6/29/7 Constitution of a Fascist State: Racist Imprimatur, State Terror, Media as WMD, Language as Psy War;DDAA 07: Absolut

Digest commentary:
Moans and groans from the left and right combine to deceive. Whining about the 'loss of america', the need to 'take back' some mythical peoples' democracy they claim is now held hostage by a rabid rightwing republican/neocon aberration. Not only is that racist and revisionist history, it's setting us up for another round on the endless electoral merry-go-round to secure our consent and loyalty to the dictatorship of capital. Capitalism is a bipartisan economic-political system, united around the essential need for U.S. world supremacy, not one bunch or another of electoral politicians and policies.

The non-Anglo-American world knows, as should we, that the major enemy of the worlds' peoples and nations is the U.S. ruling class whose barbaric white supremacist history is painted over with patriotic, paralyzing myths of 'american exceptionalism' -- north america and white people as god's chosen -- not the racist settler state it is, grown fat from genocide, slavery, terror and war into imperialist [global] capitalism whose 'manifest destiny' mission today is, and always been, global conquest.

The U.S. is a bipartisan dictatorship of monopoly finance capital whose crimes against humanity surpass the crimes of openly fascist dictatorships but are disguised in psychologically-persuasive language and liberal democratic trappings for the class and "race" privileged, open fascist terror for the poor and oppressed.

Relentless lies and crimes carried out in the name of the people, by the people, through U.S. history of white supremacist 'manifest destiny' have deformed millions of human beings who consider themselves superior into pathetic, cruel, mindless, hollow ciphers without concern or curiosity for anything beyond immediate gratification of their well-programmed desires. A meticulously groomed majority so seduced by white supremacy's privileges that the ruling class can count on their reliable indifference to its state's genocide against Black & brown oppressed peoples and nations here in the "homeland", or anywhere else in "their " world. A stupid, smug, self-satisfied mob easily distracted by a calculated violence and vulgarity, that's in thrall and indebted to all dehumanizing voices of 'authority' from any industry- -- military, religious, pop 'scientific', cultural, fashion, 'entertainment'. Americans' racist ignorant arrogance would be a sick joke were it not so deadly. People willingly convinced and politically contained by carefully constructed patriotism and electoral politics 'freeing' us from our humanity, from being truly alive, conscious human agents of change, passionate about the world and our responsibility for it --- 'liberated' into the robotic slavery of degraded and degrading 'lifestyles' fed by exploitation and racist oppression, 'liberated' into willing accomplices of capitalist state terrorism fueled by fascist fantasies, born of U.S. capitalism's insatiable greed and geo-strategic weakness in a world where millions are willing to die resisting it's strangulation and where resistance is defeating its fascist juggernaut.

Freedom is knowing and resisting the enemy, taking history into our hands, not capitulating and betraying humanity and ourselves, it means joining the real majority in the world to resist the U.S. world war of terror and tyranny against opposition and resistance to its savage global hegemony.


"Creative Chaos"
Felicity Arbuthnot
June 27, 2007
It is just sixteen months since an Iraqi friend said of the demolition of the golden-domed Al Askari Shrine in Samarra: "We can cry no more. There are no tears left." The Shrine was the resting place of the tenth and eleventh Imams, Ali al-Hadi and his son Hasan al-Askari. The twelfth Imam Muhammed al-Mahdi, is believed by Shias to have been born in Samarra and will return to save the world. A saviour was never more needed. The Shrine was destroyed after the US troops took control of the city.
Samarra, which, in the ninth century, was the Abbasid capital, was not alone a place of pilgrimage for the Shrine, but a legend in Arab history, revered for the artistic, literary and scientific splendours it brought the world, at the dawn of a millennium. Now, the slender, superb, hundred foot high minarets, which flanked the Shrine in their rich, gold and turquoise beauty have also been demolished. Like so much else in Mesopotamia's wealth of haunting historical wonders, which have survived invasions from time immemorial, they have been consigned to dust under the watch of Uncle Sam's crusaders.
From the country's founding to Saddam Hussein, with the exception of the Mongol destruction (1258 and 1401 A.D.) every ruler or regime, whatever its political hue, has strived not only to preserve the past, but also to leave something more superb than the previous one, for future generations to inherit and to gaze in awe, as believed incumbent by the Caliphs. It has taken America and Britain to destroy or defile the irreplaceable, even that in honour of the Gods themselves: mosques, churches, temples, shrines, monasteries, convents and even the resting places of the dead. A unique, unforgivable wickedness. Nearby the Shrine is the Malwiya (the spiral minaret) of the remains of the Great Mosque, built in A.D. 852 (although the Malwiya may have predated it) from bricks and clay, naturally golden from the glistening earth from which they came, the Mosque with its ten metre high walls, nearly three metres thick and supported by forty-four towers. US soldiers made a snipers' den at the top of the Malwiya, which resulted in it being seriously damaged. Sinners, the spiritual and those simply in wonder, have been tiptoeing in awe up the narrow, circular walkway of this gift to succeeding generations, for more than a thousand years - now, its mysticism too, is corrupted.

The destruction of the minarets, however, seems to bear an uncanny resemblance to events of that of the Shrine on 22nd February last year. The building had been sealed off and US and Iraqi troops were there from dawn. Residents assumed that dignitaries were to visit. Then the explosions felled the great gold topped Mosque, visible, glinting in golden splendour, under the sun, to travellers throughout history from thirty kilometres away, who, one might speculate, had whispered as they pointed, in reverance, as the drivers always did with me: "Samarra ..."

Reports and rumours differ regarding last week's desecration, but one fact seems consistent. The area around the Mosque had been sealed to cars and pedestrians since February 2006. It was guarded day and night, the four entrances also sealed and snipers were placed on rooftops around the site. Samarra itself has restricted entrance, with US soldiers and security personnel trained by them checking those going in or out. Yet somehow, sufficient explosive to destroy the two minarets entered the city - and those who did it spirited themselves into a sealed area and a sealed Mosque compound. That Interior Ministry forces had, it seems, taken over security for the Shrine in April, a Ministry spectacularly failing a reputation for shining integrity, is surely just another coincidence.

Further, AMSI noted on 13th June, the day of the attack: "It is also worthy to mention that the explosion last year had happened after a severe political crisis between blocs involved in the political process (under) the occupation. After the elections ... the establishment of the government was delayed at that time. This is quite similar to the political crisis faced by the government and parliament these days."

Donald Rumsfeld is quoted as saying that "creative chaos" was a valid strategy in Iraq. Stirring dissent, "divide and rule" has been an invaders' tactic since time immemorial - and none better at it than the US - and their British allies, from Belfast to Basra, where British operatives in Arab dress were caught with a car full of explosives (and a police station demolished by the British army to free them and no questions asked ever asked since.)... the army ID tags of two of the three kidnapped US soldiers, Spc. Alex R.Jiminez and Pvt. Byron Fouty, were allegedly found in a house near Samarra, four days before the minarets destruction. If this is true, it is not beyond belief that some US element or their militia might have thought to wreak revenge by furthering an inflammatory situation, setting more Iraqis against each other.

Last year a savvy Baghdadi friend said of Samarra's tragedy: "The Americans keep us in a constant state of chaos, they call it 'positive instability'.

Within twenty four hours of the second attack on Samarra's Shrine, thirteen Sunni mosques had been attacked from northern Mosul to southern Basra.

