Friday, January 14, 2011

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.

"Since the June 2009 coup  and throughout Lobo's tenure (in Honduras), widespread human rights abuses such as the targeted killings of journalists, the removal of opposition judges, mass arrests, beatings and torture have been thoroughly documented by human rights organizations...
These serious accusations have been largely ignored by the United States mainstream press, leaving the American public in the dark about the true color of a regime that now has the support of US diplomats. Amnesty International released three reports about various abuses to the public and to journalists between August 2009 and June 2010, yet none received any notable mainstream media attention in the United States...
Human Rights Watch, the largest human rights organization based in the United States, has released 20 publications — a variety of reports, press releases and statements — documenting a wide range of abuses in Honduras between the date of the coup and September 10, 2010.
Amazingly, elite national publications in the United States have paid no attention to these reports. The New York Times has published 53 articles about Honduras since the coup in mid-2009, and Human Rights Watch was only mentioned in one of them — a September 29, 2009 article about two media stations being closed down..."
-->Human rights is simply treated as a propaganda tool by the Pentagon, using the The NY Times as its chief media outlet. China gets all the attention, along with Iran and Venezuela. Brutal dictatorships like the one in Honduras, put in place and supported by the Pentagon, supposedly don't have human rights abuses. That is if you depend on The NY Times for all the news that's fit to print.
"Have you noticed that Lockheed Martin, the giant weapons corporation, is shadowing you?  No?  Then you haven't been paying much attention.  Let me put it this way: If you have a life, Lockheed Martin is likely a part of it.
True, Lockheed Martin doesn't actually run the U.S. government, but sometimes it seems as if it might as well.  After all, it received $36 billion in government contracts in 2008 alone, more than any company in history.  It now does work for more than two dozen government agencies from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.  It's involved in surveillance and information processing for the CIA, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Pentagon, the Census Bureau, and the Postal Service.
...Naturally, the company produces cluster bombs, designs nuclear weapons, and makes the F-35 Lightning (an overpriced, behind-schedule, underperforming combat aircraft that is slated to be bought by customers in more than a dozen countries) -- and when it comes to weaponry, that's just the start of a long list. In recent times, though, it's moved beyond anything usually associated with a weapons corporation and has been virtually running its own foreign policy, doing everything from hiring interrogators for U.S. overseas prisons (including at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and Abu Ghraib in Iraq) to managing a private intelligence network in Pakistan and helping write the Afghan constitution."
-->When is the last time The NY Times ran an article about Lockheed Martin's domestic spying programs? The only reference this past year in The NY Times was a story about a $200M cost overrun to put cameras in the NY City subways.
Press TV:
"The US administration is ramping up a 'secret war on terror groups' in hot spots around the globe by establishing a new military targeting center, officials say...
'The new center would be a significant step in streamlining targeting operations previously scattered among US and battlefields abroad and giving elite military officials closer access to Washington decision-makers and counter-terror experts,' the officials revealed to the Associated Press...
The revelation comes while the US military has already increased the number of special operations and commando raids in Afghanistan. 
'We've gone from 30-35 targeted operations a month in June 2009 now to about 1,000 a month,' said NATO spokeswoman Maj. Sunset Belinsky."
-->Assassination centers in numerous foreign countries is not something The NY Times would ever see fit to print. It is literally the establishment of world wide death squads by the US military. No reason to alarm the US public by reporting it in the US media.

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