Reed Irvine - Editor
|December A and B, 1999|
When AIM was launched 30 years ago, few people would have said that the media were doing the bidding of the government. Richard Nixon, who was hated by the liberal media, was so upset by their biased coverage that he had Vice President Spiro Agnew attack the TV networks in a speech in Des Moines on Nov. 13, 1969. The networks were deluged with telegrams and letters from viewers who agreed with Agnew.
A major complaint was that they spread lies and concealed the truth to undermine support for the Vietnam War. In 1999, they spread lies and concealed the truth to generate support for the Kosovo war. At AIM's 30th anniversary conference, four panels discussed this remarkable change and the reasons for it. The panel on the state of investigative journalism was covered in the November-B AIM Report. This double-issue report covers the other three and the luncheon speech by Larry Klayman.
George Kenney, a former State Department desk officer for Yugoslavia, said that during the Bosnian war, some Bosnians decided that the best way to win U.S. support would be to claim that they were the victims of genocide. Their claims that 250,000 to 300,000 Muslims were being slaughtered was a factor in winning the support of the Clinton administration. Their numbers were accepted without question. Kenney said he investigated them. In an article in The New York Times Magazine in early 1995 he reported that the number killed on all sides in the fighting in Bosnia had been between 70,000 and 90,000. He believed that the Serbs killed more than the Croats and Muslims, but not by much. When we went to war over Kosovo, the exaggerated death toll in Bosnia was cited to make the claims of Serbian genocide in Kosovo credible.
Kenney said he had learned from a reporter who covered the Rambouillet talks on Kosovo that a senior official had revealed that the talks had been set up to fail. Secretary of State Albright wanted an excuse to threaten Milosevic with bombing to get him to agree to her unacceptable demands. On March 18, the day the Rambouillet talks broke down, Kenney said that David Scheffer, who had been given the title of Ambassador at Large for War Crimes, adopted the genocide gambit. He claimed that there were "upwards of 100,000 men that we cannot account for in Kosovo," implying that they were dead. Our air strikes began six days later, justifying it by the claim that we had to stop the genocide and ethnic cleansing. Kenney said that the Albanians who had been displaced in the fighting in 1998 were beginning to return home. The displacement resumed and greatly accelerated when we began bombing.
When Milosevic did not cave in and the number of civilian casualties caused by our bombing mounted, Amb. Scheffer turned up the heat. In mid-May he said that "a total of 225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59 were missing." Wire service stories quoted him as saying, "With the exception of Rwanda in 1994 and Cambodia in 1975, you would be hard pressed to find a crime scene anywhere in the world since World War II where a defenseless civilian population has been assaulted with such ferocity and criminal intent and suffered so many violations of international law in such a short period of time as in Kosovo since mid-March 1999."
Kenney said this was false, but it convinced a lot of people that genocide was occurring in Kosovo. When investigators enter-ed Kosovo in June, the British scaled down the death estimate, saying that maybe 10,000 had been killed. Kenney said the investigators had not been able to find that many bodies. Sites alleged to have hundreds of bodies, he said, turned out to have only a few or none. He said The War Crimes Tribunal would soon issue a report that might say that 3,000 to 5,000 bodies had been found. Kenney said that would not be enough to justify the war. The Tribunal's report, issued on Nov. 10, said that only 2,108 bodies had been found and not all of them were Albanians murdered by Serbs. If the search is resumed next spring more bodies may be found, but Kenney pointed out that the prime sites had already been investigated.
Charles Wiley, a former correspondent who has covered 11 wars, said an important story that was overlooked in the Kosovo war was how we were maneuvered into the war by a handful of young English-speaking Albanians. He said that they started a daily newspaper in Kosovo for the sole purpose of getting the West into the war. Virtually every reporter and American diplomat who went to Kosovo went to them to get a briefing. The visitors might then hire the young reporters as guides and interpreters and in some cases would even ask them to edit their stories. Wiley said that was the equivalent of foreign journalists checking in with Goebbels to find out what they should write about Nazi Germany. The Christian Science Monitor was the only publication that reported this story.
Wiley said there was also little reporting on the vicious civil war in Kosovo in 1998 even though many reporters visited the province, and we had 2,300 observers there to try to keep the two sides apart. We were allowed to make six unimpeded flights a day to take aerial photos so we could keep the situation under control, but all the observers were taken out when we decided to go to war. Had they been kept there, Wiley said, there would have been far less killing. Gen. Wesley Clark, the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, had said in a speech about six weeks before the bombing started that the KLA had initiated an offensive in June of 1998 that brought at least 40 percent of the province under their nominal control. Milosevic, despite a warning from NATO, moved in to crush it with military power.
