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Donna Zen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:21 AM
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6. Thanks for posting this:
I took the time to type out a bit from Bamford's book "A Pretext for War" and posted it on another thread. And while my feelings weren't hurt, it was discouraging that no one bothered to comment. I think this is very important. Anyway, here's what I wrote:

At the same time, a similar exclusive TV deal was offered to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation through freelance tele-journalist Paul Moran...But it was later discovered the Moran was anything but a disinterested journalist. It turns out he had previously worked extensively for Chalabi and the INC, making anti-Saddam propaganda films. Worse, he also worked for a shadowy American company, The Rendon Group, that had been paid close to $200 million by the CIA and Pentagon to spread anti-Saddam propaganda worldwide...

The firm is headed by John W. Rendon, a rumpled man often seen in a beret an military fatigues, who calls himself an information warrior and a perception manager. Its specialty is manipulating thought and spreading propaganda...Soon after the attacks of September 11, the company received a $100,000-a month contract from the Pentagon to offer media strategy advice...

The Rendon Groups specialty--to gin up the American publics fear over Saddam Hussein. If so, it would have been illegal under U.S. law, which forbids the use of taxpayer money to propagandize the American public. (A Pretext for War, Bamford, 295-298)

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