A CASE OF AMNESIA OR A CASE OF BOOTLICKING?

Mizgin's Desk Reports:

Does anyone remember the Rendon Group? If not, let me refresh your memory.

The Rendon Group is a public relations firm that has specialized in creating propaganda for various US military interventions over the last few decades in places as varied as Panama, Haiti, Colombia, Zimbabwe, and Puerto Rico. Most recently, the Rendon group helped the US government to win hearts and minds for the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. Because it has worked with the US government for a long period of time, it has been willing to justify US military actions for both Democratic and Republican administrations, although the Rendon Group's founder, John Rendon, got his start in the propaganda business back in the 1970s as a campaign consultant for the Democratic Party.

There is a lot more information on the Rendon Group at Sourcewatch. James Bamford, whom many will remember as the first guest on The Boiling Frogs podcast interviews, wrote what may be the most definitive article explaining the raison d'etre for the Rendon Group. Bamford named John Rendon as "The Man Who Sold the War" to the American public for the Bush Administration. Prior to the invasion of Iraq, indeed, long before September 11, the Rendon Group created the Iraqi National Congress (INC) and appointed Ahmed Chalabi as the head of the organization. It created the Iraqi Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) and Radio Hurriah, both of which ineffectively broadcast propaganda against the Saddam regime in the early 1990s, first from Kuwait and later from Arbil in the autonomous Iraqi Kurdish region. In 1996, Saddam's army invaded Arbil and killed the vast majority of Rendon's IBC employees and some 100 INC members. What prompted the response by Saddam's army had less to do with the content of Radio Hurriah's propaganda, which was described as "poorly run" by one Iraqi Harvard graduate student, and more to do with the fact that the CIA had poured millions of dollars into the Rendon Group, which then funneled the money into the INC.

According to Bamford, while the CIA dumped money into the INC through the Rendon Group, Ahmed Chalabi dumped questionable "intelligence" information into the New York Times' now discredited war drummer, Judith Miller. Bamford later wrote about Chalabi's secret dealings with Iran, including the possible passing of NSA code-breaking information.

As a result of the Rendon Group's deep and widespread involvement with those who want to maufacture consent for any goal of any American administration, it should come as no surprise that last week the Reuters and the Washington Post revealed news from the US military's Stars and Stripes indicating that the Rendon Group has been hired by the Pentagon to vet journalists for embedded reporting from Afghanistan. From the Reuters article:

The U.S. military in Afghanistan defended itself Thursday against accusations that a company it employs was rating the work of reporters and suggesting ways to make their war coverage more positive.

Stars and Stripes, a newspaper for U.S. troops, said it had obtained documents prepared for the U.S. military by the Rendon Group, a Washington-based communications firm that graded journalists' work as "positive," "neutral" or "negative."

The newspaper, partly funded by the Pentagon but editorially independent, said the journalists' profiles included suggestions on how to "neutralise" negative stories and generate favourable coverage.

It published a pie chart which it said came from a Rendon report on the coverage of a reporter for an unidentified major U.S. newspaper until mid-May, judging it to be 83.33 percent neutral and 16.67 percent negative with respect to the military's goals.

The U.S. military command in Afghanistan said the Rendon Group provided a range of services under a $1.5 million (921,330 pound) one-year contract, including analysis of news coverage -- but it did not grade journalists.

Neither the Reuters report nor the Washington Post noted the Rendon Group's previous propaganda work, particularly it's long fiasco with planning regime change in Iraq. Unsurprisingly, National Public Radio, also failed to mention the Rendon Group's history in a story it aired on its "All Things Considered" program on 27 August. It did include a quote from a press officer from the 101st Airborne Division, in which he admitted he relied on Rendon's ratings:

Maj. Patrick Seiber, the press officer for the 101st Airborne Division, says that during his time in Afghanistan, he dealt with 62 different news agencies and 143 different reporters. He says he relied on the Rendon reports.

"Well, you got to have something, because we don't have enough public affairs guys that can go through and do it our own self," he says. "You got to know what you're dealing with. Our soldiers are at risk. Information is also a risk."

Seiber says he did pay some attention to negative ratings. If someone had many negative ratings, he says, he would want to know why.