Gen. Clark's speech, Wiley said, made it clear that the KLA started the war. "They were helped along by the leadership here and in England who were dying to get into that war," Wiley charged. He said virtually all our top military people were against it, but Gen. Clark was pushing it. Wiley said that British officers with whom he had talked recently were overwhelmingly against the war, calling it illegal. They referred to Gen. Clark as "Dr. Strangelove," because he was so eager to start a ground war. Wiley said Clinton's war policy was "a series of blunders on a horrendous scale." Kenney pointed out that the terms we agreed to after the bombing did not include all the unacceptable demands we made at Rambouillet. He said he was sure we could have reached much the same agreement without bombing.
M. Stanton Evans, a former newspaper editor, columnist and director of the National Journalism Center, told the AIM conference that Senator Joseph McCarthy's accusations about communist penetration of the U.S. Government were true but understated. Evans is writing a book about this. He said that evidence of Soviet penetration of the U.S. Government on a massive scale has now been confirmed. This has been learned in recent years, he said, from KGB records, memoirs, spy confessions, the Venona transcripts of communications between Moscow and its American agents during the 1940s, and FBI files. All of this information confirms that McCarthy was on the right track, but he didn't know the full scope of the infiltration of our government. Evans said we know the names of about 100 Soviet agents in the government, and there were probably several hundred more.
It has long been known that the White House, the State Department and the Treasury Department were penetrated at high levels by Soviet agents during the Roosevelt administration. Alger Hiss at State, Harry Dexter White at Treasury and Lauchlin Currie at the White House were among those exposed as Soviet agents over 50 years ago, but only in recent years has evidence been found that is strong enough to convince their diehard defenders. Evans pointed out that high-level govern-ment officials who knew how strong the evidence was at the time were slow to act upon it. He cited the Amerasia case, which broke in 1945, as one example. FBI wiretaps that are now available, he said, reveal obstruction of justice on the part of high government officials to let the accused off with token punishment even though they had passed hundred of classified documents to Amerasia, whose editor was a Communist.
Evans charged that the effort to root the suspected spies out of the State Department was "stopped cold" when Gen. George C. Marshall became Secretary of State. He said that a congressional committee compiled a list of 108 suspected communists or spies who had worked, applied for jobs, or were currently employed in the State Department. Explosive hearings were held, but President Truman issued an order that stopped the internal effort to clean up the State Department and prevented Congress from continuing its own probe.
He said that two years later, McCarthy got the list, the documents on the Amerasia case, and other information, "and he blew the lid off it." McCarthy read some of the material into the Congressional Record and demanded that the problem be exposed and corrected. Evans said that claims that those on the State Department list were "cleared" are totally false. McCarthy, Evans said, was threatening to expose one portion of "a deeply embedded apparatus" in the government. He said the full story would have embarrassed higher-ups in government who didn't want it to come out. Evans concluded, "That's why he [McCarthy] had to be destroyed, and that is the source of the disinformation that has persisted for the past 50 years."
Evans was asked about the evidence published in the AIM Report showing that Harry Hopkins, FDR's closest adviser, was a Soviet agent. He said that Christopher Andrew, co-author of The Sword and the Shield, claimed that Hopkins was an "unconscious" Soviet agent, but Herbert Romerstein in his still unpublished book on the Venona intercepts says the evidence shows that Hopkins was a fully conscious Soviet agent. He agreed with Romerstein. He also said that Truman biographer David McCullough was mistaken in claiming that Truman cracked down on the Soviet spies.
John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, delivered a devastating rebuttal to the anti-gun propaganda emanating from the White House and the media. He said that "a lot of what we think we know isn't true" and that the myths about guns are more likely to endanger lives than save them.
In 1997, he said there were about 440,000 violent crimes and over 9,000 murders committed with guns. By contrast, there were over 2 million violent crimes prevented through the use of guns. The media, Lott said, focus on the former category because it produces an actual victim or a dead body. The latter usually produces no rapist or murderer or even a consummated crime. He said the media's emphasis on the bad things that happen with guns causes the public to think that guns are more of a problem than a solution. Lott said that within ten days after the highly publicized Atlanta day-trader murders last summer, there were three incidents in Atlanta in which citizens used guns to foil attacks. One was at a hospital, another at a hardware store and one foiled the hijacking of a gasoline tanker. "Those got very little attention," he said.
Lott listed several media myths. One is the notion that passive behavior in the face of a criminal attack is the best course of action. Lott pointed out that there are many different forms of active resistance. He said that women who react passively are 2.5 times more likely to be seriously injured than a woman with a gun. Another myth is that most murder victims are killed by acquaintances. He said that is misleading because rival gang members who know each other, rival drug dealers, prostitutes and their clients or pimps, and taxi cab drivers and their passengers are classified as acquaintances by the FBI.
Lott said murderers are usually not your typical citizen. Ninety percent of adult murderers have a criminal record and most are young males with low I.Q's. Most murders are committed in urban areas. Eighty percent of the counties in the U.S. have no murders in any given year, Lott said. The idea that anyone is a potential killer furthers the gun control agenda, he said, because people who fear their neighbors don't trust them with guns.
