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Is the Fourth Estate a Fifth Column?

Corporate media colludes with democracy’s demise
By Bill Moyers

Without a free and independent press, this 250-year-old experiment in self-government will not make it. As journalism goes, so goes democracy.

 

I heard this story a long time ago, growing up in Choctaw County in Oklahoma before my family moved to Texas. A tribal elder was telling his grandson about the battle the old man was waging within himself. He said, “It is between two wolves, my son. One is an evil wolf: anger, envy, sorrow, greed, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is the good wolf: joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The boy took this in for a few minutes and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf won?”

The old Cherokee replied simply, “The one I feed.”

Democracy is that way. The wolf that wins is the one we feed. And in our society, media provides the fodder.

Our media institutions, deeply embedded in the power structures of society, are not providing the information that we need to make our democracy work. To put it another way, corporate media consolidation is a corrosive social force. It robs people of their voice in public affairs and pollutes the political culture. And it turns the debates about profound issues into a shouting match of polarized views promulgated by partisan apologists who trivialize democracy while refusing to speak the truth about how our country is being plundered.

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The Real-Life

July 13, 2008
Op-Ed Columnist
By FRANK RICH

We know what a criminal White House looks like from “The Final Days”
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s classic account of Richard Nixon’s
unraveling. The cauldron of lies, paranoia and illegal surveillance boiled over,
until it was finally every man for himself as desperate courtiers scrambled
to save their reputations and, in a few patriotic instances, their country.

“The Final Days” was published in 1976, two years after Nixon abdicated in disgrace. With the Bush presidency, no journalist (or turncoat White House memoirist) is waiting for the corpse to be carted away. The latest and perhaps most chilling example arrives this week from Jane Mayer of The New Yorker, long a relentless journalist on the war-on-terror torture beat. Her book “The Dark Side” connects the dots of her own past reporting and that of her top-tier colleagues (including James Risen and Scott Shane of The New York Times) to portray a White House that, like its prototype, savaged its enemies within almost as ferociously as it did the Constitution.

Some of “The Dark Side” seems right out of “The Final Days” minus Nixon’s operatic boozing and weeping. We learn, for instance, that in 2004 two conservative Republican Justice Department officials had become “so paranoid” that “they actually thought they might be in physical danger.” The fear of being wiretapped by their own peers drove them to speak in code.

The men were John Ashcroft’s deputy attorney general, James Comey, and an assistant… Continue reading

Sunday – Live Broadcast from Green Party Convention Closing Session

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No Lies Radio will air a live three-hour Pacifica Radio Network broadcast from the Green Party Convention in Chicago on Sunday, July 13th as the convention comes to a close.

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Live Broadcast: Sunday, July 13th at 9am Pacific – 12 Noon Eastern – 16:00 GMT
Re-broadcast: Tuesday, July 15th at 7pm Pacific – 10pm Eastern – 02:00 GMT and will be archived shortly after the live broadcast Sunday.

Breaking: Greens Nominate McKinney for President

An Original Report from Chicago
by Sander Hicks
July 12, 9:10 PM, Chicago, IL

The Green Party of the United States today nominated truth activist and seasoned
politician Cynthia McKinney for U.S. President. In her 12 years in Congress,
McKinney distinguished herself for questioning Donald Rumsfeld under oath about
missing trillions at the Pentagon. She introduced articles of impeachment and
asked questions about the 9/11 attacks, in 2002, when such skepticism was not
tolerated from public figures.

McKinney’s story includes many accomplishments as a legislator. She has been
the conscience for a misguided nation. But the other half of her story is not
what she has done, but what has been done to her. She took the blows of fierce
reaction when the political establishment and corporate centrist media attacked
her for violating the taboo that demanded silence about 9/11. In 2002, GOP strategists
used a special “crossover” strategy to get their voters to vote in
the Democratic primary for a fake Democrat substitute for McKinney. She came
back in 2004. After introducing articles of impeachment and holding congressional
hearings into 9/11, Capitol Police pretended not to recognize her, which sparked
a confrontation with a frustrated McKinney. The media claimed she punched a
cop. McKinney lost re-election in 2006.

