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The Pentagon’s hidden hand of propaganda

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April 20, 2008

When reports of torture by American Soldiers at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo first broke, there was a seeming explosion of retired military “experts”. They showed up on boredcast news, PBS, CNN, FOX, and MSNBC. Some of them remain on salary, especially on CNN and Fox, as “go to” experts on military issues. They all had one message. We, as retired military experts, went to Gitmo, and the rumors are false. Actually, they are well treated there. Sure, mistakes were made, but we’ve fixed them.

Right.

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It turns out that this was nothing but American Propaganda, directed to and against the American people.

The New York Times has exposed this dirty underbelly of war crimes, lies, and quite possibly treason.

The administration’s communications experts responded swiftly. Early one Friday morning, they put a group of retired military officers on one of the jets normally used by Vice President Dick Cheney and flew them to Cuba for a carefully orchestrated tour of Guantánamo.

To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world.

this is but the start. It gets worse, if possible.

Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.

Those business relationships are hardly ever disclosed to the viewers, and sometimes not even to the networks themselves. But collectively, the men on the plane and several dozen other military analysts represent more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants.

It was in their personal, professional, and financial interest to lie to Americans, or at least to be very incurious and willing to accept the dog and pony shows they were shown as facts, not to be questioned, but to be spread as truth.

This is a long article, and I won’t violate rules by quoting more of it. I do recommend that you make your way to the end. Not only is this a devastating indictment on the Pentagon, the White House, every single one of those retired whores who love seeing their names on TV as “retired military expert”, but most of all, this is an indictment against the Journalists and MSM of America. It took three years for this story to break. And only in one paper.

What we need to do is to contact each one of those ex-military whores, and have them revisit their actions, their conflicts of interest, and to elicit and apology – if they are man enough to be that honest. I suspect their own financial security, deep within the military industrial complex is still far more important to them, than honor, integrity, honesty and coming clean about their whoring activities.

Some here may object to the use of the term WHORE. Sorry, no deal. I will not edit, I will not apologize, I will not change that word. But the word is no less accurate now when applied to these venal retired military men as it was when semi-tanked Randi had her own tirade.

The American Heritage Online Dictionare defines WHORE as:

A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain. Inflected forms: whored, whor·ing, whores1

Encyclopedia Britannica Defines WHORE as:

A venal or unscrupulous person

While the article clearly states that several of these “retired Military Experts” now have second thoughts, and believe that they were used, they were no more used than a poor girl at a late night Central Illinois truck stop who is popular with the CBer crowd.

Back to the disaster we know as the American Media. NOT ONE ever researched HOW these whores made their way to Gitmo, one of the hardest places to get into. NOT ONE ever asked these “experts” who sent them there and why. NOT ONE asked them about their current business dealings in the military industrial complex, and how much the Pentagon rewarded them for getting into the public eye, lying sweeting, with authority, and with plausible deniability.

At the very time that these hand-picked retired military whores were invited on the VP’s plane to visit Gitmo, and were being hand-fed their scripts, the International Red Cross was being denied access, in violation of treaty and US law, into every area of Gitmo.

But, when you think this story is bad enough, it actually gets worse.

As an intro to this next topic, one more quote from the NYT article from Kenneth Allard

Kenneth Allard, a former NBC military analyst who has taught information warfare at the National Defense University, said the campaign amounted to a sophisticated information operation. “This was a coherent, active policy,” he said.

As conditions in Iraq deteriorated, Mr. Allard recalled, he saw a yawning gap between what analysts were told in private briefings and what subsequent inquiries and books later revealed.

“Night and day,” Mr. Allard said, “I felt we’d been hosed.”

I felt we’d been hosed. Bold words. Strong words. Worst of all, ACCURATE WORDS. Allard was not the only one. No, the deceit practiced by the Pentagon and the White House was actually far more insidious, widespread and far worse than we could have imagined. In fact, it leads to the very top of the military.

The top general in the Pentagon was being misled as to what was happening in Gitmo, by US troops, under orders, and in contravention of US law, statutes, treaties and international law.

The Bush administration “hoodwinked” one of the country’s top military men in order to establish harsh interrogation techniques on Guantanamo Bay prisoners, according to revelations in a new book reported in the Guardian. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers was misled by White House aides into abandoning the military’s long-standing ban on inhumane treatment of prisoners, according to London law professor Phillipe Sands in his book Torture Team.

Not only did the propaganda wing of the Pentagon and the White House dupe the American public, using retired military experts as shills, salesmen, and professional liars, they even duped their own boss, the top general.

Gitmo and Abu Ghraib were no accidents, no inadvertent excesses. They were the official American policy from the very beginning under this administration.

America is guilty of war crimes. Of Torture. Of deceit, war, occupation, and murder. America, that shining island of democracy, a beacon of hope for billions, an idea that others aspired to, has become the worst kind of superpower. SHAME ON US.

12 Responses to The Pentagon’s hidden hand of propaganda

  1. woody188

    April 25, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Firdos Square

    This one was more for the American people than the Iraqi’s.

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    My co-workers were cheering and high-fivin’ while watching this. My first real Two Minutes Hate. I will never forget their jubilation. I was watching the web cam on the hotel live when this occurred and it was clearly orchestrated from the long angle.

    Read 1984 by Orwell. It’s like a handbook for USA today. And remember, Eastasia has always been our friend. We are at war with Eurasia. Big Brother IS watching YOU!

