Friday, October 03, 2008

Project Censored 2009

From Project Censored, their top 25 stories the media failed to report or reported poorly :

#1. Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation

"Over one million Iraqis have met violent deaths as a result of the 2003 invasion, according to a study conducted by the prestigious British polling group, Opinion Research Business (ORB). These numbers suggest that the invasion and occupation of Iraq rivals the mass killings of the last century—the human toll exceeds the 800,000 to 900,000 believed killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and is approaching the number (1.7 million) who died in Cambodia’s infamous “Killing Fields” during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s." continued ...

#2. Security and Prosperity Partnership : Militarized NAFTA

"Leaders of Canada, the US, and Mexico have been meeting to secretly expand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with “deep integration” of a more militarized tri-national Homeland Security force. Taking shape under the radar of the respective governments and without public knowledge or consideration, the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP)—headquartered in Washington—aims to integrate the three nations into a single political, economic, and security bloc." continued ...

#3 InfraGard : The FBI Deputizes Business

More than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect and provide information on fellow Americans. In return, members of this rapidly growing group, called InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public, and at times before elected officials. “There is evidence that InfraGard may be closer to a corporate Total Information Awareness program (TIPS), turning private-sector corporations—some of which may be in a position to observe the activities of millions of individual customers—into surrogate eyes and ears for the FBI,” according to an ACLU report titled “The Surveillance-Industrial Complex: How the American Government Is Conscripting Businesses and Individuals in the Construction of a Surveillance Society.” continued...

#4 ILEA : Is the US Restarting Dirty Wars in Latin America?

"A resurgence of US-backed militarism threatens peace and democracy in Latin America. By 2005, US military aid to Latin America had increased by thirty-four times the amount spent in 2000. In a marked shift in US military strategy, secretive training of Latin American military and police personnel that used to just take place at the notorious School of the Americas, in Fort Benning, Georgia—including torture and execution techniques—is now decentralized. The 2008 US federal budget includes $16.5 million to fund an International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in El Salvador, with satellite operations in Peru. With provision of immunity from charges of crimes against humanity, each academy will train an average of 1,500 police officers, judges, prosecutors, and other law enforcement officials throughout Latin America per year in “counterterrorism techniques.” continued...

#5 Seizing War Protesters' Assets

"President Bush has signed two executive orders that would allow the US Treasury Department to seize the property of any person perceived to, directly or indirectly, pose a threat to US operations in the Middle East. " continued...

And another 20 at Project Censored

"The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy."
~ Alex Carey : "Taking the Risk Out of Democracy"


thwap said...

Re: Seizing war protestors' assets, I thought: "Well, at least not in Canada yet." then i thought about the unified "security" bloc for N. America intended via the SPP.

We're fucked.

Anonymous said...

Good to find your blog.

Keep posting on the SPP -- it's the next stage of neoliberalism in Canada, and supported by both the Cons and the Libs.

I wonder to what extent the Liberals could move left or engage the NDP in a coalition? The LPC embodies such a contradictory mix of political forces, ranging from social democrats and environmentalists to free market economists and hard right militarists!

Dion anchors the party in the centre, but is clearly under pressure from the right side of the party on income trusts, the war in Afghanistan, and corporate tax cuts.

I personally would support any type of coalition to prevent Harper from ruling for another second, but the differences amongst the opposition parties are quite profound, especially on globalization, war, taxation, and Quebec.

But as you say, we could see a groundswell of popular demand for a centre-left coalition to outflank the Tories. And that would be awesome.

Keep up the good blogging,

Sam Barns

Anonymous said...

Project Censored's #1 story on Iraqi deaths excludes a lot of "inconvenient" (but important) research. In fact, the following asks if Project Censored are resorting to censorship themselves on this issue:

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