October 04, 2001
British Offer Details on Evidence
( Associated Press ) LONDON -- Excerpts from summary of evidence against Osama bin Laden in U.S. terrorist attacks, released Thursday by the British government:
Speak No Evil
( Brooke Shelby Biggs ) Anyone who remembers the Gulf War won't be surprised to hear that as it undertakes the "war on terrorism," the US government plans to freeze out the press to an extent never before seen -- worse even than during Operation Desert Storm, when the media were bottle-fed news of smart bombs and surgical strikes that turned out to be less than accurate. Already, the State Department has "persuaded" the Voice of America to kill an interview with a prominent Taliban leader. And Pentagon officials have announced that they are prepared to lie to the press about developments in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Two sides to the coin
( Gary Younge ) LONDON -- Tony Blair is right: Colin Powell couldn't have made it here. But America is no paradise of racial equality either
The high price for Russia's help
( The Independent ) At a summit with EU and Nato officials in Brussels, Mr Putin has promised the West more than its leaders dreamed of asking. He did not criticise a military campaign in Afghanistan and even promised to help it by supplying the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, granting the US use of Russian airspace and promising to persuade his clients in central Asia to follow suit.
War On Terror: The Media
( John Pilger ) During the Falklands war in 1982, the BBC's Weekly Review Board met to discuss how the war should be presented to the public. The minutes show that senior executives decided that the news ought to be shaped to suit 'the emotional sensibilities of the public' and that the weight of BBC coverage would be concerned with government statements of policy. An 'impartial style' was felt to be 'an unnecessary irritation'.
Asking why is not to excuse the terrorists' actions
( Scott Burchill )Consider, for a moment, the effort which goes in to understanding the causes of crime in our society. Psychologists, social workers and criminologists, to name only three professional groups, have a primarily heuristic vocation. There is almost no dissent from the proposition that by better understanding the motivations of criminals, we are in a stronger position to minimise the incidence of crime.
Just who are our allies in Afghanistan?
( Robert Fisk ) "America's New War," is what they call it on CNN. And of course, as usual, they've got it wrong. Because in our desire to "bring to justice" – let's remember those words in the coming days – the vicious men who planned the crimes against humanity in New York and Washington last month, we're hiring some well-known rapists and murderers to work for us.
Made in the U.S.A.: How the U.S. Manufactures Terrorists
( Peter Dale Scott ) As pundits call for the CIA to recruit more shady characters in the hunt for Islamic terrorists, it is important to learn from the serious mistakes made by the United States and CIA in the past. The usual CIA mode of undermining foreign governments it does not like -- from Russia to Cuba to Iran -- has been to organize and train their opponents in criminal activities, including sabotage and smuggling.