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CNN silences Iran war-skeptical soldier
Fri Mar 2, 2012 5:13PM
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“Such comments, of course, are almost literally heretical at places like CNN, which accepts unquestioningly the idea of ‘American exceptionalism’ and abides by the neoconservative dogma that US and Israeli security interests are one and the same.”

Ray McGovern, former US Army Infantry/Intelligence officer and CIA analyst

The United States cable news channel CNN has apparently censored the voice of a US Army corporal who was speaking against a potential Washington military intervention in Iran at the behest of Israel.


In the aborted one-minute segment, 28-year-old Cpl. Jesse Thorsen, interviewed by CNN’s Dana Bash, was speaking in favor of Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s non-interventionist views on US foreign policy.

Paul has repeatedly warned against a US military confrontation against Iran. "This country (US) doesn't need another war. We need to quit the ones we're in," he said during a presidential debate in January.

When asked whether it would be “very dangerous for the USA,” if Paul was elected president, Thorsen responded, “I think it would be even more dangerous to start nitpicking wars with more countries, someone like Iran.”

Cpl. Thorsen was then seemingly going to suggest that Israel should be left to handle its warmongering policies on its own before the remote feed was mysteriously lost in transmission back to CNN Central.

“Sorry, we just lost our tech connection, unfortunately,” explained CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer after Thorsen’s disappearance from the screen.

Commenting on the apparent act of censorship by CNN, Ray McGovern, a former US Army Infantry/Intelligence officer and CIA analyst, argued that it is highly unlikely that CNN producers didn’t actually hit the “kill” switch “as one might if Cpl. Thorsen had begun cursing uncontrollably.”

“Blitzer and other CNN honchos didn’t seem very eager to resume the interview, just as they generally don’t book anti-war activists who disagree with the imperial orthodoxy,” he added.

Reflecting on Cpl. Thorsen’s views, Mc Govern said, “Such comments, of course, are almost literally heretical at places like CNN, which accepts unquestioningly the idea of ‘American exceptionalism’ and abides by the neoconservative dogma that US and Israeli security interests are one and the same.”

A Wall Street Journal report revealed on Tuesday that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Tel Aviv officials have put the US President Barack Obama administration under pressure to adopt a more aggressive policy regarding Iran’s nuclear energy program.

In a White House meeting on March 5, Netanyahu is expected to press Obama for an explicit threat of a military action against Tehran beyond the regular “all options on the table” mantra, should Iran refuse to abandon its nuclear energy program in the wake of the recently intensified sanctions.

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak has also travelled to Washington where he discussed ways to approach Iran with US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program and have used this pretext to impose international and unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic and to call for a military strike against Tehran.

Iran has repeatedly refuted the Western allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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