Archive for May, 2010

Afghans: U.S. Created and Funds Taliban

May 27, 2010

Kurt Nimmo
May 26, 2010

“It’s near-impossible to find anyone in Afghanistan who doesn’t believe the US are funding the Taliban: and it’s the highly educated Afghan professionals, those employed by ISAF, USAID, international media organizations – and even advising US diplomats – who seem the most convinced,” reports the Guardian today. “The US has an interest in prolonging the conflict so as to stay in Afghanistan for the long term,” said one Afghan.

It does not take a lot of research to prove the Taliban — and al-Qaeda — were fabricated by the CIA in league with Pakistani and Saudi Arabian intelligence.

Video: Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari said the Taliban was created by CIA and ISI. Naturally, this story was all but ignored by the corporate media in the U.S.

In the Middle East and Europe the media has reported this fact for some time now. But in the United States the corporate media retells the official fantasy ad nauseam and millions of people by it hook, line, and sinker.

In 1998, top Rockefeller minion Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted the Taliban was created by the United States. “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?” said a testy Brzezinski when pushed by Le Nouvel Observateur.

Brzezinski’s Afghan Mujahideen organized to fight the Soviets and displace their puppet Mohammad Najibullah — subsequently murdered by the Taliban — eventually splintered into the Taliban. “In 1994, a new group, the Taliban (Pashtun for ’students’), emerged on the scene. Its members came from madrassas set up by the Pakistani government along the border and funded by the U.S., Britain, and the Saudis, where they had received theological indoctrination and military training,” writes Phil Gasper, a professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur University…


Obama’s Internet Czar Dr. Cass Sunstein wants to turn off the lights on Free Speech

May 23, 2010

EDITOR’S NOTE: The rhetoric and the planning coming out of Obama’s administration is a continuation of the same which proliferated under President Bush Jr.  Controlling the internet has long been a goal of the New World Order, and the US have taken their lead from countries like China who currently employ 30,000(conservatively) dedicated full-time net police. Like US and UK companies outsource their call centers to India, perhaps Washington plans to outsource its free speech patrolling to China at a fraction of the cost. Whatever your concerns might be, readers should pay attention to this issue at it affects all of us who read, as well as electronically publish material out here in virtual space. – PH  

Jerry Mazza
May 21, 2010  

Paul Joseph Watson, a writer at Prison Planet whom I greatly respect, gave us a reminder Monday May 17th that Obama Czar Wants Mandatory Government Propaganda On Political Websites. The Big Brother Czar is also a Harvard Professor currently dishing up the pabulum for Obama’s White House that “conspiracy theories” should be banned from the Internet; so much for Harvard, Czar-Dr. Cass Sunstein and intellectual freedom.  

Obama’s internet Czar Dr Cass Sunstein resembles Hitler’s chief communications henchman Goebbels.

What’s more Sunstein wants to “legally force” Americans “to do what’s best for our society” and water down their free speech (granted by the US Constitution), by mandating websites with pop-up links to opposing government propaganda be “forcibly included on political blogs.” Could we have such pop-ups when the President is speaking, Henry Kissinger, Bibi Netanyahu, AIPAC, Larry Silverstein, NIST, Fox News, Lloyd Blankfein?  

Coincidentally, the also Harvard educated Constitutional lawyer now President, Barack Obama, agrees with Sunstein and has knighted him “Head of Information Technology in the White House for ‘Conspiracy Theories,’” i.e. any political thought that doesn’t regurgitate establishment views, like Obama’s ties to the CIA at Columbia University and after. Those who talk truth to power will be taxed or banned. I hear the clicking of boot heels as Sunstein speaks and I write…  READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

LEARNING TO LOVE COLLATERAL DAMAGE: Another Day, Another Massacre in Afghanistan

May 12, 2010

By Patrick Henningsen
Managing Editor
21st Century Wire   

This one is pulled straight from the “Aren’t We Lucky” file. Wouldn’t you agree, that Afghanistan must be a truly horrible place to be? ‘Those poor people’ , we can try and sympathize…   

You can argue that we’ve all become desensitized to it. You can hear the words rolling off of the lips of one of the Roberts… Robert Gibbs, Robert Gates, Roberto Gonzalez, or some upper-mid level NATO public relations man running interference for General Petraeus or General McCrystal like one Brigadier General Eric Tremblay(we will come to him later). It goes something like this: “Special Forces are risking their lives to protect Americans from the terrorist threat in Afghanistan…”, followed by, “Every day our men face difficult decisions, judgement calls, people need to understand that we are fighting an ‘asymetrical’ conflict and there will unfortunately be ‘collateral damage’ in these situations”.  How true. 

