Mainstream fake-news: the devious limited hangout

by Jon Rappoport

December 4, 2018

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Big media attacks “fake news.” Independent reporters rightly point the finger at big media as the predominant purveyor of fake news.

Here I want to comment on one of the most devious forms of MSM fake news: the limited hangout.

When necessary, news outlets will do a PARTIAL EXPOSURE of a hidden crime. The assumption is, once the story is published and broadcast, everyone will shake their heads and say, “That’s terrible,” and move on. The whole thing will be forgotten in a matter of days, as if the whole truth has been revealed. Limited hangout.

From media’s point of view, a limited hangout means: “We won’t do any further digging. We’ll shut down further investigation.” Vital questions won’t be asked:

Why did the criminals do what they did? Why are they still at large? Who is refusing to press charges and make arrests? What deeper crimes are still secret?

The mainstream press could set their hounds loose and build a story into a huge wave. Over time, they could bring hidden players out into the open and expose them and wring confessions out of them. They could get some of these players to roll over and point to higher-level criminals. The story could achieve tsunami status, at which point the government would have to make arrests and lay on trials in open courtrooms.

But that doesn’t happen. Limited hangout rules the day.

I’m going to present a story about a crime now. It’s big. Very big. It was covered, to a degree, by the mainstream press. The coverage seemed to be significant. But it was a limited hangout.

As you read on, imagine what might have happened if the press had decided to go in with guns blazing and investigate all the way, over a period of months, releasing new revelations as they discovered them. Imagine the repercussions. Imagine the public outcry. Instead of a limited hangout, we would have seen…well, I’ll leave it to you to fill in the blanks.

In 1975, the US signed on to an international treaty banning the production, use, and stockpiling of biological weapons. Ditto for chemical weapons, in 1993. Another treaty.

Here’s a quote from the Washington Post (9/4/13, “When the US looked the other way on chemical weapons”): “…The administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale to Iraq of numerous items…including poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic plague…”

Between 1985 and 1989, a US 501C3 firm, American Type Culture Collection, sent Iraq up to 70 shipments of various biowar agents, including 21 strains of anthrax.

Between 1984 and 1989, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control!) sent Iraq at least 80 different biowar agents, including botulinum toxoid, dengue virus, and West Nile antigen and antibody.

This information on the American Type Culture Collection and the CDC comes from a report, “Iraq’s Biological Weapons Program,” prepared by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS).

Then we have a comprehensive article by William Blum (one of the good investigators in this whole story) in the April 1998 Progressive called “Anthrax for Export.” Blum cites a 1994 Senate report confirming that, in this 1985-1989 time period, US shipments of anthrax and other biowar agents to Iraq were licensed by…drum roll, cymbal crash…the US Dept. of Commerce.

Blum quotes from the Senate report: “These biological materials were not attenuated or weakened and were capable of reproduction. It was later learned that these microorganisms exported by the United States were identical to those the United Nations inspectors found and removed from the Iraqi biological warfare program.”

This 1994 Senate report also indicates that the US exported to Iraq the precursors for chemwar agents, actual plans for chemical and biowar production facilities, and chemical-warhead filling equipment. The exports continued until at least November 28, 1989.

Blum lists a few other biowar agents the US shipped to Iraq. Histoplasma Capsulatum, Brucella Melitensis, Clostridium Perfringens, Clostridium tetani—as well as E. coli, various genetic materials, human and bacterial DNA.

Blum also points out that a 1994 Pentagon report dismissed any connection between all these biowar agents and Gulf War Illness. But the researcher who headed up that study, Joshua Lederberg, was actually a director of the US firm that had provided the most biowar material to Iraq in the 1980s: the American Type Culture Collection.

Newsday revealed that the CEO of the American Type Culture Collection was a member of the US Dept. of Commerce’s Technical Advisory Committee. See, the Dept. of Commerce had to license and approve all those exports of biowar agents carried out by the American Type Culture Collection. Get the picture?

Now, as to other US companies which dealt biowar or chemwar agents to Iraq—all such sales having been approved by the US government—the names of these companies are contained in records of the 1992 Senate hearings, “United States Export Policy Toward Iraq Prior to Iraq’s Invasion of Kuwait,” Senate Report 102-996, Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, 102d Congress, Second Session (October 27, 1992):

Mouse Master (Georgia), Sullaire Corp (Charlotte, North Carolina), Pure Aire (Charlotte, North Carolina), Posi Seal (Conn.), Union Carbide (Conn.), Evapco (Maryland), BDM Corp (Virginia), Spectra Physics (Calif.).

There are about a dozen more.

This also from the Blum article: “A larger number of American firms supplied Iraq with the specialized computers, lasers, testing and analyzing equipment, and other instruments and hardware vital to the manufacture of nuclear weapons, missiles, and delivery systems. Computers, in particular, play a key role in nuclear weapons development. Advanced computers make it feasible to avoid carrying out nuclear test explosions, thus preserving the program’s secrecy. The 1992 Senate hearings implicated [Hewlett Packard, Palo Alto, CA — among others].”

Hewlett Packard said that the recipient of its shipments, Saad 16, was some sort of school in Iraq. But in 1990, the Wall St. Journal stated that Saad 16 was a “heavily fortified, state-of-the-art [Iraqi] complex for aircraft construction, missile design, and, almost certainly, nuclear-weapons research.”

If you review and think about all these WMD shipments from the US to Iraq, you understand there were many US officials and corporate employees who knew about them. Knew about them then, in the 1980s, and knew about them later, during 2 US wars in Iraq, when American soldiers were sent to Iraq, and could have been exposed to the bio/chem weapons.

And these officials and employees said nothing.

