Silence is Consent

If you don't speak up you accept what is happening. This site was born out of the mainstream media's inability to cover the news. I am just an American cititzen trying to spread the word in the era of FCC consolidation, post 9/11 Patriot Act hysteria, hackable voting machines and war without end. I rant and post news items I perceive to be relevant to our current situation.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
- Thomas Jefferson

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Thursday, July 01, 2004
Fahrenheit 911 from a different angle. They both speak to how Michael Moore left out America's invisible friend, Israel.
"FAHRENHEIT 9/11" documents that the American people have been lied to in the push for war. There were no weapons of mass destruction. Saddam was not a threat. Iraq had no link to 9-11. Iraq was not supporting Al Qaeda. The government of Iraq under Saddam killed far fewer Iraqi people than the government of Iraq under George Bush. The Kurds were actually gassed by Iran (and does the name "Waco" ring a bell?). The only nuclear weapons found in Iraq are the tons of depleted uranium munitions dropped on the Iraqi people by the United States. And, far from being the champion of human rights, the United States stands exposed as a willing user of torture on prisoners who in many cases were innocent of any wrongdoing.
Blind, Or A Coward?
One of the first things I did when I got back from vacation was to go see Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. It’s a brilliant piece of propaganda, entertaining and funny, and it skewers the president deliciously. But am I the only one to notice that in one critically important way, it entirely misses the boat and gets nearly everything wrong? Maybe this has been said before—I’ve hardly read all of the criticism of Moore—but if so, I haven’t seen it. Moore totally avoids the question of Israel.

Taxpayers fund Limbaugh
Limbaugh’s rants should not be censored. But they should continue to be broadcast only if the radio service’s programmers provide opposing views, air them at similar hours and give them the same amount of air time. Taxpayers of all political persuasions fund the service. It’s unacceptable that it should be a mouthpiece for the most extreme views of the right.

One of the costs of war
Combat Duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mental Health Problems, and Barriers to Care
We studied members of four U.S. combat infantry units (three Army units and one Marine Corps unit) using an anonymous survey that was administered to the subjects either before their deployment to Iraq (n=2530) or three to four months after their return from combat duty in Iraq or Afghanistan (n=3671). The outcomes included major depression, generalized anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which were evaluated on the basis of standardized, self-administered screening instruments.

Meet the new bosses
New US envoy: Past and present
John Negroponte, the United States' first ambassador to Iraq in more than a decade, presented his credentials to the country's interim president on Tuesday. "I have just had the privilege of presenting my credentials to President Ghazi Yawar, who graciously welcomed me to his country as US ambassador," Negroponte said.
Left in charge as prime minister is a smooth-talking former Baathist, Ayad Allawi, groomed in exile by the Central Intelligence Agency since the early 1990s. Unlike his erstwhile rival, Ahmad Chalabi (who was groomed by the Defense Department, but always remained a bit too much the wily oriental gentleman for American public tastes), Allawi comes across as more of a regular guy, maybe even a potential golfing partner. He understands what the Americans want, and as long as we’re behind him with our troops and our billions, he may be able to get it. But let’s not pretend he’s a nascent democrat, even if he manages to hold some cosmetic elections.

One on Unka Dick
When Cheney's mask slips, it reveals Bush
In Washington, political identities cultivated over decades can crumble in a minute. Vice President Dick Cheney presides under the constitution as president of the Senate and is addressed as "Mr President", but former representative Cheney is not a man of the Senate. (The Senate regards itself as distant from the House of Representatives as the Metropolitan Club is from the Horsefeathers saloon near the House side of Capitol Hill.)

The whores before the war
Judith Miller is on it, but she’s hardly alone. Ahmad Chalabi’s defectors told stories to a lot of reporters who now wish they’d kept their distance



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