============================================================================ From: "Diana and Jeff Jewell" <•••@••.•••> To: <•••@••.•••> Subject: RE: cj#1028,rn-> (fwd) APFN, Seattle, & propaganda... Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 00:55:19 -0800 Dear Richard, Firstly, I must again applaud you for your superb book. I read most of it prior to going to Seattle for the IFG sponsored teach-in. Your book is now beyond great and approaching stupendous!!! Secondly, I wasn't in Seattle for the protests -- but I followed it closely on Seattle TV. The 'eye-witness news' crews gave it all day coverage, and did a surprisingly good job -- much better than either the American or Canadian networks news. But, understanding that the mainstream media is merely the mouthpiece of corporate rule, I guess their pathetic coverage should be no surprise. But I must comment on the piece you posted from APFN -- the one attributed to "cliff kadmon" alleging that a student was hired by an agent of ADM to pose as a 'radical protestor'. This story looks very syuspect to me, and I'm surprised that APFN and you didn't challenge its credibility. Let me explain myself. Firstly, I would fully expect that corporate America would want to discredit the anti-globalization protest movement -- and I would also expect that some of its agents would indeed instigate actions that contrived to do so. And it would be extremely important for us to obtain proof of such actions and give them the widest possible publicity. But we must not embarrass ourselves by disseminating without question allegations by unknown sources -- especially ones which may be bogus, as I would judge this one to be. Let's think about it. If you were an agent hired to stage such events, would you choose an articulate college student to do it? If you were this agent, wouldn't you likely have had training for such a job -- quite possibly under CIA tutelage -- and wouldn't you likely have numerous reliable contacts who could do a much better job of harrassing the public, and with much less risk of exposure, than a college student? But the most revealing element of this story is that the 'college student' claimed to have started his job not even knowing what the WTO was -- but within a few days, spent being gassed by the storm troopers and having a 'hell of a lot of fun' -- this self proclaimed neophyte had figured out that "the aims of many of the protestors for the most part actually go along with the aims of the WTO and the New World Order", later explaining that the agenda of the WTO and the NWO is "the one world government thing ... all about more CONTROL over people". Anyway, while I agree that the author has the WTO and NWO figured out right -- and that he may well be correct that some of the more flagrant acts of 'protestors' might have been performed by hirelings of the corporate system -- I cannot find his story credible. ------------------------- People for Real Democracy Diana & Jeff Jewell North Vancouver, BC, CANADA (604)987-8296 ============================ Dear Diana & Jeff, Here I am back on Kauai where you two visited me last year! Nice to hear from you again. Yes I agree that was a bogus report. Thank you so much for noticing. I get tired of always interpreting everything for people. Once in a while I let some nonsense through to see what kind of response I'll get. No one else commented on this one, but then everyone is deluged with news right now. One person (I won't name him or her) actually picked out that one piece to forward further! That was sad. They probably thought they were exposing the alleged corporate sponsors (Pepsi et al) and didn't realize the piece was actually designed to discredit the non-violent protestors. I was also tipped off by "the one world government thing ... all about more CONTROL over people". Those turn out to be right-wing code-phrases, designed to get the attention of right-wing list moderators. But the rest of the essay was relatively free of right-wing ideology. The whole thing smelled like a propaganda piece, probably written by some academic sell-out. It didn't sound like a real person. Thanks for your encouragement on the book, which is at: http://cyberjournal.org/cdr/gri/gri.html aloha, rkm ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Richard K Moore Wexford, Irleand Citizens for a Democratic Renaissance •••@••.••• http://cyberjournal.org Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead .