It has been said that Americans are the most lied to people on the face of the planet and if that sounds a little too boastful, we most certainly rank
in the top ten.
Of course everybody on this forum knows that US presstitutes regularly filter or edit out anything that doesn’t fit into somebody’s political
agenda or none of us would be here looking for the truth and sharing what we find with our ATS friends, foes and passersby. Even when they really
don’t really want to hear it.
So we had Egypt and the fearsome Muslim Brotherhood to worry about, except they suddenly became not-a-threat cuz the good guys won and that’s all we
needed to know about that. Now we’ve got Snowden, Hastings and Zimmerman to keep us entertained and we’re not being told the truth about them,
either. Nor are we being fully informed about the IRS scandal, the reuptake on NSA spying, or the reuptake on NDAA disappearing people off the streets
who might tell the unmitigated and unfortunate truth.
In depth investigative journalism went the way of the dinosaur a long time ago and if you don’t believe gutsy writers of the past were taken out in
a very similar manner to Michael Hastings, you might refresh your memory on a guy by the name of Don Bolles.
On June 2, 1976, a bomb exploded beneath Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles’ car. Eleven days later, he died. Today, there are still those who
believe Bolles’ slaying is something of a mystery. Prosecutors say he was killed because of his stories attacking powerful Valley businessman Kemper
Marley. Others think he died because of what he wrote about organized crime. Still others believe he was done in by a combination of the two. The
truth is buried in the minds, or in the graves, of those who were involved.
Of course they didn’t have advanced technology to cyber explode cars back then, it was strictly a hands-on labor of love. But besides effectively
shutting Bolles up, the fireball served as an object lesson to others who might try to expose the unfortunate truth. And it had the desired effect.
So stepping back a few weeks, why did you believe the overthrow of the bad guys in Egypt was the whole story? Why do you believe the media on this
particular story if you know or suspect that they don’t tell the truth on any other event? We don’t learn anything by osmosis, we adapt certain
beliefs that are hammered into our heads over, and over, and over until they are a part of our consciousness. This particular belief has been hammered
unrelentingly for a century or so and even Edward Bernays would be astonished at how his manual on propaganda
literally caught fire in US
media allowing them to sway the minds of Americans in this direction or that, or mostly round in circles.
So I am issuing a challenge to one and all, sort of a double dog dare ya, to climb down into the Egyptian rabbit hole and see what investigative
journalism looks like. I’m not even going to post excerpts from the article because investigative reporting can’t be done in small bites.
Well, okay then, I’ll give you a little teaser … remember the gas shortages just before the coup? How incompetent can a government get, the guys
with the hammers chortled.
Egypt has 2480 gas stations, with about 400 stations run by the government. The other two thousand sations (sic) are owned privately by business
tycoons who were given these licenses during the Mubarak era because they were close to the regime and considered very loyal. Morsi’s government
asserted that each station received its share and that there was no reason for the shortages. In fact, a few days before he was deposed Morsi warned
gas station owners he’d revoke their licences if they refused to provide their customers with fuel. Khalid Al-Shami, a youth activist who was with
the opposition until the military coup, exposed the plot when he announced in public that the handful of owners of the privately-run gas stations
conspired to create the manufactured fuel shortage crisis in order to build public discontent against Morsi. The best evidence that the problem of
fuel shortage was manufactured is that it evaporated overnight. Since the moment Morsi was deposed there has been no fuel shortage.
Okay, I’ll leave you to it.
Mods, please feel free to move this if Middle East Issues is not appropriate. Thanks.