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May 1st 2011 OSSAMA BIN LAUDEN DEAD! WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT

The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.” The special operations forces grabbed personal computers, thumb drives and electronic equipment during the lightning raid that killed bin Laden.

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Educational CyberPlayGround would like to extend our deepest sympathy and concern to everyone affected by Tuesday's 9/11/01 tragedy.
We send our condolences to the families of the victims in the disaster.

Many of today's elementary and secondary school students are too young to remember the day and its meaning.  To help educators prepare for the difficult but important task of teaching about 9/11, the Educational CyberPlayGround offers free resources and strategies.

CURRICULUM SUGGESTIONS
Public School Curriculum for 5th, 8th, and 11th Grades.

 Discussions with content experts and workshop sessions -- recorded and archived online -- identify resources available at each organization, supply background information on 9/11, and encourage conversations on how to document, preserve, and interpret recent history and current events.

  1. Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum http://www.911memorial.org/
  2. The Pentagon Memorial Fund (http://pentagonmemorial.org/),
  3. The Flight 93 National Memorial (http://www.flight93memorialproject.org/) offered a free online conference to provide educators with resources addressing the attacks. 

School Preparedness During Emergencies

Ham Radios - Guard Your Airwaves

Watch + Listen to Flash Tributes

How to Combate Hate and Tradgedy

Patriotism

Palestinian Celebrations

Censorship
Afgan Women's Cause

About Terrorist Bin Lauden

Terrorism Links

Resources
by Subject Area

Money, Freedom, Criminology, Music, Folklore, Art, Language, History, Chemical and biological warfare and nuclear weapons.

Iraq Was a “Mistake,” said Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s Defense Pick

ISIS Victim Suit Ties Twitter Ads to Terrorist Propaganda

Under Fire From Donald Trump, Jeb Bush Focuses On 9/11 Even Though Hijackers Got Florida Licenses

The FBI Has 80,000 Documents on Saudi Ties to 9/11 It Tried to Suppress
As the Daily Beast reported, the discovery of the 80,000 pages came when Irish investigative journalists Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan were contacted by an unnamed counterterrorism official in 2011. The reporters were preparing to publish a book on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks and were told  by the source that a Saudi family who had been living in Sarasota, Florida, prior to the attacks had connections to the attackers. Specifically, they were linked to Mohamed Atta, the Egyptian terrorist widely recognized as the ringleader of the attacks. The unnamed official’s tip conflicted squarely with the FBI’s prior conclusions on that family. Abdulazzi al-Hiijjii, his wife Anoud, and their three small children lived in an upscale Sarasota community, along with Anoud’s father, Esam Ghazzawi, a financier and interior designer, who owned the home, and Ghazzawai’s American-born wife. The FBI had received multiple calls from the family’s neighbors expressing concerns over erratic behavior.

Seven Reasons Why America’s Corporate Media Is Pro-War - American Media is always pro-war. It isn't that the press is busy trying to be at arm's length and fair that it ignores the truth.

EXAMPLES:
Fascinating archive find: in a 1939 note, NBC regretted not censoring an announcer after he called Hitler a "madman"

A new balance of power where news organisations are everywhere getting poorer while the rich are everywhere getting richer.

Investigations Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste they don't want you to know about.


The Smoking Gun: "Document 17" Links Saudi Embassy In Washington To Sept 11. The document was written by two US investigators examining the possible roles of foreign governments in the attacks. New evidence has come to light of a definitive link between Saudi Arabian officials and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to a US memo, known as document 17, written in 2003 and quietly declassified last year, the FBI learnt that he had buried a cache of papers shortly before he was captured. Sharbi had tried to hide: his US flight certificate was in an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington. And there is your smoking gun, which has been fully available to the US government for the pat 13 years. It should have also been available to the American public.

The Saudi government threatened last week to dump $750 billion in US Treasury securities and other American assets if congress passes a bill that would clear a path for the families of 9/11 victims to file lawsuits against the kingdom."
Obama: We Can't Let Truth Come Out About Saudi Involvement In 9/11, Or Else America's Terrorism Will Be Revealed

Obama told CBS that we can’t allow bipartisan legislation subjecting the Saudis to potential liability for terrorism … or else other countries could retaliate against the US (starting at 0:40):

Similarly, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today:

“The whole notion of sovereign immunity is at stake,” Earnest told reporters Monday. “It could put the United States, and our taxpayers, and our service members and our diplomats at significant risk, if other countries were to adopt a similar law.”

As Cal Thomas points out at the Washington Times:

The intent of the Senate bill is to clarify the immunity normally given to foreign governments. It says such immunity should not apply when nations are found culpable of committing terrorist attacks that kill Americans on U.S. soil.

