Tales of Hoffman

I used to admire and respect Jim Hoffman, whose classic studies of the WTC demolitions were among the best of their time. Then he and his girlfriend Victronix appointed themselves the 9/11 Truth Thought Police and embarked on an ever-accelerating course of destructive criticism of some of the best 9/11 researchers and activists.

They protested a David Ray Griffin event in Oakland because Griffin (along with at least 90% of the truth movement) doesn’t support their claim that Flight 77 really did hit the Pentagon. They attacked Loose Change, 9/11 in Plane Site, and 9/11 Mysteries — the three best 9/11 truth videos of their time, which collectively brought this issue alive for tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of people. They started attacking me with an endless barrage of false and distorted accusations. Now, they’re at the core of the miniature lynch mob going after Pentagon investigators CIT.

Hoffman and Victronix have always refused requests for radio interviews and failed to return phone calls–a very bad sign, since sincere 9/11 truth advocates are always ready to talk out their differences. Nonetheless I hoped to meet Hoffman and Victronix during my recent West Coast speaking tour, and  set up a talk with the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance in part for that purpose. I invited them very politely with my umpteenth peace overture. They didn’t get back to me, and didn’t attend the meeting.

Instead, their fellow 9/11 Thought Police officer, Brian Good, barged into the meeting (of a group from which he had been banned long ago after sexually harassing a local activist) in a V-for-Vendetta mask and costume, looming over the meeting in rigid, menacing silence for the last hour or so of the event, in what he evidently thought was a protest of my visit. A couple of times he reached into his cape and made lunging motions as if he were reaching for his V-for-Vendetta knife to throw at me. When he finally took off the mask and glared at me, his eyes looked disturbingly like Charles Manson’s. (If you put Manson on a rack, stretched him out to about six foot four, and gave him a shave and a trim, you’d have a pretty good image of Brian Good.)

Good continued to stalk me, and Hoffman avoid me, for the rest of the tour. At my final talk, held in a private house in Sacramento, Good stood outside on the sidewalk in mask and costume from 6 pm to midnight, barking out angry remarks about me to passersby.

What in the world does the Hoffman-Victronix-Good clique think they’re doing with their empty, destructive attacks on fellow 9/11 truth-seekers? 

Anyway, here are my thoughts about Hoffman’s slideshow attacking CIT, originally composed as a long email to recent radio guest Ken Jenkins:

“Debunking CIT Debunking: An Answer to Jim Hoffman and Other Defenders of the South of Citgo Theory”

Tuesday 6/29: Gaza Flotilla Survivor Kenneth O’Keefe

Tuesday, June 29nd, 9-10 a.m. Pacific (noon-1 pm Eastern) on http://NoLiesRadio.org, to be archived here a few hours later…

Kenneth O’Keefe is one of the survivors of the Israeli attack on the humanitarian group sailing towards Gaza.

“I have for many years understood that we, people of conscience, are the true holders of power in this world. Frustratingly however we have largely relinquished that power and failed to reach our full potential. Our potential to create a better world, a just world. Nonetheless I have conspired with others of like mind to reveal and exercise our true power. In 2002 I initiated the TJP Human Shield Action to Iraq because I knew that the invasion of Iraq had been planned well in advance, that it was part of a ‘Global Spectrum Dominance’ agenda as laid out by the Project For A New American Century.” www.futurefastforward.com

Did 9/11 spur his transformation into one of the world’s most amazing activists — as it did for John “Economic Hit Man” Perkins? The PNAC “planned in advance” reference is certainly suggestive…

From Liz Allen:

Please do find time to watch the three videos of Ken’s interview by the BBC. Please note how the presenter deliberately tries to push Kenneth to accept what she wants him to say and admit that the humanitarian group were all terrorists and Israel had a right to self-defense.

In the following videos you can watch a BBC presenter going out of her way to justify the Israeli hasbara murderous narrative. She is no doubt the devil’s advocate but she fails. Sentence by sentence, Ken O’Keefe manages to teach her and us what kindness and humanity are all about.

To watch videos:

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/kenneth-okeefe-says-it-all-must-see-video.html

[[[ The three videos are also available at YouTube: (note: the ones posted here earlier were taken down, so here are new ones:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt168Ugfjg8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDEloXMmjJM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9seb8xHRSeQ

9/11 Investigator Craig Ranke, Wellstone Assassination Investigator Four Arrows on TJ Radio today!

