past is never dead. It’s not even past…
- William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun
you will not see advertised or discussed on State (Corporate)
Media is Canadian Scott Noble’s documentary Lifting the
Veil. You may not see it advertised or discussed at
alternative news outlets where its subject is critical of
the liberal class’s cover up of its own complicity with
the government’s marginalization of voices critical of capitalism
and U.S. Empire. I will return to this documentary in a
first, there is what Glenn Beck characterizes as an example
discovered that the media’s potential for educating
the public was both valuable and profitable. Millions of
Americans turn with admiration to see Oprah sitting side
by side with celebrities. Thousands believe they can become
the next Oprah. Millions know the latest fashion in designer
clothes and home decoration or the latest popular model
car or iPod. Millions believe they are informed citizens
whether they view Fox News or PBS. The U.S. is still a free
and fair nation at Fox or PBS; it still offers the best
of all possible worlds.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a key cabinet member
of the do-it-better- Obama-regime, believes the State news
media can do better than it did under the Bush II
regime. Despite the State Media’s attempt to block (censor?)
Al Jazeera-English in the U.S., apparently, Clinton, along
with thousands of Americans, tunes in to Al Jazeera’s website
during the Egyptian uprising and discovers someone else
is beating the U.S. at their game!
scores in math and science skills lag behind that of other
nations, including the so-called “developing” nations; the
U.S. also falls short in providing affordable or universal
health care for its citizen; and despite “deficits” at the
federal and state level, the U.S. manages to out spend every
other nation combined on its military force, according to
the Stockholm International Research Institute. The majority
of U.S. citizens are concerned about the quality of education
their children are receiving, and they have demanded health
care they can afford. They have demanded an end to torture
and wars. But the Obama regime knows best, and the regime’s
concerns trump the concerns of the American people.
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton argued that
the U.S. is “losing the ‘information war’ in the world”
(Huffington Post, “Hillary Clinton Calls Al Jazeera
‘Real News,’ Criticizes U.S. Media,” March
3, 2011). Global news outlets elsewhere “were making
inroads into places like the Middle East more effectively
than the United States.” Al Jazeera, for example, she said,
“was ‘changing peoples’ minds and attitudes. And like it
or hate it, it is really effective.’”
this year, Clinton declared that the foreign news outlets
misrepresented U.S. foreign policy. After viewing
those uprisings in Arab and in North African nations, today,
she has some bright ideas!
U.S. regime had to ask itself: Is Al Jezeera doing a better
job at educating the public and doing so more effectively
without, as Clinton noted, “a million commercials” and without
“arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that
we do on our news”? After all, “Viewership of Al Jazeera
is going up in the United States because it’s real news”.
U.S. news is “not particularly informative to us, let alone
foreigners.” What is particularly useful in watching Charlie
Sheen disintegrate? U.S. news is “not keeping up” with the
changing attitudes out there in the world Al Jezeera covers.
regime itself has already responded: at the U.S. State Department,
Clinton has instructed her young computer wizards to educate
the American and particularly the foreign public with
friendlier and informative programming. This
is the Obama not the Bush II regime! We are the Democrats,
not the Republicans and the people of the world need to
know “our values”! Yes, Clinton said, “our,” American,
why is Glenn Beck calling Clinton’s idea—“insanity”?
alternative news outlets critical of Clinton’s comments
suspect her motivates are disingenuous. Some note that her
comments come at a time when the Obama regime is cutting
funding to public broadcasting.
what is “public” about public broadcasting? Its operation
is based on a hierarchical structuring of people and news
- as is the leading alternative news outlets. At both the
“public” and alternative news outlets, the what, who, where,
why, and how is still determined by a handful of whites
and liberal facilitators who, despite the recently developments
at NPR, posses the same aversion to those who “misrepresent”
reality as interpreted by the State news media. Both “public,”
alternative and State news outlets agree on the usefulness
of Juan Williams, Colin Powell (who could fail to remember
how educational and informative Powell’s presentation of
Saddam’s hidden weapons sites was?), Jesse Jackson Sr.,
and other moderate whiners in expensive suits. Their appearance
is intended to promote the idea of a democratic America,
much like the current regime, sprinkled with an Eric Holder,
a Susan Rice, and Obama at the helm of State power. But
few are fooled!
think the secretary of State is proposing less ranting and
raving about Blacks, Latino/as, Muslims, immigrants,
and “insanity” from the likes of a Rush Limbaugh, a Bill
O’Reilly, and a Glenn Beck and more of this appearance
of democracy, more of the Obama-brand-democracy. Out educate
Al Jezeera! Put American ingenuity to work again with Obama-like
experts waiting in the Green room!
is “at stake here,” to quote Professor Henry Giroux, “is
a notion of democracy that refuses to be reduced to the
dictates of a market society” (“From "'Morning in America'
to Nightmare on Main Street,” Truth-Out).