Why would the U.S. be worried about retaliation by other countries … being held accountable for terrorism?

Well, the director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan – Lt. General William Odom – noted:

By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.

And – while Saudi Arabia is certainly a huge sponsor of terrorism worldwide – experts from the right and the left agree that the U.S. is actually the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism. And see this. [snip]

ETHICS / CREDIBILITY VS. LIES

 

 

"Fake news" didn't come out of nowhere.
I was birthed by "real news" not doing its job for decades.

THE PRESS

Between 2001 and 2003, Judith Miller wrote a number of pieces in the New York Times asserting that Iraq had the capability and the ambition to produce weapons of mass destruction. It was fake news.

2004 The Plot an article by Ron Suskind in the New York Times magazine: Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush.
You might recall it as the piece that introduced the phrase “the reality-based community” to American discourse. That phrase — and the quotation from the Bush adviser that introduced it — caused an instant sensation.
The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism.

He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors… and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.

2006 Knight Ridder's Washington reporting debunked the administration's case for war.
Knight Ridder's Washington reporting began by citing a Sept. 6, 2002, story. That story, by Jonathan S. Landay, was one of a number written in 2002 by Landay, Warren P. Strobel and Bureau Chief John Walcott that challenged and debunked the administration's case for war against Iraq.Gilbert Cranberg says the DC bureau and Landay, Strobel, Walcott deserve high honors for their reports challenging the Bush administration during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq. Three correspondents had the courage to buck the tide and dig out well-grounded misgivings about the build-up to war. There were some 80 probing and revealing war-related pieces between January 2002 and May 2005. In a lecture at Stanford in May 2006, the now-retired Knight Ridder Washington editor, Clark Hoyt, observed of Knight Ridder's reports of bogus and distorted intelligence, "It all seems too tragically obvious today, but believe me this was lonely journalism in 2002 and 2003." How lonely can be judged by the hard time the veteran and respected Walter Pincus of the Washington Post had getting into his paper a major story questioning the administration's case for war.
http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=showcase.view&showcaseid=43

never underestimate the power of distribution

According to the Oxford Dictionary, reality tv is defined as “ television programes in which ordinary people are continuously filmed, designed to be entertaining rather than informative.”

2016 Viral Fake Election News Outperformed Real News On Facebook In Final Months Of The US Election

use social media
for voicing dissent
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to the public

2016 Where Donald Trump got his real power
@karaalaimo Nov 15 2016 My @CNNOpinion piece on how @realDonaldTrump used #socialmedia to win #Election2016 http://cnn.it/2fTRA9X #DonaldTrump #Twitter #Facebook
Twitter has truncated our discourse, let candidates get around fact-checkers, created ideological echo chamber. The social media company SocialFlow calculated during the campaign that Trump was getting more than three times more free exposure on social media than Clinton. The company found that, by January, he had become "the most talked-about person on the planet." Trump said that before social media, his only option was to sue his rivals. But with the modern ability to argue on social platforms, he felt he had "more power than they do." President-elect, the famously wealth-obsessed businessman reported that he believed social media is more powerful than money. "The fact that I have such power in terms of numbers with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., I think it helped me win all of these races where they're spending much more money than I spent," Trump said. Twitter Audit found that 39% of Trump's Twitter followers WERE BOTS. People in the town of Veles, Macedonia, developed a cottage industry over the past year, creating at least 140 fake news sites that spread pro-Trump stories across social media platforms. False stories likely viewed by tens of millions of people on Facebook.

Example Michael G. Flynn son of Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump's national security advisor behind spreading lies and disinformation called "PizzaGate" that promoted a child sex trafficking operation involving top Democrats, including Hillary Clinton's campaign chair, John Podesta - all untrue. The younger Flynn, who has served as his father’s adviser, linked to the account of Jack Posobiec, whose Twitter account describes him as the special projects director of a group called Citizens4Trump.


THERE IS NO DISCUSSION ABOUT ANYTHING:
Twitter's 140 character limit words most frequently used by Trump in his tweets were "great," "winner" or "winners," and "loser" or "losers."

