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Cover-up News Summary
December 26, 2005

Dear friends,

Below are one-paragraph excerpts of important news stories you may have missed on Pentagon psychological warfare, government spying, Teflon dangers, Eisenhower's farewell speech about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, and more. These excerpts are taken verbatim from the major media website at the link provided. If any link fails to function, click here. By choosing to educate ourselves and to spread the word, we can and will build a brighter future.

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Fred Burks for WantToKnow.info
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton

F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show
December 20 , 2005, New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/20/politics/20fbi.html

Counterterrorism agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have conducted numerous surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations that involved, at least indirectly, groups active in causes as diverse as the environment, animal cruelty and poverty relief. One F.B.I. document...talks of the Catholic Workers group's "semi-communistic ideology." The documents...came as part of a series of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The latest batch of documents...totals more than 2,300 pages and centers on references in internal files to a handful of groups, including PETA, the environmental group Greenpeace and the Catholic Workers group, which promotes antipoverty efforts and social causes. Many of the investigative documents turned over by the bureau are heavily edited. The documents indicate that in some cases, the F.B.I. has used employees, interns and other confidential informants within groups like PETA and Greenpeace to develop leads on potential criminal activity and has downloaded material from the groups' Web sites, in addition to monitoring their protests.

Planted PR Stories Not News to Military
December 18, 2005, Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-infowar18dec18,0,6619536,full.story

U.S. military officials in Iraq were fully aware that a Pentagon contractor regularly paid Iraqi newspapers to publish positive stories about the war, and made it clear that none of the stories should be traced to the United States, according to several current and former employees of Lincoln Group, the Washington-based contractor. In contrast to assertions by military officials in Baghdad and Washington, interviews and Lincoln Group documents show that the information campaign waged over the last year was designed to cloak any connection to the U.S. military. "In clandestine parlance, Lincoln Group was a 'cutout' – a third party – that would provide the military with plausible deniability," said a former Lincoln Group employee. A number of workers who carried out Lincoln Group's offensive, including a $20-million two-month contract to influence public opinion in Iraq...describe a campaign that was unnecessarily costly, poorly run and largely ineffective at improving America's image in Iraq. Lincoln Group...had little public relations or communications experience when it won its first psychological operations contract last year. Yet it has become one of the biggest beneficiaries of the information war, and now has 20 Pentagon contracts.

Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in U.S. After 9/11
December 15, 2005, New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/15/politics/15cnd-program.html

The White House asked The New York Times not to publish this article, arguing that it could jeopardize continuing investigations and alert would-be terrorists that they might be under scrutiny. After meeting with senior administration officials to hear their concerns, the newspaper delayed publication for a year to conduct additional reporting. Some information that administration officials argued could be useful to terrorists has been omitted. While many details about the program remain secret, officials familiar with it said the N.S.A. eavesdropped without warrants on up to 500 people in the United States at any given time.

Note: The above quote is from page two of a ten-page article on the Times website. Isn't it interesting that the White House can keep vital news from being reported? See Media Information Center for more.

DuPont Stuck With Big Teflon Fine
December 14 , 2005, CBS/Associated Press

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/12/14/business/main1124537.shtml

DuPont Co. has agreed to pay $10.25 million in fines and $6.25 million for environmental projects in a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over the company's alleged failure to report the dangers of a toxic chemical used to make Teflon. EPA officials said the settlement represents the largest civil administrative penalty the agency has ever obtained under any federal environmental statute. The EPA alleged that DuPont withheld information for more than 20 years about the health effects of PFOA. DuPont faced a potential fine of more than $300 million for not reporting that the chemical posed a substantial risk of injury to health or the environment. "The settlement allows us to put this matter behind us and move forward," said [DuPont general counsel Stacey] Mobley, who noted that the company has cut PFOA emissions from U.S. plant sites by 98 percent and hopes to reduce emissions even further by 2007. DuPont...still faces a federal criminal investigation of its actions concerning PFOA. In a draft report released in June, the majority of members on a scientific advisory board that reviewed the EPA's draft risk assessment concluded that the chemical is "likely" to be carcinogenic to humans.

