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A Different Kind of Information War

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Documents and statements from individuals close to the Bush White House reveal that the Administration was interested in invading Iraq as early as inauguration day 2001. But it took an event like September 11th, 2001, and a sustained campaign in news media to build public support for war. Ultimately, with assistance from the media, the Bush Administration was able to meld in the public mind the destruction of the World Trade Center and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. What’s more, cooked-up intelligence reports fueled a steady stream of official pronouncements that the Iraqi regime possessed nuclear, chemical, and/or biological weapons.

On this edition of Making Contact, we take a look at the information war on Iraq. We’ve dug into our audio vault to bring you this special presentation: An exploration of war propaganda through sound clips and soundscapes.

Featuring:

A range of pundits, politicians, and peace activists from Molly Ivins to George W. Bush, recorded from the streets of Austin, Texas, to the corridors of power in New York and Washington.

List of voices in order of Appearance:

George W. Bush, U.S. President; Molly Ivins — Star-Telegram, author, columnist; Chris Matthews — “Hardball” MSNBC; unidentified member of congressSenator Joseph Lieberman, D-CT; Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies; As’ad Abukhalil, author of “Bin Laden, Islam and America’s New ‘War on Terrorism'”; Harry Sheareron “Le Show”; George Carlin, comedian; audio footage from anti-war protest in Austin, Texas; Imad Khadduri, a former Iraqi nuclear scientist; Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica Radio’s “Democracy Now!”; Hans Blix, former executive chairman of UNMOVIC; unidentified CBS reporterColin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State; Norman Solomon, Institute for Public Accuracy and senior advisor to “Making Contact”; Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the late Martin Luther King, Jr.General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense; John Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute;Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-CA; Credence Clearwater Revival, “Fortunate Son”; unidentified member of congressunidentified member of the Senate; unidentified television news reporter; the late Senator Wayne Morse, D-OR; former member of congress David Bonior, D-MI; Congressman Henry Hyde, R-IL; Yoshka Fisher, Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; Kathy Kelly, Voices in the Wilderness; Scott Ritter, former Chief UN Weapons Inspector; Tony Blair, British Prime Minister; Anti-war protesters in New York City; Michelle Ciarrocca, Senior Research Associate, Arms Trade Resource Center; Robert Stevens, President and Chief Operating Officer, Lockheed Martin; President of the UN Security Councilunidentified Lockheed Martin representative.

For more information:

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Free Press

Institute for Public Accuracy

Media Access Project

Media Alliance

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