2016 Liberals immediately embraced the term: We’re the reality-based community, yay for us! Conservatives thought this hilarious (and they still do.) Both reactions bypassed what Suskind reported: a tension between factions within the Republican coalition. Bruce Bartlett, Christie Whitman, Paul O’Neill and other loyal Republicans who talked to Suskind were alarmed by what he called “the retreat from empiricism.” The most outstanding example was of course the faulty case for war in Iraq presented to the U.N., to Congress and to the American people, which the press had failed to detect, debunk, or resist. (With one exception.)
http://pressthink.org/2016/11/miss-bigger-missed-story-final-reflections-trump-press-2016/

THE NSA

The NSA leaks ended the power of Obama officials to ration access. No self-respecting journalist believes what they say. That is the punchline of the Snowden affair: when we can't trust what government tells us, we come to trust those whom government doesn't trust. Thus, we no longer necessarily care what the official line is and who delivers it. And when that happens, access – the currency of the Beltway – becomes worthless. Ah, the irony.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/18/white-house-credibility-deficit

Now Trump offers this guy Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the job of National Security Adviser which is viewed as critical to implementing a president’s worldview on the various departments and agencies involved in national security: similar to Kissinger, Brzezinsk, Scowcroft, and Rice.
Michael Flynn's son and chief of staff pushed conspiracy theories, obscene memes online. He has called President Obama a “liar,” declared the U.S. justice system “corrupt” and insisted that he was pushed out of his assignment as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency because of his views on radical Islam. The claim has left former superiors seething, including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/17/politics/kfile-michael-flynn-social-media/index.html

“During Director Clapper’s tenure, senior intelligence officials engaged in an deception spree regarding mass surveillance," Wyden said Thursday in a statement after Clapper’s announcement. "Top officials, officials who reported to Director Clapper, repeatedly misled the American people and even lied to them." “Director Clapper famously gave an untrue answer to that question," Wyden added. "So I had my intelligence staffer call his office afterward and ask them to correct the record. The Director’s office refused to correct the record. Regardless of what was going through the director’s head when he testified, failing to correct the record was a deliberate decision to lie to the American people about what their government was doing. And within a few months, of course, the truth came out.”
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/national-intelligence-chief-clapper-resigns-231547

A RETREAT FROM IMPIRICISM VS. EMPIRE

IT'S NOT A CONSPIRACY IF YOU CAN PROVE STRATEGY


The Political Industrial Complex:

Government of, by and for… Consultants! Politics is a battlefield for a new breed of war profiteer.

On a certain level, the media lacked the vocabulary to describe what was happening. What Bush and Cheny did with totalitarian propaganda, which does not attempt to depict the world but rather substitutes for it a ruthlessly coherent counter-narrative that is untroubled by any contradiction between itself and people’s experience. The goal of totalitarian propaganda is to sketch out a consistent system that is simple to grasp, one that both constructs and simultaneously provides an explanation for grievances against various out-groups. It is openly intended to distort reality, partly as an expression of the leader’s power. Its open distortion of reality is both its greatest strength and greatest weakness. The campain openly intended to distort reality and it was a show of power. Power over journalist. Exactly the way Trump did in the election. “When we act, we create our own reality” was a boast in the Bush White House, a bit of outrageousness intended to shock the reporter. Now we have Trump’s attempt to substitute his reality for news of the world.

2016 Detecting a shift in poliical culture away from journalism's grasp by Jay Rosen

9/23/11 CIA WhistleBlower Susan Lindauer Former Congressional staffer Susan Lindauer covered Iraq and Libya at UN as a U.S. Intelligence Asset and back door channel on anti-terrorism from 1993-2003. Summer of 2001, her team warned about a major terrorist attack involving airplane hijackings and a strike on the World Trade Center.
Former CIA Asset, Susan Lindauer, provides an extraordinary first-hand account from behind the intelligence curtain that shatters the government's lies about 9/11 and Iraq, and casts a harsh spotlight on the workings of the Patriot Act as the ideal weapon to bludgeon whistle blowers and dissidents. A terrifying true story of "black budget" betrayals and the Patriot Act, with its arsenal of secret evidence, indefinite detention and threats of forcible drugging.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68LUHa_-OlA

PREPARING FOR MOVIES ABOUT 9/11: A PARENTS GUIDE
Advertising and media controversy surrounding the release of "United 93" is saturating the airwaves, making exposure to violent 9/11 images an inevitability. When confronted with news or images about 9/11, some people may find that they will experience feelings similar to those they had soon after 9/11 itself, such as sadness, anger, confusion, disappointment, and nervousness.  Others may feel that they are able to more effectively cope, and that they are in fact more ready than they were in the past to talk about their feelings. Undertaken in an informed and sensitive way, talking about 9/11 or other potentially frightening topics will not increase childrens feelings of worry or sadness.  In fact, it is usually through discussions with a trusted adult that children are able to feel safer and less afraid.  By being proactive and preparing your children for the media attention they are likely to be exposed to, you will be taking animportant step toward helping your children cope.

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