"Without censorship, things can get terribly confused
in the public mind." General William Westmoreland,
Commander of the US forces in Vietnam, on why the media should be controlled in wartime.
A pundit once remarked that a person should
never have to see how sausages or wars are made,
inferring that the observation of such gruesome, repugnant spectacles would repulse any normal human being.
People who are familiar with Upton
Sinclair's book, "The Jungle", know about the hideous conditions and
the health hazards that existed at American meat packing companies at the turn of the century. Animals were
butchered in appallingly filthy, contaminated slaughter houses. The working conditions were horrible and dangerous.
This was before there was any regulation of stock yards or food producers.
More recently, Eric Schlosser's book, "Fast
Food Nation", portrays the butchering of animals for America's
franchise restaurants as so disgusting that it would make a vegetarian out of the most devout carnivore.
Butchers stand ankle deep in blood as they render cattle for market. Workers often develop carpel tunnel
syndrome from the repetitive motion. Others lose limbs or suffer severe cuts.
The portrayal of war by correspondents,
photographers and poets makes any thinking mortal realize the
brutality and futility of combat. Historical books about soldier's true experiences at war have always shown
the inhumanity and wretchedness of the mass murder. They paint vivid images of the carnage that they found so appalling.
During World War 11, Americans had been
blind-sided at Pearl Harbor and fascism threatened our way of life.
We were united against our common foe. Correspondents like Ernie Pyle lived in the trenches and foxholes
alongside our troops. Pyle was beloved by our nation because he risked his life and lived with the same deprivations
in the field as the soldiers. Citizens relied on his reports to understand what life was like for their loved ones. It was said
that he covered a "democracy at war". He was killed by a Japanese sniper in the South Pacific. Aging veterans still make
the pilgrimage to his home to pay homage to the man who told their stories.
After Pearl Harbor, our nation was united.
Graphic accounts and photos of the brutality of war only helped to
stiffen the resolve of our citizens. Pictures of American dead on the beaches of Europe and the South Pacific
made us aware of the ultimate sacrifice that our fellow soldiers were making to preserve our democracy from tyranny.
Unlike WW 11, this nation was more ambivalent
about the war in Vietnam. Most Americans could not even find
the country on a map. Even fewer knew anything about their history. Was Ho Chi Mihn a nationalist or a communist?
After all, he had drafted a constitution for his people based on our own. He had been an ally of ours in the fight against
the Japanese. The OSS sent medical help when he was ill. After the war, he wanted America to recognize the right of
Vietnam to resist recolonization by the exploitive French. Many wondered how an agrarian nation half way around the
world from us could present a threat to the world's premier nuclear power.
With the advent of television, Americans
growing up during the Vietnam era became accustomed to daily coverage
of the war. Photos in magazines showed naked, terrified children fleeing napalm attacks. Images in the media showed
civilian bodies lying in the ditches of My Lai. Graphic footage showed a South Vietnamese officer summarily executing
a Viet Cong at point blank range. We saw the aluminum caskets and the body bags with the corpses of our friends,
neighbors and family members being unloaded from helicopters and large transport aircraft. Americans were inundated
with accounts of the atrocities, massacres and ambushes.
America's "Best and the Brightest", such
as Robert MacNamara, warned us that Vietnam could be the toppled domino
that would lead to world-wide communism. While our government assured us that the war was proceeding brilliantly
and that there was a light at the end of the tunnel, the coverage on the evening news suggested otherwise. When the
Tet Offensive surprised our military with coordinated attacks throughout South Vietnam, it was a wake-up call that
maybe all was not well. Skeptical journalists covering the war knew that they were being lied to by the brass and began
to tell Americans at home. Vietnam did not seem to be worth the lives of our troops. Nightly television footage and
photographs of the carnage allowed our citizens at home to come to their own conclusions about how the war was being waged.
Despite the leaked Pentagon Papers which
showed that our generals really thought that the war could not be won
and that the best case scenario would be a stalemate, many hawks in the military concluded that the media was somehow
responsible for our failures in Vietnam. Rather than blame our country's poorly thought out policies, they convinced themselves
that the press were traitors who under minded the determination of our citizens to see their war to it's successful conclusion.
America's generals were determined not to
allow the press to undermine their actions again. From then on, reporters
be treated as hostile to their mission and were to be marginalized. Journalists would no longer be given the freedom to report
our nation's wars. Our armed forces had no use for an informed citizenry.
The underlying reasons for this policy of
censorship was that if Americans were exposed to graphic footages of the
and atrocities which take place during any war, we might once again reconsider our policies and conclude that they were morally
bankrupt. Out of sight, out of mind. A conscious decision was made to censor all of our future wars.
Our campaign against Grenada did not receive
any substantial coverage by the US media. Access to the scenes of violence
controlled. Press accounts were cleaned up for domestic consumption. Journalists could only report what the Pentagon wanted
them to see. Americans saw photo-ops of American medical students who were saved from the tyranny of a slightly left-leaning
head of government by the US calvary, even though some of these future doctors didn't realize they were in need of saving.
Pulitzer prize winning journalist Patrick
J. Sloyan wrote that "Reporters were banned from Grenada. Those who tried
on the island such as Morris Thompson of Newsday were arrested and imprisoned on US ships offshore. All details and videos
were supplied by military reporters and Pentagon briefings."
It is widely suspected that the Grenada
campaign was a "wag the dog" scenario to distract the American's attention
terrorist attack on a US Marines barrack two days before that killed 241 of our troops. The Reagan administration had sent
them to Beirut on a fool's mission and we were pondering why they had been stationed there in the first place.
We also saw comprehensive censorship implemented
during the campaign in Panama to oust Manuel Noriega. Like bin Laden,
Noriega was once a CIA asset who had worked closely with US intelligence. Like Saddam Hussein, he had been an ally of the
Reagan/Bush administrations. Noriega was lauded for his cooperation with our government by George H. W. Bush long after
he was known to have been involved in drug smuggling, money laundering and other criminal behavior.
Critics of the Bush administration suggest
that some of Noriega's crimes were committed on behalf of the CIA during
Reagan/Bush era. The CIA's own inspector general admitted in 1998 that the CIA was complicit in Contra drug smuggling.
Some people believe that Noriega became too greedy with the profits. When he no longer served our interests and became
an inconvenient liability like Saddam, our government did not hesitate to turn on him like a rival Mafia don.
The Bush administration, in what would become
a familiar pattern, launched a PR campaign to demonize the dictator in
eyes of Americans. Our army then invaded in a poorly conceived and bungled attack which resulted in unnecessary US
casualties and the deaths of perhaps 3000 innocent civilians who had labored under the illusion that they were our friends and allies.
The press was kept away from the carnage.
There would be no evening news coverage showing shattered, bloody bodies.
Battlegrounds were sanitized. Corpses were quickly hidden from view. No footage that showed the Pentagon or the
administration in a bad light would be allowed to appear in the US media.
When images of the coffins of US troops
arriving stateside appeared on a split screen with Bush gloating and boasting
his great success in Panama, the Pentagon ordered that the media be prohibited from filming the return of our soldier's caskets.
The cover-up was complete. Most Americans are still unaware of the immense loss of life.
These were not wars at all. There was only
token resistance by a handful of defenders to our overwhelming force. They
one-sided massacres. If Americans understood the real reasons for these campaigns and saw the slaughter, they would have
been appalled at our government's actions.
During the Gulf War, reporters were again
assigned to pools which would only be allowed to cover sights previously
by the Pentagon. The graphic footage of American war planes bombing the retreating Iraqis at the "Highway of Death" was
scrubbed although some shots of the horrific slaughter were leaked out by independent photographers. (See, "The Unseen
Gulf War by Peter Turnley at digitaljournalist.org/issue 0212/pt_intro.html).
Images of the carbonized bodies of Iraqi
tank crews burned beyond recognition by our depleted uranium shells (dubbed
"crispy critters" by our troops) which appeared abroad were not shown by our media.
In the February 14th edition of the Guardian,
Patrick J. Sloyan wrote an article entitled, "How the Mass Slaughter of
of Iraqis went Unnoticed". According to Sloyan, reporters including Leon Daniel were prevented from observing a large tank battle.
An estimated 6000 Iraqis had been killed. "It was a battlefield without the stench of urine, feces, blood and bits of flesh."
When they were finally permitted to see the site, they asked where the bodies were. An army major replied, "What bodies?"
Observers claim that US tanks moving parallel
to Iraqi trenches poured machine gun fire into their troops while armed
with immense plows buried the soldiers, dead and alive. "The tanks had flanked the lines so that tons of sand from the plough
spoil had funneled into the trenches. Just behind the tanks, straddling the trench line, came Bradleys pumping machine-gun
bullets into Iraqi troops."