The myth that our murder rate is high because Americans own so many guns crumbles under scrutiny, Lott said. He said that the states in the U.S. with the highest gun ownership rate have the lowest violent crime rate. Also, states with the biggest increases in gun ownership have had the biggest relative drops in violent crime. Another misleading claim, he said, is that 13 children a day die from guns. But these "children" include everyone under age 20. Seventy percent of them are 17 or older. They are mainly gang members fighting each other.
Lott pointed out that widely used statistics overestimate the risk involved in using a gun 25-fold and greatly underestimate the benefit. He said the statistics on the benefit derived from gun ownership are based on the number of cases in which the intruder is killed. He said that 98 percent of the time, simply brandishing the gun is enough to cause the intruder to flee.
"It's not about right or left, it's about right and wrong." That's how Michael McNulty explained why he has spent more than six years of his life trying to uncover the truth about what really happened when some 80 men, women and children died in the besieged Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1993. McNulty, whose new film, Waco: A New Revelation, has just been released, has concluded that it was a case of murder by agents of the federal government.
The government claims that the Branch Davidians killed themselves, and that no federal agents did anything that started the fire that consumed the compound. But McNulty's discoveries of pyrotechnic devices in the evidence recovered from the compound have now led to FBI admissions that it did use them. But it insists that they were not used at a time or place that would make it possible to say they started the fire. The FBI's belated admission that it used these devices at all has undermined confidence in its veracity.
"We're starting to see some movement," McNulty said. He had been told that he would never get his films made, that Congress would never hold more hearings on Waco and that there was no chance of getting a special prosecutor to investigate it. McNul-ty said he welcomes new congressional hearings, but he has some doubts about the Danforth probe. He said that if Danforth is fired before Clinton leaves office, he would assume that he had done his job. Otherwise he would begin to wonder.
McNulty praised Lee Hancock of the Dallas Morning News. She wrote a negative article about his first film, Waco: The Rules of Engagement, but she has changed. He praised her Oct. 25 story about Judge Walter Smith, who presided over the trial that sent some of the Waco survivors to prison for forty years. Judge Smith, who is now presiding over the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by lawyers representing some of the survivors, has also changed his mind. Hancock traced this to Judge Smith's discovery that the government may have concealed, altered or failed to reveal evidence. This stems from Mike McNulty's revelations that the FBI used pyrotechnic devices and that Delta Force personnel were present during the siege.
When Smith sentenced the Davidians in 1994, he said they had started the firefight that began the incident, but he now says that is "a matter of great dispute." He sees the new trial as an opportunity to discover the truth about what happened. He has ordered every government agency "to disgorge everything in its files even remotely related to the siege and send it to the Waco federal courthouse." He said "extraordinary action was warranted in 'litigation that is unprecedented in subject matter, scope and public attention.'"
McNulty said Timothy McVeigh committed the insane act of bombing the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people on the second anniversary of Waco because the media "didn't help bring closure" to Waco. He believes that it is the cover-up, not the truth, that is likely to trigger such actions. He also says it is important that the public understand that the image the media gave of the Davidians was highly misleading. He said most of them were from foreign countries including Britain, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. He said, "They were just folks, a little peculiar." He urged the audience to support and encourage those who were trying to get the truth about Waco. To order his new video call 1-800-getwaco.
In a discussion of the continuing government cover-up in the TWA 800 case, Tom Stalcup, chairman of the Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization (FIRO), discussed the new radar data they obtained from the NTSB last June. These data, which were unveiled at a news conference sponsored by AIM on August 27, show over 30 unidentified aircraft and surface vessels that were within 30 nautical miles of the spot where TWA Flight 800 was shot down. He said after three years and the expenditure of over $40 million, the TWA 800 investigation had produced nothing but "speculation over a mysterious spark from an unknown source." He predicted that the NTSB's final report would blame the TWA 800 crash on an explosion in the center-wing tank, explaining that it could have been caused by a chafed wire carrying a high voltage being bundled with a low-voltage wire supplying power to the sensors in the fuel tank. [Recently a story suggesting exactly this scenario appeared in the press.]
Stalcup, a doctoral candidate in physics, said the radar data proved that the $40,000 video produced by the CIA that showed the plane climbing 3000 feet after it exploded was a lie. The NTSB produced a video that claimed the plane had climbed only 1,500 feet, but its animation showed it climbing 3,400 feet. That was because a climb of only 1,500 feet would be imperceptible to eyewitnesses 10 miles away. The primary radar showed the plane's speed accelerated sharply after the explosion. That proved that it was falling, not climbing.
He then showed the ships and aircraft picked up by the radar, over 30 large ships, four of them doing 30 knots or better, and most of them already inside or heading for military warning zone W-105. One of the aircraft was flying back and forth, in and out of the warning zone, making sharp U-turns. He said the planes were without transponders, indicating that they were military aircraft. None of them altered course when TWA 800 blew up, none of them went to the crash site. "What were these boats?" he asked. The NTSB, the FBI and the Navy refuse to answer that question.
