MEDIA ROOTS – Abby and Robbie discuss the reality of war: the pre-propaganda that has manufactured consent for the illegal occupations, video game warfare and cognitive dissonance in combat, the Marine urination scandal; Martin Luther King Jr. and historical revisionism minimizing how anti-imperialism was the main pillar of his philosophical platform; the CIA and the US covert war in Iran; SOPA, PIPA breakdown, the difference between copyright and fair use, the threat to net neutrality and websites like Media Roots under this overarching legislation.
MEDIA ROOTS- Abby & Robbie Martin cover White House spin regarding Gaddafi’s vs. Bin Laden’s death footage and the third declared “end” to the Iraq War, MoveOn’s attempt to hijack elements of Occupy Wall Street, Democratic Presidents using the cloak of NATO to initiate military interventions, CIA involvement in false flag terrorism and cases of fake “terror” manufactured by aspects of the US government in the newest edition of Media Roots Radio.
MEDIA ROOTS- Trevor Paglen’s work deliberately blurs the lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us.
His visual work has been exhibited at several art museums worldwide and his writing and art have been published in major publications including The New York Times, Wired, Vanity Fair and Newsweek. Paglen holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley, where he remains an affiliated researcher.
Paglen is also the author of several books: Torture Taxi, the first book to comprehensively cover the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program; I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me, a book looking at the world of black projects through unit patches and memorabilia created for top-secret programs; and Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World, a book that gives a broader look at secrecy in the United States.
August 23, 2011
MEDIA ROOTS- Last year marked the tenth anniversary of America’s invasion of Afghanistan, officially making it the longest war in US history. Now that Osama Bin Laden is finally confirmed dead, the federal government’s logic of continuing the occupation remains unclear.
Initially, the Bush administration irrationally insisted that any sovereign nation harboring terrorists was itself complicit in “terror” and therefore open for pre-emptive US military action. This rationale is absurd– just because one criminal might be living inside of a particular country doesn’t make that entire country guilty of the criminal’s crimes.
In 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was quick to tell CNN that US forces had successfully pushed the Taliban and Al Qaeda out of the region, and reports reveal that Osama Bin Laden hadn’t even been in Afghanistan since 2001. Additionally, a White House spokesperson recently admitted that there hasn’t been a terrorist threat in the country for the last eight years.
So what has the US been doing in Afghanistan for the last decade?
War has always been about two things: resources and control. Alongside the supposed surprise discovery of Afghanistan’s $1 trillion wealth of untapped minerals, it’s more than coincidental that before the US invasion, the Taliban along with the UN had successfully eradicated the opium crop in the Golden Crescent. Now 90% of the world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan.
As reported by Global Research:
Heroin is a multibillion dollar business supported by powerful interests, which requires a steady and secure commodity flow. One of the “hidden” objectives of the war was precisely to restore the CIA sponsored drug trade to its historical levels and exert direct control over the drug routes.
Immediately following the October 2001 invasion, opium markets were restored. Opium prices spiraled. By early 2002, the opium price (in dollars/kg) was almost 10 times higher than in 2000.
In 2001, under the Taliban opiate production stood at 185 tons, increasing to 3400 tons in 2002 under the US sponsored puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.
While highlighting Karzai’s patriotic struggle against the Taliban, the media fails to mention that Karzai collaborated with the Taliban. He had also been on the payroll of a major US oil company, UNOCAL. In fact, since the mid-1990s, Hamid Karzai had acted as a consultant and lobbyist for UNOCAL in negotiations with the Taliban.
In today’s globalized world, one can’t discount the role that multinational corporations play in US foreign policy decisions. Not only have oil companies and private military contractors made a killing off the Afghanistan occupation: big pharmaceutical companies, who collectively lobby over $250 million to Congress annually, need opium latex to manufacture drugs for this pill happy nation.
Read full article about Afghanistan: Endless War for Resources.
February 16, 2011
In the We Are Change video below, Marxist converted into card-carrying neocon David Horowitz reveals something not really surprising – he knows very little about September 11, 2001, or at least claims to know very little.
The events of September 11, 2001, define the pro-war, anti-Muslim agenda of the neocons, and yet Horowitz comes off as completely clueless. He is like a deer caught in the headlights. He is like a babe in the woods without his soap box at Fox News.
He feigns ignorance of the established fact that Mahmood Ahmed, then director of Pakistan’s ISI, ordered Saeed Sheikh to wire $100,000 to hijacker Mohamed Atta. On the morning of the attacks, Ahmed had a breakfast meeting in Washington, D.C., with House and Senate Intelligence Committee chairmen, Rep. Porter Goss and Senator Bob Graham.
Horowitz is also clueless about the fact that six out of ten 9/11 commissioners doubt the official story and some suspect they were deceived by the Pentagon. The co-chairs of the Commission, Thomas Keane and Lee Hamilton, said that the CIA and the Bush neocons “obstructed our investigation.”
The co-chairs of the Commissionadmitted that their report was driven by political considerations. In other word, it was steered by neocons in the Bush administration for the sake of creating an excuse to invade small countries and wantonly slaughter Muslims.
David Horowitz is a member of the neocon intelligentsia. It is difficult to believe he has no knowledge of the event that literally defines the neocons and their illegal wars against Arabs and Muslims, so far resulting in over a million and half calculated murders.
Of course, we have to take into consideration that Horowitz’s main obsession is attacking people he was once associated with as a Marxist, so knowledge about the facts surrounding 9/11 come in at best as a distant second. He is also an enemy of libertarians and especially Ron Paul because Paul is opposed to the total warfare state and the neocon mass murder campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Horowitz may be dismissed as just another ideologue on the CIA’s payroll. Horowitz’s operation has taken money from Richard Scaife, the “philanthropic” billionaire who worked with the CIA. Scaife’s Forum World Features, a foreign news service, was a CIA front that disseminated propaganda around the world.
In short, Horowitz indirectly works for the same people who pulled off the attacks of September 11, 2001.