Seymour Hersh

I posted this link to a Guardian article about Pulitzer Prize winning author Seymour Hersh’s take on Obama, the NSA, and American media—newspapers and network news departments—but apparently not many read it. It is so worth reading that I’m posting it on INSIDE/OUT so that it won’t become lost on FB’s timeline.

I hope you’ll take the time to read it here.

In case you don’t know, Seymour Hersh is the journalist who first uncovered and wrote about the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, and the one who was the first to write about the abuses at Abu Ghaib prison in Iraq. Seymour has really big balls and gets really big stories.

Hersh is one of those figures—like Julian Assange, Chelsea/Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden—who are unafraid, or at least undeterred, by the power structure. In fact, Hersh seems to enjoy pissing off politicians and fellow journalists with his revelations of abuse of power.

He chillingly insists that the Obama administration lies consistently and is actually much harder to write about than the Bush administration. He tells the Guardian, “The Bush era, I felt it was much easier to be critical than it is [of] Obama.”

He believes that journalists with the guts to be unpopular with their government sources hold the key to bringing about change, “I have this sort of heuristic view that journalism, we possibly offer hope because the world is clearly run by total nincompoops more than ever…”

I highly recommend you read this piece about Hersh in which he claims that the story of Osama Bin Laden’s death is “…one big lie, not one word of it is true.” Admittedly, he’s promoting a new book due out soon, but who would not want to read THAT story?

On a personal note, I flew over My Lai when I was in Vietnam in 1971. My helicopter pilots made a couple of low passes while I took pictures with my little Petri 35mm camera. That camera with the film still in it was confiscated by (oxymoron alert!) Army Intelligence after I was medevaced to Trippler Hospital in Hawaii. By then Calley had been convicted in a court martial, and the My Lai shit storm was still raging.

The view from the gunner’s door of a Huey.

We travelled in pairs when flying to the next fire station.

The guys who fearlessly flew me around Vietnam.

Bobby Bennett, my conductor, comrade, and tower of strength while I was in ‘Nam.

The photos here are courtesy of my Kiwi band leader, Bobby Bennett, who had the good sense to get his photos developed in Saigon. He gave me an extra set which the geniuses in Army Intelligence overlooked.

You can read the Seymour Hersh article here.


7 thoughts on “Seymour Hersh

  1. So appreciate a voice not bought and paid for. What could the real Bin Laden story be pray tell? Looking forward to more on that.

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  3. Mamie, you exhibit delight in life and its pleasures, but you also have a keen mind for seeking truth and justice and taking an interest in our world- both real and purely political. I appreciate you so much for that.

  4. Seymour Hersch is saying what? Nothing. He is another washed up reporter hoping he can start some interest in SEYMOUR..maybe even buy the book. Snowden? A whistle blower is one who reports on something unknown. I guess this means about 99% of the readers had brain freeze in the weeks after 911. All the ISPs’ were letting the public know what the government was planning to do with emails and personal information that the ISPs had on people using the ISP

    • continued from above. Snowden didn’t present ANYTHING new except to those that didn’t take the time to care about the government. So he thinks Obama lies..OK can he give ONE example? He seemed upset that Obama didn’t stop the war in Iraq. Really? How about human rights? Obama has done more than the last 5 presidents combined. Now Obama is in a fight to keep special interests(rich people) from controlling the government. They will still watch FOX and believe what they are TOLD


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