On the Need to Resist War Propaganda
Memorial Day, 2013
If any question why we died,
tell them, because our fathers lied.
- Rudyard Kipling, after losing his 18-year-old son in the Battle of Loos (France), September 1915. Kipling’s son John had wanted to join the Royal Navy, but was turned down due to poor eyesight. His father had been lifelong friends with Lord Roberts, commander-in-chief of the British Army. At Rudyard’s request, John was accepted into the Irish Guards and sent to Loos two days into the battle. He was last seen stumbling through the mud blindly, screaming in agony after an exploding shell ripped his face apart.
Memorial Day is the holiday in the United States when Americans remember the men and women who died while serving in the military. For Americans who did not lose a loved one in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Vietnam, the three-day holiday means a day off and the beginning of summer. For those who lost someone in these wars, however, Memorial Day is the day the nation commemorates their loss.
But the nation cannot feel the pain and suffering that the bereaved families feel every day. While government officials try to lessen the pain of these suffering families by honoring the dead as heroes who died fighting for our freedom and security, the painful truth is that the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam were not fought to defend the nation or any of our freedoms.
The pain of losing a loved one in war affects a family for generations.
There are about 6,713 families in the United States who lost a loved one serving in the military during the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. (In reality, this number is much larger because many died after returning home due to exposure to depleted uranium and other battlefield toxins.) Left behind are the children, spouses, siblings, and parents of those who died. These families struggle every day to make sense of their loss. Although the survivors may want to believe that their loved one died fighting for America, freedom, and democracy, they cannot avoid the growing awareness that these wars were illegal wars of aggression waged on a pack of lies.
I was truly astounded to read that 85 percent of the U.S. military personnel in Iraq were so misinformed that they actually believed that U.S. forces were in Iraq because of its involvement in the terror attacks of 9-11. The fact is, of course, that Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11, but that information had obviously not reached most of the U.S. soldiers fighting and dying in Iraq. Likewise, the war in Afghanistan is based on the deception of 9-11 and the pack of lies about who was behind the terror attacks.
The lies behind the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were promoted mainly by the big television networks of Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC. There were also the war propagandists working at the New York Times and other newspapers who spread lies about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and other threats that did not exist. Based on the lies spread by the media, the American people were deceived about why the nation went to war. To prevent more Americans from being killed in unnecessary wars we should be resolved not to let our nation be deceived into another disastrous war.
This means actively resisting the anti-Iran propaganda that is being spread by the media. On Friday, May 24, I was surprised to see an article on Salon.com entitled “Iran hackers aiming at U.S. energy firms.” The posting was written by Natasha Lennard, assistant news editor at Salon.com, and based on an article from the same day in Rupert Murdoch’sWall Street Journal entitled “Iran hacks energy firms, U.S. says.”
The Wall Street Journal article begins:
WASHINGTON – Iranian-backed hackers have escalated a campaign of cyberassaults against U.S. corporations by launching infiltration and surveillance missions against the computer networks running energy companies, according to current and former U.S. officials.
In the latest operations, the Iranian hackers were able to gain access to control-system software that could allow them to manipulate oil or gas pipelines. They proceeded “far enough to worry people,” one former official said.
The developments show that while Chinese hackers pose widespread intellectual-property-theft and espionage concerns, the Iranian assaults have emerged as far more worrisome because of their apparent hostile intent and potential for damage or sabotage.
While there is no evidence to support the allegations found in the Wall Street Journal article, variations of this article claiming that Iranian hackers are a threat to U.S. infrastructure have now been spread around the world.
It looks to me like the anti-Iran propaganda articles are designed to set the stage for a false-flag attack on U.S. infrastructure. Here it needs to be noted that it is Israeli hackers, such as Amit and Naftali (Elad) Yoran, who have made careers out of hacking into U.S. energy companies. The next terror attack in the United States may very well be aimed at our energy infrastructure, but it is not the Iranians who are planning it. We need to be aware of who is promoting the war propaganda in order to expose it and nip such evil plots in the bud.
Amit Yoran, a high-level “hacker” tied to Israeli military intelligence, designed computer security for the Pentagon, Air Force, and U.S. government. Yoran’s company has hacked into the computer networks of dozens of energy companies. Such hacking could be done and made to look like it is coming from Iran to instigate a war.
