Note: When I wrote the following back in 2003, the idea that our U.S. government might intend capturing and keeping Hussein in Iraq, and then having a show trial and an execution under a puppet government, to avoid what information would come out in an actual open trial under international law, had not occurred to me... 


- Martin Totusek


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Freedom of the Press, and an irony regarding Dick Cheney's "Project for a New American Century"

- Martin Totusek 

(Seattle, WA, U.S.A.)

August 24, 2003


Byline: Dick Cheney's "Project for a New American Century" and the posted war plans there should have been covered and debated publicly in the U.S.A. (it was all over Europe), before we went into Iraq...


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Full Title: 


Benjamin Franklin, Freedom of the Press, an irony regarding Dick Cheney's "Project for a New American Century", Iraq, and the U.S.A. media


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The current ownership of the mainstream U.S.A. media doesn't even seem to remember the most basic reason for putting freedom of the press into the Bill of Rights was (and what was and is their most basic responsibility therein):


"So that all points of view can be fairly represented, so citizens can make an informed choice..." -Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


This also clearly indicates that the recent right-wing G.O.P.-controlled F.C.C. decision by Colin Powell's son Michael K. Powell, to remove the limits to having just a very few really wealthy people and/or corporations own and/or control all the current forms of the press and media, runs completely counter to the U.S.A. Founding Fathers basic principals and intentions (like most of what the current Bush Administration and members of Congress of both parties have done in the past two years also).


Benjamin Franklin also wrote a poem:


ON THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757


WHILE free from Force the Press remains, 

Virtue and Freedom chear our Plains, 

And Learning Largesses bestows, 

And keeps unlicens'd open House. 

We to the Nation's publick Mart 

Our Works of Wit, and Schemes of Art, 

And philosophic Goods, this Way, 

Like Water carriage, cheap convey. 

This Tree which Knowledge so affords, 

Inquisitors with flaming swords 

From Lay-Approach with Zeal defend, 

Lest their own Paradise should end.


The Press from her fecundous Womb 

Brought forth the Arts of Greece and Rome; 

Her offspring, skill'd in Logic War, 

Truth's Banner wav'd in open Air; 

The Monster Superstition fled, 

And hid in Shades in Gorgon Head; 

And awless Pow'r, the long kept Field, 

By Reason quell'd, was forc'd to yield.


This Nurse of Arts, and Freedom's Fence, 

To chain, is Treason against Sense: 

And Liberty, thy thousand Tongues 

None silence who design no Wrongs; 

For those who use the Gag's Restraint, 

First Rob, before they stop Complaint.


An irony: Last year I tried over and over to get the newspapers to cover the ultra-right-wing think tank that most of the current Bush Administration belongs to ("Project for a New American Century" http://www.newamericancentury.org/ ([ https://web.archive.org/web/20020120142618/http://www.newamericancentury.org/ ]); founded by Richard "Dick" Cheney). I also repeatedly directed them to research and articles by Mr. Neil Mackay (Neil Mackay <neil.mackay@sundayherald.com>) of the Sunday Herald (Scotland), including "Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President".


The Seattle P-I reporters wanted to cover it (I was sent emailed "Thank You"-s from some of them), but the ownership and editorial board apparently blocked coverage. I got a message from a P-I editor indicating that they had decided in advance that it couldn't be possible, so they would not cover it. I got a similar message from a Seattle Times editor, when I sent the Seattle Times the information, so clearly such behavior is typical of current U.S.A. media, rather than just being the behavior of the ownership and editorial board of only one newspaper. That is also why I have chosen to not name the individual editors at each paper who refused to let their reporters cover the issues, as their behavior is sadly not unusual.


On Sunday, June 15, 2003, I finally(!) see the: "Project for a New American Century" listed by the P-I Editorial Staff in:


The case for war, case for credibility 

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD 

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/126609_wmded15.html


But far, far too late to do any good in regards to the illegal invasion and long-term U.S.A. occupation of Iraq. Dick Cheney's "Project for a New American Century" and the posted war plans there should have been covered and debated publicly in the U.S.A. (it was all over Europe), before we went into Iraq and slaughtered all those people.


I see why the U.S.A. mainstream media is viewed and described as being just as culpable as the current George W. Bush Administration, and the current U.S. Congress (both parties) in regards to our ongoing wars and occupations, including in the press of most other nations.


There is a mythology in America: "It can't ever happen here" as we (the U.S.A.) somehow are magically are: "Protected by God", and: "It only happens in other countries". This American mythology reflects a great naivete and an ignorance of both U.S. and World history. I suspect that the Rev. Martin Niemoller would probably have pointed things like this out, if he were alive here today and was seeing what is being done both inside our nation, and what we (the U.S.A.) are doing abroad.


No one is wringing their hands over the "removal from power" of Saddam Hussein and his family. The Bush people want Saddam Hussein dead, as he worked for the C.I.A. for many years, beginning when he was part of a C.I.A.-authorized six-man squad tasked with assassinating then Iraqi Prime Minister Gen. Abd al-Karim Qasim (in 1959). If Saddam Hussein were to open his mouth and publicly "sing", imagine the number of criminal acts by and/or for the U.S.A. government that Saddam Hussein was either directly involved with, or has knowledge of, for many decades, that would be exposed.