The cynic might speculate that the attacks (and they are ongoing) seemed co-ordinated in their instancy and thoroughness. Where were Britain's representatives of the "finest army in the world", as nine mosques, under their watch, in Basra and Basra Province, were fired or demolished? Between all the "surges", "crackdowns", "offences", "sweeps", "pacifications", rings of steel, raids, roundups, door smashing, trashing and stealing, there are still enough explosives and expertise to demolish the sanctities of the sacred? Sanctities for beliefs which had been revered and respected by all creeds, many with roots from the time of Mohammed and Christ. The start of destruction followed immediately, the invading US/UK crusaders' tanks. (And lest we forget, again a reminder that the British troops entered Basra with tanks and vehicles flying the St George flag: the crusaders' flag and Bush, of course declared his illegal Iraq onslaught a "crusade" - twice.) There is also the matter of the bombing over the border in Iran: "This bomb had a British accent", said a government spokesman. Who knows, but few would go in to shock if it proved correct.

In a seamless, almost instantaneous performance of singing from the same hymn sheet, Lt. General Martin Dempsey said the Samarra attack was: "clearly a signature attack of Al Qaeda" (where do they find these ludicrous expressions? It was Colin Powell and Dick Cheney who have signed bombs that fell on Iraq, not a trait attributed to Al Qaeda.) Major General Benjamin Moxon, repeated the statement almost word for word, as did US "Ambassador" Ryan Crocker, and General David Petreous. Never mind there had been no forensic - or any other kind of - investigation.

King Abdullah of Jordan called Samarra: "A heinous crime which offended all Muslims". Iraq's religious leaders were united in scepticism: Shaykh Al Khalisi told Shi'ia followers that the act was "a plan by the occupation to stir up sectarian strife". Saleh al-Haidiri, Head of the Shi'ite Endownment in Iraq said it was: "A criminal act (aimed) at creating sectarian strife." Sheikh Jawad al-Khaliss commented: "This is part of a vicious scheme to drag Iraqi people into sectarian strife", with the Association of Muslim scholars also blaming the occupation forces and their loyalists. Muqtada al Sadr, whose running between hare and hounds has become somewhat dizzying, nevertheless blamed the: "... cursed American, Israeli scenario that aims to spread turmoil (and) hatred ..." More than 3,000 Sadr loyalists staged a protest in Najaf, chanting, "No, no to America!", "No, no to Israel!" and "No, no to sedition!" reported the Jordan Times.

Already the unrest has had spokespeople in Washington consolidating their desire for staying in Iraq, like South Korea, for perhaps, fifty years. The reasoning: because those backward Iraqis are not trained and organised to run their country yet. In 1989 (the last year before the embargo) the year's UN Report called the country near first world, with explemporary medical, education, clean water and infrastructure....

It would be naive not also at least to speculate that much of the strife, destruction, torment within Iraq, came from the top in the Pentagon and State Department, a point proved by the latest revelations regarding Abu Ghraib. With call for Bush's impeachment and for Blair's trial at the International Criminal Court, at the Hague mounting, along with their appointed apparatchiks... there must be many hoping that the genocide committed with them at the helm... the US forces newest assault on people living in their own land is: "Operation Arrowhead Ripper".

Felicity Arbuthnot is a journalist and activist who has visited the Arab and Muslim world on numerous occasions. She has written and broadcast on Iraq, her coverage of which was nominated for several awards. She was also senior researcher for John Pilger's award-winning documentary "Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq". http://www.johnpilger.com/page.asp?partID=

Pretext: "al Qaeda" is U.S. "terrorist" target, not Iraqi Resistance
By Chris Floyd
As Glenn Greenwald, among others, has pointed out, the new Bushist line is that everyone killed by American forces in Iraq is "al Qaeda" – a transparent falsehood belied by the Pentagon's own assessments but now mindlessly adopted by almost every corporate media venue, with the honorable exception (as always) of McClatchy Newspapers. Of course, the Invader-in-Chief and his multitude of bootlickers in traditional media and the blogosphere have always vastly inflated the numbers and importance of those elements in Iraq that are associated with al Qaeda in some way, however tenuous. Indeed, we know, again from the Pentagon itself, that the exaggeration of "al Qaeda's" influence in Iraq has been part of a deliberate, well-funded "psy-ops" scheme. (See "Hubub in Hibhib: The Timely Death of al-Zarqawi.") But now they have decided to dispense with the subtleties of psy-ops and simply repeat "al Qaeda" with every breath, in an effort to demonize all resistance (both in Iraq and at home, both violent and non-violent) ...
06/28/07 "ICH" ...This slander is being applied even to those Iraqis who have taken up arms against the very "al Qaeda" terrorists that the American military is purportedly protecting them from, Iraqis who are cooperating with the American-backed government and its American-trained military and security forces. The BBC reports about an horrific massacre of Iraqi civilians last week – an air attack with missiles and gunships that literally ripped to shreds the bodies of village guards who had just returned from a raid with Iraqi government forces on a suspected terrorist hideout. These men were then accused of being "al Qaeda gunmen" in Pentagon press releases trumpeting this magnificent feat of arms – accusations then duly (not to mention dully) parroted in the press.... http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/1798/1/

Iraq's Sectarian Bloodshed 'Made in the USA'
Iraq never had a history of sectarian conflicts. U.S. policy choices provided a perfect road map for starting one
by Erik Leaver and Raed Jarrar
Asia Times
As each day is greeted with news of Iraq's daily death toll, the media debates whether Iraq is embroiled in an all-out civil war....
Foreign politicians have a history of misguided analysis about the potential for civil war in Iraq. In 1920, British Prime Minister David Lloyd George warned of civil war if the British army withdrew from Iraq. The exact same thing is heard today in the United States...the same Iraqis George wanted to protect from each other [sic] instead united in a revolution against the British occupation forces. With rising opposition within the Shi'ite ranks against the occupation, the United States could see a similar revolt in the coming months.
Iraqi Shia and Sunnis have lived in harmony for centuries. Historically, the two sects lived in the same areas, intermarried, worked together and didn't fight over religious beliefs. During the decade of U.S.-imposed sanctions, Iraq's generally secular society became far more religious. This transformation even affected the secular Baathist regime, which gave Islam a bigger role in schools and other aspects of everyday life. Still, there were no social conflicts based on religious differences in the country. When the United States ousted Saddam Hussein in April 2003, crime spiked and full-scale looting erupted. But there were still no signs of sectarian clashes. That quickly changed, however, as the U.S. administration assumed control over Iraq, led by Paul Bremer. Bremer, attempting to put an Iraqi face on the occupation, appointed members to the Iraqi Governing Council. Instead of reflecting how Iraqis saw themselves, the council's makeup mirrored and reinforced the U.S. sectarian view of the population . . .[continued]


. . . anything other than the continuance of government under the national-unity government, with Iraq as a unified country, would be disastrous.--Ehsan Ahrari, "Iraq's downward spiral toward partition," Asia Times, August 11, 2006]

In Iraq, in contrast to the embedded lie that the killings are now almost entirely sectarian, 70 per cent of the 1,666 bombs exploded by the resistance in July were directed against the American occupiers and 20 per cent against the puppet police force. Civilian casualties amounted to 10 per cent. In other words, unlike the collective punishment meted out by the US, such as the killing of several thousand people in Fallujah, the resistance is fighting basically a military war and it is winning. That truth is suppressed, as it was in Vietnam.--John Pilger, "Return Of People Power," New Statesman, September 4, 2006

The Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by James Baker, the former US secretary of state, is preparing to report after next month's congressional elections amid signs that sectarian violence and attacks on coalition forces are spiralling out of control. --Sarah Baxter, "America ponders cutting Iraq in three," Sunday Times, October 8, 2006

A dirty little secret from 5,000 years of history: Ethnic cleansing works.--Ralph Peters, "Blood borders: How a better Middle East would look," Armed Forces Journal, August 2006

The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing.--Ralph Peters, " Constant Conflict" Parameters, US Army War College Quarterly, Summer 1997, pp. 4-14]

