You remember that state of high alert that forced idiots across the country to plastic wrap their houses? Turns out the whole thing was a fabrication. Despite the fabricated report, there are no plans to change the threat level. Because, really…the stockholders of petroleum, adhesives and plastics companies really need you to help them make the payments on their zillion dollar houses, million dollar trophy wives and the latest fleet of private jets. Any bets on how heavily vested the Bush and Cheney families are in those companies who stand to benefit from this spike in sales? Keep in mind that both duct tape and plastics are a petroleum derivative. Carlyle Group and Halliburton, anyone?
And speaking of lies from on high, y’all remember that tape from “Osama”, doncha? Powell announced that Al Jazeera had the tape, before Al Jazeera knew they had the tape…which was a nice trick that. (Note to Powell, let the spooks drop off the evidence before you announce that the evidence exists.) But it gets even better than that.
Powell used the existence of this tape, and the words he claimed bin Laden had said on it, to further tie Saddam Hussein to international terrorism. He claimed bin Laden was clearly establishing a connection between himself and Hussein on the tape, beyond all question. “This nexus between terrorists and states that are developing weapons of mass destruction,” said Powell, “can no longer be looked away from and ignored.”
The actual tape, played and translated live on every major cable news channel, told a very different story. Osama bin Laden swore vengeance against America if Iraq was attacked, and demanded that the Muslim world stand in solidarity with the Muslim people of Iraq. In very clear words, Osama bin Laden told the people of Iraq to rise up against both American aggression and against “socialist” Saddam Hussein.
And here, according to the documents provided by Truthout.org, is where it gets really interesting. An MSNBC.com report on the bin Laden tape carried the following sentence: “At the same time, the message also called on Iraqis to rise up and oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who is a secular leader.” Less than twenty minutes after this report appeared on MSNBC, that sentence was deleted from the report. The version of the article currently in existence has replaced the text above with this far more benign text: “The taped statement reflected Saddam, a secular leader, but made it clear that Saddam was not the immediate target.” A similar story line, bereft of the portions describing bin Laden’s wish that Hussein be killed, has appeared in virtually every mainstream news media report on the matter.
A report appearing later on Wednesday on MSNBC.com served to refute the claims of collusion between bin Laden and Hussein. “Although Powell sought to characterize the tape as a concrete link between al-Qaida and the Iraqi government,” the MSNBC.com report read, “White House officials acknowledged later to NBC News that it did not. Powell did not know it had not been broadcast when he spoke to the committee and was ‘a little on the front of his skis,’ a government source said.” These lines were buried deep within the report.
By Thursday morning, this text had been completely removed from the article.
They’re lying to you, people. And they aren’t even doing a very good job of it.