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November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.

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See a sample letter to HBO in response to this article.

See Letter to HBO from Vermont Activists below.


ACTION ALERT:
HBO Recycling Gulf War Hoax?
December 4, 2002

The fraudulent story of Iraqi soldiers throwing Kuwaiti babies out of
incubators during the occupation of Kuwait in 1990 is depicted as if it
were true in "Live from Baghdad," the HBO film premiering on the cable
network this Saturday that purports to tell the story behind CNN‚s
coverage of the Gulf War. HBO and CNN are both owned by the AOL Time
Warner media conglomerate.

In the months before the Gulf War began, media uncritically repeated the
claim that Iraqi soldiers were removing Kuwaiti babies from incubators.
The story was launched by the testimony of a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl
before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in October 1990. Eventually,
as repeated in the media by the first President Bush and countless others,
it blossomed into a tale involving over 300 Kuwaiti babies.

What was not reported at the time was the fact that the public relations
company Hill & Knowlton was partly behind the effort, and the girl who
testified was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to
Washington. Subsequent investigations, including one by Amnesty
International, found no evidence for the claims (ABC World News Tonight,
3/15/91).

In the film, the story is turned upside down, portrayed as a deft public
relations move by the Iraqi government, who grant CNN access to Kuwait in
a calculated attempt to discredit the rumors that their soldiers were
pulling babies from incubators. CNN reporters are ushered to a hospital
in Kuwait, where a doctor, under obvious pressure from Iraqi soldiers,
tells the reporters that no babies had been pulled from the incubators.

The CNN team does not believe the obviously nervous doctor is telling the
truth, and the Iraqi officials pick up on this, promptly cutting the
interview short. The scene ends with the doctor being led away by Iraqi
officials. Moments later, the CNN crew listens to a BBC report on the
radio that suggests that CNN had debunked the story of Iraqi soldiers
killing Kuwaiti babies, and CNN‚s reporters are upset that they've been
used by the Iraqi officials.

The key exchange happens as follows:
------
CNN correspondent: You are aware of the allegations, doctor?
Doctor: I have heard these stories.
CNN producer Ingrid Formanek (whisper): This sucks. He's scared.
CNN producer Robert Wiener (whisper): Yeah, this is bad.
Doctor: I can tell you, nothing has happened at this hospital... that I
know.
Correspondent: But at other hospitals?
Doctor: I cannot tell about other hospitals.
Iraqi handler: Finish! Finish! We go now!
Formanek: To the other hospitals?
Handler: No, back to Baghdad!
Wiener: Hey, hey, that was part of the deal!
Handler: That is story.
------
The clear implication is that the CNN reporters were used by the Iraqi
government to make a true story of atrocities seem false. A review of the
movie in the Indianapolis Star (12/1/02) arrived at that very conclusion,
noting that CNN "played into the Iraqis' hands on a couple of occasions,
including an ill-fated trip to Kuwait where the Iraqis used the CNN crew
to counter reports that their soldiers had been removing Kuwaiti babies
from hospital incubators and leaving them on the floor to die."

"Live from Baghdad" is a dramatization, not a documentary, but it is being
presented by HBO as a "behind-the-scenes true story" of the Gulf War and
is being released at a crucial political moment. HBO's version of history
never makes clear that the incubator story was fraudulent, and in fact had
been managed by an American PR firm, not Iraq. Curiously, however, the
truth seems to have been clear to Robert Wiener, the former CNN producer
who co-wrote "Live from Baghdad." As he explained to CNN‚s Wolf Blitzer
(11/21/02), "that story turned out to be false because those accusations
were made by the daughter of the Kuwaiti minister of information and were
never proven."

Unfortunately, HBO viewers won‚t know that when they see the film.ACTION:
Let HBO know you are concerned about the distortion of history in their
movie "Live From Baghdad." With another war with Iraq looming, HBO could
better serve viewers by debunking wartime propaganda, instead of re-airing
it.

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HBO
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To learn more about Hill & Knowlton's role in the first Gulf War, read PR
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Dear Sir:

    We are concerned about the distortion of history in your move "Live From
Baghdad."  With another war iwth Iraq loomings, HBO could better serve
viewers by debunking wartime propaganda, instead of re-airing it.

Let HBO know you are concerned about the distortion of history in their
movie "Live From Baghdad." With another war with Iraq looming, HBO could
better serve viewers by debunking wartime propaganda, instead of re-airing
it.
      Tom on behalf of

Megan Allison
Jerome Andrews
Carol Arner
Thomas D. Arner
Michael Arnowitt-Reid
Susan Arnowitt-Reid
Lucian Avery
Patricia Babcock
Blake Bachelor
Hedi Ballantyne
Chas Ballantyne
Prudence Baker
Aaron Ball
Marsha Bancroft
Marney Barr
Nash Basom
Ren Bean
Bob Belenky
Laura Bellus
Russ Bennett
Paule Bézaire
Heidi Bigelow
Francis R. Bill
Mary Alice Bisbee
Pearl S. Bishop
Glenda Bissex
Yona M. Black
Joven Black
Lydia Black
Sally Black
Eric Blaisdell
Patricia Blouin
Sarah Bowman
Alexandra Bottinelli
Andrea Braash
Josh Braine
Wilmer Brandt
Peggy Bresee
Joanne Broakiny
Sherwood Bromley
Anne Brown
Abby Browne
Ari Browne
Anna Browne
Richard Browne
Cathy Browne
Jane Bryant
Barbara Buckley
Ann Burcroff
Robin Cappuccino
Margaret Careccio
Allen Castellano
Rev. Robert W. Castle
Karen Cayer
Barbara Clark
Peter L. Clark
Raymond Coderre
Peter Colman
David Connor
Susan Cook
Annie Coulter
Joy Corduff
Robin Cornell
Charles Crocker Jr.
Michael Conlogue
Patty Cuyler
Priscilla Daggett
Meg Davis
Rebecca Davison
Jessica Dean
Fletcher Dean
Pamela DeAndrea 
David Dellinger
Geraldine Denison
Janet Denison
Gloria DeSousa
Elango Dev
Anne DeVaughn
Lisa Dimondster
Cathy Donohue
Jeff Donahue
Oliver Dortna
Melissa Down
Amy Driscoll
Claire Dumas
Alice Duncan
Robert Duncan
Sue Dwelle
Cheryl Eckund
Shawn Eckund
Jane S. Edwards
Linda Elbow
Judith Elford
Deb Ellis
Lashaun Ellis
Rebecca Ellis
Nanina Epstein
Paul T. Ferrar
Stephen L. Finner
Priscilla Fox
Dr. Michael Friedman
Joseph Gainza
Janine Gallagher 
Ann Gaillard
Pati Garbeck
Allison Goldfarb
Becky Goldfinger
Fein Cheri Goldstein
Larry Gordon
Emily Gould
Barbara Grant
Michael Gray
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Susan Green
Jean Grosbach
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Craig Hill
Skye Hill
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David Hylander 
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Josh Irish
Charlie Jenks
Betty Johnson
Cynthia Johnson 
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Spirit Joseph
Elenara Joubert
Elisabeth Kann
Eduard Kelley
Carrie Kessler
Kathleen Kesson
Jon Kilian
Victoria King
Joseph Klein
David Klein
Sandy Knight
Kimberly Korona
Anna Krutsky
Katlyn Laggner
Gregg Lallkin
Colin Larsen,
Jean Lathrop
Sarah Lathrop
Linda Leehman
Amanda Legare
Peggy Leo
Ellen Leonard
Tom Lever
Theresa Lever 
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John E. Lewis
Susan Lieber
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Tom Luce
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Cami Maclean
Robert Maclean
Douglas Maddox
Peter L. Mahoney
Carole Maloney
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Anne Macksoud
Kathleen Maloy
Stella Marrie
Chris Martin
Meredith Martin
Jim Mayor
Kevin mayor
Gina Mazer
Paige McIntire
Mary McGinley
Mardi McGregor
Tom McNeil
Jean Merrill
Susan Mesner
Erik Mueller-Harder
Galenc Milchman
Judy Miles
Mary Miller
Steve Miller
Russ Mills
Larry Mires
Anne T. Molleur-Hanson
Michelle Monagas
Alyson Monaghan
William Moroney
Carolyn Morton
Kate Mueller
M. Dianne Muller
Richard Muller 
Bo Muller-Moore 
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Sandra Nall
Lucy Nichol
Denise Niemira
Sarah Norton
Betty Obermann
Rev. Zarina O'Hagin
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Manuel O'Neill 
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Jim O'Riordan
Michiko Oishi
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Iain Orr
Grace Paley
Nora Paley
David Palmer
Susan Parch
Anne Parham-Brown
Margaret Parke
Scudder Parker
Catherine Paterson
Rev. John Paterson
Adam Parks
Holly Perdue
Peter L. Perkins
Elizabeth Peterson
Linda Piotrowski 
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Marek Pyka
Kate Quinn
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Hannah Rabin
Helen Rabin,
Lux Randolph
Margaret Ratheau
Paul Reed
Harriette Reeves-Forsythe
Helen Jean Reindel
Dan Renfrew
Nancy Rice
Alban Richey
Suzanne Richman
Susan Ritz
Marty Roberts
Wally Roberts
Mary Rosholt
Richard Rubin
Susan Russell
Ethan Ryea
Erin Ryan
John Perry Ryan 
Susan Sakash
Larry Satcowitz
Steven Schapiro
Liz Schlegel
Robert Schultz
Tamar Schumann 
Maria Schumann
Gary Schy
Linda Schutz
Gail Schwartz
Victor Scott
Anne T. Sekelsky 
Rebecca Shepppard
Cecile Sherburn
Karen Shimizu
Alice Silverman
Robert Simmons
James Simpson
Edmund Skea
Don Smith
Kim Smith
Zia Smith
Ronni Solbert
Camille St. Martin
Ann Stanton
Loring Starr
Christopher Stellar
Merry Stockwell
Debra Stoleroff
Caroline Striplin
Michael Stuart
Susan Sussman
Carol Sweeny
SarikaTandon
Alan Taplow
Alex Thayer
Dorothy Tod
Brian Tokar
KenTonnissen
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Nina Twombly
Robin Twombly
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Valerie L. Walden
Carol Walker
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Henry Walters
Patricia Walters
Kathy Warner
Harris Webster
Joanna Weinstock
Henry Weinstock
Bill Wheelock
Shawn E. White
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