Stalcup said that explosive residues, PETN, RDX and nitrates, were found in the wreckage, but they were explained away, poorly in his opinion. Questions were not asked by the media. He said, "It is the responsibility of the media to investigate incidents of possible government wrongdoing....TWA 800 is an issue with serious discrepancies. Many anomalies exist that seriously question and even undermine the conclusions drawn by federal investigators. The media must begin to ask these hard questions that should have been asked many months ago."
Jim Sanders, author of The Downing of TWA Flight 800 and a new book, Altered Evidence, revealed what he described as a new smoking gun in the Flight 800 case, the equivalent of the proof that the FBI used pyrotechnic gas grenades at Waco. He said that a few months earlier he had obtained over 200 TWA 800-related documents from David Hendrix, a reporter for the Riverside, Calif. Press-Enterprise who has played an important role in gathering and reporting evidence in this case. Sanders displayed on a screen what he said was "one of the really interesting documents."
It was a three-paragraph response from the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, dated Aug. 5, 1996, to a request for information on Navy ships and aircraft near Long Island when Flight 800 crashed. Paragraph #1 dealt with a P-3 Orion aircraft that was near the crash site. Paragraph #2 was blanked out. Paragraph #3 was boilerplate stuff. But someone had typed an explanation of why #2 was missing. They wrote, "Paragraph 2 of the last document in the released package contains information concerning the movement of significant naval units and has been withheld under national security."
Sanders said. "This is the incendiary devices from Waco. It's the same thing." It indicates that the Navy lied big time when it claimed that the nearest asset it had to the accident site was the Aegis cruiser Normandy, 180 miles away. When it was discovered that three submarines were closer, that statement was revised, but the radar data showing over 30 what appear to be "significant naval units" were kept secret.
He showed photos of portions of the wreckage of TWA 800 that he obtained early in his investigation, apologizing for not being able to show the photos he had taken just prior to his trial. The Justice Department had insisted that he promise not to use or release those photos for anything except the trial. But he was able to describe how the two sets of photos showed that important pieces of the wreckage had been altered in an effort to make it better conform to the government's theory that the initiating event of the crash was the explosion of the center-wing fuel tank.
The earlier photos had shown lots of holes and a screen mesh on which there were lots of little pieces on the right side of the center-wing tank, the part of the recovered wreckage labeled CW 601. He said this piece "had been blasted into tiny pieces where it wasn't severely holed." But the photos he took last June showed that the wire mesh and all the little pieces were gone. He showed a photo of "the next-to-last" version of this piece of the wreckage, saying, "The holes are gone...and its shape is considerably different." Pointing to the bottom of the photo, he said, "This part isn't there today...To me it looked like somebody took a power saw and sawed off the bottom. I don't know why, but it's different."
Sanders said he sent an e-mail to Peter Goelz, the managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), asking him if he could provide a reasonable explanation of the changes the photos revealed. He showed the reply he received from Peter Goelz. It read: "Yes, I can, but I will not. Your first book was an insulting fabrication. Can't wait for #2." Sanders commented, "Same guy who trashed Kelly O'Meara before she got out of the building."
Sanders described the damage done to the right wing, beginning with the mid-spar, which he said was blasted into such small pieces that they did not rebuild it. He said, "Maj. Fritz Meyers (the National Guard helicopter pilot who saw the missile and the explosions) carried a five-foot piece of the inner right-wing just outside this hole (to Washington). It had holes in it; it tested positive for explosive residue. Many more explosive-residue pieces were pulled out of there. NTSB investigators found me at an airport a way back and showed me the photos of these other pieces that tested positive, had holes blasted in them. They had photos of them that they wouldn't give me. And those pieces...after they tested positive, they disappeared into thin air."
Sanders concluded, "This is what is going on now. They altered the debris field, they have altered the pieces (of wreckage). There is a lot more of this. This is just scratching the surface on things that you can prove beyond any doubt whatsoever, they have altered to make things go their way. This is the state we're in when major media will not offer a balanced story. I don't want them to tell my side. I would just like them, when they're telling their side, to balance it, not lie about it, but just to balance it. I think that's a reasonable expectation. It's really major media's fault that the government's in the sad shape it's in today and why we all are here, because major media is so incredibly irresponsible."
Sanders said the government has admitted it had threatened to prosecute his wife, even though it had no evidence that she had done anything wrong, because it was desperate to get him. Despite their threats, he refused to make a deal with the prosecutors. This persecution of a journalist has gone largely unreported and has never been protested by the establishment media or any politicians. [Jim and Liz were convicted of aiding and abetting the removal of two small swatches of foam rubber from an airplane crash site, but they have not been required to serve any time in jail, perform community service, nor endure probation.]
Sanders recognized a member of the audience, Kelly O'Meara of Insight Magazine, for her efforts to get the truth. O'Meara was the subject of a hit piece by Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post after she asked Peter Goelz of the NTSB about the radar data showing unusual movements of all those ships in the area of the TWA 800 crash. Goelz had promptly called Kurtz to complain that her questions were offensive. Kurtz promptly wrote a story that was critical of O'Meara for doing what investigative reporters are supposed to do. He did this at the behest of a senior government official whose refusal to answer important questions posed by anyone keeps the cover-up intact.