Rather it is about:


Large numbers of Iraq civilians (mostly children) were killed by our troops' attacks, and many more are dying daily from wounds, lack of food, lack of clean and safe water (and Iraq temperatures are up into the 120 F to 130 F range...), raw sewage flooding their cities' streets (reported in the P-I just recently again), new currently rapidly spreading epidemics (largely caused by our invasion and occupation), the lack of electricity, our long-term occupation (we will now send our young people to die in: "The Iraq Occupation" for years, like we did in previously in: "The Vietnam War"), the resultant lawlessness and anarchy we have caused, etc.


Our government did not care about nor provide help for the Iraqi public, and continues to claim that the ever-increasing attacks on our military engaged in occupation is solely because of: "Saddam loyalists".


What a bunch of crap.


The majority of those attacking our troops are not: "Saddam loyalists", but are (as one of our field commanders was quoted a couple months ago by the European press...) mostly Iraqi citizens who have had a spouse, or a mother, or a father, or a sister, or a brother, or an aunt, or an uncle, or grandparents, or other loved ones, killed or maimed by our missiles, bombs, bullets, etc., and/or are watching their loved ones die (including from wounds and/or diseases).


They view our troops as an foreign invading army that has illegally seized their sovereign nation, focused on seizing and protecting the Iraqi oil wells for U.S.A. governmental and/or corporate use, plans to use Iraq and Kuwait (instead of using Saudi Arabia as much) as military bases to launch more attacks against other nations, and has lied to justify it. The U.S.A. is rapidly becoming more hated by the Iraqi public, than Saddam Hussein was.


The blood of many Iraq civilians is on our nation's hands (with many more Iraqi citizens to be slain by our troops in the future...), and we supposedly are not a nation that does not do these kinds of things. We point to people like Saddam Hussein and claim that we "don't do things like that...", but our government has in fact now done what Saddam Hussein did (including invasions and occupations).


So as we become continue to become more and more like that which we (as a nation) claimed we opposed (and still claim that we oppose), we lose even if we so-called "win".


Martin Totusek 

(An American descended from many generations of Americans) 

Seattle, Washington U.S.A.


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Some background reference information and links:


Rumsfeld urged Clinton to attack Iraq (in 1998) 

Exclusive: By Neil Mackay <neil.mackay@sundayherald.com> 


http://www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/headlines03/0316-03.htm

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0316-03.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20030319233232/http://www.sundayherald.com/32185

http://web.archive.org/web/20030402215120/www.sundayherald.com/print32185

http://www.sundayherald.com/32185


DONALD Rumsfeld, the US defense secretary, and his deputy Paul Wolfowitz wrote to President Bill Clinton in 1998 (http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraqclintonletter.htm) ([ https://web.archive.org/web/20011017062421/http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraqclintonletter.htm ]) urging war against Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein because he is a 'hazard' to 'a significant portion of the world's supply of oil'.

 

Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President 

Neil Mackay reports on Bush's blueprint for US global domination

The Sunday Herald (Scotland) 


http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0915-01.htm

http://www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/headlines02/0915-01.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20020922125715/http://www.sundayherald.com/27735

http://web.archive.org/web/20020923154559/www.sundayherald.com/print27735

http://www.sundayherald.com/27735


The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (defense secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century (http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf) ([ https://web.archive.org/web/20021112224032/http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf ]) was written in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC).


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© (Copyright) Martin Totusek June 18, 2003;

 Revised July 1, 2003; updated on July 15, 2003 and on August 24, 2003


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Totusek January 2005 letter on U.S. government-ordered torture published. 


The Seattle Times put "(Losing) The Moral High Ground (Iraq)" by Matt Wuerker (from 2004-05-27) above it, and gave it the title of:


Freedom wrongs America now stands for degeneracy it once abhorred


Seattle Times 

Letters To The Editor 

Wednesday, January 12, 2005 

Page B7


An American gulag: not what America stands for, and not what it does?


The actions of our nation's government and military under the George W. Bush Administration shows that this is now exactly what modern America stands for, and that this is exactly what modern America does. You might be able to claim that "this isn't what we were supposed to be about", but the reality of our nation's actions speak, or rather in this case, shout louder than words spoken or published claiming otherwise.


- Martin Totusek


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Memorable quotes:


Memorable 2004 quote regarding the U.S.-Iraq war/occupation:


Chalmers Johnson, Ph.D. - the former C.I.A. consultant for the Office of National Estimates (aka O.N.E.) - has publicly stated:


"The real reason there was no official post-war plan desired by the George W. Bush Administration, was because we [the U.S.A.] didn't actually plan to leave Iraq after the invasion... We've build 14 permanent military bases in Iraq... America's current version of colonialism is the military base...".


Memorable 2003 quote regarding the U.S.-Iraq war/occupation:


"The current Iraq war/occupation is based on lies... When you invade a nation without cause, that's not a 'war on terrorism'..., that's colonialism, that's imperialism... Look, while you guys were doing the Nasdaqs and the dot-coms, I was over in Iraq trying to get rid of Saddam Hussein... For that, I almost got killed... besides, I almost went to jail... So it didn't take a whole lot of courage for me to come out against this Iraq war, which I did right from the beginning, and I was studiously ignored...".


- Robert "Bob" Baer (CIA "black-ops"; officially: field officer in the C.I.A. Directorate of Operations), who was previously stationed in the 1990s in the middle-east trying to capture Hussein as an individual, with the intention of having him tried in international court...


related:


BBC: Robert Baer is one of the last men you would expect to oppose an attack on Iraq 

Dec 28, 2002

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/panorama/2549937.stm