"This didn't happen that often," he says. "Out of all those news agencies, I can only remember a couple of times there was somebody we didn't take ... because of their bent."

Both times, he says, the news agencies sent a different reporter.

Seiber doesn't know when the ratings started, but says Rendon has been doing the work for eight years.

So, they did use the Rendon Group's "secret" profiles and they did deny reporters on the basis of their views. It must be problematic to have reporters who might not be willing to sell the Pentagon's angle on a war to an American public that increasingly sees as "not worth fighting".

One reporter working in Afghanistan managed to obtain a copy of his Rendon-generated dossier from a friend in the military. Here's what he has to say:

Most reporters in Afghanistan know about these reports. I obtained a copy of my Rendon report about three months ago from a friend in the military and I’ve posted excerpts below. I don’t really think the reports are some kind of violation, in fact, I think the military is smart to look into the background’s of people who will be writing about them. Rating the coverage that reporters give the military–”positive,” “neutral,” “negative”–seems a bit silly and slightly Orwellian, but if thousands of reporters were covering my organization, I would want a simple shorthand to indentify them as well.

I do think the reports are creepy though. These guys have read almost everything I’ve written in the last few years, even interviews I’ve given to local news blogs. Reading this report is like perusing the diary of your stalker. Rendon also classifies certain publication as “left leaning” which I find odd.

Most troubling by far is that when S&S [Stars and Stripes] asked the military about Rendon, they denied the existence of these reports. I’m holding one of these reports in my hand right now, trust me, it exists. I’ve also met people who work for The Rendon Group in Kabul. In conversations, they deny that there is any nefarious objective to what they do. “We just help the military figure out what embed is right for a particular reporter,” one Rendon employee told me over drinks. “If a reporter is classified as “negative” they are less likely to go where the action is and more likely to be covering a platoon that guards sandbags in Herat.”

Other reporters, like freelancer Nir Rosen, were less than enthusiastic about their dossiers:

Last week Stars and Stripes reported that the Pentagon is employing Rendon to profile reporters. I was shown a copy of the memorandum the Rendon group prepared about me. It is two and a half pages. A public affairs officer told me it was the most alarming report about a journalist that he had ever seen, and as a result I was grateful that Colonel Bill Hix was open minded enough to approve my embed despite the red flags raised about me.

“The purpose of this updated memo is to provide an assessment of freelance journalist Nir Rosen, and give a profile of his work, both through a summary of content and analysis of style, in order to gauge the expected sentiment of his work while on embed mission in Afghanistan.”

In the background section the memorandum describes some of my past work, experience and skills. It also warned that “in late 2008 Rosen ‘embedded’ with the Taliban in several areas of Afghanistan. A lengthy report on his embedded experience appeared in Rolling Stone and was highly unfavorable to international efforts in Afghanistan.

Despite denials from the military in both the Reuters and the Washington Post reports, it's obvious that reporters and news corporations know that they are "rated" so that those providing reports that are most favorably viewed by the Rendon Group are assigned with units in the hottest areas. The "trustworthy" ones are given the plumb embeds, in other words. In fact, that's exactly what Stars and Stripes reported on 29 August:

The secret profiles commissioned by the Pentagon to rate the work of journalists reporting from Afghanistan were used by military officials to deny disfavored reporters access to American fighting units or otherwise influence their coverage as recently as 2008, an Army official acknowledged Friday.

What’s more, the official said, Army public affairs officers used the analyses of reporters’ work to decide how to steer them away from potentially negative stories.

“If a reporter has been focused on nothing but negative topics, you’re not going to send him into a unit that’s not your best,” Maj. Patrick Seiber, spokesman for the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, told Stars and Stripes. “There’s no win-win there for us. We’re not trying to control what they report, but we are trying to put our best foot forward.”

[ . . . ]

The revelations are the latest twist in the controversy over how the military is gathering and using reporter profiles compiled by The Rendon Group, a Washington, D.C. public relations firm contracted by the Pentagon to rate journalists’ work.

[ . . . ]

Pentagon officials repeatedly denied this week that the Rendon profiles are being used to rate reporters or determine whether they will be granted permission to embed with U.S. units in Afghanistan.