Truth Jihad Radio Sat. 6/26/10, 5-7 pm Central, American Freedom Radio (archived here.) Call-in number: 512-879-3805.

First hour: Craig Ranke of Citizen Investigation Team (CIT), maker of the video National Security Alert. Last week’s guest Ken Jenkins raised questions about CIT’s 9/11 Pentagon investigation, so this week Craig Ranke will have a chance to respond.

Second hour: Last time he was on my show, fellow academic witch-hunt victim Four Arrows broke the news that Senator Barbara Boxer has called the assassination of her late colleague Paul Wellstone “a warning to us all.” Today we’ll continue the conversation about corruption, the Orwellian lockdown on academia and the media, and last but not least the immigration issue, specifically Arizona’s new anti-immigration and anti-ethnic-studies laws.

Cognitive Psychologist Slams Cass “Cognitive Diversity” Sunstein

I thought this bit of dialogue from the comments on Cognitively Infiltrating Cass Sunstein deserved its own blog entry.  My response to the psychologist draws on Shadia Drury’s reading of neocon cult founder Leo Strauss, as well as my own readings of Strauss. Speaking of which, I will be giving a talk entitled “”Islam, Neoconservatism, and the Unwarranted ‘War on Terror'” at the upcoming London symposium Debunking the War on Terror on July 14th. -KB

Anonymous says: I’m retired from a private practice in psychology. Not ‘psychotherapy’ but teaching Cognitive Psych. At points it sounds like somebody is using the word Cognitive in inappropriate ways. Is there really a professor who has written a book asking if one has “Cognitive Diversity”?? Hmmm….all sounds a little suspect to me. too much of this whole article is not ringing true for me. But then I’ve been wrong before. This story is for real?
May 9, 2010 12:51 PM

Kevin Barrett said…

My dear anonymous retired professor, I wish it WERE a joke. But unfortunately it is real. Cut and paste this link into your browser: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1084585
May 9, 2010 5:22 PM

Anonymous said…
Thanks for the link to the original paper. The term “cognitive diversity” only appears half-way through the paper, and then in the context of “beneficial cognitive diversity”. The question is, beneficial to whom, i.e. the classic “who benefits”. The answer provided is of course “the public” in being relieved of the cognitive dissonance-making distortions of those darned conspiracy theorist-nuts. It is hard to tell when the author is being satirical or when he is being patronizing, as in characterizing the Santa Claus myth held by children to be the result of a conspiracy by authorities (parents) and then seemingly straight-facedly applying that illustration to real conspiracy theorists. The author also arbitrarily concedes that some ‘conspiracy theories’ turn out to be true, but he has reasons for why that is, all about democratic open societies meaning that governments and other powerful entities can’t hide their malfeasance for long. He cites Karl Popper to support this view. Popper would roll over in his grave, as the United States in its current propaganda-soaked media-concentrated state would not qualify as a true open society. Popper towards the end of his life woke up to the corrosive possibilities of mass media, even in a putatively ‘open’ society, as expressed in his interview in an Italian paper called (from memory) Popper Contra Televisiono (in Italian). Even for someone who was scrupulously open-minded and non-partisan, the paper ought to be seen as an embarrassment to the reputation of Harvard, where Sunstein taught. Oh, on the issue of terminology, Sunstein is wont to use the term “epistemology” in a very un-philosophical manner, where he really means essentially “belief system”. Epistemology may entail beliefs about the appropriate stance to take in an inquiry, but it does not refer to the beliefs themselves, only the level of analysis that best explicates a thesis one is exploring. In other words, Sunstein is a glib idiot whose obfuscations are convenient for a compromised administration.
June 25, 2010 10:02 PM

