Latest Barrett, Fetzer Perspectives.

by Jerry Alatalo

whitekeys4-1Veteranstoday.com editors Kevin Barrett and James Fetzer produce a weekly program titled “False Flag Weekly News”. In the March 26, 2015 edition they comment on some reports which are not regularly covered by mainstream corporate media organizations, bringing deeper understanding of current events like only former university professors can.

Mr. Barrett starts the show by announcing publication of his latest book: “We Are Not Charlie Hebdo” – containing essays which contradict or critique the official story/narrative of the recent attacks in France. He notes that the government in France is in the process of passing a law which makes conspiracy theories illegal, and, to the disappointment of Mr. Fetzer for not being included, Barrett’s being named by French officials as one of the top four North American conspiracy theorists – along with Michel Chossudovsky, Wayne Madsen and Webster Tarpley.

One of the many topics they cover focuses on the consequences for Israel-USA relations following Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress. As a result of the non-diplomatic, protocol-busting manner in which Netanyahu’s speech became arranged, the Obama administration has come out with public statements calling for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. After Netanyahu’s last-minute attempt to win votes before the recent election by stating directly he would never allow a Palestinian state as Prime Minister, the backlash from people around the Earth has been considerable and critical of Netanyahu.

Netanyahu’s pronouncement on his total rejection of the “two-state solution” has revealed the true intentions of Israelis who support and re-elected Netanyahu, and, despite the attempt to cover up the scandalous nature of his confession, now the entire world community knows precisely Netanyahu’s real agenda with regard to the Palestinians. Netanyahu, according to James Fetzer “the world’s greatest liar”, has been “unmasked”. For his part in directing “Operation Protective Edge”, the 50-day bombing campaign against Palestinians in Gaza killing 2,200, Netanyahu risked war crimes prosecution and proper punishment, and time will tell if Palestinians bring their justified legal case before the International Criminal Court.

Other topics discussed by Barrett and Fetzer include:

Proposed European Union sanctions against Israel

the deception surrounding the Islamic State (ISIS)

Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes on Yemen’s Houthis

Germans’ growing dissatisfaction with “media lies”

problems with the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

catastrophic radiation releases coming from potential Israel and/or U.S. attacks on Iran’s nuclear energy facilities

and more…

While threats to global peace remain present, recent events are becoming known by the world’s people in their true narrative forms, while throwing aside misinformation and propaganda. More and more people around the Earth are researching, analyzing, receiving and acting upon accurate information about important world events. Such accurate information is becoming widely disseminated in an increasingly more rapid and comprehensive manner, resulting in greater understanding about the real facts behind too-frequently-misreported globally important events.

As this positive, truth-fueled trend continues its inevitable gains in intensity, humanity’s hopes for better outcomes and living situations for the millions currently experiencing tremendous suffering come nearer to manifesting in reality. Keep the faith.

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(Thank you to noliesradio at YouTube)

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Ray McGovern’s Letter To Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus.

(Cross-posted from www.consortiumnews.com on February 13, 2015)

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A Pointed Letter to Gen. Petraeus

Exclusive: As retired Gen. and ex-CIA Director David Petraeus was about to speak in New York City last Oct. 30, someone decided to spare the “great man” from impertinent questions, so ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern was barred, arrested and brought to trial, prompting McGovern to ask some questions now in an open letter.

Dear Gen. David Petraeus,

As I prepare to appear in New York City Criminal Court on Wednesday facing charges of “criminal trespass” and “resisting arrest,” it struck me that we have something in common besides being former Army officers – and the fact that the charges against me resulted from my trying to attend a speech that you were giving, from which I was barred. As I understand it, you, too, may have to defend yourself in Court someday in the future.

You might call me a dreamer, but I’m not the only one who believes there may be some substance to reports last month that Justice Department prosecutors are pressing to indict you for mishandling classified information by giving it to Paula Broadwell, your mistress/biographer.

Gen. David Petraeus in a photo with his biographer/mistress Paula Broadwell. (U.S. government photo)

General David Petraeus in a photo with his biographer/mistress Paula Broadwell (U.S. government photo)

No doubt, whatever indiscretions were involved there seemed minor at the time, but unauthorized leaks of this sort — to casual acquaintances — were strongly discouraged in the Army in which I served five decades ago. Remember the old saying: “Loose lips sink ships.” There were also rules in the Universal Code of Military Justice for punishing a married soldier who took up with a mistress, an offense for which many a trooper spent time in the brig.

