Media Revolution

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Tony Blair knew that Iraq was no threat
WMD, LIES, AND SUICIDE: Don't Challange the Party Line: you'll lose your job or worse
A Brittish Government Official said government sexed-up it's case for war and became a lightning rod, "entangled in a savage struggle between two of the most powerful institutions in the land."

This is a story about a government scientist called Dr David Kelly. It is a story about the Government and the case for war against Iraq. It is a story about the media and accuracy. It is a story about sexing-up and spin and denials and half-truths and leaks. Most of all, it is a story about power. About how those who have it use it. And what those without it think about it.

[After intense pressure,] Kelly killed himself in a wood, cutting his left wrist after taking an overdose.

Friday, August 08, 2003

Blank Check Immunity For Big Oil In Iraq

Bush signed an executive order on May 22 which says that any lawsuits
regarding Iraqi petroleum products or the Development Fund for Iraq will
be null and void.

He declared a national emergency to justify it.

Two articles and one press release on this:

1. Operation Oil Immunity --Sustainable Energy & Economy Network of the Institute for Policy Studies. Some background on the Development Fund for Iraq.

2. Outrageous Bush Executive Order on Iraq Oil Must Be Investigated --EarthRights Int'l

3. Groups Demand Repeal of Bush Immunity for U.S. Oil Companies in Iraq --Press Release from Sustainable Energy & Economy Network
WASHINGTON - Representatives of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and
Government Accountability Project (GAP) today urged Congress to
investigate - and repeal - an executive order signed by President George
W. Bush that gives sweeping powers to U.S. oil companies operating in

The two public interest organizations charged that President Bush far
overreached a May 22, 2003, United Nations resolution that was designed to
protect Iraqi oil revenues for humanitarian purposes when he signed an
executive order that could place U.S. corporations above the law for any
activities "related to" Iraqi oil, either in Iraq or domestically. Bush
signed Executive Order 13303 the same day that the UN Security Council
unanimously adopted Resolution 1483, which sets up a development fund,
from Iraqi oil revenues, for "humanitarian purposes."

"This order reveals the true motivation for the present occupation:
absolute power for U.S. corporate interests over Iraqi oil," said IPS
Senior Researcher Jim Vallette. "This is the smoking gun that proves the
Bush administration always intended to free corporate investments, not the
Iraqi people."

"In terms of legal liability, the Executive Order cancels the concept of
corporate accountability and abandons the rule of law," charged Tom
Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project. "It is a
blank check for corporate anarchy, potentially robbing Iraqis of both
their rights and their resources."

OH,                MY,              GOD

George aWol Bush action ficture.

Sunday, August 03, 2003

I've been on vacation in Alaska.
Here are a few tidbits:

CONFIRMED: US anti-war activists on special airport security list

A guy was visited by the FBI for reading "subversive" material in a bookstore.
The "subversive material" was an article critical of Fox News, available here. The author of this article responds to this ridiculousness here.

Spectre of Big Brother in the UK: Mandatory GPS units on all cars?