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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.
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
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.