The Washington Post has changed significant portions of an article published earlier today regarding the CIA’s payment of large numbers of people within Hamid Karzai’s administration in Afghanistan. These changes occur mostly in the beginning of the article and substantially manipulate its content. Most notable among the changes is the complete elimination of a quote describing how “half of Karzai’s palace” is on the CIA payroll. This quote, from an anonymous U.S. government official, was replaced with a paraphrased statement that “a significant number” of officials in Karzai’s administration are paid by the CIA. This alteration is followed by a quote from a CIA spokesman, which does not appear in the original article, who says that the “anonymous source appears driven by ignorance, malice or both.” Another significant quote from this anonymous source, detailing how Kazai is “blind to about 80 percent of what’s going on below him”, was also completely eliminated from the article. There are also a number of smaller changes all of which are designed to eliminate the perception of ignorance, malfeasance, or excessive support of the Afghan government by the CIA. It has previously been reported by the New York Times that Karzai’s brother Ahmed Wali Karzai is on the CIA payroll. Yesterday, an article in the Times indicated that one of Karzai’s personal aides, who is simultaneously involved in a corruption scandal regarding money laundering, is also working for the CIA.
“In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create. What spark of humanity, of a possible creativity, can remain alive in a being dragged out of sleep at six every morning, jolted about in suburban trains, deafened by the racket of machinery, bleached and steamed by meaningless sounds and gestures, spun dry by statistical controls, and tossed out at the end of the day into the entrance halls of railway stations, those cathedrals of departure for the hell of weekdays and the nugatory paradise of weekends, where the crowd communes in weariness and boredom? From adolescence to retirement each 24-hour cycle repeats the same shattering bombardment, like bullets hitting a window: mechanical repetition, time-which-is-money, submission to bosses, boredom, exhaustion. From the butchering of youth’s energy to the gaping wound of old age, life cracks in every direction under the blows of forced labour. Never before has a civilization reached such a degree of contempt for life; never before has a generation, drowned in mortification, felt such a rage to live. The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry. Already the front against forced labour is being formed; its gestures of refusal are moulding the consciousness of the future. Every call for productivity in the conditions chosen by capitalist and Soviet economy is a call to slavery”—
“This brutal victory parade of capital through the world, its way prepared by every means of violence, robbery, and infamy, has its light side. It creates the preconditions for its own final destruction. It put into place the capitalist system of world domination, the indispensable precondition for the socialist world revolution. This alone constitutes the cultural, progressive side of its reputed “great work of civilization” in the primitive lands. For bourgeois-liberal economists and politicians, railroads, Swedish matches, sewer systems, and department stores are “progress” and “civilization.” In themselves these works grafted onto primitive conditions are neither civilization nor progress, for they are bought with the rapid economic and cultural ruin of peoples who must experience simultaneously the full misery and horror of two eras: the traditional natural economic system and the most modern and rapacious capitalist system of exploitation. Thus, the capitalist victory parade and all its works bear the stamp of progress in the historical sense only because they create the material preconditions for the abolition of capitalist domination and class society in general. And in this sense imperialism ultimately works for us.”—
“Visual, psychological, visceral, and haptic events are the pathways for kinds of work, new kinds of machine-body interfaces, which simultaneously instantiate an effective reality or media-environment for the subect-form (and its fragments) as a context for its action, and valorize capital investment. When appearance itself is production, the ostensible immediacy of the world always already passes through the production-system. Cinema is a deterritorialized factory that extends the working day in space and time while introjecting the system’s language of capital into the sensorium. “Cinema” means a fully mediated mise-en-scene that provides humans with the contexts and options for response that are productive for capital. Yet we must remember that it is humanity who made the cinema, despite the masters of global appearance’s claims to the contrary. The star is not out there, but s/he is of ourselves. Cinema is the secularization of a world-historical revolution in human interaction that contains in potentia the material realization of a universal disaffection with capitalist domination and oppression. As it stands, cinema is the leveraged management and expropriation of humanity’s “freedom reflex,” the de-sacralization of human communion. In solidarity with all those who have fought and continue to fight against the racism, sexism, homophobia, fascistic nationalism, and developmental ideologies that have justified the dirty work of capitalist accumulation, we must organize ourselves and the parts of ourselves that aspire not for justification of things as they are but for the justice still to come.”—from The Cinematic Mode of Production: Attention Economy and the Society of the Spectacle by Jonathan Beller