Dana Allen, chairman of NewsMax.com who substituted for Chris Ruddy, said the growth of their Internet news service demonstrates the hunger that exists for stories that get badly covered or ignored by the major media. He said NewsMax, a year after it was launched, is getting over a million hits per day. It features the investigative reporting of Ruddy, the first reporter to question the official version of Vince Foster's death, and the author of The Strange Death of Vincent Foster.
Allen, who first met Ruddy at an AIM conference in Los Angeles, resigned as chairman of a Silicon Valley software company to help launch Newsmax.com. He said that he regarded another Ruddy scoop as one of the biggest stories that the establishment media have ignored-the apparent bullet hole found in Ron Brown's head after his plane crashed in Croatia on April 3, 1996. He said, "You have photographs of the bullet hole, you have X-rays showing a 'lead snowstorm' inside the brain cavity, and you have four officers that have come forward and said that when his body was on the table they go, 'My god, there's a bullet hole in Ron Brown's head.' And that's what everyone thought. Not only that, we have videotape testimony from these officers that they heard that the X-rays were going to be destroyed. And the reason today that we have the photographs and the X-rays is that the forensic photographer on the site thought there was a cover-up in progress, and she took photographs of the X-rays and photo-graphs that were on top of the light box at Dover Air Force Base.
"That's the only reason that we have this evidence. There should have been an autopsy. There was not. The White House ordered the body flown back immediately, before normal procedures, so they could supposedly bury the body at Arlington National Cemetery. It appears the more reasonable reason was to help cover up evidence." He said the photographs and X-rays can be found on Newsmax.com, and people are welcome to print them out and distribute them.
Allen briefly discussed two of the suspicious aspects of the Ron Brown plane crash. One was the death of the stewardess who survived the crash, allegedly from a severed artery in her leg, which raised the question of how she had lived for 11 hours after the crash. The other was the alleged suicide of airport maintenance chief Niko Junic, who was in charge of the beacon that was supposed to guide the plane to the airport at Dubrovnik but which guided it into St. John's mountain instead.
Allen said he believes that "the pretend media" know that Vince Foster did not kill himself in Fort Marcy Park. He thinks they know exactly what they are doing. He told of a call he got from Don Hewitt, the executive producer of 60 Minutes, in response to a letter he had written criticizing the hatchet job Mike Wallace had done on Chris Ruddy's groundbreaking work on the Foster case. In the letter, he had challenged Hewitt to join him in presenting the evidence in the Foster case to an arbitrator. They would each have 30 minutes to present their case. The arbitrator would decide which was right, and the loser would pay the winner $5,000. Hewitt called him to discuss it, but he refused to bet. Allen saw that as proof that they know they are wrong.
He cited another $5,000 wager that he had offered Bob Wood-ward. He called in when Woodward was on C-SPAN. In his book, Veil, Woodward claimed he had interviewed William J. Casey, the former Director of Central Intelligence, in his hospital room after he had undergone surgery for a brain tumor. Allen offered to bet Woodward $5,000 that he couldn't pass a lie detector test on that story. He said his call rattled Woodward. "He fumbled, he stuttered, he was not willing to take it," Allen said. He has it on tape. He said other reporters know that Woodward's story is false, but they are not willing to say so publicly. They protect their own. They don't police themselves.
Allen said the media claim to be extremely interested in freedom of speech. "If they were," he pointed out, "Jim Sanders would be a hero." He said the media were not interested in what Jim Sanders had exposed. They are interested in power for themselves to alter the political landscape and get the people they want into office. Another example he cited was Juanita Broaddrick's charge that Bill Clinton had raped her. It made the news for a couple of days
and was dropped. He asked if anyone could imagine that happening if the charge had been made against Nixon or George Bush. He also cited the contrast between the media's interest in the question of whether George W. Bush had used cocaine, for which there was no evidence, and their the lack of interest in the same question with respect to Bill Clinton, for which there is a lot of evidence.
He said there is also abundant evidence that Clinton has frequently used the unprintable "N" word, but that never gets reported by the pro-Clinton media. And finally, he pointed out that Clinton could not get a security clearance if one were required for the presidency. That is a story that even the alternative media have overlooked, he said. He recommended boycotting those media that are lying and supporting those that tell the truth.
Journalists today are almost all graduates of liberal arts colleges and their education has a powerful influence on their reporting. That is why we had a panel on the media's rotting roots in education and culture.
Dan Flynn, executive director of Accuracy in Academia, said colleges like to talk about diversity, but their notion of diversity in the faculty lounges is "where everyone should look like the United Nations but think like a San Francisco coffee house." They're willing to hire people who come from different backgrounds and be different colors and genders but their mentality is the same. Surveys of the partisan political affiliations of professors at major universities show that Democrats outnumber Republicans by margins as high as 31 to 1. Flynn commented on the bias in higher education, saying, "That's not diversity at all. That's waging war on real diversity-intellectual diversity."
