Brian Murphy from Niagara University, Peter Phillips from Sonoma State, and Kristina Borjesson, author of “Into the Buzzsaw,” represented Project Censored at the National Peace Conference in Albany NY July 23-25. They presented a workshop entitled Managed News: Inside The US/NATO Military Industrial Media Empire. The presentation was attend by over 40 peace activists and featured the idea that corporate media is managed news that supports the global military agenda of the US NATO global alliance. Brian Murphy disclosed the increasing privatization of information technologies that are closely interlinked with major defense contractors and Kristina Borjesson described how journalist are loosing their jobs when trying to report on controversial political issues such as 9/11 and the human costs of the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation presented a No Censorship Resolution to be acted on by the general assembly at the National Peace Conference. However, the assembly did not have enough time to finish reviewing all the resolutions and our resolution (listed below) was referred to the continuation committee.
Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored Position Statement on the Necessity of an Open and Transparent National Peace Movement
Inside the US/NATO Military Industrial Media Complex there is a deliberate news management effort that undermines the freedom of information on the powerful military/corporate elites though overt censorship, mass distractions and artificial news—stories timed for release to influence public opinion.
New research in the journal American Behavioral Scientist (Sage publications, February 2010) addresses the concept of “State Crimes Against Democracy” (SCADs). Professor Lance deHaven-Smith from Florida State University writes that SCADs involve high- level government officials, often in combination with private interests, that engage in covert activities for political advantages and power. Proven SCADs since World War II include McCarthyism (fabrication of evidence of a communist infiltration), Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (President Johnson and Robert McNamara falsely claimed North Vietnam attacked a US ship), burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist in effort to discredit Ellsberg, the Watergate break-in, Iran-Contra, Florida’s 2000 Election (felon disenfranchisement program), and fixed intelligence on WMDs to justify the Iraq War.
Other suspected SCADs include the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, the
shooting of George Wallace, the October Surprise near the end of the Carter presidency,
military grade anthrax mailed to Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, Martin Luther
King’s assassination, widespread covert torture by US forces, and the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 on September 11, 2001. The proven SCADs have a long trail of congressional hearings, public records, and academic research establishing the truth of the activities. The suspected SCADs listed above have substantial evidence of covert actions with some countervailing deniability that tends to leave the facts in dispute.
All of these subjects deserve the attention of the American public. No matter where one stands on these topics, these studies should be part of a vibrant dialogue within peace movements in any democratic society. Anything less is simply a matter of censorship.
Resolution for No Censorship
National Peace Assembly Albany, NY July 2010
Resolve: The National Peace Movement demands the immediate and total withdrawal of U.S. military forces, mercenaries and contractors from Afghanistan and Iraq, and the end to drone attacks on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other countries and calls for self-determination for the people of all countries. In this demand is the necessity for full truth and transparency regarding all US/NATO actions and an expanded development of independent news sources for broad public knowledge of the state of the wars and occupations. We demand an end to censorship of news topics and full democratic access to freedom of information within the US NATO Military Industrial Media Empire.
Further Resolve: that the National Peace Movement supports full and open public discussion and investigation of all State Crimes Against Democracy and corporate malfeasances.