So it was a comeback of another kind today. Greens all over the convention
today were fond of quoting Jesse Jackson who said “the Democratic Party
is where progressive politics go to die.” In her speech today, McKinney
spoke of annually swearing to herself that all the maiming, and bombing of children,
and killing of peoples that our government does, is not done in her name.…

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Radio Free Oklahoma up and running–Michael Berger and Janice Matthews join hosts 7/12

RFOKlogoRadio Free Oklahoma, a very new low-power FM station, is now broadcasting truth in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Congratulations to the wonderful people who pulled this together and are getting important information out to these communities! What a great example of “becoming the media.” You can listen online to the Red Dirt Report at We the People Radio Network, Saturday nights from 6-8pm Central time or live in OKC on RFOK 107.1FM anytime, 24/7. You can read the hosts’ bios here, and listen to archives here. Michael Berger and Janice Matthews, of 911truth.org, joined the Red Dirt Report on July 12 for a variety of issues. Listen here.

McCain asked about PNAC and 9/11 at town hall

David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Thursday July 10, 2008

During a town hall event in Portsmouth, OH on Wednesday, John McCain was asked
by a member of the audience whether his links to the parent organization of
the Project for a New American Century explain why he has been reluctant to
support calls for a new investigation of 9/11.

The questioner began, "I was curious about a document. Back in September
of 2000, the Project for a New American Century, or PNAC, whose members included
Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush and Paul Wolfowitz, wrote a document
entitled ‘Rebuilding Americans Defenses.’"

As McCain turned and paced away from him, the questioner continued, "In
it, they state, quote, "The process of transformation, even if it bring
revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and
catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor."

"Now, many Americans believe that that ‘new Pearl Harbor’ event took place
on 9/11," the questioner went on, as McCain grimaced slightly. "And
according to a recent New York Times and CBS News poll, 84% of Americans believe
that there were some criminal elements of our government involved in 9/11."

Calls of disapproval began to arise from the audience, but the questioner shot
back, "Hold on!" and continued asking McCain, "Can you tell us
about your role as — hold on — as president of the ‘New Citizen Project,’
founded in 1994, which served as a chief fund-raising and parent organization
to PNAC? And is… Continue reading

Police State USA: Spying as Law of the Land

FISA "Compromise" Completes Transformation of US into Full Police
State

by Larry Chin

Global Research, July 11, 2008

On July 9, 2008, the US Congress overwhelmingly passed legislation permitting
government spying, including immunity to telecommunications companies involved
in secret domestic surveillance programs. With the stroke of George W. Bush’s
pen, the US is now a police state by definition.

The extent of the spying program, and its larger implications, have been revealed
by Mark Klein, who blew the whistle on secret domestic spying program of Bush/Cheney’s
National Security Agency (NSA) and AT&T:

AT&T whistleblower: spy bill creates infrastructure for police state

The update of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, called the "FISA
compromise", or more appropriately, the "spy bill", largely completes
the triumph of the Bush/Cheney administration and a bipartisan criminal consensus.
By convenient design, the FISA revision derails pending law suits filed against
the Bush administration’s corporate spying partners (AT&T, Sprint
Nextel, and Verizon), silences (the largely empty-to-begin-with) congressional
investigations into Bush administration’s illegal domestic spying program.
Presidential nominee Barack Obama and the Democrats have now moved to silence
all discussion
about the issue.

Fear itself, a.k.a. spying itself

Between the false flag mass murder of 9/11 and the creation of the "war
on terrorism", the USA Patriot Act and this new FISA revision, the Bush-Cheney
administration and its enthusiastically complicit congressional partners, have
achieved total victory–world war, open criminality, and the end of law itself.

It gives the US government unprecedented new spying powers and sweeping new
legal… Continue reading

Rep. Dennis Kucinich talks with Truth Movement

The Price We'' Pay If We Don't Impeach! poster

Last night 911Truth.org hosted a conference call with Rep. Dennis Kucinich. If you missed it, or would like to listen again and forward to friends,

 
or listen below.

In addition, NoLiesRadio.org will rebroadcast this conversation at 11am Pacific Saturday. Following are the questions we asked him, as well as the full transcript, with a few links and very brief commentary, which we’re posting for convenience and further study.

We are grateful to Rep. Kucinich for his time with us, especially on the day he introduced a powerful Article of Impeachment against George Bush; to Allan Rees of NoLiesRadio.org for recording the call and making available; to Paul Deslauriers for organizing the call; and we’re grateful to all of you for listening, for submitting questions, and for your ongoing commitment to reclaiming our government!

