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Author: Johnnypeepers

It is not often that I receive a free DVD in the mail. When it happens, the sending party is desperately seeking to either reinforce, or change my view, on a particular issue. My interest was instantly peaked when I opened my mailbox and found a DVD copy of the anti-Muslim terror-porn flick Obsession.

The movie is a demagogic portrayal of a fringe element of the Islamic world heavily slanted to represent a majority anti-Western viewpoint. Having studied the supposed radical Islamic threat to Western civilization over the past several years, I was aware of the this piece of mythomaniacal propaganda. I wondered who might be behind this operation.

The DVD was mailed to 28 million U.S. households in swing election states by a 501(c)(3) organization named the Clarion Fund. The board of directors and the donors to this organization are a mystery, as the Clarion Fund refused to disclose the names of these individuals. An article (now removed) linked to the group’s website www.radicalislam.org, backed John McCain for president. Copies of the film were handed out at the Republican National Convention.

The packaging indicated that the DVD was produced by a fellow named Raphael Shore (an Israeli-Canadian rabbi and director of both Aish HaTorah International and the Hasbara Fellowships, a pro-Israel advocacy group). Rabbi Shore told the New York Times that his early showings of “Obsession” targeted “evangelical Christians”. Fundamentalist Christians are the useful idiots in the “War of Terror” brainwash campaign designed to improve the odds of a McCain presidency.

There seems to be a mystery surrounding who bankrolled this massive DVD propaganda campaign. Clarion Fund Communications Director Gregory Ross declined to say how much Clarion was spending on distributing the DVD, beyond a vague “millions of dollars.” Ross said that “for the privacy of everyone involved, we try to limit” information. Secrecy is usually necessary when propaganda peddlers want to keep their tracks hidden.

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz:

Shore and director Wayne Kopping of South Africa are the only figures associated with the film willing to release their real names and appear in media interviews; the executive producer is listed as Peter Mier, while the production manager is listed as Brett Halperin. But Mier and Halperin are just aliases, Shore says. He describes the real Mier as a Canadian Jewish businessman who wanted to do something significant, but asked to remain anonymous for fear of his safety. According to Shore, about 80 percent of the film’s $400,000 budget was provided by Mier.

Why all the aliases and secrecy I wonder. Maybe it has something to do with that pesky federal U.S. 501(c)(3) law prohibiting foreign political institutions or foreign organizations from contributing to the Clarion Fund’s operations. Given that both the producer and the director are foreigners (with an anti-Muslim agenda), and the financial backers are anonymous, it all looks very suspicious.

The release of the film coincided with the 7th anniversary of the 9-11 mega ritual, and was on the eve of a presidential election. Who else might be behind this psy-op operation designed to influence American public opinion? Israelenews.com reported that:

The Republican Jewish Coalition is responsible for a mailing received by Reform rabbis and other Jews that included a DVD of the controversial anti-Muslim film Obsession. At least part of the mailing was sent under the postal permit of Christians United for Israel, a leading Christian Zionist organization.

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) was founded by none other than everyone’s favorite nutjob – McCain supporting pastor, John “Hitler was a hunter sent by God to chase the Jews out of Europe” Hagee. Strange bedfellows one would assume, that is until you dig a little deeper into the relationship between the Zionists, the Bush administration Neocons, and the Christian fundamentalists.

The Neocons, and their well healed “Clash of Civilization/Islamacists vs. West” narrative collaborators, have a large-scale propaganda fight to win. If enough of the U.S. electorate starts to connect enough dots, and uncovers their crafty machinations, the jig is up. Great nations must have a powerful and ominous enemy to solidify national cohesion, and to guarantee a profitable military-industrial complex. Without a segment of the global population to hate, how can you justify a half-trillion dollar defense budget?

If the threat does not exist, it must be created. We can thank Zbigniew Brzezinski (Barack Obama’s foreign policy adviser), in part, for manufacturing our current bogeyman (Al Qaeda) with Operation Cyclone. In Afghanistan, The U.S. government “spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings. The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum (source: The Washington Post). In other words, your tax dollars were spent on radicalizing youth in a foreign country to create a threat to the Western world.

