Top U.S. Terrorist Group: the FBI By David Swanson

23 February, 2013 — War is a crime

A careful study of the FBI’s own data on terrorism in the United States, reported in Trevor Aaronson’s book The Terror Factory,finds one organization leading all others in creating terrorist plots in the United States: the FBI.Imagine an incompetent bureaucrat.  Now imagine a corrupt one.  Now imagine both combined.  You’re starting to get at the image I take away of some of the FBI agents’ actions recounted in this book. 

Wars That Aren’t Meant to Be Won By David Swanson

2 February, 2013 — Global Research

I looked at pretended and real reasons for wars and found some of the real reasons to be quite irrational. It should not shock us then to discover that the primary goal in fighting a war is not always to win it. Some wars are fought without a desire to win, others without winning being the top priority, either for the top war makers or for the ordinary soldiers.

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Who’s Faking It? Pentagon “Cyber-Warriors” Planting “False Information on Facebook” By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

26 January, 2013 — Global Research

On November 22, 2012, the Los Angeles Times published an alarming piece of news entitled “Cyber Corps program trains spies for the digital age”. The “cyber-warriors” who are headed for organizations such as the CIA, NSC, FBI, the Pentagon and so on, are trained to stalk, “rifle through trash, sneak a tracking device on cars and plant false information on Facebook [emphasis added]. They also are taught to write computer viruses, hack digital networks, crack passwords, plant listening devices and mine data from broken cellphones and flash drives.” Continue reading

Aaron Swartz: Reddit Co-Founder Killed Himself Due to Government Censorship and Harassment?

14 January 2013 — Washington’s Blog

In His Honor, Can Reddit Stop Censoring?

Reddit co-founder and free speech activist Aaron Swartz killed himself due to government censorship and harassment.  (He was probably clinically depressed and apparently committed suicide; no one is alleging that he was murdered.)

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Orwell’s 1984 Solution to Criminalize War: “If There was Hope, it must Lie in the Proles” By Prof. James F. Tracy

26 August, 2012 — Global Research

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“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance-it is the illusion of knowledge.”-Daniel Boorstin

In George Orwell’s 1984 the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Outer Party comprised a mere thirteen percent of the population and was subject to the ideological filters in play at the Ministry of Truth and the broader bureaucratic structure. A specific language and way of thinking were closely adhered to. Given their political import, <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Outer Party members were the most heavily indoctrinated and controlled inhabitants of Oceania. The majority Proles who constituted the remainder of the population was of little consequence so long as their political awareness remained underdeveloped.

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Reflections As Nelson Mandela Turns 94 July 18th By Danny Schechter

16 July 2012 — The News Dissector


Prisoner of Mandela: I was “Captured” and Inspired By His Movement


Cape Town, SouthAfrica: Nelson Mandela was released from prison 22 years ago. He has been “free” ever since. At the same time, I sometimes feel as if I became his prisoner—imprisoned by the work I have been doing enthusiastically in service to the struggle he led ever since the mid 1960’s.

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Beyond Citizens United: Politics Is an Industry, Not Just A Campaign By Danny Schechter

4 June 2012The News Dissector


New York, New York: In theory, American elections traditionally get going after Labor Day, but, as we can see by the daily overkill media “coverage,” polls and constant reporting about who has raised what—to the degree that anyone really knows in the age of SuperPacs— that the political horses for the 2012 are off and running.

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6 March 2012 — The News Dissector

Who called whom first?

Did the Obama alumni Association in Chicago—David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, and Bill Daley—get nervous and call the White House, or was it Barack himself, having disposed/co-opted one threat by the name of Netanyahu, who recognized he had a more serious problem the horizon.

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A Chill Descends On Occupy Wall Street; "The Leaders of the allegedly Leaderless Movement" By Fritz Tucker

4 November 2011 — Global ResearchFritz Tucker

On Sunday, October 23, a meeting was held at 60 Wall Street. Six leaders discussed what to do with the half-million dollars that had been donated to their organization, since, in their estimation, the organization was incapable of making sound financial decisions. The proposed solution was not to spend the money educating their co-workers or stimulating more active participation by improving the organization’s structures and tactics. Instead, those present discussed how they could commandeer the $500,000 for their new, more exclusive organization. No, this was not the meeting of any traditional influence on Wall Street. These were six of the leaders of Occupy Wall Street (OWS).

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Electronic Intifada 22/10/11: Stories behind prisoner swap headlines | Gaza musicians | British Airways | Latest blogs & more



Rami Almeghari, Gaza City, 20 October 2011
The sense of joy was palpable in the streets of Gaza on Tuesday as released prisoners were greeted by celebratory crowds. The Electronic Intifada’s Rami Almeghari was there when the first prisoners arrived.

