Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fantasyland Media:

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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.

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"Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, personally intervened to suppress evidence of CIA collusion in the torture of a British resident, the high court heard today.

The dramatic turn emerged as lawyers for Binyam Mohamed, the UK resident abused in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco and Guantánamo Bay, joined by lawyers for the Guardian and other media groups, asked the court to order the disclosure of CIA material."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/29/binyam-mohamed-cia-torture

-->The NY Times covered this story, but in its usual way, omitting any critical information about the US. "The British government has fought to keep some details of Mohamed's treatment secret, arguing it could harm U.S.-U.K. intelligence-sharing if the information was released." No mention of the US secretary of state's involvement.

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"Reporting from Washington -- As a candidate for president, Barack Obama lambasted drug companies and the influence they wielded in Washington. He even ran a television ad targeting the industry's chief lobbyist, former Louisiana congressman Billy Tauzin, and the role Tauzin played in preventing Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices.

Since the election, Tauzin has morphed into the president's partner. He has been invited to the White House half a dozen times in recent months. There, he says, he eventually secured an agreement that the administration wouldn't try to overturn the very Medicare drug policy that Obama had criticized on the campaign trail."
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-na-healthcare-pharma4-2009aug04,0,5474025.story?track=rss

-->The New York Times covered this story, but without any mention of Obama's campaign ads criticizing Tauzin.

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"A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company's owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe," and that Prince's companies "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life."

In their testimony, both men also allege that Blackwater was smuggling weapons into Iraq. One of the men alleges that Prince turned a profit by transporting "illegal" or "unlawful" weapons into the country on Prince's private planes. They also charge that Prince and other Blackwater executives destroyed incriminating videos, emails and other documents and have intentionally deceived the US State Department and other federal agencies. The identities of the two individuals were sealed out of concerns for their safety."
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/08/04-9

-->Erik Prince implicated in the murder of government witnesses? Such stories won't be troubling to you if you depend on the NY Times for your news. It didn't cover this story.

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