Kevin Barrett said…

Neocons/Straussians speak with forked tongue. One tongue-tine speaks to the masses (in this case the academic masses, who are foolish enough to believe in the rule of reason), while the other speaks to the neocon/Straussian elite. Straussians like Sunstein have such a low opinion of the (academic) masses that they don’t expect to be called on the violations of reason and logic that appear in the first-level, superficial reading. Those violations of logic are both (a) the result of the imposition of the second-level, elitist reading, which contradicts the first-level reading, and (b) intentionally strewn about to confuse non-neocon readers and make them underestimate and thus overlook the neocon project: the overthrow of the Enlightenment and the establishment of an Orwellian dictatorship, in which the Party is invisible and made up of the neocons themselves. Let’s look at a key example from Sunstein’s paper: the Santa Claus analogy. If Sunstein really believed that the 9/11 “conspiracy theory” was false, would he use belief in Santa Claus as an example of a conspiracy theory? This example invites the careful, discerning reader (especially the reader who has read Strauss, who advocates precisely this kind of dissembling) to compare children who suspect that Santa Claus is an illusion foisted on them by their parents, to “conspiracy theorists” who believe that the official story of 9/11 is an illusion foisted on them by their government. This textual maneuver is not satirical, but it certainly is patronizing. Sunstein thinks non-Straussian readers are too stupid to realize that he is saying that both conspiracies are real, and both are benign. Parents deceive children about Santa Claus for their own good, and because humans are mythologizing creatures; likewise the neocon elite creates myths like 9/11 for the good of the nation (in this case mainly the nation of Israel, but that’s another story). Nobody who has read Strauss could fail to see Sunstein’s Santa Claus metaphor as a confession to involvement in the Straussian project of the creation and maintenance of the 9/11 myth.

Implausible Bangs vs. Absurd Fizzles: GWOT Attacks Too Big, Then Too Small

Terrorism is a military tactic. Conventional armies use it all the time. So so the ragtag bands of irregulars who oppose them.

Like all military tactics, terrorism is rational, deployed in carefully-calculated doses aimed at achieving the one overriding objective of all military effort: to get the other side to stop fighting.

The so-called Global War on Terror (GWOT) has been accompanied by a septic tidal wave of propaganda designed to obscure the simple facts stated above. We are told that that terrorists are irrational fanatics bent on destruction for its own sake. That, of course, is why we must pursue an equally irrational war of vengeance against them.

This propaganda is designed to obscure the central question about any terrorist attack (or any other military operation or activity): Who benefits, and how? Instead, we are told that terrorists are irrational, hateful maniacs, and taught to ask: Why do they hate us? As Thomas Pynchon said: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.

It should be obvious by now that anti-imperialist Islamists have derived no benefit from the series of terrorist attacks attributed to them over the past decade. On the contrary, it is their enemies — hard line U.S. imperialists and the state of Israel, not necessarily in that order — who have benefited.

Of the many ways in which GWOT terror attacks seem to work against anti-imperialist Islamists, the most noticeable is their scale. All terrorist groups know that terrorist incidents must be the right size — neither too big nor too small. If an attack is too big, it stimulates the enemy’s will to fight rather than sapping it; and if it is too small, it comes off as risible rather than frightening, like Spinal Tap’s miniature Stonehenge

The funny thing about the GWOT attacks — well, one of the funny things — is their off-the-scale off-the-scaleishness. The GWOT-launcher, 9/11, was, by non-state-terror standards, humongous. Compared to it, all previous non-state-terror events were miniature Stonehenges. It quickly became the biggest event in history in terms of its impact on human consciousness (and more importantly the unconscious) with the possible exception of the crucifixion. And unlike the crucifixion, 9/11 impacted the global consciousness/unconconsious in a matter of minutes, not centuries.

9/11 was also grotesquely large in the disproportion between the means used and the amount of physical destruction wreaked. Two planes, we are told, brought down three of the biggest skycrapers in the world, obliterating them in seconds. And those planes, we are told, were commandeered with mere box-cutters. The brilliance and supreme competence of those who could wreak such massive destruction with such modest means would be nonpareil, had they actually done so.

Along with being outlandishly brilliant in their ability to pull off such an operation, the 19 box-cutter-wielding Arabs would have been monumentally, historically, over-the-top stupid to have wanted to. While a wave of small-scale terror in the US might have sapped the American public’s will to continue running roughshod over the Middle East and paying for Zionist genocide, a gigantic, spectacular attack like 9/11 predictably had opposite consequences. Thus the Arab-Muslim perpetrators of 9/11, had there been any, would have been the most brilliant morons ever to walk the earth.

The years immediately after 9/11 witnessed a series of similar attacks in which the scale of destruction wildly exceeded the means of the alleged perpetrators, and the benefits accrued to the enemies of the alleged perpetrators.

In the 2002 Bali bombing, a mere car bomb supposedly blew up a hotel and killed over 200 people. Many features of the blast, including the five-foot-deep crater in the roadbed, looked like they had been caused by a micro-nuke. Indonesian spiritual leader Abu Bakr Bashir, among others, has stated that at least one of the explosions was a micro-nuke, and blamed US, Australian and Israeli intelligence agencies.