Enver Masud, "Basra: Were the 'British' Undercover Agents Carrying Explosives? Why?," The Wisdom Fund, September 28, 2005

The post-invasion stage in Iraq also is an interesting case study of fanning discontent among enemies, . . . Like their SOG predecessors in Vietnam, U.S. elite forces in Iraq turned to fostering infighting among their Iraqi adversaries on the tactical and operational level.--Thomas H. Henriksen, "THE WAR: Divide et Impera," Hoover Digest, 2006 - No. 1 - Winter Issue]

"Mosque Bombing: Who Benefits? Iran Blames U.S.," The Wisdom Fund, February 23, 2006

Unity between Shias and Sunnis has always been a barrier to the success of the occupation.--Dahr Jamail and Simon Assaf, "United Iraqi protests against US divide and rule policy," socialistworker.co.uk, March 4, 2006

"Puppet Government Takes Charge in Iraq," The Wisdom Fund, May 21, 2006

Al-Mash'hadani accused the American forces of standing behind terrorist attacks in Iraq--"Mashhadani on Americastan in Iraq," Al Hayat, August 8, 2006

"This is a skilled and determined enemy. He's ruthless. He's got a thirst for blood like I've never seen anywhere in my life," said Army Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr., 1st Cavalry Division commander in charge of military operations throughout the capital since late last year.

Divide and Conquer: Proven Tactic of U.S. Military
by Stan Moore
Dissident Voice
...It is instructive to take a look to the past to understand the present. It is useful to examine the colonization of the North American continent and the expulsion, even historic genocide, of the native inhabitants to see how the U.S. military has a proven history of conquering peoples by dividing them and turning them against their own people.

For instance, perhaps the single most freedom-loving human ever spoken of in recorded history of the North American continent was Crazy Horse, the warrior of the Oglala Lakota people. Crazy Horse saw the invasion of huge armies of white people into his native land. Crazy Horse loved his land and he loved his people. He was perfectly willing to sacrifice his own basic needs of food and shelter to provide for his people, sometimes going hungry for days so that others could eat food he had obtained by hunting. Crazy Horse surely knew that military victory against such huge numbers of heavily armed invader/colonizers was improbable. But he loved his freedom. He loved his Lakota way of life, and he refused to surrender his freedom, or to sell out his people. But, ultimately his people sold Crazy Horse out. The U.S. Army was able to recruit Indian Scouts, not only from the hated Crow nation to fight against the Lakota, but Lakotas were recruited as scouts into the U.S. Army. Crazy Horse and his small band could probably never have been tracked, much less captured by U.S. soldiers working alone. But with the aid of Indian Scouts, they were tracked and trailed and pursued until they were captured. In prison, at Camp Robinson, Nebraska, Crazy Horse was ultimately bayoneted and killed by U.S. soldiers. No, not by white soldiers, but by Lakotas enlisted in the U.S. Army. Crazy Horse lost his freedom and then his life under the U.S. military' policy of divide and conquer.

Geronimo was an Apache from the desert in Arizona. Like his fellow Apaches, he was an expert at what is now called "guerilla warfare." He fought all his life against Mexicans and American settlers until the U.S. Army came and divided his people and took his freedom. Like Crazy Horse, Geronimo could have evaded capture if only white soldiers had tried to pursue him. But his fellow Apaches took the handouts and the horses and the rifles of the U.S. Army and they tracked Geronimo down. But, unlike Crazy Horse, Geronimo ultimately became comfortable in his new lifestyle. He learned how to "capitalize" on his warrior fame, and would charge for his photograph and make money off his fame. Geronimo died an old man, part of the system that had divided his people and conquered his own freedom-loving spirit.

The people of Iraq were a prosperous people for a number of years due to the presence of oil under their homeland. If their leader, Saddam Hussein, had been willing to sign a contract with Bechtel corporation of the U.S. (for an oil pipeline between Iraq and Jordan; amazingly with cooperation of the Israelis and an Isreali "cut" in the profits), they would likely be prosperous still, and Saddam Hussein's lot in life would likely be very different than it is right now. We know that the U.S. prioritized support of the regime of Saddam Hussein during the Iran/Iraq war, even arming him and turning their heads from action against his known use of chemical weapons in warfare. If Saddam had been willing to do continued business with Donald Rumsfeld, George Schultz, and other high-level American officials connected to the petroleum industry, the Iraqi people would likely never have had to suffer through years of economic deprivations enforced by the U.S. military after America's client, Kuwait, provoked Saddam into an ill-considered retaliatory invasion. So it is that Iraq has become a poor country, with a high death rate of its children and now massive suffering from a pre-emptive war brought against it by America and a coalition partner or two. The tactics of divide and conquer used against the Lakota and the Apache are now used against the Sunni and the Shia. And these tactics work So, we see Shiites trading smiles for wheat wafers. We see Iraqis waving flags for the camera and speaking in broken English for their conquerors. We see the U.S. ferrying in Iraqi warriors to fight against their brethren.
We see freedom loving Iraqis who do not consent to colonization slain as they defend their freedom and their homes and homeland... puppet leaders of Iraq who do just like their Native American counterparts did -- sell out to the powerful and make out like bandits against their own people....
Stan Moore lives in San Geronimo, CA. He can be contacted at: hawkman11@hotmail.com Gamila Zahran's Arabian Sights gzahran@wanadoo.fr

CIA Terror Bombings, Bob Gates, and The Rise of Hezbollah
Michael Schwartz
While the atrocities reported in the "family jewels" are certainly atrocious in their own right, they are actually a tiny corner of a larger history that includes all manner of crimes against humanity, from mayhem against individuals to full fledged state terrorism.

MKULTRA: CIA mind-altering included children with Big Pharma & Nazi Help
Of all the heinous acts committed by the CIA in the name of national security, these experiments, done on the agency's behalf by prominent psychiatrists on innocent victims - including children as young as four - may be the darkest.... The release of the Family Jewels documents revealed the CIA handsomely funded these real-life Dr Strangeloves and engaged pharmaceutical companies to help its experiments. The agency appealed to Big Pharma to pass on any drugs that could not be marketed because of "unfavourable side effects" to be tested on mice and monkeys. Any drugs that passed muster would then be used, according to an internal memo, on volunteer US soldiers.

The Family Jewels files do not provide further detail into the numerous mind-control programs, such as MKULTRA, covertly propped up by the agency. In 1953, MKULTRA was given 6% of the total CIA budget without any oversight. Only the tip of a large iceberg had been previously released by the CIA under Freedom of Information Act provisions. The nature of the experiments, gathered from government documents and testimony in numerous lawsuits brought against the CIA, is shocking, from testing LSD on children to implanting electrodes in victims' brains to deliberately poisoning people with uranium.

"The CIA bought my services from my grandfather in 1952 starting at the tender age of four," wrote Carol Rutz of her experiences. "Over the next 12 years, I was tested, trained, and used in various ways. Electroshock, drugs, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, and other types of trauma were used to make me complain and split my personality (to create multiple personalities for specific tasks). Each alter or personality was created to respond to a post-hypnotic trigger, then perform an act and (I would) not remember it later." This Manchurian Candidate program was just one of the operational uses of the mind-control scenario by the CIA.

The US began these experiments after World War II when it made a grab for hundreds of Nazi scientists and doctors who had been researching [SIC] mind control in concentration camps, fearing they would fall into Soviet hands....that they were falling behind the communist bloc in the brainwashing race. The programs, though carefully hidden, continued into the 1970s when Helms ordered much of the documentation to be destroyed...
The attorney for Sirhan Sirhan, Lawrence Teeter, has said his client was programmed to assassinate Robert Kennedy in 1968.
Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, volunteered to take part in CIA mind-control experiments when he was a student at Harvard University in the late 50s.

