Top 10 List: Buried Stories
You would think the media would investigate Pat Robertson's ties to the former ruthless dictator Charles Taylor of Liberia. After all, the media frequently seeks Pat Robertson's opinions as though his opinions are worthy of recognition. But the media completely fails to investigate the facts surrounding Robertson's $15 million investment in the Liberian gold mining venture known as Freedom Gold Limited-- allegedly negotiated between Robertson and Taylor. Taylor is only responsible for the deaths of over 200,000 Liberians.
The media might be interested in further investigating and reporting on the fact that Charles Taylor harbored key al-Qaeda operatives for months after September 11 in exchange for a payment of $1 million. In essence, Pat Robertson is doing business with an al-Qaeda supporter.
9. Halliburton and Bechtel
It sure would be nice if somebody in the media actually gave proper attention to Dick Cheney's Halliburton and George Schultz's Bechtel. After all, these two defense contractors have made a fortune from the War on Terror, as well as the War in Iraq.
According to a recent non-partisan congressional report, Vice President Cheney's Halliburton stock options rose in value by 3281% in one year.
An analysis released today by the Office of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg reveals that Vice President Cheney's Halliburton stock options have increased in value 3,281 percent in one year. The stock options, which were worth $241,498 one year ago are now valued at $8,165,489.07. In light of the surging value of Vice President Cheney's holdings, Senator Lautenberg reiterated his call for the Vice President to forfeit his continuing financial interest in the Halliburton Co (HAL). Vice President Cheney continues to hold 433,333 Halliburton stock options and receives almost $200,000 a year in deferred salary from Halliburton.
"As Halliburton's fortunes rise, so do the Vice President's, and that is wrong," said Senator Lautenberg. "Halliburton has already raked in more than $10 billion from the Bush-Cheney Administration for work in Iraq, and they were awarded some of the first Katrina contracts. It is unseemly for the Vice President to continue to benefit from this company at the same time his Administration funnels billions of dollars to it. The Vice President should sever his financial ties to Halliburton once and for all."
Considering the fact that Cheney is one of the architect's of the War in Iraq, it would be nice if the media spent some time shedding light on Cheney's blatant self-interest. Furthermore, in light of the fact that Halliburton is frequently given "no-bid contracts" it would be nice if the media illuminated the fiduciary breach involved with Cheney's obvious self-dealing.
8. War in Iraq
Sure, we hear about the War in Iraq, but do we ever get to SEE the War in Iraq? If you watch a PBS Frontline Special, you may see some real footage from Iraq. But you will rarely see any "war footage" on the nightly news. No caskets. No funerals. By omission, the media has tacitly supported the war the whole way through.
7. 52 Warnings
1. In the 105 days before 9/11, the FAA received 52 warnings that mentioned Osama Bin Laden. One of the warnings was a CD-ROM that discussed suicide hijackers.
2. President Bush decided to take a vacation for the month of August in 2001.
3. On August 6th Bush received the infamous memo titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the US." Bush remained on vacation.
4. On the morning of 9/11, both Bush and Condi thought, "what a terrible accident."
6. The Downing Street Memo
What is the Downing Street Memo? Unless you are a blogger or a news junkie, you probably have never even heard of it. Yet it's only the smoking gun which shows that the Bush and Blair regimes fixed the intelligence and facts around the policy of going to war in Iraq. The memo conclusively shows that, as of eight months prior to the invasion of Iraq, the Bush and Blair regimes had already decided to invade. Our president lied to us to lead us to war. Apart from a few reports on the subject, the media has almost completely ignored the Downing Street Memo.
5. 9/11 Omissions and Distortions
Failing to realize that the government's version of the events of 9/11 are every bit as much a "conspiracy theory" as the alternate theories, the media has failed to objectively investigate the glaring omissions and distortions contained in the 9/11 Kean Commission Report. The media also failed to realize that the 9/11 Commission Report, at the outset, presumed the truth of the government conspiracy theory and merely cherry picked evidence that tended to support that theory while ignoring evidence which tended to contradict or impeach the government's version.
Just one example (there are so many more!), the media completely failed to investigate the facts surrounding the director of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lieutenant-General Mahmoud Ahmad.
There are so many omissions and distortions. If only the media gave a shit.
4. Patriot Act II
Also known as The Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, the act was written by John Ashcroft's Department of Justice. The draft version of the bill would greatly expand the powers of the United States government to unprecedented levels, while simultaneously eliminating or curtailing judicial review of these powers.
Provisions of the initial draft version included:
* Removal of court-ordered prohibitions against police agencies spying on domestic groups.
* The FBI would be granted powers to conduct searches and surveillance based on intelligence gathered in foreign countries, without first obtaining a court order.
* Creation of a DNA database of suspected terrorists.
* Prohibition of any public disclosure of the names of alleged terrorists, including those who have been arrested.
* Exemptions from civil liability for people and businesses who voluntarily turn private information over to the government.