In Madrid and London, huge bombs blasted the metal train floors upward. How did the London bombers, supposedly carrying backpack bombs made out of drug-store peroxide, do that? Could bombs under the trains have been planted by professionals — members of the security services?

In Mumbai, the 2006 train bombing that killed 209 people, and the 2008 attacks that killed 173, consolidated the radical Hindu-Zionist alliance that is at war with Islam in the Indian subcontinent, and energized bellicose anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan policies. Who benefited from this grand-scale carnage

Here in the post-9/11 USA, we have been spared subsequent oversized terror attacks. Instead, we are now being subjected to a minature-Stonehenge wave of terror–ludicrous little fizzles like “underwear bombs” that can’t possibly blow up, propane tanks in Times Square that don’t go off, and so on. If these events were reported honestly and given (lack of) attention proportionate to their (un)importance, they wouldn’t even register as a blip on the radar screen of collective consciousness. Is the Zionist-dominated corporate media turning these minature Stonehenges into looming monuments of terror, in order to brainwash Americans into continuing the battle against Israel’s enemies?

The war on terror is a dressing room in which everything you try on is either a hundred sizes too big or a thousand sizes too small. Nothing fits, nothing makes sense, but we’re supposed to pretend everything is normal and the naked emperor is sporting fine apparel.

We’d better expose the phony “war on terror” before they decide to shelve the absurd little fizzles and return to implausibly big bangs.

Zionism debate continues with Professor Ira Chernus

Tuesday, June 22nd, 9-10 a.m. Pacific (noon-1 pm Eastern) on http://NoLiesRadio.org, to be archived here a few hours later…

Ira Chernus, University of Colorado – Boulder Religious Studies professor, author of many notable internet essays including The Israel Lobby’s Big Problem: People Aren’t Afraid to Criticize Israel Anymore.

Ira Chernus’s last appearance on Truth Jihad Radio included a few fairly heated exchanges between plain-speaking anti-Zionist me and pro-two-state-solution Ira. He later said I sounded like I was speaking in Fox News sound-bites (knowing, as he does, that I’m such a fan of Hannity and O’Reilly). I explained that since, unlike the Fox hosts, I give the guest (him) most of the air time, I had been responding telegraphically to his comments, but would be happy to to continue the conversation at a more leisurely pace, in a format where we both would have time to develop arguments and responses. So here we are! Last week’s great debate continues, with me in the role of Jeff Blankfort and Ira playing his former student Richard Curtis.

Protesters Bar 9/11 Suspect Zim from US Port!

MondoWeiss reports that nearly 1000 demonstrators turned out at 5 a.m. yesterday morning in Oakand to stop the Israeli freighter Zim Shenzhen from docking–and were successful when workers from Local 10 of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union refused to cross the picket line.

The Zim Shenzhen is owned by Zim Shipping Lines, which is 50% owned by the Israeli government. According to journalists Mike Ruppert and Christopher Bollyn, Zim broke its lease, and took a big financial hit, in order to move out of the 16th and 17th floors of the North Tower shortly before 9/11. This story is confirmed by the HistoryCommons.org timeline of mainstream media stories on Zim’s perfectly-timed move.

Zim wasn’t the only Israeli company that helped get Israeli nationals out of harm’s way right before 9/11. As Bollyn reported

At least two Israel-based employees of  (Israeli-owned) Odigo (Instant Messaging Service) received warnings of an imminent attack in New York City more than two hours before the first plane hit the WTC. Odigo had its U.S. headquarters two blocks from the WTC. The Odigo employees, however, did not pass the warning on to the authorities in New York City, a move that could have saved thousands of lives.
 
Odigo has a feature called People Finder that allows users to seek out and contact others based on certain demographics, such as Israeli nationality.
 
Two weeks after 9/11, Alex Diamandis, Odigo’s vice president, reportedly said, “It was possible that the attack warning was broadcast to other Odigo members, but the company has not received reports of other recipients of the message.”

Kudos to the demonstrators and longshoremen, who may or may not understand how important it is to keep Israeli goods — including a possible nuclear device to be used in the next big false-flag event — out of U.S. ports.

[Index of WhatReallyHappened.com Israel & 9/11 articles]

The Trial of Splitting-the-Sky: The YouTube Videos

Tony Hall, Professor of Globalization Studies at the University of Lethbridge, writes:

Hi Kevin.

Here’s an effort at a brief overview  with a point of entry to the 28 YouTubes we made in our Bush-STS-McKinney-Clark events. Put it to whatever use you so wish (or not). Thanks for being the number one media interpreter of our action. 


