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MSM WTF ? Non-Reporting on "SPIKES OF ACTIVITY"

by GraceReid Sun Jun 26th, 2005 at 07:12:59 PM EST

This HAS been reported before on dKos, Booman Tribune, and EuroTrib.  It has been reported from the 29th of May when Welshman brought us the Michael Smith article, "RAF Bombing to Goad Saddam Into War".  It was reported by Congressman John Conyers in dKos "Smoking Bullet In The Smoking Gun,"  It was reported by RAWSTORY on the 29th of May:

Raw Story, MA - May 29, 2005
... 1) Did the RAF and the United States military increase the rate that they ... was the justification for any such increase in the rate of bombing in Iraq at this ...

WHERE, IF EVER WAS THIS STORY REPORTED IN THE US MAIN STREAM MEDIA?

NEVER. OK, exactly once. Washington Post ran a story on the 23 of June based on the Michael Smith (UK) story in the LA Times on the same day. We can't call this reporting, this is regurgitating. This story went unreported except for Michael Smith of the UK, dKos, Booman Tribune, EuroTrib and RAWSTORY.


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RAWSTORY COVERAGE "SPIKES OF ACTIVITY"

As new revelations surface in London, congressman readies new ...
Raw Story, MA - May 29, 2005
Conyers' early draft, leaked to RAW STORY, raises a battery ... time "the US had already begun `spikes of activity' to put ... twice as many bombs on Iraq in the ...

UK DSM REPORTER: BLOGGERS HAVE "SMOKING GUN"

THE BLOGGER WITH THE SMOKING GUN:

'Spikes of Activity' In The DSM
WHY ARE WE BACK IN IRAQ?


June 25, 2005

On Thursday, Michael Smith, the reporter for The Sunday Times who broke the Downing Street minutes story, wrote a must-read op-ed for the L.A. Times ("The Real News in the Downing Street Memos") which relates to an overlooked part of the memos and provides some more background on the "deep throats" who leaked the top secret documents:

"It is now nine months since I obtained the first of the "Downing Street memos," thrust into my hand by someone who asked me to meet him in a quiet watering hole in London for what I imagined would just be a friendly drink. At the time, I was defense correspondent of the London Daily Telegraph, and a staunch supporter of the decision to oust Saddam Hussein. The source was a friend. He'd given me a few stories before but nothing nearly as interesting as this."

<SNIP>

"I'm thinking in terms of spikes, Mr. Secretary-spurts of activity followed by periods of inactivity. We want the Iraqis to become accustomed to military expansion, and then apparent contraction."

"As Phase I is completed, we could flow steadily for the next sixty days, while continuing spikes of activity to lend credence to our deception. During the sixty days we would increase kinetic strikes in the no-fly zones to weaken Iraq's integrated air defenses."

On November 27th in 2002, in response to a question asked by the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman, Sir Menzies Campbell, the Ministry of Defense released the information "on how many occasions (a) coalition aircraft and (b) UK aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly zone in Iraq have (i) detected violations of the no-fly zones, (ii) detected a direct threat to a coalition aircraft and (iii) released ordnance in each month since March, stating for each month the tonnage released" (House of Commons Hansard) included in these charts:

(i) No-fly zone (NFZ) violations are detected in several ways. I am withholding details of detection methods in accordance with Exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. The number of violations recorded, by month, in the southern No Fly Zone, is as follows:

MSM COVERAGE OF "SPIKES OF ACTIVITY" MAY 29-JUNE 26, 2005

THERE IS NONE

From 29th of May to June 26, 2005 UNREPORTED (none / 0)

From the Michael Smith Article on the 29th of May, "RAF Bombing to Goad Saddam Into War," until today, this story has gone UNREPORTED in the US Main Stream Media.  I have been doing Media Tracking on this story since the 29th of May.  

The results are pretty dismal:

Real deal on Downing Street memos
The Argus, CA - 5 hours ago
... It quotes British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon as saying that "the US had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime." This we now ...

Secret air war: The real news in the Downing Street memos
Salt Lake Tribune, UT - 10 hours ago
... It quotes British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon as saying that ''the US had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime.'' This we now ...

Truth is Iraq war began much earlier
Houston Chronicle, TX - 11 hours ago
... It quotes British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon as saying that "the US had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime." This we now ...  

Downing Street Memo
Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA - Jun 23, 2005
... Iraqi divisions. The Defence Secretary said that the US had already begun "spikes of activity" to put pressure on the regime. No ...

Why the Mainstream Media Is Catching On Washington Post, DC - Jun 23, 2005 ... it really represents two stories: an emerging alternative history of how the United States came to attack Iraq, and a story of how the New Media has usurped ...

The Real News in the Downing Street Memos
Los Angeles Times, CA - Jun 23, 2005
... It quotes British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon as saying that "the US had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime." This we now ...

WORLD VIEWS: 'Downing St. Memo' reporter says US, Britain goaded ...
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - Jun 21, 2005
... At that time, Smith says, US Air Force and Royal Air Force jets "began 'spikes of activity' designed to goad Saddam Hussein into retaliating and giving the ...

Philadelphia Daily News, PA - Jun 20, 2005
... facts were being fixed around the policy? 2. The memo states that in early 2002, the administration had begun "spikes of activity".

Excerpts from Downing Street memos
Houston Chronicle, TX - Jun 19, 2005
... military action.". "The Defence Secretary said that the US had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime.". "It ...

Excerpts from the Downing Street memos
SouthCoastToday.com, MA - Jun 18, 2005
... military action.". "The Defence Secretary said that the US had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime.". "It ...

Analysis and Text of the Downing Street Memo
SBIndependent, NY - Jun 18, 2005
... Iraqi divisions. The Defence Secretary said that the US had already begun "spikes of activity" to put pressure on the regime. No ...

Downing Street Memo
Contra Costa Times, CA - Jun 17, 2005
... Iraqi divisions. The Defence Secretary said that the US had already begun "spikes of activity" to put pressure on the regime. No ...

The 'Downing Street memo'
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - Jun 17, 2005
... divisions. The Defence Secretary (Geoff Hoon) said that the US had already begun "spikes of activity" to put pressure on the regime. ...

The 'Downing Street memo'
San Francisco Chronicle, CA - Jun 16, 2005
... divisions. The Defence Secretary (Geoff Hoon) said that the US had already begun "spikes of activity" to put pressure on the regime. ...

Guest Viewpoint: We need to turn up the heat over British memo
The Register-Guard, Oregon - Jun 16, 2005
... The British defense secretary said that the US had already begun "spikes of activity" (reported elsewhere as multiple air strikes designed to provoke an Iraqi ...

From the 29th of May when the story broke, to the 12th of June:

Great Example

The RAF double bombing campaign of 2002 was reported in the UK on the 29th of May.  What date, if ever, was it reported in the US news?

by Apian on Tue Jun 14th, 2005 at 01:36:01 AM PDT

Answer: It was never reported:

The Smoking Bullet in the Smoking Gun Common Dreams, ME - Jun 3, 2005 ... the Sunday Times of London has revealed that these spikes "had become ... Jeremy Scahill is a journalist with the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!. ...

Yahoo News - Jun 1, 2005
... on new evidence showing that "The RAF and US ... defend itself from a foreign attack: bombing Iraq's air defenses ... Press report noted in November 2002, "Those costly .

RAF bombing raids tried to goad Saddam into war
Infoshop News - May 31, 2005
THE RAF and US aircraft doubled the rate at which they were dropping bombs on Iraq in 2002 in an attempt to provoke Saddam Hussein into giving the allies an ...

US and RAF bombing raids on Iraq
Questions and Observations - May 29, 2005
It's remarkable what passes for news these days: THE RAF and US aircraft doubled the rate at which they were dropping bombs on Iraq in 2002 in an attempt to ...

US aircraft doubled bombing raids on Iraq in 2002 to provoke ...
Raw Story, MA - May 29, 2005
... 1) Did the RAF and the United States military increase the rate that they ... was the justification for any such increase in the rate of bombing in Iraq at this ...

HERE IT IS !!! THE ONE STORY IN THE US MAIN STREAM MEDIA ON ILLEGAL PRE-WAR BOMBING IRAQ. And it is, if you will note, based on Michael Smith's May 29 story:
Memos show British concern over Iraq plans Newsday, NY - Jun 18, 2005 By THOMAS WAGNER. ... The AP obtained copies of six of the memos (the other ... The Sunday Times this week reported that lawyers told the British government that US and ...
For news, we must count on RAWSTORY, from the 29th of May to the 26th of June they are the only ones who have been covering this story.

WHY DOES THE MSM NOT REPORT?

ACTION PLAN

IF YOU CAN FIND ANY STORIES US MSM ON THE RAF BOMBING STORY OR "SPIKES OF ACTIVITY" PLEASE SEE THIS DIARY:

MEDIA TRACKING ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR -- Thanks For Your Help

Thanks to Ron and Timbuk3 who have done the lion's share of work on this project

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please help with the media tracking project. the sooner we report, the sooner we can bring an end to this criminal and insane war in Iraq.
by GraceReid on Sun Jun 26th, 2005 at 07:14:29 PM EST


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