Saturday, March 02, 2013
Lap dance for big oil
BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- THE KOOL-AID TABLE
KILLER BARRY O IS A KEYSTONE COP.
WHICH IS WHY THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE WILL GO THROUGH. A NEW REPORT FROM HIS STATE DEPT. SUPPORTS THE PIPELINE AND ALL THE DESTRUCTION IT WILL DO TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
THE ONLY THING THAT BRINGS A SMILE TO THE LIPS OF KILLER BARRY QUICKER THAN USING A DRONE TO KILL INNOCENT CHILDREN IS STRAPPING ON A G-STRING AND GOING INTO A SMOKY ROOM WITH CORPORATE HONCHOS WHERE HE CAN GIVE EACH AND EVERYONE A LAP DANCE.
REMEMBER, BIG BUSINESS, KEEP YOUR HANDS AT YOUR SIDES AND DO NOT TOUCH DANCING BARRY.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
We're starting with Iraq War veteran Bradley Manning who confessed yesterday that he passed on documents to WikiLeaks. Alexa O'Briean has transcribed his statement in full. We're going to note a section at the top:
The CIDNE system contains a database that is used by thousands of Department of Defense--DoD personel including soldiers, civilians, and contractors support. It was the United States Central Command or CENTCOM reporting tool for operational reporting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Two separate but similar databases were maintained for each theater-- CIDNE-I for Iraq and CIDNE-A for Afghanistan. Each database encompasses over a hundred types of reports and other historical information for access. They contain millions of vetted and finalized directories including operational intelligence reporting.
CIDNE was created to collect and analyze battle-space data to provide daily operational and Intelligence Community (IC) reporting relevant to a commander's daily decision making process. The CIDNE-I and CIDNE-A databases contain reporting and analysis fields for multiple disciplines including Human Intelligence or HUMINT reports, Psychological Operations or PSYOP reports, Engagement reports, Counter Improvised Explosive Device or CIED reports, SigAct reports, Targeting reports, Social and Cultural reports, Civil Affairs reports, and Human Terrain reporting.
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I felt that we were risking so much for people that seemed unwilling to cooperate with us, leading to frustration and anger on both sides. I began to become depressed with the situation that we found ourselves increasingly mired in year after year. The SigActs documented this in great detail and provide a context of what we were seeing on the ground.
In attempting to conduct counter-terrorism or CT and counter-insurgency COIN operations we became obsessed with capturing and killing human targets on lists and not being suspicious of and avoiding cooperation with our Host Nation partners, and ignoring the second and third order effects of accomplishing short-term goals and missions. I believe that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information contained within the CIDNE-I and CIDNE-A tables this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as [missed word] as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan.
I also believed the detailed analysis of the data over a long period of time by different sectors of society might cause society to reevaluate the need or even the desire to even to engage in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations that ignore the complex dynamics of the people living in the effected environment everyday.
I don't get -- or I didn't -- why people still aren't covering counter-insurgency. Bradley Manning's been behind bars for over 1000 days because he hoped to spark a national dialogue. 24 hours after he states that, there's still nothing in the media.
For those late to the party, Monday April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released US military video of a July 12, 2007 assault in Iraq. 12 people were killed in the assault including two Reuters journalists Namie Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh. Monday June 7, 2010, the US military announced that they had arrested Bradley Manning and he stood accused of being the leaker of the video. Leila Fadel (Washington Post) reported in August 2010 that Manning had been charged -- "two charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The first encompasses four counts of violating Army regulations by transferring classified information to his personal computer between November and May and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system. The second comprises eight counts of violating federal laws governing the handling of classified information." In March, 2011, David S. Cloud (Los Angeles Times) reported that the military has added 22 additional counts to the charges including one that could be seen as "aiding the enemy" which could result in the death penalty if convicted. The Article 32 hearing took place in December. At the start of this year, there was an Article 32 hearing and, February 3rd, it was announced that the government would be moving forward with a court-martial. Bradley has yet to enter a plea. The court-martial was supposed to begin before the November 2012 election but it was postponed until after the election so that Barack wouldn't have to run on a record of his actual actions. Independent.ie adds, "A court martial is set to be held in June at Ford Meade in Maryland, with supporters treating him as a hero, but opponents describing him as a traitor."
At Rolling Stone, Janet Reitman asks, "Did the Mainstream Media Fail Bradley Manning?" And suddenly it falls together. Not because of what Reitman finds -- she finds nothing. Not because of Kevin Gosztola's hypothesis that the Washington Post and the New York Times might have been too scared to publish it.
Check the archives, but we covered the WikiLeaks releases in real time. Today, a lot of people like to pretend they did but they didn't. In Little Media, they wrote for magazine websites and for magazines and they had their own programs but they never used them to explore what was released. They didn't have time for it. They didn't give a damn until they got their postage of Julian Assange.
