Monday, May 22, 2006

Pressuring the Press

"A just solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict can only be achieved if U.S. policy is based upon American moral principles and a strict adherence to international law. This can only be achieved with a balanced Middle East policy to include fair and unbiased news coverage as required by the ethical Standards of American journalism. Both policies play a major factor in the final determination in bringing a lasting peace in the Middle East. Jews and Arabs have suffered too long. No people have suffered more. It's time for peace in the Middle East"

"I encountered a first hand experience of this pro-Israeli news gestapo tactic just last week. An Associated Press article by Barry Schweid, "US : No Clear Arafat-Terror Link" stated that '..the State Department recently informed Congress that there was no clear evidence that Yasser Arafat or other senior officials of the Palestine Liberation Organization ordered or knew in advance of terror attacks on Israel.'
Within 4 hours of its release the story was immediately withdrawn and replaced with a revised story, one that was far less forgiving on Arafat and the PA. Being the inquisitive person that I am, I immediately called the Associated Press office in Washington and spoke directly with Barry Schweid, the AP writer for both stories. Mr. Schweid informed me that within a few hours after the first story was released his office was swamped with pro-Israeli calls objecting to the article demanding it be revised. In addition, California Congressman Tom Lantos, a staunch Israeli supporter, was near hysterics in his complaints of the article demanding it be withdrawn and revised with a far less innocent portrayal of Chairman Arafat and the Palestinian Authority. Within minutes the article was withdrawn and was replaced with a revised article that was obviously less forgiving and far less favorable on Arafat and the PA."

James J. David is a retired Brigadier General, Georgia Army National Guard, and a graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, and the National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington DC. He served as a Company Commander with the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 and also served nearly 3 years of Army active duty in and around the Middle East from 1967-1969. You may contact him by writing to (

AP lies about Iraqi offer to insure the implementation of all
the requirements of Security Council resolutions

Associated Press lies by claiming the Iraqi letter to the UN was an offer that only hinted at and did not explicitly say talks could lead to resumed weapons inspections

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On 08/03/02 the AP News reported this: "The Iraqi letter hinted, but did not say explicitly, that talks with Blix could lead to resumed weapons inspections." written 08/03 by Barry Schweid (see article below) seen in NYT, AOL, etc. [see Google Search:"> "Powell Dismisses Iraqi Gesture":] It appeared in mainstream news outlets straight from the AP as: "Powell Dismisses Iraqi Gesture"
Now read this from the actual letter (obtained from the Iraqi web site): "At the outset I would like to express thanks and appreciation for your earnest efforts in bringing the ongoing dialogue between us to reach a comprehensive solution to the outstanding problems
between Iraq and the United Nations, as to insure the implementation of all the requirements of Security Council resolutions , especially your sincere efforts during the round of talks in Vienna during the period of July 4-5th, 2002." and this "We believe that this review will be an important step towards the appropriate legal and technical assessment and treatment of the issues of disarmament and to establish a solid base for the next stage of monitoring and inspection activities, and to move forward towards that stage including
agreeing upon the practical arrangements to resume cooperation between Iraq and UNMOVIC in a way to strengthen the common ground to progress towards a comprehensive solution and a concurrent implementation of all the requirements of relevant Security Council Resolutions. (italics added by this website) [source: see Permanent
Mission of Iraq to the United Nations, New York
; link: Unofficial translation
of Iraq's letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations inviting
inspectors to Baghdad for talk

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