Sunday, May 22, 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.


Press TV:
"A review of the Afghan military documents revealed more than 1,100 instances of US-led forces -- including Danish troops -- having used white phosphorus (WP) grenades, rockets and bombs, the Danish daily Information reported.

According to one document, US-led forces fired 20 to 50 WP rockets at a single target. Many of the WP munitions have often been used in residential areas.

White phosphorus is a substance that burns upon coming into contact with human flesh; it sticks to the skin and continues to burn as long as there is oxygen. The result is severe and possibly lethal chemical burns.

According to international conventions the use of white phosphorus is to be restricted exclusively to areas that are not densely populated.

However, the leaked documents from Afghanistan indicate that the WP has been used as an attack weapon in populated areas, including zones where the Danish troops are deployed."

-->The NY Times avoids stories about American war crimes like the use of white phosphorus in civilian areas. All the news that the Pentagon thinks is fit to print.


Guardian UK:
"Transgressions by the Israeli army in the occupied Palestinian territories will be disclosed by a group of former soldiers in an internet campaign aimed at raising public awareness of military violations.

Video testimonies by around two dozen ex-soldiers - some of whom are identifying themselves for the first time - will be posted on YouTube. The campaign by Breaking the Silence, an organisation of former soldiers committed to speaking out on military practices, launches with English subtitles on Monday.

Some of the former soldiers describe the "neighbour procedure", a term for the use of Palestinian civilians, often children, as human shields to protect soldiers from suspected booby traps or attacks by militants. The procedure was ruled illegal by Israel's high court in 2005. Others speak of routine harassment of civilians at checkpoints, arbitrary intimidation and collective punishment."

-->The NY Times, like most mainstream media, likes to avoid any mention of the IDF abusing Palestinians. It's just the wrong narrative. But then again, our newspaper of record didn't even cover the Winter Soldier Testimony, a three day event in Washington DC that involved hundreds of Irag War vets.


"A few top congressional insiders are aiming to sneak new worldwide war authority in to a 'must pass' piece of legislation: the Defense Authorization bill.

This new war authority would give the president — any president — the power to unilaterally take our country to war wherever, whenever and however he or she sees fit. It would essentially declare a worldwide war without end.

It is shocking that Congress is entertaining such legislation at a time when many are looking to see an end to escalating conflict and abuses of power in the name of fighting terrorism."

-->Although The NY Times did run and editorial critical of the National Defense Authorization Act, this story should have been front page news. The law's enactment would destroy another Constitutional limit on the Executive Branch, putting us ever closer to an imperial presidency.

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