The Great Suppression of 2014
When I conceived the idea for this article, I had only one example of important news that was completely suppressed by the mainstream American news media this year in mind. I have since thought of two more that are certainly worthy candidates for the “Biggest News Suppression of the Year” award, however. While I am still going to devote most of this article to the original topic, I have decided to invite readers to give their opinion as to which should receive the award and why they think that. They are to do that by taking part in the forum on B’Man’s Revolt.
Reader participation begins with a search of the Internet using as many search engines as you care to use. Here are the three word combinations to search:
1. Stan Eury Lee Wicker indictment
2. German pilot MH17
3. CIA German journalist
Complete Blackout on Expanded Indictment
What I discovered on #1 is that, amazing as it may seem, more than two months after the expanded and revised federal indictment of the leader of “the largest alien smuggling ring in our nation’s history” was handed down, absolutely no one in the press has reported it. My article, “Feds Pile New Charges on Top Alien Smuggler” continues to be the first and the last word. As we suggest in the first of the “Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression,” if it’s not in the news it’s as if it didn’t happen.
Anyone capable of thinking for himself just a little bit will know that the story is not being ignored because it is not newsworthy. When the smaller indictment was handed down, not involving the primary way in which Eury’s operation has brought future illegal aliens into the country, the H-2A program for farm workers, nor implicating Eury’s two chief lieutenants, even The Washington Post found it sufficiently newsworthy to report upon, albeit belatedly and by printing a story submitted by a North Carolina-based freelancer.
In the meantime, the Associated Press, which has ignored both installments of the federal indictment, sent around a totally un-newsworthy fluff piece touting the great virtues of Eury’s North Carolina Growers’ Association, which I described at the time as an “Infomercial.” If you haven’t already done it when you read the earlier article, do the same sort of Net search that I recommend above for the pre-set title of the AP article, “NC farmers lead country on legal foreign workers.” It’s still up at lots of mainstream sites with the same headline at each place.
It’s quite a rare thing when the press gives much more favorable news coverage to the person accused of a crime than it does to his government accusers. The only precedent that I can think of that comes close is the treatment that the press gave to New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison when he brought Clay Shaw to court on charges of complicity in the John Kennedy assassination. But Garrison was only a local DA. We’re talking about a huge federal indictment in the current case. We have also learned from our contacts within the North Carolina Employment Security Commission (NCESC) that the indictment is the result of a multi-agency investigation that began during the last year of the Bush administration. It represents a bipartisan effort by the proper authorities to punish and stamp out fraud and corruption in the foreign guest worker program. If you thought that the news media would get behind them in their efforts, then you don’t understand our news media.
Back in October I discovered that the co-writer of that NCGA “infomercial,” Kate Brumback, is based in Atlanta and that her special areas of coverage should have made her aware of the Eury indictment. That made her the perfect person for my email, although I open copied her accomplice, Ray Henry, who specializes in immigration and energy matters:
October 22, 2014
To: Kate Brumback
Subject: NCGA Leadership Under Federal Indictment for Fraud
I see from the Internet that you specialize in both immigration and legal matters. Consequently, it is somewhat surprising that in that article that went out with your name and Ray Henry's on it back in April heaping praise upon the North Carolina Growers' Association (NCGA) you somehow managed not to report that the executive director of the NCGA, Stan Eury, and his daughter were under indictment by a federal grand jury for major abuses of the guest worker program.
Now the charges have been dropped against his daughter because she has apparently negotiated a plea bargain and has become a cooperating witness. The indictment has also been expanded from 41 counts to 87 counts and the agricultural part of Eury's operation is much more directly implicated than before. Furthermore, replacing Eury's daughter in the indictment are his top two lieutenants, Lee Wicker and Ken White.
You can read all about it in my article, "Feds Pile New Charges on Top Alien Smuggler." Considering how badly you misled the public with that earlier article, I believe that it is particularly incumbent upon you to set the record straight by reporting these new developments. Don't you?
The email did not bounce back from either addressee, so I assume it reached its target. As you might have guessed, I got no response, and no article providing the needed corrective of the misperception of the NCGA that the article engendered has appeared.
Before that I had nudged the NC freelancer, with whom I had established a friendly email relationship, to write up the new developments. He told me that before he could begin to write about it he would have to find someone who would pay him for it, suggesting that the future for that didn’t look very bright. His getting that first piece into The Post is looking more and more like a fluke. Predictably, nothing on the new indictment has appeared with his byline on it to my knowledge.
But what about WRAL television in Raleigh, which broke the first indictment story? It’s looking like that was a fluke as well. They were among the news organs that carried the “infomercial,” although it’s no longer up on their site.