The actual family massacre story they could be referring to actually goes like this:    

“On Feb. 12, 2010, a family in Khataba, Afghanistan, held a party to celebrate the birth of a baby boy. Just hours after they went to sleep, U.S. Army Special Forces assaulted the house. They kicked down the door, rushed to the roof and began shooting at everybody below…”   

Take a few minutes out of your valuable time and read the full report here (link).  Just read it. Don’t worry. Relax, you are not obligated to act on this story. You can quietly carry on with your life. Just read it. Hell, you might even Facebook it. If you are religious, you might take a moment and say a prayer for the families involved. You might also say thanks to the big guy upstairs that you are not living under US Military Occupation in Afghanistan. If you are an atheist, then this regrettable tale of neocolonial largess in Central Asia might reaffirm your argument that there is no God, for how can a God, yet again, allow such a crime to happen- again? 

Whatever your faith(or lack of it), you will probably consider yourself lucky that you are tucked away in a safe community, living in a Western Democracy out of harm’s way. But mind you, if this story doesn’t evoke some level of your conscience, if you feel nothing, then it is very possible that your morality may have drifted away, way beyond the pale.  Such is the nature of the contemporary ‘remote’ war. In the age of personal empowerment, these are wars of convenience, events we can seemingly choose to engage with, or simply ignore. But the chain of events which took place in Khataba followed by the cover-up from the Pentagon so compelled this writer to stop what he was doing yesterday so as to try and make some sense of it all. Despite years of media war fatigue, my human side did not wish to change the channel. I realized at that moment these were not words in another grim story about Iraq or Afghanistan, rather, these are real people, I could see them, hear them, smell them, down to the smallest detail. What’s more, in the context of the follies the world has learned to tolerate in Iraq and Afghanistan- it’s not the first time and won’t be the last.

All is Fair in Love and War: The Cover-up   

Just as every cracking wooden fence requires a white wash, so every unsavoury event needs a good cover-up. After the massacre, it’s reported that the Coalition Soldiers removed the bullets from the walls, plastered over the bullet holes, and then tied the hands of the dead victims behind their backs and gagged them.  Enter the leggett, a Coalition spokesman, one Brigadier General Eric Tremblay, who declared that those responsible for the massacre were rogue Afghani “criminals and terrorists who do not care about the life of civilians.” A staged cover-up made to look like terrorists and criminals did this before the Coalition Cavalry arrived on the scene.  

Unsurprisingly, PR is now a crucial part of the post-modern military theatre. Hence, this was the official Pentagon story of this messy incident, and no doubt some PR brain in Washington may have even attempted to use the cover story to stir up further sectarian strife in the region, following through on the age-old British colonial mantra known fondly as “Divide and Conquer”. No doubt they tried. Most reporters are too dependent on access, security and the ’embedded culture’ to leave the protective custody of military forces in the field. NATO even keeps a long list of “blacklisted journalists”. The PR effort is huge. But like so many times before, like so many botched attempts to control the flow if information and cover up the truth, they failed miserably. That’s the funny thing about the truth, no matter how hard you try it always comes out in the end.   

A new language for a new generation   

Now for the apologists’ coffee table debate. Perhaps US Special Forces just made a mistake. Perhaps the “intel” was rather poor. Maybe CENTCOM had a ‘dodgy hajji’ for an informant. We all know that war is just an ugly business. Perhaps. And then there’s that term again, ‘collateral damage’. And there’s that other term again, ‘asymetrical warfare’. There are many other impressive new modern military jargon euphemisms too. Men like Donald Rumsfeld helped to educate us lay folks on these and more during his tenure at the Pentagon. So impressive is the language. And apparently, so also… so, so impressive is the ellusive enemy in this new post-modern, post-911, post-everything war.

‘Asymetrical’ is the description of the rag-tag band of rural terrorists roaming the foothills of the Helmund and the mountains near Kandahar. And what can be more asymetrical than an avatar like Osama Bin Laden? Understand that it’s that very avatar character on whom the entire War on Terror is based on, an avatar who has transformed the face of warfare in the 21st century, and completely un-catchable we are led to believe by the White House. You couldn’t create a better comic book villan than that.  