At this time we most strongly encourage you to get on the phone, right now! Call every member of the House Judiciary Committee, over and over, to demand hearings on impeachment and a vote out of Committee and onto the full House Floor immediately. If your own Representative is a member of the Committee, double your efforts there. If s/he’s not a member, call anyway, and insist that they support this critical effort, cosponsor the bill, and work aggressively to push the Committee to move on this right away. Full committee member contact information is available at http://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.html , and a call to the main Committee number can be made to 202-225-3951, or email sent via… Continue reading

More on Impeachment today…

Email from Rep. Robert Wexler, FL

Capitol Hill is buzzing today with major developments regarding our campaign for impeachment hearings for President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Just today, in what could be described as a perfect impeachment storm:

• Karl Rove once again thumbed his nose at Congress and the American people by brazenly ignoring a lawful congressional subpoena to testify before the House of Representatives;

• Judiciary Chairman John Conyers indicated his willingness to use the power of inherent contempt against Rove if necessary;

• Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduced another article of impeachment on Bush’s lies regarding the Iraq war; and

• Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quoted today saying that the House Judiciary Committee should address the issues that Kucinich raises in the House Judiciary Committee.

After years of work by so many of you, the time appears ripe to finally hold Bush and Cheney accountable.

Conyers Opens Door to Inherent Contempt for Rove

Karl Rove has simply refused to appear, as he is legally required to do. His actions, endorsed by the Bush/Cheney Administration, are a challenge to our system of checks and balances and Congress must respond to this type of outrageous behavior with appropriate severity.

Today, Judiciary Chairman John Conyers courageously stated today that inherent contempt will remain an option for the House of Representatives so long as Rove and this Administration refuses to abide by the law.

We must now bring Mr. Rove (and other renegade Bush officials) in compliance with… Continue reading

Rep. Dennis Kucinich Introduces Impeachment Article

Impeachment Article to be Introduced Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 8) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) sent the following
letter today to his colleagues in Congress:

July 8, 2008

WHEN THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF LIES TO GO TO WAR, HE MUST
BE IMPEACHED

A SINGLE ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR
ON THURSDAY; PLEASE CO-SPONSOR

Dear Colleague,

During the Fourth of July holiday a WWII veteran stood ram-rod straight in
his crisp dress uniform and saluted our flag as it passed in a parade. His silent
reverential stance was a powerful reminder of the love of country that is reflected
in our veterans of all generations and all services.

It is also a powerful reminder of the responsibilities of the President of
the Untied States in his capacity as Commander in Chief.

It is worse than heartbreaking that George W. Bush, as Commander in Chief,
caused this country to go to war based on information which was false, and which
he knew to be false. The consequences for our troops have been devastating.
We have lost 4,116 of our beloved servicemen and women since the war began,
with over 30,000 physically wounded and countless others emotionally wounded.
The toll on the service persons and their families will be felt throughout their
lives.

There can be no greater responsibility of a Commander in Chief than to command
based on facts on the ground, and to command in fact and in truth. There can
be no greater offense of a Commander in Chief than to misrepresent a cause of
war and to send our brave men and women into harm’s way based on those misrepresentations.…

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U.S. military to patrol Internet

By SHAUN WATERMAN
UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
June 30, 2008

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) — The U.S. military is looking for a contractor to
patrol cyberspace, watching for warning signs of forthcoming terrorist attacks
or other hostile activity on the Web.

“If someone wants to blow us up, we want to know about it,” Robert
Hembrook, the deputy intelligence chief of the U.S. Army’s Fifth Signal Command
in Mannheim, Germany, told United Press International.

In a solicitation posted on the Web last week, the command said it was looking
for a contractor to provide “Internet awareness services” to support
“force protection” — the term of art for the security of U.S. military
installations and personnel.

“The purpose of the services will be to identify and assess stated and
implied threat, antipathy, unrest and other contextual data relating to selected
Internet domains,” says the solicitation.

Hembrook was tight-lipped about the proposal. “The more we talk about
it, the less effective it will be,” he said. “If we didn’t have to
put it out in public (to make the contract award), we wouldn’t have.”

