Freedom’s Watch

There is a new group in town, a secretly funded, devious, and dastardly political organization which calls itself Freedom’s Watch. Catchy title, no? Makes you want to pull out your flag and wave it, right? Er, no. You can see more at:

www.freedomswatch.org

This $15 Mill. endeavor is the brainchild (allegedly) of several former Bush administration policy makers. They hired poor, balding, clueless Ari Fleischer as their spoke-spinner, the 46 yr old former press dissembler for President W. Bush in those good old days, when Bush’s approval rating was above 40%. Freedom’s Watch has just begun a series of TV and radio ads intended to confuse the American people, to ignore the true Saudi culprits who attacked us in 2001, and to forever tie in the minds of Americans that Al Qaida, Iraq, 9/11 and Saddam are simply parts of one well-oiled (ahem) organization.

Their ads are factually barren, except to claim that being in IraqNam is a good thing, and that to leave now would be an insult to those US troops who have been injured or or wasted their lives in that sand-filled dustbowl/oil well. Lots of emotional impact has been carefully added to a script that Hollywood would be proud of. But like most things created or pushed forward by this administration, it is built on a foundation of bullshit. A steaming pile, no less.

This group of propagandists would make Dr. Goebbels and George Orwell proud. Who really pays for this organization? That is hard to tell. So what do we know? We know that a bunch of ex-Bushistas are running it. We know that it was created just in time to support the President’s surge. We know that those really in charge are doing their best to stay in the background. We know that when you call them up, you are greeted by one of a dozen Regent University grads, cherry-faced, pea-brained, auto-lobotomized, Borg-based, automatonic silicon-based life forms, programmed to recite their scripts in a sugary, cute, christian, PATRIOTIC voice. Of course, once you call, these Regent U robots sit on the edge of their seats, as they breathlessly expect you to answer their pushpoll question correctly, as though their very existence depended on you giving them the right answer. Their sadness, when you get their trick question wrong, is enough to make you cry in shame.

You think I exagerate? Try it: call them at 877-222-8001, then tell them the truth about Iraqnam.

Here’s what they say about themselves:
“ABOUT US
Freedom’s Watch is organized as a nonprofit corporation and operated in a manner consistent with section 501 (c) (4) of the federal income tax laws. Freedom’s Watch is dedicated to educating individuals about and advancing public policies that protect America’s interests at home and abroad, foster economic prosperity, and strengthen families. Through outreach and education, communications to key members of Congress, and bold public awareness initiatives, Freedom’s Watch is fighting for the ideals and policies that keep America strong and prosperous. We welcome all those who share our values to join our efforts.”

So, who funded a bunch of ex-Bushista perverters of truth and justice? You can’t tell from their site, and you can bet that they will let that data out as easily as the White House responds to Congressional subpoenas. We do know that the Bushistas spent several hundred millions on illegal propaganda and news concoctions from 2002-2004. We know that they bought the souls and keyboards of more than a dozen reporters, journalists and commentators, some of whom (inexplicably) continue to keep their jobs. We know that fake stories were planted in the media, then cited by the VP and the White House as support for their own bullshit. We know that certain newsies (Judy Miller, Elizabeth Bumiller and several others) were targeted to become White House mouthpieces, and not just in any Jeff Gannon manner. We know that fake news articles were planted as real news, when they were nothing but make-believe crap spun out of a White House press office intent on confusing Americans, and not informing them. We know that most of the MSM acted like mindless stenographers, repeating White House spin as though everything was triple-checked, unimpeachable fact.

So, who ARE these Freedom Watchers that wish us to stay in Iraq, all evidence, rational thought, logic, body counts, and experience to the contrary? And why do they want more of us killed in a useless, destructive civil war we created in a country that never did us any harm?

Inquiring minds want to know.

ON EDIT – the following individuals are “sponsoring” Freedom sWatch:

Republican fundraising pro Melvin Sembler, former Bush ambassador to Oz;
Sheldon Adelson, multi billionaire of casino fame;
Anthony Gioia, a former Bush ambassador to Malta;
Howard Leach, a former Bush ambassador to France;
and of course, Ari Fleischer.

