Thursday, December 15, 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 Globe and Mail (Toronto):
"Pentagon spending bill includes sweeping detention measures. Even American citizens arrested in the United States could face perpetual detention in military prisons without charge or trial under draconian new presidential powers unless Barack Obama vetoes a massive Pentagon spending bill.

The sweeping new 'antiterrorist' measures could also ensnare Canadians or other foreigners picked up in the United States or overseas...

If Mr. Obama signs the legislation, it will make the United States 'an outlier in the international community,' legalizing indefinite detention without charge in military prisons for citizens and foreigners alike, said Andrea Prasow, senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch."

-->The NY Times ran an opinion piece criticizing this legislation. But why is there nothing in the news section about the imminent destruction of the Bill of Rights? Indefinite detentions in military prisons without charges means the end of America's rule of law. Maybe a little article about its passing might have been appropriate.


Guardian UK:
"The British government has been ordered to secure the release of a Pakistani man captured by SAS soldiers in Iraq and held in Afghanistan's notorious Bagram jail without trial for more than seven years.

The appeal court, ordering a writ of habeas corpus, ruled that Yunus Rahmatullah, 29, was being unlawfully detained. The SAS handed Rahmatullah over to US troops in Iraq, from where he was rendered to Bagram.

The legal charity Reprieve, which has sought to secure the man's release, described the ruling as 'historic' and 'unique.' A spokeswoman said she expected British ministers to ask the US authorities to free Rahmatullah."

-->The NY Times didn't cover this story of an English court upholding habeas corpus for a Pakistani man held by US troops in Iraq. Maybe that's because The NY Times won't cover the end of habeas corpus for US citizens in America.


Guardian UK:
"Prosecutors painted (the "Newburgh Four") as America-hating terrorists bent on slaughter. All four followed the instructions of Hussain, who meticulously organized the scheme: from getting the missile and bombs, to reconnaissance missions, to teaching the tenets of radical Islam.

The 'Newburgh Four' now languish in jail. Hussain does not. For Hussain was a fake. In fact, Hussain worked for the FBI as an informant trawling mosques in hope of picking up radicals.

Yet far from being active militants, the four men he attracted were impoverished individuals struggling with Newburgh's grim epidemic of crack, drug crime and poverty. One had mental issues so severe his apartment contained bottles of his own urine. He also believed Florida was a foreign country.

Hussain offered the men huge financial inducements to carry out the plot – including $250,000 to one man – and free holidays and expensive cars."

-->The specter of the FBI paying an impoverished man a quarter million dollars to go along with a fake "terror" plot puts another stain on our system of criminal justice. Just how far will the FBI go with its entrapment schemes before Americans rise up in disgust? But our national media, including The NY Times, never covers these FBI abuses. We have to read about them in an English newspaper.

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