imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Beating Up on Iran

by Stephen Lendman Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at 4:55 AM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

imperialism

Beating Up on Iran - by Stephen Lendman

After Washington bogusly accused Iran of an implausible terror plot on US soil, America's media brazenly regurgitated official lies.

It's nothing new. It's what they do instead of providing real news, information and analysis. Long ago they stopped trying, especially on television. It's little more than a worthless sinkhole no one should waste time on watching.

They don't inform. They lie, distract, entertain, and provide a platform for corporate America to sell people junk they don't need. Or as media critic George Gerbner once said, "they have everything to sell and nothing to tell."

In his book, "Amusing Ourselves to Death," Neil Postman said "Americans are the most entertained and least informed people in the world." As a result, they know little or nothing about what they most need to know.

No wonder they believe official lies, especially about alleged homegrown or foreign instigated terror plots. Iran's a favorite, beaten up on at well chosen strategic moments.

What better time than now. Main Street's in Depression. Public anger's raging across America because millions lost work and can't find jobs.

Millions more lost homes. Washington's doing nothing to help, and working households have to bite the bullet so bankers get paid, and Obama's free to wage multiple imperial wars with others planned and ready when fake reasons convince people about new nonexistent threats.

Strategically timed, new enemies are invented or old ones resurrected to incite fear, distract, and divert people from what matters most - fast disappearing social justice when it's most needed.

On October 11, Media Matters writer Brian Powell headlined, "Right-Wing Media Reflexively Politicize Alleged Iranian Terror Plot," saying:

Attorney General Holder was still speaking when "Rush Limbaugh, CNN contributor Dana Loesch, and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin began politicizing the announcement."

It's what they do instead of giving listeners, viewers, or readers real information. They like other corporate media scoundrels, of course, are paid to lie and entertain, not inform. As a result, listeners and viewers lose out by not tuning out.

On October 12, a Washington Post editorial headlined, "Alleged assassination plot serves as a warning about Tehran," saying:

Skeptics wondered what Iran had to gain by "undertak(ing) such a brazen attack....Perhaps the doubters are right, (but it's) prudent to reserve final judgment until all the facts of the case are known."

Fact check

So-called "facts" are official lies major media commentators accept as truths, including WP ones.

"(T)he alleged plot is not a large leap from Tehran's past acts."

Fact check

Where's the proof? None was given because there isn't any. More official lies were repeated, including alleging Iran bombed US Saudi Arabia-based military barracks in 1996, use roadside bombs against US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and fire rockets at America's Baghdad's embassy.

"The Obama administration can hardly be suspected of manufacturing this story to seek out a confrontation with Iran. In fact, (it's eager) to curtail US military operations abroad and cut the defense budget...."

Fact check

Like in Bush and earlier administrations, Obama officials manufacture lies to incite fear. They're repeated to justify multiple imperial wars and start new ones against nonbelligerent countries.

America's defense budget rises annually. At about .5 trillion annually with all categories included, it exceeds the rest of the world combined at a time Washington has no enemies except ones it invents.

Obama is a serial liar. All his major campaign pledges were broken. He heads a rogue administration waging wars on manufactured enemies, rule of law principles, democratic values, and truth. Nothing he or those around him say can be believed. Nor is anything from Congress reliable from either party.

"The administration is rightly seeking to mobilize new multilateral action against Iran, including through the United Nations....(T)he scheme's discovery should serve as a warning of the escalating threat posed by Iran - and the need to act more forcefully against it."

Fact check

Iran hasn't attacked another country in over 200 years. It never threatened America and doesn't now. It's tried unsuccessfully to establish diplomatic relations. Washington spurns all efforts.

In contrast, America wages permanent wars against nonbelligerent nations. The business of America is war and grand theft.

It operates death squads in dozens of countries globally, assassinating suspected enemies extrajudicially, including US citizens.

It imprisons and tortures others indefinitely without charge. It wages war on humanity for wealth and power. Its contempt for rule of law standards and ruthlessness is unmatched. So is the appalling state of America's media, supporting the worst of its crimes.

An October 12 New York Times editorial headlined, "The Charges Against Iran," saying:

Justice Department charges "are chilling and bizarre. If true - and American officials insist they have strong evidence - this is only the latest reminder of why the United States and its allies must use all possible diplomatic and economic pressures to isolate Tehran and block its nuclear ambitions."

Fact check

If Washington has "strong evidence," reveal it. It has none so can't. Iran's no threat. America is and should be pressured, denounced, and isolated to block its imperial ambitions.

The Times repeated the official lie about Iran bombing America's Saudi Arabia barracks in 1996 despite no evidence then or now proving it.

"....(W)ho in Iran is behind the plot and why (would they) try something so reckless and do it so clumsily. (Obama) and his aides will have to figure out how high the responsibility goes."

It's "a relief that Mr. Obama will be the one to weigh the evidence and make the decisions....He has proved his mettle with the raids that killed Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders."