Sloyan quotes Colonel Anthony Moreno who
said that "I came through right after the lead company...What you saw was
bunch of buried trenches with people's arms and legs sticking out of them. For all I know, we could have buried thousands."
"Two other brigades used the same tank-mounted
ploughs and Bradleys to obliterate an estimated 70 miles of defensive trenches...
The finishing touches were made by armored combat earth-movers (ACEs). These massive bulldozers, with armored cockpits
impervious to small-arms fire, smoothed away any hint of the carnage.
Daniel said that, "They wouldn't allow us to see anything."
Military handlers "interrupted interviews
to chastise soldiers into changing their statements while reporters stood
back, or forcibly
removed film from cameras that captured images deemed offensive by an Army public affairs officer." Dick Cheney, one of the
architects of the Pentagon's censorship policy remarked of the press that, "Frankly, I looked on it as a problem to be managed."
The American press, cowed by the administration, allowed themselves to be censored. They no longer were engaged in journalism.
They were now doing PR for the Pentagon.
Sloyan wrote that life was much more difficult
for independent journalists. "More than 70 operating outside the pool system
arrested, detained, threatened at gun point or chased from the front line. Army public affairs officers made nightly visits to hotels
and restaurants in Hafir al Batin, a Saudi town on the Iraqi border. Reporters and photographers would bolt from the table.
The slower ones were arrested.
Photographer Scott Applewhite went to the
scene of a SCUD attack on an American tent which killed 25 and wounded
Applewhite was stopped by military police. When he objected, "they punched and handcuffed him while ripping the film from
his cameras." Pictures of dead Iraqi civilians and "collateral damage" were censored.
During the Gulf War, Colin Powell claimed
that the number of Iraqi casualties did not concern him. A government contractor
who estimated the deaths at around 158,000, much higher then official figures, was harassed and fired.
Sloyan writes that "Not a single eyewitness
account, photograph or strip of video of combat between 400,000 soldiers
desert was produced by this battalion of professional observers."
Aside from not being allowed to witness
the repulsive carnage of war, Americans at home were also conveniently
from seeing just how dumb our "smart" bombs really were and that our cruise missiles which seemed so effective and accurate
on the video tapes, were actually failing to hit their targets in the majority of firings. Patriot missiles designed to intercept in-coming
SCUDs which were touted by the Pentagon as being so effective were also found to have been largely unsuccessful. Taxpayers
witnessing such waste in the development of these multi-million dollar weapons systems might have suspected that this war was
a boondoggle for the merchants of death.
Closely allied with the military-industrial
complex, the Reagan/Bush administrations did not want to expose their cronies
campaign contributors in the defense industry to charges of war profiteering. (In perhaps one of the biggest conflicts of interest
for any president, George H.W. Bush owns a large stake in the Carlyle group which is making a killing from this war. Cheney's
Halliburton will make fortunes from no-bid contracts. Bechtel, home to many former republican politicians, is equally well positioned.)
The media was effectively muzzled from reporting
that the Reagan/Bush administrations had illegally sold hundreds of millions
dollars worth of weapons and the dual-use technology for the manufacture of biological and chemical weapons to Saddam long
after we knew he had gassed the Kurds and Iranians. These weapons were then used against our troops. Allegations are now
quietly leaking out that in this most recent war, our troops have finally found Saddam's WMD: US missiles that our government sold him!
Before this last war, the Bush administration
seized Iraq's dossier prepared for the UN outlining their weapons program
censored 8000 pages which listed foreign countries that sold Saddam weapons. A leaked copy revealed that 24 companies
selling arms to Iraq were from the United States.
The footage of the war that the Pentagon
did release was a dazzling, high-tech video display of "smart" bombs plowing
abstract targets, resembling more of an arcade game than the wholesale murder of human beings. It seemed only a bit more
"virtual" then a Nintendo game. Soldiers seen manipulating complicated electronic devices and laptops appeared more like
technicians than paid professional killers. The Pentagon portrayed this war as a pyrotechnics show with flash pods and
special effects like those at a rock concertl.
American audiences did not witness how a
single cluster bomb could kill virtually every living being in the space
football fields. They did not see the charred flesh of civilians who were mistakenly bombed in their shelters.
