Unwinding recent deception; Tillman & Lynch cases exposed; Moyers "Buying the War"; Rosie quits; other random bits plus the Filthy Critic!
These things stacked up over a couple weeks. Check it out, it's interesting stuff!
An Unwinding of deceptive recent historical episodes: The last couple weeks have shaken loose some info on key war turning points, continuing to add and add onto the great cognitive fault line in modern American politics. In some ways it's no surprise that the backstories about Iraq keep turning out to be frauds, but its also interesting that there's been a steady drip-drip-drip about major turning points, and "Office of Special Plans" is still a big buzzword all over. Check this out on Framing the Debate. Right now a lot more frames are subject to assault than usual:
Books are soon coming out about the Niger uranium Yellowcake forgeries, and the Italian intelligence agency SISMI's role there. The Yellowcake has names like Rocco Martino, Niccolo Calipari, the AIPAC/Larry Franklin angle that goes over to Harold Rhode and the secret meeting with Ghorbanifar and Michael Ledeen. Check out journalist Larisa Alexandrovna taking us deep into the serpentine world of Italian neo-Machiavellian information laundering. Also bits on the site about fixing the facts around the policy, the nitty and gritty about how presentation slides about Iraq intel got spoofed. Also a chunk on the nasty rightwing Republican Jewish Coalition, with intersections in lobbying and Dumb Hawkery (hi Clifford May).
"Buying the War": Bill Moyers exposes war media deception on PBS; War propaganda episodes attacked by Jessica Lynch, Tillman family! A pretty good week for exposing the sinister theater of war - by proving past episodes really were staged scenes of heroism, fabrications of valor. On slower news days this might have had more impact, but really any story will get ignored if it dares expose the extreme shadiness of general media practices, and the strutting TV practicioners who never have paid the price for their folly. The New York Times refused to even review Moyers' special! But you can watch in on QT or Windoze Media here.
Here's a great overview of the Tillman and Lynch frauds from Glenn Greenwald, as well as the dish on Moyers and media bastards. If you read any links, hit these!
Dem investigations of PR manipulation were called for, and held, with shocking testimony. AP: "www.azstarnet.com ®">Tillman, Lynch heroism fabricated, panel hears: Ranger ordered to hide Tillman's friendly fire death." Pat Tillman's brother Kevin:
Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.
Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.
Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.
Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.
Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.
Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.
Somehow torture is tolerated.
Somehow lying is tolerated.
He went on to give blockbuster testimony on Capitol Hill... Media ran away from the exposure of its role in another farcical, foolish and immoral episode. Big ups to Knight Ridder's troopers from E&P.
More shadiness around military investigations to smear whistleblowers with character assassination. Clintonite Sid Blumenthal on the Rovian abuse of the bureaucracy.
DHS: Homeland Security Developing ‘Hostile Intent’ Technology. Can we use this tech against politicians? Revolution, flashmobs, and brain chips. A grim vision of the future from internal UK planning documents (PP reacts). Also Big Brother and 1984 meet at Mount Holly as Google gains power.
North Korean Money Laundering: offshore banking is interesting.
14 centuries of family Buddhist temple construction ends. Wow what a story of family capitalism. "The world's oldest continuously operating family business ended its impressive run last year." Economic rumbles from a lack of corporate capital spending.
Iraq and walls therein: They don't like em. More on that. Juan Cole on it. Christian revivalism comes to US Army chaplains in Iraq. Iraq now has dual Sunni and Shiite spy agencies, as occupation causes refraction of forces. Robert Parry (a key iran contra journalist) on why a damn timetable would really help a lot. CIA secret prison overview.
Dems owning up to the war, or hiring Hack Hawks? Looks bad, but then again they are trying to pass a pullout, which counts for something. The big talkers have found other things to do. Bill Maher on Valerie Plame and traitors (via wotisitgood4). Ex-CIA Phil Giraldi on the possibilities of Iran war from early April. Dems earn their stripes in war party, he says. The politics of useful Threats and the party of brownshirts. Israeli leftist Uri Averny says blood on our hands.
The Wolfie World Bank flap: Who might replace him? See WorldBankPresident.org! Another sweet issue: how did his chickie get those security clearances? Spy loophole?? Hmm... Wolfie's hanging at good ol Bilderberg in Turkey this year.
Paranoia bits: France warned CIA before 9/11. Naomi Wolf on 10 steps to Fascist America. One of the actors on CSI outs himself as a 9/11 conspiracy believer (mp3). WTC7 continues to pop up in the media this week as Rosie O'Donnell checks out on The View. PrisonPlanet claims ABC producer Bill Geddie was censoring O'Donnell's statements about controversial stuff. She was even ordered not to talk about dead American soldiers. Nothing inspires fear and hatred among pundits as deeply as a couple stray questions about WTC7. TV talking heads all start seething. I haven't seen anything else like it. Danny Bonaduce calls for killing Rosie. Why? It would be funny if it weren't more than a bit suspicious...
"It looked like at some point the top of the building would come off, and then maybe the middle of the building and then maybe there'd be a shell left....the way number 7 came down 4 or 5 o'clock in the afternoon - over a period of time - but the idea that it would implode, the implosion that took place, I actually didn't realize that until much later."
More victim families supporting 9/11 skepticism. If you want more 9/11 stuff try this bloglines page. Prof. Jones responds to skeptics of 9/11 skepticism. US Rep. Ron Paul warns of dictatorship - that must be why they keep him off TV. What on earth is CODEX? The UK Telegraph on the expanding conspiracy online video thing:
Then there is the internet's loudest documentary-maker, Alex Jones. Jones is vocal and impassioned; Michael Moore, but angrier. His site, infowars.com, is a sweet shop of conspiracy theories and political subversion. Jones' following is huge - he even had an animated part in Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly, in which we see Jones being bundled into the back of a dark van after ranting into a megaphone about oppression by the US government.
Not only are many of these new internet documentary-makers giving us alternative perspectives on the news, but they're also presenting us with extremely well-crafted films in the process. Some are thought provoking, others are utterly unbelievable, but at least most are entertaining. So, should you fear the latest conspiracy theorist with his copy of iMovie? Yes, he might just convince you he's right.
The Tinfoilers advise seeing the new flick 'Shooter' because its a sweet Oswald-style setup where the Patsy gets Even!
Return of the Filthy Critic: probably my favorite internet movie critic is the foul-mouthed and angry Filthy Critic. The current review only gets One Finger. See rare positive reviews on Zodiac, Casino Royale and Science of Sleep. If you're in a terrible mood you'll laugh.
Saudi-BAE Military-industrial corruption: check out the story of major Brit weapons manufacturer BAE and bribery for the Saudis. Al Jazeera produced this roundhouse punch of a video because they have an ongoing feud with the Saudis. This is serious stuff! Trail of the Dove (part 1), and also see the Wikipedia for Al Yamamah. See more here about the Black Dove case. (that site also had some reports about the Baghdad al-sarafiya bridge being intentionally destroyed by the US, or more likely the usual)
Makeup boy looks like Nick: really suspicious: how to apply makeup as a man: