Assange: Nailed To The Cross.

by Jerry Alatalo

or telling the world’s people about war crimes of which humanity was up until then unaware, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are now both in prison. Most are familiar with the criminality after watching the nightmarish video of an incident during the Iraq War which Manning transferred to WikiLeaks, where U.S. military personnel rained death upon innocent people on the ground from helicopters, including children, and reporters covering the conflict.

In an interview broadcast on RT (Russia Today – No U.S./western corporate media would agree to publish) since seen by millions, Assange told interviewer John Pilger that DNC/Podesta emails proving Hillary Clinton, the Obama administration and U.S. establishment KNEW of Saudi Arabia and Qatar’s financing of mercenary terrorist army ISIS were, ultimately, “…the most significant email in the whole collection.”

After praising WikiLeaks literally hundreds of times during the 2016 presidential election, including “I LOVE WikiLeaks!” to large crowds of supporters, Donald Trump’s total flip-flop on the website after Assange’s arrest on April 11, 2019 – “It’s not my thing…” –  might have people asking serious questions and demanding serious answers.

In typical, morally-repulsive Hillary “We came, we saw, he died!” Clinton style, the wife of former President Bill Clinton joked about the extremely serious situation, while (predictably) not being asked by reporters for a (1st time) credible explanation (there is none) on the earlier mentioned ISIS, state-sponsored terrorism email bombshells published to WikiLeaks.

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are avoiding – completely – the deadly serious issues related to WikiLeaks posts over the years since the website’s inception.

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Perhaps men and women around the Earth passing this way will find inspiration from words spoken by voices in the past … for powerful action manifesting total freedom for truth heroes Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. Peace…

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“A religion that requires persecution to sustain it is of the devil’s propagation.”

-HOSEA BALLOU (1771-1852) American theologian

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“The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run uphill, to twist a rope of sand … A mob is a society of bodies voluntarily bereaving themselves of reason … The martyr cannot be dishonored … every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the Earth from side to side.”

-RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803-1882) American poet, minister, philosopher

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“Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it.”

-HOWARD MUMFORD JONES (1892-1980) American writer

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“No one tenet that either London, England or the world doth harbor is so heretical, blasphemous, seditious and dangerous to the corporal, to the spiritual, to the present, to the eternal good of all men, as the bloody tenet (however washed and whited) I say, – as is the bloody tenet of persecution for the cause of conscience.”

-ROGER WILLIAMS (1603-1683) Founder of Rhode Island

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“Marx called religion the opium of the people. Whether it wants to or not, the Church consolidates and establishes injustice. It helps men to forget their ills instead of curing them. Obsessed with the hereafter, the believer is indifferent to temporal things.”

“The Christian opium makes the people passive; the Communist opium incites them to revolt.”

-RAYMOND ARON (1905-1983) French political philosopher, journalist

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“The strictest justice is sometimes the greatest injustice.”

-TERENCE (190-159 B.C.) Latin playwright

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“Why does it [government] not cherish its wise minority? Why does it cry and resist before it is hurt? Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them? Why does it always crucify Christ, and excommunicate Copernicus and Luther, and pronounce Washington and Franklin rebels?”

-HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817-1862) American writer

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“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you do injustices.

In the midst of all the doubts which we have discussed for 4,000 years in 4,000 ways, the safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear of death.”

-VOLTAIRE (1694-1778) French philosopher

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“For whatever deserves to exist deserves also to be known, for knowledge is the image of existence; and things mean and splendid exist alike.”

-FRANCIS BACON (1561-1626) English essayist, philosopher

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“To limit the press is to insult the nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.”

– CLAUD-ADRIAN HELVETIUS (1715-1771) French philosopher

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“Speak then the truth, and the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

-BEN JONSON (1573-1637) English actor, poet

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“If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”

-JOHN STUART MILL ((1806-1873) English political economist, philosopher

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“A man must have a right to do a thing before he can have a duty; this right must permit before his duty can enjoin him to any act. Any law is bad which attempts to make it criminal to do what the plain dictates within the breast of every man tell him that he ought to do.”

-PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY (1792-1822) English poet

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“I will not do that which my conscience tells me is wrong to gain the huzzahs of thousands, or the daily praise of all the papers which come from the press; I will not avoid doing what I think is right, though it should draw on me the whole artillery that falsehood and malice can invent, or the credulity a deluded population can swallow.”

-WILLIAM MURRAY, 1st EARL OF MANSFIELD (1704-1793) Lord Chief Justice of England

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“Peace is only possible if men cease to place their happiness in the possession of things ‘which cannot be shared’, and if they raise themselves to a point where they adopt an abstract principle superior to their egotisms. In other words, it can only be obtained by a betterment of human morality.”

-JULIEN BENDA (1867-1956) French philosopher, psychologist

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“They create a desolation and call it peace.”

-CALCAGUS (c. 85 A.D.) Caledonian tribal chief

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“War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.”

-NORMAN COUSINS (1912-1990) American editor, writer

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“Men will reject and kill their prophets, but men love their martyrs and honor those whom they have done to death.”

-FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKI (1821-1881) Russian novelist

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“If Christ should appear on Earth he would on all hands be denounced as a mistaken, misguided man, insane and crazed.”

-THOREAU

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#FreeAssange.

 

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Latest Middle East ‘Disinformation, Propaganda, Fake News’…

By Jerry Alatalo

World Map1Alphabet After hitting the “publish” button on over 970 posts on this blog, it seemed remarkable to consider how many of those posts likely match the criteria described in the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” – recently passed after being inserted into the over-$600 billion 2017 U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Many journalists and writers – especially those associated with the near-200 organizations defamed by the Washington Post recently – believe the new, truly Orwellian law establishing a real-life “Ministry of Truth” has been given the wrong name; many feel the better term would be the “Countering Truth Act”.

Given retired economics Professor Rodney Shakespeare’s passion and outspokenness during a short interview on Iran’s Press TV on the bitter and scandalous reality in the Middle East, it might be safe to say Mr. Shakespeare feels the same disdain toward censorship laws now being enacted in both the U.S. and Europe. Perhaps those who view Mr. Shakespeare’s energetic effort to convey his version of the truth would do well to see his example as something to emulate, or use as a personal action template, going forward into 2017.

It may also serve some benefit for those who listen to Mr. Shakespeare’s talk to compare the size of consequences to human lives his words convey to that of Hillary Clinton in her recent “fake news”/Harry Reid-retirement public address, where she made a pathetic attempt to connect a lone armed man’s walking into a pizza restaurant (and where nobody was hit by bullets or severely injured) to the need for media censorship legislation – “soon” – to combat so-called “fake news”.

“…especially those who serve in our Congress. The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year – it’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences. This isn’t about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, to contribute to their communities. It’s a danger that must be addressed, and addressed quickly. Bipartisan legislation is making its way through Congress to boost the government’s response to foreign propaganda (emphasis added), and Silicon Valley is starting to grapple with the challenge and threat of fake news. It’s imperative that leaders in both the private and public sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives.”

Hillary Clinton made a major error in logic by trying to equate domestic (possibly) criminal affairs in Podesta emails to foreign propaganda. Ms. Clinton and her friends the Podesta brothers apparently didn’t find it necessary to respond publicly to WikiLeaks emails suggesting potential acts of pedophilia, even though they all knew for certain the scandalous story – whether describing real criminal actions or not – had become mega-viral around the Earth on the internet.

Should anyone find it surprising that one of the millions of people who’d become aware of the emails, explosive publicity and reports about the pizza restaurant (along with media, Clinton, and Podesta silence) would end up going to the actual scene? As far as reports thus far have seemed to gather, neither Hillary Clinton or the Podesta brothers have responded to the implications of criminal child sexual abuse in WikiLeaks emails many have expressed concerns about.

Responsible leaders would have immediately clarified the matter(s) which were clearly causing confusion and concern among the citizenry of the nation, precisely to minimize to the greatest extent possible any possibility of violent actions taken by persons who were vulnerable to “fake news”. Clinton and the Podesta brothers chose, instead of clarifying the matter, to remain silent.