He would not comment on the kinds of Internet sites the contractor would be
directed to look at but acknowledged it would “not (be) far off” to
assume violent Islamic extremists would be at the top of the list.

The solicitation says the successful contractor will “analyze various
Web pages, chat rooms, blogs and other Internet domains to aggregate and assess
data of interest,” adding, “The… Continue reading

Thursday, 7/10 — 911Truth.org Hosts Truth Movement Conference Call with Rep. Dennis Kucinich

911Truth.org is pleased to invite you to join us for a Truth Movement Conference Call with Dennis Kucinich, Thursday evening, July 10, 9pmEastern/6pmPacific. A small panel will ask questions of interest to every American who wants to reclaim our government. You are invited to listen in via phone (details below) or live, at NoLiesRadio.org. After the call we’ll post the audio, with a list of the questions and links to more information, here at 911truth.org.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to your contacts.

CALL-IN DETAILS:
Phone number: 712-432-1001
Access Code: 433027266#
Thursday, July 10, 2008
9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific

Senate Passes Unconstitutional Spying Bill And Grants Sweeping Immunity To Phone Companies

ACLU Announces Legal Challenge To Follow President’s Signature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: (202) 675-2312, media@dcaclu.org or
(212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org

WASHINGTON � Today, in a blatant assault upon civil liberties and the
right to privacy, the Senate passed an unconstitutional domestic spying bill
that violates the Fourth Amendment and eliminates any meaningful role for judicial
oversight of government surveillance. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 was approved
by a vote of 69 to 28 and is expected to be signed into law by President Bush
shortly. This bill essentially legalizes the president’s unlawful warrantless
wiretapping program revealed in December 2005 by the New York Times.

‘Once again, Congress blinked and succumbed to the president’s
fear-mongering. With today’s vote, the government has been given a green
light to expand its power to spy on Americans and run roughshod over the Constitution,’
said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
‘This legislation will give the government unfettered and unchecked access
to innocent Americans’ international communications without a warrant.
This is not only unconstitutional, but absolutely un-American.’

The FISA Amendments Act nearly eviscerates oversight of government surveillance
by allowing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to review only
general procedures for spying rather than individual warrants. The FISC will
not be told any specifics about who will actually be wiretapped, thereby undercutting
any meaningful role for the court and violating the Fourth Amendment’s
protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

The bill further trivializes court review by authorizing the government to
continue a surveillance program even after the government’s general spying
procedures are found insufficient or unconstitutional by the FISC.…

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Want some torture with your peanuts?

By Jeffrey Denning
July 2, 1008
Washington Post, Aviation Security

Just when you thought you’ve heard it all…

A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would
serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to
this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc. website, the bracelet
would be worn by all airline passengers (video also shown below).

This bracelet would:

- take the place of an airline boarding pass

- contain personal information about the traveler

- be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage

- shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several
minutes

The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to, would be worn by every
traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.”
Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a
government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information,
and would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if the passenger
got out of line.

Clearly the Electronic ID Bracelet is a euphuism for the EMD Safety Bracelet,
or at least it has a nefarious hidden ability (thus the term ID Bracelet is
ambiguous at best). EMD stands for Electro-Musclar Disruption. Again, according
to the promotional video, the bracelet can completely immobilize the wearer
for several minutes.

So is the government really that interested in this bracelet?

Apparently so.

According… Continue reading

Who Planned the Anthrax Attacks?

Who Planned the Anthrax Attacks?
It’s the $5,800,000 question


by Justin Raimondo
Antiwar.com Behind the Headlines
July 4, 2008


You remember the anthrax
attacks
— or do you? It often seems, to me at least, that this important
catalyst for the invasion of Iraq and our supremely wrong-headed
post-9/11 foreign policy has been flushed down the collective memory hole. For
all the attention that’s been paid to that spooky chapter in the history of
the “war on terrorism” in the intervening years, it may as well have
never occurred. That’s why news of the former prime suspect’s ultimate vindication
— and his victory in a $5.8
million lawsuit
in which he accused the feds of unfairly targeting him as
a “person
of interest
” (as John Ashcroft put it) — seems like a visitation from
another time, the ghost of 9/11 past, haunting and mocking us. It sends chills
down my spine — because, you see, the real culprits are still out there.


