Wednesday, April 10, 2019

We need the truth

This is from a really important article by Edward Curtin (GLOBAL RESEARCH) about the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy:

Sandra Serrano, a Kennedy campaign worker and a courageous witness, was bullied by the CIA-connected police interrogator Sergeant Enrique “Hank” Hernandez.  She had been sitting outside on a metal fire escape getting some air when the polka dot dress girl, accompanied by a man, ran out and down the stairs, shouting, “We’ve shot him, we’ve shot him.”  When Serrano asked whom did they shoot, the girl replied, “We’ve shot Senator Kennedy.” Then she and her companion, both of whom Serrano had earlier seen ascending the stairs with Sirhan, disappeared into the night. A little over an hour after the shooting Serrano was interviewed on live television by NBC’s Sander Vanocur where she recounted this. And there were others who saw and heard this girl say the same thing as she and her companion fled the crime scene. Nevertheless, the LAPD, led by Lieutenant Manuel Pena, also CIA affiliated, who was brought out of retirement to run the investigation dubbed “Special Unit Senator,” worked with Hernandez and others to dismiss the girl as of no consequence.
Lisa Pease covers all this and much more.  She shows how Sirhan was obviously hypnotized, how the trial was a farce, how the police destroyed evidence from the door frames in the pantry that proved more than the eight bullets in Sirhan’s gun were fired, how Officer DeWayne Wolfer manipulated the ballistic evidence, etc. Through years of digging into court records, archives, transcripts, the public library, and doing countless interviews, she proves without a doubt that Sirhan did not kill Kennedy and that the assassination and the cover-up were part of a very sophisticated intelligence operation involving many parts and players.  She shows how no matter what route Kennedy took in the hotel that night, the killers had all exits covered and that he would not be allowed to leave alive.
While some of her more speculative points – e.g. that Robert Maheu (Howard Hughes/CIA) was “the most credible high-level suspect for the planner of Robert Kennedy’s assassination,” that Kennedy was shot twice in the head from behind, etc. are open to debate, they do not detract from her fundamentally powerful case that RFK, like his brother John, was assassinated by a CIA-run operation intended to silence their voices of courageous resistance to an expanding secret government dedicated to war, murder, and human exploitation.  The U.S. government of today.
When Bobby Kennedy was entering the kitchen pantry, he was escorted by a security guard named Thane Eugene Cesar, a man long suspected of being the assassin.  Cesar was carrying a gun that he drew but denied firing, despite witnesses’ claims to the contrary. Conveniently, the police never examined the gun.  He has long been suspected of being CIA affiliated, and now Pease says she has found evidence to confirm that.  She writes, “It’s hard to overstate the significance of finding a current or future CIA contract agent holding Kennedy’s right arm at the moment of the shooting.”

We need answers.  It is appalling that, all these years later, the conspiracy is still treated as truth.  I want the truth and I want it before I die.  Senator Kennedy's brother, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated when I was a college freshman.  I am now a great grandmother and we still do not have the truth.  Still. 

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  Remembering who launched fake news in the 21st century.

Why is Congress voting to make it harder & more expensive for Americans to do their taxes? Follow the money. Special interests, PACs, & corporations continue to purchase legislation like this. It's time to put people over PACs, country over corporations.

He is noting this article by Justin Elliott (PROPUBLICA) which opens:

Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system.
Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass.passed the Taxpayer First Act, a wide-ranging bill making several administrative changes to the IRS that is sponsored by Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa.
In one of its provisions, the bill makes it illegal for the IRS to create its own online system of tax filing. Companies like Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, and H&R Block have lobbied for years to block the IRS from creating such a system. If the tax agency created its own program, which would be similar to programs other developed countries have, it would threaten the industry’s profits.

And we're opening with Beto again because of that hideous 'fact check' by Glenn Kessler (see yesterday's snapshot).

The US government has been at war with Iraq through several administrations.  Beto noting this had Glenn in a tizzy.  It was time to whore and Glenn whored big but did so in a way that should make clear that the task of fact checking is far beyond his abilities.