Officials at the CDC and the Dept. of Commerce said nothing. People at the American Type Culture Collection said nothing. People at the Pentagon and the CIA and the NSA said nothing. Presidents said nothing. Employees of the corporations who supplied germs and chemicals said nothing.

—Now imagine the NY Times and the Washington Post releasing their hounds to dig deeper into this boggling story. Interviews with the players. Investigations into the role of the CDC. The cover-ups. After a year of relentless probing and publishing, this would have built into an unstoppable tidal wave. The whole country (and the world) would have been agog. Prosecutions would have followed.

But it didn’t happen.

Instead, the story dissolved and went away.

The history that could have been made…

Wasn’t made.

This is fake news at its finest; by omission. By limited hangout.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

5 comments on “Mainstream fake-news: the devious limited hangout

  1. Rooting for the Villians says:

    Bolshevik rat presstitute pieces of shit acting like they just love H.W. Bush is making me laugh out loud.
    The whole poor me schtick by the lamestream media is also good for laughs so I guess they aren’t totally worthless.

  2. Michael Burns says:

    Yes sir, there is a lot of that going on…

    But there is a story behind even that. A story about fear. A fear that shakes the system to its core, something that was never felt by those leading. 

    Disconcertment, and a dismay how when you are working on a story, trying to find your way through it — treading along a country road, as you would say, seeing the bits and pieces of machinery and scorched nuts and bolts of a war up ahead and you are led into a fracas. The noise level, the mounting wreckage starts to accumulate under your feet, your tripping over the carnage… You take a side road to try and avoid the shit storm that appears to be forming, up ahead of you — when your trying to avoid facing it straight on — nothing is solved that way, so better to come at from an angle, from a different POV, than the agreed upon milieu…the side street leads you through to a different sort of thing, a quieter thought provoking allow an unfolding of that story, not relating to what you are avoiding in the first place by coming this way. And besides, its your way, its individual…

    It becomes quiet and now you’re looking at evidence from a different crime, a totally different place and you are behind the curtain of another melee of cultural significance. You have stripped a way a layer by coming this way…

    Relating to what you have avoided, but diametrically opposed to what ‘you’ believed in the first place. and its undoing everthing that you have said up to this point.

    Your finding out the truth to something you yourself claimed was not true, was lie, was an outright despicable dirty rotten lie, told by liars…but it wasn’t, a lie, why?

    Because most of the bastards telling the stories, are reporting from that limited hang-out. And that the story tellers are nihilistic whores, working for the highest money. They have no allegiance, but their own narcisism, no pride in nationality. Skimming over the top, for one reason or another; they know the perpetrators; they are bought off scumbags; or what is ultimately fascinating to me, a new model of the reality manufacturing machine has been rolled out and the power of this new device to take old methods and meld them with an old grievances, produces a new a never seen versions of this fucked up reality.

    I wonder sometimes if, we are just going around in circles, as each new generation falls into the same traps, but different snares. It is the same stories over and over again, we might as well be talking about Xerxe’s tromp through the Hellespont, instead of the Azov sea.

    Sometimes, in important stories, every dirty detail, might as you say, have to be told. The whole mess, laid out on the clean and uncontaminated, stainless steel table, like parts from some putrid autopsy. But then again, you are faced with the dilemma that in knowing that truth, the story, might pull down a complete government, a complete civilization…it might throw the whole thing into endless chaos, forever…

    What if you strike a match, and start the end…

    I fear the mindless mob, that glub glob of metered noise, more than the government. To me the mob is more dangerous than the government. The mob is an unpredictable lot, they are brought to frenzy by the sound of the guillotine, witch burning, and the gibbet, and I have experienced enough of those. They are always out for whats in it for them…one can get to point of believing in a cull.

    Real writers are of more value, than that copy scribbled out every day. There a value beneath the surface all that — the writers inflections, the actual story telling, sometimes telling a lie can show up something else that is difficult; it’s not outright in words on the page…its the way he uses words. The something of his developed character, his integrity. His belief in himself, his belief in a naturally ordering world.

    I find not much of what I read, is, real in any sense; and I mean that, in that, it is put together in an offhand way, weaponized words and phrases sit like soldiers on parapets guarding a hollow interior — it’s about what they feel, or would like to feel, as they virtue signal out a pumped up headline, rather than what is fact…most of this I find, discloses the liar that I could be, unknowingly sometimes have been. I should be careful with that term ‘what is’, it can lead to its own set of problems.

    Reality is a layered game.

  3. Jon

    I have read numbers of your writings used to illustrate “limited hangout”. This is not a good example. A better title would have been,

    “How stupid do you need to be to “believe” obvious codswallop?”

    The gaping contradictions on information flows over Iraq are legendary. “Germ warfare”. Even Pasteur recant the nonsense that is “germ theory” on his deathbed. Chemical weapons are a whole ‘nother discussion, of course.


  4. John says:

    I guess FISA declassification will also go away now. The deep state wins again. Thirty years of globalism and the police state technocracy continues to exacerbate like a lethal plague.

    Nobody in congress or the media is willing to push the issue. The deep state is too big too fail, too corrupt to be exposed and too big to disappear.

    The game goes on, elections continue to be corrupted and the citizenry continues to remain in a perpetual coma of willful ignorance.

    God help those who refuse to question or use logic. I guess the drone generation has won, existing in a permanent daze while staring down at a cell phone screen and having your every word, breath and action monitored/censored by the most evil and vile people on the earth is what every US soldier paid the ultimate price for ?

    Selective reporting, selective justice and a trial by a puppet media connected at the hip to the deep state rules the day.

  5. pam larson says:

    The Deep State is loosing it grip, if only ever so slightly. Transparency is the disinfectant. They can’t hide it all from us anymore. We need to refuse to use Facebook or Google or all these other big tech spies. Necessity is the Mother of Invention. Wake up America, we can still speak- with our wallets.

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