Friday, July 28, 2006
WAKE UP OPINION FROM EDGAR J. STEELE
Wake Up!Opinion; Posted on: 2006-07-28 00:00:25 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
by Edgar J. Steele Part of a series "The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people." --- Hugo L. Black, U.S. Supreme Court Justice "Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have." --- Richard Salent, Former President of CBS News "There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it… The business of the Journalist is to destroy truth; To lie outright; To pervert; To vilify; To fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals for rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and or lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes." --- John Swinton, former Chief of Staff, The New York Times (1953) "We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid Galilee of its Arab population." --- David Ben-Gurion, from Ben-Gurion, a Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar (May 1948) I admit it. I'm an Internet news junkie. But it keeps me off the street. Besides, I need something with which to fill my empty hours since I stopped reading newspapers, watching broadcast TV news and listening to broadcast talk radio. Flitting around the Internet globe every morning provides a worldview increasingly different from that afforded by traditional Western media. How do I know that what I read is accurate when it diverges from American news? Honestly, after years of this, I have learned through bitter experience to ask the question the other way 'round. Foreign news sources match up to each other much better and their reporting rings true in a way that Fox News' doesn't. Even the London Times is far more accurate than the LA Times, Washington Post or NY Times these days. Besides, I have repeated experience at being caught up in media events and know from firsthand experience all too well just how much American media twists and distorts, compared to international news sources. There no longer is an American paper worth taking, sad to say. Used to be, the LA Times was dispensed on Washington, DC street corners in those ubiquitous yellow coin-operated boxes ... and for good reason. These days, I'll check the headlines on major American papers via the Internet, but when I read their articles, it really is to evaluate the degree of slant on a particular story versus foreign reporting. Though bad ever since Nixon was taken down, that slant has grown incredibly steep during the current Bush regime. Here are a few examples, just from the past day's news, most of which you probably never will hear about from American news sources and, if you do, will be tightly spun to support the Israeli party line: 1. Two Lebanese Red Cross ambulances, plainly marked and with emergency lights flashing, were shelled and strafed by low-flying Israeli jets. Each took a precision, laser-guided American-made missile through its roof, precisely in the middle of the cross. Your tax dollars at work, folks. (Cross? Reminds me of a joke: Why did the Jew cross the road? You'll find the answer in my most recent column. Coincidence that the cross was holed dead center? Do you believe in coincidence?) The ambulances carried Lebanese civilians (an entire family) seriously injured in a previous attack upon civilian targets. This is a war crime. 2. Israeli Jets "accidentally" attacked a UN observer post, despite flags and markings clearly designating it as UN and despite unequivocal proof that they knew of it beforehand. American media reported it because the UN is making a big deal about it being intentional, but what isn't being reported is how many times that post was attacked: fourteen times. Four UN observers died. A mistake, says Israel. Fourteen coincidental mistakes. Do you believe in coincidence? Like Israel's 1967 repeated attacks upon the USS Liberty, this is a war crime, but America's veto will prevent the UN from lodging even a formal complaint. Also like the USS Liberty: Do you suppose the UN observers were observing something that Israel did not want reported? Or do you believe in coincidence? 3. Israel told Lebanese civilians to get out of harm's way in southern Lebanon, then proceeded to bomb the roads and bridges necessary for that exit. Not satisfied, Israel then fired upon Lebanese families on the open road who were trying to leave, just as they had been told to do by Israel. One of those families was in the ambulances noted above. This is a war crime. 4. One-third of the casualties in Lebanon are children, proving that Israel not only is not attempting to miss civilians, but is actively targeting them (as if the point directly above did not prove that all by itself). This is a war crime. 5. Israel is employing true weapons of mass destruction (banned internationally) - both antipersonnel cluster bombs and chemical weapons that burn people in a way doctors never before have seen. These chemical weapons victims are all civilians, 25% of them children. Go here for some truly grim pictures of what Israel has wrought. This is a war crime. 6. The full extent of Lebanon's destruction by Israel, resulting in the displacement of 800,000 civilians so far, makes plain the intent to extinguish it as a nation, yet another war crime. 7. For sure, you will not be shown this short video made by Iraqi defenders and directed to us, the American people. 