"There is no policy that stipulates in any way that embedding should be based in any way on a person’s work," Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters on Monday.

The only one who makes sense in this entire fiasco is Admiral Mullen:

Meanwhile, Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Friday published an essay in a military journal that was sharply critical of the U.S. government’s attempts to use "strategic communications" to shape messages directed at the Muslim world.

"To put it simply, we need to worry a lot less about how to communicate our actions and much more about what our actions communicate," Mullen wrote in the essay in Joint Force Quarterly.

"I would argue that most strategic communication problems are not communication problems at all," he wrote. "They are policy and execution problems. Each time we fail to live up to our values or don’t follow up on a promise, we look more and more like the arrogant Americans the enemy claims we are."

It may be that Admiral Mullen's words were heard loudly and clearly by the US military command in Afghanistan because on 31 August, Stars and Stripes reported that the contract with the Rendon Group in Afghanistan had been cancelled:

The U.S. military is canceling its contract with a controversial private firm that was producing background profiles of journalists seeking to cover the war that graded their past work as “positive,” “negative” or “neutral,” Stars and Stripes has learned.

[ . . . ]

“The decision to terminate the Rendon contract was mine and mine alone. As the senior U.S. communicator in Afghanistan, it was clear that the issue of Rendon’s support to US forces in Afghanistan had become a distraction from our main mission,” said Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith, in an e-mail sent Sunday to Stars and Stripes.

TIME reported that the effective date of the cancellation of the contract would be 1 September.

Given Rendon's history with the Pentagon, particularly its assistance to Donald Rumsfeld's Office of Strategic Influence (OSI), one has to wonder what it really means to cancel Rendon's contract for the vetting of reporters in Afghanistan. The OSI was established in February of 2002, with Douglas Feith--whom a less diplomatic American general called "the f***ing stupidest guy on the face of the earth"--assuring the Defense Writers Group of this:

"First of all I want to clarify that when Defense Department officials speak to the public they tell the truth, and despite some of the reports about the Office of Strategic Influence that I've read over the last day or two, Defense Department officials don't lie to the public. And we are confident that the truth serves our interests in the broadest sense of national security and specifically in this war."

Oh, I know I believe him.

The fact is that Donald Rumsfeld merely killed the OSI in name only:

And then there was the office of strategic influence. You may recall that. And "oh my goodness gracious isn't that terrible, Henny Penny the sky is going to fall." I went down that next day and said fine, if you want to savage this thing fine I'll give you the corpse. There's the name. You can have the name, but I'm gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done and I have.

According to James Bamford, the job that the OSI was intended to do was eventually transferred to the Information Operations Task Force. Where will the Rendon Group's work on "secret" profiling be transferred now?

In spite of the claim that the Rendon Group's contract is now terminated, the mainstream media should be held accountable for what it failed to say in any of its reporting of Rendon's recent activity in Afghanistan for the Pentagon, particularly when the general consumer of American media has a notoriously short memory. Why didn't the mainstream media remind the American public of the Rendon Group's shady dealings in the past, how it helped manufacture consent for unpopular wars, how it funneled money for CIA operations, and how it promoted an Iranian double-agent to a position to hand over NSA code-breaking information to Teheran, or how it was involved with the Office of Strategic Information? Were these facts overlooked because of amnesia on the part of the mainstream media? Or was this oversight a case of the mainstream media's bootlicking of the propaganda firm that can veto any reporter?

It's ironic that the one publication to publish the truth about the Rendon Group's operations in Afghanistan is the one publication whose reporters are not vetted by Rendon--the Stars and Stripes.

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  1. John Medeiros says:

    Excellent factual report. Please keep informing the American public on how our Tax dollars are being put to use by Covert organizations, who continue to deceive the American public.

    Can anyone please let me know if John Rendon graduated from Northeastern University in Boston?

  2. Kingfisher says:

    @John,

    Yes, John Rendon is Huskie alum. The Rendon Group has an office in Boston that handles PR for liberal/Democrat organizations.

