Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, May 2011
The Empire Continues to Sweat:
The British Ofcom Case and Press TV-Iran
By Mark Dankof
Al-Jazeerah: CCUN, May 30, 2011
“The intensification of armaments, the increase in police forces, are all essential for the completion of the aforementioned plans. What we have to get at is that there should be in all the states of the world, besides ourselves, only the masses of the proletariat, a few millionaires devoted to our interests, police, and soldiers. . . . We must create ferments, discords and hostility. . . .The principal factor of success in the political is the secrecy of its undertakings. . . .We must compel the governments of the goyim to take action in the direction favored by our widely conceived plan. . .by what we shall represent as public opinion, secretly promoted by us through the means of that so-called ‘great power’–the press, which with a few exceptions that may be disregarded, is already entirely in our hands. [emphasis added]“
—The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, protocol #7—
Mark Dankof: Are Obama and Netanyahu Sweating Over Press TV/Iran?
What seems abundantly clear is that the Israeli intelligence community’s allies in the British and American governments are increasingly worried about the English-language division of Press TV/Iran, especially its U. S. Desk. Programs like my recent appearance with Alison Weir of If Americans Knew in Los Angeles on American 3rd parties, Dr. Paul Sheldon Foote of Cal State Fullerton on the relationship of the Empire’s wars to economic downturn, and Culture Wars editor Dr. E. Michael Jones’ televised expose on Barack Obama and The Lobby, are simply bringing too much unfiltered information and analysis to the previously uninitiated in both the United States and Europe.
It may not be a coincidence that the British Ofcom case against Press TV Iran pops up against the backdrop of Netanyahu’s state visit to the United States to press his own case for ongoing Talmudic Death and Destruction in the Middle East, courtesy of wholehearted American political support and economic subsidy. Israel’s purchased Democratic and Republican supporters in the Zionist Occupied Territory (ZOA) known as Capitol Hill are tripping over themselves to demonstrate which of the two major parties can demonstrate more obeisance to the Zionist State and its domestic Jewish lobby Stateside. After all, the Presidential primaries commence in 8 months; the general election only 18 months away, with all that this impending “choice” implies for the American public and the world. Early money is the most critical money in politics; corporate media advertising cash and primary endorsements will necessitate tap-dancing to Bibi’s tune on national television. Don’t bet on any of Philip Giraldi’s recent questions to Netanyahu being asked by any of the shills for the Corporate Media House that takes its own marching orders from the same folks who bankroll Red-White-and-Blue elections. The endgame is absolutely guaranteed. Take it to Chase Manhattan Bank.
It may also be more than a coincidence that the Ofcom case reappears in the UK during King Barack Obama’s state visit to the British royal family and subsequent address to Parliament. Our Nobel Prize-winning President’s bellicose foreign policy and budgetary allocations for the American National Security State make Dubya look like George McGovern. Here’s betting that El Presidente has already been briefed by Bibi that the former’s electoral success in the fall of 2012 will necessitate Mr. Obama’s signing off on an American-Israeli attack on Iran no later than January of 2013, along with accompanying territorial expansions of Eretz Yisrael. The 44th President’s present chat with the British Royal Family, the PM, and the most trusted sources in the British Parliament may well be conveying the substance of whatever Faustian bargain was made between the American and Israeli chief executives this past weekend.
Press TV’s chief accuser in the Ofcom case, Maziar Bahari, was working for Newsweek magazine at the time of the purported events in question publicly disputed by the Iranian television network. The latter duly notes that Bahari failed to file his protest against Press TV within Ofcom’s stated 20 day deadline, taking 166 days to initiate his complaint. The Tehran-based agency also tersely noted the possible significance of the following:
“On 31st March 2011, Maziar Bahari was seen sitting next to British Foreign Secretary William Hague addressing a ‘Human Rights Conference’ in London, in which Iran was mentioned repeatedly. There is concern that a trend is emerging to politicise media matters related to Press TV.
“In no part of Mr Hague’s speech on ‘human rights’ did he make references to the current human rights status within countries such as Bahrain where armed forces have been firing upon protesters.”
Bahari’s preferred seating arrangement at the London-based conference is certainly suggestive, but with respects to Press TV, there is an even more damning connection for its chief accuser before Ofcom, involving the late chairman of Newsweek magazine and his wife. The obituary for the late Sidney Harman at the New York Times reminds the reader of his marriage to California Jewish-Democratic Congresswoman Jane Harman. Mrs. Harman, in turn, as the UK Telegraph reminds us, proves to be the very member of Congress wiretapped by the American National Security Agency (NSA) conveying promises to Israeli agents that the dogs would be called off from tailing and successfully prosecuting the espionage case involving key executives of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
This is the transparent connection in this case, as it is in other recent attacks on Press TV in the West involving media outlets and correspondents with provable connections to the American Jewish lobby; Israeli intelligence; and Neo-Conservatives thirsting for a War of Civilizations with Iran specifically, and the Islamic world generally. The Newsweek-linked blindside of Press TV is now joined by Rupert Murdoch’s The Sunday Times, which publishes Deputy News Editor Diphesh Gadher’s accusations about the “non-professional” character of Press TV’s news releases. This is quite an accusation, coming from a Murdoch/News Corp owned newspaper. Former CIA Station Chief in Turkey, Philip Giraldi of The American Conservative and the Council for the National Interest, has publicly charged that Murdoch and his News Corp affiliates, including Fox News and The Sunday Times, have been deliberately disseminating false information worldwide on the Iranian nuclear program for the Israeli intelligence community.
Presumably, Murdoch and Gadher are especially miffed with the all-too-professional coverage of the CIA-Mossad link to the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq’s (MEK/MKO/PMOI) criminal activities in Iran; the mounting civilian casualties in the American drone strikes in Pakistan/Afghanistan and the Libyan intervention; the 9-11 truth movement; Israel’s premeditated strike on the USS Liberty in June of 1967; the Pollard and AIPAC spy cases; and the genocidal character of Israel’s policies in Gaza. These are but a few of the topics covered by Press TV in conjunction with Western guests and correspondents not on the payroll of Israeli, American, or British intelligence. Murdoch and Gadher are by definition, disqualified.
This sort of information dissemination and candor in an Internet age will not do for an Empire planning a new War, both against its perceived enemies abroad and its own dissenting citizens at home. It is not an accident that Press TV has been subjected to many recent criminal Internet cyberattacks with Israeli Unit 8200 fingerprints all over them. It is not an accident that this campaign has now escalated in a different guise in the UK Ofcom case initiated by Mr. Bahari of Newsweek and the broadside this week by The Sunday Times. These are but trivial pursuits compared to what has been decided for Iran and the world by Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu this past Friday in Washington. The Congress of the United States will be brought on board tomorrow when addressed on American television by the Israeli Prime Minister. Corporate Zionist Media in America will began a louder drumbeat for a war of preemptive aggression with Iran, joined by a theocratic and Talmudically-oriented Christian Right led by John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio and his Crusaders at Christians United for Israel (CUFI). All that remains is the execution of the False Flag Incident of the 21st Century to launch the operation. The time and the place remain to be determined.
And as for the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and its Protocol Number 7, its statement that, “the press, which with a few exceptions that may be disregarded, is already entirely in our hands,” is only partially true.
Yes, Press TV of Iran is one of the “few exceptions” to The Lobby’s control of global print and electronically transmitted news and analysis.
But is it being “disregarded” by the Empire?
Don’t bet on it.
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