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Thomas Mountain on Jeremy Scahill's Avoidance of Genocide

Postby elfismiles » Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:53 pm

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The specific individual interview file has not yet been posted however the archive for the entire show is at the link below.

I've not yet re-listened to the interview but it begins at about the 1 hour 2 minute mark:

2013.06.18-ScottHorton-NAR_stream.mp3
http://scotthorton.org/show/2013.06.18- ... stream.mp3

During the interview Thomas "went-off" on his (previously un-spoken) suspicions about Jeremy Scahill's not reporting on genocide.

Thomas C. Mountain is an independent western journalist based in the Horn of Africa, and has been living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He was a member of the 1st US Peace Delegation to Libya in 1987.


http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/aut ... -mountain/
http://blackagendareport.com/blog/7900
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Re: Thomas Mountain on Jeremy Scahill's Avoidance of Genocid

Postby MinM » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:28 pm

elfismiles » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:53 pm wrote:Image

The specific individual interview file has not yet been posted however the archive for the entire show is at the link below.

I've not yet re-listened to the interview but it begins at about the 1 hour 2 minute mark:

2013.06.18-ScottHorton-NAR_stream.mp3
http://scotthorton.org/show/2013.06.18- ... stream.mp3

During the interview Thomas "went-off" on his (previously un-spoken) suspicions about Jeremy Scahill's not reporting on genocide.

Thomas C. Mountain is an independent western journalist based in the Horn of Africa, and has been living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He was a member of the 1st US Peace Delegation to Libya in 1987.


http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/aut ... -mountain/
http://blackagendareport.com/blog/7900
http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/ ... c-mountain

Thanks for this elfismiles. :thumbsup001:

It's @ 01:19:00 where he gets into Scahill's "Smoke Screen" .. Over the protestations of Scott Horton by the way.

Mountain's critique is very much in line with Douglas Valentine's. Although with Valentine the main objection centered around the hijacking/whitewashing of the term "Dirty Wars."
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Re: Thomas Mountain on Jeremy Scahill's Avoidance of Genocid

Postby Wombaticus Rex » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:58 pm

That Doug Valentine article also had a couple of obscure & fascinating book recommendations and I ordered them all a few nights back.

Michael McClintock’s Secret Warriors (1988)
Michael McClintock’s Instruments of Statecraft (2002)
Burton Hersh's The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Origins of the CIA (1992)
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Re: Thomas Mountain on Jeremy Scahill's Avoidance of Genocid

Postby Nordic » Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:14 pm

Okay, getting paranoid here. WHO was Michael Hastings hanging out with right before he was burned to a crisp in an exploding Mercedes?

Oh right, Jeremy Scahill.

Scahill is one of those guys, where I've wondered WHY he didn't end up like, well, Michael Hastings.
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Re: Thomas Mountain on Jeremy Scahill's Avoidance of Genocid

Postby elfismiles » Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:24 pm

As I'm sure most of you can guess ... I'm not advocating Thomas Mountain's interpretation / suspicions, but like many of you, I appreciate hearing contrarian perspectives, especially when they pertain to people or organizations I otherwise consider to be among the cream of the crop.


6/18/13 Thomas Mountain
Published: June 19, 2013 | By Scott

Thomas C. Mountain, an independent journalist based in Eritrea, discusses the fake democracies and bogus elections throughout Africa; the UN-approved president of Liberia who won a Nobel Prize while failing to provide running water or electricity in the nation’s capital; the curious correlation between Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s death and the end of piracy in the Horn of Africa; the billions in foreign aid going to Ethiopia; shortcomings in Jeremy Scahill’s reporting on Africa; and the possible motives behind the lies that started NATO intervention in Libya.

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:38 — 11.8MB)
http://dissentradio.com/radio/13_06_18_mountain.mp3

http://scotthorton.org/2013/06/19/61813 ... -mountain/



As for "Over the protestations of Scott Horton by the way" ... bare in mind that very often in these long-distance phone-hookups the caller and interviewee end up talking over eachother (and missing what each other are saying) because of the nature of the phone connection. But I'm also willing to suspect that Scott was trying to play the situation carefully instead of running speculatively with a new conspiracy theory while trying to be polite to his guest (as well as future & occasional guest Mr. Scahill).

Meanwhile, I'm pretty "freaked-the-fuck-out" by that DARPA lady (Kathleen Fisher) youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D6jxBDy8k8
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Re: Thomas Mountain on Jeremy Scahill's Avoidance of Genocid

Postby Jerky » Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:32 pm

Thank you!
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Re: Thomas Mountain on Jeremy Scahill's Avoidance of Genocid

Postby MinM » Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:25 pm

One of my favorite Thomas C. Mountain pieces...
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The contras, crack and Senator Inouye
By Thomas C. Mountain
Posted on December 21, 2012 by Thomas C. Mountain


The USA’s longest serving and reputably most powerful Senator, Daniel “The One Armed Bandit” Inouye has died in a hospital outside of Washington, D.C., at the age of 88, bringing an end to the career of one of the most loyal, and criminal, careers in service to Pax Americana.

Dan “the One Armed Bandit” Inouye was christened such by his comrades in arms in the US Army’s legendary 442nd outfit made up almost exclusively of Japanese Americans during W.W.II for stealing a wedding ring off a dead woman civilian and subsequently having the arm allegedly bearing the stolen ring blown off by a German artillery shell.

This marked the beginning of a long, sordid career in service to the USA that reached its peak when he almost single-handedly covered up the role of the CIA in starting what went on to become the global pandemic known as the Crack Cocaine holocaust (see Gary Webb’s “Dark Alliance” or “White Out” by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair).

Back in the beginnings of the 1980s the CIA under President Reagan was carrying out a particularly murderous “contra-revolution” against the then revolutionary Sandanista led government of Nicaragua in an attempt to destroy the first successful armed overthrow of a client regime of the USA in Central America.

The murder and mayhem carried out by the CIA proxies known as the Nicaraguan “Contras” proved to be very unpopular amongst the American people, then still able to remember the disastrous USA intervention in Vietnam, and the US Congress passed a law supposedly cutting off funding for the Contras.

The CIA quickly moved to repair its cash flow problem by arranging for Nicaraguan Contra supporters in the USA to begin importing large amounts of cheap cocaine supplied by the narco-trafficking Colombian regime. Eventually these CIA backed drug dealers linked up with an enterprising black American nicknamed “Freeway Rick,” who took powdered cocaine and cooked up into “rocks” what became known as “crack” and the subsequent epidemic that metastasized into a global pandemic was born.

That’s right, before the CIA got involved cocaine was a rich man’s drug, expensive, only mildly addictive and mainly taken orally by snorting up one’s nose.

Thanks to “The Man,” in this case a light bird colonel named Oliver North working out of the White House with the CIA, cocaine quickly became a drug cheap enough for the masses, and when it is smoked rather than sniffed, half of all those who smoke it only twice become addicted.

This sordid tale became part of what was dubbed “The Iran Contra Scandal” and resulted in hearings held by the US Congress that were supposed to get to the bottom of all this rottenness. Chaired by Sen. Inouye, of Watergate fame, the hearings instead became a massive cover-up, with Sen. Inouye repeatedly having to intervene and shut down any public discussion of the CIA’s role in cocaine trafficking.

For this service to Pax Americana, Dan Inouye was eventually awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, supposedly for his heroism some 50 years previously when he gained his “One Armed Bandit” sobriquet.

“The One Armed Bandit” was one of the most prominent proponents of what is known as the military-industrial complex and brought home the bacon for his home state of Hawaii for over half a century, keeping defense industry dollars and its related employment pouring into Hawaii via the Pearl Harbor Naval Base and other massive US military installations across the state, and was the real “Godfather” of politics in Hawaii. When he died he was said to be 3rd in line for the Presidency, though he was known as “the Senator who never asked for a favor.’

Dan Inouye was a true “American Liberal,” and truly dangerous as such. Rather than remembering him for his supposedly liberal bent, the world must see him for what he really was, a particularly evil proponent of American imperialism, willing and able to even cover up a drug epidemic that went on to become a global pandemic, Crack Cocaine, back at a time when a real investigation and subsequent prosecution may have been able to prevent millions of deaths and tens of millions destroyed lives.

Thomas C. Mountain is the most widely distributed independent journalist in Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He can be reached at thomascmountain_at_yahoo_dot_com.

