Accuracy in Media

Dana Priest of the Washington Post on November 2 severely damaged U.S. national security by disclosing the existence of a secret program to hold captured terrorists. The disclosure could cause political damage in the countries that are working with the U.S. on this program. Priest did not disclose the names of two countries cooperating with the U.S., but the information came out in subsequent reports, attributed to someone named Mark Garlasco, a military analyst with the George Soros-funded group Human Rights Watch.

Garlasco achieved notoriety by appearing at a June 14, 2003, Iraq Forum sponsored by Education for Peace in Iraq (EPIC), a group opposing the Iraq War. The keynote speaker at the event was none other than Joseph Wilson (also known as Mr. Valerie Plame).

Garlasco’s bio discloses that, before coming to Human Rights Watch, he spent seven years in the Pentagon as a senior intelligence analyst covering Iraq. Garlasco, and all of his current and former associates in the government, should be put under oath to determine what they know about the leak to Dana Priest.

The bio also says that Garlasco “has been featured in articles in such papers as the New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as other leading dailies. He has also been a regular on National Public Radio, and has been featured on television news, including CNN, ABC, BBC, and others.” Clearly, he’s a big-time Big Media favorite.

Garlasco is included in the film, The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror, narrated by Ed Asner and produced by Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy of Free-Will Productions. The film “questions the motives for the U.S. wars in the Middle-East and Central Asia where 3/4 of the world’s oil and natural gas is located,” according to its website.

Hence, the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq not because terrorists had attacked America and were out to kill more of us, but because the U.S. wanted Middle East oil. This is the Michael Moore fantasy.

The New York Times panned it, saying the film was incoherent and “painfully long.”

But it was featured in a recent United Nations Association Film Festival in California and has been favorably reviewed by the Socialist Workers online. The socialists said the film was a “useful tool in building the confidence of our side.”

Their side? The side of the enemy, working with and through our own media.

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