The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing America's War Profiteers, the Media That Love Them and the Crackdown on Our Rights

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Sanitized

I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.

—GROUCHO MARX

TWO WARS TOOK PLACE in Iraq in 2003. The real war: 8,000 to 10,000 Iraqi civilians killed and 20,000 injured and an undetermined number of Iraqi military killed 1 (speaking of “enemy dead” in the Persian Gulf War, General Colin Powell remarked, “It's really not a number I'm terribly interested in”). By January 2004, over 500 American soldiers had died—more than half of them since President Bush declared an end to “major combat” on May 1, 2003—and more than 11,000 were wounded or medically evacuated. 2 Ninety-six non-U.S. Coalition soldiers died in that same period. 3

In the real war, there were devastated communities, overcrowded and underequipped hospitals, dead and dying victims of U.S. bomb attacks. Anguished families dealt with personal losses.

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  • The Exception to the Rulers - Exposing America's War Profiteers, the Media That Love Them and the Crackdown on Our Rights *
  • Contents *
  • Introduction - The Silenced Majority *
  • 1. - Blowback *
  • 2. - Oilygarchy *
  • 3. - Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship *
  • 4. - Crackdown *
  • 5. - Smackdown *
  • 6. - Lockdown *
  • 7. - Lies of Our Times *
  • 8. - State Media, American Style *
  • 9. - In Bed with the Military *
  • 10. - Killing the Messenger *
  • 11. - Sanitized *
  • 12. - Going to Where the Silence Is *
  • 13. - Not on Bended Knee *
  • 14. - Psyops Comes Home *
  • 15. - Things Get Messy with Sally Jessy *
  • 16. - Hiroshima Cover-Up: How the War Department's Times Man Won a Pulitzer *
  • 17. - The People's Airwaves *
  • 18. - Conclusion: Free the Media *
  • Notes *
  • Index *
  • Acknowledgments *
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