Col. Moe Davis: Portrait Of A Military Propagandist
In 2004 the chief prosecutor for the Office of Military Commissions wrote a how-to guide for manipulating the media complete with a six-point plan, "Effective Engagement in the Public Opinion Arena: A Leadership Imperative in the Information Age" which he published in Air & Space Power, an official journal of the Air Force. In this telling little treatise, Moe concedes that the public has "questions about operations in Iraq, prisoner abuse allegations at military confinement facilities, etc. Moe maintains that these challenges require the Armed Services to seriously beef up their public relations campaign. As the Colonel so eloquently puts it "For better or worse, public opinion matters. Public opinion affects the political arena and can influence funding, oversight and direction to the Department of Defense ... military's historical approach to responding to controversy is inadequate in today's instantaneous information age. The military's rules of engagement in the competition for the public's opinion need to be reassessed."
Moe reminds military authorities to craft a message and "stay on the offensive" and notes approvingly that Air Force training now involves extensive media relations instruction including such courses as The War for Public Opinion: Propaganda, Public Affairs and the Military-Media Relationship, which might as well be called Misinformation 101.... Today, Moe was given one of the most prized bullhorns in American media, an op-ed in the New York Times, the "paper of record."... Moe refers to PR work as "engagement in the public opinion arena." In military terminology, "engagement" means combat or a hostile exchange and indeed, Moe's articles and interviews constitute a propaganda assault on the American people. The Colonel has become a central figure in a DoD propaganda campaign against a public that is growing increasingly aware of, and hostile to, the Bush administration's program of illegal indefinite detention, endless war and secrecy. Colonel Moe Davis: remember his name and remember that he is a propagandist by trade.

Effective Engagement in the Public Opinion Arena: A Leadership Imperative in the Information Age
Col Morris D. Davis
Document created: 5 November 04
Air & Space Power Journal - Chronicles Online Journal

"The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media"
former CIA Director William Colby in Bernstein's 10/77 Rolling stone article

"While Hollywood takes care of fiction, the enormous monopoly press, together with the outflow of slick, clever, expensive magazines, attends to what it chooses to call ‘news. Within separate countries, one or two news agencies control the news handouts, so that a deadly uniformity is achieved, regardless of the number of separate newspapers or magazines; while internationally, the financial preponderance of the United States is felt more and more through its foreign correspondents and offices abroad, as well as through its influence over inter-national capitalist journalism. Under this guise, a flood of anti-liberation propaganda emanates from the capital cities of the West, directed against China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Algeria, Ghana and all countries which hack out their own independent path to freedom. Prejudice is rife. For example, wherever there is armed struggle against the forces of reaction, the nationalists are referred to as rebels, terrorists, or frequently ‘communist terrorists'! "
 Osageyfo Kwame Nkrumah, "Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of Imperialism" 1965

The US Mass Media:Tool of Disinformation And Control
Larry Pinkney
By definition, the word "media" is the plural of the word medium which is, in relevant part, defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as, "An agency by which something is accomplished, conveyed, or transferred." For purposes of clarification, in this instance, reference to "the US mass media" is including not only corporately controlled newspaper, radio, and television so-called "news" outlets, wire services, and information sources, but also most of the schools, colleges, and universities throughout America, where those of our Black youth who are not dead or in penitentiaries are calculatedly and callously miseducated.

When closely considering the above definition of the word "medium," we must ponder precisely what it is that the mass media of white America exists to "accomplish," and how - what is to be accomplished- is actually "conveyed or transferred," as it pertains specifically to the economic, political, and cultural disposition of Black Americans past, present, and future. From its very inception, the institutions of that entity which became known as the United States of America, made it crystal clear that the lot of Black people on this continent was to be one of collective inferiority, destitution, and subservience. However, what is often missed is that this position of collective inferiority, destitution, and subservience of Black people was and continues to be rationalized, maintained, and perpetuated by a US mass media whose objective is to misinform, disinform, and miseducate Black people and other people of color. A people who do not know, collectively, who they are, their enormous past achievements, or their incalculable contributions to humanity as a whole are incapable of attaining or even aspiring to attain the heights of greatness reserved for all human beings and their rightful and equal place in the human family. Thus, the ongoing and despicable role of the US mass media, be it in the form of so-called "news" and information or the miseducation of Black and other people of color in schools, colleges, and universities in the 21st Century, throughout America....
Contrary to alleged conventional wisdom, it is not "the medium that is the message" or vice versa; it is the debilitating and vile intent of the medium that is the actual ongoing powerful and crippling message to Black people, sometimes in overt form and at other times, insidiously subtle. The US mass media of white America and its surrogates is to Black and other people of color, akin to a virus that horribly weakens and debilitates the body. It is reminiscent of how true history reminds us that deadly disease-infested blankets were distributed by certain whites on this continent to Indigenous so-called "Indian" people in the name of honor and helping them. Such is the reality of the US mass media, both past and present.
Black America knows, from continuous and deeply painful first-hand experience, that those politicians and "journalists" who, for example, feign surprise and ignorance at there having been no so-called "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq are, in fact, part and parcel of what the US mass media and "educational" system have always been about: deceit and disinformation...
We must endeavor to be discerning. The US mass media is not, nor has it ever been, the friend of Black America. We must constantly educate ourselves and our youth to this reality, realizing the folly of allowing the US mass media to miseducate us. We must support and create those sources which serve our political, social, and economic interests. Nothing less will do as we remain determined to persevere and keep it real in our struggle alongside the rest of humanity.
BC Columnist Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Russian Probe Shuts U.S. NGO Media Foundation
By Peter Finn
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, June 29, 2007
MOSCOW -- The Educated Media Foundation a nonprofit organization in Russia funded by the U.S. government to train journalists and improve management at local television stations has been shuttered by a criminal investigation that critics charge is politically motivated.The effective closure of the foundation, whose computers have been seized and bank accounts frozen, is the starkest example yet of the Russian government's hostility to Western-funded nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs. The authorities accuse them of trying to foment the kind of political discontent that brought on street revolutions in neighboring Ukraine and Georgia. Russia has tightened registration and reporting requirements for the entire nongovernmental sector, with special restrictions on foreign-funded groups. President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned that Russia will not tolerate interference in its internal affairs.

The NED, NGOs and the Imperial Uses of Philanthropy: Why They Hate Our Kind Hearts, Too
In recent years, nations have challenged the activities and very existence of non-governmental organizations. Russia, Zimbabwe, and Eritrea have enacted new measures requiring registration; "Open Society Institute" affiliates have been shut down in Eastern Europe; and Venezuela has charged the Súmate NGO leaders with treason. In Iraq and Afghanistan, staff of Western charitable NGOs (CARE and Doctors Without Borders) have been assassinated.

What are these organizations, and who or what is behind them?

They are heirs of the missionaries, who did many good deeds, bringing sewing machines to Bulgaria, ideas of women's liberation to Chinese footbinders, and life-saving medicines to the less industrialized world. Yet the missionaries also served as scouts for corporations and colonizers, tying knots with the most ambitious local people, especially those adept at bilingualism.
Missionaries are still operating today, but the field has become more intensely populated and diverse. Today's NGOs are elephantine, serpentine, and Byzantine. They may be international organizations, their local affiliates, or seemingly spontaneous grassroots groups.

Most funding and direction come from the wealthy nations. Often the donors form a conglomerate creating mutual responsibility and considerable ambiguity. CIVICUS, a partnership to promote "civil society" worldwide, is funded by, among others, American Express Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Canadian International Development Agency, Ford Foundation, Harvard University, Oxfam, and United Nations Development Programme.

