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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 10:18 AM
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Project Censored: Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008
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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 10:26 AM
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1. #2 Bush Moves Toward Martial Law
The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007, which was quietly signed by Bush on October 17, 2006, the very same day that he signed the Military Commissions Act, allows the president to station military troops anywhere in the United States and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to suppress public disorder.

By revising the two-century-old Insurrection Act, the law in effect repeals the Posse Comitatus Act, which placed strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. The 1878 Act reads, Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. As the only US criminal statute that outlaws military operations directed against the American people, it has been our best protection against tyranny enforced by martial lawthe harsh system of rules that takes effect when the military takes control of the normal administration of justice. Historically martial law has been imposed by various governments during times of war or occupation to intensify control of populations in spite of heightened unrest. In modern times it is most commonly used by authoritarian governments to enforce unpopular rule.1

Section 333 of the Defense Authorization Act of 2007, entitled Major public emergencies; interference with State and Federal law, states that the President may employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal serviceto restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States, the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of (or refuse or fail in) maintaining public orderin order to suppress, in any State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy.

Thus an Act of Congress, superceding the Posse Comitatus Act, has paved the way toward a police state by granting the president unfettered legal authority to order federal troops onto the streets of America, directing military operations against the American people under the cover of law enforcement.

This is discussed in "The Shock Doctrine", and it should be the #1 concern of everyone on DU, IMHO.
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 10:29 AM
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2. Operation FALCON raids also - no MSM coverage!!!
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mogster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 05:24 PM
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14. I remember that
It was covered by the DU.
Very scary to read that more than 10.000 was arrested at one time, mostly for minor charges. I think this was just after Gonzales took power.
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Didereaux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 10:35 AM
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5. sadly the subject is too 'deep' for the vast majority to grasp...
as illustrated ad nauseum the majority of DU members reflect well the American intelligence demographic...abysmal!
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 10:38 AM
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7. In studying a life form to understand it, one first examines its environment n/t
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 10:33 AM
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30. agree completely, but a nitpick-
did an 1878 law really reference an air force?
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-30-07 04:46 AM
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39. The Air Force's humble beginnings can be traced back to the time of the Civil War
Edited on Sun Dec-30-07 04:51 AM by NNN0LHI
http://www2.hurlburt.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123031983

Blue evolution tracing U.S. Air Force history

11/15/2006 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla -- The Air Force's humble beginnings can be traced back to the time of the Civil War, with the use of hot air balloons for artillery spotting.

On Aug. 1, 1907, the US Army Signal Corps established a small Aeronautical Division to take charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines and all related subjects.

The Signal Corps began testing its first airplane at Fort Myer, Va., Aug. 20, 1908, and Sept. 9, 1908, Lt. Thomas Selfridge, flying with Orville Wright, was killed when the plane crashed. After more testing with a second, imp-roved Wright Flyer, the Army formally accepted this airplane, identified as Airplane No. 1, Aug. 2, 1909.

The progress of American aviation was slow in the early years. Congress voted the first appropriation for military aviation in 1911.


Thttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act

Posse Comitatus Act - History


<snip>The original act referred only to the United States Army. The Air Force was added in 1956, and the Navy and the Marine Corps have been included by a regulation of the Department of Defense. The United States Coast Guard, when acting in its peace-time capacity (within the Department of the Treasury , is not included in the act. However, if in wartime, a portion of the United States Coast Guard were subsumed within the Department of the Navy, as it was during World War II, that portion, under the Act, would lose its federal police power authority and responsibility over the federal law enforcement duties of its civilian mission. This law is often mentioned when it appears that the Department of Defense is interfering in domestic disturbances.
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 10:31 AM
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3. ...
Recommended :kick: #2
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 10:31 AM
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4. K&R
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Synnical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 10:36 AM
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6. Thanks - a must read
K&R
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 10:55 AM
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8. Reading them now and watching this sink
The bright shiny things in Applebee's have attracted everyone.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 10:59 AM
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9. K & R n/t
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 11:08 AM
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10. K&R
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ElboRuum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 11:31 AM
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11. Enlightening...
It truly is amazing what the media isn't reporting.
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 12:59 PM
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12. 2008? Do they mean 2007? Or, am I confused? (n/t)
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Synnical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 06:43 PM
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18. Here's the 2007 List
Unsure why they predate the lists. :shrug:

http://www.projectcensored.org/censored_2007/index.htm
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 01:15 PM
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13. #7 Behind Blackwater Inc.
Erik Prince is one scary motherfucker. He should be vilified by our media. Instead, he's making the news rounds like Tom Hanks promoting the latest computer-animated kids' flick. Move along, nothing to see here.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 05:25 PM
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15. Amazing ... I always love reading over this list, and I save a copy.
Thanks for the post.