The ideological bias is reflected in general courses as well as those for students pursuing a journalism degree such as "queer media" and "race, gender and the media." Outside of the journalism departments, the situation is equally bleak. At Harvard and Columbia, courses are offered bearing titles like "Queer Acts." The course description says, "Drag will be encouraged but not required." Flynn commented, "Perhaps we should be thankful for that."
On college campuses, there is an emerging field known as "Gay and Lesbian Studies." A textbook for students in this field describes "boy-lovers" as being unfairly stigmatized. The feminist author, who teaches at a major university, attacks the FBI and postal inspectors for investigating and prosecuting pedophiles, who, she says, should have their civil liberties protected. She calls pedophiles a "community of men who love under-age youth" and she describes child molesting as a "cross-generational encounter." She also wants to protect those who engage in sadomasochism-inflicting pain for sexual pleasure-and trans-sexuality. "It might be funny if no one was listening to this," commented Flynn. "But this essay is required reading in a course at Harvard and other lesser-known schools that try to play follow-the-leader with some of the elite campuses around the country."
The latest growing fad is animal rights, Flynn said. Peter Singer, who has been hired as a professor at Princeton, believes in human rights for some animals but no human rights for some humans. He terms the use of animals for human purposes to be "speciesist"- a form of racism toward animals. Singer believes it's a form of discrimination to eat a hamburger, but that parents should be able to have their new-born killed because it's not really human. In protest of Singer's views, Steve Forbes has said he will not make any more gifts to Princeton. Flynn said others should do the same.
Dr. Clark Bowers, who until recently served as the Fred Schwarz Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard, said we have to understand who and what ideas have driven the dominant philosophy in American education today. He believes the most important individual today is Michel Foucault, whose books are in widespread use in college courses. Bowers said most people would be shocked at what this man espoused.
Bowers described Foucault as a pervert who visited the leather district in San Francisco, where he participated in sadomasochistic activities, including torture and the use of pain to generate sexual pleasure. [As did Joshua Brown and Davis Carpenter, the two homosexuals who murdered 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising last September.] Foucault con-tracted AIDS and died in the early 1980s. Bowers com-mented, "This is the man who has been put in the shrine of higher education."
He said Foucault was part of a tradition that rejected absolute truth. Although a leftist, he also rejected the idea that leftist ideologies such as communism represented the truth. He believed there is no truth and no right or wrong. Another philosopher in this tradition, Friedrich Nietzsche, taught that God did not exist, but Foucault went further, stating that man did not exist. He argued that man did not have the right to impose his views on others. He argued for the abolition of prisons and insane asylums on the ground that society did not have the right to imprison or treat others for mental illness just because some people think or act differently.
Bowers said the Foucault philosophy is being imposed on students in the name of promoting openness and tolerance. The result is not only the education of students without a need for knowledge of the truth, but the subversion of our system of government, which is based on certain God-given rights and constitutional principles. He said America has become a place where different groups simply compete for power over others, regardless of the truth.
Cliff Kincaid, an AIM contributing editor who, together with Reed Irvine writes and broadcasts Media Monitor, AIM's daily radio commentaries, discussed how the major media have abandoned the search for truth. He said objective reporting is dead and has been replaced with interpretative reporting, under which reporters decide whether you have the right to know something and whether something is worth reporting in the first place. Kincaid believes that one factor behind the media's failure to cover many important stories is that the media establishment is preoccupied with other matters, such as making sure their newsrooms are "diverse." Rather than search for facts or truth, the emphasis these days is to hire reporters on the basis of almost anything other than his or her qualifications for the job.
He said that The American Society of Newspaper Editors has adopted a so-called "diversity mission statement," which means having more liberals of different colors and ethnic and sexual backgrounds. The national convention of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association has already featured a person with a woman's name who is identified as a copy editor at the New York Times. The person, wearing women's clothes, is a man who likes to dress like a woman. This is where the media are heading in their quest for tolerance of the homosexual lifestyle.
In terms of news coverage, he said, the homosexual influence means that so-called hate crimes against homosexuals get played up. This is why many people, including the mostly conservative audience at the AIM conference, had heard of the murder of gay Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. But few had heard about the brutal gay rape and murder of a 13-year-old boy, Jesse Dirkhising of Arkansas. The story has been almost completely ignored by the national media.
Larry Klayman, the Chairman and General Counsel of Judicial Watch, demonstrated the fearlessness and tenacity that in just five years has made Judicial Watch the organization that the wrongdoers in the Clinton administration fear most. The theme of his speech was "Courage is doing what is right and not worrying about the consequences." That had been the principle on which Judicial Watch was founded. He said it had brought cases that uncovered Chinagate and discovered John Huang, sparking the entire scandal. He said they were deeply involved in Filegate, Travelgate, the threats to all of the women, the wholesale violation of our privacy rights and most recently the discovery that the FBI is keeping a database on religious and pro-life activists. He said they had filed a lawsuit on that. He added that Judicial Watch had FOIA suits in the Foster case for AIM, and that they were prepared to take the one seeking the crime scene and autopsy photographs all the way to the Supreme Court.