If the source is confusing, the message is usually clear: "democratization" strives for civil rights and elections, but it also must include an open door to foreign capital, labor contracts, resource extraction, and military training. These networks also define "civil society" to include rock concerts and street mobs, but not government-provided maternal health clinics, child care, or senior services.

Affluent nations' government agencies are important NGO funders. The most notorious is the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED; ostensibly a non°©governmental foundation), created by Congress in 1983 to do openly what had been CIA cold war covert activities. When these operations were revealed in 1967, there was shock, not so much because the US was covertly funding foreign political and labor groups, but because organizations such as the National Education Association, American Newspaper Guild, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, and the National Student Association were secretly used as pass-throughs, and all but the top officers were unwitting. Actual and phony foundations also distributed CIA funds....
Why would these philanthropic efforts offend anyone? Why do they hate our kind hearts?
In the first place, these public-private philanthropies have worked together to fund and direct overthrow movements. We had a "Subversive Activities Control Board" here, but export was encouraged. The grantees' activities included destabilization, the creation of mobs preventing elected governments from ruling, chaos, and violence. Among those funded were the Civic Forum in Czechoslovakia, Solidarity in Poland, Union of Democratic Forces in Bulgaria, Otpor in Serbia, and, more recently, similar groups in the succession states of the USSR. Sometimes mobs (especially of young people) have been moved around from one country to another to give the impression of vast popular opposition. The NED, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, and the Soros philanthropies have been particularly active in these operations. Human Rights Watch (formerly Helsinki Watch) has nurtured opposition groups. Reformers seeking social democracy or democratic socialism were excluded; such systems might oppress the "vulture capitalists." [...]

SURPRISE! another timely state terrorist manufactured threat
..." not beyond reasonable speculation to suspect "al-Qaeda"[NBC]...whips up 911 racist war hysteria...
US urges vigilance after London bombs defused, but sees no specific July 4 threat 12:39AM (updated)
Unexploded car bombs in London led to extra patrols in the United States on Friday, but Bush administration officials said they saw no special terrorist threat. http://www.iht.com/indexes/ap/apsectionindex.php?section=america

Brown Proves He's Continue Blair Tradition as US Lapdog
Brown outlines terror crackdown
A new terrorism order will give the Treasury the power to stop funds reaching anyone in the UK suspected of planning terror attacks...Brown "will take the lead in targeting terrorist finance and abuse of the global capital system". http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/6035861.stm

The "Use of the Armed Forces" in America under a National Emergency
Unrestricted & Arbitrary Powers conferred to the President & Vice President
by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

In October 2006, Bush signed into law the Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007[DDAA 07]. 
DDAA 07 includes specific provisions which allow the military to take control of  normal policy and law enforcement functions at the Federal and State levels.  Sec. 1042 of the DDAA 07 overturns the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prevents the military from intervening in the conduct of civilian government activities, including the conduct of Justice and Law Enforcement. Posse Comitatus has been central to the functioning of constitutional government. (It should be noted that other previous pieces of legislation have already invalidated the substance of Posse Comitatus).

What is significant in these specific provisions of DDAA 07 (Sec. 1042) is that  they dovetail the provisions of Bush's National Security Presidential and Homeland Directive (NSPD 51, HSPD 20) enacted on May 9, 2007. NSPD 51 would essentially scrap Constitutional government in the case of a so-called  "Catastrophic Emergency". . 
If an emergency situation were to be called by the President, NSPD 51 would instate martial law under the authority of the White House and the Department of Homeland Security. It would suspend constitutional government under the provisions of Continuity in Government (COG). It would establish extraordinary powers for the president and vice-president. 

The provisions of NSPD 51 are consistent with an existing body of legislation and regulations pertaining to alleged terrorist attacks on the Homeland and the declaration of martial law. Sec. 1042 of DDAA 07, however, goes much further in defining the role of the Military in the case of a "Catastrophic Emergency." Sec 1042 essentially defines the discretionary powers which would be conferred to the president and the vice president if  NSPD 51 were to be applied.
Sec. 1042 of the DDAA 07, which was apparently slipped in at the last minute at the request of the White House as an amendment of Sec. 333, pertains to the  "Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies." Sec 1042 is extremely explicit; it virtually creates a Pinochet style environment for the mass arrest of political dissidents without trial, the storming of public rallies, etc.   It provides specific details regarding the powers conferred to the President and Vice President in the case of a "Catastrophic Emergency" as envisaged under NSPD 51: 

The president "may employ the armed forces ... to restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States" 

Unrestricted powers are granted to the White House. The President would have the authority to suspend  civilian law enforcement at the federal and state levels and call in the Military, which would be in charge of  suppressing "domestic violence" "insurrection"( e.g. public rallies), or "conspiracy", meaning anybody who might express dissent, indignation or opposition to the Bush Administration for having scrapped the Constitution.
The emphasis of Sec1042 is in relation to actions directed against "domestic enemies" rather than bona fide "defense" in relation to attacks by foreign forces, which is part of the Military's mandate.
Taken together, NSPD 51 and Sec 1042 of the DDAA 07 define the contours of a "democratic dictatorship" in America  under the authority of the White House. We are not dealing, however, with "Military Rule" or "Military Government" as normally understood, because the authority to govern under the provisions of NSPD 51 is vested in the President and the Vice President. What is at stake  is the unrestricted and arbitrary "Use" of the Military by the President /Vice President in the conduct of police and law enforcement functions, while bypassing the US Congress and the Judiciary.   

Full text of DDAA 07: Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 is at

Secret Trials For Terrorists, Says US Judge
David Nason, Chicago
A TOP-RANKING US judge has stunned a conference of Australian judges and barristers in Chicago by advocating secret trials for terrorists, more surveillance of Muslim populations across North America and an end to counter-terrorism efforts being "hog-tied" by the US constitution.
Judge Richard Posner, a supposedly liberal-leaning jurist regarded by many as a future US Supreme Court candidate, said traditional concepts of criminal justice were inadequate to deal with the terrorist threat and the US had "over-invested" in them.
His proposed "big brother" solutions flabbergasted delegates at the Australian Bar Association's biennial conference, where David Hicks's lawyer, Major Michael Mori, is to be awarded honorary life membership.
"We have to fight terrorism with our strengths, and our strengths evolve around technology, including the technology of surveillance," said Justice Posner, a prolific legal scholar who sits on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
"Are there terrorist plots that are at a formative stage among the large US Muslim community of two to three million people? In the 600,000 Canadian Muslim population, are there people planning attacks on the US?
"What we have to do is discover the extent of the terrorist threat to the US. There is a danger, and it demands a rethinking of some of our conventional views on the limits of national security measures. "We should think of surveillance as preventative, not punitive. We should think of controls that have nothing to do with warrants or traditional criminal justice to prevent abuses." http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17934.htm

United States still has some 10,000 nuclear weapons-each one far more powerful than the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki? And that several thousand are on alert able to be launched within a matter of minutes? If the Bush administration gets its way, the United States will replace its entire arsenal with new warheads over the next two decades. http://tinyurl.com/2zwbml

Congress Votes to Send Iran President Before U.N. Court
Today the House of Representatives passed H. Con.Res.21, a resolution that pressures the United Nations Security Council to charge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with violating the 1948 Convention on Genocide and the United Nations Charter because of his alleged calls for the destruction of Israel.

Acts of war against Iran to "destabilize" Iran
 U.S. Bill TO deny supply of gasoline to Iran
 Under the proposed legislation, any company that provides Iran with gasoline or helps it import gasoline after the end of the year could lose its access to U.S. customers. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20070628-1518-us-iran.html


US pressures European banks and energy firms away from Iran:
 The United States is piling pressure on European banks and energy firms to avoid doing business with Iran, sending a blunt message that reputations are at stake if they do so, officials and analysts said.


