Patriot Letter. Dated 3/24/05.
Archived by k0nsl.
[NOTE: I do not necessarily agree with all the things written by Walther F. Mueller; I merely archive this newsletter because it does contain interesting bits worth saving.]
Dear Fellow Patriot!
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DAMNED BY ASSOCIATION
By Walter F. Mueller
When I saw the first pictures of Jeff Weise, the
16-year old tribal boy, who went on a killing rampage
at his high school and afterwards killed himself, I
was surprised. It is the picture of a young teenager
that wouldn’t be involved in white supremacy. Native
Indian written all over his face, Weise looked like an
One can tell that something quite disturbing must have
happened to make him do what he did. My speculations
from yesterday have proven to be right. The hate seed
planted by the traditional enemy in this young mind
turned the boy into a killing machine. When he was
looking for images of evil, he found what the Jews had
created: The demonized figure of Adolf Hitler and the
German bashing websites of white supremacists.
Once again, indirectly, the white supremacists have
managed to get my culture, my heritage, and my
character involved into the evil doings of a
pre-conditioned mind. Once again, Germany and Adolf
Hitler are the inherent evil that inspires the Weise’s
of the world.
The ADL, of course, uses the Minnesota rampage to
renew its fight against “neo-Nazis”, white
supremacists, and revisionists. And once again, the
white nationalist movement has added another chapter
of evil to malign the German Nation.
Never mind that it isn’t true. The U.S. white
supremacists wouldn’t exist for one hour if they had
operated during the Fuehrer’s reign. Trust me, the
German people then and now wouldn’t want anything to
do with them. The constant abuses of Third Reich
paraphernalia and history have created another monster
story for the Jews to use against us.
The FBI alleges that Weise identified himself on
several white supremacist website forums, declaring
“to shoot up his school on Adolf Hitler’s birthday.”
Let me make sure that you didn’t overlook this:
“….that the FBI has identified ……… on several
white supremacist websites……”
That is definite proof that they monitor everything.
Personally, I have pointed out for many years that the
white supremacists and white nationalists, who use the
Third Reich on their websites, are the worst German
bashers of them all. Their inventions are as bad as
those of the Jews, and I am sure that many are working
The truth is that the white supremacists have
successfully destroyed a credible revisionist
community. In my opinion, any serious attempt to
revise history fails if it is done with the support of
people who foster racism, bigotry and violence and
then, to top it of, use the images of Adolf Hitler.
Come on, how can a revisionist seriously question the
holocaust, when his works are featured on websites of
organizations whose leaders are convicted felons. And
now we can add the killing of seven innocent young
people. All it does, it reiterates the picture that
has been painted by the Jews. The damage done to the
legitimacy of holocaust revisionism is irreparable.
You tell me how you are going to explain to the parent
of one of the murdered children that the murderer
admired Adolf Hitler and white supremacists, and at
the same time, you want to be taken serious.
The Minnesota rampage has generated headlines around
the world, and they are again maligning the German
people. Thanks to these websites.
Let me say it again that the white supremacists in the
U.S. in no way represent the majority of white people
and in no part German history. Felons like Matt Hale,
David Duke and others are an insult to the principles
of the Third Reich. Just go and look at these
websites. You are always greeted with a Hakenkreuz or
the picture of Adolf Hitler. And then you find
yourself in the middle of such a hateful environment
that makes any normal person believe the Jewish lies.
There isn’t any serious subject on these websites
that would interest those of us who are concerned
about the country.
When Adolf Hitler rose to the leadership of Germany,
the country was still devastated by the first WW and
the piracy of the Allies. Within three years he
eliminated unemployment, built highways and freeways,
and made Germany a powerful economic country.
With the death of Dr. Bob Countess, the U.S.
Revisionist community has been reduced to only a
handful. Now that handful better think of a way to
separate themselves from organizations and individual
who give inspiration to young people to go out and
randomly shoot innocent people.
A grieving parent does not give a shit whether or not
it is the truth what the Jewish media portrays. All
they see is the image of Adolf Hitler and the
relationship of the murderer.
I have said this before, and I say it again. It
severely damages the credibility when revisionists use
the white supremacist community as a vehicle to get
their message out and sell their products. The
mainstream is not likely to sympathize with people
like that. We know that it isn’t true, but how do you
explain to the mainstream when the image of a serious
revisionist scholar shows up at the same website that
calls for the killing of “mud people”, “faggots” and
other human beings that do not fit their mold.
The press bills the Institute for Historical Review as
the countries most active revisionist organization.
However, its Director is the favorite guest of the
country’s biggest white supremacist group, the
National Alliance. Go figure!
Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich stood for patriotism,
honor and camaraderie. Not for hatred, racism and
bigotry. There isn’t any room for young people like
Weise, and that is the message we should all stand
As an example, here are a couple of articles from
around the world. I believe that even Australia had
Massaker in Minnesota
Das rechte Vorleben des Todesengels
Von Jörg Diehl
In einem Internetforum veröffentlichte ein gewisser
Jeff Weise bereits vor einem Jahr rechtsextreme
Parolen. “Ich habe schon immer Hitler bewundert”,
schrieb der User, der sich “Todesengel” nannte. Weise
soll nach Angaben US-amerikanischer Zeitungen der
Schütze sein, der jetzt in Minnesota neun Menschen und
sich selbst tötete.
Polizisten in Red Lake: Ein Ort im Ausnahmezustand
Hamburg – Am 19. März 2004 kurz nach Mitternacht setzt
der “Todesengel” seine erste Botschaft ab: “Hallo
zusammen! Ich bin Jeff Weise, ein amerikanischer
Ureinwohner aus dem Red Lake Reservat in Minnesota.
Ich möchte gerne Ihrer Gruppe beitreten, weil ich Ihre
Ideale unterstütze.” Auf die zwischenzeitliche Frage
nach seinen Beweggründen ergänzt Weise, der sich im
Netz “Todesengel” nennt, eine Stunde später: “Ich habe
schon immer Hitler und seine Ideale bewundert.
Außerdem verachte ich den Kommunismus.”
Unklar ist bislang noch, ob es sich bei dem Autoren
der rechtsextremen Einträge im “Nationalisten Forum”
tatsächlich um den Jungen handelt, der gestern seinen
Großvater, dessen Lebensgefährtin, eine Lehrerin,
einen Wachmann und fünf Mitschüler erschoss sowie
mindestens 14 weitere Menschen verletzte, ehe er sich
selbst das Leben nahm. Die Betreiber der
rechtsextremistischen Seite räumten heute ein, dass
Weise insgesamt 34 Nachrichten in ihrem Forum
veröffentlicht habe. Auch die örtliche Tageszeitung
“Pioneer” hatte in ihrem Bericht über den Amoklauf auf
die Einträge in dem einschlägigen Internetforum
Der “Todesengel” jedenfalls suchte im Netz nach
Gesinnungsgenossen, nach Anschluss und Anerkennung.
“Ich mag jung sein, aber ich möchte helfen.” Er sei
gerne bereit, neue Anhänger für das rechte Lager zu
rekrutieren. “Einige meine Freunde mögen Hitler und
finden ihn cool.”
Am 19. April um 23.41 Uhr schreibt er: “Nebenbei
bemerkt, an meiner Schule hat jemand damit gedroht,
morgen, an Hitlers Geburtstag, um sich zu schießen.
Und ratet mal, wen sie beschuldigen? Mich! Nur weil
ich mich dazu bekenne, ein Nationalsozialist zu sein.”
Einen Monat später klagt der Autor: “Du wirst ziemlich
angefeindet, wenn du dich als Nationalsozialist zu
erkennen gibst. Aber bei meiner Größe und Figur lassen
die Leute mich eher in Ruhe, als wenn ich schwach
Über den mutmaßlichen Todesschützen Jeff Weise ist
noch wenig bekannt: Angestellte der Schule beschreiben
Weise in der “Seattle Times” als Einzelgänger, als
“verwirrten Jungen”, der das ganze Jahr über lange
schwarze Mäntel getragen und “im Leben verloren”
gewirkt habe. “Er war ziemlich intelligent, aber in
der Schule sehr faul. Nur für Videospiele konnte er
sich begeistern. Er hat sich ständig Notizen gemacht,
die irgendwie dunkel und böse waren”, zitiert die
Zeitung einen Mitarbeiter der High School. Auch habe
Weise die Musik des Schockrockers Marilyn Manson
gemocht, schreibt das Blatt.
Wie die “St. Paul Pioneer Press” berichtet, soll sich
Weises Vater vor vier Jahren umgebracht haben. Die
Mutter des 15-Jährigen lebe in einem Pflegeheim,
nachdem sie bei einem Verkehrsunfall schwere
Hirnschäden erlitten hätte.
Seinen Nazi-Freunden aus dem Netz hatte der
“Todesengel” schon vor fast genau einem Jahr
angedroht: “Wenn ich mich auf etwas festgelegt habe,
bleibe ich dabei – bis zum Ende.”
New York Times
March 23, 2005
Behind the Why of a Rampage, Loner With a Taste for
By MONICA DAVEY
ED LAKE, Minn., March 22 – Before Monday, before his
storm of bullets that left 10 people on this Indian
reservation dead, Jeff Weise was rarely noticed here.
But when he was, people saw a confused, brooding
teenager with few friends, a peculiar attraction to
Nazism and a lifetime, already, of family troubles.
He was a loner, in part, by happenstance, his parents
having vanished from his life because of quieter
tragedies. Emily Parkhurst, who like many other
residents of the Red Lake Indian Reservation knew
nearly everyone killed or hurt in the shootings, said
Mr. Weise’s father shot himself to death four years
ago. Not long after that, Mr. Weise’s mother was in a
serious car accident that left her using a wheelchair
and living in a nursing home.
“It was a lot to handle for a kid with no one to guide
him or help him,” Ms. Parkhurst said. “Nobody took the
time to get to know him either.”
Investigators say they are now trying to learn all
they can about Mr. Weise, 16, to figure out why he
killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s
companion, then drove to Red Lake High School and
killed a security guard, a teacher and five students
before killing himself. Seven students were wounded,
some of them shot in the head or the chest.
Among the areas of inquiry the Federal Bureau of
Investigation is likely to pursue is a neo-Nazi Web
forum on which someone identifying himself as Jeff
Weise left messages, including one saying he was being
accused of threatening to “shoot up” the school on
Hitler’s birthday, April 20, in 2004.
The school, which serves about 300 students, was
closed on Tuesday and surrounded by law enforcement
officials and evidence vans. Inside, the brick and
glass building was riddled with so many bullets that
F.B.I. officials said they could not keep count.
From a parking lot in the snow-covered, pine-speckled
reservation, 120 miles south of the Canadian border,
Floyd Jourdain, chairman of the tribal council of the
Red Lake Band of Chippewa, said somberly that the
tribe, which has wrestled with troubles over poverty
and education through the years, had never experienced
such a horror.
“Without a doubt, this is the darkest days in the
history of our people,” Mr. Jourdain said.
The shootings on Monday afternoon, the deadliest
school rampage since 15 people died at Columbine High
School near Littleton, Colo., in 1999, were over in
just 10 minutes, federal agents said, though some
students who were there said they felt as though it
had taken far longer.
Alicia Neadeau, 17, recalled standing in a hallway
when the sounds of gunfire suddenly filled the school,
and rushing with other stunned students into a
classroom, where a teacher locked the door while all
waited. Ms. Neadeau was still shaking on Tuesday, as
she held her mother, Angela Ishan.
For parents, the long wait felt endless too: their
unharmed children were not sent home for hours after
the 3 p.m. shooting. “I was very, very afraid,” Ms.
Ishan said. “Parents didn’t know whose kids were hurt
or whose kids were safe.”
A. J. Thunder, 16, whose brother, Cody, was one of the
students wounded, said he wondered if he would ever be
ready to go back to the school. “I just don’t feel
safe,” he said. “You never know if it could happen
As federal agents, tribal police officers and
officials from a number of other agencies, including
the United States attorney’s office and the Bureau of
Indian Affairs, interviewed students and teachers and
surveyed the school, they said they believed that Mr.
Weise had acted alone but that they had no clear
explanations about what prompted the killings.
Residents here said they were stunned by Mr. Weise’s
actions, though they said they had seen signs of
trouble. Some said he favored Goth culture and
clothing and Nazi philosophy, and had seen him drawing
graphic, violent pictures.
Several residents said they believed Mr. Weise had
received medication for emotional problems. T-Anna
Hanson, 21, a cousin of one of his victims, said Mr.
Weise had been admitted to a hospital last year for
Some neighbors said Mr. Weise had recently been
ordered to study temporarily at home, not school,
because of a disciplinary problem.
Shauna Lussier, an aunt of Mr. Weise, said she was
unable to talk about him. “We just can’t understand
anything right now,” she said. “Keep us in your
Although the F.B.I. said it could not confirm the
authenticity of the Web postings, someone who
identified himself as Jeff Weise, a high school
student living on the Red Lake Indian Reservation,
posted 34 messages on a neo-Nazi Web forum last year,
expressing admiration for Hitler and frustration at
the lack of racial purity and authentic racial pride
in his community. He used the handles Todesengel,
meaning “angel of death” in German, and NativeNazi on
the Libertarian National Socialist Green Party’s Web
forum. The forum has a swastika on a green flag on its
homepage and promotes itself as an alternative to
white-supremacist sites, a place where people of all
races are welcome as long as they oppose racial
“I guess I’ve always had a natural admiration for
Hitler and his ideas, and his courage to take on
larger nations,” Mr. Weise wrote in a posting last
March. “I also have a natural dislike for communism.”
He added, “It kind of angers me how people pass
prejudgment on someone” who expresses support for
A month later, Mr. Weise wrote that he was “being
blamed for a threat on the school I attend because
someone said they were going to shoot up the school on
4/20, Hitler’s birthday.” But by the end of May 2004,
he wrote that he had been “cleared as a suspect.”
“I’m glad for that,” he said. “I don’t much care for
jail. I’ve never been there and I don’t plan on it.”
Michael Tabman, the special agent in charge of the
F.B.I.’s Minneapolis office, said the authorities
would be studying the Internet postings as part of
their investigation. So far, Mr. Tabman said, they had
pieced together the events of Monday afternoon.
Before 3 p.m., Mr. Weise, who lived with his
grandmother, went to his grandfather’s house, which
sits on the reservation away from other homes, off an
icy road in the woods. There, Mr. Weise pulled a
.22-caliber handgun and shot and killed his
grandfather, Daryl Lussier, 58, and his grandfather’s
companion, Michelle Sigana, 32, Mr. Tabman said. The
authorities said they did not know who owned the
Mr. Lussier had been a sergeant in the reservation
police for 30 years and was, residents said, one of
its most beloved officers. Where others stuck hard to
the books, they said, Sergeant Lussier sometimes let a
person off with a warning, and once even eased a man
out of an armed standoff by putting down his service
revolver and going to talk to him.
“He had a kind heart, and we should know; we’ve all
known him all our lives,” Pam Needham, a neighbor,
said of Mr. Lussier.
From the house, the F.B.I. said, Mr. Weise took his
grandfather’s police-issued weapons – a .40-caliber
handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun – and his utility belt
and bulletproof vest before driving off in Mr.
Lussier’s marked squad car.
He drove less than five minutes to the high school,
where he stepped into the front lobby and shot and
killed the unarmed security guard on duty, Derrick
Brun, 28. The lobby has a metal detector and a video
camera, which was apparently rolling.
From there, Mr. Tabman said, Mr. Weise began firing at
students and a teacher in a hallway. The group fled
into a classroom. Mr. Weise followed, killing the
teacher, Neva Rogers, 62, and several students.
Mr. Weise then ran back into the hallway and began
shooting, apparently at random. Students scrambled for
hiding places, barricading classroom doors with
anything they could find. Some fell, wounded. Some
said they saw Mr. Weise laughing, mumbling, taunting
Four police officers ran into the school, and Mr.
Weise began shooting at them, Mr. Tabman said. At
least one officer fired back at the boy, who was
wearing his grandfather’s bulletproof vest. The
authorities are not sure whether any of the shots hit
him, but he ran back into the classroom where most of
the dead lay, and shot himself once in the head, Mr.
The notion of a Nazi sympathizer on an Indian
reservation particularly offended some here. “You have
to be white to be a Nazi, don’t you?” said one
resident, who would give only his first name, George,
and said he had known most of the victims all of their
lives. “Believe me, there are no other Nazis here.”
The reservation, with 880 acres, has a population of
5,118, about 40 percent of them living in poverty,
according to the 2000 Census. The tribe also includes
about 5,000 members living elsewhere.
On Tuesday, Orville White, whose niece, Thurlene Marie
Stillday, 15, was among the dead, stood along a
reservation street, his eyes on the ground and his
fingers clutching a photograph of her. She had bangs
and a hopeful smile.
Gangs, drugs, alcohol: those, Mr. White said, had
plagued the reservation before.
But this, he said, was incomprehensible.
Reporting for this article was contributed by Kirk
Johnson from Red Lake; Mikkel Pates from Fargo, N.D.;
Gretchen Ruethling from Chicago; Mindy Sink from
Denver; and Jodi Wilgoren from Chicago.
Just came from the Honda place. And of course the
Talmudian news media was given its view of the recent
shooting in MN
I am paraphrasing:
The teen was involved in a Nazi web site where he
posted frequently. The teen also proclaimed that he
was a Nazi American.
The teen had stated that he originally planned this
shooting on the birthday of birthday of Adolf
Hitler…… and so forth…….
There we go again………….what else is new.
PS: Perhaps someone would like to give a statement of
the origin of the word Nazi and its definition. I have
tried to do so in the past, no one is listening!
Brave man of Peace Expires
I just obtained pertinent news. I¹ve got about five
minutes to type this out and it¹s my hope that you
distribute the info to your associations and
Yesterday a brave and noble man expired. Edward Moskal
died. He was president of Chicago¹s Polish National
Congress and Polish-American Alliance. He was 81 years
Presidents of the PNA were regularly invited to the
White House. This was because of the fact that the PNA
had approximately 400,000 members, it¹s own newspaper
and a conglomerate of business and cultural buildings.
Under the PNA were (also) thousands of separate
Polonian-American clubs, associations and
organizations. Moskal was the first leader of US
Polonia to be denied entry into the White House.
Ethnic media indicated this was because of his
unprejudiced defense against what he termed as
Zionistic influence. According to numerous press
reports, he alleged that no other group has as much
transnational power as the global network of Zionists.
Moreover, in addition to emphatically stating that the
Jews dominate American and European media, Mr. Moskal
declared that they have they greatest influence in
Washington¹s Congress and Senate. Moskal was
In addition to the above, it¹s an absolute fact that
he indicated Warsaw¹s Parliament was controlled by the
same element that dominates American political life
Moskal was concerned with issues such as Katyn. He
followed the line of overwhelming research that
suggested the Zydeo-Communist government of Warsaw was
responsible for and instigated the J-Kielce affair.
Similar to most Eastern European scholars, he believed
that Jews, who ran Poland¹s state apparatus, wanted
masses of their brethren to resettle in Palestine.
He immensely disliked the fact that Wasaw¹s President
Kwasniewski (Stolzman) nearly always took the Zionist
side in every Polish-Jewish dispute. He insisted that
the anti-Polish propaganda regarding Jedwabne was
similar to other indoctrination pertaining to
ridiculous numbers, etc.
I was told, during visits to Chicago and Warsaw, that
the turning point in White House revulsion against
Moskal was due to his getting off the diplomatic train
and becoming emotional. Apparently, reactions were
initiated when Moskal suggested that Washington might
be responsible for the weapons utilized against
defenseless Palestinians. This implied that Congress
was not even handed in the Middle East; mainly, using
the term terrorist against Pals was reverse Zydowski
psychology. In other words, 800,000 Palestinians were
removed from their homes, placed in tents and referred
to as terrorists.
For years Moskal was attacked by Zydeo-Polonians and
Zydeo-Slavs. He sought peace and wanted to learn.
Recently Moskal had me send him Prof. Butz¹s research
on special numbers and Prof. Kevin MacDonald¹s work of
group evolution (Culture of Critique). It was my hope
that Moskal would republish Prof. MacDonald¹s studies.
Moskal was a lifelong defender of Polish culture and
heritage. He was well liked by those advocating free
and open communiqué. He was a key in securing NATO
membership for Poland.
Pro-Polish and pro-Slavic media often praised Mr.
Moskal. In addition to being black listed by the White
House, he was maligned by journalists of Jewish
heritage. Neo-Zionistic media in Poland attacked Mr.
Moskal without mercy. In the Americas, the
anti-majority and anti-Euro element kept nearly all
news about Moskal from reaching the masses.
Moskal, in turn, was against Euro infighting and
believed in peace. Countless individuals and groups
alleged that he thought mankind¹s biggest danger came
from one source.
As a Christian activist, Edward Moskal sought to
defend the rights of their free speech. He robustly
contested anti-Christian activity. He was opposed
to the obliteration of Euro values and often his
remarks provoked a reaction.
Although mainstream US media shunned Mr. Moskal,
countless millions of ethnic press-readers respected
and admired him. Lastly, during the most recent
election for PNA office, his opponents used the yd
card. Unscrupulously, they reiterated that Moskal kept
American-Polonia out of the Senate, Congress and White
House because of his stand on cultural ethno issues.
May he rest in peace.
B. Chapski, Ph.D.
U.N.: Congo Militias Grilled Victims Alive KINSHASA,
Congo (AP) – Militiamen grilled bodies on a spit and
boiled two girls alive as their mother watched, U.N.
peacekeepers charged Wednesday, adding cannibalism to
a list of atrocities allegedly carried out by one of
the tribal groups fighting in northeast Congo. The
report came as a key U.N. official said the ongoing
violence in Congo, claiming thousands of lives every
month, has made it the site of the world’s worst
humanitarian crisis. The commander of U.N. forces in
Congo, Gen. Patrick Cammaert, presented a report on
abuses allegedly committed by the Patriotic Resistance
Front of Ituri. “Those responsible for atrocities
will be brought to justice,” Cammaert said.
Peacekeepers have also begun working to cut off
weapons supplies to the group, which apparently
entered the country from neighboring Uganda, he said.
Members of the group were suspected of killing nine
U.N. peacekeepers in a Feb. 25 ambush. On March 1,
gunmen fired on Pakistani peacekeepers and the
peacekeepers fought back, killing up to 60 fighters,
U.N. officials said at the time. Congo became a
battleground for six nations during a 1998-2002 war
that killed some 50,000 people directly and another 3
million through strife-induced hunger and disease. But
sporadic fighting continues between militiamen, rebels
and government troops in the lawless northeast. Jan
Egeland, head of U.N Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs, said Wednesday that the fighting
in Congo had overtaken Sudan’s embattled Darfur region
as the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis.
“Measured in human lives lost, I think that Congo is
the number one problem in the world today,” Egeland
told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland. About 3 million
Congolese are now in acute need of assistance and as
many as 30,000 people are dying every month from
conflict-related causes, Egeland said. The United
Nations says Sudan’s Darfur region remains a major
crisis, estimating that about 180,000 people have died
there since October 2003 and a further 1.8 million
have been displaced. Egeland said as many as 10,000
people may be dying there every month as a result of
violence, disease or malnutrition. The Darfur conflict
began in February 2003, when rebels took up arms
against the Arab-dominated government to win more
political and economic rights for the region’s African
tribes. The allegations of cannibalism in the U.N.
report were from a summary of testimony from witnesses
gathered over a year from hundreds of people who had
been kidnapped by militias in the region. The report
said that some victims were killed by torture and
decapitation. Those not killed were held in labor
camps and forced to work as fishermen, porters,
domestic workers and sex slaves. “Several witnesses
reported cases of mutilation followed by death or
decapitation,” the report said. The U.N. report
included an account from Zainabo Alfani in which she
said she was forced to watch rebels kill and eat two
of her children in June 2003. The report said, “In
one corner, there was already cooked flesh from bodies
and two bodies being grilled on a barbecue and, at the
same time, they prepared her two little girls, putting
them alive in two big pots filled with boiling water
and oil.” Her youngest child was saved, apparently
because at six months old it didn’t have much flesh.
Alfani said she was gang-raped by the rebels and
mutilated. She survived to tell her horror story, but
died in the hospital on Sunday of AIDS contracted
during her torture two years earlier, the U.N. report
said. The mother gave her account in February, but the
U.N. waited to publish them until after her death for
fear she would become a target for reprisal. The new
International Court of Justice in The Hague,
Netherlands, said this week that its first cases will
deal with war crimes committed in eastern Congo.
“Packaged News” or Propaganda?
By Chuck Baldwin
March 22, 2005
Reuters News recently reported, “President Bush said
Wednesday [March 15, 2005] that the U.S. government’s
practice of sending packaged news stories to local
television stations was legal and he no plans to cease
“His defense of the packages, which are designed to
look like television news segments, came after they
were deemed a form of covert propaganda by the
Government Accountability Office watchdog agency.
“GAO, an arm of Congress, said this ran counter to
appropriation laws and was a misuse of federal funds.”
The federal government’s practice of sending “packaged
news” to media outlets began under the Clinton
Administration. President Bush has not only continued
the practice, he has doubled the amount of federal tax
dollars that are used for this purpose, spending $254
million in his first term.
The proliferation of the Clinton/Bush “packaged news”
policy signals the beginning of the end of a free and
independent media (especially television media) in
this country! Obviously, this does not bode well for
the maintenance of liberty.
Knowing the propensity of national leaders to mislead
people and misrepresent truth, our Founding Fathers
deliberately intended to keep the press free and
independent from the controls and restraints of the
federal government. A free press, even a hostile
press, bodes well for freedom. A controlled or
propaganda press does not.
Virtually every repressive regime of history was first
able to obtain control of the nation’s major media
outlets. After all, if one can control the flow of
information, he or she can control the minds and
actions of the citizenry. It now appears that our
federal government is beginning to do this very thing.
Have readers noticed how the same news stories seem to
be carried by the three major networks and by the
major cable networks? Does anyone really believe that
this is a coincidence?
What should also be obvious to any objective observer
is the fact that the major media (with few exceptions)
is even more accommodating of the Bush administration
than it was of the Clinton administration, Bush’s
supposed conservatism notwithstanding. The lack of
media curiosity and investigative reporting has become
so universal that for all practical purposes it
doesn’t even exist!
With very few exceptions, the major media simply
regurgitates the government’s spin on a given issue
without challenge or question. Now we learn that many
media outlets are actually running the federal
government’s “packaged news” without revision!
Obviously, the real culprits in this story are the
media moguls themselves. As with just about everyone
else these days, the only consideration that seems to
matter with most media executives is financial profit.
Subsequently, most news departments are treated like
every other department and are expected to turn a
profit by any means necessary. This usually translates
to layoffs, streamlined budgets, and less funding for
Believe it or not, however, there was a time when
executives understood that they fulfilled a crucial
role in protecting freedom and were willing to allow
their news departments to experience financial
deficits, if necessary, in order to challenge
“the powers that be” and boldly distribute independent
information. Critical thinking, even innate hostility,
toward government spin doctors is a necessity if
liberty is to prevail in any society.
Also problematic to an objective and independent press
is the fact that today’s media elite come from the
same circle of power from whence come most of our
political elite. They graduate from the same colleges
and universities, are members of the same fraternities
and clubs, and share the same group of friends and
Beyond that, if one bothers to look, he or she will
discover that the media and political elite of this
country are joined at the hip when it comes to the
social and political institutions to which they
belong. At the national level, most are members of the
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and similar
Now, before anyone dismisses the fact that so many of
the political and media elite share membership in the
CFR as meaningless or coincidental, ask yourself this
question, “What if these same people shared membership
in the Christian Coalition? Would anyone view this as
meaningless and coincidental?” Hardly.
Another example of the philosophical brotherhood
shared by “liberals” and “conservatives” in politics
(and in the media) was clearly demonstrated in last
year’s presidential election. Both President Bush and
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry are
members of the super-secret Skull and Bones society.
If the media were truly independent and objective,
would they not find this interesting enough to
Unfortunately, the media are not the only ones who
refuse to report the facts objectively. “Conservative”
spokesmen such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are
every bit as culpable as the major media in hiding or
ignoring the truth.
As a result, there is precious little objective,
unbiased, investigative reporting going on today! The
only exceptions to this general rule are the Internet
and certain (usually smaller and under-funded)
independent talk radio shows.
The problem with the Internet is that there is so much
speculation, hyperbole, and outright falsehood
floating around that it often requires painstaking
work to discover the truth. The problem with good,
objective, independent talk radio programs is that
they are usually only found in smaller markets and
subsist on meager budgets which make it difficult for
them to reach mass audiences.
When it comes to issues affecting liberty, both the
preacher and the reporter need to be as independent
and truth oriented as is humanly possible. It
shouldn’t matter to either whether a policy is being
promoted by a liberal or a conservative, by a
Republican or a Democrat. The only thing that should
matter is truth and what is consistent with America’s
Unfortunately, it seems that America’s religious and
media leaders have become little more than
propagandists for our political leaders. The
Clinton/Bush policy of disseminating “packaged
news” to our nation’s media outlets is merely one
example of how our vanguards of liberty have been
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