AIPAC interest and support logistically seems to be present as well. There are others, and when I learn who they are, I will post.

On second edit – Aparently they do not like the fact that so many of their calls are, shall we say, not productive. Complaints about their advertising technique is actually making news in some parts of the country, and some folks are beginning to question what their ads have to do with “supporting our troops”.
Good. It is a start.

I hope that the Democratic candidates come out and say something. A strong stance, measured, polite, and devastating would be the mix they need. We have a talented group of candidates, and they need to address this. (Remember how John Kerry blew it by “staying above the fray”. Those folks need to step up to the plate and call a shit-covered spade an excrement-caked garden tool)

I also hope that the GOP candidates, those who still have a discernable position on any issue, stand up to this crap.

32 Responses to "Freedom’s Watch"

  1. jenisall  August 24, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    I just called them. The young female voice asked if I thought that remaining in Iraq would reduce the terror risk to America. I said “No” … and she hung up on me.

    Great dialog.

  2. laudyms  August 24, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Well at least they’re not quite Family Security Matters http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/ which boasts such right wing luminaries as Barbara Comstock, Monica Crowley, Frank Gaffney, Laura Ingraham and James Woolsey among others on its board of directors.

    And also has called for Bush to declare himself “President for Life”………

  3. ekaton  August 24, 2007 at 5:53 pm

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  4. mooseman  August 24, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    mooseman01

    Hey, Guys:

    I am with you! But you don’t help us with this kind of gingoism (if you excuse the expression):

    “…you are greeted by one of a dozen Regent University grads, cherry-faced, pea-brained, auto-lobotomized, Borg-based, automatonic silicon-based life forms, programmed to recite their scripts in a sugary, cute, christian, PATRIOTIC voice…”

    You sound every bit as sophmoric as do the Falwellites.

    We need light, not heat.

  5. Nicholas  August 25, 2007 at 12:05 am

    True story:

    I just now called the Freedom’s Watch number 1-877-222-8001 “to be patched through to your members of Congress” as instructions say on their web site.

    A young girl (sounded like high school age) answered and said very rapidly, “Thank you for calling Freedom’s Watch. Do you feel that continuing our mission in Iraq will decrease the threat of terrorism?”

    I said, “No.”

    She said, “Thank you.” and hung up.

    I redialed the number and the same girl answered. She repeated her opening spiel very rapidly. Again, I answered, “No, I do not.” And she began to say thank you, and I shouted, “Whoa, whoa, I called this number to be connected to a member of Congress, and you’re trying to hang up on me!”

    Girl: “We only respond to people who are in favor of our mission.”

    Me: “Wait a minute. I called this number to be patched through to one of my members in Congress, as your web site instructed, and you are not allowing me to do that just because I don’t agree with you?”

    Then she blurted something about “being a neutral party” and “I just work here.” I shot back, “No, you are not being a neutral party when you try to hang up on me just because I don’t agree with your mission. Sounds pretty one-sided to me.”

    Girl: “I’m sorry . . . but . . .”

    Me, shouting: “I want to speak to your supervisor!”

    Girl: “Sure. Hold one minute.” But she didn’t put me on hold and I heard her desperately calling for Linda, Shirley, or somebody. Linda or whoever wouldn’t take my call and the girl came back on and said, “Goodbye,” and hung up.

    What a hoot! It’s a toll free number, so if you have some time and want to have some fun, call 1-877-222-8001, and say “No” but don’t let them hang up on you. They get frustrated as hell. If they hang up, call back. Use the #67 before you dial the 1 so your number cannot be recorded on their equipment.

  6. SEAL  August 25, 2007 at 5:26 am

    Submitted by ekaton on August 24, 2007 – 11:31am.

    “In fact, profit is always the reason for war in spite of the lies (bringing them freedom and democracy in the case of Iraq) told to promote it to the masses.”

    Kent: Considering the history of your comments on CHB I suspect you wrote the above without considering the scope of it. Of all the major wars of the world including Korea which was labeled a “police action,” only Vietnam and Iraq were initiated purely for profit.

