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The Danger in al-Jazeera’s New Branding

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Posted on April 5 2011 4:17 pm

The news reports that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al-Qaeda terrorist mastermind behind the September 11th attacks, will be prosecuted by a U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, come at a time like no other in Arab history. The dissent and rebellion in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and most recently in Syria has caused most of the mainstream media to speculate about a future Middle East where moderates have a greater influence.

Cooler heads have pointed out that there is still much to be concerned about in regard to the growth and strength of al-Qaeda. For example, Admiral James Stavridis, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in late March reported that there was al-Qaeda activity among the rebel groups in Libya.

Dr. Judea Pearl is the father of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl. Daniel Pearl was the victim of another of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s vicious crimes. Dr. Pearl has chosen to speak out in recent weeks about his current concerns. And, again, the mainstream media has been uniformly silent. On February 23, 2011 Dr. Pearl shared with journalist Cliff Kincaid the reasons for his scrutiny of Al Jazeera.

Dr. Pearl’s remarks included the following statement:

In the past four years I have been watching Al Jazeera carefully, through direct translation from their Arabic station, and I am sorry to state that the network has been shifting steadily from a posture of moderation and coexistence to a total and open alignment with the most extreme elements of the Arab world, including Hamas and Hezbollah.

Dr. Pearl also said:

Their unconditional support of Hamas’s terror in Gaza, the Hezbollah takeover in Lebanon, and the Syrian and Iranian regimes betrays any illusion that democracy and human rights are on Al Jazeera’s agenda — weakening the West is their first priority. Al Jazeera is an anti-Western propaganda machine that also engages in news services for profit and status.

To read Dr. Pearl’s entire statement see: http://www.usasurvival.org/alj.ck30111-2.html.

Cliff Kincaid has done more than anyone else in recent months to expose the dangers of allowing Al Jazeera to broadcast across U.S. pay TV systems such as Comcast and others. Kincaid is the Director of the AIM (Accuracy In Media) Center for Investigative Journalism and the president of America’s Survival, Inc. (ASI). Visit both www.usasurvival.org and www.aim.org to catch up on Kincaid’s investigations.

On Friday, April 1, 2011 Kincaid organized a press briefing about Al Jazeera at the National Press Club. The program was called “Al-Jazeera, Global Jihad, and the Suicide of the West” and video coverage of the event is available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR1XzY88ugo. It did not garner the attention it should have.

There should be no doubt that Cliff Kincaid, Dr. Pearl and others are providing warnings that are well worth giving full consideration. Tragically, on April Fool’s Day in Washington, D.C. too many members the mainstream media skipped this vital press conference and instead decided to continue to fool with America’s future security.

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