Because the anti-Iran propaganda may be preparation for a real attack to be used to start another war, I looked into who was promoting the propaganda piece in the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal. Rupert Murdoch of News Corp. and Fox News is the Zionist media mogul who has actively promoted the “War on Terror” and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
THE MAN BEHIND THE SCREEN – Rupert Murdoch during the Leveson Inquiry. Murdoch, who owns News Corp., Fox News, and the Wall Street Journal, has pushed the Zionist war agenda through the media outlets he controls.
I began by looking up Natasha Lennard of Salon.com. She is a young woman from Britain who was involved with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement and the New York Times. When it was discovered that she was an active participant in the OWS movement she left the New York Times and discussed her involvement on “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman:
“I’m not an objective journalist.” – Natasha Lennard of Salon.com and Occupy Wall Street. Natasha’s step-father is a London barrister who defends Rupert Murdoch. Her brother manages an investment fund for Ruffer LLC. She spreads anti-Iran war propaganda on a major news website. What’s the connection?
As I wrote in Salon this week, I’m not an objective journalist. I, like many hundreds, thousands, millions of people across the country, am quite appalled by the current state of inequality that the system we’re living under has created and would only want to speak in that capacity henceforth.
– Natasha Lennard, Democracy Now, November 17, 2011
But why would a person involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement be spreading Rupert Murdoch’s vile war propaganda that is clearly designed to make Iran look like a threat to the United States? What I found suggests that Natasha Lennard is not being honest when she says she is “appalled by the current state of inequality.”
Her step-father is a well-known and highly-paid orthodox Jewish lawyer in the City of London named Jonathan Michael Caplan (QC). Jonathan Caplan recently represented Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers Limited in a criminal case. Caplan was also a core participant in the Leveson Inquiry that examined some of the crimes committed by journalists working for Rupert Murdoch’s propaganda empire. One of those criminal journalists was none other than Piers Morgan, who was forced to relocate to the United States after being disgraced in Britain. Americans don’t know that he has a criminal background.
Natasha Lennard confirmed by email that she is the daughter of Selena A. Caplan (born Selena Anne Peskin), wife of Jonathan Michael Caplan QC. Her real father is Richard Douglas Lennard, the son of Gerald Goldberg, who passed away in Florida in 2005. Natasha’s brother is Alexander Samuel Lennard, an investment fund manager for Ruffer LLC. Jonathan Caplan is also a patron of orthodox Jewish organizations and “The Wiener Library” (“for the study of the Holocaust and Genocide”).
Those are indeed my family members. I will not reserve my disgust at your having delved into my family connections… Your reasons for researching my family (including estranged members) is disturbing and in need of explanation.
As I said in my email I am very concerned about who is spreading Murdoch’s anti-Iran propaganda in the United States. You probably know that the media, especially Rupert Murdoch, played a key role in getting the U.S. into the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. These wars were based on lies and deception, very much like the piece you wrote about Iran hacking into U.S. infrastructure.
Your step-father Jonathan Michael Caplan recently worked as a lawyer for Mr. Murdoch defending News Group Newspapers Ltd. and was a core participant in the Leveson Inquiry in which Murdoch’s criminal activities were examined…
Maybe you should stop working for the warmongers and those who lie to get us into war.
Sources and Recommended Reading:
“Amit Yoran’s Ethical Hackers” in “The Architecture of Terror” by Christopher Bollyn
”California’s War Dead: Military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2001-Present,” Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2013
“Cash-strapped expat ‘wore down’ ailing sister-in-law to change will” by John Bingham, The Telegraph, January 21, 2013
Icasualties.org on casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan
“Iran hackers aiming at U.S. energy firms” by Natasha Lennard, Salon.com, May 24, 2013
“Iran hacks energy firms, U.S. says” by Siobhan Gorman, Danny Yadron, Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2013
Jonathan Michael Caplan QC, TheLawPages.com, May 27, 2013
Natasha Lennard on Democracy Now, November 17, 2011
The Leveson Inquiry, Core Participants
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