“Intelligence,” Corporatism, and the Dance of Death By Arthur Silber

18 June 2013 — Power of Narrative

You may at first think the following is a bad joke, but I assure you it is not a joke at all. At the very end of this NYT story about Booz Allen and the complex interconnections between nominally “private” business and the national intelligence community, we read: Continue reading this...

Hardhitting, Dissenting Journalism — Without the Hardhitting, Dissenting Part By Arthur Silber

18 February 2012 – Power of Narrative

In a recent essay, I mentioned Matt Taibbi as one of the examples of a phenomenon I call “The Obedient Dissenter,” and said I would be examining that phenomenon in further detail soon. This isn’t that lengthier analysis, but more in the nature of a sneak preview.

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Wikileaks Afghanistan Stories 25 July – 8 August, 2010

8 August, 2010 — Wikileaks Afghanistan Stories

I have gathered together all the stories Creative-i collected since the release of the Afghanistan emails covering the period 25 July – 8 August, 2010.

8/8/10 – Bradley Manning: An American Hero

6/8/10 – NYT Passes Along Anonymous Denial of Civilian Deaths

6/8/10 – WikiLeaks’ Revelations and their Substance By Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India)

6/8/10 – WHY IS THE US IN AFGHANISTAN – RUSSIA AND CHINA? Wikileaks: The Pakistan connection Pt.3

6/8/10 – CIA AND ISI NURTURED MUJAHIDEEN AND TALIBAN: Wikileaks: The Pakistan connection Pt.2

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Wikileaks Afghanistan Latest Stories 3-8 August, 2010

8 August, 2010 — Wikileaks Afghanistan Stories

8/8/10 – Bradley Manning: An American Hero

6/8/10 – NYT Passes Along Anonymous Denial of Civilian Deaths

6/8/10 – WikiLeaks’ Revelations and their Substance By Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India)

6/8/10 – WHY IS THE US IN AFGHANISTAN – RUSSIA AND CHINA? Wikileaks: The Pakistan connection Pt.3

6/8/10 – CIA AND ISI NURTURED MUJAHIDEEN AND TALIBAN: Wikileaks: The Pakistan connection Pt.2

6/8/10 – WIKILEAKS: THE PAKISTAN CONNECTION Part 1: CIA AND ISI NURTURED MUJAHIDEEN AND TALIBAN

6/8/10 – Whose Hands? Whose Blood? Killing Civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq

6/8/10 – Targeted Assassinations: Challenging US Policy

6/8/10 – So please tell me again: What’s the war about? The Anti-Empire Report by William Blum

6/8/10 – 9/11 Truth Truth

6/8/10 – Tomgram: Ann Jones, In Bed With the U.S. Army

6/8/10 – U.S. is Friendless in the Middle East

6/8/10 – WikiLeaks “Afghan War Diaries”

6/8/10 – State of Denial: After the Big Leak, Spinning for War

5/8/10 – US demands Wikileaks return files

5/8/10 – URUK Net 3 August 2010 Part 2: Obama, WikiLeaks, the “Good War” Myth, and Silly Liberal Faith in the Emperor

5/8/10 – URUK Net 3 August, 2010: US military, intelligence agencies press attack against Wikileaks

4/8/10 – On Wikileaks (III): “We’d like his cooperation…” By Arthur Silber

4/8/10 – Wikileaks, Resistance, Genuine Heroes, and Breaking the Goddamned Rules (II) By Arthur Silber

4/8/10 – Wikileaks, Resistance, Genuine Heroes, and Breaking the Goddamned Rules (I) By Arthur Silber

4/8/10 – Julian Assange Responds to Increasing US Government Attacks on WikiLeaks

4/8/10 – Comment on WikiLeaks on Sunday State TV by Steve S

On Wikileaks (III): “We’d like his cooperation…” By Arthur Silber

1 August, 2010 — Once Upon a Time…

Within the next few days, I will publish a detailed analysis of the criticisms of Wikileaks and the latest release of Afghanistan documents offered, not by conservative/rightwing bastards like Varadarajan (discussed in the last section of this article), but by what we might call the “radical left.” As I will be explaining, I find the left’s criticisms more incoherent and occasionally more offensive than those put forth by the right. The longer I consider the left’s critique, the worse it gets in my view. (You’ll find a brief summary of some of this left critique in the opening of Part I.)

At the moment, I want to mention one particular response by some warriors of the left — those brave souls who, like their counterparts on the right, demonstrate their peerless courage on a daily basis by repairing to their keyboards and pounding out another blog post, and frequently not even that: simply a comment to someone else’s blog post. I hesitate to question the bravery of those who put life and limb in danger by moving fingers to keys, as they imperil the fate of nations by possibly spilling a few drops of coffee on their desks — but I will screw my own courage to the sticking point and tell certain motherfuckers to go straight to hell.

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Wikileaks, Resistance, Genuine Heroes, and Breaking the Goddamned Rules (II) By Arthur Silber

29 July, 2010 — Once Upon a Time…

Life and Death in the Obedience Culture

I have sometimes described America today as an “obedience culture.” The phrase refers to the fact that, beneath the specifics of the largely pointless debates on any topic you care to name, those who purport to speak on behalf of the values of “civilization” and “order” — that is, those who contend they and only they are the true defenders of Western civilization generally — insist on the primacy of one virtue above all others: obedience to authority.

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Wikileaks, Resistance, Genuine Heroes, and Breaking the Goddamned Rules (I) By Arthur Silber

27 July, 2010 — Once Upon a Time…

The other day, I offered some observations about the Wikileaks story and the latest release of a huge number of documents. My comments were focused very narrowly: I wanted to highlight the great heroism of those who run Wikileaks and are otherwise involved in these continuing leaks and offer my thanks for their invaluable work, while contrasting their immense courage with the loathsome, murderous behavior of the rulers of the American imperial state.

Oh, the emails I’ve received! Oh, the posts I’ve seen! Among other charming critiques, I was informed that I’ve proven to be a witless dupe. Don’t you see, my detractors inquired with iron fist delicately wrapped in, well, iron fist, oh, Arthur, don’t you see that this is yet another subterfuge by the endlessly duplicitous ruling class? Don’t you see how all the talk about Iran and Pakistan aiding the resistance in Afghanistan only helps the warmongers in their quest for another chapter (or two, or five) in the neverending war? Don’t you see that the U.S. government has been incredibly clever in using Wikileaks itself for its latest propaganda campaign? Oh, oh, oh, Arthur, don’t you see? [Added in response to inquiries and some pushback: later in this extended essay, I'll explain in detail why I find this theory extremely problematic and unsatisfactory.]

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