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Beyond Censorship: The Unspeakable Brutality of ISIS — Jordanian Pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh is Burned Alive


Screen captures from the ISIS video of the burning alive of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh: The video was
originally filmed in high-definition and contains all kinds of high-end graphics and special effects.  The ISIS thugs
would not have spent so much time and energy on this production unless they had no intention whatsoever of trading
Moaz al-Kasasbehc for Al-Qaeda prisoners on death row in Jordan. In the video, ISIS attempts to justify its murder
of the pilot by describing and depicting what it calls the brutality of the West and its allies. The video is mostly in
Arabic.

The Censorship Syndrome
Corporate media pundits in the West tell us they won't show the ISIS video of the burning alive of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh because "doing so helps ISIS."  This is complete nonsense.  How do we know? — Because ISIS has had no problem getting its message out and recruiting despite systematic censorship by Western media. Therefore, the only people being kept in the dark is the mainstream audience in the West. In fact, Western governments and their corporate media censors virtually everything regarding Western military and political operations across the globe. For example: they've shown us none of the footage from the hundreds of drone attacks the U.S. has launched in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen. The public has never seen the video of the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan or video of the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki (and his son) in Yemen.  In addition, Western governments, with the help of Arab allies, have launched hundreds of air attacks against ISIS during the past several months totaling thousands of hours of operations. Yet to date they have posted, at most, seven minutes of total footage from these attacks.

Since the Vietnam War the U.S. has been able to "manage" the media and systematically censor what actually happens in war.  Many believe that the uncensored images from the Vietnam War helped bring an end to that war by presenting the public with the truth about that war and how it was waged. The reluctance of the American public to support war after the Vietnam debacle was called the "Vietnam syndrome." Some military strategist have blamed the U.S. defeat in Vietnam on an uncensored media and their solution was to institute strict limits on the media starting with the invasion of Grenada (1983). The censorship strategy was further developed with the invasion of Panama (1989). By the time of the first Gulf War (1990) the censorship strategy was in full bloom, and by the second Gulf War (2003) the U.S. media was thoroughly controlled and "embedded" with U.S. troops and back to it's World War II role as full-time "cheerleaders." 

There has been over a decade of full scale war in Afghanistan without nightly newscasts about battles, attacks, bombings, or enemy and civilian casualties. The U.S. censorship strategy has worked so well that the U.S. has been able to engage in multiple invasions and air attacks all over the world with little opposition from a mostly unaware—and therefore unconcerned—American public. Censorship has allowed the U.S. military industrial complex to run wild. In the name of ending such censorship, this ISIS video is provided. 
 —Ronald David Jackson



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