Thank Spirit for Free Speech TV - I get it via DISH Network; for that reason, I at least know a bit about what is going on.
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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 06:39 PM
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16. K&R n/t
#2
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unapatriciated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 06:43 PM
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17. k&r
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avenger64 Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:22 PM
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19. Awesome, thanks, K$R
n/t
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:26 PM
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20. #16 No Hard Evidence Connecting Bin Laden to 9/11
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 10:35 AM
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31. That's true. Since 9/11 the republicon propaganda machine has yelled: "bin Laden"
But to my knowledge (and I have looked) they have never produced or published any evidence at all, any facts.

Correct me if I am mistaken, but as I recall Osama bin Laden himself has never claimed direct responsiblity for 9/11?

The whole thing is a freaking pack of republicon foma.
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avenger64 Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:30 PM
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21. Man, #23 on Feinstein is some dirty laundry ...
... we really do need some new Democrats.
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trashcanistanista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 12:26 AM
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25. 23 explains Feinstiens voting
pattern. I wonder if there are similar stories behind Pelosi and Reid that haven't come out yet. I don't subscribe to the "blackmail, threat" voting pattern, I really think they are all bought and paid for. We just don't know the specifics yet.
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:33 PM
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22. K&R
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Leo 9 Donating Member (560 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 09:22 PM
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23. That's a great list.
I'll have to come back and print a copy of it.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 10:46 PM
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24. so much, so bad. . . . n/t
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 01:12 AM
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26. K&R n/t
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 03:09 AM
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27. What a depressing and disgusting list. K & R. nt
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 07:56 AM
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28. Agree. knr n/t
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 08:02 AM
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29. we do not live in the world most of us think we live in
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-29-07 08:10 AM
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33. That's about the size of it
It's incredibly difficult for some to grapple with this...especially the older they get, and the more deeply ingrained the unreality has become.
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tomg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 11:51 AM
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32. Seeing them all at
once - honestly, I don't know what it does to me. In checking over the past few years of top 25 censored stories that have been archived there, I get the feeling that these are really far more malevolent and evil than those in the past. Anyone who can look at the top ten alone and not be convinced that we are into fascism is a damn fool.

Thanks for the list. I am teaching Christopher Isherwood's "Berlin Stories" this coming semester. Think I'll make this list required reading.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-29-07 08:40 AM
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34. Bookmarking
Great post. Thanks
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greendog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-29-07 10:17 AM
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35. .
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cynthia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-29-07 03:22 PM
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36. Important stories for all to read
thank you for posting this link
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Leo 9 Donating Member (560 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-29-07 05:42 PM
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37. It's 30 pages long.
I'll have to come back to print the rest.
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Leo 9 Donating Member (560 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-30-07 02:48 PM
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40. K
I've just 10 more pages left to print.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-30-07 02:08 AM
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38. Some of this stuff was even censored here at DU
Edited on Sun Dec-30-07 02:25 AM by NNN0LHI
I don't think it was/is? allowed to start a thread about how the media was misquoting the Iranian president here. I have seen plenty of them get locked up.

Don

# 24 Media Misquotes Threat From Irans President
Sources:
Global Research, January 20, 2007
Title: Wiped Off The MapThe Rumor of the Century
Author: Arash Norouzi

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=NOR20070120&articleId=4527

Information Clearing House, May 9, 2006
Title: Full Text: The President of Irans Letter To President Bush
Translated by Le Monde

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12984.htm

Student Researchers: Becky Bazell
Faculty Evaluator: Peter Phillips, Ph.D.

Across the world a media story has spread that Irans President Ahmadinejad has threatened to destroy Israel, by saying that, Israel must be wiped off the map. Contrary to general belief, this statement was actually a misinterpretation. However, it was the Islamic Republic News Service in Iran that first mistranslated the quote. Irans Foreign Minister attempted to clarify the statement, but the quote ended up having a life of its own in the corporate media.

Amid heated wrangling over Irans nuclear program and the threat of preemptive strikes by the US, the quote has been continually used to reinforce the idea that Iran is being run by extremists seeking the total destruction of Israel.

