Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Flim, Flam, Flummery: New Barrage Of Bin Laden Propaganda

I don't mean to suggest that the people writing these articles are disingenuous (some of them anyway), but the ones which praise the operation and those which are critical in one way or another both serve to authenticate it, and to kettle the discussion within acceptable limits. Thus the real issue is whether what the government is claiming is credible, as it is extremely unlikely and no evidence has been offered to substantiate it. We are told that they tracked down Bin Laden and killed him, then helicoptered him to a ship in the Arabian sea which then dropped him into the depths. Thus we are asked to trust a government which has certainly not earned it, and one that has a long, ghastly history of such deceptions. Once again we are asked to abandon our critical faculties and rally round the flag. This isn't good enough, nor will it ever be. If the government wants me to believe this, it will have to prove it.

Anyway, here some articles which purport to be critical, but which quarantine real discussions by posing reific ones. An exhausting if not exhaustive list:

US Knew Where Osama Was Since 2005

Bin Laden’s Daughter Confirms
Father Captured Alive Then Killed By US Special Forces

CIA denies bin Laden was captured before his killing

Was Bin Laden's Killing Legal?,1518,760358,00.html

Pakistan 'Told US About Osama Home In 2009'

US troops were yards from Osama bin Laden house in 2008 – WikiLeaks files