One of my informants within the NCESC alerted them, as well as the Raleigh News and Observer and the Fayetteville Observer about the expanded indictment. The influential Raleigh paper has never written the first thing negative about the NCGA, so when they blew him off he was not surprised. But WRAL stiffed him as well.
The Fayetteville paper is much smaller, but it is near Eury’s headquarters in the small town of Vass and it had written a short piece on the first indictment after the federal prosecutors had sent out a press release. The writer of that earlier piece expressed some enthusiasm when contacted about the expanded indictment, which he had not heard about, but said that he would have to run it by his editor. That was the end of that.
Come to think of it, there is one area in which the lawbreakers almost always get a sympathetic press and the law enforcers get a bad press. That is illegal immigration. The illegal immigrants are always just “undocumented,” don’t you know?
The late comedian George Carlin said that he didn’t believe anything the government told him. But as we see in this instance, the government—or at least some elements of it—can be better than the press. We have seen it before, when we first used the “great suppression” term, in a section heading of Part 3 of “America’s Dreyfus Affair: The Case of the Death of Vincent Foster.” We called it “The Great Suppression of ’97.” The three-judge panel that appointed Kenneth Starr decided, over his strenuous objections, to include as an appendix the submission of the lawyer for the dissident witness, Patrick Knowlton, which, one of the judges wrote to the others, “…contradicts specific factual matters and takes issue with the very basics of the report filed by the [Independent Counsel].” That is to say, it destroys the conclusion of suicide. Here’s part of what I said about it at the time:
Now there has developed a popular notion, encouraged in no small part by the opinion molders in the mainstream press, that those who treat various official pronouncements with skepticism are simply "anti-government." Such people may be contrasted with the media people themselves who show us how "responsible" they are by only giving us "the facts," as long as those facts bear an officially-approved label. But here we have a case of one official government body, the three-judge federal panel, administering a slap in the face to another official government body, the Office of the Independent Counsel. Certainly citizen critics who applaud the action of the judges can hardly be called "anti-government," nor can the nation's press, who unanimously covered up the fact of the judges' inclusion of the Knowlton/Clarke Addendum, be called anything that resembles "responsible." The adjective that comes to my mind is "corrupt."
Those two stories out of Germany are clearly very important as well. The first one strongly suggests that the story touted by the American government and press that that Malaysian airliner that crashed over Ukraine was brought down by an errant missile launched by pro-Russian separatists is not true. Rather, the German expert concludes that Ukrainian fighter jets must have shot down the liner.
Performing our third Net search, we find the pronouncement by prominent German journalist, Udo Ulfkotte, that he and other Western journalists had long been bribed by the CIA to write things their way. To those of us who were familiar with the line often attributed to the CIA’s Frank Wisner that, "You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month," this was no great revelation, but coming publicly from the mouth of one of the bribed journalists it was big time news.
Because, like a growing number of people these days, I get most of my news from “alternative” sources on the Internet, it didn’t occur to me at first that these two news stories out of Germany had been suppressed. I had read about them from multiple sources. None of those sources, I finally realized, were even remotely what one might call “mainstream,” however. My Net search then confirmed what I suspected. How about your search?
All-Time Great Suppressions?
That 1997 suppression of the full news about the official report on the death of Vincent Foster certainly should be very high on the list; and their blackout of my 2009 revelation of the resignation letter of his lead investigator, Miguel Rodriguez, and my 2013 exposure of his dissenting memorandum.
Another suppression was of the significant accomplishment of the current writer. That was the breaking free through the Freedom of Information Act of the official investigation of the death of the first secretary of defense James Forrestal from a fall from a 16th floor window of the Bethesda Naval Hospital. One might call that one “The Great Suppression of 2004.” The Seeley Mudd Manuscript Library of Princeton University even put out a press release about it, but the entire mainstream press completely ignored it. The press in this instance was, once again, worse than the government.
Then there was the “Great Suppression of 2006.” That was when The Times of London reported that in 2006 the Zionist extremist Stern Gang had in 1946 attempted to assassinate British Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin, his predecessor and future Prime Minister Anthony Eden, and a number of other high officials in Britain by sending letter bombs. The article is still up on Information Clearing House, but the story never made it into the mainstream American press. It’s a rare American, indeed, who knows that that bit of perfidy ever happened, or that the same group attempted to assassinate President Harry Truman by the same method a year later.
You, dear readers, might have candidates of your own for all time great suppressions and 2014 news suppressions by the press. I might not even know about them…because the news was suppressed. If so, let us know by weighing in at B’Man’s Revolt.
By the way, my NCESC informants tell me that the big visa-fraud trial of Stan Eury et al. has been postponed from its original November 2014 date to some time in late spring 2015. If the press should report on that trial it would expose their dereliction in reporting on what led up to it, so I think we can all get ready for “The Great Suppression of 2015.”
December 2, 2014