Ramsey Clark Comes To Calgary to Help in the Case of Splitting The Sky versus George W. Bush: An Introduction to a New Series of You Tubes

By Anthony J. Hall
Professor of Globalization Studies and
Co-Founder of Our Own CBC (Citizens’ Broadcasting Cooperative)

20 June, 2010

In these You Tubes, Our Own CBC presents the record of a major public event addressing the unaccountable lawlessness of the organized criminals who presently control the world’s dominant machinery of military and psychological warfare. There is a long history of imperial conquest behind the concentration in a single superpower of so much military power to kill, maim and intimidate— so much power to manipulate human perceptions through psychological warfare that demonizes and dehumanizes the real, imagined, or constructed enemies of American empire.

The continuing saga of imperial warfare is presently justified by a founding fable constructed to justify the anti-Arab, anti-Muslim aggressions of the 9/11 Wars. The importance of these fourteen You Tubes lies in the contemporary significance of the broad-ranging discussion they contain. It lies in the willingness of the speakers to address with eloquence the most pressing issues of war and peace, law and lawlessness, punishment and impunity, truth and deception.

The event features the contributions of Ramsey Clark, the former Attorney General of the United States under the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. At age 82 this legendary American jurist traveled (economy class) to Calgary in order to advocate for his old friend and client, Splitting The Sky. STS, or John Boncore as he was christened by his Italian father, is the Native activist and Attica Brother who attempted a citizen’s arrest of George W. Bush in Calgary. The former Attorney-General first represented John Boncore in an appeal of the conviction for what happened on the day that would change the life of the nineteen-year-old Italian-Indian forever. STS makes it absolutely clear that he would not be a free man today had not Ramsey Clark been able to push back the violent force of the incarcerating state. Because of the dogged persistence and integrity of Mr. Clark’s legal representation, the Mohawk activist was able to leave behind him 16 years in custody and move beyond the contested narrative concerning what did or did not happen at Attica Prison on that fateful day in 1971 when the institution’s inmates briefly took control of the jail.

In an important segment of the You Tubes Mr. Clark describes his understanding of the Attica prison debacle and the subsequent growth of the penal system in the United States. Today this lucrative penal empire incarcerates about 3,000,000 US citizens in a privatized complex of businesses that derives higher levels of profit from processes that criminalize Blacks and other minorities at disproportionately high rates.

The veteran of Attica, the Mohawk Warriors and the American Indian Movement attempted to dramatize the need to arrest the world’s most notorious credibly accused war criminal on March 17, 2009 when the former US president gave his first public address as a private citizen at the Telus Convention Centre in downtown Calgary. Rather than attempting to arrest the man who so obviously meets the criteria of criminality as spelled out even in Canada’s own Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act (2000), the Calgary Police Force chose to place the rule of political expediency above the rule of law. Rather than adhere to the Nuremberg Principles by enforcing Canadian law together with the universal jurisdiction of international law on the man who repeatedly sanctioned with his signature the vast and prolific war crimes of the Bush regime, local law enforcement officials chose to arrest and incarcerate STS for Obstructing Justice.

The trial of Splitting The Sky took place on March 8 and 9 of 2010. Where the Crown had four witnesses to press its case against STS, STS was denied his repeated request in open court to have Cynthia McKinney and I serve as witnesses in his defense. Just as the trial was being shut down in the Calgary Court House by Judge Manfed Delong, Cynthia McKinney was being detained by Immigration Officials at the Calgary Airport. When this long-serving Congresswoman for a constituency in Georgia was finally allowed to enter Canada, she spoke at the University of Calgary along with Splitting the Sky and I on a podium where together we addressed many fundamental issues of war and peace, life and death. In the process I introduced the citizens’ process that will lead to the articulation of the Calgary Principles for the Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity Through the Enforcement of Laws Prohibiting Aggressive Warfare.

