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'Big Media' unwittingly helps terrorist group

Posted: Monday, February 23, 2004

Neighbors, we have a problem with U.S. "Big Media." I assert that they are unwittingly aiding and abetting the enemy in the War on Terror. By their actions, they are actually empowering al-Qaida and even effectively recruiting for it. Here's how:

Ever since 9/11, there's been a visible pattern in the news reporting about terrorism. Seemingly every terrorist or terrorist act anywhere in the world is invariably reported to have "suspected links" to al-Qaida, according to "reliable sources."

Now think back carefully. Can you really recall much corresponding follow-up reports using hard, verified evidence that confirm these suspicions or allegations?

Last year the Justice Department bragged about 200 terrorist convictions to show their success. However, Freedom of Information Act inquiries about these convictions showed nearly all of them as merely immigration violations and ordinary crime. Hysterical secrecy classification has suppressed legitimate information about the few actual convictions - condoned, incredibly, by "Big Media."

So now consider the consequences of the unsubstantiated media hype about al-Qaida. Under such media attention, it appears powerful and well financed enough to back off not only the world's only superpower, but the rest of the civilized world as well. Al-Qaida leadership must really appreciate the free advertising promoting conviction about their mysterious power. Consequently, how could any fanatic, anywhere, not want to join up or create ties with such a published winner.

Furthermore, ask law enforcement professionals about the phenomenon of copycat crime coincidental with media hype.

Worse, when the media popularizes a lurid serial crime suspect, one-time criminal suspects doing similar deeds are frequently overlooked. This often interferes with ordinary and proven law enforcement activity. If terrorism wasn't getting out of hand before, it's certainly getting there with interference like this.

Any evaluation of religious fanaticism shows personal religious ignorance and manipulation of personal feelings of injustice as its primary fuel.

So why aren't successes at pacifying Islamic fanatics and their violence-preaching clerics (with reference studies in the Quran) given equal press time with alleged al-Qaida activities?

After all, this approach eventually succeeded against the al-Qaida-like Islamic fanatics that terrorized the Middle East from the 11th to 13th centuries.

Therefore, just what side of the War on Terror is U.S. "Big Media" on?

Stuart Thompson

Auke Bay



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