The aftermath of the war was also hidden
from the American public. Our media did not report on the devastated infrastructure
of Iraq. Electric grids had been bombed. The water supply was devastated. Hospitals had been destroyed Sewage ran through
the streets. Epidemics flourished. Cholera, diarrhea and typhus were common. The media never mentioned the estimated 500,000
Iraqi children who died from malnutrition and disease. They did not report on the sky-rocketing rates of leukemia and cancer
thought to have been caused by our depleted uranium shells.
In the recent campaign against the Taliban,
journalists were again isolated from the battle scenes. One correspondent
was investigating reports of civilian casualties claimed he was thwarted by US soldiers who threatened to shoot him if he
continued. Other reporters believe that soldiers from the Northern Alliance were instructed by American soldiers to harass them.
US media did not show photos of the wedding procession which was turned into a funeral by our bombs. We did not see the
dismembered bodies or the bloated corpses.
A documentary entitled, "Afghan Massacre;
The Convoy of Death" alleges a media cover-up of US complicity in the massacre
of up to 3000 Taliban prisoners. According to 'Democracy Now', the producer Jamie Doran was told by the State Department
officia,l Larry Schwartz, that his film would not receive coverage in our main stream media. Schwartz is quoted as saying,
"You have to understand, we're involved with the national [ newspapers] on a daily basis - this story won't run, even if it's true."
Televison industry insiders told Doran, "not now Jamie."
The American people no longer know how our
army conducts it wars. There are reports leaking out that our intelligence
use "stress and duress" techniques, beating up prisoners to get information. Two Afghans recently died at our POW camps there
and their deaths are being investigated as homicides. A BBC crew that recently toured Guantanamo had their visit cut short when
a prisoner attempted to speak to them. Some prisoners are "rendered" to other allied countries which regularly use torture. One
US intelligence officer said that if the guards are not violating the prisoner's civil rights once and awhile, the probably aren't doing
their job. Now, the US is considering executing prisoners at Guantanamo after a military tribunal. Amnesty International says the
US is routinely violating the Geneva Convention.
Human rights activists are forbidden from
visiting our POW camps. Prisoners are kept in solitary confinement. Leaked
show sensory deprived prisoners in four-point restraint with ear plugs and blacked-out goggles. Some are forced to kneel on
concrete for hours. Others have loud rock music blasted at them. Has our democracy been co-opted by Nazis? How are we
different then the Waffen SS? Weren't we the "white hats" who prosecuted German war criminals at Nuremburg for the same
offenses? Has the United States become a fascist nation without it's citizens knowing? There is a reason why George W. Bush
does not want an International Criminal Court.
Now, Dubya has had his own Iraqi war. The
reasons for it seem to change from day to day. Bush continued to flog off
reports that aluminum tubes were to be used to enrich uranium. A "sexed up" report by Tony Blair (now known as the "dodgy dossier")
was found to have been plagiarized from a ten year old graduate thesis. A report that said Niger was providing uranium to Iraq was
known to be a forgery. Trucks which Bush claims were to be used to develop WMD apparently were really to produce hydrogen
for weather balloons. The CIA has been leaking for months that the administration was "cherry picking" only that information which
bolstered their case for war. Those people who read the foreign press have known about this for months. The US press is finally
beginning to report on this.
American generals such as Zinni, Clark,
Schwarzkoph and Shinseki were reluctant to see us go to war. (Clark recently
that the administration pressured him to report links between Osama and Saddam and he refused to do so when they would not
provide evidence.) Brent Scowcroft and other allies of the first Bush administration voiced reservations about the war but these
chicken hawks steam rolled these critics and the media acquiesced.
Cheney's claim that American troops would
be greeted as liberators has proven to be wishful thinking. Wolfowitz's
General Shinseki was wrong in saying that at least 200,000 troops would be necessary to occupy the country was "wildly off
the mark". The certainty of the neocons in the correctness of their assumptions is baffling, but as Bertrand Russell once said,
"The whole problem with the world is that the fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people are
full of doubts. Many people would sooner die then think; in fact they do so."
The ongoing revelations about this war show
that we are sinking into the quagmire in both Afghanistan where the Taliban
regrouped for attacks against us and in Iraq where our troops are routinely being murdered in urban warfare. There were around
25 attacks against our troops in one day, recently. Critics of this war warned of a Stalingrad scenario where guerillas would fight
skirmishes from the rubble. Despite the media's poor coverage, it is even becoming apparent to the red states that we are in trouble.