Klayman said there had been an unprecedented degradation of ethics and morality in the past six years. It was not only the Clintons and the Democrats who were at fault. One of the manifestations was the recently televised roast of Don Imus, described by Klayman as "the most cynical individual on radio...Imus sat there with the beautiful people, Paul Begala, Senator McCain, Senator Domenici, Senator Lieberman." Klayman said, "It's all just showbiz. It's not getting the job done in terms of justice, it's positioning. And as long as we are a member of the club, what do we care about the country? We're fat and happy." He said, "That's the image that we at Judicial Watch and at AIM abhor."
He praised Bill O'Reilly as "the best on TV," but he said O'Reilly starts to shake if you mention Vince Foster because people will call you a conspiracy theorist. That is one of the subjects that is taboo at the Fox News Network. He cited the AIM suit to get the Foster photos released as a case in point. "The deceased have no privacy rights," he said. "And there are discrepancies in the various reports....What's wrong with getting these photos?....He could have been knocked off. What's wrong with saying that, and what's wrong with raising those questions?...Bad things do happen here. The prime minister of Italy is under indictment for murder...These questions need to be asked, but the lower court judge would not even look at these photos in camera, in private, to confirm whether or not there was a government cover-up."
Klayman said, "The issue is this: "Why wouldn't the judge look at it? Because the judge was feeling the same thing that Bill O'Reilly was feeling on the stage. 'If I look at this, I become a conspiracy theorist. I'm going to be smeared by the left-wing media. I can't have that happen.' I'm just supposing what runs through a human being's mind. And this is a good person. He is an intelligent person, but he didn't have the courage to even look at the photographs in camera." Klayman attributed this to fear of the media, saying that "it makes them feel defensive." He said, "We are kidding ourselves if we say we can say whatever we want in this country."
After describing the problems he had encountered in trying to block bank loans to the Clintons for the purchase of their house in New York that involved de facto illegal gifts of hundreds of thousands of dollars, he said the judge was troubled, but he was unable to find the courage to do what needed to be done. He said, "This kind of fear is something that pervades the system. Unless you are part of the group, unless you're part of the establishment media....you are ostracized. Even the judge...This is what we have tried to prevent."
He said that a handful of judges had been assigned to Judicial Watch's cases who do have courage. But even they, he said, have to think about the media reaction. These judges, he said,"now have in their hands cases that are ripe to a point where they have the ability to change the course of American history, cases that deal with treason, bribery, the violation of privacy rights, wholesale threats to women, the misuse of government resources." He said that with "the stroke of a pen, they can restore order and respect."
THIS IS A DOUBLE ISSUE OF THE AIM REPORT, AND COMBINED WITH THE LAST ISSUE, which covered the panel on the state of investigative reporting, it covers every talk at the conference except that of Justice Clarence Thomas, who asked that his banquet speech be off the record. I can tell you that his remarks were very moving and very well received. He said some very nice things about AIM and shook a lot of hands, posed for photos and signed autographs. He is truly an outstanding human being and an outstanding Supreme Court justice.
I HOPE YOU WON'T BE DETERRED FROM READING THIS REPORT BY ITS LENGTH. YOU WILL find it not only interesting but also useful as a ready reference for facts on the many topics covered. I found something in the remarks of Dan Flynn, the executive director of Accuracy in Academia, that was very relevant to what I have written about the media's failure to cover the Jesse Dirkhising murder. Jonathan Gregg of Time said the torture-murder of 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising by two homosexual men "offered no lessons." He called the killers "sick men" and "monsters." E.R. Shipp, the Washington Post ombudsman, in a phone conversation with me, professed not to know that sadomasochism and pedophilia play an important role in the lives of many homosexuals. Like Gregg, she saw no lessons to be learned from the murder.
READ WHAT DAN FLYNN SAID AT OUR CONFERENCE AND YOU WILL LEARN THAT A professor [Gayle S. Rubin] at a major university [San Jose State] opposes the prosecution of pedophiles, calling them a "community of men who love under-age youth." She also defends sadomasochism. She has an essay on this in a book [The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader] that is required reading in courses at Harvard and other universities. She equates condemnation of bizarre and dangerous homosexual practices with racism. Jesse's killers were doing what kids in college are being taught is acceptable. Now the homosexuals, backed by several organizations of educators and other professionals, have a campaign to get every public school in the country to teach that what homosexuals do is normal.