They still don't give a damn about Bradley. But Julian they could get behind.
Janet Reitman wants to know if the press failed Bradley? It wasn't about Bradley. It was about Iraq.
And, yes, the US press failed Iraq. Failed before the start of the war, failed it after.
Did you pay attention to the recap earlier. People pretend like there was great interest in the WikiLeaks 2007 video. No, there wasn't. There should have been but there wasn't. And there was even less interest when they began publishing various documents.
The question to ask is "Did the press fail Iraq?" Yes, it did. By the time WikiLeaks released the Iraq information, there had been a withdrawal from Iraq -- a press withdrawal. ABC closed down their operation and lied that they'd grab BBC if there were any developments. (Use the BBC for their evening news.) They didn't really. NBC was out. The networks pulled out. McClatchy Newspapers was pulling out. No one gave a damn in the US press about Iraq.
And if you complained -- and I did to many producers and editors -- you were told that the viewers were tired of Iraq. I didn't then and don't now see how that's possible.
Among the trash that passes for 'independent' media in the US, Demcoracy Now! couldn't be bothered with the topic, nor could The Nation magazine, nor could The Progressive.
In the spring of 2009, Steven D. Green went on trial. We covered it every day here. May 7th Steven D. Green was convicted for his crimes in March 12, 2006 gang-rape and murder of Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi, the murder of her parents and the murder of her five-year-old sister while Green was serving in Iraq. Green was found to have killed all four, to have participated in the gang-rape of Abeer and to have been the ringleader of the conspiracy to commit the crimes and the conspiracy to cover them up. May 21st, the federal jury deadlocked on the death penalty and instead he was sentenced to life in prison.
This was a War Crime. It should have been covered widely. Instead it was Kentucky media. It was the Associated Press' Brett Barrouquere and Time magazine's Jim Frederick. That was it for the national mainstream press. Arianna Huffington deserves credit for sending a reporter down there (Gail Mellor) and even more for realizing the best reporting was coming from high schooler Evan Bright and carrying his coverage at The Huffington Post. We interviewed Evan for a May 3, 2009 piece at Third. Evan was covering every day of the trial. Evan wasn't shy. Why wasn't he on Democracy Now! during the trial? Why did Pacifica Radio waste all that money on the garbage that was Mitch Jeserich's Letters from Washington but fail to send even one reporter to Kentucky for a War Crimes trial? Why wasn't Matthew Rothschild or Katrina vanden Heuvel at all concerned with the gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by US soldiers?
It's in that climate that Bradley Manning tries to interest the media in what he has. It wasn't about Brad, it was about the complete lack of interest on the part of the press with anything to do with Iraq by 2010. If you need a 'reputable source' making that observation, here's PEW on Iraq War coverage in 2010:
The ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were on the periphery of both the American public’s and news media’s radar in 2010. Just 1% of the total news coverage last year was devoted to events related to and policy debates about the Iraq war. In no single week did Iraq consume more than 10% of the newshole. With the exception of a week in September, during a large troop withdrawal, most of the public reported they were not following events in Iraq very closely when surveyed throughout the year.
Get it? The media didn't fail Bradley. Long before Bradley tries to interest the media, it had already failed Iraq.
And the Amy Goodmans and Greg Mitchells can pretend they did something but they didn't. They didn't treat the WikiLeaks releases seriously in real time. After Julian Assange became a folk hero to some, once they had their poster on the wall, the Goodys and Mitchells suddenly could give a damn . . . about Julian Assange. Not about Iraq, not about Iraqis, never about Iraq, never about Iraqis.
And what we're seeing yet again, right now, is an attempt to posterize. We're not talking about the War Crimes, we're not writing about the War Crimes, we're rehashing this and that and blah blah blah. I'm not going into counter-insurgency today. Unlike Amy Goodman, we've covered it here (and called it out) regularly. I don't have the time or space for/in this snapshot today to go over counter-insurgency again.
But we've covered it (including yesterday -- and we first covered it in 2006 when the ridiculous Montgomery McFate got her first press via The New Yorker. These are the issues of substance. A whole rag-tag assembly wants to pretend that they support Bradley. Yet they still won't take the time to write and talk about counter-insurgency. Even now, 24 hours after Bradley outlined his hope/intent to spark a debate on the policy.
You can't argue whether Bradley was in the right or in the wrong to release the documents if you can't address the importance of the documents. Support him? Then kick-start the national dialogue on counter-insurgency. Yeah, it might take a little work and, goodness knows, a little work's too much for our Panhandle Media. But if we want the mainstream to cover it and if we want people to know the importance of Bradley's actions, then we're going to need to do a little work.
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