U.S.: Iran, N.Korea missile threat rising:
 The top U.S. missile defense official warned Thursday that the ballistic threat from Iran and North Korea was rapidly growing and defended Washington's plans to base parts of its anti-missile shield program in Central Europe.

Obama would consider missile strikes on Iran:
U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama suggested Friday that the United States one day might have to launch surgical missile strikes into Iran and Pakistan to keep extremists from getting control of nuclear bombs.

Digest note: Juan Cole is a liberal imperialist-zionist who defends Israel's right to exist with a "two state solution" but this report truthfully exposes u.s./israeli psywar propaganda:

Ahmadinejad: "I am not anti-Semitic"
Palestinians should Decide on Two-State Solution
By Juan Cole
06/27/07 "ICH" -- -- Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul continue to show themselves among the few in Congress with any integrity and backbone. They declined to go along with a resolution charging Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad with incitement to genocide, given his alleged call for Israel to be 'wiped off the face of the map.' As most of my readers know, Ahmadinejad did not use that phrase in Persian. He quoted an old saying of Ayatollah Khomeini calling for 'this occupation regime over Jerusalem" to "vanish from the page of time.' Calling for a regime to vanish is not the same as calling for people to be killed. Ahmadinejad has not to my knowledge called for anyone to be killed. (Wampum has more; as does the American Street).
If Ahmadinejad is a genocidal maniac who just wants to kill Jews, then why are there 20,000 Jews in Iran with a member of parliament in Tehran? Couldn't he start at home if that was what he is really about?

I was talking to two otherwise well-informed Israeli historians a couple of weeks ago, and they expressed the conviction that Ahmadinejad had threatened to nuke Israel. I was taken aback. First of all, Iran doesn't have a nuke. Second, there is no proof that Iran even has a nuclear weapons program. Third, Ahmadinejad has denied wanting a bomb. Fourth, Ahmadinejad has never threatened any sort of direct Iranian military action against Israel. In other words, that is a pretty dramatic fear for educated persons to feel, on the basis of . . . nothing.

I renew my call to readers to write protest letters to newspapers and other media every time they hear it alleged that Ahmadinejad (or "Iran"!) has threatened to "wipe Israel off the map." There is no such idiom in Persian and it is not what he said, and the mistranslation gives entirely the wrong impression. Wars can start over bad translations.

It was apparently some Western wire service that mistranslated the phrase as 'wipe Israel off the map', which sounds rather more violent than calling for regime change. Since then, Iranian media working in English have themselves depended on that translation. One of the tricks of Right-Zionist propagandists is to substitute these English texts for Ahmadinejad's own Persian text. (Ethan Bronner at the New York Times tried to pull this, and more recently Michael Rubin at the American Enterprise Institute.) But good scholarship requires that you go to the original Persian text in search of the meaning of a phrase. Bronner and Rubin are guilty disregarding philological scholarship in favor of mere propagandizing.

These propaganda efforts against Iran and Ahmadinejad also depend on declining to enter into evidence anything else he has ever said-- like that it would be wrong to kill Jews! They also ignore that Ahmadinejad is not even the commander in chief of the Iranian armed forces.

Anyone who reads this column knows that I deeply disagree with Ahmadinejad's policies and am not interested in defending him on most things. I profoundly disagree with his characterization of Israel, which is a legitimate United Nations member state, and find his Holocaust denial monstrous. But this quite false charge that he is genocidal is being promoted by Right-Zionists in and out of Congress as a preparatory step to getting up a US war against Iran on false pretences. I don't want to see my country destroyed by being further embroiled in the Middle East for the wrong reasons. If the Israeli hardliners and their American amen corner want a war with Iran, let them fight it themselves and leave young 18 year old Americans alone.

So here are some things Ahmadinezhad has said that make clear his intentions, and which are translated by the United States government Open Source Center. He is hostile to Israel. He'd like to see regime change (apparently via a referendum on the shape of the government ruling over geographical Palestine, in which all "original" residents of any religion would get a vote). Calling for a referendum on the dissolution of a government is not calling for genocide. Ahmadinejad also says he has no objection to a Jewish state in and of itself, he just thinks it should be located in, say, German territory set apart for the purpose, rather than displacing Palestinians from their homes. He may be saying unrealistic things; he is not advocating killing Jews qua Jews, or genocide.
Note that Ahmadinejad below denies being an anti-Semite (why deny it if he supposedly glories in it?); points out that he supports Jewish representation in the Iranian parliament; and compares his call for an end to the Zionist regime ruling over Jerusalem to the Western call for the dissolution of the old Soviet Union...

Iran's President Ahmadinezhad Holds New York News Conference 21 Sep (excerpt)
News conference by Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad at UN headquarters in New York -- correspondents' questions in English simultaneously translated into Persian -- live
Islamic Republic of Iran News Network Television (IRINN)
Friday, September 22, 2006
"Regarding the issue of the invasion of Lebanon, you saw that everyone - of all religions, of all faiths - condemned it. Because the nations have awakened. The nations hate aggression. . . Some people think that if they level accusations at Ahmadinezhad - saying: He is a terrorist, he is a murderer, he is anti-Semitic - the issue would be resolved. No. I am not anti-Semitic. Like all other human beings, Jews are respected. And, by the way, there are Muslims and Christians and Jews among the Palestinian people. We say the people of Palestine should choose. We do not say that it should be the Palestinian Muslims. For they lived in peace and harmony in the past. But then Britain came over and, with colonialist goals, took control and then handed it over to the Zionists. And the problem started. Let the people choose and see what will happen."

Iran: Presidential Website Reports Ahmadinezhad's Remarks at Holocaust Conference
"Truth-Seeking and Honest Groups Should Be Formed to Investigate the Holocaust"
Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran WWW-Text
Thursday, December 28, 2006
The president stated that due to God's wish and the vigilance of nations the days of the Zionist regime are numbered and added: We want prosperity for all humans and even like to guide our enemies, but some European and American politicians' one-sided and bigoted support for the Zionist regime no longer has a function in the world. Dr Ahmadinezhad stated that, with each day that passes of the Zionist regime's life, the interests and reputation of its supporting powers become more endangered. He added: The sensible and fair solution is to remove this regime the same way it was set up and imposed on the region's countries through planning and imperialistic objectives. This will bring peace to the world, and the region's countries will also forgive the atrocities of the last 60 years. The president also stated that God did not create human beings for war, hatred, and enmity. He said the key for establishment of peace and harmony is justice; justice is achievable through monotheism and believing in God. He emphasized: An international effort must be made to establish peace and to remove the roots of insecurity and injustice, as the international balance is changing rapidly and the future evolutions will certainly be for peace, brotherhood, justice, and worshiping God.

Bush cites Israel as an example of progress for Iraq:
President Bush held up Israel as a model for defining success in Iraq today, saying the U.S. goal there is not to eliminate attacks but to enable a democracy that can function despite violence. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/4929061.html

VIDEOS: Peace & Security Loving Israelis at Work
Presented here are six videos that will not be screened on American or British televisions. Nor will they be shown in the Cinema Houses there. Six videos that document the horrors of the Israeli Occupation

Israeli forces killed at least 13 Palestinians on Wednesday and wounded more than 40 others in ground fighting backed by tanks and air support during military operations across the Gaza Strip http://tinyurl.com/2bf2yb
Here's the BBC version: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6254230.stm
Here's what really happened: http://leninology.blogspot.com/2007/06/palestinians-shot-dead-in-cold-bl...

