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Memo Demo

Metro Times
Detroit's Alternative Weekly

What’s that? You say you didn’t hear about the 300 or so people who packed an auditorium to overflowing at Wayne State University last week to participate in a town hall meeting marking the creation three years ago of what has come to be known as the Downing Street memo?

What’s that? You say you didn’t hear that the Detroit forum was one of five being held around the country by congressional Democrats wanting a definitive answer to the question: Did George Bush use a quarry-full of lies to pave this country’s path to war in Iraq?

What’s that? You say you didn’t hear about the roughly 300 house parties, rallies, protests, etc., held in conjunction with the more formal forums?

Well, if you’re in the dark about all this, you can be forgiven, because the vast majority of the mainstream media didn’t think all this was worth covering. News Hits went searching online Monday to see who’d written about the meetings and got only a handful of hits. The Detroit News and Free Press weren’t among the few print outlets covering the story.

We think it’s important.

We think it’s important that Bush, according to documents produced by British diplomats preceding our invasion of Iraq, had already decided on war at a time he was assuring Congress and the American public that our use of military force might be avoided. Those same documents also purport to show that the Bush administration was willing to “fix


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The neocon conspiracy to turn America into a right-wing dictatorship through lies and fear wouldn't be possible without the willing support of the mass media.

Besides the deafening silence on any issue the Bush Administration doesn't like, corporate media outlets are actively posting disinformation. For example, when Rep. Conyers presented a petition with half a million signatures to the White House demanding an explanation of the Downing Street memos, CNN reported that the petition demanded the US withdraw from Iraq!

This willful lying to the American people to cover up crimes of the Bush Administration is itself treason. The neocons think they're above the law, but this is just a momentary illusion. When their image of invulnerability starts cracking (e.g. administration members are charged with crimes) the political mood of the country can change drastically. Remember Watergate.

I see a future where corporate media executives that ordered the censorship and disinformation are sharing prison blocks with Bush Administration officials also convicted of treason, all awaiting their lethal injections.

If anyone in the corporate media has first-hand knowledge of executives ordering distortions of the news reporting to further the neocon agenda, this would be a good forum to report them (anonymously) so their names are known, and justice can be done after this fascist regime is out of office.

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