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7 Deceptions About Bin Laden's Killing Pushed by the Obama Administration

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  • As the week wore on, many of the details of the historic raid were "revised."
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  • Media Scrambles as Bin Laden Story Crumbles
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Joshua Holland, AlterNet

The Obama administration deftly shaped the media coverage of its prized kill by detailing a picture-perfect, morally unambiguous special forces operation, which culminated in the death of Osama bin Laden. Most of the details of that narrative have now unravelled, but the conventional wisdom that the tale established remains. As Glenn Greenwald put it, that's par for the course: “the narrative is set forever by first-day government falsehoods uncritically amplified by establishment media outlets, which endure no matter how definitively they are disproven in subsequent days.”

In his address to the American people, and in subsequent media briefings by senior officials, we were told that a small force of as many as 25 Navy Seals stormed the compound with orders to take bin Laden alive, if possible. White House spokesman Jay Carney said that once inside the compound, they came under heavy fire and “were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation.” The SEALs killed Osama bin Laden's son when he lunged for them on a staircase, and finally encountered their quarry in a bedroom, where, after taking a woman believed to be his wife as a human shield, bin Laden died in a vicious fire-fight. The operation, Obama said, was carried out “with extraordinary courage and capability.”

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Media Scrambles as Bin Laden Story Crumbles, Alex Newman, New American
The official White House narrative has been changed so many times in recent days that now it’s almost unrecognizable.

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Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

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  • Right-wing radio and cable news, including Christian radio and television, along with websites such as Jihad Watch and FrontPage, spew toxic filth about Muslims over the airwaves and the Internet. But perhaps most ominously—as pointed out in “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace,” a report by Political Research Associates—a cadre of right-wing institutions that peddle themselves as counterterrorism specialists and experts on the Muslim world has been indoctrinating thousands of police, intelligence and military personnel in nationwide seminars.
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  • Mideast Expert: Fox News Panders To Muslim-Bashers
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Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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Mr. Fish

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News personalities, politicians, self-appointed experts on the Muslim world, and law enforcement and intelligence officials, as well as the Christian right, have successfully demonized Muslims in the United States since the attacks of 2001. It is acceptable to say things openly about Muslims that could never be said about any other ethnic group. And as the economy continues to unravel, as we face the possibility of revenge attacks by Islamic extremists, perhaps on American soil, the plight of Muslims is beginning to mirror that of targeted ethnic minority groups on the eve of the war in the former Yugoslavia, or Jews in the dying days of the Weimar Republic.

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The major candidates for the Republican nomination for the presidency, including Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, along with television personalities such as Bill Maher, routinely employ hate talk against Muslims as a way to attract votes or viewers. Right-wing radio and cable news, including Christian radio and television, along with websites such as Jihad Watch and FrontPage, spew toxic filth about Muslims over the airwaves and the Internet. But perhaps most ominously—as pointed out in “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace,” a report by Political Research Associates—a cadre of right-wing institutions that peddle themselves as counterterrorism specialists and experts on the Muslim world has been indoctrinating thousands of police, intelligence and military personnel in nationwide seminars.

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Mideast Expert: Fox News Panders To Muslim-Bashers, Sarah Pavlus, Media Matters for America

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  • What (Fox News) excels at are simplistic generalizations and assertions, often choosing selective texts, individuals or events as if they were representative of the entire community.
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  • Fox Gave Far More Airtime To Supporters Of King's Anti-Muslim Hearings
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Paul Ryan's Path To The Poorhouse

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  • Ryan's plan doesn't ask the most well-off Americans or the country's corporate titans to make any sacrifice, instead leaving the burden of deficit and debt reduction on the middle class, seniors, and a "shrunken public sector."
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  • "The GOP's budget breaks the fundamental promise of this country: That if you work hard and play by the rules, you can take care of your family and retire with dignity and peace of mind," Health Care For America Now's Melinda Gibson says.
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  • Why Cutting Deficits Now Is (Literally) Psychotic
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  • The People's Budget
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Think Progress, Progress Report

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Writing in Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled the Republican budget plan that he calls the "Path to Prosperity," a plan that "would privatize Medicare for future retirees, cut spending on Medicaid and other domestic programs, and offer sharply lower tax rates to corporations and the wealthy." Right-wing pundits in corporate media immediately offered plaudits. CNN contributor Erick Erickson praised the "Gospel" of Paul Ryan as a "solid proposal of solid reform." New York Times columnist David Brooks says that Ryan's "courageous" "leadership" "will set the standard of seriousness." Reuters columnist James Pethokoukis thinks the plan is the "most important and necessary piece of economic legislation since President Ronald Reagan's tax cuts in 1981."

