Thursday, August 17, 2006

"CNN: Target USA"

Jon Stewart, TDS

Stewart explores how CNN exploits the "terrorist threat," while pretending to present "facts, not fear." As one CNN commentator notes, "If you build a better mousetrap, they'll build a better mouse." CNN's intrepid reporters insert water-filled baggies and metal shields down their pants, wander onto airport runways and magically pull Gatorade bottles from the shampoo aisles at supermarkets.

YouTube video (4:41)

Meanwhile, former British ambassador Craig Murray expresses grave doubts about the latest round of arrests:

In all of this, the one thing of which I am certain is that the timing is deeply political. This is more propaganda than plot. Of the over one thousand British Muslims arrested under anti-terrorist legislation, only twelve per cent are ever charged with anything. That is simply harrassment of Muslims on an appalling scale. Of those charged, 80% are acquitted. Most of the very few - just over two per cent of arrests - who are convicted, are not convicted of anything to do terrorism, but of some minor offence the Police happened upon while trawling through the wreck of the lives they had shattered.

Be sceptical. Be very, very sceptical.

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