There are days when I am behind already and the last thing I want to do is turn on the radio and start taking notes. Consider it me growing cranky (crankier?) in my old age.
But I made a point to listen today due to the fact that I heard another radio program and thought, "How awful."
Is the Iraq War over?
No, it is not. Who is in the White House? Barack Obama. So why are you unable to call out Mr. Obama?
There are a lot of cowards. I know one of the people C.I.'s referring to in the snapshot today because I heard that broadcast and was outraged as a supposed voice for peace made a million excuses for Mr. Obama. I am so sick of it. I am so sick of the cowards.
Do you think your useless excuses, your licking the boots of the opressor, do anything to help the Iraqi people? You are kidding yourself if you do and you are nothing but a coward.
Ava and C.I. are not cowards and the two of them hit hard each week in part because so many cowards refuse to speak up. Be sure to read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: The View's not pretty" and grasp that no one treated it seriously but Ava and C.I. I read one thing online last week and it called out one of Tony Blair's lies but only one. Ava and C.I. demolish Blair's lies including the lie that he never spoke ill of those who were/are against the Iraq War. Tony Blair's a liar and Ava and C.I. did not shy from calling him out or holding accountable the lousy 'hosts' of the program who refused to hold Mr. Blair accountable. And you better grasp that Mr. Blair is only the first War Hawk out of the next. Bully Boy Bush is penning his book, Donald Rumsfeld's book comes out in January. Are we going to hold them accountable or are we going to be silent?
Or maybe we think we can be silent and just hide behind Ava and C.I.? Continue to let those two women do all the heavy lifting? I am so sick of these little toy boys in their uniforms, claiming to be against the wars but unable to call out the rulers of the empire. They are pathetic and cowardly.
On Taking Aim, Ralph Poynter brought a message from political prisoner Lynne Stewart:
You are getting a window to the world from our cells -- all of our cells -- by the blackout of the major media of stories. You will get the continuation of these stories and there are more stories about why we lost the struggle when we came so close in the sixties. It was because of people working for the federal government there will be more exposes as time goes by. So I will just stop for this minute, include the window to the world, your window to the world . . .
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Now we need to return to Lynne's remarks about informants. As the Beatles once sang, "I read the news today, oh boy . . ." But did you? Last week, Robbie Brown (New York Times) reported:
That photo of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. riding one of the first desegregated buses in Montgomery, Ala.? He took it. The well-known image of black sanitation workers carrying “I Am a Man” signs in Memphis? His. He was the only photojournalist to document the entire trial in the murder of Emmett Till, and he was there in Room 306 of the Lorraine Hotel, Dr. King’s room, on the night he was assassinated.
But now an unsettling asterisk must be added to the legacy of Ernest C. Withers, one of the most celebrated photographers of the civil rights era: He was a paid F.B.I. informer.
Last week, Melissa Block (NPR's All Things Considered -- link has audio and text) discussed the revelations with Hampton University's Earl Caldwell:
BLOCK: It makes no sense.
Prof. CALDWELL: No, it does not. I mean, they say it was some small amount of money. But for the black journalist, this has been the core issue and thats true for almost a half century. Indeed, in 1970, I have a copy of it here. In February of 1970, we took full-page ads in black newspapers and the headline says, A Message to the Black Community from Black Journalists: We will not be used as spies, informants or under-cover agents by anybody; we will protect our confidential sources using every means of our disposal...
Prof. CALDWELL: ...we strongly object to attempts by law enforcement agencies to exploit our blackness.
BLOCK: How much pressure was there at the time, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement from the FBI and others to inform on what was going on?
Prof. CALDWELL: Well, it's an ongoing thing. It is always there. Thats why we made that pledge to the black community because - Im not saying it was only the journalists; Im sure there were many other people doing other lines of work that the pressure was also there. But the journalists, we were part of this story. And the thing that we had, the thing that made - set us apart was we had access. We had access.
One of the things when people talk about Ernest, they say that he had access. He was everywhere. And it was the same for me with the Panthers, I had the access. Thats what set us apart and thats what the government was determined to mess with.
BLOCK: And when you say Ernest Withers had access, why dont you explain just what kind of access that was. Where was he?
Prof. CALDWELL: What it means is that he could go in those rooms where other reporters, other photographers could not go. He could go into a private meeting while that meeting was going on. He could snap pictures. He could...
(Soundbite of laughter)
Prof. CALDWELL: He had that trust that allowed him to step into places where others could not go. And now, when they say he was informing, I mean, maybe he had it in his mind that he wasnt really informing, that he was just gaming them, giving them some stuff that didnt amount to anything. We dont know because he's not here to explain.
The informers were present back then and they are present today. I would argue that some of the 'cowards' who cannot call Barack Obama out are not just 'cowards,' they are disinformants working for the government and intentionally trying to obscure the crimes of empire.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: