Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gen. McCaffrey privately briefs NBC execs on war with Iran - Glenn Greenwald -

Gen. McCaffrey privately briefs NBC execs on war with Iran - Glenn Greenwald -

Gen. McCaffrey privately briefs NBC execs on war with Iran


(Credit: Reuters/Eliana Aponte)

(updated below – Update II [Wed: response from NBC] – Update III [Wed.])

In 2009, The New York Times‘ David Barstow won the Pulitzer Prize for his two-part series on the use by television networks of retired Generals posing as objective “analysts” at exactly the same time they were participating — unbeknownst to viewers — in a Pentagon propaganda program. Many were also plagued by undisclosed conflicts of interest whereby they had financial stakes in many of the policies they were pushing on-air. One of the prime offenders was Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who was not only a member of the Pentagon’s propaganda program, but also, according to Barstow’s second stand-alone article, had his own “Military-Industrial-Media Complex,” deeply invested in many of the very war policies he pushed and advocated while posing as an NBC “analyst”:

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Glenn Greenwald

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 1:50 AM Pacific Standard Time

Attorney General Holder defends execution without charges

Barack Obama and Eric Holder

Barack Obama and Eric Holder (Credit: Reuters)

In a speech at Northwestern University yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder provided the most detailed explanation yet for why the Obama administration believes it has the authority to secretly target U.S. citizens for execution by the CIA without even charging them with a crime, notifying them of the accusations, or affording them an opportunity to respond, instead condemning them to death without a shred of transparency or judicial oversight. The administration continues to conceal the legal memorandum it obtained to justify these killings, and, as The New York Times‘ Charlie Savage noted, Holder’s “speech contained no footnotes or specific legal citations, and it fell far short of the level of detail contained in the Office of Legal Counsel memo.” But the crux of Holder’s argument as set forth in yesterday’s speech is this:

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