Coalition Forces: Going in for the kill

As Pentagon, NATO military middle managers, assorted media relations officers in desert cammo pants and various other scurrying leggetts become more and more ghettoized within their own self-styled jargon of complexed terms, acronyms and creative language, the further they drift away from reality. It’s a rather bizarre kind of intellectual iron curtain that they’ve built around themselves. Worse however, is how far our unelected managerial elite have drifted away from the moral center point which they claim to occupy, the place where politicians once sold us the war effort. What our politicians and military haven’t realized is that as a civil society, our moral core is defined by our sense of gravity pulling us back towards a moral center. It’s this gravity which tethers our actions in relation to what we define as right and wrong. One way to sever our inherent human tether to our moral center is to change the language of conflict. The new language of modern warfare we hear in those press briefings is part of an effort to forever cut our connection to that morality. Whether the effort is a success or not is up to our ability to remember the old language- the postcolonial enlightened humanist language which defines a loss of life as a tragedy to be avoided at all cost, and one which equates an Iraqi or Afghani life as equal to its American or British counterpart.

In the West, we have managed, with the help of major media talking heads from CNN, ABC, MSNBC, FOX and others, to replace our old out-dated humanist language which described modern wars pre Operation Desert Storm in 1991, with a new language and a new-improved perspective. Naturally, this is followed by a new play book for all wars. Those who are awake to this fact can only sit back in wonder as it gets increasingly ridiculous. Likewise, those who remain in a trance, thoroughly impressed by the science they have come to learn- and love, the new lingua franca of modern warfare, have also learned to love the collateral damage.

In ten years time you will look back and long for the simple theatre of conflict. Send in the Marines? No, no, no. Send in the drones!   

The Verdict   

Another day, another massacre. Relax, we have the best military in the world- so we are told. “Mistakes will be made in the War on Terror”, we are also told, over and over again. But this story is atypical from the usual news feeds because it lacks the conventional comic book villan… no Taliban here. No Al Qaeda here. It all sounds reasonable enough. Massacres are simply part and parcel of our brave new world. So when Blackwater does it, we deem it corrupt and vile. After all, they are simply the wart on the hand of the free enterprise aspect we have come accept in the theatre of conflict. You would expect anything from a hired Hessian soldier, the contract Barbarians with tattoos. But when the military do it- with all the billions in high-tech gear, computer kit, man power and supposed political oversight… then, it’s simply repulsive. And when the military attempt to cover up their own mistake- in this case, a full-on massacre… well, that’s shameful. Considering the innocence of the actual victims, that like so many others before them, they died in cold blood for nothing other than to serve as target practice for our Special Forces… well, that’s simply pathetic. More still, the lack of accountability by the military, and the level of culpability by the media lap-dogs can only be described as toxic.   

As our Nobel Peace Prizing winning President takes questions during the 2012 Presidential debates, where he will attempt to defend his position on the escalation of the Bush-Blair Wars which he pretended to campaign against during his 2007 run for the White House, those of us who still have a moral conscience in the crowd should remind Our Dear Leader that there is nothing ‘asymetrical’ about a slug of lead in the chest, or 10 rounds per second at close range through the neck and head. The result is very symmetrical in fact. One minute you are alive, the next minute you are dead. But still, we are expected to love Our Dear Leaders as they work to serve the greater good, namely, our national security.

And we might also remind him that there is nothing ‘collateral’ about the damage done in the Massacre in Khataba, Eastern Afghanistan. Nor for that matter, is it collateral when a 500 lb bomb lands on top of your home. It destroys everything, it destroys all hope. And don’t forget to ask, like so many did after 10 years in Vietnam, “why are we there?”… and keep asking that question. Never, ever stop asking that question.

TASER NATION: ‘Inside the NBA’ TV Program Making Fun of Taser Victims

May 5, 2010

By Patrick Henningsen
Managing Editor
21st Century Wire

In yet another example of psychological conditioning by the mainstream corporate media, Time Warner demonstrated on Monday night how a seemingly innocuous NBA basketball program could be used to glorify and make light comedy out of state-sanctioned torture and the running series of recent taser-related deaths in the United States.

The May 4th 2010 edition of TNT’s Inside the NBA featured segment entitled, “E.J’s Neato Stat of the Night”, saw sportscasters Ernie “E.J.” Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith joking about how fun it would be to taser each other.  The show began its segment showing an AP photo of a police officer using a Taser gun to apprehend a fan who ran onto the field during a Phillies game Monday night, with co-host Charles Barkley saying, “Congratulations police, way to taser his ass.”