WP and Times editorials didn't explain that Iran has nothing to gain and everything to lose by attempting a terror attack on US soil. Nor did they question the implausibility of brazen accusations against a nonbelligerent country and instead pointing fingers where the belong.

Moreover, it's ludicrous suggesting Obama, an unindicted war criminal, will pass fair final judgment on fake charges his administration made for political advantage.

"Proved his mettle killing bin Laden?" It was theater, staged hokum killing a corpse long dead since December 2001 from likely kidney failure. Times commentators know it or should, including about forensic evidence showing his alleged post-9/11 videos and audios were fake.

Moreover, he was advantageously used as both a CIA asset and "Enemy Number One," the same way Al Qaeda operatives become rebel fighters in Libya and targets elsewhere.

"The administration should also use this moment to press hard for a new round of sanctions at the United Nations."

"Five years after the Security Council ordered it to halt, Iran is still enriching uranium and clearly betting that the world will forget or acquiesce. This regime must not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon."

Fact check

What right does America, a global hegemon, the world's most lawless state, have to order sanctions on others breaking no laws or threatening other nations?

What authority does it have to deny Iran's legal right to commercial nuclear power? Why does it turn a blind eye to Israel's nuclear arsenal and stated intention to use it preemptively if threatened?

Iran complies with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and allows inspections. Israel's a nuclear outlaw. It never signed it, refuses inspections, and isn't held accountable.

Washington signed it, but disregards NPT mandates. Moreover, it prohibits inspections on all its suspect activities.

Notably, America is the only nation ever to use nuclear weapons. It claims a unilateral right to preemptively against non-nuclear states, and has, in fact, done so in every war since attacking Iraq in 1991 in depleted uranium (DU) form.

As a result, vast parts of Iraq, Serbia/Kosovo, Afghanistan, Libya and other countries are irradiated and unsafe. Known cancer epidemics in Iraq alone prove it.

Times, WP and other corporate media scoundrels ignore vital truths crucial to reveal. They also play fast and loose with facts. They manipulate them to support imperial interests at the expense of fair and full disclosure. US major media consumers lose out.

A Final Comment

Voice of Russia's Volkhonsky Boris said Iran's "under US propaganda attack."

"(L)et's look at what we have: no murder attempt was carried out. Evidence of the plot and its masterminders are indirect: only the ethnic origin of the arrested and their alleged claims. This case seems to lack the presumption of innocence as the suspects were pled guilty even before the trial."

Announcing accusations now was strategically timed, he added. "Thus, even if no plot existed at all it should have been invented not to miss this ideal moment to launch a propaganda attack on Iran."

Russia Today asked if character assassination is involved. Voice of Russia host and analyst Kim Brown said:

"Let's hope the United States government is not trying to instigate a possible conflict, especially a military conflict. Is the best way to react to this to send American troops (to) yet another country thousands of miles away? I don't think so."

Tehran University Professor Foad Izadi discounted Justice Department accusations, saying:

"It doesn't make sense for the Iranian government to hire someone who has been in jail in the US and has been an informant to the US government. And why would Iran want to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador in the US with all their security apparatus and the level of intelligence existing in the US?"

Nothing about alleged charges makes sense. He reminded viewers about a similar fake plot Saddam Hussein was accused of to kill George Bush.

Tehran University Professor Mohammad Marandi told Press TV that Iran has nothing to gain from this scheme. "The only country that really gains out of this is the United States by making these accusations."

Moreover, never once have "Iranians attack(ed) a single Saudi anywhere in the world" despite years of difficult relations. In addition, why attack a low level official? "There are many more important than him. Why in the United States" where security is extremely high, especially in Washington.

"It is obvious that Iranians were not behind this, because A, Iranians have no motive, and B, it would be completely irrational."

America is in "serious trouble at home and abroad, and it is basically trying to distract attention away from its own problems."

The entire scheme is preposterous, he added. Why would the accused tell an alleged hit man in Mexico his Iranian cousin is a general? Why in custody would he call him? Why would a senior Iranian commander OK an assassination on an unsecured international line?

Why would 0,000 be wired, especially from Iran, when any amount over ,000 comes under close scrutiny and is easily traceable?

Moreover, Mexican drug lords have their own agenda making billions of dollars. They'd never risk disrupting it for any amount, let alone .5 million amounting to little more than pocket change.

Nonetheless, America's media accept official lies, repeat them, and most people getting news from disreputable sources believe them.

It's why Washington gets away with murder on a global scale at the expense of vital homeland needs gone begging.

What better time for a national awakening for real change. Hopefully street protests across America show enough sustained resolve to accept nothing less.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/.

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A13 12:39AM

lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Irrémissible, l'inhumanité acquise en héritage S26 6:37AM

Addendum: Benjamin Tucker American Mutualist: Tucker Did Not Advocate Voting in Businesses S25 11:45PM

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Celebrates 25 Years with the House of Hope Gala S24 7:10PM

Against the Rent Madness and For a Nonprofit Orientation! S24 11:56AM

Cybermonde, cyberguerre, cyberespace, cyberterrorisme S24 6:35AM

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy