Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fantasyland Media:

http://www.fantasylandmedia.org

Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine. News that the people in charge, the corporations and your government want keep from the public eye.

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The Nation:
"There has been almost universal silence among Congressional Democrats on the Obama administration's recently revealed decision to authorize the assassination of a US citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki...

One of the few Democrats to publicly address the issue of government-sanctioned assassinations is Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich. 'I don't support it--period,' he said in an interview. 'I think people in both parties that are concerned about the Constitution should be speaking out on this. I can't account for what anyone else doesn't do...

The assassination policies vitiate the presumption of innocence and the government then becomes the investigator, policeman, prosecutor, judge, jury, executioner all in one. That raises the greatest questions with respect to our constitution and our democratic way of life.'"
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/16-6

-->But the powers that be, the military industrial complex, does not care about due process or the Constitution. That is why flagship media like The NY Times would never cover a story like this. Not a word was written about Kucinich's warning to the US people.

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The Daily California (UC Berkeley)
"International attention will descend on the ASUC Senate meeting tonight as senators consider upholding the passage of a controversial bill urging the student government and the University of California to divest from two companies that have provided war supplies to the Israeli military.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu. In a recent letter to the UC Berkeley community, Tutu, who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts opposing apartheid in South Africa-said he endorsed the bill and urged senators to uphold the original vote, which he compared to similar efforts at UC Berkeley to divest from South Africa in the 1980s.

The bill names two companies-United Technologies and General Electric-as supplying Israel with the technology necessary to attack civilian populations in Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The bill originally passed the senate March 17 by a 16-4 vote following about six hours of discussion. A two-thirds majority, or 14 votes, is needed in order to override the veto.

Senators have received more than 13,000 e-mails, roughly split between both sides of the controversy."
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/14-7

-->The NY Times, however, did not report this major BDS fight in California. All the international attention in the world, but The NY Times prefers stories with positive images of Israel.

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Institute for Public Accuracy:
"Josh Stieber and Ethan McCord are former soldiers of the company documented in the video recently released by Wikileaks, which shows U.S. soldiers killing civilians including a Reuters photographer and then shooting at people in a van attempting to rescue the wounded.

They have co-written 'An Open Letter of Reconciliation and Responsibility to the Iraqi People,' which states: 'We are both soldiers who occupied your neighborhood for 14 months...There is no bringing back all that was lost. What we seek is to learn from our mistakes and do everything we can to tell others of our experiences and how the people of the United States need to realize we have done and are doing to you and the people of your country. We humbly ask you what we can do to begin to repair the damage we caused.'"
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/04/20-4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0

-->These are humble, human words from some of the soldiers we heard on Wikileaks. The links to the video of their killing spree are on http://www.classwars.org. But to the US media, all this didn't happen. The NY Times, ever eager to please the Pentagon, never even covered the original story. In a way it is like what the Pentagon did, hid these tapes for several years so the American people would never know what is being done in their name.

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