    Go Terriers!,
    KF

  3. Sibel Edmonds says:

    Excellent, I mean 'EXCELLENT' work Mizgin! I'll send it to Bamford;he will enjoy it;-)

  4. John Medeiros says:

    @ Kingfisher,

    Thanks. Do you know what John Rendon majored in while at Northeastern? Given that you state that he handles PR explains how a person can get involved with deception and disinformation Projects in the Black/covert world.

    I am an engineer and former US Air Force officer, who deals with facts and the truth. Since you also like the Terriers, what is your Profession?

  5. Greg Bacon says:

    "To put it simply, we need to worry a lot less about how to communicate our actions and much more about what our actions communicate

    Maybe the US should start painting "We (HEART) Muslims" on every Hellfire missile that is slated to be slammed into Afghan wedding parties and Pakistani villages?

  6. Edit_Mommies says:

    With your all your exposure Mizgin, are your credits obtainable? If one of your colleagues were reporting on you, would the reporters work mirror the complete relic that is Mizgin? We are drawing people closer. The contest of your interests captivate according to the depth of reciprocal allowances. Mizgin shares the love. In other words I am an adult that does not have to curl up with a copy of Dr. Seuss's, "The Butter Battle" in order to sleep. Never mind the banks spill out fresh blood daily that is reeking of Human Sacrifice. Now I don't know if our established assets are suffering or if Mizgin just has the job that the assets wanted? I guess I am placated. I guess we can continue the perpetual war. I gain so much optimism knowing that Mizgin has a job. They definitely cannot condition her as a dependent because she has a thick trail of blood from her purse all the way to the bank. I'm wrong this website is non-profit. What kind of trail does Mizgin have? Not Mother's Milk or the affection of another dietary funeral. Mizgin the Barbarian.

  7. Self-wrecking genius with a deeply rooted argumentative nature spiteful of his own colonialist upbringing.

    Exponentially compounded liberal guilt.

    It's a shame, too.

    Thank you, again.

  8. Kingfisher says:

    @John,

    Not sure what his major was, but Rendon had been working on political campaigns for Democrat campaigns and built a career out of it.

    In the 1980’s he burnt out on political consulting in the US, and started working on political campaigns in the Caribbean (it is not uncommon for American political consultants to work abroad).

    Eventually he ended up in Panama working for the opponents of Noriega. After we invaded and quickly pulled out Rendon was the go-between for the Panamanian government and Uncle Sam. This was where he became friends with CIA (though I believe their relationship would eventually sour), he then soon would work for the Kuwaiti government to drum up support for the first Gulf War.

    Remember when our Humvee’s entered Kuwait City and the Kuwaiti’s were waving American flags welcoming their liberators? Guess who was handing out the American flags?

    The James Bamford article about Rendon that Mizgin links to is excellent, and tells his whole story.

  9. Sibel Edmonds says:

    Edit_Mommies: One more nonsense and you won't be back to comment here.Enough already.

    Okay, on a different but not too unrelated topic:

    The Cincinnati Enquirer's Jon Craig is Live Tweeting Schmidt v Krikorian Hearing! http://twitter.com/JonGCraig

  10. Kingfisher says:

    "Maybe the US should start painting "We (HEART) Muslims" on every Hellfire missile that is slated to be slammed into Afghan wedding parties and Pakistani villages?"

    @Greg,

    Admiral Mullen is one of the good guys, he gets it. Read the rest of his article Strategic Communication: Getting Back to Basics.

    I've mentioned Greg Mortenson's book Three Cups of Tea on here before, and how it illustrates perfectly what we need to do in AfPak. Adm. Mullen shares my sentiment exactly:

    "And make no mistake—there has been a certain arrogance to our “strat comm” efforts. We’ve come to believe that messages are something we can launch downrange like a rocket, something we can fire for effect.

    They are not. Good communication runs both ways. It’s not about telling our story. We must also be better listeners. The Muslim community is a subtle world we don’t fully—and don’t always attempt to understand. Only through a shared appreciation of the people’s culture, needs, and hopes for the future can we hope ourselves to supplant the extremist narrative.

    We cannot capture hearts and minds. We must engage them; we must listen to them, one heart and one mind at a time—over time.

