Seymour Hersh on Osama Bin Laden “Story” — It’s One Big Lie, Not One Word of it is True

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Seymour Hersh speaks against torture at the WRRCAT symposium

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by Lisa O’Carroll
http://www.theguardian.com
September 27, 2013

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.

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Seymour Hersh On Investigative Journalism and Ethics + Q&A

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Feb. 20, 2013

Seymour Hersh spoke about investigative journalism. In his remarks he talked about his experiences as a journalist, including writing about the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War. Other topics included ethics and the use of anonymous sources, with questions on topic such as U.S. policy toward Iran, the use of drones, and recent national security policy.

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Recognizing Heroes: The Whistleblowers by Ralph Nader + The Ninth Annual Ridenhour Prizes, April 25, 2012 (must-see)

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 26, 2012

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The media regularly cover awards for their reporters, editors and producers. They regularly cover award ceremonies for movie stars, athletes, and business leaders. But they regularly ignore the far more important awards for people who ethically blow the whistle on corruption and suppression in both business and government, risking their careers and more to tell the truth to the American people.

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Training Terrorists in Nevada: Seymour Hersh on U.S. Aid to Iranian Group Tied to Scientist Killings + Stop the Pentagon from Training Terrorists

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Updated: April 12, 2012 added a video

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DemocracyNow.org – Journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed that the Bush administration secretly trained an Iranian opposition group on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorists. Hersh reports the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command trained operatives from Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK, at a secret site in Nevada beginning in 2005. According to Hersh, MEK members were trained in intercepting communications, cryptography, weaponry and small unit tactics at the Nevada site up until President Obama took office. The MEK has been listed as a foreign terrorist groups since 1997 and is linked to a number of attacks, spanning from the murders of six U.S. citizens in the 1970s to the recent wave of assassinations targeting Iranian nuclear scientists. Hersh also discusses the role of Israeli intelligence and notes the Obama administration knew about the training, “because they have access to what was going on in the previous administration in this area, in terms of the MEK, in terms of operations inside Iran.” His new report for The New Yorker blog, “Our Men in Iran?,” comes as nuclear talks are set to resume this week between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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Iran and the I.A.E.A. by Seymour Hersh + Propaganda Used Ahead of Iraq War Now Being Reused Over Iran’s Nuke Program

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Updated: Nov. 21, 2011 added video

by Seymour Hersh
The New Yorker
Nov. 18, 2011

The first question in last Saturday night’s Republican debate on foreign policy dealt with Iran, and a newly published report by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The report, which raised renewed concern about the “possible existence of undeclared nuclear facilities and material in Iran,” struck a darker tone than previous assessments. But it was carefully hedged. On the debate platform, however, any ambiguity was lost. One of the moderators said that the I.A.E.A. report had provided “additional credible evidence that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon” and asked what various candidates, upon winning the Presidency, would do to stop Iran.

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The Empire and the Right to Life of Human Beings by Fidel Castro Ruz

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by Fidel Castro Ruz
Global Research, October 28, 2010

In his latest reflections Fidel Castro refers to fragments of the text “The War Crimes of Stanley McChrystal, U.S. General” which, among other things, “reveals examples of how the Obama Administration continues walking in Bush`s footsteps”.

That’s terrific! So I exclaimed when I read down to the last line about the revelations of the famous journalist Seymour Hersh, printed in Democracy Now! and collected as one of the 25 most censored news items in the United States.

The material is entitled “The War Crimes of Stanley McChrystal, U.S. General” and it was included in Project Censored, put together by a university in California, including the essential paragraphs from those revelations.

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Cyber war becomes the next great fear by Bruce Gagnon + The Online Threat by Seymour M. Hersh

by Bruce Gagnon
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Oct. 27, 2010

Seymour Hersch has another big Pentagon story in The New Yorker, this time called “The Online Threat: Should we be worried about a cyber war?”

The Pentagon is working overtime to ensure that cyber war becomes the next great fear in the minds of the American people – coming after the Red scare of the Cold War and the present “terrorism” freak-out with the Muslim world. In the story Hersch casts doubt on the fear-mongering with this passage:
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Seymour Hersh Describes “Battlefield Executions” in Afghanistan

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Rachel Maddow: Obama Has Rejected All Options For Sending More Troops To Afghanistan! + Seymour Hersh

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November 11, 2009

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Are nuclear weapons safe in Pakistan? by Seymour M. Hersh

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November 10, 2009

Hersh on US team to secure Pakistan nuclear arms – 11 Nov 09

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says the US has a rapid response unit ready to secure Pakistan’s nuclear weapons in the event of a mutiny or “any nuclear incident”, a claim the US and Pakistani governments have denied.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Hersh discussed his report which appeared in The New Yorker magazine and said a team was scrambled recently to respond to what was thought to be a nuclear emergency in Pakistan, which turned out to be a false alarm.

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Seymour Hersh: Military waging war with White House By Neil Offen

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By Neil Offen
The Herald-Sun
Oct 14, 2009

DURHAM — The U.S. military is not just fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, America’s most renowned investigative journalist says.

The army is also “in a war against the White House — and they feel they have [President] Obama boxed in,” Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh told several hundred people in Duke University’s Page Auditorium on Tuesday night. “They think he’s weak and the wrong color. Yes, there’s racism in the Pentagon. We may not like to think that, but it’s true and we all know it.”

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“A lot of people in the Pentagon would like to see him get into trouble,” he said. By leaking information that the commanding officer in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, says the war would be lost without an additional 40,000 American troops, top brass have put Obama in a no-win situation, Hersh contended.

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via The Herald-Sun – Hersh Military waging war with White House

h/t: Bruce Gagnon

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The Man Who Knew Cheney’s Secret by Benjamin Sarlin

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by Benjamin Sarlin
The Daily Beast
July 14, 2009

The New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh was mocked in March when he referred to Dick Cheney’s secret squad of CIA assassins. Now, he talks to The Daily Beast about the next shoe to drop.

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh raised eyebrows back in March when he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that Dick Cheney ran a secret hit squad that he kept hidden from congressional oversight.”Congress has no oversight of it. It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on,” Hersh said at the time. He added: “Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.”

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What Is It That We’re Missing In The ‘Cheney Ordered The CIA To Lie’ Story?

Cheney Ordered The CIA Not To Inform Congress On Secret Program + Congress Angry

from the archives:

Seymour Hersh: Secret US Forces Carried Out Assassinations

Preparing the Battlefield by Seymour M. Hersh

Hersh did not say Cheney ordered Bhutto assassination

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By Stephen C. Webster
Raw Story
May 18, 2009
Updated 1 day ago

UPDATE below: Wall Street Journal removes links

Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator linked phony reports

In a telephone conversation with RAW STORY, Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh refuted reports that he told an Arab television network that former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Numerous Internet and mainstream publications picked up the story on Monday. Even The Wall Street Journal linked to unverified sources carrying the story. (Screenshot.) U.S. conservative magazine The American Spectator also published a blog with the false information. (Screenshot.)

Hersh told RAW STORY Investigative News Editor Larisa Alexandrovna that he made no such statements.

Following RAW STORY’s Monday evening report, the Journal removed the links from its Web site. (Screenshot.)

“We’ve tried to reach out to people in the media that we know and correct this,” confirmed Alexa Cassanos, director of public relations at The New Yorker, speaking to this reporter. “We’re not even sure where this came from.”

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I did not say ’special death squad’ made by Cheney killed Benazir: Hersh

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May 19th, 2009 – 12:39 pm ICT by ANI

Dick Cheney Lahore, May 19 ANI: US journalist Seymour Hersh has contradicted news reports being published in South Asia that quote him as saying a “special death squad” created by former US vice president Dick Cheney had killed Benazir Bhutto.

The award-winning journalist described as “complete madness” the reports that the squad headed by General Stanley McChrystal, the new commander of US Army in Afghanistan, had also killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafique Al Hariri and a Lebanese Army Chief.

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US journo claims Bhutto was killed on Cheney’s orders

‘You can’t authorise murder’: Dick Cheney headed a secret assassination wing that targeted America’s enemies (Hersh interview)

Did newly announced top Afghan general run Cheney’s assassination wing?

Seymour Hersh: Secret US Forces Carried Out Assassinations

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US journo claims Bhutto was killed on Cheney’s orders (Note: false story)

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Updated: May 20, 2009; Apparently this report is a false story.  Please see this post: Hersh did not say Cheney ordered Bhutto assassination

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May 18th, 2009 – 1:22 pm ICT by ANI

New York, May 18 ANI: A special death squad assassinated Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on the orders of former US Vice-President Dick Cheney, an Arab TV channel has reported.

“Cheney was the chief of the Joint Special Operation Command and he cleared the way for the US by exterminating opponents through the unit and the CIA. General Stanley was the in-charge of the unit,” The Nation quoted US columnist Seymour Hersh, as saying.

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via US journo claims Bhutto was killed on Cheney’s orders

h/t: CLG

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Escobar: Obama and Osama – McChrystal clear

McChrystal Choice Suggests Special Ops Strikes Will Continue By Gareth Porter

Did newly announced top Afghan general run Cheney’s assassination wing?

‘You can’t authorise murder’: Dick Cheney headed a secret assassination wing that targeted America’s enemies (Hersh interview)

From the archives:

Bhutto didn’t mean to say “Osama bin Laden”

Frost over the World: Benazir Bhutto 02 Nov 07 (video; bin Laden)

BBC Censors Benazir Bhutto in Frost Interview (video)

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‘You can’t authorise murder’: Dick Cheney headed a secret assassination wing that targeted America’s enemies

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Global Research, May 14, 2009
By Abbas Al Lawati, Staff Reporter
Gulf News

Interview with Seymour Hersh

Dubai: Pulitzer prize-winning American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh recently said that former US vice-president Dick Cheney headed a secret assassination wing that targeted America’s enemies abroad.

Video: Seymour Hersh interview (best viewed with Internet Explorer)

Gulf News catches up with him on his trip to Dubai for the Arab Media Forum to ask about those revelations as well as issues concerning Barack Obama, Lebanon, Israel, Syria and Egypt.

GULF NEWS: You have spoken about an assassination unit that reported to Cheney called the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). There have been allegations that this unit was responsible for former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination.

SEYMOUR HERSH: I can’t verify [that]. What I said was, and what I have written more than once, is that there’s a special unit that does high-value targeting of men that we believe are known to be involved in anti-American activities, or are believed to be planning such activities.

In Cheney’s view this isn’t murder, but carrying out the “war on terror”. And in the view of me and my friends, including people in government, this is crazy. The vice president is committing a crime. You can’t authorise the murder of people. And it’s not just in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s in a lot of other countries, in the Middle East and in South Asia and North Africa and even central America.

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