Yet, I don’t imagine there is much sweat on your brow regarding legal consequences for either offense. And you may be correct in assuming that, just as the Army looked the other way about the mistress indiscretion, our timorous Attorney General Eric Holder or his successor will likely do the same on any disclosure of classified information. Some influential members of Congress and various Washington talking heads have already opined that you have suffered enough.

Still, I find myself wondering if it does not bother you to be assigned to the comfortable, “don’t-look-back” compartment for excusing one class of violators, including CIA torturers and reckless investment bankers who were “too big (or well-connected) to jail.” I still want to hold out hope for even-handed, blind justice rather than give up completely on the system of justice in our country.

You may not be surprised to know that, try as I might to feel some empathy for you, Schadenfreude at your misfortune is winning out, since I am convinced that you had a lot to do with other far-more-serious offenses, including aiding and abetting illegal “aggressive war.” And, I suspect you also many have aided and abetted the circumstances that gave rise to the bizarre charges against me.

I refer, of course, to my violent arrest, causing pain of my fractured shoulder, and my jailing in The Tombs, simply because I wanted to hear you speak last fall at New York’s 92nd Street Y and possibly pose a question from the audience.

Why the Police Alert?

No doubt, your acolytes/adjutants have told you how, despite my ticket for admittance, I was denied entry, brutally arrested by the NYPD, handcuffed behind my back, jailed overnight and arraigned the following day. I’m still trying to figure it all out – including the enigma as to how it became known that I was coming.

“You’re not welcome here, Ray,” was the greeting I got from Y security as I came in the outer door. The NYPD was prepositioned and ready to pounce.

Were you, your entourage and the Y authorities afraid that during the Q & A I might ask an “impertinent” question of the kind I posed to your patron, promoter and protector, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, during a Q & A after he spoke in Atlanta six-plus years ago?

Speaking of Rumsfeld, you and I know him as your partner in some very serious crimes, relating to the illegal invasion of Iraq and the horrific violence that followed as well as the slaughter of so many innocent people in Afghanistan. For over a decade, I have closely observed your behavior and consider it nothing short of a media miracle that most Americans believe your worst sin to be that of adultery.

Since denial can be a very strong motivation, let me refresh your memory and remind you of the bad companions you fell in with. I am reminded of the egregious ways in which you did Rumsfeld’s bidding – winning promotions and richly undeserved fame by condoning the unspeakable – torture, for example.

Your third star came when you were dispatched to Iraq in June 2004, committed to carrying out Rumsfeld’s instructions to encourage Shia-on-Sunni torture and other human rights crimes. The all-too-predictable chickens are now coming home to roost from that unconscionably stupid attempt to defeat Sunni opponents of the U.S. occupation through such ignoble means – those chickens being what we now call ISIL or ISIS or simply the Islamic State.

What amazes me is that the Teflon is still clinging to you and Rumsfeld, given the bedlam in that entire area today. You’re not even held to account for the performance of the tens of thousands of the Iraqi troops that you crowed about having trained and equipped so well. They dropped their weapons and ran away early last year when the ragtag militants of ISIL attacked.

Back in April 2004 when the graphic photos of torture at Abu Ghraib in Iraq were revealed, Rumsfeld claimed he was shocked, even though the International Red Cross had been complaining about abuses there for more than a year before the revelations.

The Senate Armed Services Committee eventually concluded without dissent, in a major investigative report on Dec. 11, 2008, that Rumsfeld bore direct responsibility for the abuses committed by interrogators at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and other military prisons.

The Committee added that the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib “was not simply the result of a few soldiers acting on their own” but grew out of interrogation policies approved by Mr. Rumsfeld and other top officials, who “conveyed the message that physical pressures and degradation were appropriate treatment for detainees.”

Four years before the Senate report, in May 2004, Gen. Antonio Taguba came close to revealing precisely that, when he led the Pentagon’s first (and only honest) investigation of the abuses at Abu Ghraib. Rumsfeld promptly fired him. Yet, throughout all this scandal and mayhem, you were maneuvering your way up the high-command ladder without any indication that you were objecting to any of this.

Dangerous Orders

Mid-2004 was a significant watershed for torture in another way. Official messages given to WikiLeaks by Pvt. Chelsea (Bradley) Manning show that FRAGO (Fragmentary Order) 242 of June 2004 went into effect the month you arrived in Iraq to oversee its implementation.

The WikiLeaks documents indicate that you followed Rumsfeld’s order to encourage Shiite and Kurdish commandos to torture suspected Sunni militants. Examining those documents as well as your actions at the time, investigative reporter Gareth Porter saw that as the deeper significance of FRAGO 242 – significance somehow missed by your ardent admirers in the “mainstream media.”

