Thursday, February 7, 2013
Why are we in denial ??? In wartime, governments can either request or make outright demands that the media keep certain information under wraps for a certain period of time. The media has probably been doing this since 9/11 either on orders or requests from the White House. If the US media has been doing it, then chances are that Canadian and British media are also on the deal. Recently, have you noticed how some of the cable networks like CNN and the like are sprinkling their news with short items about acid attacks, child rapes, honor killings that only the blogs used to talk about before now? I won't be surprised if the powers-that-be have told them to lift the lid on the mad Muslim world but be cautious and slow so it doesn't look too much like a ganging up on the muzzies kind of thing.
So .... if we are in World War III ..... this is the 12th year of the conflict. It won't end until the Iranian regime is vanquished and the House of Saud is dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century ... but the strategy to do either one has been, to date, a total failure. Furthermore, hopes for outside influences to impose the changes on these two countries, are fast fading. IMO, only the young generation in both Iran and Saudi Arabia can change their stone-age regimes.
Alex Spillius writing at TheTelegraphUK:
The revelation that the US has been operating a drone base in Saudi Arabia was kept secret by American media organisations for two years.
It only came to light after a blackout on reporting agreed by the media and the Obama administration was broken by two US newspapers.
The revelation that the US has been operating a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia for the past two years came after a blackout on reporting agreed by American media and the Obama administration was broken by two US newspapers.
The first pilotless CIA mission flown from the base killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric and senior figure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and a deputy in September 2011, reports said.
Another Predator drone strike killed Awlaki’s 16-year-old son Abdulrahman weeks later, though US officials claimed in the Washington Post that he was not the target of the attack.
The Washington Post said several US media organisations knew of the drone base but abided by official requests not to disclose its location because of the risk to counter-terrorism cooperation with Saudi Arabia.
The Post said that when it learned that another news organisation - the New York Times - planned to break the agreement, it decided to publish what it knew.
Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung of the Post said: "The Washington Post had refrained from disclosing the location at the request of the administration, which cited concern that exposing the facility would undermine operations against an al-Qaeda affiliate regarded as the network’s most potent threat to the United States, as well as potentially damage counterterrorism collaboration with Saudi Arabia.
"The Post learned Tuesday night that another news organisation was planning to reveal the location of the base, effectively ending an informal arrangement among several news organisations that had been aware of the location for more than a year.".....