What is really happening beyond the war media hype?
11 new articles which offer a chilling view on what is really happening
1. Freedom flees in terror from Sept. 11 disaster
2. U.K. Anti- Terrorism Bill Undermines Fundamental Human Rights Protections
3. Don't Sacrifice First Amendment to Terrorism, Ombudsman Warns
4. The Politics of Terror and Mass Persuasion WHAT NOW?
5. Anti-Terrorism Bill Could Impact Nonprofits
6. Specific Legislation and Investigative Actions Emanated After the Sept. 11 New York Terrorist Attack
7. Why isn't the US news media confronting American leaders with the questions listed above?
8. WIRED Magazine Report on US Strategy for War on Terrorism
9. In Terror War, Don't Surrender Personal Freedoms
10. Behind the War on Terrorism
11. Civil Liberties at Home: "Enduring Freedom"?
Further recommended readings:
In my genuine effort to provide a Robin Hood approach to check and verify reported news and events through alternative sources available online, I have scouted and collected a number of very interesting articles pointing to the loss of freedom rights and liberties derived by the promulgation of new laws after the Sept.11 Twin Tower attack.
Among the ones I enjoyed and found most challenging I would recommend the following ones:
Last Tuesday's terrors were so calamitous that they threaten to shake us loose from our constitutional mooring. A civil liberties catastrophe looms as citizens surrender to fear, fury and frustration and as lawmakers throw money and shards of the Bill of Rights at the specter of terrorism.
Human Rights Watch expressed deep concern today over proposed measures included in the United Kingdom's Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill that would violate human rights and undermine protections provided by the 1951 Refugee Convention.
In a 10-page critique, Human Rights Watch said that the bill would permit the unlawful detention of persons without access to effective appeal and deprive some asylum seekers of individual determinations of their asylum claims without recourse.
The anger and fear Americans feel in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon should not lead the nation to carve away at the very freedoms on which this country was founded, said Paul McMasters, First Amendment ombudsman for The Freedom Forum.
"There are calls by many people to start making things more secret than they are, censoring speech, censoring the press, interfering with freedom of association, all of which are very fundamental to who we are as a nation ... . I would just say that we need to take a deep breath, step back and reconsider, because those kinds of freedoms are never regained once they're given away," he cautioned.
"Nothing would be what it is. Because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise -what it is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?' - Alice in Wonderland
Read Will Thomas' full article on MasterMind Explorer home page at:
The "USA PATRIOT Act" (PL 107-56) could pose big problems for nonprofits, especially those that advocate changes in US foreign policy or provide social services to individuals that become targets of government investigations. The central problem is a vague, overbroad definition of a new crime, "domestic terrorism".
*LEGISLATION RELATED TO THE ATTACK OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
*White House reports on updated investigative actions
As of December 17, 460 individuals were being detained by the INS. 116 individuals, 77 of whom are in custody, are facing federal criminal charges.
Created 93 Anti-Terrorism Task Forces -- one in each U.S.
Attorney's district -- to integrate the communications and activities of local, state and federal law enforcement.
The FBI created a national task force to centralize control and information sharing resulting in hundreds of thousands of leads, over 500 searches, thousands of interviews of witnesses, and numerous court-authorized surveillance orders.
At the Attorney General's request, the State Department designated 39 entities as terrorist organizations.
N.B.: None of the people and organizations names being designated as terrorists are publicly accessible. If among them there is someone you know, you may never find out.
Unanswered questions surrounding the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack .
I did not need to go too far, nor to search too deep to find proof and stated evidence of the never-said open fears that stand behind all of these discourses.
As an avid reader of technology news and their social impact I read every issue of Wired magazine from back to back.
In the last, December issue 2001 entitled: "The future of war is here" I have spotted a few key sentences that if read enough times give you a wider and more down-to-the-ground perspective on what is really happening and what will happen next if me and you do not do something about it.
The source of the statements is a report by two RAND analysts providing advice and direction to the US government. They are at present the so-called experts on "netwar" (by "netwar" is not meant a war to be fought on the Internet but a war fought through the means of highly networked forces and technologies).
In 1997, John Arquilla told Wired about a new kind of war - where the enemy is invisible but the casualties are all too real. Today the netwar visionary and his partner, David Ronfeldt, have a five-point plan to tear apart the terror network.
On the December 2001 issue of WIRED magazine, at pages 150 and 151, they say:
1) "To win a netwar the US must control the battle of the story.
For starters, that means the US and its allies must agree on what story they are selling."
2) "The best way to expose them [the terrorists] as such is to create a self-propagating meme - a winning idea or, in business parlance, a bit of viral marketing - that reveals them for what they truly are."
3) "A true win in this netwar means confronting a scourge that is bigger than even al Qaeda. It means battling anyone in the world who shares these terrorissts mind-set and modus-operandi...."
4) "The US must build its own network - a quicker, more diverse, populous, and powerful organization that includes military and non-military organizations around the world - in order to wage a full-on netwar".
All of the above paragraphs can be read on pages 150 and 151 of the December 2001 issue of Wired magazine.
An online version of the article is now available at:
More than 150 organizations on the left and right, and hundreds of computer scientists and law professors are circulating a petition urging that personal freedoms not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism.
"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." President John F. Kennedy
Americans are now beginning to pay the price for sleeping through history classes, ignoring important information in the alternative media and neglecting to participate in their own political process.
They find themselves in a new war --- the War on Terrorism. This is a war they never asked for and never envisioned, anesthetized as we all are by the flickering tube of distraction. It is a war predicated on the premise that a sneak attack was made on the United States September 11, 2001.
http://users.actweb.net/~eye/ propaganda/articles/ war_on_terrorism.html
h2. Further recommended readings:
If you find the above articles and commentaries of interest I suggest reading one of the following books:
How much of what the news media tell us is true, and how does it control our view of the world?
In this passionate, provocative critique of the news media, Michael Parenti examines the subtle but profound ways in which the media influence and manipulate the public's perception of reality. It attacks the widely held belief that the news media are controlled by liberals and liberal opinion - and clearly depicts the news media as a controlling institution of the American capitalist system, an institution that serves the interests of the rich and powerful while appearing to serve the many.
Michael Parenti received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 1962. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. His writings have been translated into Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, Polish, German, Bangla, and Dutch.
http://free.freespeech.org/ americanstateterrorism/ InventingReality.html
In 9-11 Noam Chomsky examines the root causes of the September 11th catastrophe, the historical precedents for it, and the possible outcomes as the world moves forward into the post-September 11 reality.
As for why the attack happened, Chomsky writes that "this question is rarely raised in a serious way." And he adds, "To refuse to face this question is to choose to increase significantly the probability of further crimes of this kind."
Noam Chomsky is a world renowned political activist, writer, and professor of linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1955. Chomsky has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, and politics.
Saying What Media Don't Want Us To Hear
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