[APR-news] Alternative Press Review - January 25, 2005

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January 25, 2005

Torture, American Style

The Ten Worst Corporations of 2004

On Civil Liberties Myopia: It's a God Awful Affair
by Joshua Frank and Merlin Chowkwanyun

So when did the assault on Americans' civil liberties get jumpstarted? The
current liberal establishment seems to deem 9/11 the chief catalyst. Many of
the most loathsome specimens within the haughty club imply that drastic
incursions on Americans' civil liberties only began after 9/11, while the
Clinton Administration represented a civil liberties paradise. Take John
Kerry, partisan drone, and stand-up comedian Margaret Cho, who at a
MoveOn.org benefit railed: "I mean, I'm afraid of terrorism, but I'm more
afraid of the Patriot Act," even though her candidate of choice not only
voted for the legislation but authored many of its components.

Freedom means knowing how big your cage is
by William Blum

On January 20, 1969, during the inaugural parade for Richard Nixon, I stood
in a crowd of onlookers on Pennsylvania Avenue and when Nixon's limousine
passed by I threw an apple at the car. It bounced off the car behind the one
carrying Tricky Dick (who now seems like a liberal compared to the likes of
George W., Bill Clinton and John Kerry; seriously). No law enforcement
authority rushed into the crowd looking for the perpetrator. Imagine if I
had repeated my act at today's inauguration. Everyone within a ten-foot
radius of me would be thrown to the ground, handcuffed, if not hogtied, and
hauled away to some local version of Guantanamo as a helicopter hovered just

State of Hopelessness
by James Howard Kunstler

When I'm in Florida, I see a living arrangement that is not going to survive
even the first decade of the 21st century. I see a people so psychotically
in thrall to easy motoring that they have zero chance of carrying on without
it. I see an armature for daily life that will become dangerously useless,
stranding and isolating hundreds of thousands of people who thought they
were merely insulating themselves from trouble.

Strategic Support Branch: Rumsfeld's Own Personal CIA
by Kurt Nimmo

One day the Pentagon vehemently denies it is covertly operating inside
Iran-or at least disputes particular details, as outlined recently by
Seymour Hersh-and the next day Pentagon officials describe a new
organization, the Strategic Support Branch (SSB), designed "to operate
without detection and under the defense secretary's direct control," deploy
"small teams of case officers, linguists, interrogators and technical
specialists alongside newly empowered special operations forces," and
essentially replace "the CIA's Directorate of Operations," according to the
Washington Post.

A Toast to Our Free Press
By Mark Hand

One of the Washington Post's primary roles is to apply a veneer of
legitimacy to the edicts that ring from the halls of the imperial capital.
As expected, the Post provided fawning coverage of the coronation of George
W. Bush for a second term in office. The thousands of people who crowded the
streets of Washington in opposition to the governing regime were portrayed
as nuisances and irritants to the official festivities. The Post delved only
superficially into the reasons why so many people oppose the U.S. 
imperial and murderous policies. The newspaper framed its coverage of the
opposition through the lens of the ruling elite in Washington and their
blind followers, who often were quoted as complaining about how they were
prevented by "the protesters" from enjoying the inaugural celebrations.

"Piss on pity" -- Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar" snuff film
By Mickey Z.

It will likely come as a bit of shock to those unfamiliar with the
disability rights movement, but not every disabled person would rather be
dead (or even non-disabled). Dead people, you see, can't fight the power and
raise hell. Thanks to activists from Lizzie Jennings to Rosa Parks,
African-Americans can not only get on the bus, they can sit anywhere they
damn please. "Folks with disabilities," says Lucy Gwin, founder and editor
of Mouth Magazine, "still can't get on the bus."

Other articles of interest

Noam Chomsky: 'Controlling the oil in Iraq puts America in a strong position
to exert influence on the world'
David McNeill, The Independent

>From the Vietnam War, which he argued was fought to halt the spread of
independent nationalism, not communism, to the twin tower attacks, which he
said were rooted in the "fury and despair" caused by US policies, and his
famous charge that every post-war American president would have been hanged
under the Nuremberg Laws, Chomsky has been the acid in the belly of the US
beast, using what Arundhati Roy calls his "anarchist's instinctive mistrust
of power" to eat at its swaggering self-assurance.

