This is a truly outstanding analysis, by James Corbett of the Corbett Report, of an unusual case of internet bullying. It is an unusual case because it involves adults bullying adults. Furthermore, it involves journalists bullying journalists. Additionally, the first journalist, Sibel Edmonds, who is being mean to another journalist, Vanessa Beeley, is an ex-FBI employee. It seems that the objective is for Budnews, which Sibel Edmonds owns, to undermine real alternative news. All the stranger since Sibel Edmonds has appeared on many sites she now implies are fake news and has endorsed their points of view on Syria. It is not as if she is coming out and saying that she has changed her mind; she appears to be in some form of denial. Her apparent confidence in carrying out a campaign of evident defamation, lacking logic, truth or moderation, is hard to understand, unless she has major financial backing. It is hard to see any other beneficiaries of her political campaign, which I would call severe disinformation, except the US-NATO military industrial and media complex. This complex already has the backing of the entire corporate media, but it seems that it has a program of encouraging fake alternative news-sites, because its ability to dominate middle-class and influential 'memes' is severely threatened by real alternative news reporting. By the way, candobetter.net has published articles by Vanessa Beeley, based on their logic, her reporting from the field, and our knowledge of the situation in Syria, which is based on geopolitical experience, history and geography, plus multiple sources and logic, unlike reports emanating from the corporate media.
Glenn Greenwald has only released 1% of the Snowden documents and those were approved and released after over 100 meetings with US and British intelligence. Some documents are being held back to be released with Greenwald's book. And Greenwald's possession of the documents were the basis of his new $250 million media venture with PayPal's Pierre Omidyar raising ethical questions of checkbook journalism. But even more troubling is the close relationship between the NSA and Omidyar's PayPal.
Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds of BoilingFrogsPost.com has been publicly asking questions of Greenwald and Snowden to determine the ethics and purpose of the Snowden leaks.
Almost everyone pays directly through taxes to be lied to by the ABC and SBS news services (and the British pay with their taxes, for much of the rest of the world as well as themselves, to be misinformed by the BBC news service). Some pay through direct purchase or subscription to be misinformed. Few who watch commercial television news services don't pay indirectly to be lied to. They pay additional costs added to the prices of their purchases to pay for advertising.
One of the almost countless examples of lies about Syria in the Melbourne Age and other Australian newsmedia is the editorial A surprise outbreak of diplomacy over Syria of 11 September 2013 (emphasis added):
At last, Russia ... might appease the United States over Dr Assad's despicable actions in gassing Syrian civilians last month. ... Russia's call [to have Syria's chemical weapons destroyed under international control ...
... would ... remove the immediate justification for US military action against the Assad regime.
... There is too much at stake for the region, and for the Syrian people in particular, to let this ruthless dictator off easily. Ultimately, Dr Assad must be brought to justice to answer for this crime.
The evidence emerging, now that the U.S. has stalled its war plans, is that the terrorist opponents of the popularly supported Syrian government, supplied by the United States' ally Saudi Arabia, launched the chemical weapons. Special UN investigator Carla del Ponte had in April found that it was more likely that Syrian rebels and not the Syrian government had used chemical weapons. Subsequent investigations by Russian chemical weapons experts confirmed Carla del Ponte's findings.
The United States, has itself repeatedly used chemical weapons and other WMDs in the numerous wars it has fought since the middle of the twentieth century. Given that Syria has also faced the threat of nuclear attack from Israel since the 1960's, it would seem prudent for Syria to have possessed one means to deter the Israeli government from launching those weapons agains Syria.
It is not Syrian President al-Assad that needs to be held to account, but the Age newspaper and its editors for lying to their readers about Syria.
The corporate criminals, their government glove-puppets and their newsmedia outlets have vast resources to pay their journalists and editors to misinform the public about world critical events like the Syrian conflict.
Much has been achieved in recent years to counter such lies thanks to the great levelling effect of the (still) free Internet journalists and researchers who have made their work freely available to Internet users.
However, if this is to continue, we cannot continue to rely upon unpaid volunteers or others, with paid employment, working late into the night or on weekends. Those who produce informative Internet content are entitled to remuneration for their valuable work.
Virtually all the independent Internet news services are struggling to make ends meet. These include the Boiling Frogs Post web-site of FBI whistleblower Sybil Edmonds. An appeal for more funds is appended below.
Other Independent news services that also need financial support include Global Research and Paul Craig Roberts. (Curiously, I wan't able to find any appeal for financial support on three other immensely valuable web-sites, Voltaire Net, the Land Destroyer Report and the Corbett Report, but we should be ready to help them out should they suddenly face unexpected financial difficulty in future.) (Candobetter, which is currently also produced by volunteers giving their time for free, could also use professional staff who are able to work full time.)
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Sibel Edmonds worked for years prior to 9/11 interrogating terrorist suspects in Farsi, Turkish and other Middle-Eastern languages on behalf of the FBI. She learned of the terrorist attacks planned for September 11 2001, but her warnings were ignored by her superiors, with tragic results for 3,000 US residents and even more tragic results for Afghanis, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Libyans, Yemenis, Somalis and Syrians, many hundreds of thousands who have since been killed in wars for which 9/11 was used as both a direct and indirect pretext. After years of waiting for clearance to publish her book from the FBI, she has gone ahead and published as Sibel Edmonds explains in this interview on Russia Today.Sibel Edmonds worked for years prior to 9/11 interrogating terrorist suspects in Farsi, Turkish and other Middle-Eastern languages on behalf of the FBI. She learned of the terrorist attacks planned for September 11 2001, but her warnings were ignored by her superiors, with tragic results for 3,000 US residents and even more tragic results for Afghanis, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Libyans, Yemenis, Somalis and Syrians, many hundreds of thousands who have since been killed in wars for which 9/11 was used as both a direct and indirect pretext. After years of waiting for clearance to publish her book from the FBI, she has gone ahead and published as Sibel Edmonds explains in this interview on Russia Today.
What I find so remarkable is Sibel’s persistence in trying every avenue and possible outlet in trying to get the truth out. When going up the chain of command in the executive branch and Inspector General internal mechanisms for investigating fraud, waste, and abuse went nowhere, she sought judicial remedy by filing lawsuits only to be improperly gagged by “state secrecy privilege”. Along the way she also sought congressional assistance, testified to the 9-11 Commission, and engaged with various media and other non-governmental organizations. It’s somewhat ironic that Sibel herself demonstrated such enormous energy and passion throughout this decade quite the opposite of the “boiling frog” idiom she uses for her website as a warning to others. If her book can inspire readers to summon even 1/100th of the determination and resolve she has modeled, there’s hope for us!
-- Coleen Rowley
Retired FBI Agent & Time Magazine Person of the Year, 2002
I've read a million reviews of nonfiction books about our government that referred to them as "page-turners" and "gripping dramas," but I had never read a book that actually fit that description until now... Yet, thus far, no branch of our government has lifted its little finger to fix the problem of secrecy and the corruption it breeds, which Edmonds argues has grown far worse under President Obama. That's why this book should be spread far and wide, and read aloud to our misrepresentatives in Congress if necessary. This book is a masterpiece that reveals both the details and the broader pattern of corruption and unaccountability in Washington, D.C. Edmonds has not exposed bad apples, but a rotten barrel of toxic waste that will sooner or later infect us all.
-- David Swanson
Author & Activist, WarisaCrime.Org