He confuses a drawdown with a withdrawal.  Having done so with regards to 2011, he then has Barack Obama sending troops back into Iraq in 2014.  Poor Glenn, as Nanci Griffith notes, it's a hard life wherever you go (first appears on her album STORMS).

Glenn, the 'fact' checker, says Barack sent US troops back in when?  2014.  Strange though, Tim Arango (NEW YORK TIMES) reported September 25, 2012:

Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.        

Glenn whored big time.  On the Press Slut Meter (Glenn, a colleague of yours came up with that yesterday -- you should thank him), we'll give Glenn four dildos and a large, vibrating egg.

Glenn isn't up to the task of fact checking but he rushed in because Beto was talking truth, that the current, ongoing war is a part of a larger war with Iraq that has gone on throughout one administration after another.  And you can be sure the Iraqi people are aware of that.  Glenn manages to be not only dishonest but also xenophobic.  Quite the hat trick, Glenn.  He disgraces himself and, as we've seen many times before when the press disgraces itself on Iraq (see the disgraced Micheal Kinsey trying to downplay The Downing Street Memo), it's attempting to distract the American people from the reality of the war.

Grasp that the current wave of the war, which began with the 2003 invasion, could not have happened without the US press selling the Iraq War with one lie after another.  If you missed it War Whore Christiane Amanpour declared this month that journalism was being hurt by charges of fake news.  Whores like Christiane make those claims a lot -- they don't own up their Iraq War coverage -- which was nothing but fake news -- but they make those claims a lot.

War whore enough and you'll be employed by CNN, ABC and PBS.  And you can use your posts -- as she has -- to advocate for war -- as she has.

There was never any accountability for the lies the press told to start the Iraq War.  Judith Miller was made the sacrificial goat but she wasn't the only problem and, let's remember, Judith believed the lies herself.  Many who knew better repeated the lies.

There was no reckoning for those lies, for that press failure.

And Glenn shows up this week to lie about Iraq and will probably get away with it because that has been the pattern.  Hell, he'll probably be rewarded for it because that has been the pattern.  Lie about Iraq and you will have a long, long press career.

Beto is running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and talking truths about Iraq is resulting in some really ugly press.  (See March 30th's "Beto talks Iraq and Edward-Isaac Dover is in a tizzy.")  The truth must not be told on Iraq.  Were it to be told, the press whores might be held accountable.  Amanwhore couldn't hop on her high horse and blather on about how 'fake news' charges hurt her profession.  No, you stupid idiot, what hurts your profession is the whoring you've done.  And you deserve every criticism and more, people are dead because of your whoring.


The war’s financial and human costs have been astronomical. Brown University’s “Costs of War” project contends that the United States spent over $800 billion in direct war appropriations in Iraq through 2016, with billions more having been requested since. Nearly eight thousand U.S. servicemembers and Department of Defense contractors were killed, with another thirty-two thousand wounded. Several hundred more NATO troops have perished alongside U.S. forces, amid the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and security personnel that were killed in combat and from war-related causes. In total, the death toll likely surpasses half a million.

In Iraq, the flooding remains an issue.

PM : We are monitoring closely developments in areas of Iraq affected by recent floods, and have mobilised resources to assist the communities impacted and help them recover. We are also acting to channel much of the flood waters to reservoirs.

  • PM holds his weekly press conference in Baghdad, briefs media on measures to support areas affected by recent floods, combating corruption and Iraq’s foreign relations.

    AFP reports:

    Iraq's water ministry sought on Tuesday to quell fears that dams could collapse, as the country's main water reservoirs reach or near capacity after a very wet winter.

    "We are in control of the dams and reservoir levels", said water ministry spokesman Aoun Diab.

    "We are not worried about their safety or stability," he told AFP.

    Weeks of rain — compounded by melting snowcaps in neighbouring Turkey and Iran — have almost filled Iraq's four central reservoirs and swelled its two main rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates.

    The Dukan reservoir in the northeast is holding more than its seven billion cubic metre capacity, with excess flowing out, Diab said.

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