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As corporate media news outlets such as CNN continue their widespread propaganda against Syria in order to justify yet another NATO run takeover, it is important to look back into the past of these news corporations. There are dozens of examples of corporate media outlets literally faking news. On a daily basis these news outlets ticker and alter real news, but in certain instances they have gone as far as to outright create it. http://corporatemediaexposed.com/revisited-cnn-fake-gulf-war-newscast-exposed/As corporate media news outlets such as CNN continue their widespread propaganda... more
The CIA believes that the best way to keep history accurate is to release only some historical records, while keeping other historical documents out of the hands of the public. The purpose of this is apparently because – according to the CIA – the American public must not be intelligent enough read and analyze the documents ourselves. It is fairly obvious that the CIA fights transparency not for the sake of historical accuracy, but for the sake of self-preservation. http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2012/06/lack-of-transparency-the-cia-way-of-keeping-history-accurate-test/The CIA believes that the best way to keep history accurate is to release only some... more
Another debate, the eighth, is now history.
The CNN/Western Debate was full of fireworks, interaction, voter questions answers, and jeers and cheers. However, one candidate who has been in a bunch of these debates, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, wasn't there. He was in Hopkinton holding a town hall meeting.
Three other candidates - businessman Fred Karger, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer - again weren't allowed to participate, with Roemer adding comments on his Twitter feed for most of the night.
So, it was a free-for-all. But who won? Vote in our online poll and leave a note in the comment section about what you think of the race so far.
Yesterday, we asked readers, Do you agree with the Nevada boycott? Seven readers voted with 57 percent saying Yes and 43 percent answering No.
Who won the CNN/Western Debate?
Total votes: 1204
This is not a scientific poll.
http://concord-nh.patch.com/articles/poll-who-won-the-cnn-western-debateAnother debate, the eighth, is now history.
The CNN/Western Debate was full of... more
For a decade, the main questions about 9/11 have gone unanswered while the alleged perpetrators who survived the attacks have never been publicly cross-examined as to their methods and motives. It is not conspiratorial but rather obviously plausible to suggest that they have been kept out of sight because legal due process, constitutionally guaranteed to even the most heinous of criminals, might provide information that our government would find embarrassing.
We remain in ignorance as to what drove religious zealots formerly allied with the United States to turn against us, and what was the role of our ally, Saudi Arabia, the country of origin for most of the hijackers and their financing. Why in the aftermath of the attack did the United States embrace Pakistan, which was one of only three governments (Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were the others) to diplomatically recognize the Taliban and which turned out to be harboring the fugitive Osama bin Laden? And why did we instead invade Iraq, a nation known to be engaged in a deadly war with bin Laden and his al-Qaida?
How little we know about the origins of the Sept. 11 attacks is laid out in the disclaimer on Page 146 of the official 9/11 presidential commission report. A box on that page states clearly that the conventional narrative of how those portentous events unfolded is based largely on the interrogation under torture of key witnesses who have never been permitted a single moment in a publicly observed court of law.
As the bipartisan commissioners ruefully conceded, their examination of the motives, financing and actions of the alleged 9/11 perpetrators had to “rely heavily on information from captured al Qaeda members” that the commissioners, despite having been granted the highest security clearance, were never allowed to seriously vet:
“We submitted questions for use in the interrogations but had no control over whether, when, or how questions of particular interest would be asked. Nor were we allowed to talk to the interrogators so that we could better judge the credibility of the detainees and clarify ambiguities in the reporting. We were told that our requests might disrupt the sensitive interrogation process.”
That sensitive interrogation process included the waterboarding of the key witnesses, led by alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was scheduled to go on public, civilian trial in Manhattan last spring, until the Obama administration caved in to hysterical Republican-led pressure and called off the trial.
The fear of a public trial is apparently that it will be an occasion to humanize the presumed perpetrators of barbaric acts, but by that standard no alleged murderer should ever be tried in civilian court. The counterargument is that we as a society have, from the drafting of our Constitution, been committed to due process of law. But an even more compelling objection to the present secrecy flows not from the inalienable rights of the accused to justice but rather from the need to fully inform the public as to the dangers faced by our society.
Major policy developments, including two undeclared wars, were conducted in the name of defeating the perpetrators of 9/11 without the pubic being made aware of the relevant facts. Surely a public trial would have revealed, to the deep embarrassment of the Bush administration, that there was no connection between the 9/11 hijackers and the government of Iraq that the United States overthrew.
At the very least, such testimony would have shed light on the cozy relationship between the U.S. government and the key leaders of al-Qaida, particularly the American-educated Mohammed, recruited by the CIA to join the fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. It certainly could also have proved embarrassing to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who, during the Bush administration, opposed public trials and managed last March to get President Barack Obama to reverse his pledge of civilian trials. Gates boasted in his 1996 memoir of his long history of working with Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan, dating to his days in the Carter administration. As his book publisher bragged at the time, Gates exposed “Carter’s never-before revealed covert support to Afghan mujahedeen—six months before the Soviets invaded.”
Of course 9/11 changed everything; nations were invaded, trillions of dollars were wasted, hundreds of thousands of civilian and military lives were lost, torture became acceptable and the public has come to tolerate a daily governmental assault on privacy as normal. But for all of the high drama and cost of the U.S. response, when it comes to understanding the forces behind the attack, we still do not know what we are talking about.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/how_little_we_know_about_the_origins_of_9_11_20110908/For a decade, the main questions about 9/11 have gone unanswered while the alleged... more
Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt, a former Black Panther leader, dies in Tanzania
June 2, 2011 | 7:36 pm
Elmer G. "Geronimo" Pratt, a former Los Angeles Black Panther Party leader who spent 27 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit and whose case became a symbol of racial injustice during the turbulent 1960s, has died. He was 63.
Pratt died at his home in a small village in Tanzania, where he had been living with his wife and child, according to Stuart Hanlon, a San Francisco attorney who helped overturn Pratt's murder conviction. Hanlon said he was informed of the death by Pratt's sister.
Pratt's case became a cause celebre for elected officials, Amnesty International, clergy and celebrities who believed he was framed by the government because he was African American and a member of the Black Panthers.
"Geronimo was a powerful leader," Hanlon told The Times. "For that reason he was targeted."
Pratt was convicted in 1972 and sentenced to life in prison for the 1968 fatal shooting of Caroline Olsen and the serious wounding of her husband, Kenneth, in a robbery that netted $18. The case was overturned in 1997 by an Orange County Superior Court judge who ruled that prosecutors at Pratt's murder trial had concealed evidence that could have led to his acquittal.
Pratt maintained that the FBI knew he was innocent because the agency had him under surveillance in Oakland when the murder was committed in Santa Monica.
Photo: Elmer G. Pratt (left)
Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt, a former Black Panther leader, dies in Tanzania... more