The FBI’s non-investigation of this heinous and sinister crime was a joke from
the beginning: after all, since when do FBI probes have official names, and
why such a silly one as “Amerithrax“?
Such brazen corniness has about it an unmistakable Keystone Kops air, which
was certainly evident throughout the long-playing media circus that will evermore
be known as the persecution of Steven
J. Hatfill
.


Hatfill, you’ll recall, is the long-suffering victim of this horror story,
a bio-weapons expert and “insider” who was… Continue reading

Support Grows for NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Conference with Sen. Mike Gravel
Foley Square, corner of Centre & Duane Streets across from U.S. Courthouse
Take trains to City Hall or Chambers Steet
Thursday, July 10th, 2008 — 12 noon

Contact:
Les Jamieson
718.492.2192, 917.658.0132

Speakers: Former Sen. Mike Gravel, 9/11 family member Bob McIlvaine, Tony-award winning actress Christine Ebersole, investigative reporter Wayne Madsen, first responder John Feal

Support Grows for NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative

(New York, NY, June 13, 2009) — On Thursday, July 10th at 12 noon, at Foley Square in New York City, former Senator Mike Gravel, speaking on behalf of the New York City 9/11 Ballot Initiative Campaign, will call for a new and far reaching investigation of the crimes of 9/11. Advocating for the creation of an independent 9/11 Commission, Gravel states, “We’re trying to change the paradigm of human democracy, of human governance, and that’s what this [NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative] is all about, changing the paradigm of human governance right here in New York City by asserting that you saw something wrong that took place, and you want to address it through using the tool of the Initiative, the legislative power of citizenry to go after that fundamental change.”

Accompanying Sen. Gravel will be 9/11 family member Bob McIlvaine who lost his son in the south tower, Tony-award winning actress Christine Ebersole, first responder John Feal, and former NSA analyst turned investigative reporter Wayne Madsen. Mr. Madsen, has recently voiced his support, stating many current and retired… Continue reading

Mastermind or Pawn?

San Luis Obisbo Tribune

Monday, 7 July 2008

Mastermind or pawn?

Thank you for printing some information about Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, recently.
I was wondering if any investigative journalists at The Tribune, or anyone in
the media, are ever going to look into some facts about the supposed “mastermind
of 9/11?”

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was educated in the United States, received a degree
in mechanical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State
University in 1986 and speaks fluent English. Professor David E. Klett was Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed’s teacher.

The CIA released a 26-page interrogation from June 2007 in which their Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed has an interpreter and speaks in a bizarre, broken English that
no Arab I ever spoke English with in the Persian Gulf ever sounded like. This
document has been declassified and is currently online.

The families of the victims of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have been denied
the right to face the accused. No photos or videos have been released since
this man’s capture five years ago. Is it possible that the man being held
in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is not a mastermind of anything but is simply a tortured
patsy put forward for the
history books?

Matthew Wedin
Grover Beach, CA

Link to letter online: www.sanluisobispo.com/182/story/406771.html

Boston Activists Blast 4th of July Celebration with the Truth

http://boston911truth.org

It wasn¹t the flashiest Truth action ever, nor did it make the evening
news, but 20 or more dedicated Boston911Truth activists hit the pavement at
Boston’s 4th of July Pops concert and fireworks display and accomplished something
just short of miraculous, for us anyway. Armed with only a smile, new Patriots
Question 911 postcards and WeAreChange informational flyers, our hearty "Info
Warriors" were able to distribute 7,000 pieces of literature at a rate
of 1,000 per hour for seven hours among the crowds lining the Charles River
waiting for the festivities to begin.

This was a unique experiment for us. Each year on the 4th, Boston’s Charles
River Esplanade attracts 500,000 people to listen to the Boston Pops and watch
the spectacular fireworks display. Our primary goal was to get as much solid
literature as we could into the hands of the captive audience who come hours
early to claim a good spot.

Two weeks prior, we ran a 48-hour email fund drive to raise the money to buy
10,000 pieces of literature. We hit our mark in less than 36 hours. We purchased
4,000 of the new PatriotsQuestion911 postcards created by 911Truth.org and 6,000
WeAreChange tri-fold flyers.

Our next strategy was to blend in with the crowd ­ meeting them where they
are at, as opposed to creating some sort of scene to get noticed. We had virtually
no signs (though we did put up an ae911truth.org sign about half way through)
and most of us wore Red… Continue reading