From the May 2007 Idaho Observer:
Buying the war
Buying the war
Most of us have felt it for a long time, but Bill Moyers proved it for all the world to see: The war in Iraq was sold on pretenses manufactured on flotillas of lies that were repeated over and over again by mindcontrol media repeaters until we "bought" it.
Aired April 25, 2007, on PBS, Bill Moyers’ report, "Buying the War," documented how "news" stories supporting reasons to go to war made the front pages of papers across the country hundreds of times, yet stories challenging their validity were relegated to the back pages. Buying the War also detailed how broadcast journalists were pressured into parroting the party line.
Busted! Bush administration officials who knowingly and intentionally lied about Saddam and WMD—and the mindcontrol major media mouthpieces who knew (or should have known before reporting it) that Saddam did not possess WMD—have been caught red-handed committing one of the most murderous and socially destructive frauds in human history.
We have to do something. Using the model at right, send letters to your local print and broadcast media outlets and point out the obvious—that this "war" was bought on lies and it is our obligation as decent people to end the war and see to it that justice is served. ~The IO
To the editor:
On April 25, 2007, PBS broadcast Bill Moyers’ 90-minute report "Buying the War." During this report, the nation’s best known journalists admitted to the roles they played in perpetuating Bush administration lies and deceptions to justify going to war in Iraq.
One of the common tactics Moyers described in detail was how the White House leaked phony information about WMD to the media, namely Judith Miller of the New York Times. Then, the very next morning, Bush administration officials from the president on down would be on the morning talk shows pointing out the article in the New York Times, "that they leaked," to fraudulently attach credibility to their statements.
In legal contemplation, White House officials committed fraud, a felony. By legal extension, key journalists committed misprision of felony. The result of these actions has been a dramatic erosion of American civil liberties, an almost $1 trillion increase of public debt, the unjust and abusive imprisonment of thousands, the deaths of (at least) 4,000 U.S. soldiers and; upwards of a million innocent Iraqi men, women and children have been murdered without cause.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt the White House lied and the major network media knowingly parroted the lies to justify war in Iraq. There is not now, nor was there ever, lawful cause, nor was national security being threatened to an extent to justify the U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq.
Busted! Bush administration officials who knowingly and intentionally lied about Saddam and WMD—and the major media mouthpieces who knew (or should have known before reporting it) that Saddam had WMD—have been caught red-handed committing one of the most murderous and socially destructive frauds in human history.
If we were all equal under the law, how much prison time would we receive after being convicted of conspiring with others to lie about why we are spending $1 trillion of the public trust to commit one of the most horrible crimes in history?
Like it or not, this horror is being committed in our name. Every newspaper, magazine and TV station that repeated the lies and every American who believed them needs to see Moyers’ Buying the War.
Unless we, the American people, act to stop this historic crime, we become "accessories after-the-fact" and our crime worsens every moment we remain silent and each time an innocent bystander is harmed or murdered.
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