Pentagon rolls out stealth PR
December 14, 2005, USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-12-14-pentagon-pr_x.htm

A $300 million Pentagon psychological warfare operation includes plans for placing pro-American messages in foreign media outlets without disclosing the U.S. government as the source, one of the military officials in charge of the program says. Run by psychological warfare experts at the U.S. Special Operations Command, the media campaign is being designed to counter terrorist ideology and sway foreign audiences to support American policies. The program will operate throughout the world, including in allied nations and in countries where the United States is not involved in armed conflict. The three companies handling the campaign include the Lincoln Group, the company being investigated by the Pentagon for paying Iraqi newspapers to run pro-U.S. stories. (Related story: Contracts for pro-U.S. propaganda) It's legal for the government to plant propaganda in other countries but not in the USA.

Web site focuses on happy news
December 12, 2005, CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/12/12/happy.news.ap/

Carrie Rodgers is so engrossed by cable-television news shows that her husband calls her a news addict, but lately she has found another source to balance the onslaught of stories about war, crime and natural disasters. Two or three times a day, the 28-year-old insurance agent in Columbia, South Carolina, turns to a Web site called HappyNews.com. She often clicks first to a section called "Heroes," which recently featured stories about U.S. troops rescuing two cheetah cubs in Ethiopia and the induction of 12 people into the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans. Editor Patricia Meyer and a small staff select about 40 items to post on the site each day. They reject any story that may draw objections from more than 5 percent of their estimated 100,000 regular readers. The staff favors stories about health, science, the arts and heroes. A new section called HappyLiving offers tips on everything from barbecuing to finding a baby sitter.

Note: We fully support the reporting of good news to balance all of the disturbing news that we share and that is published in the media in general. Don't miss our collection of inspiring articles.

Dark history of mind control
December 11, 2005, San Francisco Chronicle

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/12/11/RVGMRG25PU1.DTL&type=books

With the birth of the Cold War, a more nefarious collaboration began between government and social scientists, as the CIA funded universities' mind control and brainwashing experiments that left unsuspecting volunteers psychologically impaired. One example was the "psychic driving" of McGill University's Ewan Cameron, who played subjects an endless loop of one of their own statements from therapy, such as "You killed your mother," while keeping them packed with mind-altering drugs and locked in sensory depravation chambers. They emerged broken, ready to "be built up again." This is real "Manchurian Candidate" stuff, and it is easy to see how it could have a dramatic impact on human behavior. McGill's Cameron...actually helped prosecute Nazi doctors at the Nuremberg tribunals.

Note: For lots more reliable, verifiable information on this disturbing, but important topic, see our Mind Control Information Center at https://www.WantToKnow.info/mindcontrolinformation

Military's Information War Is Vast and Often Secretive
December 11, 2005, New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/politics/11propaganda.html

The media center in Fayetteville, N.C., would be the envy of any global communications company. The center is not part of a news organization, but a military operation, and [its] writers and producers are soldiers. The 1,200-strong psychological operations unit based at Fort Bragg turns out what its officers call "truthful messages" to support the United States government's objectives, though its commander acknowledges that those stories are one-sided and their American sponsorship is hidden. Army psychological operations units sometimes pay to deliver their message, offering television stations money to run unattributed segments. The United States does not ban the distribution of government propaganda overseas, as it does domestically. Typically, Lincoln [a company under government contractor] paid newspapers from $40 to $2,000 to run the articles as news articles or advertisements. More than 1,000 articles appeared in 12 to 15 Iraqi and Arab newspapers, according to Pentagon documents. The publications did not disclose that the articles were generated by the military.

