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Truth and Hallucination in Media and War

Posted on Tuesday, 27th September 2011 @ 01:48 AM by Text Size A | A | A

THE
LIE OF THE CENTURY

The Downing
Street
Memo
is only the beginning of the proof we were all lied to.

Michael Rivero

 

 

“All war is based on deception.” — Sun Tzu,
The Art of War

There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to
start a war. Indeed because
most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war,
any government that desires to
initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that
support for the war is the only
possible choice they can make.

 


President McKinley told the American people that
the USS Maine had been sunk in Havana Harbor by a Spanish
mine. The American people, outraged by this apparent unprovoked attack,
supported the Spanish American War.
The Captain of the USS Maine had insisted the ship was sunk by a coal
bin explosion, investigations after the
war proved that such had indeed been the case. There had been no mine.

 

 


Hitler used this principle of lying to his own people to
initiate an invasion. He
      told thepeople of Germany that Poland had attacked first
and staged
fake attacks against
German targets
. The Germans, convinced they were being threatened,
followed Hitler into Poland and into
World War 2.

 


FDR claimed Pearl Harbor was a
surprise
attack. It
wasn’t
.
The United States saw war with Japan as the means to get into war with
Germany, which Americans opposed. So
Roosevelt needed Japan to appear to strike first. Following an
8-step plan devised by the Office
of Naval Intelligence,
Roosevelt intentionally provoked Japan into
the attack. Contrary to the official
story, the fleet did not maintain radio silence, but sent messages
intercepted and decoded by
US
intercept stations
. Tricked by the lie
of a surprise attack, Americans marched off to war.

 


President Johnson lied about the
Gulf of Tonkin to
send Americans off to fight in Vietnam.There were no torpedoes in the
water in the Gulf. LBJ took
advantage of an inexperienced sonar man’s report to goad Congress into
escalating the Vietnam War.

 


It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will
lie to their people to
trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It is not
“conspiracy theory” to suggest that leaders
of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact.This
brings us to
the present case.

Did the government of the United States lie to
the American people, more
to the point, did President Bush and his Neocon associates lie to
Congress, to initiate a war of conquest in
Iraq?

This question has been given currency by a
memo leaked
from inside the British Government

which clearly indicates a decision to go to war followed by the “fixing”
of information around that policy.
This is, as they say, a smoking gun.

But the fact is that long
before this memo surfaced,
it had become obvious that the US Government, aided by that of Great
Britain, was lying to create the public
support for a war in Iraq.

 

First off is Tony Blair’s “Dodgy Dossier“,
a document released by the Prime
Minister that made many of the claims used to support the push for war.
The dossier soon collapsed when it was
revealed that much of it had been plagiarized from a student thesis
paper that was 12 years old!The
contents of the dossier, however much they seemed to create a good case
for invasion, were obsolete and
outdated.This use of material that could not possibly be relevant
at the time is clear proof of a
deliberate attempt to deceive.

 

Then there was the claim about the
“Mobile biological weapons laboratories”. Proffered in the absence of
any real laboratories in the wake of the
invasion, photos of these trailers were shown on all the US Mainstream
Media, with the claim they while
seeming to lack anything suggesting biological processing, these were
part of a much larger assembly of
multiple trailers that churned out biological weapons of mass
destruction.

 

The chief proponent of this hoax was Colin Powell, who presented
illustrations such as this one to the
United
Nations on
February 5th, 2003
.This claim fell apart when it was revealed
that these trailers were nothing more
than hydrogen gas generators used to inflate weather balloons. This fact
was already known to both the US and
UK, as a British company manufactured the units and sold them to Iraq.

Click for full sized image

 

Colin Powell’s speech to the UN was itself one misstatement after
another. Powell claimed that Iraq had
purchased special aluminum tubes whose only possible use was in uranium
enrichment centrifuges. Both CIA and
Powell’s own State Department confirmed that the tubes were parts for
missiles Saddam was legally allowed to
have. Following the invasion, no centrifuges, aluminum or otherwise were
found.

 


Click for full sized image

Powell
also claimed to the United
Nations that the photo on the left showed “Decontamination Vehicles”.
But when United Nations inspectors
visited the site after the invasion, they located the vehicles and
discovered they were just firefighting
equipment.Powell claimed the Iraqis had illegal rockets and launchers
hidden in the palm trees of Western
Iraq. None were ever found.Powell claimed that the Iraqis had
8,500 liters (2245 gallons) of Anthrax.
None was ever found.