Bolton: I'm 'very worried' for Israel:
Sanctions and diplomacy have failed and it may be too late for internal opposition to oust the Islamist regime, leaving only military intervention to stop Iran's drive to nuclear weapons, the US's former ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Bolton said flatly that "diplomacy and sanctions have failed... [So] we have to look at: 1, overthrowing the regime and getting in a new one that won't pursue nuclear weapons; 2, a last-resort use of force." However, he added a caution as to the viability of the first of those remaining options: While "the regime is more susceptible to overthrow from within than people think," he said, such a process "may take more time than we have." To his dismay, however, the Bush administration was still clinging to the empty notion that the sanctions route could work, "even though [the UN's sanction] Resolutions 1737 and 1747 were full of loopholes. The US is still seeking another sanctions resolution and Solana is still pursuing diplomacy," he said bitterly. Bolton lamented that the Bush administration today was "not the same" as a presumably more robust incarnation three years ago, because of what he said was now the State Department's overwhelming dominance of foreign policy. "The State Department has adopted the European view [on how to deal with Iran] and other voices have been sidelined," he said. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "is overwhelmingly predominant on foreign policy".
http://tinyurl.com/2yy2oc http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1182409649665&pagename=JPost%...

Morales' land reform targets vast holdings of Bolivian opposition leader
The Associated PressPublished: June 28, 2007
LA PAZ, Bolivia: The Bolivian government on Thursday began legal proceedings to seize the vast landholdings of a prominent opposition leader, saying the property was fraudulently obtained and should be given to a local Indian tribe. Vice Minister of Land Alejandro Almaraz on Thursday cited "abundant evidence" that Marinkovic amassed his family's empire at the expense of Santa Cruz's Guarayo Indians. "It would be unacceptable for the authorities to persecute certain people for their political position," Almaraz said. "But it would be equally condemnable for a political role to allow certain people to act with impunity. Almaraz said both local officials and Guarayo leaders were complicit in illegally selling their land to the Marinkovic family over the years.
Soybean oil magnate Branko Marinkovic, an outspoken critic of President Evo Morales, says the 64,250 acres (26,000 hectares) targeted by the government were obtained legally and are being used productively for ranching and agriculture — and that the fraud allegations are merely a political attack. Marinkovic, the son of Yugoslav immigrants, was elected this year as president of the Santa Cruz Civic Committee, an influential opposition-aligned group that opposes Morales' land reform and backs greater autonomy for Bolivia's eastern states.
Morales pushed through a sweeping land reform bill last November granting his government power to seize idle or ill-gotten land. He has pledged to redistribute a staggering 77,000 square miles (200,000 square kilometers) among the country's long-oppressed Indian majority over the next five years. The bill updated a 1996 initiative that had largely failed to sort out a centuries-old tangle of land titles in Bolivia's eastern lowlands, particularly in Santa Cruz state, where the Marinkovic family is among the largest land owners.

[TSA apparently has 'ok' lists for imperialist agents as well as 'suspected terrorist' lists for their opponents...]
Bolivia immigration director: US woman linked to embassy detained at airport with 500 bullets
By Dan Keane
June 28, 2007
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) An American woman with ties to the U.S. Embassy was detained at the La Paz airport upon her arrival from Miami on an American Airlines flight for attempting to enter Bolivia with 500 rounds of .45-caliber ammunition officials said Thursday. Donna Thi, 20, taken into custody by Bolivian immigration officials Wednesday night was released Thursday and will not face charges, officials said. Thi initially declared to customs that she was carrying various types of cheese. Upon her referral to secondary inspection, Thi acknowledged that her luggage also contained five boxes of 100 bullets each, Zegarra said.
``An American citizen related to the embassy was carrying bullets on an American airliner, mocking all the security mechanisms,'' Immigration Director Magaly Zegarra told Bolivian media Thursday, remarks broadcast by local radio stations. ``This is evidence, effectively, that someone could be orchestrating something against our country from outside.''
Zegarra said that the Thi was met at the airport by Zanbria Campbell, wife of a military liaison at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Col. James Campbell. Zegarra said. Campbell wanted the bullets for training and sport shooting, U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia Philip Goldberg said during a Thursday news conference at the presidential palace in La Paz.

Citing the tight security at U.S. airports, Zegarra said it was "incredible that she was able to pass through with luggage containing five boxes of bullets," ABI reported. It said the official had asked the airline for an explanation. http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N28330618.htm

Anti-Mexican Radio Propaganda in the USA
Ernesto Cienfuegos
La Voz de Aztlan
"Radio gave the spoken word true mass effectiveness"
Josef Goebbels - Nuremberg, 1934

Los Angeles, Alta California - June 22, 2007 - (ACN) Josef Goebbels, the Minister of Propaganda for Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party, was intimately acquainted with the effectiveness of propaganda transmitted through radio to the masses. Goebbels' effective propaganda techniques did not die with him or the Nazi Party but are today being utilized in the USA against "people of color" and especially against Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.
USA anti-Mexican propaganda has existed since the Mexican - American War that ended in 1848 but today it has become particularly virulent because of increased Mexican immigration and the ongoing debate concerning immigration reform.... The primary objective of propaganda directed against Mexicans is to dehumanize and to instill fear of the group by the White majority population. One example of "dehumanization" is the "Operation Cuca Gotcha" at the New Jersey 101.5 WKXW-FM radio station. Mexican immigrants in this case where being compared to roaches that could be stepped on and killed. Mexican immigrants were, in this case, being dehumanized to the level of an objectionable insect.
Another case involved Disney owned KABC 790-AM in Los Angeles. In this case a Mexican news reporter on Spanish language Television was compared to a rodent or a "rata" as he was called over the airwaves by a KABC talk radio host. The host went beyond demonizing the Mexican news reporter. The KABC talk radio host drove in a KABC van to the building of the Spanish language Television station and took some "cheese for the rat" and a "funeral wreath" and placed it in front of the building. Later the KABC talk radio host bragged about his deed to all Los Angeles over the airwaves.
Fear against Mexicans is instilled by radio propaganda that constantly calls members of the group; illegal alien criminals, cop killers, child rapists, gang bangers and drug dealers. Any ordinary malfeasance committed by an undocumented Mexican immigrant is blown out of proportion over the radio airwaves. One well known example of this is the tragic drunk driving accident involving a Mexican immigrant in which two girls were killed. A well known national talk radio host used the tragedy in Virginia Beach, Virginia to launch a virulent hateful attack on all Mexican immigrants.
There is no doubt that this Goebbels like propaganda against Mexicans and Mexican-Americans by US talk radio can have grave and sometimes deadly consequences for members of the group. The Mexican community has experienced an alarming rise in hate crimes. Many of these hate crimes can be tied directly to anti-Mexican radio propaganda. One example of this occurred in the El Sereno community of Los Angeles where an elementary school that serves children of Mexican descent had to be evacuated when it first received an arson and then a bomb threat due to constant hate propaganda against the school by KABC 790-AM radio. The Disney owned radio station was not happy with the school's curriculum that promoted Mexican culture and language and began a vicious propaganda attack against the school and its principal. The principal, as direct consequence of the radio propaganda against him, received anonymous death threats.
Propaganda against Mexicans by talk radio is helping foment hatred that leads at times to murder by racists. This occurred in Fremont, California where a Mexican mother and her daughter where bludgeon to death by racists. In North San Diego County, 5 elderly Mexican agricultural workers were savagely beaten by a group of White youths. One day apart, in the same area, another Mexican agricultural worker was dragged to death along a dirt road. In Columbus, Ohio an apartment building housing Mexican immigrants was torched and an entire family perished. The list goes on and on and the number is rapidly increasing.
The propaganda against Mexicans by talk radio is not just negatively affecting undocumented immigrants. It has also affected US citizens of Mexican descent and Mexican-American elected officials. The former Attorney General of California Cruz Bustamante was so vilified by talk radio that it resulted in him receiving death threats. A favorite target of talk radio in Los Angeles is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The principal talk radio stations like KABC 790-AM constantly refer to him as Mayor Antonio Vivalaraza. He has also received death threats. Talk radio show no respect for any Mexican-American elected official. During the past several days, KABC 790 AM has also gone after Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and his wife. They are calling City Attorney Delgadillo "Degradillo" in a vendetta against him because of his action to assure that Ms. Paris Hilton return to jail after she was prematurely released.
There is a good possibility that the constant negative images being projected of Mexicans by talk radio may have played a part in the horrible death of Edith Rodriguez at a Los Angeles county hospital emergency room on May 9, 2007. Talk radio is constantly blaming Mexican immigrants for overcrowded schools and of abusing the public hospital emergency rooms. When the medical staff of King-Harbor Hospital refused to treat Edith Rodriguez as she laid on the floor vomiting blood, the staff may have thought that Edith Rodrigues was an "illegal alien" when in fact she was a US citizen, This situation happens often because of the xenophobia created by anti-Mexican propaganda on talk radio.
We saw in Nazi Germany the consequences of unabashed radio and other types of propaganda. In a twisted quirk of history, the very targets of Goebbels propaganda techniques are today practicing his art against others, for they are today the owners of talk radio and the bosses of the Rush Limbows, the Sean Hannitys, the Bill O'Reillys, the Bill Handles, the Doug McIntyres and many others. This may be the reason why Senator Trent Lott said "Talk radio is running America." http://www.aztlan.net/talk_radio_propaganda.htm Gamila Zahran's Arabian Sights gzahran@wanadoo.fr