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But Ryan's plan doesn't ask the most well-off Americans or the country's corporate titans to make any sacrifice, instead leaving the burden of deficit and debt reduction on the middle class, seniors, and a "shrunken public sector." "The GOP's budget breaks the fundamental promise of this country: That if you work hard and play by the rules, you can take care of your family and retire with dignity and peace of mind," Health Care For America Now's Melinda Gibson says. The budget plan "would get about two-thirds of its more than $4 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years from programs that serve people of limited means," an analysis from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities found.

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Why Cutting Deficits Now Is (Literally) Psychotic, Joshua Holland, AlterNet

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  • Do hefty deficits sustained over an extended period pose a threat to our economic wellbeing? Absolutely, but the claim that we should address the deficit by cutting public spending now, while the economy is in the crapper and private, consumer spending is in the tank is a delusion.
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  • Stop the Austerity Craze! Massive Budget Slashing Can Lead to Economic Disaster, Violence and Repression
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  • Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy
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The People's Budget, Jeffrey Sachs, Huffington Post

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  • Unlike Paul Ryan's almost absurdly vicious attack on the poor and working class, the People's Budget would close the deficit by raising taxes on the rich, taming health care costs (including a public option), and ending the military spending on wars and wasteful weapons systems.
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  • Rep. Paul Ryan's Wall Street Protection Act
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Why Cutting Deficits Now Is (Literally) Psychotic

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  • Do hefty deficits sustained over an extended period pose a threat to our economic wellbeing? Absolutely, but the claim that we should address the deficit by cutting public spending now, while the economy is in the crapper and private, consumer spending is in the tank is a delusion.
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  • Stop the Austerity Craze! Massive Budget Slashing Can Lead to Economic Disaster, Violence and Repression
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  • Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy
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Joshua Holland, AlterNet

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"Psychosis" is a mental illness whose sufferers can't differentiate between fantasy and reality. In that sense, the president's speech, like the vast majority of mainstream reporting on the deficit debate, is nothing short of psychotic.

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Most Americans probably don't understand the theory by which high deficits can hurt the economy. It goes like this: you run high, sustained deficits, and investors lose confidence in your ability ro pay them back. Because they view your debt as riskier than they did before, you then have to raise interest rates in order to entice them to buy your bonds.

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The higher interest rates, in turn, make it more expensive for businesses in the private sector to get the financing they need to expand their operations and hire more staff. So, what started with a high level of public debt effectively "crowds out" private investment and hurts job creation. That's the theory, and it is a valid one in certain circumstances.

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Stop the Austerity Craze! Massive Budget Slashing Can Lead to Economic Disaster, Violence and Repression, Mark Ames,  AlterNet

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  • The DC-Wall Street power circuit, with a big assist from the corporate media, is blindly pushing an agenda that could lead to massive social upheaval.
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  • Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy
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  • Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic option
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  • Anti-Austerity Alliance Wins in Illinois
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Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy, David Blanchflower, Bloomberg News/Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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  • You want evidence? Take a look at what's happening in Britain now.
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  • Lesson From Europe: Fiscal Austerity Kills Economies
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  • Media Unwittingly Plays Republicans' Deficit Game
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The gullible mind explained

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  • Whereas a normal, intelligent person would raise commonsense questions about information they receive from all sources, the Gullible Mind wholly accepts virtually any information from sources that occupy the role of apparent authority in society.
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  • Important insight into the psychology of surrender
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Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com

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In light of the string of the blatant falsehoods being announced by the U.S. government these days (FDA, DHS, White House, etc.) it's interesting that so many people still believe whatever they are told by "official" sources. It brings up the question of the functioning of their brains: How could a person swallow official information so gullibly and so completely without even asking commonsense questions about the reliability or factual basis of that information?

These people, it turns out, are operating from what I called The Gullible Mind. It is a psychological processing malfunction that filters out information based on its source rather than its integrity. People who operate from The Gullible Mind tend to have misplaced trust in governments, institutions, mainstream news networks, doctors, scientists or anyone who wears the garb of apparent authority.

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