So what did Ahmadinejad actually say? To quote his exact words in Farsi:

Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad.

Rezhim-e is the word regime, pronounced just like the English word with an extra eh sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the landmass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad did not even refer to Israel by name, he instead used the specific phrase rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods (regime occupying Jerusalem).

A similar statement by Ahmadinejad in December 2006, As the Soviet Union disappeared, the Zionist regime will also vanish and humanity will be liberated, has also been misinterpreted.

In May of 2006 President Ahmadinejad published an open letter to President Bush clearly asking for peace and the mutual respect of human rights. He warns that Western media, through contrived and deceptive information, has intensified the climate of fear that leads to attacks on innocent peoples. The letter was not reported in the US news media. Ahmadinejad began the letter writing, Mr. George Bush, For some time now I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena. Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the great Messenger of God, Feel obliged to respect human rights, Present liberalism as a civilization model, Announce ones opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and WMDs, Make War on Terror his slogan, And finally, Work towards the establishment of a unified international communitya community which Christ and the virtuous of the Earth will one day govern, But at the same time, have countries attacked; The lives, reputations and possessions of people destroyed and on the slight chance of the of a criminals in a village city, or convoy for example the entire village, city or convey set ablaze.

Evaluator Comment

Ahmadinejad declared that Zionism is the Wests apparatus of political oppression against Muslims. He says the Zionist regime was imposed on the Islamic world as a strategic bridgehead to ensure domination of the region and its assets. This position is viewed as threatening to many in the West. While threats and counter-threats escalates tensions in the Persian Gulf, I believe it is important for the media to publish both sides of issues and be as accurate as possible by seeking to build understanding rather than fear and anger.
Peter Phillips

UPDATE BY Arash Norouzi

In May 2007, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution calling on the U.N. Security Council to charge Ahmadinejad with the crime of inciting genocide because of his calls for the destruction of the State of Israela violation of the U.N.s 1948 Genocide Conventionspecifically citing the false wiped off the map quote from October 2005. It also called for the U.N. to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, with the potential means to the end of carrying out President Mahmoud Ahmadinejads threats against Israel.

This misquote has become a key component of the push for war with Iran, a war that would make Iraq look like the cakewalk it was predicted to be. Attacking Iran would result in massive death and destruction, affect world oil supplies, provoke terrorism, could initiate the next World War, and might even include the use of nuclear weapons for the first time since WWII. In this heated atmosphere, an accurate narrative is essential in averting the next cataclysmic Mideast intervention. When President Bush emphasizes the importance of taking the words of Americas enemies seriously, that process begins with first determining just what exactly those words are.

Yet my article is about more than just clarifying a mistranslated statement. Its about the media, propaganda, plagiarism, language, false assumptions ...Functioning much like a puzzle, it engages readers by allowing them to deconstruct the quote and its meaning themselves. This self-verification process adds a compelling aspect in which credibility becomes largely obsolete. The articles punchline demonstrates undeniably that members of the mainstream media knowingly spread this rumor, and readers are challenged to check for themselves by comparing linked sources proving this claim.

The idea is not merely to contest a single misquote, but to also promote skepticism about all pre-war intelligence. If this quote is false, then its logical to assume that other accusations against Iran could be wrong toojust as they were with Iraq.

The overwhelming ubiquity of this misquote has deterred others from correcting what they probably view as a lost cause. Yet my article alone has been viewed by millions, translated into at least half a dozen languages, garnered radio interviews, inspired videos on YouTube, and become the subject of an entire article in The Bangkok Post. It got the attention of people at the BBC, Washington Post, IAEA, State Department, United Nations, and the Islamic Republic itself. Its been quoted by numerous journalists, authors and academics, in published letters to the editor, and on call-in TV shows such as on C-SPAN. The Associated Press has now begun citing the vanish from the page of time phrase, adding that independent analysts have refuted the map quote; and Dennis Kucinich was prepared to correct the rumor when asked about the subject on TV recently.

These are hopeful signals that underscore the importance of alternative voices in the media, and their potential effectiveness in influencing the discourse. If the first casualty of war is the truth, then its up to the truth tellerswhomever they may beto enlighten us.

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yewberry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-30-07 06:46 PM
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41. What a great project.
Thanks for the post.

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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-01-08 08:18 AM
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42. Bump for greater exposure n/t
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