    I’m a big fan of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. In fact, I had the opportunity this summer to help him open up a new school for girls in the Panjshir Valley. Greg believes that building relationships is just as important as building projects. “The enemy is ignorance,” he told me, “and it isn’t theirs alone. We have far more to learn from the people who live here than we could ever hope to teach them.”

    He’s right. We are only going to be as good as our own learning curve. And just the simple act of trying, of listening to others, speaks volumes all by itself."

    We need more men like Adm. Mullen.

    KF

  11. Edit_Mommies says:

    @Zach I believe the author is female. I wasn't attacking the Author. I just don't know what to do right now.

  12. Thank you for the beautiful summary of this Revelation of the Day. I will print out two copies. One to be inserted into my Phillip Knightley, The First Casualty (of war is truth) and the other in I. F. Stone, The Hidden History Of The Korean War.

  13. I don't exactly know what you're talking about, Mommies. I have never been paid for anything I've written and if my comrades report on me, they're not reporting to journalists or to anything like Rendon Group.

  14. Hi Sibel,

    Hope all's well. Nice job with the new post here.

    Also, I finally had a chance to watch all of your deposition. I studied lots of undergrad law. So I could see patterns in the questioning and to try to predict where it would go. But also maybe I'm the FIRST person on the Net to mention this? The woman who kept saying the date/time on the tapes sounds like the tape on the London Tube. "Mind the gap." Not sure why. But it just struck me.

    Hope that cheers you up :).

  15. Hi Sibel,

    Just for my knowledge. Are you still under any govt. gag order of any type? If yes, what's being used against you?

  16. ANOTHER item left out of the reporting on the Rendon Group is that John Rendon is married to Sandra Libby,Scooter's sister.

    Check out the website for the firm,her name is listed as a contact person for the firm.

  17. Schmidt vs Krikorian has been adjourned (if that's the correct legal word) until October 1, 2009. Sibel might be called to testify.
    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7391

    Regards,
    "Tom Joad"

  18. Hannah K. O'Luthon says:

    Thanks to Mizgîn for another excellent post, right down to noting the final irony regarding Stars and Stripes. Thanks also to Kingfisher and John Medeiros for the "added value" regarding John Rendon's "Huskie" background. Since I am an erstwhile Eagle, all we need is a "Crimson John" in order to start our own "Beanpot Tourney". Maybe we could used suitable shred and compacted Rendon press releases as hockey pucks, thus finally endowing them with some value.

  19. Greg Bacon says:

    I've mentioned Greg Mortenson's book Three Cups of Tea on here before, and how it illustrates perfectly what we need to do in AfPak. Adm. Mullen shares my sentiment exactly

    Maybe we should hand over to the Taliban the evidence the US governemnet said it had that Bin Laden was behind 9/11. That's what they asked before all this madness started and they would then turn BL over to a neutral 3rd country for trial.

    Except we didn't deliver that 'White Paper' Colin Powell promised, but we did deliver death and destruction.

    That's how this whole mess got started.

    So why not just turn over that 'evidence' we brag about, but never produce?

    The thing to do would be to stop the war mongering and talk with the Taliban. Sooner or later, that's going to happen, so why not now?

    We can even talk about that Caspian Basin pipeline the US wants to run thru Afghanistan to Pakistan and Indian Ocean ports, just like we were talking with the Taliban about this back in 1997.

    The Pentagon is like an out of control, heavily armed drug addict that will stop at nothing to get its next fix, in this case, oil.

  20. Edit_Mommies says:

    @Mizgin

    Oh, the uniform euphoria and the subjects that are exampled as inferiors. You know those willed the category of shrinking space. Hardly a Pony from your parents, rather a pile of Xanax. I don't take drugs. I would, consider speaking to a pill of Xanax.

    "So we meet again pony."

    It would be hard to reflect the tone of the pill dialogue with the actual anxiety diagnosis. When people are still able to laugh they say,

    "Mizgin's friend got fired from the FBI for learning the language that is English".

