Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tom Engelhardt's distortions of history

Below is an e-mail message I sent to Tom Engelhardt, the editor and major contributor to TomDispatch, after reading a recent post authored by him and Nick Turse. Hopefully, I will get a response from Tom and I will post it here.

In your recent article with Nick Turse, "Shooting Gnats with a Machine Gun", two factual errors need to be pointed out which add much needed clarification to our history. You describe Pearl Harbor as a "surprise attack" when, in fact, military intelligence and even President Roosevelt himself knew in advance of the Japanese attack. Relatedly, you claim that the Bush administration (paraphrasing here) paid little attention to al-Qaeida and did not know about the possible attacks being planned by this rogue network (who were trained by the US government/military). Ever heard of Able Danger? Obviously you haven't, given the distortions of history presented in virtually ever piece submitted on this website. The fact is that the US government not only knew about Pearl Harbor and 9/11, but that we facilitated these events in order to create a political cover for expanded war, loss of civil liberties, and a general entrenching of political/economic/military power in the executive branch and other elements of the "deep state". The very premise of TomDispatch.com is to foster a "deeper understanding of our post-9/11 world and a clear sense of how our imperial globe actually works." How can you possible claim this without ever mentioning the role that our government has played in carrying out and covering-up the tragic events of 9/11, Pearl Harbor, the Gulf of Tonkin event, the recent Christmas Day terror plot, ect.?

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