8. Supposedly, this is all about two soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah. However, though initially reported correctly - that the two Israeli soldiers were inside Lebanon when captured - the media spin changed the affair into a kidnapping from within Israel after day one. Here - let me give you a single Internet news amalgamator so you can take a short cut to reality if you so desire: www.WhatReallyHappened.com . You will get from that site a smorgasbord of world reporting that has the site owner's slant, to be sure, but notice how he throws in a good deal of American reporting for balance, too. If I had to be marooned on a desert island and could take only one Internet news site access with me, it would be WhatReallyHappened.com. I've noticed a pattern in American reporting: At the outset of any new and startling event, the reporting almost is accurate, if grotesquely incomplete (we never get pictures of dead civilians in Palestine, for example). However, once the party line gets laid down, anywhere from 8 to 24 hours later, the reporting changes and goes into lockstep. For example, during the first 24 hours of the reporting about the Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Building (you know - Timothy McVeigh and his incredible plant-food bomb), a lot of truth got reported by local and national news sources. Truth like unexploded bombs being carried out of the building by bomb squad members ... two explosions ... two men in the Ryder rental truck parked in front of the building ... that sort of thing. Then came the lockdown across every single media outlet and the party line emerged: one explosion ... one guy in the truck ... no bombs in the building ... militia bad guys responsible, etc. Early footage that conflicted with the party line went down the memory hole, thereafter accessible only from videotapes made by private citizens from the start of coverage. I mention the OKC bombing for a reason: that was the single event in which I chose to immerse myself so deeply that I could not fail to learn whether or not our government was involved, even if only after the fact. What I learned was to confirm my then-growing suspicions and was, in fact, bone chilling: America's current government gladly will kill its own citizens (that's you and I, boys and girls) in a heartbeat in order to advance a political point or to consolidate and increase its power. A couple of my very earliest Internet essays, back in pre-9/11 2001, concerned OKC, with one presenting an in-depth report and recap of all the evidence supporting my conclusions: Dr. McStrangeveigh - or, How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate the OKC bomb . I challenge you to read it and not come away with my conclusion, incidentally. Here's how I explained, at that time, why I decided to get involved in that mess in the first place: "For some reason, it has seemed important for my own personal progress to get as close to the bottom of this matter as I could. Not because I could reach any insight that hasn’t already been attained by others with better research skills than my own, but because I seem to have chosen this single event as the one with which to reach a decision about my government … our government, that is. The OKC bombing has drawn me like a magnet and forced me to ferret out as much as I could, with the idea that, once I got to the bottom of things, I finally could choose up sides in this brewing rebellion that seems destined to split apart our country. Not because of OKC itself, you see, but because of it and so many other things to which OKC seems to be related: Waco, Trade Center bombing, TWA Flight 800, Ruby Ridge, Vince Foster and Ron Brown, among so many others. The relationship isn’t necessarily direct, though many of the same faces do seem to be appearing again and again. The appearance of impropriety was passed long ago and the time has come, for me at least, either to put aside all this 'conspiracy theory' crap or to take the red pill and wake up. I have reached my decision and fear that I am lost, never again to be normal." Nor have I been the same since. I already had awakened prior to my OKC investigation, but that investigation provided the bedrock for my new world view. Merely allowing yourself to read this essay indicates that, at a minimum, you are on the cusp of awakening, in case you were wondering. Time now is very short. Already, it is too late to prevent the economic collapse of the American economy. It may be too late to prevent World War III and America's certain destruction. But there still is time to prepare for the recovery. New America. An idea whose time has come.
COPIED AND PASTED FROM NATIONAL VANGUARD
EDITED TO ADD EDGAR STEELE' S BIO:
Edgar J. Steele, Attorney at Law
PO Box 1255Sagle, Idaho 83860
Admitted in Idaho, Oregon, Washington & California
Edgar Steele is an author and trial lawyer who has tried cases throughout the West Coast, being admitted to California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, several Federal District and special courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in 1967, then served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, first aboard ships, then as the Commanding Officer of an East China Sea island LORAN Station during the Viet Nam era.
Edgar graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with an MBA in 1973, then worked for several years in a succession of financial executive positions for corporations, including the Controllership of two companies.
He graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 1982, worked for a couple of years for a small law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, then struck off on his own.
Today, his law practice is noteworthy for cases that test the limits of constitutional law on behalf of politically-incorrect clients.
Edgar publishes a weekly commentary via the Internet, interspersing observations on the state of American society and politics with reports about aspects of the higher-profile cases he is handling. Free subscriptions are available at www.ConspiracyPenPal.com.
Though Edgar speaks infrequently in public, he has appeared on virtually every national TV network news program and been interviewed repeatedly for Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Fox News, Dateline, NBC Nightly News, Court TV (which devoted a full week of broadcasting to one of Edgar's trials recently), Geraldo and CNN, as well as countless local television news programs and radio talk shows throughout America, in connection with both his writing and the high-profile cases he has handled.
Edgar's recent book, "Defensive Racism," an unapologetic examination of racial differences, can be previewed and ordered at www.DefensiveRacism.com.
He makes his home in Northern Idaho with his wife of 19 years and their three children on a working horse ranch.
Edgar wants it known that he, himself, is exceedingly politically incorrect.