    Sibel's pitfall, Now available in the United States. I know some pitfalls, I'm ridiculous. My idea was your accountability could warrant some sort of process rather then new, awkwrad feelings of euphoria. Every blame game ever played is like putting a costume on YOUR Pony and calling it Clown Pony or Borg Pony. I admit I am in the latent hypocrite stage of my observation. I know the reporters over at Fox have a knack for getting fired. They learned how to speak the new "anti-universe" language that is English. Those reporters really shook people up. Look at this amusing, life threatening clip.

    Relinquishing desensitized minds is like telling a child the Dog "ran away". Sibel is not with the FBI any longer, she has ran away. If her office space was any more minuscule we would say, excuse me, "Sibel was openly slaughtered as an act of war". Now Optimism Pill holds the leash of the Blame Pony… and this is comforting?

  21. Sibel Edmonds says:

    Anon Re: Libby- Are you certain they are related? If so, has anyone reported this (alt media)?

    Tom Joad: In a few days we'll know whether the court will allow it or not…Stay tuned.

  22. @Sibel, You are making a difference and the world is changing because of you. You are important and you are making a difference and soon and because of you, in 2012 the planets will align and Peace will explode all over the world. You go, girl, but like the saying goes "Once a Fed always a Fed". Are you faking (False flagging it) it and still on the Fed payroll? Be honest, please, I just, am not, a trusting person, is their a place I can get help? Shalom.

  23. PS do you have a recipe for Turkish Ekmek? I miss it so much since I left Adana.

  24. Sibel, you might want to check this regarding the Libby connection.

    Bamford mentions Sandra Libby in "The Man Who Sold the War".

  25. Eric Pottenger says:

    thank you, Mizgin, this report was quite informative. I have a question. why do you personally think that it was Stars and Stripes broke this story?

    incidentally, I came across those Doug Feith remarks (at the Defense Writers Group, Feb. 20, 2002) a couple weeks ago, as I was just then learning about the OSI and its predecessor, the United States Inormation Agency.

    what's interesting is that those remarks were made only six days prior to Rumsfeld's official "closing" of the OSI, on Feb. 26th. perhaps you're already aware, but Feith's comments at that speaking event allude to recent negative media reports about the office, perhaps like this one in the NY Times: (http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/19/international/19PENT.html).

    at face value, one would think that the bad press, alleging possibly illegal activities (smith-mundt act violations), would provide just the right impetus to force the DoD to redesign their propaganda approach. one would think, says my brain, that they had no choice. and yet I'm still curious.

    as your article points out, firms like the Rendon Group were still employed by the Pentagon since that time, indicative of a continuity in policy. do you think it's that simple? was it, like you suggested, merely a name change, essentially keeping all else intact?

    perhaps you don't have the answers…it's just that I ask these questions with the Stars and Stripes article in mind, curious as to why a defense department-financed news agency is suddenly "editorially independent."

    either way, good info. thanks.

  26. Kingfisher says:

    Stars and Stripes always has been. Its editorial independence is mandated by congress, and the newspaper has guarded its independence fiercely since inception. They clashed with the Army earlier this summer about it:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/06/23/us.iraq.newspaper.censorship/index.html

  27. Kingfisher says:

    @Greg,

    Because it’s all the military’s fault right? It doesn’t have anything to do with the people who actually make policy, does it? Has absolutely nothing to do with the 21 million barrels of petroleum derived products that Americans consume daily, or the pressures on politicians to ensure that lifestyle. It’s all the fault of cammo wearing guys in a five sided building!

    Nothing to do with the potential consequences our politicians face for openly negotiating with the Taliban, from an electorate that mostly sees the world through good and evil. Nothing to do with the women’s groups in America that protest the Taliban’s treatment of women, the same groups that killed the negotiations with the Taliban in the 1990’s. It’s all because a bunch of guys in cammo and silly hats are “out of control, heavily armed drug addicted and will stop at nothing to get its next fix in this case, oil.” Right?

    "Whattaya lookin' at? You're all a bunch of f*cking a**holes. You know why? 'Cause you don't have the guts to be what you wanna be. You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your f*cking fingers, and say "that's the bad guy." So, what dat make you? Good? You're not good; you just know how to hide. Howda lie. Me, I don't have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth–even when I lie. So say goodnight to the bad guy. Come on; the last time you gonna see a bad guy like this, let me tell ya. Come on, make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through; you better get outta his way!"

