ISRAELI HOAX VIDEOS DEBUNKED, USS LIBERTY REMEMBRANCE SUPPRESSED
The second the faked videos were available, cheap edits and voice overs first, Sky News and Fox, both owned by Israeli Likudist Rupert Murdoch, began the disinformation campaign. The “Freedom Flotilla” of peace activists suddenly became an armed Al Qaeda invasion force replete with heavy artillery, dirty bombs and terrorist trainers.
Patched in over the wounded calling for aid was the Israeli soundtrack, “Go Back to Auschwitz.” This was played dozens of times before technicians showed it and other Israeli released video and audio from the attack to be counterfeit. With hours of video smuggled out, those tiny memory cards fit in the oddest places, Israel, Fox, Beck and the parade of media who ate up the lies are now delegitimized as are the groups that stood with them in silence.
It isn’t just the dubbed audio or the new video showing IDF troops executing wounded. With so many witnesses of unquestionable integrity all saying the same thing, Israel and the media married to them are on the ropes. The belief that any story contrary to the political or economic ties of the corporate owners could easily be tagged as “conspiracy theory” has backfired.
As a result, every media outlet and every anchor and pundit that took a wrong side against this unexpected avalanche is tumbling into obscurity, Wolf Blitzer, Sean Hannity and Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh, leading the way.
THE TEA PARTY DILEMMA
Surprisingly, to many, the Tea Party has failed to criticize President Obama’s weak response to our failure to chastise Israel. There had been earlier debates on whether our inability to reign in Israeli extremism was costing American lives in war. That debate is clearly over. Israel has become, not only a massive liability but has shown America to be emasculated.
Even more surprising, as our Israeli lobby is headed by Joe Biden, Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman, the political enemies of America’s Tea Party movement, is creating one of the most noticeable cases of “strange bedfellows” in recent political history.
Does the covert financing from Fox and AIPAC sources that underwrites Tea Party activities, travel, entertainment and staff, limit how patriotic they are allowed to be?With revelations that Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, hated by the Tea Party as founder of the “modern welfare state,” shown to have authorized Israel to kill 300 US Navy personnel ( Yes! Johnson authorized Israel to kill the entire crew of the USS Liberty, not the 34 but all 300. They just refused to die…and refused to allow boarding parties) because of blackmail tied to a sexual “indiscretion” with a Mossad operative, anyone would think that USS Liberty Remembrance Day would be a good time to remind Americans about the duplicity of liberal democrats.
But there is silence on the USS Liberty issue and, not a word in support of the survivors or in remembrance of the dead. Who is sleeping with the Mossad now?
AMERICA’S CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE
With Britain’s largest labor union, Unite, boycotting Israel and organizations around the world, even those typically distanced from any mention of support for Palestinians now openly condemning Israel for everything from piracy to kidnapping and murder, even charges against the Israeli government for fraudulent use of credit cards stolen from Flotilla passengers, the silence from America is deafening.
The United States Senate is planning to vote on a resolution condemning victims of what has been universally characterized as a war crime. Here again, conservatives lead the way, in lockstep with President Obama and his top aide, Rahm Emmanuel.
To dodge international condemnation, President Obama has promised Gaza a $400 million payoff, “blood money” to buy silence for America’s unwillingness to an endless series of international conventions including Articles 5 and 6 of the NATO charter.
In fact, no major group in the United States, no veteran’s organization, political party, trade union or activist group has challenged Israel.
A KNIFE IN THE BACK OF NATO
Unreported in the American news, the Turkish ship attacked in international waters is, by law, sovereign soil of a NATO signatory state. An attack on such a target is an act of war on NATO itself as outlined in the treaty ratified by the United States Senate.
With one American citizen executed and several kidnapped, some tortured, American sovereignty has, in itself been challenged. After the attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, then Undersecretary of State, George Ball said:
“The ultimate lesson of the Liberty attack had far more effect on policy in Israel than America. Israel’s leaders concluded that nothing they might do would offend the Americans to the point of reprisal. If America’s leaders did not have the courage to punish Israel for the blatant murder of American citizens it seemed clear that their American friends would let them get away with almost anything.” (Undersecretary of State George Ball)
With the keystone of the “Bush Doctrine” the mutual aid provisions of the NATO agreement and America’s increased vigilance, even to the point of pugnacity, defending citizens from the actions of rogue nations or terrorist groups anywhere in the world, our “blind eye” to Israeli transgressions, be they murder on the high seas, assassination in Dubai, spying in the Pentagon or “bankster” fraud, has dug a “credibility hole” that America may never be able to crawl out of.
THE DIVERGENT MEDIA, THE MORAL AND THE MORASS
With news outlets around the world, some even in Israel, condemning, not only the brutality of the attack but the criminal and nakedly blatant attempt to “spin” the aftermath, destroying press “assets” enmasse in the process, the corruption of the mainstream media has now been put on display.
Typically, a major blunder by a news organization, even those such as Fox that are continually caught in open fabrication of stories, is lost in the events of the next day or next week. The slow unfolding of the Freedom Flotilla story seems to have fostered a renewal of real investigative journalism, an art thought dead in today’s fast moving world.
Millions around the world, tens of millions of Americans have a clear memory of the carefully scripted narrations to the Israeli videos, now known to be, not only edited for context but also suspected of being “reinacted,” read “fabricated.”
With the mainstream media tied to the scripted limits set by the corporate masters, the real story, the scandal, the sex and violence was left to the internet news outlets, now grown powerful and some too independent, a threat to the Orwellian model.
When balancing between “professional liars” and “conspiracy theorists,” it seems like this has been a big win for conspiracy. Where this will lead, many so very deserving need to fear.
Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran. A 100% disabled vet. He has been a featured commentator on TV and radio including Al Jazeera and his articles have been carried by news services around the world. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. This article first appeared in Veterans and Foreign Affairs Journal.