FBI to restrict student freedoms
| United States | News

US university students will not be able to work late at the campus, travel abroad, show interest in their colleagues' work, have friends outside the United States, engage in independent research, or make extra money without the prior consent of the authorities, according to a set of guidelines given to administrators by the FBI.

Federal agents are visiting some of the New England's top universities, including MIT, Boston College, and the University of Massachusetts, to warn university heads about the dangers of foreign spies and terrorists stealing sensitive academic research. FBI is offering to brief faculty, students and staff on what it calls "espionage indicators" aimed at identifying foreign agents.
Unexplained affluence, failing to report overseas travel, showing unusual interest in information outside the job scope, keeping unusual work hours, unreported contacts with foreign nationals, unreported contact with foreign government, military, or intelligence officials, attempting to gain new accesses without the need to know, and unexplained absences are all considered potential espionage indicators.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to monitor their colleagues for signs of suspicious behaviour and report any concerns to the FBI or the military. "What we're most concerned about are those things that are not classified being developed by MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology], Worcester Polytech [Worcester Polytechnic Institute] and other universities," Warren Bamford, special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston office, told the Boston Herald. "It's to make sure these institutions receive training...[on] what spies look for. There are hundreds of projects going on that could be useful to a foreign power."

Last year the FBI initiated the College and University Security Effort (CAUSE), in order to establish an "alliance" between the Federal agency and academic institutions.
According to the FBI, through CAUSE, Special Agents in charge meet with the heads of local colleges to discuss national security issues and to share information and ideas.

Mcmansions, SUVs, Mega-Churches and the Baghdad Embassy
Life Among Dim and Brutal Giants
By Phil Rockstroh
Upon the nation's roadways and interstate highways, the overgrown clown cars of the apocalypse, SUVs, Humvees, and oversized pickup trucks also evince hugeness to compensate for the feelings of those folks inside the grotesque vehicles of being crushed down by alienation and isolation -- not only while on the road -- but by the realities of an existence within a hapless, oil-dependent empire which is itself powerless against the changing realities of the larger world.

In the ranks of the exploiter class, the fat salaries of CEOs separate them further from the general population of the consumer state (that they take every opportunity to bamboozle) as the American public itself grows fatter and fatter in body mass, vainly attempting to sate an inner emptiness borne of their perceived helplessness before the predation of corporate culture. Far from blameless, we continue to allow the elites to exploit us; therefore, we enable and sustain their titanic sense of entitlement. In turn, we accept their paltry bribes ...we Americans continue to believe our fables of righteous power: Big is good, goes our John Wayne jack-off fantasy.

Concurrently, in Baghdad, the U.S. embassy, which, when completed, will be the largest "diplomatic" compound on the planet is, in fact, an inadvertent monument to the mindless colossus the U.S.A. has become. The structure is as accurate as the art of architecture can be in its depiction of the spirit of a nation's people. As big and bloated as our national sense of exceptionalism, it stands in the so-called Green Zone of Baghdad, shielding those who will be bunkered down within it -- not only from the murderous madness unfolding outside its highly fortified walls -- but from reality itself. A massive emblem of the arrogance of power, the embassy is a testament to how the noxious vapors of cultural self-deception can be made manifest in reenforced concrete, armed watchtowers and razor wire.

In turn, our national landscape is stretched to the breaking point: Cluttered upon it, gigantic islands of garish light torment the night, scouring away the stars, estranging us from imagination, empathy, and eros, and leaving us only with the insatiable appetites of consumerism. Thus, around the clock, inside enormous, under-inspected, industrial slaughterhouses and meat processing plants, underpaid, benefit-bereft workers ply their gruesome, monstrously cruel trade, then the butchered wares are transported by way of brutal, double and triple-axle trailer, diesel trucks over stygian interstate highways to sepulchral supermarkets and charnel house restaurant chains. Insuring, we flesh-eating zombies are provided with all the water-bloated, steroid-ridden meat and industrially farmed, pesticide-laquered vegetables and starches -- The Cuisines Of The Living Dead -- we could ever crave ... uum, uum, it's the Thanatotic yumminess of empire's end.... Hyperbolic ravings, you say. America is not a culture in love with death.

Let's see. Drawing upon just one example: The corpses of well over half a million dead Iraqis testify otherwise. Moreover, the continuing Iraqi resistance to our occupation speaks volumes as well. Yet still, most of us cannot hear their elegy of outrage over the din created by the parade of killer clowns that we have mistaken for the pageantry of nationhood...
How does one slow this juggernaut of psychosis and curb these acts of murder/suicide being perpetrated on a global scale? Truth is, we might not be able to stop it, because this is what lies beneath our unlimited sense of entitlement and self-defeating arrogance: a death-wish that manifests itself as exceptionalism and may well destroy the nation by means of imperial overreach -- which is, of course, the time-established method by which empires dispose of themselves.

We are slaves who know next to nothing of freedom.
"One of the primary fictions that governs our lives is that we are in any meaningful sense free. Our way of life is predicated on freedom, and is freer than any other way of life that has ever existed, we tell ourselves endlessly, drearily, compulsively, as sleep-deprived we look out the window at the concrete walls of a subway tunnel, on a cattle car carrying us too slow yet too fast toward a job we do not love to make money to buy things we do not want, in a life carrying us too slow yet too fast toward an end—death—for which we are not prepared, having never really lived.

Sure, there are endless diversions available for those who have the money to afford them... We have the freedom to consume, and then consume, and then consume some more. We have the freedom to exploit and to be exploited, and then to exploit and to be exploited some more.

But we do not have the freedom to not live under an exploitative, hierarchical system that is killing the planet... systematically destroys non-exploitative, non-hierarchical, sustainable cultures. That’s what it does. It systematically destroys all alternatives...
Responsibility without freedom is slavery. As we see. Freedom without responsibility is immaturity. As we also see. Put them together and you’ve got an entire culture consisting of immature slaves." Derrick Jensen www.derrickjensen.org