Thursday, May 26, 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.


"The U.S. and its allies will do anything they can to prevent authentic democracy in the Arab world. The reason is very simple. Across the region, an overwhelming majority of the population regards the United States as the main threat to their interests.

In fact, opposition to U.S. policy is so high that a considerable majority think the region would be more secure if Iran had nuclear weapons. In Egypt, the most important country, that’s 80 percent. Similar figures elsewhere. There are some in the region who regard Iran as a threat—about 10 percent.

Well, plainly, the U.S. and its allies are not going to want governments which are responsive to the will of the people. If that happens, not only will the U.S. not control the region, but it will be thrown out. So that’s obviously an intolerable result."
-Noam Chomsky'the_u.s._and_its_allies_will_do_anything_to_prevent_democracy_in_the_arab_world'/

-->These words, spoken at the 25th anniversary of FAIR, will never be printed in The NY Times. The analysis is just too close to the truth for a publication that spends most of its efforts justifying US occupations abroad. Of course, The NY Times didn't report the poll of Middle Eastern citizens either.


McClatchy Newspapers:
"Buried in FBI laboratory reports about the anthrax mail attacks that killed five people in 2001 is data suggesting that a chemical may have been added to try to heighten the powder's potency, a move that some experts say exceeded the expertise of the presumed killer.

The lab data, contained in more than 9,000 pages of files that emerged a year after the Justice Department closed its inquiry and condemned the late Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins as the perpetrator, shows unusual levels of silicon and tin in anthrax powder from two of the five letters...

The existence of the silicon-tin chemical signature offered investigators the possibility of tracing purchases of the more than 100 such chemical products available before the attacks, which might have produced hard evidence against Ivins or led the agency to the real culprit.

But the FBI lab reports released in late February give no hint that bureau agents tried to find the buyers of additives such as tin-catalyzed silicone polymers."

-->The NY Times recently ran a story on its Times Topics blog about Bruce Ivins. No mention of the evidence overlooked by the FBI. Nothing about Ivins made it into the print addition.


Common Dreams:
"Justice Department Withholding Information on Controversial Legal Theory.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ), demanding the release of a secret legal memo used to justify FBI access to Americans' telephone records without any legal process or oversight.

A report released last year by the DOJ's own Inspector General revealed how the FBI, in defending its past violations of the Electronic Privacy Communications Act (ECPA), had come up with a new legal argument to justify secret, unchecked access to private telephone records. According to the report, the DOJ's Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC) had issued a legal opinion agreeing with the FBI's theory. That legal opinion is the target of the FOIA lawsuit filed Thursday...

'Congress is currently debating how to reform surveillance statutes like the PATRIOT Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act,' said EFF Senior Counsel David Sobel. 'If the FBI is claiming that it has the right to secret, unchecked access to Americans' communications records, Congress and the American public need to know that now.' "

-->The NY Times obviously doesn't believe that Congress and the American public need to know about increased FBI surveillance of telephone records without legal process or oversight. Our newspaper of record didn't cover this story.

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