The lone armed man who walked into the pizza shop – and who Hillary Clinton used to warn the American people about the “dangers of fake news” – didn’t shoot anyone. In his talk about the Middle East on Press TV, Rodney Shakespeare refers to hundreds of thousands killed in Syria over the past six years, along with millions who’ve become refugees. For any man or woman paying attention, it is clear that Mr. Shakespeare is speaking the truth – and by comparison Hillary Clinton is the morally bankrupt purveyor of “fake news”.

(Thank you to PressTV News Videos at YouTube)

Danny Schechter (1942-2015)

by Jerry Alatalo

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Alphabet Danny Schechter died at the age of 72 on Thursday March 19, 2015. He had pancreatic cancer. He was a good and decent man.

Danny Schechter was a writer, author and documentarian whose greatest contribution could have been the communications work/actions he carried out which played a significant role in exposing to the world, then ending, South Africa’s apartheid system. For those increasing numbers of men and women around the world wishing to end the apartheid system in Israel with its decades-long oppression of Palestinians – a situation which according to Bishop Desmond Tutu is many times worse than in South Africa shortly before apartheid ended there – there are great lessons to learn from Danny Schechter.

Mr. Schechter and his fellow anti-apartheid friends helped produce the news program “South Africa Now”, which went on to become broadcasted on over 150 PBS stations in America and seen in some 40 nations around the world. The news program should rightly be remembered as a decisive factor in educating the world’s people about what was really occurring in South Africa, igniting a worldwide awareness and activism, leading to enough pressure on both supporters of apartheid from America and other nations, the South Africa apartheid regime itself, and then the eventual dismantling of the racist system.

Danny Schechter had inside understanding of mainstream corporate media after working in that industry. He spent a short time working on ABC’s “20-20” where he won two Emmys, and at CNN during that network’s beginnings. He left the corporate media industry and went on to write articles and books, as well as produce a number of highly acclaimed documentaries.

The memory which stands out most for this writer about Danny Schechter was his friendly, likeable demeanor. He must have been a lot of fun to spend time with, aside from his admirable, honorable, truthful writing and filmmaking. It wouldn’t be surprising to learn that the first person greeting him in the afterlife, seeing the good difference Danny Schechter’s efforts made to the lives of the people of South Africa, was Nelson Mandela. Their shared joy upon meeting on the “other side” can only have been immeasurable.

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From The Progressive Radio Network website prn.fm:

Danny Schechter, host of The News Dissector, passed away March 19th, 2015. We will continue honor his legacy, by broadcasting best of performances of his show at it’s regularly scheduled time.

Danny Schechter is a journalist, author, television producer and independent filmmaker who also writes and speaks about economic and media issues. He is the executive editor of MediaChannel.org, the world’s largest online media issues online network, and recipient of many awards including the Society of Professional Journalists‘ 2001 Award for Excellence in Documentary Journalism. His latest films are “Barack Obama, People’s President (2009), an examination of how Obama won and “IN DEBT WE TRUST:” America Before The Bubble Bursts,” (2007) an investigation of the impact of credit and debt on American society. The film was one of the first to expose subprime lending and warn of an economic crisis. He was a Director on “Viva Madiba,” a feature-length biopic tribute to Nelson Mandela on his 90th Birthday. (2008).

He is the author of ten books including Plunder: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books, 2008); Squeezed: America As the Bubble Bursts (ColdType, 2007); “The Death of the Media” (Melville Press); When News Lies: Media Complicity and the Iraq War (Select Books); “Embedded: Weapons of Mass Deception: How the Media Failed to Cover the Iraq War” (Prometheus Books, October 2003); “Media Wars: News At A Time of Terror (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); “The More You Watch, The Less You Know” (Seven Stories Press) and “News Dissector: Passions, Pieces and Polemics” (Akashic) Books and Electron Press).

