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War Made Easy by Norman Solomon and Collateral Murder in Iraq Courtesy of Wikileaks
War Made Easy and Collateral Murder in Iraq
Crusading journalist Norman Solomon documents in his book and movie, War Made Easy, that George W. Bush's unnecessary, foolish and costly invasion of Iraq is only the latest of repeated unnecessary and destructive U.S. military actions since World War II. The War Made Easy trailer appears below.
I don't agree with everything Wikileaks is doing. However, I believe every American should watch the Wikileaks video, Collateral Murder, if they missed it on network TV, to see what their tax dollars are buying in Iraq thanks to George W. Bush's preemptive war policy which, justified by lies alleging that the U.S. was threatened by Iraq weapons of mass destruction, resulted in more than 4,000 American and 100,000 Iraqi casualties.
John Pilger Interview with Wikileaks' Julian Assange
4-16-13NYTimes--"Bipartisan Report Says U.S. Practiced Torture after 9-11"
A nonpartisan review concluded that the use of torture had “damaged the standing” of the United States and “potentially increased the danger to U.S. military personnel.”
4-16-13NYTimes EDITORIAL "Indisputable Torture of Prisoners"
- Indisputable Torture of Prisoners - NYTimes.com
A new nonpartisan study confronts the legacy of brutality against detainees by the Bush administration.
1-1-12 NYTimes OP-ED--"A World in Denial of What it Knows" Geoffrey Wheatcroft
- Unknown Knowns - Avoiding the Truth - NYTimes.com
Refusal to see what we know is true has led to one global disaster after another. The Iraq question should have been not “what weaponry does Saddam Hussein possess?” but “Is Saddam Hussein’s weaponry, whatever it may be, the real reason for the war?"
12-25-11NYTimes--Rumsfeld and Bush Making War by Feeding TV Analysts
- Pentagon Finds No Fault In Its Ties to TV Analysts - NYTimes.com
The Pentagon cultivated close ties with retired officers who worked as analysts for television and radio networks.
3-18-11New York Times---CIA Drones Kill Civilians in Pakistan
- C.I.A. Drones Kill Civilians in Pakistan - NYTimes.com
CIA drone aircraft pounded North Waziristan with missiles on Thursday, killing at least 26 people, many of them civilians, according to local media.
1-30-11NYTimes Books--The Violence of Peace
- "The War Presidents" Review by James Traub of "The Violence of Peace"
Carter observes that while Obama has issued an executive order banning torture, he has continued the tactic known as rendition, which allows American forces to seize designated enemy combatants and move them to other countries for interrogation....
The Violence of Peace--America's Wars Under Obama
War Made Easy by Norman
Norman Solomon Wikibio
- Norman Solomon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Norman Solomon (born 1951) is an American journalist, media critic and antiwar activist. Solomon is longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR). In 1997 he founded the Institute for Public Accuracy....
1-25-11NYTimes--Dealing with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks
- NYT Editor Bill Keller on Dealing with Julian Assange
I came to think of Assange as a character from a Stieg Larsson thriller a man who could figure either as hero or villain in one of the megaselling Swedish novels that mix hacker counterculture, high-level conspiracy and sex.
1-25-11NYTimes--Bill Keller Blasts WikiLeak's Assange for Editing Video
- Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War, and American Diplomacy - The New York Times
April 5, 2010 WikiLeaks released cockpit video footage from a U.S. helicopter gunship in Baghdad. The footage, which documented the killing of 12 people, was released in two versions: the full, original video and an edited video. Critics of WikiLeaks
Criticism of WikiLeaks--Bill Keller
Beyond the basic question of whether the press should publish secrets, criticism of the WikiLeaks documents generally fell into three themes: 1. That the documents were of dubious value, because they told us nothing we didn’t already know. 2. That the disclosures put lives at risk — either directly, by identifying confidential informants, or indirectly, by complicating our ability to build alliances against terror. 3. That by doing business with an organization like WikiLeaks, The Times and other news organizations compromised their impartiality and independence.,,,
As for the risks posed by these releases, they are real. WikiLeaks’s first data dump, the publication of the Afghanistan War Logs, included the names of scores of Afghans that The Times and other news organizations had carefully purged from our own coverage. Several news organizations, including ours, reported this dangerous lapse, and months later a Taliban spokesman claimed that Afghan insurgents had been perusing the WikiLeaks site and making a list. I anticipate, with dread, the day we learn that someone identified in those documents has been killed.
WikiLeaks was roundly criticized for its seeming indifference to the safety of those informants, and in its subsequent postings it has largely followed the example of the news organizations and redacted material that could get people jailed or killed. Assange described it as a “harm minimization” policy. In the case of the Iraq war documents, WikiLeaks applied a kind of robo-redaction software that stripped away names (and rendered the documents almost illegible)....