Note: For an abundance of reliable information on major cover-ups around war, visit our War Information Center at https://www.WantToKnow.info/warinformation

The Age of Autism: 'A pretty big secret'
December 7, 2005, Washington Times/UPI

http://www.washingtontimes.com/upi/20051204-060313-6829r.htm

Thousands of children cared for by Homefirst Health Services in metropolitan Chicago have at least two things in common with thousands of Amish children in rural Lancaster: They have never been vaccinated. And they don't have autism. "We have about 30,000 or 35,000 children that we've taken care of over the years, and I don't think we have a single case of autism in children delivered by us who never received vaccines," said Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, Homefirst's medical director who founded the practice in 1973. The autism rate in Illinois public schools is 38 per 10,000. Eisenstein, in fact, is author of the book "Don't Vaccinate Before You Educate!" Earlier this year Florida pediatrician Dr. Jeff Bradstreet said there is virtually no autism in home-schooling families who decline to vaccinate for religious reasons -- lending credence to Eisenstein's observations. "It's largely non-existent," said Bradstreet, who treats children with autism from around the country. Thimerosal, which is 49.6 percent ethyl mercury by weight, was phased out of most U.S. childhood immunizations beginning in 1999, but the CDC recommends flu shots for pregnant women and last year began recommending them for children 6 to 23 months old. Most of those shots contain thimerosal.

Clinton aide slams Pentagon's UFO secrecy
October 22 , 2002, CNN
(Old news, but relevant to article below this one)
http://archives.cnn.com/2002/TECH/space/10/22/ufo.records/

One winter night in 1965, eyewitnesses saw a fireball streak over North America, bank, turn and appear to crash in western Pennsylvania. Then swarms of military personnel combed the area and a tarp-covered flatbed truck rumbled out of the woods. Now a former White House chief of staff and an international investigative journalist want to know what the Pentagon knows, calling on it to release classified files about that and other incidents involving unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. Ex-Clinton aide John Podesta...was one of numerous political and media heavyweights on hand in Washington, D.C., to announce a new group to gain access to secret government records about UFOs. The Coalition for Freedom of Information (CFI) is pressing the Air Force for documents involving Project Moon Dust and Operation Blue Fly, clandestine operations reported to have existed decades ago to investigate UFOs and retrieve objects of unknown origins. Backed by the Sci-Fi channel, the CFI hopes to reduce the scientific ridicule factor in this country when the topic is UFOs.

Sci Fi Channel-backed researcher presses NASA for UFO files
December 8 , 2005, Globe and Mail/ Associated Press

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051208.wufoo1208/BNStory/International/

Researchers and witnesses who believe a UFO landed in the woods of western Pennsylvania 40 years ago are marking another anniversary Friday: two years since a lawsuit was filed to persuade NASA to release records of what happened. Government records documenting it have been lost. Leslie Kean, an investigative reporter backed by the Sci Fi Channel and a group connected with the cable TV channel sued NASA two years ago under the Freedom of Information Act. Witnesses described a "fireball" in the evening sky and a metallic, acorn-shaped object about four metres high and three metres in diameter that landed gently in the woods, news accounts at the time said. Witnesses said military personnel cordoned off the site, removed the object and threatened residents who questioned the incident. The military later called the object a meteor.

Note: This article is also available on CBC, Canada's equivalent of the PBS. And for an abundance of reliable information on major cover-ups around UFOs, visit our UFO Information Center. Note also that no US media picked up this Associated Press article.

Ike Was Right About War Machine
October 2 , 2005, CBS

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/30/60minutes/main892398.shtml

The United States...is spending $5.6 billion a month fighting this war in Iraq. Now we have the hurricanes to pay for. One way our government pays for a lot of things is by borrowing from countries like China. Another way...is by cutting spending for things like Medicare prescriptions, highway construction, farm payments, AMTRAK, National Public Radio and loans to graduate students. We ought to start saving on our bloated military establishment. We have more than 10,000 nuclear weapons — enough to destroy all of mankind. We're spending $200 million a year on bullets alone. We had a great commander in WWII, Dwight Eisenhower. He became President and on leaving the White House in 1961, he said this: "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." Well, Ike was right. That's just what's happened.

Note: See the text of Eisenhower's farewell speech on the Yale University website. To view a video of the original speech, click here.


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