Porter, too, believes it was part of the larger Rumsfeld/Petraeus strategy to exploit Shia sectarian hatred of Sunnis in order to suppress the Sunni attacks on U.S. forces. But that strategy had some very negative long-term consequences that we are still encountering.

It inflamed Sunni opposition to the U.S. and its puppet government in Baghdad, and gave rise to the massive sectarian warfare of 2006 in which tens of thousands of civilians – mainly Sunnis but many Shiites as well – were killed. The violence was so widespread that U.S. field generals, such as Generals John Abizaid and George Casey, and sensible experts on the region, such as former Secretary of State James Baker, urged a new strategy late that year, essentially minimizing the American footprint in Iraq.

Instead, President George W. Bush enlisted your help in doubling down on the U.S. military presence in 2007 with the so-called “surge,” lest he be forced to concede defeat in Iraq before leaving office. You agreed and sacrificed the lives of almost 1,000 more American troops to secure what one might call an “indecent interval” that let Bush get out of Dodge without an outright loss hung around his neck.

As the growth of ISIL/ISIS and the chaos in the area today have made clear, your famous “surge” did little more than achieve a temporary lull (after a lot more killing). It failed to achieve its most significant stated purpose – to create space for a political resolution of the Sunni-Shiite civil conflict. It did, however, have one very important benefit. The “surge” got you your fourth star.

On the issue of torture, it seems clear that the straight-arrow Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Peter Pace, did not get the memo for how to rationalize away these disgraceful crimes. For 18 months, he was apparently unaware of FRAGO 242, which became obvious when Pace and Rumsfeld gave widely different answers to a question at a Pentagon press conference on Nov. 29, 2005.

Gen. Peter Pace: It is absolutely the responsibility of every U.S. service member, if they see inhumane treatment being conducted, to intervene, to stop it.

Rumsfeld: But I don’t think you mean they have an obligation to physically stop it; it’s to report it.

Pace: If they are physically present when inhumane treatment is taking place, Sir, they have an obligation to try to stop it.

Needless to say, Pace did not get the usual second term as JCS Chairman.

Selective Prosecution

These grave crimes are the ones for which you should stand trial. Personally, I might even be inclined to give you a pass on your marital infidelity and possibly even on sharing classified information with your mistress, if so many true patriots weren’t being prosecuted and imprisoned for sharing evidence of U.S. government misconduct with the American people.

And there is one other sore point regarding your esteemed career. According to a Washington Post report by Joshua Partlow, datelined Kabul, Feb. 11, 2011, you shocked aides to then Afghan President Hamid Karzai when you suggested that Afghan parents had deliberately burned their own children in order to exaggerate claims of civilian casualties from U.S. military action in Konar Province.

Partlow quoted two of Karzai’s aides who met with you in a closed-door session at the presidential palace and found your remarks “deeply offensive.” They said you had dismissed allegations by Karzai’s office and the provincial governor that many civilians had been killed and that you claimed that residents of Konar had invented stories, or even injured their children, to pin the blame on U.S. forces as a ruse to end the operation.

“I was dizzy. My head was spinning,” said one participant, referring to Petraeus’s remarks. “This was shocking. Would any father do this to his children? This is really absurd.”

You declined comment at the time. So I will add my own assessment, borrowing a famous line from another dark chapter of American history: “Have you no sense of decency sir, at long lastHave you left no sense of decency?”

Yours truly,

Ray McGovern

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was an infantry/intelligence officer during the early Sixties, and then served as an analyst and Presidential briefer during a 27-year career with the CIA.

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Barrett And Fetzer Weekly News.

Posted on December 19, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Kevin Barrett and James Fetzer team up for a news program they call “False Flag Weekly News”. The issues they touch upon are wide-ranging, certainly heavy-duty, and oftentimes controversial. This week’s edition is no exception and surely produces questions and debate among viewers about current affairs stories that become analyzed far differently than in the mainstream corporate media.

The reason for sharing their programs is precisely to spark debate/discussion of the stories they cover – for the most part stories which are important for citizens’ awareness. Some will agree with Mr. Barrett and Mr. Fetzer, some will oppose their views, while others will end up non-committal and decide to conduct their own further research.

Men and women readers are welcome to add any facts or information which they believe has been omitted, correction(s) of any perceived incorrect statements, or simply sentiments of agreement or approval. These fellows have spent much time and effort on topics that most people would rather not research or talk about with friends and family for fear of negative reactions. Because most of the study and writing Mr. Barrett and Mr. Fetzer become involved in results in speaking truth to power, the risk of negative reactions includes those coming from people in much higher, more powerful positions than faced by most people who read their articles or listen to their analyses.

