Speaking truth to power in the USA during the Iraq war

In this video from the USA, ‘Mystery author Sarah Paretsky is interviewed by Barbara Peters of Poisoned Pen Press and Bookstore, Arizona’.

By Phil Shannon in Australia:

Keep speaking up against the powerful

19 October 2007

Writing in an Age of Silence
By Sara Paretsky
Verso, 2007
138 pages, $39.95 (hb)

On the day before the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Sara Paretsky, crime fiction writer, was scheduled to talk to the Toledo public library in Ohio [in the USA] on civil liberties and the library in an age of terrorism, only to be asked by a politically nervous library administration to change her topic to humourous anecdotes from the life of a popular novelist. Paretsky thought about acquiescing — “I don’t like hostility. I don’t relish confrontation … I am vulnerable to angry criticism …” But, knees shaking in fear of a negative reaction from a crowd potentially hyped-up on star-spangled banner patriotism, she delivered her planned talk.

“The five hundred people in the audience who’d come out in a rainstorm to hear me gave me an ovation”, writes a heartened and relieved Paretsky in Writing in an Age of Silence, her eloquently pugnacious collection of lectures and essays: “many … told me afterwards that each thought they were the only person in the community who opposed the invasion, and the sacrifice of civil liberties in the name of public safety”. It was a tear-welling revelation and a vindication of the writer’s responsibility to not let fear of the patriotic mob or the blare of official outrage lead them into self-censorship.

“We like to think in America we are all four-square for individualism and for individual expression, and that only in totalitarian states do people cave in to threats”, writes Paretsky, who knows otherwise, having been raised in a four-square-for-freedom, and deeply racist, Midwestern town in Kansas in the 1950s, “when America was obsessed with the threat of Communism” and teachers were sacked, liberals harassed and vigilante violence incited against “godless atheists” by the daily newspaper.

From the blog of Valerie Plame Wilson in the USA:

I’m Valerie Plame Wilson and I’m excited to be here and blog about my book Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which goes on sale Monday, Oct 22. …

I’ve written honestly about my life: why I went to work for the CIA, my paramilitary training, the sort of operations we developed and ran to find intelligence on Iraq’s alleged WMD programs in the run up to the war, as well as personal information, such as my battle with postpartum depression and the difficulties I had going from a private to a public persona literally overnight. My publisher, Simon and Schuster, decided to print the blacked out redactions demanded by the CIA and hopefully those passages (or lack thereof) speak for themselves and the extent to which the CIA thought the material in the book was classified.

See also here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

Curveball: The Iraqi Defector the Bush Team Used to Sell the War: here. And here. And here.

Neocons Surge Against Antiwar Movement, by Tom Hayden: here.

Iraq war public relations satire: here.

4 thoughts on “Speaking truth to power in the USA during the Iraq war

  1. Toddlers killed in US air strikes on Iraq
    Updated 12.53 Sun Oct 21 2007
    Keywords: air strikes, US, Iraq

    Two toddlers have been killed by US air strikes which left another 13 people dead and at least 69 wounded in a Shi’ite stronghold of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

    As doctors treated wounded men and boys, the bodies of the two young children, one in a nappy, lay on crumpled blankets in the morgue of Imam Ali hospital in Sadr City – the main stronghold in Baghdad for the Mehdi Army, a Shi’ite militia loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
    A visibly-upset man held up a photo of one of the dead children in a house where one of the toddlers lived and pointed to bloodstained mattresses and blood-splattered pillows

    Clouds of black smoke rose from Sadr City as sirens wailed, heavy gunfire echoed and US attack helicopters circled overhead, according to television reports.

    A visibly-upset man held up a photo of one of the dead children in a house where one of the toddlers lived and pointed to bloodstained mattresses and blood-splattered pillows.

    Outside the house, a woman said: “We were waking in the morning and all of a sudden rockets landed in the house and the children were screaming.”



  2. US soldier in Iraq jailed for child pornography

    BAGHDAD, Oct 21, 2007 (AFP) – A US soldier stationed in Iraq has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for possessing child pornography on his computer, the military said on Sunday.

    Army Sergeant Angel D. Escobales, 38, pleaded guilty to “wrongfully possessing 12 videos of child pornography on his personal laptop and wrongfully possessing adult pornography”, the military said in a statement.

    The soldier was convicted at a court-martial on October 9 after members of his unit discovered the material in July, it said.

    “A military judge convicted and sentenced Escobales to 18 months confinement, reduction to the grade of private (E-1) and to receive a bad conduct discharge,” the military added.

    His conviction is the latest to hit the US military in Iraq which faces several scandals in the war-ravaged country, the most notorious being the abuse of Iraqi detainees by troops in Abu Ghraib prison in 2004.



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