Thursday, March 10, 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.


San Francisco Chronicle:
"They have received little attention in the United States, but a set of WikiLeaks disclosures of confidential documents has caused an uproar in Europe by showing that U.S. officials pressured Germany and Spain to derail criminal investigations of Americans.

The more than 2,500 State Department cables that the anti-secrecy group has provided to news organizations since November include accounts of three cases that shed new light on U.S. responses to allegations of wrongdoing by its agents abroad...

After German prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 13 CIA agents allegedly involved in el-Masri's abduction (he was taken to Afghanistan, tortured and injected with drugs), a February 2007 cable quoted the deputy U.S. chief of mission in Berlin as advising a German diplomat to 'weigh carefully at every step of the way the implications for relations with the U.S.' if the agents were prosecuted.

The German government withdrew the warrants five months later."

-->Stories about how the US pressures its "allies" seldom get much coverage in this country, even when verified by Wikileaks. Preserving the public's idealism about US foreign policy always trumps the public's right to know.


The Independent, UK
"Desperate to avoid US military involvement in Libya in the event of a prolonged struggle between the Gaddafi regime and its opponents, the Americans have asked Saudi Arabia if it can supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi. The Saudi Kingdom, already facing a 'day of rage' from its 10 per cent Shia Muslim community on Friday, with a ban on all demonstrations, has so far failed to respond to Washington's highly classified request, although King Abdullah personally loathes the Libyan leader, who tried to assassinate him just over a year ago.

Washington's request is in line with other US military co-operation with the Saudis. The royal family in Jeddah, which was deeply involved in the Contra scandal during the Reagan administration, gave immediate support to American efforts to arm guerrillas fighting the Soviet army in Afghanistan in 1980 and later – to America's chagrin – also funded and armed the Taliban."

-->The NY Times has avoided this story, in part because it shows how we use the dictatorships we control in the Middle East to expand our empire.


"America is not broke.

Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It's just that it's not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the super-rich.

Today just 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined.

Let me say that again: 400 obscenely rich people, most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer .bailout. of 2008, now have more loot, stock and property than the assets of 155 million Americans combined. If you can't bring yourself to call that a financial coup d'├ętat, then you are simply not being honest about what you know in your heart to be true..."
-Michael Moore at a labor rally in Wisconsin

-->This is probably the biggest domestic lie being repeated endlessly in the US media. That we are broke and that it doesn't have anything to do with the rich and the corporations not paying taxes. Our media is owned by those same rich people, and papers like The NY Times have become part of the pro-billionaire assault on all working people.

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