May 21, 20099
A former United States Army Lieutenant Colonel who worked for military intelligence is calling for the military to attack and kill “partisan media.” In a report penned for the rabid pro-Israel group JINSA (the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs), Ralph Peters writes that the media have determined the outcomes of conflicts and as such should be considered targets.
|Former United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters.|
“Although it seems unthinkable now, future wars may require censorship, news blackouts and, ultimately, military attacks on the partisan media,” he writes. “Perceiving themselves as superior beings, journalists have positioned themselves as protected-species combatants. But freedom of the press stops when its abuse kills our soldiers and strengthens our enemies. Such a view arouses disdain today, but a media establishment that has forgotten any sense of sober patriotism may find that it has become tomorrow’s conventional wisdom.”
Peters believes that “in warfare, nothing else matters” but victory and therefore if “you cannot win clean, win dirty.” As an example of the sort of “partisan media” deserving to be slaughtered, Peters cites the attacks on Al Jazeera in Iraq.
Britain’s Daily Mirror reported that during an April 2004 White House meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, George W. Bush floated the idea of bombing Al Jazeera’s international headquarters in Qatar, writes Jeremy Scahill. “The United States bombed its offices in Afghanistan in 2001, shelled the Basra hotel where Al Jazeera journalists were the only guests in April 2003, killed Iraq correspondent Tareq Ayoub a few days later in Baghdad and imprisoned several Al Jazeera reporters (including at Guantánamo), some of whom say they were tortured.”
According to the Third Geneva Convention, parties (including journalists) that have “no active part in the hostilities” shall “in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, color, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.”
As Scahill notes, 189 journalists have been killed in Iraq. At least 16 of these journalists were killed by the US military, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The network that has most often found itself under US attack is Al Jazeera.
[efoods]Is it possible this warped and demented mindset will be used against “partisan media” within the United States?
“The Pentagon’s Information Operations Roadmap is blunt about the fact that an internet, with the potential for free speech, is in direct opposition to their goals. The internet needs to be dealt with as if it were an enemy ‘weapons system,’” writes Brent Jessop. “We Must Fight the Net. DoD [Department of Defense] is building an information-centric force. Networks are increasingly the operational center of gravity, and the Department must be prepared to ‘fight the net’” because “a dynamic that may threaten America’s ability to exercise its dominant military power” is a threat.
The military will not be attacking the corporate media anytime soon. “The Pentagon’s focus on the internet tells us a great deal about the mainstream media and its connection to the political establishment,” writes Mike Whitney. “Why, for example, would the Pentagon see the internet as a greater threat than the mainstream media, where an estimated 75% of Americans get their news? The reason is clear; because the MSM is already a fully-integrated part of the corporate-system providing a 24 hour per day streaming of business-friendly news. Today’s MSM operates as a de-facto franchise of the Pentagon, a reliable and sophisticated propagandist for Washington’s wars of aggression and political subterfuge.”
If Mr. Peters’ psychopathic war-fighting technique is adopted domestically against “the self-segregating personalities [who are] drawn to media careers overwhelmingly take a side, and that side is rarely ours,” it will not be the corporate media commissars owned by the New World Order but the small and independent media and truth-tellers.