As speaking truth to power is an activity which in many instances places one in some personal risk and requires a certain amount of courage, anyone who does so earns respect for not remaining silent in the face of possible retribution, misplaced criticism, character misrepresentation, and unwarranted damage of one’s reputation. Thank you to Kevin Barrett, James Fetzer, and all men and women around the Earth who speak truth to power despite the possible negative personal consequences.

Some of the current events/articles Mr. Barrett and Mr. Fetzer speak to in this week’s discussion:

a piece by investigative journalist Wayne Madsen on the Sydney, Australia incident

the Pakistan Taliban school shootings

hackers of Sony Pictures over the comedy movie about North Korea – “The Interview”

the U.S. Senate CIA torture report

ISIS and Turkey’s involvement, a comment about ISIS by a pro-Israel conservative

Sandy Hook school massacre debate

the collapse of the Russian ruble

Dennis Kucinich’s Truthdig article about a Russian sanctions bill passed “unanimously” after everyone left the House of Representatives

another article by Wayne Madsen, this one on a secret plan for Israeli Jews migrating “back” to Ukraine

European Parliament recognition of Palestinian statehood

European Union court orders Hamas removed from terrorist blacklist

U.S.-Cuba establishing diplomatic relations after 50 years

questions about whether Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker really won the last election

unreported, continuing, extensive radiation damage from Fukushima

and more…

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Any extra analytical comments are encouraged and appreciated.

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(Thank you to noliesradio at YouTube)

Ukraine Media Narratives “Diametrically Opposed.”

Posted on September 4, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

MH17A large percentage of independent news groups/journalists continue being astonished by the unprecedented separation between Ukraine narratives. It seems to many people that the reporting on Ukraine by corporate mainstream media (MSM) and the alternative/internet news may as well be coming from different solar systems, as far apart are their descriptions of events. One of the commentators on this “Crosstalk”  describes the “diametrically opposed narratives” phenomenon, another as “beyond Orwellian”.

While Ukrainians stood in large numbers protesting in Kiev from November 2013 to February 2014 before President Viktor Yanukovych became ousted following a bloody coup, over 100 civilian protesters and police were shot down in sniper attacks. The protests in Ukraine received huge coverage on Western corporate news programs. During that time, similarly sized anti-austerity protests in Spain, Greece, and Italy received little or no Western media coverage.

U.S. Senator John McCain didn’t show up in Spain, Greece, or Italy to deliver any motivational speeches, and Victoria Nuland was nowhere to be found with bags of cookies and coffee for the men and women also seeking change – or to express her “solidarity”.

The MSM were reporting a Russian convey of trucks filled with humanitarian assistance for Eastern Ukrainians as a “Trojan horse”; some news groups calling the convoy an “invasion” of some sort. It’s interesting to count heads and see who has expressed any concern for displaced Ukrainians who’ve lost their homes, or are finding it difficult to get food, water, electricity and heating gas because infrastructure has become destroyed – while winter’s cold temperatures are certainly around the corner.

One of the commentators finds it “extraordinary” that U.S. and European media have embraced government propaganda with its “insidious effect” of becoming personalized in the minds of its recipients; influencing their perceptions of all later reporting. The “peak” of propaganda is seen with MH17, when pro-federalist Ukrainians in the East and Russia were nearly immediately blamed for the July shoot-down and 298 fatalities. The blame was intensely reported/repeated with no concrete evidence whatsoever.

The nations involved in investigating MH17 have signed a “non-disclosure” agreement, so if one decides any information about the investigation must not be made known to the public, that information will not be heard in any official announcements. The “Maidan Massacre” was never the subject of MSM reports, nor was the “Odessa Massacre”. The press no longer carries out independent investigations on events, and, in most instances, journalists/editors who question the “official story” become the victims of character assassination.

During the program Mr. Clark notes that, by only suggesting the possibility of Ukraine’s government in Kiev being involved in the destruction of MH17 in the days after, he became the target of attacks. This while never saying Ukraine was responsible for the downing. One of the other guests compares the recent media blitz of “Russian invasion” to 2003’s Bush/Blair accusations on Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction”.

What exactly are the world’s leaders focusing on; what are their top priorities?

Which world leaders are calling for urgent humanitarian efforts and aid to help desperate families in Ukraine, Gaza, Iraq, Syria, and other nations –  after wars unleashed on their homelands have destroyed so much? 

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(RT – YouTube)