Reporters covering this nation's wars are
now required by the Pentagon to go through indoctrination courses. They
in military units where it is hoped that they will be reluctant to report unfavorable news about their new acquaintances in the service
who guard their lives. Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau compares this effect on the reporters as similar to the Stockholm
Syndrome in which hostages begin to empathize with their captors.
Embedded reporters are forbidden from traveling
independently or to use their own transportation. One BBC reporter claimed
that the US military threatened to attack all satellite communication gear that was transmitting and told her that they could not
guarantee her safety as an independent journalist. She took this to be thinly veiled threat. Several reporters have been killed.
A US tank crew fired a shell at the Palestine Hotel where scores of journalists were base, killing two. Our troops have
repeatedly targeted Middle Eastern television stations like Al Jazerra that broadcast pictures of US POWs and civilian casualties.
When a photographer attempted to film a
convoy which was recently attacked, wounding several Syrians, a US soldier
threatened to break his camera if he continued.
The corporate media has consistently portrayed
Bush in a favorable light in this war. His history has been white washed
by the press.
Dubya (who never refuted allegations that he was AWOL from the Texas National Guard for 17 months) landed on an air craft carrier
in a pilot costume to proclaim "Mission Accomplished", never mind that our troops are dying daily. Photo-ops and sound bites help
to deflect our attention from the reality of war. The Jessica Lynch story has been revealed to be a Pentagon fabrication.
The media has given Bush a pass on many
other scandals as well. His past has been sanitized as much as his wars
allegations of insider trading, perjury in a Texas funeral home scandal, a possible cocaine arrest cover-up, the diversion of
University of Texas funds to his cronies and the land-grab scam of the Texas Ranger Stadium. The Fox "Fair and Balanced"
News, which maintains a 24/7 assault on liberals, is run by veteran republican media consultant, Roger Ailes, who once said
that Americans don't want to be informed; they only want the illusion of being informed. Happy to comply, Fox has been a
cheerleader for Dubya's wars, abandoning any semblance of objectivity.
Colin Powell's son, Michael, has been working
feverishly to deregulate the media so that extreme right wingers like Rupert
and the Reverend Moon (who has given millions to Dubya's father) can more thoroughly monopolize the news. Moon, who owns the
Bush mouthpiece, The Washington Times, believes he is the new Messiah. He has links to many right wing juntas and has denounced
Americans for their independence of thought.
Clear Channel, which is owned by a close
Bush crony, owns around 1200 radio stations as well as bill boards. They
pro-war rallies and lead the attacks on the Dixie Chicks. The corporate media featured an overwhelming number of hawks on
their talk shows. Perhaps around five percent of the talking heads had reservations about the war. The number of anti-war activists
at rallies was consistently under reported. The ten million who demonstrated world wide on February 15th were dismissed by Bush
as a focus group. Karl Rove contrived to have protesters at Bush appearances corralled into the Orwellian termed "First Amendment
Zones" where they would be overlooked by the press.
Talk Radio is dominated by screeching heads
who stay on message for the Bushies. The eloquent Michael Savage rants
imagined foibles of "turd world countries". Bill O'Reilly was recently exposed by Al Franken on C-Span for his repeated lies about
winning a Peabody award for excellence in broadcasting. (Franken also exposed the Fiery Nazi Windbag's serial lying in his book,
Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot.")
Web sites like mediawhoresonline.com, bushwatch.com,
buzzflash.com, democrats.com and bartcop.com thoroughly dissect and
discredit the shoddy stenography of hacks like Ann Coulter and more mainstream reporters like Judith Miller. But the republicans
understand Goebbel's theory that a big, audacious lie is more easily believed by the masses than a small one and that a lie repeated
often enough becomes the truth. Former CIA director, William Colby, once remarked that "The CIA owns every one of any
significance in the major media." It appears that the media has now become a subsidiary of the Bush Family Dynasty.
The censorship and slanting of the news
has very real consequences for our troops in the field. We are not hearing
much in the press
about the more than 200,000 vets who are on disability for Gulf War Syndrome or the more then 10,000 who have died from the illness.
If depleted uranium is the cause of this syndrome as many suspect, then tens of thousands of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan can be
expected to also become ill as our army continues to use DU. The lives of our troops are more expendable then toilet paper for this
Pentagon and the media is complicit in the cover up.
The corporate media has also been silent
about allegedly faulty respirators and defective chemical hazard suits
issued to our troops.
Fox hasn't been reporting on the experimental vaccines administered to our troops such as the anti-malaria drug which is thought to
have triggered murderous paranoid, psychotic reactions in vets returning from Afghanistan.
There have been few stories about this administration's
plan to use tactical nuclear bombs in our new wars. What ramifications
does this have for our troops who find themselves downwind from the radiation?
The media has been assisted in foisting
off propaganda on the American public by public relations firms like Hill
and the Rendon group which fabricate lies and sow disinformation such as the story about Iraqi soldiers ripping babies from their
incubators. This was proven to be a fabrication.
The Pentagon has been surprisingly open
about it's attempts to distribute propaganda for foreign and domestic consumption.
Our government broadcasts pro-US radio shows to a dubious audience in the Middle East. Polls show that the Muslim countries
hate us more then ever. They saw how our "shock and awe" campaign leveled much of Baghdad. They have seen the carnage
and blood. Most Europeans now think that Bush is more dangerous than bin Laden. Maybe the Pentagon will start to paint
yellow "smiley faces" on their cluster bombs.
It is not only our nation's wars that this
administration does not want us to see. As soon as the took power, they
they could withhold all presidential papers, including those of Dubya's father which could implicate him in Iran-Contra gate
scandals. Bush also hid his papers from his tenure as Texas governor.
Our nation's energy policy was written in
secret so that we won't know the extent to which Enron and US oil helped
our laws. It is not only a matter of what Bush knew about Enron's gouging of California for billions of dollars but also whether
they influenced foreign policy when they planned to build a pipeline in Afghanistan. This administration met with the Taliban to
help Enron's case and threatened to bomb them if they did not cooperate. Some people think that the attack on the WTC was
a pretext for this promised attack on Afghanistan.
Bush holds few press conferences and the
ones that he does have are tightly scripted. Any respectable journalist
like Helen Thomas
who asks uncomfortable questions gets exiled to the Siberia of seating assignments and is never called on again. Others are frozen
out from any access to the White House. The press corp now only lobs softballs at Bush.
The EPA recently censored scientific conclusions
about global warning which blamed smokestack and tail pipe emissions for
much of the problem.
Bush and Cheney are also pulling out all
of the stops to thwart an investigation into the World Trade Center tragedu.
that they fear damaging information about what they knew could effect the next presidential election. What are they trying to hide?
This administration, with the complicity
of the media has kept us uninformed and ignorant. As Mark Twain once said,
'if you don't read the papers, you are uninformed. If you do read the papers you are misinformed'.
Of course, it is possible that if our citizens
were informed they still might back this administration.
To paraphrase H. L. Mencken, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. Albert Einstein
once said, "The tyranny of ignoramuses is insurmountable and assured for all time." Musician and composer Frank Zappa claimed
that, " It's not getting any smarter out there. You have to come to terms with stupidity and make it work for you." Hitler said,
"What good fortune for those in power that the people do not think."
Republican pollster Frank Luntz recently
said that, "It doesn't matter whether any WMD are found "because the rationale
war changed. Americans like a good picture. And one picture of an Iraqi child kissing a US soldier is more powerful than two
months of debate on the floor of Congress." Karl Rove once said that the ideal campaign image should be conceived of as an
image on the television set with the sound off. Most Americans think with their brain stem, not the frontal lobes.
Bush now dismisses critics who wonder where
the WMD are as "revisionist historians" but it is this administration that
is revising history.
By repeatedly mentioning Osama and Saddam in his speeches, he has convinced many Americans that the two are allies when there is
no proof. Similarly, Bush has managed to convince many people that Saddam had a hand in the World Trade Center tragedy and that
Iraqis hijacked the planes when there were none on board. Fifteen of them were from our ally, Saudi Arabia.
Bush has been quoted as saying that "You
can fool some of the people all of the time and those are the ones you
This administration operates on this assumption. His "Clean Air" and "Healthy Forests" campaigns are misnomers which have exactly
the reverse effect on our environment. He campaigned in the primary with a stage full of minorities while he planned to gut affirmative
action and programs which help the poor.
As Hiram Johnson once said, "The first casualty
when war comes, is truth." The Bush administration did not even wait until
they got t
heir wars before they started lying to us. The British are incensed that Tony Blair lied to them. We can only hope that Americans will
become similarly outraged.
It was said of the renowned Ernie Pyle that
he reported on a "democracy at war".
We are at war, but we are no longer a democracy
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