 

Powell claimed that Iraq had four tons of VX nerve gas. The UN had
already confirmed that it was
destroyed. The only VX ever found were samples the US had left as
“standards” for testing. When the UN
suspected that the US samples had been used to contaminate Iraqi
warheads, the
US moved quickly to destroy
the samples before comparison tests could be carried out
.Powell
claimed that Iraq was building
long-range remote drones specifically designed to carry biological
weapons. The only drones found were
short-range reconnaissance drones.Powell claimed that Iraq had an
aggregate of between 100 and 500
tons of chemical and biological warfare agents. Powell gave no basis for
that claim at all, and a DIA report
issued the same time directly contradicted the claim. No biological or
chemical weapons were found in Iraq
following the invasion.

Powell claimed that “unnamed sources”
confirmed that Saddam had authorized his
field commanders to use biological weapons. No such weapons were ever
used by the Iraqis to defend against the
invasion and, of course, none were ever found in Iraq.

Powell
claimed that 122mm warheads found by the
UN inspectors were chemical weapons. The warheads were empty, and showed
no signs of ever having contained
chemical weapons.

Powell claimed that Iraq had a secret force of
illegal long-range Scud missiles. None
were ever found.

Powell claimed to have an audio tape proving that
Saddam was supporting Osama Bin
Laden. But independent
translation of the tape revealed Osama’s wish for Saddam’s death
.

 

Colin Powell’s UN debacle also included spy photos taken from high
flying aircraft and spacecraft. On the
photos were circles and arrows and labels pointing to various fuzzy
white blobs and identifying them as
laboratories and storage areas for Saddam’s massive weapons of mass
destruction program. Nothing in the photos
actually suggested what the blobby shapes were and during inspections
which followed the invasion, all of them
turned out to be rather benign.In at least one case, the satellite
Powell claimed had taken one of the
pictures had actually been
out of
operation at the time
. And many questioned why Powell was showing
black and white photos when the
satellites in use at the time over Iraq took color images.

 

Another piece of evidence
consists of documents which President Bush referenced as in his 2003
State of the Union Speech. According to
Bush, these documents proved that Iraq was buying tons of uranium oxide,
called “Yellow Cake” from Niger.Since Israel had bombed Iraq’s nuclear power plant years before, it was
claimed that the only reason Saddam
would have for buying uranium oxide was to build bombs.

 


Osama bin Laden’s “Mountain
Fortress”, shown to the US public by the corporate media, and like
Saddam’s nuclear weapons, never actually existed.

 

This hoax fell apart fast when it was pointed out that Iraq has a
great deal of uranium ore inside their
own borders and no need to import any from Niger or anywhere else. The
I.A.E.A. then blew the cover off the
fraud by announcing that the documents Bush had used were not only
forgeries,
but too obvious to
believe that anyone in the Bush administration did not know they were
forgeries! The forged documents were
reported as being “discovered” in Italy by SISMI, the Italian Security
Service. Shortly before the “discovery”
the head of SISMI had been paid a visit by Michael Ledeen, Manucher
Ghorbanifar, and two officials from OSP,
one of whom was Larry Franklin, the Israeli spy operating inside the
OSP.In July, 2005, the Italian
Parliament concluded their own investigation and named four men as
suspects in the creation of the forged
documents. Michael Ledeen, Dewey Clarridge, Ahmed Chalabi and Francis
Brookes. This report has been included
in Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation into the outing of Valerie Plame,
and Paul McNulty, the prosecutor of
the AIPAC spy case.A recently
declassified memo proves that the
State Department reported the fact that the NIger documents were
forgeries to the CIA 11 days before
President Bush made the claim about the Niger uranium based on those
documents.

In the
end, the real proof that we were lied to about Iraq’s weapons of mass
destruction is that no weapons of mass
destruction were ever found. That means that every single piece of paper
that purported to prove that Iraq had
weapons of mass destruction was by default a fraud, a hoax, and a lie.
There could be no evidence that
supported the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction because
Iraq did not have weapons of mass
destruction. In a way, the existence of any faked documents about Iraq’s
WMDs is actually an admission of
guilt. If one is taking the time to create fake documents, the
implication is that the faker is already aware
that there are no genuine documents.

What the US Government had,
ALL that they had, were
copied student papers, forged “Yellow Cake” documents, balloon inflators
posing as bioweapons labs, and photos
with misleading labels on them. And somewhere along the line, someone
decided to put those misleading labels
on those photos, to pretend that balloon inflators are portable
bioweapons labs, and to pass off stolen
student papers as contemporary analysis.

And THAT shows
an intention to deceive.

Lawyers call this “Mens Rea”,
which means “Guilty
Mind”. TV lawyer shows call it “Malice aforethought”. This means that
not only did the Bush Administration lie
to the people and to the US Congress, but knew they were doing something
illegal at the time that they did it.