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Libya Newslinks for 15 June 2011: Cameron humiliates first sea lord over Libya in Commons

15 June 2011 —

10 US lawmakers sue Obama over Libya strikes
CBS News
President Barack Obama delivers his address on Libya at the National Defense University in Washington, March 28, 2011. (AP) WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers is suing President Barack Obama for taking military action against Libya without …

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Bradley Manning Newslinks for 12 February, 2011

12 February, 2011 —

Berkeley waters down Bradley Manning resolution
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
By Frances Dinkelspiel The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday will consider a
watered-down version of a bill regarding Bradley Manning, the army private

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Media Lens: Wikileaks – The smear and the denial – Part 1

3 November, 2010 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

Part 1 – The Smear (Read Part 2 Here)

“Journalists don’t like WikiLeaks”, Hugo Rifkind notes in The Times, but “the people who comment online under articles do… Maybe you’ve noticed, and been wondering why. I certainly have.” (Hugo Rifkind Notebook, ‘Remind me. It’s the red one I mustn’t press, right?,’ The Times, October 26, 2010)

Rifkind is right. The internet has revealed a chasm separating the corporate media from readers and viewers. Previously, the divide was hidden by the simple fact that Rifkind’s journalists – described accurately by Peter Wilby as the “unskilled middle class” ( – monopolised the means of mass communication. Dissent was restricted to a few lonely lines on the letter’s page, if that. Readers were free to vote with their notes and coins, of course. But in reality, when it comes to the mainstream media, the public has always been free to choose any colour it likes, so long as it’s corporate ‘black’. The internet is beginning to offer some brighter colours.

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Survey finds majority of journalists use social media sites as first port of call for research By Helena Humphrey

8 February, 2010 – Editors Weblog

The founding director of a Political Management master’s degree program at the George Washington University surveyed 371 print and web journalists from September to October of last year, with the aim of establishing to what extent social media tools are used in the research and distribution of articles.

The results of the online survey, reported on the university’s newspaper website, found that 56 percent of those surveyed said that social media was important or somewhat important for reporting and producing stories, with the overwhelming majority citing the internet as the starting point for their research- despite the fact that 84 percent said news and information delivered via social media was slightly less or much less reliable than news delivered via traditional media.
Blogging emerged as the number one method for both researching and publishing stories, with 64 percent of journalists using blogs to distribute articles, and 89 percent using them for online research.

Two thirds are said to use LinkedIn and Facebook for research purposes, with just over half favouring Twitter – which came in at number two in the popularity ranks for article distribution with 57 percent.

Of the results, Trevor Seela, online managing editor of the Daily Northwestern, commented: ‘Newspapers are no longer just newspapers. They are publications that often combine both print and online media. As we see a switch towards a more web-oriented mentality, we have an increased need to promote articles via Facebook and Twitter to reach our audience.’

Without doubt the future of newspapers and social media outlets will see the two ever more interlinked, yet Don Bates, the survey’s co-author and current instructor in the GSPM, commented: ‘Traditional media won’t disappear. Most in the category of traditional media will evolve to encompass a balance of online and offline production. Increasingly, the Internet will be the engine that drives media of all sorts, skewed more and more to snackable writing, interactive content and video,’ putting emphasis on the idea that the internet will not replace the traditional journalism, but rather continue revolutionise the way it is produced.

Source: The GW Hatchet

Re. 9/11 Launching the International Campaign for Mounir El Motassadeq By Elias Davidsson

Dear friends,

The Committee for Mounir el Motassadeq launches today an international campaign for the reopening of his case, after a Hamburg (Germany) court sentenced him to 15 years in prison, for allegedly helping his friends, Mohamed Atta and Co. to prepare the attacks of 9/11. Mounir is doubly innocent. First, he did not know anything of the preparations for 9/11. And second, there is not a shred of evidence that his friends, Mohammed Atta and Co. participated in the attacks of 9/11.

By demanding the reopening of the trial, it is our aim to force a judicial determination that there exists no evidence of Muslim participation in the attacks of 9/11. We expect, evidently, that the US and German governments will fiercely oppose any attempt to reopen the case because such reopening could – if the court acts impartially – undermine the official legend of 9/11, the raison-d’être of the Western Alliance, and the basis of the the War on Terror and the Occupation of Afghanistan. However, the wrongful condemnation of Mounir presents a unique and historical opportunity to reveal to the public the extent of political, judicial and moral rot, that afflicts even a country such as Germany, which claims to have learned lessons from history.

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