Schechter is co-founder and executive producer of Globalvision, a New York-based television and film production company now in its 21st year. He founded and exec-produced the TV series “South Africa Now” and co-produced the series “Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television. He has specialized in investigative reporting and producing programming about the interface between human rights, journalism, popular music and society. His career began as the “News Dissector” at Boston’s leading rock station, WBCN. Later, he moved into television as an on-camera reporter for WGBH (Channel 2) in Boston and then as a producer for WLVI (Channel 56) and WCVB (Channel 5)Schechter then joined the start-up team of CNN and later became a producer for ABC NEWS 20/20. He produced 50 segments for ABC NEWS and won two national Emmys and was nominated or two others.

He has produced and directed many TV specials and documentary films, including WMD (Weapons of Mass Deception) on the media coverage of the Iraq War; “Counting on Democracy” about the electoral fiasco in Florida narrated by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee; the post 9-11 film We Are Family” (2002) shown at the Sundance Film Festival; “Nkosi: A Voice of Africa’s AIDS Orphans” (2001) narrated by Danny Glover; “A Hero for All: Nelson Mandela’s Farewell” (l999); “Beyond Life: Timothy Leary Lives” (1997); “Sowing Seeds/Reaping Peace: The World of Seeds of Peace” (1996); “Prisoners of Hope: Reunion on Robben Island” (1995, co-directed by Barbara Kopple); “Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days that Changed South Africa” (1994), narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard; “Sarajevo Ground Zero” (1993); “The Living Canvas” (1992), narrated by Billy Dee Williams; “Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy” (1992, co-directed by Marc Levin and Barbara Kopple); “Give Peace a Chance” (1991); “Mandela in America” (1990); “The Making of Sun City” (1987); and “Student Power” (1968).

He has spoken at scores of universities—from Harvard to Hamline, from Minnesota to MIT, NYU to Georgia States, Santa Monica to the University of Hawaii, Princeton to Cornell.

A Cornell University graduate, he received his Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and an honorary doctorate from Fitchburg College. He was a Neiman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard, where he also taught in 1969. After college, he was a full time civil rights worker and then communications director of the Northern Student Movement, and worked as a community organizer in a Saul Alinsky-style War on Poverty program. Then, moving from the streets to the suites, Schechter served as an assistant to the Mayor of Detroit in 1966 on a Ford Foundation grant.

Schechter has reported from 61 countries. He was an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and taught investigative reporting at the New School. Schechter’s writing has appeared in leading newspapers and magazines including the The Nation, Newsday, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Media Studies Journal, Detroit Free Press, Village Voice, Tikkun, Z, and many others.

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To listen to past editions of Danny Schechter’s radio talk show , please visit: http://thenewsdissector.podbean.com/

(Thank you to democracynow at YouTube)

NSA Spying Is ‘No Big Deal’… Right?

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Posted January 2, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

“Everything secret degenerates; nothing is safe that does not bear discussion and publicity”.

– Lord Acton (1834-1902)

People sometimes use the phrase “that’s more information than I needed”. In a recent talk given by Jacob Applebaum, his information steers people toward having to decide whether it is more than they needed – or important to become aware of. In my disheveled pile of papers with notes containing names and issues to look into, Mr. Applebaum’s name had been written, so here we went looking into what he has to say.

Let me first say that his talk has information and language which can only be translated by men and women who have a great knowledge of computer science, and that my knowledge is limited to a few computer courses taken years ago, albeit that experience lends a certain amount of insight into his messages. After listening to his extremely fact-filled presentation, it seemed only logical to share his views with as many people as possible. Mr. Applebaum’s talk is very disturbing.

After Edward Snowden took the actions in 2013 which made him a household name, many people have come to the view that “This doesn’t have anything to do with me, I haven’t done or said or written anything wrong. They are trying to catch terrorists, and that’s a good thing – to protect people from attacks”. Where my concern about Mr. Applebaum’s revelations naturally focused was the effects of government secret activities on the effectiveness of investigative journalism.

In the view of many men and women investigative journalists are at the frontlines of human evolution, in that men and women around the world are reporting the truth of conditions and situations which directly affect the lives of millions – billions – of human beings. In a real sense investigative journalists represent humanity as its de facto army of scouts and go-between of the people and powerful interests – interests who in certain instances practice tyrannical acts.

