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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.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

by Tony Peyser

David L. Cunningham (son of Loren)
Has his own group, which has tried
To make Hollywood less liberal
And transform it from the inside.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon

The USA's mass media constantly tell us how Americans see the "war on terror." But the same outlets rarely tell us much about how the rest of the world sees it.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

All the fuss over ABC's miniseries The Path to 9/11 has been over its factual inaccuracies blaming Bill Clinton for the terrorist attacks. But there is another big problem with the movie: most of the shooting was exported to Canada to save money, diverting millions of dollars from the American economy. The following is a picture of actors reenacting the collapse of the World Trade Center - in downtown Toronto:

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