This one-size-fits-all State news media Hillary Clinton
seems to be proposing unlike Fox News, PBS or Democracy
Now! will dependent more on the useful, friendlier Obama
clones to sell (inform?) the world about the values of U.S.
Empire and its corporate capitalism mission to the world.
a product of this government’s fear of equality, the Obama
clones would be the negation of equality, freedom, democracy.
A collective, hands-on project, the carving of these hollow
vesicles would demand the resignation of common sense. It
has happened before: The Fugitive Slave Acts, the disenfranchisement
of freed, the destabilizing of Black leadership, the dismantling
of Affirmative Action, and the rise of post-racial discourse
(terrorism and warfare), the government led the way in effectively
crushing a viable vision of democracy. In the New World
of One State TV, these Obama clones, the ideal figure of
absolute complicity and acceptance, would posses no memory
of the historical past, no ability to understand that the
past never happens once (as Faulkner wrote), and no heritage
other than the one in which the Empire and State news media
has assigned to him or her.
And that is how change comes to America, Lifting the Veil suggests. It comes dressed
in the corporate image of change: There is the great orator,
the suits and rolled up sleeves, and the paradox: a
man covered in brown skin a candidate for president of the
U.S. Hope, he said, and liberals nodded. He made promises
to revolutionize the U.S. domestic and foreign policies
without a rifle or protest, without Sojourner Truth, Frederick
Douglass, John Brown, Crazy Horse, Malcolm X, the Black
Panthers, Martin Luther King’s warning about war and the
treatment of the invisible workers, without the “anger”
and the “inflammatory” rhetoric of his militant and
old time pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama promises
change is coming to America!
we know the corporate world has spent a record amount of
money packaging and selling the Obama to State and
alternative news outlets that, in turn, sold this democratic
image of change to the American public. Even Hillary
Clinton and husband Bill themselves were bedazzled by the
shinny new product called Obama).
But American workers are increasingly seeing themselves
dislodged from this narrative of American ingenuity.
two years later, we cannot distinguish the U.S. from the
dictatorships supported by the U.S. as easily as the Secretary
the following atrocities are listed and visually captured
in the documentary, Lifting the Veil. The film
may be viewed at the end of this commentary):
Census Bureau reports that “U.S. poverty rose 43.6 million
in 2009, an increase of 3.8 million in the past year,” according
to Lifting the Veil. It is the “largest total since
the first 1959 estimates.”
to the Economic Policy Institute, “1 in 4 American children
now live in poverty.” For both Blacks and Latino/as, “1
in 3” children live in poverty.
the “greatest transference of wealth in U.S. history - $12.8
trillion - to bailouts,” the Obama administration “dramatically
increases government secrecy, blocking more FOIA request
in 2009 than Bush did in 2008” (Huffington Post,
March 6, 2010).
there is no “ops, I made a mistake.” No apology, no blinking
of the eyes, only a stead-fast deliverance of smiles and
elegance, hand-over-heart, facing the flag, declaring God
Bless America and all the while the corporate capitalists,
according to the documentary, “earned record profits in
the past year, recording their ‘best quarter ever’” (New
York Times, November 23, 2010).
“extends the Patriot Act without making any reforms” (CS
Monitor, March 1, 2010).
“cracks down on government whistleblowers more than any
president in history” (New York Times, June 11, 2010).
“pushes for mandatory DNA testing of those arrested for
crimes, regardless of whether they have been convicted”
(Politico, September 3, 2010).
the 70 percent of Americans who desire Universal Health
Care, Obama cuts a secret deal with Insurance and Pharmaceutical
companies to kill the watered down ‘public option’—while
simultaneously campaigning on its behalf” (New York Times,
March 16, 2010.
“uses a signing statement to ignore labor and environmental
standards for the IMF and World Bank” (Huffington Post,
July 6, 2009).
“gives permits to BP and other oil companies, exempting
them from environmental protection laws” (New York Times,
May 13, 2010).
“announces over $8 billion in loan guarantees to promote
nuclear power” (CBC, February 16, 2010).
“appoints former Monsanto Lobbyist Michael Taylor as America’s
food safety czar…[Monsanto,] named ‘the most evil corporation
in the world’ by journalist Jeffrey Smith…provides the seeds
for 90 percent of the world’s genetically modified crops”
(Huffington Post, July 23, 2009).
“nominates anti-marijuana zealot Michelle Leonhart for head
of the DEA” (Raw Story, November, 16, 2010).
“launches FBI raids on anti-war activists in Chicago and
Minneapolis” (Democracy Now! September, 27 2010).
Obama administration proposes a 3 year freeze on domestic
spending, exempting cuts to the Pentagon and Homeland Security…
“operates a ‘black site’ at Bagram airbases, where the Red
Cross has reported torture of detainees” (BBC, May
“continues the practice of indefinite detentions for alleged
‘terrorists,’ denying the right of habeas corpus” (Washington
Post, May 22, 2009).
“continues renditions of alleged terrorists and ‘militants’
to countries where they could be tortured” (New York
Times, August 24, 2009).
“successfully prosecutes child soldier Omar Khadr using
evidence obtained through torture” (CBC, November
“refuses to suspend military aid to Honduras after a fascist
coup outs democratically-elected leader Manuel Zelaya” (UPI,
October 21, 2009).
appoints Eric Holder, Head of the Justice department. “Holder
had previously served as the lawyer for Chiquita Brands
International when it was charged with funding death squads
in Colombia” (Counterpunch, November 19, 2008).
“appoints Dennis C. Blair as Director of National Intelligence…During
the 1999 East Timor massacres, Blair presented Indonesian
General Wisanto with an offer of increased military assistance…After
the massacres, he invited the war criminal to be his personal
guest in Hawaii” (WSWS, January 20, 2009).
“appoints William Lynn as deputy secretary of defense. Lynn
previously acted as senior vice president at Raytheon, which
has billions of dollars in Defense department contracts”
(Washington Independent, January 25, 2009).
“refuses to sign a treaty banning the use of landmines”
(MSNBC, November 24, 2009).
“eases restrictions on the use of child soldiers in Africa”
(The Cable, October 26, 2010).
“announces a $60 billion sale of arms to the Saudi Arabian
dictatorship, the largest arms deal in history” (CBS,
September 13, 2010).
“promises $30 billion in military aid to Israel over the
next decades” (Truth-Out, February 16, 2010).
a few months earlier, the UN’s Goldstone report charged
Israel with massive war crimes during its assault on Gaza,
including the targeting of schools, mosques and medical
awards $250 million in government contracts to notorious
mercenary outfit Blackwater aka Xe” (The Nation,
June 28, 2010).
“authorizes the assassination of U.S. citizens abroad, and
an unprecedented declaration of executive power” (New
York Times, April 6, 2010).
“dramatically increases the use of drone bombers in Pakistan,
resulting in thousands of civilian casualties…
uses “cluster bombs in Yemen, resulting in the deaths of
14 ‘militants,’ and 35 women and children” (CS Monitor,
June 7, 2010).
reneges on his promise to exit Iraq, announcing that 50,000
troops and over 100,000 ‘private contractors’ will remain…Instead
of removing the troops, Obama simply renames them ‘transitional’
forces” (February 26, 2010).
back tracks on his promise to leave Afghanistan by July
2011…Mark Sedwill, the top civilian NATO representative
in Afghanistan, claims the ‘transition’ to ‘independence’
could run ‘to 2015 and beyond’”(June 24, 2010).
And the gulag at Guantanamo is still open for the
dissemination of American values…
Adopting the enemies of the U.S. will set you free?
NO, Barrack Obama! No more lies, Hillary Clinton. No more
propaganda. No more exclusion of voices deemed too radical
for State and Alternative news media outlets. No Orwellian
Big Brother TV screen, spewing more of your values!
majority of American people reject these changes offered
by the current regime.
The majority reject the creation of a U.S. dictatorship!
That is why you will not see Lifting the Veil
on the current or the new and improved State news media
is happening to the planet and its people is not the result
of individuals, says economist Richard Wollf. It is about
a system that cannot be reformed but must be removed!
Lifting the Veil is not all doom and gloom: it is not simply the unraveling of the “insanity”
of electoral politics or the political empowering of the
wealthy elite and their corporate wars.
Lifting the Veil is about Hope! It is not “hope” as defined by this current regime, for
this Hope, Chris Hedges says, is not in the vocabulary of
the powerful. It is that Hope that only the people themselves
own and nurture from generation to generation, from one
uprising to another, from one civil disobedient act to the
upheaval of unjust laws and dictatorships. We still posses
this Hope, the documentary shows. But if we are to “fight
for something that is real,” my colleague at the Black
Commentator Larry Pinkney says, we must “translate Hope
precedes the appearance of Brand Obama. It was present in
the uprisings of workers, Blacks, Latino/.as, says John
Pilger. This Hope is present in the “activism that doesn’t
give up. Activism doesn’t fall silent.”
is coming again. The signs are there.”
Obama, the bankers, the generals, the IMF, the CIA, the
CNN and the BBC fear is ordinary people coming together
and acting together”:
American people for too long have been misrepresented by
stereotypes that are contemptuous. The progressive attitudes
of the public have seldom been reported in the media because
they’re not ignorant. They’re subversive.
Lifting the Veil is the subversive message that…
has a cost. Hope is not comfortable or easy. Hope requires
personal risks. It is not about the right attitude or peace
of mind…Hope is about action. Hope affirms that which must
be affirmed! (Chris Hedges).
the Documentary Here: A Metanoia Film: Lifting The Veil (1hr 53min)
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