Thursday, August 15, 2013

Fantasyland Media:

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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 to keep from the public eye.

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Common Dreams:
"Confirming what many people have suspected, Foreign Policy reports Tuesday that the CIA at one point kept a file on scholar and political activist Noam Chomsky.

According to Foreign Policy, the CIA has denied this claim for years. A series of Freedom of Information Act requests to the CIA turned up the same response: 'We did not locate any records responsive to your request.'

However, a FOIA request sent to the FBI from Foreign Policy through attorney Kel McClanahan has returned with a memo between the FBI and the CIA that experts say confirms the existence of a CIA file on Chomsky. ...

What's more is the fact that the CIA has not provided a copy of Chomsky's file through the legally binding Freedom of Information Act requests. According to Theoharis, this means that the file was likely illegally destroyed at one point."
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/08/13-12

-->The CIA breaking the law in spying on America's best know intellectual and dissident? The NY Times treats its readers to endless stories about Chinese dissidents. Why not expose what is happing in the US? Our newspaper of record didn't report this lawbreaking by the CIA.

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Guardian UK:
"A leader of the US congressional insurrection against the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance programs has accused his colleagues of withholding a key document from the House of Representatives before a critical surveillance vote.

Justin Amash, the Michigan Republican whose effort to defund the NSA's mass phone-records collection exposed deep congressional discomfort with domestic spying, said the House intelligence committee never allowed legislators outside the panel to see a 2011 document that described the surveillance in vague terms.

The document, a classified summary of the bulk phone records collection effort justified under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, was declassified by the Obama administration in late July."
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/12/intelligence-committee-nsa-vote-justin-amash

-->The NY Times didn't cover this story. Ever supportive of the emerging US police state, The NY Times covers up such embarrassing revelations by not printing them.

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Guardian UK:
"Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last month when she turned on the tap and discovered the tiny town where she had made her home for 35 years was out of water. ...

Across the south-west, residents of small communities like Barnhart are confronting the reality that something as basic as running water, as unthinking as turning on a tap, can no longer be taken for granted. Three years of drought, decades of overuse and now the oil industry's outsize demands on water for fracking are running down reservoirs and underground aquifers. And climate change is making things worse.

In Texas alone, about 30 communities could run out of water by the end of the year, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality."
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/11/texas-tragedy-ample-oil-no-water

-->Hardly any of our national media can be bothered by what fracking and global warming are doing to rural communities. Hay, it's all about how wonderful new oil discoveries are in the Continental United States. The NY Times, which refused to cover this story, is often little more than the mouthpiece of corporate America.

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