    – Tony Montana, Scarface

  28. ROFLMAO

  29. Sibel, just a comment to let you know that a great number of patriotic Americans are with you and with the recent sworn deposition you completed. Although that darn weasel attorney Mr. Fein I felt like I wanted to reach through the screen and ckoke that buffoon! You held strong and did not let his intentional or not silliness distract you. Great going! I made DVD's of the deposition and included links to your web blog and whistleblowers org. I am putting those DVD's in to as many hands as I can (not charging anything because it would not be right). Your information needs to get in to as many adult American's hands as possible because this govt corruption in very high places of the Federal govt is not only a physical danger to our nation but also treasoness and corrupts the strength of all our Constitutional Rights and honest trustworthy govt!

    Thanks again Sibel for being honest and having the fortitude to do what is right to preserve this Great Republic! History will remember you as a hero!

  30. Greg Bacon says:

    Because it’s all the military’s fault right? It doesn’t have anything to do with the people who actually make policy, does it? Has absolutely nothing to do with the 21 million barrels of petroleum derived products that Americans consume daily, or the pressures on politicians to ensure that lifestyle. It’s all the fault of cammo wearing guys in a five sided building!

    Who's really giving orders in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the WH or the Pentagon?

    BTW, the US military is the world's largest consumer of oil, outside of countries.

    And 'Davey' Petraeus is planning a run at the WH.

    Nothing like a hot war to keep his name in the papers to help achieve that goal.

    And the Pentagon 'accidentally' losing thousands and thousands of weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan
    means either they're totally incompetent or helping the other side stay in business.

    You make the choice.

  31. Dear Van Jones, According to James Bamford's book and TV documentary "the Shadow Factory" and "the Spy Factory". Mikie H. then the NSA Boss knew that two of UBL's men were in the US (pre 9-11) and Communicating with the AQ HQ in Yemen and Mikie never told the Feds. Mikie H. then, was rewarded by becoming the CIA director. This man is a Coward and a Traitor to the US people and the US Constitution. And no one ever brings up his name on Charges of Dereliction of Duty or any connection to letting 9-11 happen. God bless America. Shalom Jaye

  32. Eric, I don't know why S&S broke the story because I'm not so familiar with them. It may very well be as KF says, about editorial independence.

    I do know that, rarely, there are fairly decent reports that seep into the MSM. I'm thinking of one piece in particular by the WaPo and another by CNN one time on the PKK. But, taking the long view of the situation with regard to these pieces, I think I now see where they were going with them and that will be something that may be covered here later.

    As for Rumsfeld and Feith, I think the stuff they were cooking wasn't absolutely something that the military agreed with because the Office of Special Plans was created to create "intelligence" for war in Iraq. I suspect the OSI had similar plans, but to create "consent". That's why I think that OSI and it's resurrection somewhere else were outside regular channels of propaganda, as OSP was outside regular channels of creating "intelligence".

    I think there are corporate interests involved in all this, too, so that neither the government nor the military really have the final say in policy-making. There was a really good article that illustrates the role of the corporate world in policy-making that came out a few years ago in Playboy. The corporate interests illustrated in that article are Lockheed Martin's.

    For corporate interests in Afghanistan, take a look at this.

    Is Rendon really going to go away this time? Is it going to morph into something else? I don't know. I think that, given the events of the last 8 years. ordinary people should be suspicious and should question what they read or what they hear broadcast.

    My main point in this post was to question why the MSM did not point out Rendon's history.

  33. Edit_Mommies says:

    Olivia Judson has this article with the NYtimes that is very helpful.

    http://judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/15/cracking-the-spine-of-libel/

    I cut and pasted the conclusion for Mizgin.

    "Singh has commented that “if I successfully defend my article, I will have had to have put my career on hold for probably two years, and it will cost me perhaps £25,000 [about $41,500] because I am unlikely to recover all my costs. And if I lose my case, then it will cost me roughly £500,000 [$800,000]. Fighting and winning is bad enough; fighting and losing is catastrophic.”

    Most writers won’t take the risk. And who can blame them?" – excerpt from the article

    I almost understand what the FCC does now.

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