All the talk about “Intelligence failure” is just another lie.
There was no failure.
Indeed the Army agents who
erroneously claimed that missile tubes were parts for a uranium
centrifuge received bonuses
, while the
Pentagon smeared Hans Blix,
and John Bolton orchestrated the
firing of Jose Bustani, the director of the Organization for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, because
Bustani was trying to send chemical weapons inspectors to Baghdad
.

The
President of the
United States and his Neocon associates lied to the people of the United
States to send them off on a war of
conquest.

Defenders of the government will point to the cases
listed at the top of the
page as proof that lying to the people is a normal part of the leader’s
job and we should all get used to it.
And because “Everybody does it” that we should not single out the
present administration. But this is madness.
We do not catch all the murderers, yet when we catch a murderer, we deal
with them as harshly as possible, in
order to deter more murderers.

Right now, we have the criminals at
hand. and, while other
leaders in history have lied to start wars, for the first time in
history, the lie stands exposed while the
war started with the lies still rages on, to the death and detriment of
our young men and women in uniform. We
cannot in good moral conscience ignore this lie, this crime, lest we
encourage future leaders to continue to
lie to us to send our kids off to pointless wars. Lying to start a war
is more than an impeachable offence; it
the highest possible crime a government can commit against their own
people. Lying to start a war is not only
misappropriation of the nation’s military and the nation’s money under
false pretenses, but it is outright
murder committed on a massive scale. Lying to start a war is a betrayal
of the trust each and every person who
serves in the military places in their civilian leadership. By lying to
start a war, the Bush administration
has told the military fatalities and their families that they have no
right to know why they were sent to
their deaths. It’s none of their business.

Our nation is founded
on the principle of rule
with the consent of the governed. Because We The People do not consent
to be lied to, a government that lies
rules without the consent of the governed, and ruling without the
consent of the governed is slavery.

You should be more than angry. You should be in a rage. You
should be in a rage no less than
that of the families of those young men and women who have been killed
and maimed in this war started with a
lie.You need to be in a rage and you need to act on that rage because
even as I type these words, the same
government that lied about Iraq’s nuclear weapons is telling the exact
same lies about Iran’s nuclear
capabilities. The writing is on the wall; having gotten away with lying
to start the war in Iraq, the US
Government will lie to start a war in Iran, and after that another, and
after that another, and another and
another and another because as long as you remain silent, and as long as
you remain inactive, the liars have
no reason to stop.

As long as you remain inactive,
the liars have no reason to stop.

None.

It is
time to fire the liars.

“The only thing necessary for the
triumph of evil is
for good
men to do nothing”
.
–Edmund Burke

 


U.S.C. TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 47 ? 1001.
(a) Except as
otherwise provided in this section,
WHOEVER, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive,
legislative, or judicial branch of the
Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully?
(1)
falsifies, conceals, or covers up by ANY
trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially
false, fictitious, or fraudulent
statement or representation; or
(3) makes or USES any false writing
or document knowing the same to
contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or
entry; shall be fined under this title or
imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
(b) Subsection (a) does
not apply to a party to a judicial
proceeding, or that party’s counsel, for statements, representations,
writings or documents submitted by such
party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
(c)
With respect to any matter within the
jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only
to?
(1) administrative matters,
including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of
property or services, personnel or
employment practices, or support services, or a document required by
law, rule, or regulation to be submitted
to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch;
or
(2) any investigation or
review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee,
subcommittee, commission or office of the
Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.

 


SO HERE IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO
DO

The Bush
administration and their friends in the media want this story to go away. More than want it
to go away, they are in a panic, and
will do everything they can to stop it. They will use every dirty trick,
every paid shill, every presstitute
that they can. Already there is a report that the Michael Jackson jury
is “expected” to reach a verdict just
before the Conyers hearings.

So, I want YOU to copy this article
off, post it everywhere. This article
is placed in the public domain. Mail it to your friends. Then send it to
your local
media and your
Congresscritters
and have everyone you know do the same.
Get on the phones. Flood their offices.

The term is “Viral
Marketing” where you get the people who need
a product to market it for you. Well, this nation NEEDS this “product”.
It needs to know that this war was
started with lies. INTENTIONAL lies. And they need to know there is
something they can do about it, and that
is to start pounding on the doors of power.

Because when a flood
of such messages reaches the
Congress and the
media, what they will
hear is that there is no more time. Either they will deal with these
lies and the liars, in full, or they will
lose all credibility as a government and as media.

A government that lies to the people
cannot be the legal government of this
land. Make sure that they understand that YOU understand that the
Constitution does not allow the government
to lie to the people. Calling themselves the government does not make it
so if they act unconstitutionally and
illegally. The Constitution is the original “Contract with America” and a
government that lies stands in clear
breach of that contract.


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But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing
invariably the same Object, evinces a design
to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their
duty, to throw off such Government,
and to provide new Guards for their future security.

— “The
Declaration of
Independence

 

 


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