For the record: "U.S. declares Iraqis can not save their own seeds"
Imad Khadduri, abutamam.blogspot.com

"As part of sweeping "economic restructuring" implemented by the Bush
Administration in Iraq, Iraqi farmers will no longer be permitted to save
their seeds, which include seeds the Iraqis themselves have developed over
hundreds of years. Instead, they will be forced to buy seeds from US
corporations. That is because in recent years, transnational corporations
have patented and now own many seed varieties originated or developed by
indigenous peoples. In a short time, Iraq will be living under the new
American credo: Pay Monsanto, or starve.

A Nuremberg Lesson Torture Scandal Began Far Above 'Rotten Apples'
Scott Horton, Los Angeles Times

"This so-called ill treatment and torture in detention centers, stories of
which were spread everywhere among the people, and later by the prisoners
who were freed ... were not, as some assumed, inflicted methodically, but
were excesses committed by individual prison guards, their deputies, and men
who laid violent hands on the detainees." Most people who hear this quote
today assume it was uttered by a senior officer of the Bush administration.
Instead, it comes from one of history's greatest mass murderers, Rudolf
Hoess, the SS commandant at Auschwitz.

One man has stopped killing; hope for more to do the same
Monica Benderman, Online Journal

One more person has stopped, and his reward? To be treated as a coward, to
be called insane, to be judged as stressed, to be held up as immoral and as
a failure for not following through on his duty to the men he served with.
One man has stopped killing. One man has chosen to find a path other than
war. One man has taken the right road, the only road that leads to sanity,
and leads to peace. That man and his wife hope that one more man will
follow, and another after that; And the duty they adhere to will be saving a

Should Anti-Bush Journalists Be Tried as "Spies"?
William Norman Grigg, New American

According to Washington Times editorial page editor Tony Blankley,
investigative reporter Seymour Hersh should be tried for espionage. Tony
Blankley, editorial page editor of the Washington Times, is a walking
museum. His syndicated column regularly retails Soviet-style hymns to the
majesty of the state and its Dear Leader, thoughtfully published in
pedestrian English prose so as to avoid the necessity of translation.

A Demobilized Press in a Global Free-Fire Zone
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

Here's the strange thing: In a world where Gaia -- the Earth as a single
throbbing organism -- is already a cliché; where "globalization" remains a
buzzword; and where we happen to be ruled by the greatest geopolitical
dreamers and gamblers in our history, our demobilized media treats the
world, if at all, as a set of hopeless fragments and just doesn't consider
puzzling them together part of the job description. If you want to grasp our
world as it is, you might actually have to click off that TV, use your local
paper to wrap the fish, and head for the Internet.


Protesters chase terrorist recruiters off campus

US may run out of reserve troops in a year

120,000 US troops to remain in Iraq for at least two more years

Two Thousand Military Draft Boards Perched in 'Standby Mode'

Fired reporters challenge Fox TV license

American media whitewashes Bush's global bullying

US 'terminates' Iranian website

US troops raid, shut down another Iraqi newspaper

US media silent over massive East Jerusalem land grab

129 journalists killed in 2004, highest toll in a decade

Secret Unit Expands Rumsfeld's Domain

Super-secret commandos stood ready with state-of-the-art weaponry to swing
into action at inaugural

Codebreaker unlocks the 3,000 secrets of US military vocabulary

Bush wants an additional $80 billion for American terrorist operations this
year in Iraq and Afghanistan

US plans 'robot troops' for Iraq

Torture in Iraq still routine

Afghan women still in chains under Karzai: Kabul's jail holds female
prisoners whose only 'crime' is their refusal to be second-class citizens

Israeli psychological warfare unit set up to "disseminate disinformation"

Global warming approaching point of no return

Countdown to global catastrophe

Doom for the dollar - and everything else

DC to pay $425,000 to seven people caught up in mass arrest, will
acknowledge they were wrongfully arrested and apologize

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