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News ::
16 Aug 2004
New Zealand cuts diplomatic ties with Israel - $1.2 trillion missing from the Pentagon - Young American girl murdered in cold blood by Israeli soldier - Are we not getting these stories because the U.S. is in a perpetual news blackout.
New Zealand Cuts Diplomatic Relations With Israel

This significant geo-political event is certainly news-worthy. Considering the sensitivity to most news associated with Israel, it should have drawn much attention. Beginning on July 15, 2004, it made the front page of the BBC’s Web site for two consecutive days. Yet, of all the many twenty-four hour TV news channels across the United States, not a single one reported it. Not one U.S. newspaper reported it. Of the thousands of radio news programs throughout America, none covered it. Surprisingly, the self-proclaimed news vigilantes such as Truth Out, My News and the Drudge Report did not mention it.

$1.2 Trillion Missing From Pentagon

The United States Inspector General has notified Congress that the Pentagon cannot properly account for $1,200,000,000,000 ($1.2 trillion) in transactions. This catastrophic accounting failure is not another amusing case of the Pentagon paying $50,000 for a toilet lid . . . something we can laugh-off. The amount of $1.2 trillion represents over 10% of the United States Gross National Product (GNP). The GNP is all the money annually made by every worker and organization in the United States or, according to a 2004 report by The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, $11,546,000,000,000 ($11.546 trillion). Please consider that this is just one branch of the federal government. What about the many other branches of the Federal government? Are they threatening the American economy and, indeed, the world economy with similar madness?

Again, no mention of this alarming news was broadcast by any news agency in the United States.

Young American Girl Murdered in Cold Blood by Israeli Soldier

Rachael Cory, a 23 year-old college student from Olympia, Washington went to Palestine with a several fellow students to peacefully protest the Israeli Army’s bulldozing of homes in which innocent people lived. While standing in front of a doctor’s home, wearing a florescent orange jacket, speaking through a bull horn and accompanied by several other American students, she was run over by an American-made Israeli Army bulldozer. Amidst the American student’s cries of emergency, the bulldozer’s operator, an Israeli soldier, reportedly smiled as he crushed her, then stopped, placed the giant bulldozer in reverse and ran over her a second time.

Barely a mention, and in most cases nothing, was reported about this story by major U.S. news television, radio or newspaper organizations.

Are we not getting these stories because the U.S. is in a perpetual news blackout?

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