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Re: Thomas Mountain on Jeremy Scahill's Avoidance of Genocid

Postby MinM » Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:19 pm

MinM » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:28 pm wrote:
elfismiles » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:53 pm wrote:Image

The specific individual interview file has not yet been posted however the archive for the entire show is at the link below.

I've not yet re-listened to the interview but it begins at about the 1 hour 2 minute mark:

2013.06.18-ScottHorton-NAR_stream.mp3
http://scotthorton.org/show/2013.06.18- ... stream.mp3

During the interview Thomas "went-off" on his (previously un-spoken) suspicions about Jeremy Scahill's not reporting on genocide.

Thomas C. Mountain is an independent western journalist based in the Horn of Africa, and has been living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He was a member of the 1st US Peace Delegation to Libya in 1987.


http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/aut ... -mountain/
http://blackagendareport.com/blog/7900
http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/ ... c-mountain

Thanks for this elfismiles. :thumbsup001:

It's @ 01:19:00 where he gets into Scahill's "Smoke Screen" .. Over the protestations of Scott Horton by the way.

Mountain's critique is very much in line with Douglas Valentine's. Although with Valentine the main objection centered around the hijacking/whitewashing of the term "Dirty Wars."

Speaking of whitewashes...
Image @buzzflash:This American Life Whitewashes US Crimes in Central America, Wins Peabody Award http://truth-out.org/news/item/17921-th ... body-award

https://twitter.com/FAIRmediawatch/stat ... 0167132160

http://www.democraticunderground.com/110821026
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Re: Thomas Mountain on Jeremy Scahill's Avoidance of Genocid

Postby elfismiles » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:01 pm

hmmmmm ... this while I watch this...

Belligerent Savant » 03 Aug 2013 21:39 wrote:.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/04/books ... eview&_r=0

Novel Approach
David Rakoff’s ‘Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish’

By PAUL RUDNICK
Published: August 1, 2013

There’s an absolutely essential video available on YouTube, of a 2012 segment from NPR’s “This American Life,” in which the writer and frequent guest David Rakoff walks onstage with his left hand tucked into his pocket...






MinM » 03 Aug 2013 17:19 wrote:
MinM » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:28 pm wrote:

Thanks for this elfismiles. :thumbsup001:

It's @ 01:19:00 where he gets into Scahill's "Smoke Screen" .. Over the protestations of Scott Horton by the way.

Mountain's critique is very much in line with Douglas Valentine's. Although with Valentine the main objection centered around the hijacking/whitewashing of the term "Dirty Wars."

Speaking of whitewashes...
Image @buzzflash:This American Life Whitewashes US Crimes in Central America, Wins Peabody Award http://truth-out.org/news/item/17921-th ... body-award

https://twitter.com/FAIRmediawatch/stat ... 0167132160

http://www.democraticunderground.com/110821026
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Re: Thomas Mountain on Jeremy Scahill's Avoidance of Genocid

Postby MinM » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:39 am

The latest from Mountain...
Bleeding Zambia dry
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By Thomas C. Mountain
Posted on August 23, 2013 by Thomas C. Mountain


In the past decade the central African country of Zambia has exported some $30 billion of copper yet remains so deeply in debt to Western banksters that it spends more in interest on Zambia’s debt that on health and education combined.

Every month for the past ten years, some $250 million of Zambian copper has been sold to . . . Switzerland? And guess what, Switzerland which doesn’t import any real, physical copper, is one of the biggest copper buyers in the world. It’s all about the “circle jerk,” an African-based company “selling” it’s metal to its own sister company in Switzerland dirt cheap, the better to pay fewer taxes to African governments.

Of the $250 million a month that Zambia’s copper ultimately sells for the Zambian government, it may be getting between $8–10 million. But the story doesn’t end there, for the government is contractually bound to provide massive amounts of cheap electricity to the Western owned copper mines all the while much of Zambia remains in the dark, literally, or paying through the nose to make up for what is given away to the mines...

http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/10599

A little Wayne Madsen action at no extra charge. :thumbsup001:
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Re: Thomas Mountain on Jeremy Scahill's Avoidance of Genocid

Postby MinM » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:34 pm

Scahill's not getting much love from the lefties...
@ggreenwald: Jeremy Scahill on his anti-war work: "“Most of my hate mail nowadays comes from liberals, not conservatives" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/movie ... .html?_r=0

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Wombaticus Rex » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:58 pm wrote:That Doug Valentine article also had a couple of obscure & fascinating book recommendations and I ordered them all a few nights back.

