Thursday, July 01, 2010

Fantasyland Media:

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.


Salon: by Glenn Greenwald
"How Many Americans are Targeted for Assassination?

When The Washington Post's Dana Priest first revealed (in passing) back in January that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens targeted for assassination, she wrote that 'as of several months ago, the CIA list included three U.S. citizens.'  In April, both the Post and the NYT confirmed that the administration had specifically authorized the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki.  Today, The Washington Times' Eli Lake has an interview with Obama's top Terrorism adviser John Brennan in which Brennan strongly suggests that the number of U.S. citizens targeted for assassination could actually be 'dozens'...

Nobody...disputes the right of the U.S. or any other country to kill someone on an actual battlefield during war without due process.  That's just obvious, but that's not remotely what Brennan is talking about, and it's not remotely what this assassination program is about.  Indeed, Brennan explicitly identified two indistinguishable groups of American citizens who 'will face the full brunt of a U.S. response':  (1) those 'on the battlefield in Afghanistan or Iraq'; and (2) those 'in a Yemen or in a Pakistan or in Somalia or another place.'  In other words, the entire world is a 'battlefield' -- countries where there is a war and countries where there isn't -- and the President's 'battlefield' powers, which are unlimited, extend everywhere..."

-->The powers of the US President to kill US citizens just keep growing. It is nothing less than the replacement of our Constitution rights with the self made rules of a military dictatorship. The NY Times didn't cover this troubling interview.


School of Americas Watch:
"One Year Later: Honduras Resistance Strong Despite US Supported Coup...

The media has ignored the revival of US hard power in the Americas and the widespread resistance which challenges it.

A pro-democracy movement, the Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular (FNRP) formed in the coup's aftermath. Despite horrendous repression, it has organized the anger and passion of a multitude of mass-based popular movements -- landless workers, farmers, women, LGBTQ folks, unions, youth and others-- and spread a palpable energy of possibility and hope throughout the country.

These forces of democracy have been subjected to police killings, arbitrary detentions, beatings, rape and other sexual abuse of women and girls, torture and harassment of journalists, judges and activists. Prominent LGBTQ activists, labor organizers, campesinos and youth working with the resistance have been assassinated. Leaders have been driven into exile."

-->;In one of the most despicable acts of journalism this last year, The NY Times continues to whitewash the coup in Honduras. Our newspaper of record has never explored why the coup was supported by Washington (Honduras' joining of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, the closing down of the Soto Cano Air Base important to the US military). Nor has it reported on the widespread resistance to the coup in almost all of Latin America. The NY Times articles could have been written in the Pentagon, and probably were.


Common Dreams:
"House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that Congress will not pass a traditional budget resolution this year because long-term deficit questions are better left to President Obama's bipartisan deficit commission, an 18-member panel charged with creating a plan to bring down the deficit to 3 percent of the economy by 2015...

Two of Mr. Obama's own presidential campaign and transition team members last month penned an article entitled, 'Has Obama Created a Social Security 'Death Panel?'

The article's co-authors Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson, now co-directors of the group Social Security Works, point to the clear interest among some commission members in rolling back Social Security...

Altman and Kingson also point out that if the Treasury were to repay the billions it has borrowed from Social Security, the program would pay out the full benefits owed for more than another 25 years."

-->The cutting of Social Security to pay for the ongoing wars and the bailout of Wall St. is probably the biggest story left untold by this nation's media. It would be too explosive. Citizens would at least see what their own government was doing to them.

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