TV pundits cheer on police as the try to taser fan

The incident Barkley was referring to was in fact a horrific scene in Philadelphia where police descended on the 17 year old baseball fan, as onlookers in the stadium were heard shouting, “Tase him! Tase him!”, a scene which harkens back to the days of the Gladiators  in Rome’s infamous Colosseum, where the public’s thirst for blood sport was once a major fixture of entertainment.

(watch in video as fans cheer on police to taser the young fan)

Inside the NBA: Making Torture Fun

During Part 3 of Inside the NBA you can watch here as the show’s producer Tim Kiely then proceeded to run a lengthy carousel of disturbing on-screen images and graphic video clips showing police and military personnel tasering their subjects. Some video clips depicted subjects who were actually being held down during  tasering. The show’s three hosts went on to make light comedy of tasering, as media buffoon Barkley proclaimed how he would like to be tasered by his co-host Ernie Johnson. All three pundits laughed about how fun it would be to ‘taser each other’ and openly down-playing the dangers of this so-called “non-lethal” weapon. Barkley continued saying “that guy’s a wuss”(clearly referring to the victim in the taser video clip). Barkley later attempts to explain away the dangers of tasering by stating, “I got police friends that say it hurts really bad for fifteen seconds and (then) you are alright.” He added, “I just want to see what the experience is like.” Not something one would expect to endure during a discussion about NBA basketball.

Meanwhile, taser-related deaths of innocent civilians at the hands of US law enforcement is on the increase. Most public advocacy groups are now arguing that tasering is torture, and constitutes a real breach of human rights.  Amnesty International reported that between 2001 and 2008, more than 351 individuals in the United States have died after being shocked by police Tasers. 2009 also saw many more recorded deaths and severe injuries due tasering. See a list of deaths here. TNT’s Johnson, Barkley and Smith should really take note at the actual “Neato Stats” of taser deaths particularly because, like the 17 year old Phillies baseball fan who ran out on the field Tuesday night, nearly all of the individuals who died from these lethal attacks were completely unarmed.

US fast becoming a taser nation

While we are forced to suffer a parade vapid, over-weight and over-paid TV pundits like Johnson, Barkley and Smith promoting the use of lethal Tasers across the US , behind the curtain of filtered media coverage, millions of Americans continue to endure the parade middle aged, over-paid, overweight police officers and contract security guards who are clearly sold on this now acceptable form of torture. Sadly, we must also face the reality that the Taser industry is now a multi-billion dollar global concern.

Corporate agenda behind TV programming

TNT Sports, formerly sat within mogul’s Ted Turner’s own Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS, Inc.) who later merged with Time Warner in 1996, and now operates as a semi-autonomous unit of Time Warner. As one of the “big six” and with regular annual revenues around $30 billion, Time Warner is arguably the largest media conglomerate in the world, with holdings that include CNN, CW (a joint venture with CBS), HBO, Cinemax, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, America Online, MapQuest, Moviefone, Warner Bros. Pictures, Castle Rock, New Line Cinema, and more than 150 magazines including Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Marie Claire and People.

It’s clear now that after such a corporate takeover, the formerly independent cable sports network’s broadcasting remit is can longer be limited to simply covering sports. With daily ratings numbers in the tens of millions and share holding across a number of industrial sectors, one might argue here that Time Warner strategically seeds its political talking points down the food chain to its media Leggett, TNT Sports. It’s not unusual these days to see sports programs plugging the war effort, Federal policies and now, torture.

In addition to promoting the use of tasers, Inside the NBA also ran two lengthy pieces during the same show on Tues May 4th, criticizing Arizona’s recent immigration law, taking a clear position against the State of Arizona, instead echoing a series of talking points out of Washington’s  press playbook on the issue.

Antiquated sports fans hoping for a safe haven from the relentless onslaught of social programming endured at the hands of CNN, FOX, MSNBC and Hollywood can expect even more talking points rammed down their TV cables.

Boycott Sports Programming

Whilst one dimensional sportscasters like Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith are nothing more than a cheap set of screw drivers in the tool belt of the New World Order, genuinely concerned viewers should step up and  send a clear message back to the major networks. If there are any sports fans out there who take offense to the repeated corporate injection of toxic politics into their sports programming, they would be advised to consider boycotting shows like Time Warner/TNT’s Inside the NBA until executives are ready to issue an apology to thousands of family members whose loved ones have suffered as a result of this new state-sanctioned torture policy of tasering innocents Americans.