A tyrant is defined as an oppressive, unjust, or absolute ruler. Tyranny is despotic abuse of authority, and/or a state ruled by tyrant(s). A recent example of just how important investigative journalism has become is the reporting on events surrounding the August 2013 chemical attacks in Syria, just outside Damascus. As a result of efforts taken by journalists, namely reporting on who was responsible for the attacks – the Syrian government or rebel mercenary groups, it could be asserted that truth-seeking reporters were largely responsible for stopping a potentially devastating military escalation of violence and killing.

For this single reason, that men and women investigative journalists literally prevented a possibly tragic event which would have greatly harmed millions of innocent people, humanity must do everything possible to allow these men and women reporters to do their work. In 2013  there were 70 some reporters confirmed to have died while working in the field. Only God knows how many may have died as a result of spying, where information illegally obtained from phones, computers, etc. placed individuals in the category of “enemy” to one or the other “side”.

For journalists, at least those who practice real journalism – unbiased and only seeking the truth – there is no “side” for taking. These men and women are serving to uncover facts which expose both good and bad truths, intentionally or not in the awareness of the citizenry, for sharing it so that a more thorough knowledge is available in decision-making processes. Because of the risk associated with secret surveillance, where journalists are having their computers, information, and sources compromised, activities undertaken by NSA and similar organizations around the world hold the possibility of blocking important truths from reaching citizens in nations around the Earth.

As Mr. Applebaum views the current situation, there is a real “digital form of tyranny” taking place. He speaks about how, if he were to take actions similar to governments with regard to spying and surveillance, he would be facing a very long prison sentence. Besides “digital tyranny” he describes the present situation as “militarization of the internet”, done with taxpayer money and without the consent of the people, and without the awareness of members of the U.S. Congress.

More disturbing is that most members of Congress would not understand how vast is the spying issue – and the technology utilized – even when told of the activities. He conveys that the NSA has more power than any institution, nation, group, or individual, and that this power holds the potential for actions not in the best interests of the people – not only in the USA but nations around the Earth. Investigative journalists, honest politicians and business people, non-governmental organizations, and the rising number of citizen reporters all have reason for great concern.

In other words, all men and women around the world who do work to expose political and financial corruption, war crimes and crimes against humanity, tax havens and tax avoidance schemes, major reforms of monetary systems, labeling and banning of GMO foods, environmental pollution, etc. are potential victims of government interference in their efforts. In essence, continuation of secretive, technologically complex, out-of-view actions can derail progress and positive steps forward on the human evolutionary path.

Toward the end of this talk, Mr. Applebaum goes into an even more worrying topic – equipment which includes something called a “continuous wave generator” – suggesting the ability to aim 1 kilowatt of energy into persons at their computers. Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, who died in his late fifties recently of a rapidly metastisized cancer, was a South American leader who survived a coup attempt and was an outspoken critic of United States foreign policy – while Venezuela has some of the world’s largest oil reserves. Keep in mind that a few years ago religious televangelist Pat Robertson openly called for Hugo Chavez’ assassination. Keep in mind as well that a number of South American national leaders have been stricken by cancer in recent years.

Keep in mind that the USA has been behind the overthrows of democratically elected governments during the years after World War II. Some of these coups and assassinations include Mossadegh of Iran, Allende of Chile, Arbenz of Guatemala, Lumumba of Congo, United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, President John F. Kennedy, and others. Some will call this line of thought delving into “conspiracy theory”.

In many cases conspiracy was actually practiced. Not in “theory”, put in practice. The reason I post this talk by Mr. Applebaum is to help stop any possible conspiracy to silence factual reports from investigative journalists, and in the process speed dissemination of truth to all people on Earth.

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Perhaps there will be more men and woman touched by this post who decide to come forward and share information previously hidden from view. Information which makes possible actions based on the total truth – resulting in improvements in the lives of human beings on Earth – in ways impossible without revelations of the previously unknown.

(Thanks to Aiden Ljubuncic @ YouTube)