THERE IS A VERY IMPORTANT LESSON HERE, BUT I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYONE ELSE CONNECT the dots between this campaign and the media's suppression of the Dirkhising story and the recent stories about homosexual serial murders in Colombia and Pakistan. I mentioned the case of Luis Alfredo Gavarito in the November-B report. I have since verified that all of his 140 victims were young boys who were first tortured and then killed. I have just learned of another homosexual serial killer, Javed Iqbal Mughal, a Lahore businessman who was reported on Dec. 3 to have murdered over 100 boys and then dissolved their bodies in acid. These are big stories in Colombia and Pakistan, but they have received little media attention in the U.S. These two cases teach that sadistic thrill seekers may go progressively to greater extremes. A tiny jaded fraction develops a taste for murder, the ultimate forbidden fruit, and that's how we get monsters like these. Publicizing these stories would definitely not help the campaign to get all public schools to teach youngsters that homosexuality is normal.
KEN STARR IS BUSY POLISHING HIS IMAGE ON TV TALK SHOWS. HE WAS ON C-SPAN'S Washington Journal on Dec.10. He got one call about the Foster case, specifically about the Knowlton appendix that the three-judge panel ordered Starr to attach to his report on Vince Foster's death. The caller said that Patrick Knowlton, an eyewitness in the case, and his attorney had charged that "some of the information in your report did not correspond with the deposition that he had given to federal agents." Starr replied, saying that his investigation had "laid to rest the unfortunate and, frankly, groundless suggestions that there was foul play involved in the death of Mr. Foster." He gave the impression that he was willing to let Knowlton make the record more complete by submitting his appendix. He said that he had no opportunity to rebut it, leaving the impression that he would have done so if he had had the chance. This was disingenuous. He tried but failed to get the judges to rescind their order that he attach the Knowlton comments as an appendix to his report.
IT APPEARS TO ME THAT THEY WANTED IT ATTACHED BECAUSE THEY SAW THAT THE criticisms were valid and they wanted to make them known. If Starr wanted to rebut them he could have done so in a press release, and he can and should do so now that he is going from show to show proclaiming that he has laid to rest all "the groundless suggestions that there was foul play involved in the death of Mr. Foster." Bill O'Reilly asked about this when Starr was on his show on the Fox News Channel on Dec. 13. Here's the Q&A.
O'REILLY: "Some of your investigators have told us off the record that Vince
Foster did not commit suicide and that your office was not aggressive enough in
investigating the Vince Foster situation. How do you reply?"
STARR WAS TAKEN ABACK WHEN TOLD THAT SOMEONE ON HIS STAFF DID NOT AGREE with his conclusion and did not think the investigation had been aggressive enough. So much for his claim that he had laid all the doubts to rest. The same evening that show was aired, a forum on the Foster case was held in Crystal City, VA, just across the river from Washington. The speakers were Hugh Sprunt, myself, and Patrick Knowlton, John Clarke and Hugh Turley, the three authors of the greatly expanded Knowlton appendix, which is now a hefty 510-page, 8"x10" book titled Betrayal of the Public Trust, FBI Cover-up.com. [You can get it on the web or order a copy from AIM for $29.95 ppd.] If Starr had been there he would have seen the absurdity of his claim that he has laid all doubts to rest. But a proxy for Starr was there, Jim Clemente, an FBI agent who was a member of his team and is still at the OIC.
CLEMENTE HUNG AROUND AFTER THE FORUM WAS OVER, GIVING US AN OPPORTUNITY to try to get answers to the many questions we had posed. Clemente told us that we were wrong about everything, but he claimed he could not discuss specifics because of the rule that bars discussion of anything that is involved with the grand jury. He said that if we only knew what he knew we would see that we were wrong. I asked him two questions to test the depth of his knowledge, questions that he could not evade with that excuse. One was how Foster's glasses ended up 13 feet downhill from his body. He said they slid down the hill. He had never tried, as I have, tossing a pair of glasses on that slope to see how far they would go. They don't slide far. The other was about the brown car that was about to exit the Ft. Marcy parking lot when the driver heard the fire engine approaching and jumped out of the car to hide so fast that he left the engine running. It was gone when all the searchers returned to the lot. This is reported in FBI interviews with two of the firefighters and the first police officer to arrive, but Clemente had never heard of it. I believe this was the old brown car that had served as a stand-in for Foster's car, which got there 15 minutes before the rescue personnel arrived. Brett Kavanaugh, who wrote the Starr report, had also flunked this test. I am sending a list of questions to Starr. A card to Starr is enclosed urging him to answer them and one for an editor of your choice about his claim that he has laid to rest all questions about Foster's death.
CHARLES WILEY, THE MOST POPULAR LECTURER ON AIM'S SPEAKERS BUREAU, TOLD OUR conference about the reception he received speaking at the University of California, Berkeley recently. He said he is invited to speak there every year as the token conservative. Speaking to four or five hundred students, he had blasted everything that supposedly the youth culture buys today-the MTV culture, the sex frenzy, the in-your-face behavior, the disrespect, the lack of meaningful values. He said he called for more knowledge and a belief system, some real values, some civilized behavior and above all building character. When he finished he got a standing ovation. And then a girl from Ukraine came up and told him she had been in this country four years and this was the first time she had heard anyone talk about character. He said this shows that the kids are looking for answers. The problem is that there are not enough people who share our values who know how to reach them.