Michael McClintock’s Secret Warriors (1988)
Michael McClintock’s Instruments of Statecraft (2002)
Burton Hersh's The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Origins of the CIA (1992)

Valentine with another excellent piece .. this time taking on Kevin Drum, Tom Hayden...
The CIA, the press and black propaganda
Posted on September 18, 2013 by Douglas Valentine

As soon as Kevin Drum at Mother Jones absolved the CIA of spewing poison gas as a provocation, many on the Liberal Left cautiously threw their weight behind Obama and the thrill of waging a punitive war on Syria.

“Perhaps regime change is a good idea,” Tom Hayden speculated in The Nation.

Left paterfamilias Noam Chomsky, who generally shows an appreciation for the subtleties of covert action, claimed that America is not supplying its Al Qaeda mercenary army with arms—even though Eric Schmidt at The New York Times reported over a year ago that CIA officers in Turkey were “helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms.”

As if Hayden fomenting war and Chomsky covering for the CIA isn’t irony enough, Drum cleared the CIA in response to allegations of a provocation made by Rush Limbaugh. Which raises the question, what are the facts about the CIA’s penchant for “provoked responses” like the one in the Tonkin Gulf that started the Vietnam War?

Simply stated, black propaganda is one of many criminal but legally deniable things the CIA does. It often involves committing a heinous crime and blaming it on an enemy by planting false evidence, and then getting a foreign newspaper to print the CIA’s scripted version of events, which sympathetic journalists in America broadcast to the gullible public.

In the case of Syria, the CIA is using cooked Israeli “intelligence” as a catalyst—which is why, as Johnstone and Bricmont explain, the “intelligence” is so “dubious.”

Black propaganda has other “intelligence” applications as well, and is often used to recruit informants, and create deserters and defectors.

In his autobiography Soldier, Anthony Herbert told how he reported for duty in 1965 in Saigon at the joint CIA-military Specials Operations Group. The spooks asked him to join a secret psywar program. “What they wanted me to do was to take charge of execution teams that wiped out entire families and tried to make it look as though the VC themselves had done the killing. The rationale was that other Vietnamese would see that the VC had killed another VC and would be frightened away from becoming VC themselves. Of course, the villagers would then be inclined to some sort of allegiance to our side.”

As counter-terror guru David Galula explained, “Pseudo insurgents are a way to get intelligence and sow suspicion at the same time between the real guerrillas and the population.”

In a similar case in 1964, a famous CIA propaganda officer organized three armed “survey teams” which operated in neighboring hamlets simultaneously. When Vietcong propaganda teams departed from a hamlet, his cut-throat cadre would move in and speak to one person from each household, so the VC “would have to punish everyone after we left.”

In other words, the CIA’s mercenaries (like some of the CIA’s mercenaries in Syria) were provocateurs, setting people up for recriminations, for intelligence and publicity purposes.

Here’s another example: in 1964, CIA officer Nelson Brickham worked in the Sino-Soviet Relations Branch, where he managed black propaganda operations designed to cause friction between the USSR and China. At the heart of these black ops were false flag recruitments, in which CIA case officers posed as Soviet intelligence officers and, using actual Soviet cipher systems and methodology, recruited Chinese diplomats, who believed they were working for the Russians. The CIA case officers used the Chinese dupes to create all manner of mischief.

Brickham in 1967 created the Phoenix program in South Vietnam. The Phoenix program’s operations chief in 1970, Colonel Thomas McGrevey, had a “penetration agent” inside COSVN—the Central Office of South Vietnam. COSVN’s deputy finance director was the penetration agent. The deputy alerted McGrevey when the finance director was going on vacation, enabling McGrevey to mount a black propaganda campaign which framed the finance director for running off with embezzled funds.

A circular about the Phoenix program issued by the revolutionary Security Service in 1970, described how the nationalists viewed the CIA. As stated in the circular, “the most wicked maneuvers” of the CIA “have been to seek out every means by which to terrorize revolutionary families and force the people to disclose the location of our agents and join the People’s Self-Defense Force. They also spread false rumors. Their main purpose is to jeopardize the prestige of the revolutionary families, create dissension between them and the people, and destroy the people’s confidence in the revolution. In addition, they also try to bribe poor and miserable revolutionary families into working for them.”

Forged letters are a CIA specialty. Former CIA officer Philip Agee told how he mounted a successful operation using forged letters against Ecuadoran Antonio Flores Benitez, a key member of the Communist revolutionary movement. “By bugging Flores’ phone, we found out a lot of what he was doing. His wife was a blabbermouth. He made a secret trip to Havana and we decided to do a job on him when he landed back in Ecuador. With another officer, I worked all one weekend to compose a “report” from Flores to the Cubans. It was a masterpiece. The report implied that Flores’ group had already received funds from Cuba and was now asking for more money in order to launch guerrilla operations in Ecuador. My Quito station chief loved it so much he just had to get into the act. So he dropped the report on the floor and walked on it awhile to make it look pocket-worn. Then he folded it and stuffed it into a toothpaste tube-from which he had spent three hours carefully squeezing out all the toothpaste. He was like a kid with a new toy. So then I took the tube out to the minister of the treasury, who gave it to his customs inspector. When Flores came through customs, the inspector pretended to go rummaging through one of his suitcases. What he really did, of course, was slip the toothpaste tube into the bag and then pretend to find it there. When he opened the tube, he of course “discovered” the report. Flores was arrested and there was a tremendous scandal. This was one of a series of sensational events that we had a hand in during the first six months of 1963. By late July of that year, the climate of anti-Communist fear was so great that the military seized a pretext and took over the government, jailed all the Communists it could find and outlawed the Communist Party.”

Likewise the catalyst for the 1973 coup in Chile was a forged document-detailing a leftist plot to start a reign of terror—which was discovered by the enemies of President Salvador Allende Gossens. The result was a violent military coup, which the CIA officers (who had set it in motion through disinformation in the Chilean press) sat back and watched from their hammocks in the shade.

And on and on it goes.

General Ed Lansdale formalized CIA black propaganda practices in the early 1950s in the Philippines. To vilify the Communists and win support of Americans, one of his Filipino commando units would dress as rebels and commit atrocities on civilians, and then another unit would magically arrive with cameras to record the staged scenes and chase the “terrorists” away. Cameras were the key.

The CIA also concocted lurid tales of Vietminh soldiers’ disemboweling pregnant Catholic women, castrating priests, and sticking bamboo slivers in the ears of children so they could not hear the Word of God. Lansdale’s henchman, CIA agent-cum-journalist Joseph Alsop, gleefully reported this black propaganda.

The American “press” is the vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X in black propaganda. When it comes to the CIA and the American press, one black hand washes the other. To gain access to CIA officials, reporters suppress or distort stories. They sell their black souls for scoops. In return, CIA officials leak stories to them. At its most incestuous, reporters and CIA officers are blood relatives. At one point, The New York Times correspondent in Vietnam, James Lemoyne, just happened to be the brother of the CIA’s counter-terror team chief in the Delta, Navy Commander Charles Lemoyne.

In a democratic society the media ought to investigate and report objectively on the government, which is under no obligation to inform the public of its activities and which, when it does, puts a “spin” on the news. As part of the Faustian Pact, when government activities are conducted in secret, illegally, reporters look away rather than jeopardize profitable relationships. The intended result is that the unwitting public is robbed of its freedom of speech—for how can you speak freely if you don’t know what’s going on?

If Lansdale hadn’t had Alsop to print his black propaganda, there probably would have been no Vietnam War. Likewise, Judith Miller, disgraced facilitator of the war on Iraq and rehabilitated Fox KKK-TV correspondent, brought you the Iraq War through false documents provided by CIA analysts.

We rarely know who the Alsops and Millers are in our midst, until after the fact. The CIA has a strict policy of keeping its atrocities to itself. And it is aided, in its eternal quest to deceive the American public, by the fact that black propaganda validates the beliefs of the Kevin Dumbs among us, as it assures their imagined security and sense of being exceptional.

In fact, black propaganda operations, and the CIA itself, are antithetical to democratic institutions.

A big part of the CIA’s current success is its ability to deliver its message through Left publications, and the Left’s unstated policy of self-censorship in regard to CIA operations. Most insidious, perhaps, are the former CIA officers who claim to be antiwar, and seek a veil of immunity by claiming to have been “analysts.” This is akin to saying “I was a bookkeeper for the Mafia. I never killed anyone.”

Of course it’s the bookkeepers who tell the bosses the names and addresses of the delinquents who haven’t paid their extortion money this week. The Phoenix Directorate in Saigon had analysts performing the same assassination, kidnapping and torture function on an industrial scale.

Despite the popular portrayal of the CIA as patriotic guys and girls risking everything to do a dirty job, the typical CIA officer is a sociopath without the guts to go it alone in the underworld. They gravitate to the CIA because they are protected there by the all-powerful Cult of Death that rules America.

The most dangerous facet of having former CIA officers slithering around is their uniform message that the CIA is necessary. These are not Phil Agees, revealing the ugly truth and calling for the CIA’s abolition. Like all the CIA’s political and psychological warfare experts, they are at the forefront of the war on terror, using psywar to achieve the goals of the Cult of Death that rules America. The result is a theatre of the absurd, a world of illusion.

Now we are told that the CIA Syrian mercenaries may launch a chemical attack on Israel from government-controlled territories as a “major provocation.” What you can be sure of is that some provocation will be launched and that the press, including most of the Left, will cover it up.

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Postby MinM » Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:52 am

‘Investigative Journalist’ Scahill Takes Swipe at Mother Agnes

By Richard Edmondson | Fig Trees and Vineyards | November 17, 2013

Jeremy Scahill, the “investigative journalist” who once publicly expressed his belief in the official 9/11 story, says he won’t take part in an international antiwar conference scheduled for later this month if he has to share the same platform with Syrian nun Mother Agnes.

“I’ve informed organizers of @STWuk that I will not participate in their conference if Mother Agnes is on the platform,” Scahill tweetetd on Friday...

Mother Agnes is head of the Syrian organization Musalaha (reconciliation). In October she played a key role in the evacuation of more than 5,000 people, mainly women and children, from the besieged town of Moadamiya. An account of the evacuation can be found here. In order for the operation to succeed, it was necessary for Mother Agnes to gain the trust both of government troops as well elements of the Free Syrian Army who were holding the town. Remarkably she seems to have pulled it off. Click here to watch a video of her sharing a dish of olives with one of the rebel leaders and some of her evacuees.

But it isn’t her relationship with the Western-backed mercenaries that has gotten her in trouble. In fact, had she been their vocal champion, she probably wouldn’t be near the controversial figure she is today. But Mother Agnes has seriously undermined the Western narrative of Bashar Assad as a brutal dictator intent on “killing his own people.” In September she published a report suggesting that insurgents, rather than the Assad government, were responsible for the August 21 chemical attack and that videos uploaded immediately after that attack had been staged and doctored. And for her trouble she has been maligned as an “apologist” for the Syrian government and worse. In September the New York Times published a highly-critical piece on her which is analyzed here by blogger Stephen Lendman.

Scahill, an author and frequent contributor to The Nation, is taking heat for his postion. Owen seems to be taking heat as well. Both are heavily criticized in an article by blogger Phil Greaves:

http://alethonews.wordpress.com/2013/11 ... her-agnes/
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Postby MinM » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:53 pm

Scahill brought it strong today ..
@jeremyscahill · @ZNovetsky I believe Assad is a total war criminal & have said so publicly many times. I believe Israel is committing war crimes.

@jeremyscahill · @ZNovetsky Syria is also a massive massacre. Doesn't erase the fact that what Israel is doing in Gaza is too
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Postby MinM » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:09 am

MinM » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:28 pm wrote:
Thanks for this elfismiles. :thumbsup001:

It's @ 01:19:00 where he gets into Scahill's "Smoke Screen" .. Over the protestations of Scott Horton by the way.

Mountain's critique is very much in line with Douglas Valentine's. Although with Valentine the main objection centered around the hijacking/whitewashing of the term "Dirty Wars."

