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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by George Lakoff & Evan Frisch

Language matters, because it can determine how we think and act.

For a few hours after the towers fell on 9/11, administration spokesmen referred to the event as a “crime.” Indeed, Colin Powell argued within the administration that it be treated as a crime. This would have involved international crime-fighting techniques: checking banks accounts, wire-tapping, recruiting spies and informants, engaging in diplomacy, cooperating with intelligence agencies in other governments, and if necessary, engaging in limited “police actions” with military force. Indeed, such methods have been the most successful so far in dealing with terrorism.

Monday, 11 September 2006 03:32

Will Durst: 911 Plus 5

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Monday is the fifth anniversary of IX-XI and President Bush has apparently decided to prepare us for our national day of mourning by delivering a week long series of seminars on fear mongering. Okay, okay, maybe "fear mongering" is a bit much. Perhaps a better phrase would be "PR campaign of cheap political calculation," or "systematic exploitative pandering" or "a typical sleazy example from the Karl Rove electioneering handbook." Or as we have to come know it during the last six years: "business as usual."

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Five Years Later, Here's The GOP's New Game Plan

by Tony Peyser

Deny anything
About "The Pet Goat"
Ignore every
Internet quote.

Monday, 11 September 2006 02:51

Barbara's Daily Buzz for September 11, 2006

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Today is a day of remembrance, a day of infamy, and we bow our heads for all those who lost their lives in this tragedy. Our hearts go out to their families and friends, our nation mourns their loss. If we are indeed to do everything possible to avert any future terrorism here in America, we must also remember that George Bush ignored an August 6th PDB that warned "Osama determined to strike within the U.S.; that this administration had a preconceived PNAC plan to go to war in the Middle East; and that the threat of terrorism was not a priority. 

Monday, 11 September 2006 01:59

World Media Watch for September 11, 2006

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

1//The Observer/Guardian, UK--US ACCUSED OF COVERT OPERATIONS IN SOMALIA  (Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms.  The emails, dated June this year, reveal how US firms have been planning undercover missions in support of President Abdullahi Yusuf's transitional federal government - founded with UN backing in 2004 - against the Supreme Islamic Courts Council - a radical Muslim militia which took control of Mogadishu, the country's capital, also in June promising national unity under Sharia law.  Evidence of foreign involvement in the conflict would not only breach the UN arms embargo but could destabilise the entire region.  One email dated Friday, 16 June, is from Michele Ballarin, chief executive of Select Armor - a US military firm based in Virginia. Ballarin's email was sent to a number of individuals including Chris Farina of the Florida-based military company ATS Worldwide. ... The website of Farina's company ATS boasts it 'can execute operations in support of host national indigenous forces'. ATS claims it uses former US and British special operations personnel.)

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter, Mediachannel.org

The last time a docudrama triggered a such a sh*t storm was not that long ago, when CBS was offering a a fictionalized dramatization of the live and loves of Ronald Reagan. That was back in November 2003. Right wing organizations went ballistic with websites like insultspunished.com blasting it as biased and an unacceptable attack on a living President. Other outlets compared it to a media assassination.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Paul Rogat Loeb

I'd actually be fine if ABC aired their Swift Boating mockudrama, The Path to /9/11. They just have to do one little thing:

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

Consistency in brand identity – that is characterized by quality and credibility – is the most important point to remember in building a national and international identity.

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

These are the facts:

It’s the standard Rovian/Swift Boat practice to crank up the right wing echo chamber with falsehoods about a project or accusation, deny access to opposing viewpoints, and then claim that the objectors don’t know what they are talking about because they haven’t seen what they are objecting to.

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

Forget about any pretense of the Disney-ABC $40 million (commercial free) "The Path to 9/11" being a project that accidentally went astray. With the facts available as of Saturday afternoon, September 9, one thing is already clear. It is a pre-meditated hit job, in the Rovian-GOP Swift Boat tradition.

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