  2. Bluesman2007

    April 27, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    “We had a candidate who was exposing everything and speaking truth without exception, Dennis Kucinich. HE should be our president!”

    Does it not remind you of that great line from the movie – “The truth? You can’t handle the truth”.

    It’s been my belief for a long long long time that people do NOT want to hear the truth and/or don’t really give a damn if they do hear it. It if were otherwise,can you imagine in your wildest dreams that McCain, given what McCain is all about, would have much of ANY support right now? It’s become “my party right or wrong”. I understand that notion but, in this context it’s absolutely inexcusable. How can you have a 70% populace against the war and ANY substantial support for McCain? That absolutely boggles my mind. But then, so does the American public. You had Kucinich and a certain lawyer who’s dedicated his entire life representing the PEOPLE. He got 5% of the vote as I recall. So do you really think people want the truth? I wonder.

    After all the sordid revelations about the current administration, how is it he still has even 30% of the public still supporting him? Explain that one to me.

    I really hate to sound like a doomsayer, but if we don’t get our collective shit together and soon, we’re going to be just another broke third world country in no time.

  3. Jenifer D.

    April 20, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    No big surprise

    America is the 21st Century Rome and her walls are beginning to crumble.

  4. JudyB

    April 20, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you Mr. Kezelis.
    I read the entire NYT article. After reading it, I got a sense it was a Cheney/Rove plan put into action, though Rove was never mentioned.
    What is needed is a list that names ALL of those “esteemed military analyst Whores” that were in any way a part of selling of Bush, Cheney, their war, as well as supporting Rumsfields actions. I wonder IF any of the other media outlets will touch this story?
    Allard was not the only one hosed..we all were and have been hosed by this administration & its henchmen too damned many times to count! Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!

  5. bryan mcclellan

    April 20, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Armed with chains and shackles U.S. Marshall’s need to be posted surrounding the podium when the new figurehead prez is sworn in January 08. Following the ceremony Marshall’s will carry out Senate directives aimed at arresting smirky boy and herr dich for high crimes and by placing them into federal custody put an end to the most despicable of chapters in our nations history.

    They should be immediately indicted while a broad net is cast out to round up all the criminal enablers involved with this treasonous pair.Then a fair and speedy trial to ensue with no plea bargains so that we can get back to being America.

  6. Sandra Price

    April 21, 2008 at 7:40 am

    I am always shocked at the corruption of the Bush Administration and wonder when the congress will do something about it? The first candidate who exposes this mess and the refusal to show visitor’s records in the White House should be the new President.

  7. Pablo

    April 21, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Unfortunately…
    We had a candidate who was exposing everything and speaking truth without exception, Dennis Kucinich. HE should be our president! By rejecting him, the American people have spoken. They have no interest in justice as a whole and that is truly unfortunate. Obama is middle-of-the road, it appears, and I will vote for him (and even send him some financial support) with the hopes he will just put us on a better track, but I really have no hope of seeing justice without Kucinich as our president. The people continue to be the main problem; I guess gas prices still aren’t high enough to make them give a damn.

  8. old_curmudgeon

    April 21, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Out of all the lessons from the Viet Nam police action, the only one they learned was to control the flow of information – control the media. That’s why there is so very little reporting of note coming from Baghdad now – when the civil war is reaching the eruption point. For the past 3 years the number of reporters in the AO has dropped and for those reporters still there the access to areas outside the Green Zone are next to nil. There is still excellent reporting being done but it won’t be carried in the American MSM.

    As for Myers being “hoodwinked” – yeah, right. I agree with the Times reporting that Myers was selected because he was weak and controllable. But he KNEW what was going on. You could see it in his eyes when he stood at the podium with Rumsfeld. He just chose to ignore and deny. He took his lessons from Powell who also knew and chose to ignore and deny. Pitiful lot.

    I wore the uniform once. What they have done to America and her heritage and what we have allowed them to get away with is shameful.

    And yes, I am ashamed.

    But this is just this old curmudgeon’s opinion…

  9. nigeldh

    April 21, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Too bad we can’t change their discharges to dishonorable!
    This is just like that scene from “The Green Barets” where the soldier at the press conference starts spouting the party line about fighting the Communists.

    We really need to send these “perfumed princes” to the killing fields of Iraq with the inferior body armor they gave to our troops – this is one herd that needs some serious thinning. (follow sftt.org, Soldiers for the Truth)

  10. DejaVuAllOver

    April 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I hate to say it, but it’s like a bad movie we all know the ending to. There have been some small-scale attempts at disclosing the pentagon / msm payola scam, but on a much more limited level than the NYT piece. But this just tells us what anyone smarter than a cactus already knows.

    And frankly, it reminds me of yer av’rage City Council Meeting here in Redneckville where 18 “expert” witnesses get up and testify how the New Mall or New Condo Ghetto won’t affect traffic, water, sewer, power, agriculture or any other inconvenient issue. And of course, each of their 17 relatives and 48 buddies in the construction trades will “tell y’all the same thang….”

    Ain’t capitalism grand?

  11. staunchdem

    April 22, 2008 at 4:07 am

    More of the Reich wing playbook.
    Lie, lie, lie and some will think it the truth.
    God I can’t wait until these Fascist Fuckers are gone.
    Please don’t let an October Surprise trigger the chimp’s disaster clause because there are them that would like him to be Dicktator.
    It makes me shudder just thinking about it and I hope it wouldn’t be allowed.
    Think Blue, we can’t go any other way.

  12. Wayne K Dolik

    April 22, 2008 at 10:29 am