January 28th, 2005

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Outspoken critic of Henry Ford / Thomas Paine

"Perhaps the most significant moral characteristic of a nation is its hypocrisy."
--Reinhold Niebuhr Chomsky article

Reinhold Niebuhr / TIME Cover: March 08, 1948

Bio on Reinhold Niebuhr: The Neo-Orthodox Theology of Reinhold Niebuhr

1985 biography on Reinhold Niebuhr: Reinhold Niebuhr

Niebuhr...became an outspoken critic of Henry Ford and often allowed union organizers to use his pulpit to preach their message of worker's rights. Niebuhr documented the inhumane conditions created by the assembly lines and erratic employment practices.

In 1923 Niebuhr visited Europe to meet with intellectuals and theologians. The conditions he saw in Germany under the French occupation dismayed Niebuhr and reinforced the pacifistic views he adopted in disgust after World War I.

Niebuhr made insightful observations on the human condition, emphasizing its social and political aspects. No other theologian has made such a deep impact upon the social sciences. For two decades his ideas were the most important influence on theology in American seminaries.

Thomas Paine

Wikipedia: Thomas Paine

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The Abu Ghraib torture scandal, America's complacent media, The My Lai Massacre, The Vietnam Tiger Force, "Extraordinary Rendition"

Noam Chomsky and I reported back in 1979, of 35 countries using torture on an administrative basis in the late 1970s, 26 were clients of the United States. The idea that many of those torture victims and their families, and the families of the thousands of "disappeared" in Latin America in the 1960s through the 1980s, may have harbored some ill-feelings toward the United States remains unthinkable to U.S. commentators.
--Our Empire: Collected Documents

The Abu Ghraib torture scandal

New York Times: Human Rights Watch Cites Rumsfeld and Tenet in Report on Abuse

The report found that Mr. Tenet had been responsible for policies that sent detainees to countries where they were tortured, which made him potentially liable as an accomplice to torture...The report said that of seven investigations by the Pentagon, none had critically examined the role of the civilian leaders with ultimate authority over detainee policy. Investigations into case-by-case abuses have largely focused on lower-level personnel.

The report is found here:
Getting Away with Torture? Command Responsibility for the U.S. Abuse of Detainees

Their Humiliation, and Ours
The U.S. was forced to see itself as the world does — and it was painful to behold
Time magazine
Monday, May. 17, 2004
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History of lies that galvanized Americans to go to war


[The book Weapons of Mass Deception explains a story] which, more than any other, consolidated public and congressional approval for the 1991 Gulf war. We recall the horrifying stories, incessantly repeated, of babies in Kuwaiti hospitals ripped out of their incubators and left to die while the Iraqis shipped the incubators back to Baghdad - 312 babies, we were told.

The story was brought to public attention by Nayirah, a 15-year-old 'nurse' who, it turned out later, was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US and a member of the Kuwaiti royal family. Nayirah had been tutored and rehearsed by the Hill & Knowlton PR agency (which in turn received $14 million from the American government for their work in promoting the war). Her story was entirely discredited within weeks but by then its purpose had been served: it had created an outraged and emotional mindset within America which overwhelmed rational discussion.

--Lessons in How to Lie About Iraq August 17, 2003 by the Observer/UK

The movie "Live from Baghdad" shows "Nayirah" testifying before congress, but the movie fails to discredit "Nayirah" nor does it mention that the story was a fraud.

Also in the build up of the Gulf War, the US intellegence commitee sent out reports that Saddam was amassing forces on the Iraq-Saudi Arabi border. This was a fraud.

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