Mountain fleshes out his critique of "Dirty Wars" ..
The Real “Dirty Wars” in the Horn of Africa – “Expiration by Starvation” Sanctioned by the Obama White House

When award winning journalist Jeremy Scahill landed at Mogadishu’s International Airport in the summer of 2011 Somalia was in the midst of its worst drought and famine in 60 years. Yet when Mr. Scahill reported on his visit he seemed blissfully unaware of the hundreds of Somalis that were starving to death every day not very many miles from the hotel where he was staying.

He also didn’t write about the food and medical aid blockade being imposed on Somalis next door in the Ogaden by the western supported Ethiopian regime, something the International Federation of Jurists (IFJ) has called “a genocide” and demanded the ICC prosecute.

The UN has admitted that at least 250,000 Somalis in Somalia proper starved to death during the famine Jeremy Scahill landed in the midst of, something I had predicted when I exposed that the UN, knowing full well the extent of the drought, had budgeted less then 10 cents a day for food to feed the starving.

The Great Horn of Africa Famine started at the beginning of 2011 and lasted about 2 years. 250,000 dead in Somalia from starvation equals 10,000 dying a month, 300 or more dying a day on average. And this just in Somalia where there was aid being distributed. Next door in the Ogaden, with a population of almost as many as in Somalia the same famine was raging and no aid what so ever was being allowed.

“Genocide or drones, what’s more important?”

Even Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Red Cross (ICRC) had been expelled from the Ogaden by the Ethiopian Regime, the Prime Minister of which was later eulogized at his funeral by none other than Susan Rice, presently National Security Advisor to Barack Obama.

If Jeremy Scahill didn’t know about the hundreds that were dying from starvation every day all around him when he was carrying out his “investigative journalism” in Mogadishu in the summer of 2011 than the question has to be asked “Why not?”

If he knew about this enormous crime against humanity and instead chose to write about “secret CIA prisons” and the murder of several hundred via the USA’s drone assassination program in the Horn of Africa, a much “sexier” topic, shouldn’t other investigative journalists be questioning his priorities? Genocide or drones, what’s more important?

Today Mr. Scahill picks up a paycheck signed by Pierre Omidyar who persists in trying to rape the lush tropical hillside overlooking Hanalei Bay on Kauai, Hawaii by developing multimillion dollar estates for his fellow 1%.

The real dirty wars in Africa remain unknown to the world’s peoples, thanks in part to a smokescreen, how ever blissfully ignorant or well intended, about drones and high tech murders that diverted attention from the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Africans, whose “expiration by starvation” was sanctioned by the highest levels of the Obama White House.

Thomas C. Mountain is a life long revolutionary activist and educator who has been living and writing from Eritrea since 2006. He can be reached at thomascmountain at g mail dot com.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-real-d ... se/5396682

While it seems Mountain and Valentine are on the same page with regards to Dirty Wars .. they part company on the late Alexander Cockburn of CounterPunch ..
Alexander Cockburn and the fantasy of the radical Left

Posted on July 27, 2012 by Douglas Valentine

...

Often cited as a gatekeeper, due to his association with CIA apologists, Cockburn in recent years started sinking to the same depths of depravity as other prominent members of the so-called American Left—his Establishment editor at The Nation, along with Amy Goodman at Hypocrisy Now! and David Corn at Mother Jones, to name three of the worst offenders.

He had a soft spot for CIAmour Hersh, and he and St Clair, who morphed into a mini-Cockburn, refused to allow me to publish an article in CP slamming him. During Israel’s “Cast Iron” massacre of Palestinians, they rejected an article I proposed to write about the erosion of the American Left due to the support of so many Jewish intellectuals for Israel. St Clair said the subject was “too sensitive.”

With that betrayal, I stopped writing for CounterPunch...

http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/6803

thomas c mountain | July 27, 2012 at 9:08 am |

It is quite obvious that Doug Valentine (who keeps sending me unsolicited emails) never knew Alex Cockburn. I produced three programs with Alex in my home town of Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1995, 1999 and in 2006 shortly before we relocated to Eritrea.

I had a chance to get to spend some quality time with Alex and he was a really nice guy, polite, considerate, generous and professional in conduct and I never regretted a moment spent with him, no matter the political differences we may have had.

I have far too many other differences with Mr. Valentine’s article, but I will leave him for good with my admiration for Alex’s political brilliance.

Aloha, Alexander Cockburn and good riddance to Doug Valentine.

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