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May 01 2015

Op-Ed Calls for War Are Incitements to a Terrible Crime

The New York Times' Op-Ed "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran" features an olive branch in the middle of a bear trap with missiles for teeth.

The literature that justifies or encourages war is not divorced from the responsibility for the cause of war itself.

Mar 30 2015

Leading Papers Incite ‘Supreme International Crime’

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To advocate for war, as the Washington Post and New York Times op-ed pages have done, is to incite a crime–“the supreme international crime,” as the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg noted.

Aug 01 2013

This American Life on Guatemalan Genocide

Washington's role is a story not worth telling

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On the evening of December 4, 1982, President Ronald Reagan informed reporters assembled at an Air Force base in Honduras that he had just engaged in a “useful exchange of ideas” with Efraín Rios Montt. The Guatemalan military general was the most recent in a succession of U.S.-backed dictators who had been governing the country since the CIA first toppled its democratically elected president, Jacobo Arbenz, in 1954. “I know that President Rios Montt is a man of great personal integrity and commitment,” Reagan continued. “I know he wants to improve the quality of life for all Guatemalans and to […]

Apr 01 2013

Keeping the Government’s Secrets

Official/press collusion to keep public uninformed

Secrets and censorship, a redacted CIA document--Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Withholding important news over supposed national security concerns is nothing new. And in many cases, no official request is even needed—the decision-makers seem to have internalized the notion that keeping the government’s secrets is part of their job.

Mar 01 2013

Debunking the Debunkers of October Surprise

Magazines mangled facts to dismiss Reagan campaign collusion with Iran

America's Stolen Narrative

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from investigative reporter Robert Parry’s new book, America’s Stolen Narrative. One of the book’s storylines examines corporate media’s role in squelching investigation into whether Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1980 went behind President Jimmy Carter’s back to contact Iranian officials then holding 52 Americans hostage, a controversy dubbed the October Surprise. When the possibility of a serious October Surprise investigation emerged in the latter half of 1991, an intimidating phalanx of powerful players was arrayed against it, from Ronald Reagan’s many defenders, to the sitting President George H.W. Bush, to David Rockefeller’s business and […]

Dec 02 2008

Media Still Letting Bush Lie on Iraq Inspectors

ABC, WaPo fail to challenge president's misinformation

In a December 1 interview with ABC anchor Charles Gibson, George W. Bush gave a grossly erroneous history of the run-up to the Iraq War–a false version of events that Gibson failed to challenge and the Washington Post glossed over the following day. When Gibson asked if Bush wished he had any “do-overs,” Bush responded: BUSH: I don’t know–the biggest regret of all the presidency has to have been the intelligence failure in Iraq. A lot of people put their reputations on the line and said the weapons of mass destruction is [sic] a reason to remove Saddam Hussein. It […]

Nov 01 2007

Journalists ‘Humbled’ but Unrepentant

Despite Iraq disaster, questioning authority still taboo

George W. Bush’s success in manipulating information would not have been possible without the collaboration and/or incompetence of the major U.S. news media. However, that cozy relationship began to shift in spring 2006 as the bloody war in Iraq dragged on and the U.S. public grew restless over the steady rise in the death toll. Even some of the Iraq War’s early cheerleaders, like Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, admitted to second thoughts. “Those of us who once advocated this war are humbled,” Cohen wrote (4/4/06). “It’s not just that we grossly underestimated the enemy. We vastly overestimated the Bush […]

Apr 05 2006

When War Crimes Are Impossible

Is President Bush guilty of war crimes? To even ask the question is to go far beyond the boundaries of mainstream U.S. media. A few weeks ago, when a class of seniors at Parsippany High School in New Jersey prepared for a mock trial to assess whether Bush has committed war crimes, a media tempest ensued. Typical was the response from MSNBC host Tucker Carlson, who found the very idea of such accusations against Bush to be unfathomable. The classroom exercise “implies people are accusing him of a crime against humanity,” Carlson said. “It’s ludicrous.” In Tennessee, the Chattanooga Times […]