    It’s true that every war in modern times has been turned to or used for profit by the ruling class of one of the nations involved. But Japan and Germany were only after power and world conquest and “profit” was not the prime motivation for North Korea to invade the South. True, money or profit accompanies power but not for the winner nations or their people. Only for the rulers and the war profiteers who use the war to their advantage.

    There is no doubt that Vietnam and Iraq were both instigated by US presidents purely for profit for themselves and their cabal. And many small revolutions have been created simply for profit. But your statement, standing alone, is incorrect.

  7. ekaton  August 25, 2007 at 11:21 am

    I can accept that. I think we are on the same wavelength though, as you wrote, “True, money or profit accompanies power but not for the winner nations or their people. Only for the rulers and the war profiteers who use the war to their advantage.”
    That, I would wholly agree with.

    — Kent Shaw

  8. Doreen  August 25, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    I highly recommend John Pilger’s War on Democracy. This, his latest film was just released in London, I’m sure never to be legally released here! This is a must see for all. Here is a link from the site I viewed it on (Information Clearing House http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/index.html),which by the way I believe the commentors on this site would add to their list of daily reads, if you haven’t already.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18236.htm

    And if you’d like to learn more about this film maker/journalist here’s his home site:

    http://www.johnpilger.com/

    Hope you all will try and make the 9/15 DC march too.
    It’s one thing to rant at the computer but the experience of solidarity in joining the masses is truly an empowering experience. We need millions to show up. The time has come.

    Doreen

  9. SEAL  August 26, 2007 at 4:10 am

    We are trying to arrange my treatment schedule so that we can make the trip on the 15th of September. We will have to travel on our own, have a hotel room or other place to stay where we could park the car, and a power chair because I cannot walk and stay on my feet as long as this march would require. I suppose we can rent a chair in Washinton. My son will come with me. My wife is, also, disabled but someone has to stay home, anyway. If we can make it I will place a sign on the chair pole that says SEAL – CHB so you can identify me. I would love to meet some of you in person. Give me the mike, I have a lot to say about our sell-out generals. Maybe I will unpack the uniform and all the medals for credibility. It still fits and I look healthy inspite of the disease.

    They already know who I am but this would really piss them off.

  10. Charlie Couser  August 26, 2007 at 9:05 am

    Has it never occured to anybody that by starting the illegal Iraq war, the ‘Dumya’ could reward his fat-cat oil industry buddies as well as ‘Dead-Eye’ Dick’s Halliburton/KBR thugs, and assure themselves of re-election at the same time? A wartime president has never been defeated when running for re-election!

    Who cares that a sovereign nation has been destroyed or that tens of thousands of innocent men, women & children have been slaughtered or maimed just so the ‘Dumya’ can reward his inner circle of thugs & hooligans? …I DO!…

    IMPEACH BUSH/CHENEY NOW!!!
    Charlie Couser

  11. Paolo  August 26, 2007 at 10:35 am

    I watched two of the four commercials on the Freedom’s Watch website before running to bathroom and hurling.

    But I have to admit, it’s great propaganda, right out of the Goebbels School (Goebbels, by the way, got many of his methods from American advertising techniques; I can expand on this if anyone’s interested).

    There’s the usual blatant appeal to emotion in the form of a grieving mother, one man who has lost his legs, and a wife who has lost a husband. All claim that abandoning the war in Iraq would make their losses pointless.

    So if you disagree, you’re beating up on double amputees, grieving mothers, and grieving wives.

    Hang on a sec, gotta puke again.

    Ah, that’s better.

    The sheer cynicism of using these people to further the never-ending stream of lies that led to the invasion and occupation of a country that never threatened us and had NOTHING to do with 9-11 should make any person with a conscience physically sick.

    By the way, did anyone notice that the weird piano music in the background sounds like the soundtrack to the movie, “Halloween”?

  12. Paolo  August 26, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    I watched two of the four commercials on the Freedom’s Watch website before running to bathroom and hurling.

    But I have to admit, it’s great propaganda, right out of the Goebbels School (Goebbels, by the way, got many of his methods from American advertising techniques; I can expand on this if anyone’s interested).

    There’s the usual blatant appeal to emotion in the form of a grieving mother, one man who has lost his legs, and a wife who has lost a husband. All claim that abandoning the war in Iraq would make their losses pointless.

    So if you disagree, you’re beating up on double amputees, grieving mothers, and grieving wives.

    Hang on a sec, gotta puke again.

    Ah, that’s better.

    The sheer cynicism of using these people to further the never-ending stream of lies that led to the invasion and occupation of a country that never threatened us and had NOTHING to do with 9-11 should make any person with a conscience physically sick.

    By the way, did anyone notice that the weird piano music in the background sounds like the soundtrack to the movie, “Halloween”?

  13. DejaVuAllOver  August 26, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Hmmm. Sounds like this is all about that wonderful Middle-Eastern “democracy” called Israel. The land where all Jews are created equal.

  14. ekaton  August 26, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Israel has done to the indigenous population within and near its GPS coordinates the same as any other invading and conquering or occupying force, which is to displace and/or kill the indigenous population.

    Invasions by people of European heritage, assuming exceptional rights of conquest for themselves, did so to the indigenous peoples of North America, and the invaders even enslaved kidnapped and imported African people “of an inferior race”.

    No one seems to want to closely examine the reasons for terrorism.

    But if one would study the imperialist, militarist, interventionist foreign policies over the last century or two of indigenous Europeans and of those in North America of European heritage, one might begin to understand the frustration of unconventionally armed indigenous refugees, often considered to be of lesser value racially, sometimes resulting in unconventional, or “asymetrical” violent outbursts.

    Stealing land and existing homes and villages, not to mention natural resources, enrages indigenous peoples. Killing innocent indigenous peoples enrages their survivors.

    Terrorism is never to be condoned.

    Why is mass indiscriminate killing for the cause of spreading a religion or a political philosophy, which does nothing to prevent terrorism, and everything to create more terrorists, considered to be acceptable?

    This is all just my humble opinion of course and worth every cent you just paid to read it.

    — Kent Shaw

  15. ekaton  August 26, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    This is not a complaint, but an observation. The posting time of the above message is 6:02 pm, yet my computer clock, which is correct, shows 4:40 pm.

    Kent Shaw

  16. SEAL  August 26, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Post submitted by SEAL….

    Thank you for posting that Kent.

  17. anthny  August 27, 2007 at 9:22 am

    anthny
    Sounds good to a Proud American who Loves War, Killing and Oil.
    If Goebbles were alive today he would be proud to have
    his system in place. And the Nazi’s thought we were the enemy.
    When will we wake up to reality that the New World Order has screwed up our country and the world. We need to get organized and stop fighting about useless crap that keeps us divided.
    Advertising is a very strong tool when mixed with propaganda.
    And Since this has been going on well before the assassination of president Kennedy, it has done great harm to our country.

  18. ekaton  August 27, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks. I sent a much edited version to the Harrisburg Patriot-Rag and they have called to ask permission to print. This does not mean they will print. If they do, I’ll post the updated version here, also. Thank YOU.

    — Kent Shaw

  19. ekaton  August 27, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    “Advertising is a very strong tool when mixed with propaganda.”

    anthny, no one will see my response because we are at the end of our thread. All perishes with time. Anyway, I couldn’t agree more with your comment I quoted above. It was Freud’s son or son in law who, working out of the Tavistock Institute in London developed paradigms for control of public relations and advertising. Don’t hold me to this but his name may have been Bernays or some such. Anyway, to your comment, I say affirmative and, thank you.

    — Kent Shaw, aka ekaton, aka Douglas Kent Shaw

    PS, It seems that most of “us” whom are a bit aware are, shall we say, of a certain age. I’m sneaking up on 58. We fucked it up. We gotta fix it for our kids, and I don’t even have any kids.

  20. bryan mcclellan  August 24, 2007 at 7:51 am

    Look no further than the oil lobby for the manipulative bastards.Shameless hucksterism.I would like to get a look at recent bank deposit records of all who have participated in this spew.

  21. Electric Bill  August 24, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Freedom really shouldn’t be used in a sentence describing anything connected with Bu$hco. As for who is paying for it, I imagine that one way or another, we are, although the same people who pay for GOP legislators’ reelection campaigns are picking up the initial tab. We will damn sure pay for all the lies they tell and all the damage they help the Chimp do to the Constitution.

  22. ekaton  August 24, 2007 at 10:17 am

    I’ve seen one of their TV commercials already. It shows a mother speaking to us, the braindead consumers. She has lost a son in Iraq. She implies Iraq had something to do with 911. She supports a stay the course policy in order to protect our freedoms and prevent a recurrence of 911. It is just TOO PATHETIC. Pardon me while I puke now.

    Kent Shaw

  23. Caine  August 24, 2007 at 10:17 am

    I saw one of these commercials the other morning. It about made me sick. In fact, I did throw up a little bit in my mouth, but I was able to choke it back down easier than I could watch another of those. I hope I never, ever see another one of those pathetic commercials!!!

    And they will work too. Most of the general American public will see these and believe every word of these propaganda articles.

  24. Caine  August 24, 2007 at 10:22 am

    Wow Kent! It looks like you and I reacted about the same when seeing one of these illogical pieces.

    I mean, c’mon. A commercial to keep the war going? What kind of bull is that?

    It’s a sad day in the world, when war has become nothing but another profitable business for some. Look at the advertising to prove it!!

  25. ekaton  August 24, 2007 at 11:31 am

    War has always been a profitable business for some. In fact, profit is always the reason for war in spite of the lies (bringing them freedom and democracy in the case of Iraq) told to promote it to the masses. Wealthy elites in business and government rig the laws to conscript the poor to be used as cannon fodder. Banks finance both sides. War is always wrong. A country needs a military to defend itself if the country is attacked, but there is no need to garrison troops all over the world, just looking for an excuse to start shooting. At least that is my humble opinion, which is worth every cent you paid to read it. :)

    Kent Shaw

  26. Steve Horn  August 24, 2007 at 10:47 am

    The Piece Movement ….

    Sounds to me like they’re part of the piece movement (not to be confused with the PEACE movement) – their mantra should be “I want a piece of this nation and a piece of that nation”

    – after all – there is no profit in Peace

    As for the money – may I suggest Halliburton, Exxon, Shell and other oil interests in concert with various defense contractors and “security force” (better defined as mercenaries) suppliers?

    What’s the current cost in human life for a keg of oil??

    Peace

    Steve

  27. LurkingFromTheLeft  August 24, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Well, since you posed the question…

    …here is the answer –

    http://www.nationalpriorities.org/Cost-of-War/Cost-of-War-3.html

    LFTL

  28. www.nazilieskill.us  August 24, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Probably funded by the public. The media is always the big winner, since it cashes the check.

    John Hanks, Laramie, Wyoming

  29. kanawah  August 24, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    Lies, lies, damn lies!!!!

    As I said in a message to them, they are a farce at best.

  30. Gerald Sutliff  August 24, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Speaking of “poor, balding, clueless Ari Fleischer as their spoke-spinner”, his appearance on Hardball was a disaster, for him at least. He couldn’t come up with the name of double amputee show on the ‘show and tell’ ad.

  31. ekaton  August 24, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Obscene commentary on the Iraq War/Occupation deleted by poster who is feeling particularly at the end of his rope today.

  32. Steve Horn  August 24, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    My reference to “a piece of this country and a piece of that country” can be attributed to the three stooges in the short “you nazty spy” – 1940 – Moe, Curly and Larry appear to be the role models for Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld – except the outcome was better – they were forced to abdicate and were then consumed by lions.

    They may have been ‘stooges’ but they were making a strong political statement in this film – well in advance of American involvement in WW2 and, in fact, in advance of Chaplin’s “the little dictator” –

    http://www.threestooges.com/filmography/details.asp?intFilmID=51

    If you can find it on DVD or tape it’s worth watching –

    Peace

    Steve

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