(See Cynthia McKinney-STS series at:)

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzDuXTFOR8g

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emO-EuF3-9Y

Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMHiD8PWYzg

Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iga_3f1kiWU

Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L88fXyYtLMw

Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ9UxPSxtaA

Part 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y-_VFXS540

Part 8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yocqf0sTsW8

Part 9: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsXdA606DY8

Part 10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dAp4kk5RZ0

Part 11: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV3AnyxcWEo

Part 12: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYhwbwpjxQA

Part 13: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2h5nteKLvA

Part 14:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wUl_wUDSGY

The series of fourteen You Tubes with Ramsay Clark can be seen as a kind of sequel to the fourteen You Tubes with Cynthia McKinney. In the verdict handed down the day following Ramsey Clark’s address to the group at the University of Calgary, STS was found to be guilty as charged but eligible for a “conditional discharge.” STS can avoid a permanent criminal record on the condition that he report to a probation officer for one year and that he pay $1,000 to a charity of his choice. STS intends to seek permission from his probation officer to make the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth the recipient of his charitable donation ordered by Judge Delong. Ramsey Clark made legal history in Calgary when he spoke as a witness in the proceedings of the case that some have dubbed Splitting The Sky versus George W. Bush. In his address to the court Mr. Clark emphasized the importance of STS’s voice in the United States on social justice issues. He spoke of how he and STS have spoken together frequently on the same public podiums in the peace movement. Mr. Clark closed his presentation by indicating that he “loved” STS “like a son.”

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Anthony J. Hall is Professor of Globalization Studies at the University of Lethbridge. His new book, Earth into Property: Colonization, Decolonization, and Capitalism is to be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in September. Earth into Property is the second volume of The Bowl with One Spoon. Volume One of the Bowl project is entitled The American Empire and the Fourth World.

(See Ramsay Clark-STS series at:)

Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA3IP7N3XyY

Part2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRTaldLqZJA&annotation_id=annotation_493172&feature=iv

Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_hHFiUGcTU&annotation_id=annotation_65422&feature=iv

Part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2p5mI-s6Vw&annotation_id=annotation_684529&feature=iv

Part 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6aCYbhdEPI&annotation_id=annotation_114064&feature=iv

Part 6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWMQkRSeKhw&annotation_id=annotation_979179&feature=iv

Part 7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKHbZMvhBaE&annotation_id=annotation_515524&feature=iv

Part 8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PMDvo9tBJE&annotation_id=annotation_142742&feature=iv

Part 9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAv-tbVp4EI&annotation_id=annotation_282255&feature=iv

Part 10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gWAYqROOik&annotation_id=annotation_996469&feature=iv

Part 11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sLG_tVMhmY&feature=related

Part 12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2tm2PwG2ls

Part 13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXlMnv6Doas

Part 14
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2uAZMXpDlM&feature=related

Joshua Blakeney Interviews Ramsey Clark
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ylYDoDJwrs&feature=related

Doublespeak, Doublethink, Double-Standards: I Think I’m Seeing Double!

Noun  1.    doublespeak  – any language that pretends to communicate but actually does not; equivocation, evasion. 2. – a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth.     
–  online dictionary

Remember Catch 22‘s The Man Who Saw Everything Twice?

The leader of this team of doctors was a dignified,
solicitous gentleman who held one finger up directly
in front of Yossarian and demanded, 'How many
fingers do you see?'
'Two,' said Yossarian.
'How many fingers do you see now?' asked the doctor,
holding up two.
'Two,' said Yossarian.
'And how many now?' asked the doctor, holding up none.
'Two,' said Yossarian.
The doctor's face wreathed with a smile. 'By jove,
he's right,' he declared jubilantly. 'He does see
everything twice.'

The news stories these days are so full of doublespeak that if you hold one up in front of me, I see two. For example:

1)
June 15, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
US opposes ICC bid to make ‘aggression’ a crime under international law
The Obama administration has resisted efforts by the International Criminal Court to include ‘aggression’ as a crime, mainly because it could impact US military operations abroad.

2)
June 15, 2010
AntiChrist Science Monitor
Ted Bundy opposes proposal to make sex killing a crime under international law
Serial murderer Ted Bundy has resisted efforts by the International Criminal Court to include ‘sex murder’ as a crime, mainly because it could impact his love life.

Another example:

1)
Israel to investigate aid ship raid

Israel’s army has announced the creation of a team of high-ranking officials charged with examining and learning from the deadly May 31 operation against a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

2)
Manson family to investigate Tate-LaBianca raid
Charles Manson has announced the creation of a team of high-ranking Manson Family members charged with examining and learning from the deadly August 9th-10th 1969 operation against two Hollywood residences. Manson then thanked Athur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of the New York Times company, for appointing Manson’s nephew, Bernie Manson, to cover the story for America’s newspaper of record.  (Real-life version of this story)

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When the “unpleasant truth” being hidden is mass murder in which the media itself is complicit, I guess doublespeak is the only option.