Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fantasyland Media:

News fashioned by the people in charge, the corporations and your government. Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine.


"CHICAGO - The climate is heating up far faster than scientists had predicted, spurred by sharp increases in greenhouse gas emissions from developing countries like China and India, a top climate scientist said on Saturday.

'The consequence of that is we are basically looking now at a future climate that is beyond anything that we've considered seriously,' Chris Field, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

Field said 'the actual trajectory of climate change is more serious' than any of the climate predictions in the IPCC's fourth assessment report called 'Climate Change 2007.'"

--->But the climate is not changing fast enough to warrant coverage in the NY Times. It didn't include this report to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


"THREE human rights groups have obtained documents that confirm US Department of Defense involvement in the CIA's 'ghost' detention program, and the existence of secret prisons at Bagram air base in Afghanistan and in Iraq.

The documents obtained as part of a long-running legal battle using freedom-of-information laws were released by the Department of Defense to Amnesty International USA, the Centre for Constitutional Rights and the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice last week...

The groups said these documents confirm the existence of secret prisons at Bagram and in Iraq; affirm the Defense Department's cooperation with the CIA's 'ghost' detention program; and show one case where Defense sought to delay the release of Guantanamo prisoners who were scheduled to be sent home by a month and a half in order to avoid bad press."

--->The NY Times didn't show any interest in reporting ghost detention centers run by the CIA. It ran a story about Bagram this week, but didn't cover these recently released documents confirming the existence of secret prisons.


"WASHINGTON - Two-thirds of Americans favor investigating whether the George W. Bush administration overstepped legal boundaries in its 'war on terror,' according to a poll released Thursday by USA Today and Gallup.

A majority of respondents said a probe should be launched into allegations that the Bush team used torture to interrogate terror suspects.

Investigators also should look into the former president's program of wiretapping US citizens without first securing court-issued warrants, respondents said.

About four respondents in 10 polled by USA Today (38 percent) favored criminal investigations, while about a quarter (24 percent) said they want an investigation without criminal charges being filed."

--->To the NY Times, such polls are counterproductive to business as usual. It did not report that a large majority of the public favors investigating the previous administration.

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