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    BBC complains of Pentagon lies By Julie Hyland 29 March 2003 The BBC has become so concerned at false and misleading information being put out on the war
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      BBC complains of Pentagon lies

      By Julie Hyland
      29 March 2003

      The BBC has become so concerned at false and misleading information being put out on the war against Iraq that it has stressed to its journalists that they must clearly attribute military sources.

      According to the Guardian, BBC news chiefs met to discuss the problem after the broadcaster carried several reports later shown to be inaccurate. The misleading reports were all favourable to the US/UK forces and so their exposure has undermined the BBC�s claims to be providing unbiased coverage.

      On Sunday March 23, British military sources claimed to have taken the port of Umm Qasr in southern Iraq. Three days later, they were still fighting to quell resistance.

      The BBC then ran headlines with reports of the discovering of a chemical weapons factory in An Najaf, which was later dropped.

      On Tuesday, March 25, the British news was filled with reports of an uprising under way in Basra, Iraq�s second largest city. Claims of the �popular uprising� were first made by British military forces, but were later found to be untrue.

      On Wednesday, March 26, the British military were cited reporting that �up to 120 tanks� were leaving Basra. The convoy was later found to be just three-strong.

      Numerous other examples can be cited, including the continuous downplaying of the extent of popular opposition to the US/UK invasion and the particularly cynical claim that the Iraqi regime was responsible for the missile attack on a Baghdad market that killed 17 civilians.

      A BBC spokeswoman confirmed that a meeting had been held to discuss recent events.

      �There�s been a discussion about attribution and it�s been reinforced with people that we do have to attribute military information,� she said. �We have to be very careful in the midst of a conflict like this one to be very sure when we�re reporting something we�ve not seen with our own eyes that we attribute it.�

      An unnamed �senior BBC news source�, cited by the Guardian, went further, stating: �We�re getting more truth out of Baghdad than the Pentagon at the moment.�

      �We�re absolutely sick and tired of putting things out and finding they�re not true. The misinformation in this war is far and away worse than any conflict I�ve covered, including the first Gulf war and Kosovo.�

      Many news sources in Britain are now admitting that much of the key information they are relaying has been proven to be inaccurate. But this is often put down to the pressures of 24-hour coverage and the �fog of war�. For example, the BBC source cited by the Guardian went on to claim that the misinformation was an accident, rather than deliberate deceit: �I don�t know whether they [the Pentagon] are putting out flyers in the hope that we�ll run them first and ask questions later or whether they genuinely don�t know what�s going on�I rather suspect the latter.�

      In truth, much of the British and US media is simply a propaganda tool of their respective military forces. Some 900 journalists and reporters are �embedded� with US/UK troops, effectively functioning as part of an act of armed aggression against the Iraqi people and paid to conceal that fact. The concern expressed by the BBC�s top brass is that this fact has become so obvious to millions in Britain and around the world that its own credibility�and hence its considerable political influence internationally�will never recover.

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      ----Original Message Follows----
      From: M Muneer Khandwalla
      To: modernmuslim@...
      Subject: Fwd: Re: Making fool or got fooled????
      Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 08:06:38 -0800 (PST)
      "Hurjhan .M" wrote:
      Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 23:27:58 -0800 (PST)
      From: "Hurjhan .M"
      Subject: Re: Making fool or got fooled????
      To: jazajaz@...
      Subject: Making fool or got fooled????
      >?????? ????? ? ???? ???? ? ??????
      Assalam alai kum,
      > Most of us celebrate April fool day every year and fool each
      other.Isn't it? But how many of us know the bitter facts hidden behind it. It was around a thousand years ago that Spain was ruled by Muslims. The Muslim power in Spain was so strong that it couldn't be destroyed.
      > The Christians of the west wished to wipe out Islam from all parts of
      > world and they did succeed to quite an extent. But when they tried to
      > eliminate Islam in Spain and conquer it they failed. They tried several
      > times but never succeeded. The unbelievers then sent their spies in
      > to study the Muslims there and find out what was the power they
      > and they found that their power was TAQWA (Strong Believe). The Muslims
      > Spain were not just Muslims but they were practicing Muslims. They not
      > only read the Quran but also acted upon it. They also practiced it they
      > said no
      > to Music, they said no to beer wine and all the other things forbidden
      > Islam. If they read about Hijab in the Holy Quran they practiced it too
      > unlike most of us today. (Faith without Practice is disastrous-Hadith),
      > let us join hands and promise to become true practicing Muslims.
      > When the Christians found the power of the Muslims they started
      > of strategies to break this power. So they started sending alcohol and
      > cigarettes to Spain free of cost. This technique of the west worked out
      > and it started weakening the faith of the Muslims in particular the
      > generation of Spain. The result was that the Catholics of the west
      > out Islam and conquered the entire Spain bringing an end to the EIGHT
      > HUNDRED LONG RULE OF THE MUSLIMS in Spain. The last fall of the Muslims
      > was the Grenada (Ghornata) fall which was on the 1st of April. And from
      > that year onwards every year they celebrate fools day on the 1st of
      > that they made the Muslims fool on this day and we the Muslims were
      > by the unbelievers on this day which they now celebrate as April fool
      > Dear brothers and sisters why are we celebrating our own foolishness,
      > own downfall, why? The answer is due to ignorance, right? None of us
      > about it or else we would have never celebrated this day we would never
      > have celebrated our own downfall. So now we be aware of it and now lets
      > promise that we shall never celebrate this day and shall try to become
      > practicing Muslims but never lose our faith like the people of Spain
      > did.Forward this message to as many people as you know and try to do it
      > before the 1st of April. The more people you forward it to, the greater
      > will be the reward you'll get from our Lord in the world or the
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