* Criminalization of the use of encryption to conceal incriminating communications.
* Automatic denial of bail for persons accused of terrorism-related crimes, reversing the ordinary common law burden of proof principle. All alleged terrorists would be required to demonstrate why they should be released on bail, rather than the government being required to demonstrate why they should be held.
* Expansion of the list of crimes eligible for the death penalty.
* The Environmental Protection Agency would be prevented from releasing "worst case scenario" information to the public about chemical plants.
* United States citizens whom the government finds to be either members of or providing material support to terrorist groups could have their US citizenship revoked and be deported to foreign countries.
* Revokes portions of the Freedom of Information Act.
* Allows the Bush Administration to revoke your residency or U.S. citizenship.
And so much more!
It sure would be nice if the media informed the public that their liberties are about to be taken away like never before.
3. Connections between the Bushes, Bin Laden's, and the Carlyle Group
As reported once in the foreign newspaper-- The Guardian:
"For 14 years now, with almost no publicity, the [Carlyle Group] has been signing up an impressive list of former politicians - including the first President Bush and his secretary of state, James Baker; John Major; one-time World Bank treasurer Afsaneh Masheyekhi and several south-east Asian powerbrokers - and using their contacts and influence to promote the group. Among the companies Carlyle owns are those which make equipment, vehicles and munitions for the US military, and its celebrity employees have long served an ingenious dual purpose, helping encourage investments from the very wealthy while also smoothing the path for Carlyle's defense firms.
But since the start of the "war on terrorism", the firm - unofficially valued at $3.5bn - has taken on an added significance. Carlyle has become the thread which indirectly links American military policy in Afghanistan to the personal financial fortunes of its celebrity employees, not least the current president's father. And, until earlier this month, Carlyle provided another curious link to the Afghan crisis: among the firm's multi-million-dollar investors were members of the family of Osama bin Laden.............What hat is former president Bush wearing when he tells Crown Prince Abdullah not to worry about US policy in the Middle East? What hat does he use when he deals with South Korea, and causes policy changes there? Or when James Baker helps argue the presidential election in the younger Bush's favor? It's a kitchen-cabinet situation, and the informality involved is precisely a mark of Carlyle's success" (Emphasis Added.)
2. Voting Irregularities
Voting is merely the foundation of a democracy. Far be it for the media to actually investigate the myriad examples of voting irregularities.
Does anybody else find this quite odd? One week after the 9-11 attacks, somebody or some group, mailed a bunch of letters containing lethal anthrax spores to two Democrat United States Senators, as well as, certain media outlets and anchormen who the ultra-right have repeatedly accused of being "too liberal," including Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and the New York Times.
Immediately after the attacks, the country was lead to believe that the anthrax attacks were possibly the work of Osama Bin Laden or Saddam Hussein. And while that perception existed, the Anthrax story was front page news.
Then, after an FBI investigation, it was learned that Anthrax spores came from a United States Army Laboratory. It was also learned that the suspect was most likely a "government insider". It was also learned, that the Anthrax attack must have been planned, to a large extent, prior to September 11!
But for some strange reason (or maybe not very strange at all!), the Anthrax story vanished from our radar.
We know a few things from the FBI investigations, however. One, the Anthrax spores were a strain that came from the United States, most likely from Fort Detrick (yes...the United States Army!). Two, the anthrax was mailed from the United States. Three, the anthrax was mailed to liberal/democrat Senators only. No conservative Senators were targeted. Four, anthrax was mailed to media parties who, prior to the attack, were accused of being "liberal" (e.g. Dan Rather, the New York Times) and media who were accused of being too hard on Bush's family (National Enquirer). For good measure, one hoax letter, however, was sent to Fox News. (a red herring?). Lastly, we know that the anthrax "attacks" had to be planned in advance of 9-11.
This story hasn't even been mentioned in the news in the past few years. How could that be possible? How can a terrorist attack originating at a United States Army Base against certain Liberal American figures be forgotten?
Was it a coincidence that the anthrax attacks took place within a week of 9-11?
And is it a coincidence that after 9-11 and the anthrax mailings, George W. Bush managed to take this country into war against Iraq? Is it surprising that most liberals were too weakened after 9-11 and the anthrax attacks to stand up to the president as he unveiled a ridiculously weak case for war against Iraq?
One last bit of news to make your head spin-- did you know that the White House (including Bush, Cheney, and the Cabinet) were given the antibiotic CIPRO on September 11, seven (7) days prior to the date the anthrax letters were even mailed? 9-11 didn't involve anthrax, it involved planes. Why would they do such a thing?
For more info and a timeline on the anthrax case, go HERE.
Just consider the effect the anthrax scare had on America's psyche back in 2001 and 2002. Consider how Colin Powell, on behalf of the Bush administration, used anthrax during the UN presentation prior to the lead up to the war in Iraq. Why didn't they mention that the anthrax used in September of 2001 originated from a US Army base?