalizations for the latest imperial exercise. Add them to the avowals of paid dissidents, and the half-baked confections offered by think tankers.

Incidentally, Kamel was murdered upon returning to Iraq after realizing the U.S. would not support his bid to serve as savior of the Iraqi people. The CIA, meanwhile, denied Barry’s report within hours of its publication.

Ari Fleischer laughed off stage

VIDEO
Q — the French press is quoting actually two different diplomats from the United States State Department that — they’re highlighting that the United States is giving some sort of agreements or benefits to Colombia — and other non-members of the Security Council —

MR. FLEISCHER: I haven’t seen the story. And you already have the answer, about what this will be decided on. But think about the implications of what you’re saying. You’re saying that the leaders of other nations are buyable. And that is not an acceptable proposition. (Laughter.)

transcript

Operation Northwoods

CODENAMED Operation Northwoods, the plan, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus giving [Lyman L] Lemnitzer* (right) and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch their war.

Also see:

  • NORTHWOODS: A PLAN FOR TERROR TO JUSTIFY WAR
  • Culture and Life: Operation Northwoods and the two towers

  • Between Iraq and a Hard Place

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