But while I do not regard Assange as a partner, and I would hesitate to describe what WikiLeaks does as journalism, it is chilling to contemplate the possible government prosecution of WikiLeaks for making secrets public, let alone the passage of new laws to punish the dissemination of classified information, as some have advocated. Taking legal recourse against a government official who violates his trust by divulging secrets he is sworn to protect is one thing. But criminalizing the publication of such secrets by someone who has no official obligation seems to me to run up against the First Amendment and the best traditions of this country. As one of my colleagues asks: If Assange were an understated professorial type rather than a character from a missing Stieg Larsson novel, and if WikiLeaks were not suffused with such glib antipathy toward the United States, would the reaction to the leaks be quite so ferocious? And would more Americans be speaking up against the threat of reprisals?
Collateral Murder in Iraq
Collateral Murder--Unedited Version
3-3-11NYTimes--Nine Afghan Boys Killed in U.S. Helicopter Attack
- Nine Afghan Boys Killed by NATO Helicopters - NYTimes.com
NATO helicopter gunners mistook boys collecting firewood for insurgents, according to a statement that included an unusual personal apology by Gen. David H. Petraeus.
Harpers April 2011--Lewis Lapham on Mark Twain on the Spanish-American War
Lewis H. Lapham America's master of sharply pointed, elegant prose comments on his predecessor, Mark Twain:
He (Twain) refers
to the publication in the New York
papers on the preceding Friday of a triumphant cablegram sent to the government
in Washington by General
Leonard Wood, commander of America’s
army of occupation in the Philippines.
Twain summarizes the message
in a few sarcastic paragraphs. The intrepid
troops under the direction of the
heroic general have trapped a swarm of
half-naked natives (600 Moros, counting
women and children) in a crater
fi fty feet below the rim of a defunct
volcano. The Moros are armed with
knives and clubs. An equal number of
American troops hoist artillery up to
the rim of the volcano and shoot all the
fish in the barrel, abolishing them utterly,
says Twain, “leaving not even a
baby alive to cry for its dead mother.”
He enters into the record the congratulatory
telegram sent to the general
by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Washington, March 10
I congratulate you and the officers
and men of your command upon the
brilliant feat of arms wherein you and
they so well upheld the honor of the
American fl ag.
(Signed) Theodore Roosevelt
Twain is acquainted with Roosevelt,
describes him elsewhere in his dictations
as a “likeable,” “hearty,” and “straightforward”
sort of man, who therefore is
certain to know that he is lying, that it
would not have been “a brilliant feat of
arms” even if Christian America, represented
by its salaried soldiers, had shot
them down with Bibles and the Golden
Rule instead of bullets. He knew perfectly
well that our uniformed assassins
had not upheld the honor of the American
fl ag but had done as they had been
doing continually in the Philippines—
that is to say, they had dishonored it.
What saddens Twain and therefore
sharpens the edge of his satire (“The
President’s joy over the splendid
achievement of his fragrant pet, General
Wood”) is the laying waste of
Roosevelt’s humanity, his devolution
into “a poor, cheap, wormy thing, like
the rest of us, a sarcasm.”
Harper's, April 2011, Lewis H. Lapham
1-8-11Salon--DOJ Subpoenas Twitter Account Records of Wikileaks
- Department of Justice Subpoenas Twitter Records of Wikileaks Volunteers
I hope journalists writing about this remind themselves -- that all of this extraordinary probing and "criminal" investigating is stemming from WikiLeaks' doing nothing more than publishing classified information showing what the government is doing.
Bradley E. Manning U.S. Intelligence Analyst
- Bradley Manning--Criminal or Hero?
Charges of downloading classified cables stemmed from a case of a leaked video of a helicopter attack in Iraq. July 7, 2007 ...
July 12, 2007 U.S. Air Strike in Baghdad--Wikipedia
- July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In an article published in The Independent on April 8, 2010, human rights activist Joan Smith asserts that the engagements were as a game to the helicopter crew. She writes that the co-pilot urged a dying, unarmed journalist to pick up a weapon as...
Common Dreams--Collateral Murder in Iraq by Amy Goodman
9-29-07NYTimes Report on Helicopter Strike in Baghdad
- NY Times Report on Baghdad Air Strike
Despite the fact that two Reuters reporters and several civilians were killed, the deadly attack which occurred on July 7, 2007, was not reported by the NYTimes until September 29, 2007.
July 14, 2008 Reuters Report on Anniversary of Air Attack
- One year on, Reuters Baghdad marks death of two newsmen
A year after the deadly incident U.S. Army was "still processing" Reuters' request for a copy of the video taken from the U.S. military helicopter.
- Marine Wedding
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/22/arts/design/22berm.html?ref=arts Renee Kline and Ty Ziegel photo by Nina Berman Marine Wedding Ty Ziegel wikipedia
Bob Dylan's Anti-War Songs
- Bob Dylan's War Songs
Bob Dylan's songs protesting the Vietnam War and the Cold War are my earliest and strongest memories of Dylan. They are among the most powerful protest songs in the history of American music. "A Hard Rain's a...