The Republicans, desperate to ensure a 2008 presidential election victory, have enlisted this newly minted secretive 501(c)(3) to provoke anti-Muslim fervor. The aim is to perpetuate fear in the hearts of Americans regarding the Islamic West-hating menace in order to get out the angry “War of Terror” anti-Muslim bigot vote. An underhanded and nefarious tactic to be sure, but would you expect anything less from the war party and John McCain?

Terrorism is in good part an effect of government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse towards a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy ~ Mark Poster

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The Kassandra Project

By ELI LAKE
Staff Reporter of the Sun
April 10, 2008

Source: New York Sun


WASHINGTON — A new U.N. Human Rights Council official assigned to monitor Israel is calling for an official commission to study the role neoconservatives may have played in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

On March 26, Richard Falk, Milbank professor of international law emeritus at Princeton University, was named by unanimous vote to a newly created position to report on human rights in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. While Mr. Falk’s specialty is human rights and international law, since the attacks in 2001, he has devoted some of his time to challenging what he calls the “9-11 official version.”

On March 24 in an interview with a radio host and former University of Wisconsin instructor, Kevin Barrett, Mr. Falk said, “It is possibly true that especially the neoconservatives thought there was a situation in the country and in the world where something had to happen to wake up the American people. Whether they are innocent about the contention that they made that something happen or not, I don’t think we can answer definitively at this point. All we can say is there is a lot of grounds for suspicion, there should be an official investigation of the sort the 9/11 commission did not engage in and that the failure to do these things is cheating the American people and in some sense the people of the world of a greater confidence in what really happened than they presently possess.”

Mr. Barrett, who is the co-founder of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth, said in an interview yesterday of Mr. Falk, “I would put him on a list of scholars who are sympathetic to the 9/11 truth movement.”

He added, “Unlike most public intellectuals today, he is both honest and very, very knowledgeable in that he understands the probable reality of 9/11. He understands that the evidence that it was a false flag operation is very strong.”

The narrative that the attacks from 2001 were a “false flag” operation is a recurring theme in the literature challenging the consensus that 19 Al Qaeda hijackers flew commercial jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. False flag refers to espionage or covert actions taken by one government made to seem like the work of another. The false flag thesis has it that the Bush administration is somehow responsible for the September 11 attacks as a pretext for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mr. Falk yesterday did not return e-mails and phone calls asking for a comment. But in 2004 he wrote the foreword to the book “The New Pearl Harbor,” by David Ray Griffin. Mr. Griffin has posited that such an inside job is the likely explanation for the attacks.

In the preface, Mr. Falk writes, “There have been questions raised here and there and allegations of official complicity made almost from the day of the attacks, especially in Europe, but no one until Griffin has had the patience, the fortitude, the courage, and the intelligence to put the pieces together in a single coherent account.”

When asked for a comment about the appointment of Mr. Falk, a former American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton said, “This is exactly why we voted against the new human rights council.” A spokesman for the American embassy at the United Nations offered no comment yesterday when asked.

A spokeswoman at the United Nations, Nancy Groves, yesterday also declined to comment. “I would not make a comment on how the member states vote on appointments. It is their council, they make their decisions,” she said.

Mr. Falk’s selection to the post as rapporteur has already prompted the government of Israel formally to request that Mr. Falk not be sent to their country. The Israeli press has reported that he may even be barred from entering the country.

The deputy permanent representative of Israel to the United Nations in New York, Daniel Carmon said, “We are asking the U.N. not to send him. We cannot agree to Mr. Falk’s entrance into Israel in his capacity as the rapporteur.”

One reason the Israelis are concerned about his appointment is that Mr. Falk has compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinian Arabs to the Nazi treatment of Jews in the holocaust. In an April 8 BBC interview, Mr. Falk said he stood by the Israel-Nazi comparison.

The national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, issued a statement yesterday saying, “This was clearly a singularly inappropriate choice for this position. Falk’s startling record of anti-Israel prejudice should have been enough to preclude him from a position where an unbiased observer is needed to report on the status of human rights in the territories.”

In a February 16, 1979, op-ed for the New York Times, Mr. Falk praised Ayatollah Khomeini and bemoaned his ill treatment in the American press. He wrote, “The depiction of him as fanatical, reactionary and the bearer of crude prejudices seems certainly and happily false.”Nearly nine months later, student followers of Khomeini invaded the American embassy in Tehran and held 52 diplomats hostage for the following 444 days.

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