09.12.16 - Chasing Terrorists (and TV Ratings)
Summary: The following news story was sent in by a supporter. He writes: "One would get the impression this is no different than during the gladiators time and the large Roman emphere theater games for the viewers ratings and the popularity of the emperor. Chasing terrorists is not far from perhaps chasing the truth proclaimers in the end of time. It is well know throught the history when things goes bad whether it be economy, morality or diseases that one needs to find a group to blame these bad things on. The blame game has been going on since the fall."

A production company thinks it has found a dramatic new television format for the so-called age of terror: conducting international manhunts for suspected terrorists and war criminals, filming them and selling the finished product to television networks around the world. Its first bidder is NBC News.

In just under a week NBC is expected to introduce the series, "The Wanted," which has already attracted criticism because of the collaboration between the journalists and the former government operatives they work with.

Soon the series may go worldwide: on Monday a distribution company, ShineReveille International, said it had acquired the series for foreign distribution.

The series has been criticized by some as an extension of "To Catch a Predator," the "Dateline NBC" franchise that showed police officers and journalists working in concert to catch possible sex offenders when they tried to meet minors. Some have even pre-emptively labeled the series "To Catch a Terrorist." Last winter the Department of Homeland Security warned that NBC's pursuit of a Maryland college professor on genocide charges could hurt the ability of law enforcement officials to enact actual, as opposed to televised, justice.

But NBC and the producers have brushed aside those concerns. NBC has called "The Wanted" a "groundbreaking television event" that would show an elite team of investigators pursuing accused criminals living in the open and avoiding justice. An online promotion for the program suggests that it will have cinematic qualities, including sweeping shots from helicopters and a command center for the team. In a mostly low-rated season of summer programming, the ratings for "The Wanted" will be closely watched after it has its premiere on Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern time. A second episode is scheduled one week later; four more episodes have been filmed.

"The truth is the real weapon in this redefining news series that follows a Navy Seal, a Green Beret and a dedicated reporter as they hunt down war criminals and terrorists from around the world," the production company, Echo Ops, says in its promotional materials.

The Green Beret and the member of the Seals are retired. They are cast members who conduct surveillance and hold mock intelligence briefings on the program, alongside Adam Ciralsky, an NBC News producer, and David Crane, a former chief prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone. Mr. Crane praised the series for tackling cases of possible criminals who are "living normal lives under the protection of a domestic law and are trying to avoid justice."

"We're just here to seek justice for people that have been so victimized by international terrorists," Mr. Crane said in a telephone interview on Monday.

It is the "we" - the cooperation between the former intelligence officers and NBC News - that has raised red flags among a number of veteran journalists, including some within NBC. They say they find it troubling that "The Wanted" blurs the boundaries between government agents and supposedly impartial journalists.

Lucy Dalglish, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, asked simply, "Is this supposed to be journalism?"

Mr. Ciralsky, a former C.I.A. lawyer and "60 Minutes" producer, has worked for more than a year on the series. On the program he is repeatedly visible during the televised manhunts, saying on camera during one of the stakeouts, "I have eyes on him from the back."

The documentary filmmaker Charlie Ebersol, son of Dick Ebersol, the chairman of NBC Sports, is an executive producer alongside Mr. Ciralsky.

Jane E. Kirtley, a professor of media ethics and law at the University of Minnesota, said she was stunned that NBC would use some of the same tactics that led to the harsh criticism of the "Predator" series. One of the accused sex offenders committed suicide as the police and cameras approached his home in 2006; NBC settled a lawsuit from the man's family last year.

Ms. Kirtley said that when she first learned of the new program, she "thought it was something that The Onion was doing as satirical summer silliness," referring to the satirical newspaper.

She said she worried that Mr. Ciralsky would be perceived not as a reporter but as a government representative. The series could "play into the hands of those who say that there is no such thing as independent journalism in the U.S., that everybody who's working abroad is working in concert with the U.S. government," she said.

Mr. Crane said he believed it was very appropriate for Mr. Ciralsky to work hand in hand with the former intelligence officers. "It's a team effort," he said.

By licensing the program from Echo Ops, NBC may be able to sidestep some of the legal and ethical questions that followed "To Catch a Predator." An NBC News spokeswoman said that "The Wanted" followed the news division's ethical guidelines to the letter.

The network declined requests to interview the executive producers of "The Wanted" on Monday. But Mr. Ciralsky told The Associated Press, "The people who've called it 'To Catch a War Criminal,' they've never seen the show."

David Corvo, an executive producer at NBC News, said in a news release that "we hope this program sheds light on an overlooked story."

NBC said the episode on Monday would follow Mullah Krekar, the founder of Ansar al-Islam, an organization that the United States government classified in 2003 as being a terrorist group "with close links to and support from Al Qaeda." The network said viewers would be shown surveillance operations in the man's neighborhood in Oslo.

The next week, the team moves to Germany to follow Mamoun Darkazanli, a man suspected of providing logistical and financial support to Al Qaeda.

Mr. Crane said the program highlighted "the worst of the worst."

NBC has said that the Maryland professor may be featured in a forthcoming episode of "The Wanted." The Department of Homeland Security had no comment on Monday about the series.

The plans for worldwide distribution of the series by ShineReveille added another wrinkle on Monday. Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, had owned the Reveille portion of the company until this year. Elisabeth Murdoch, a daughter of the News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch, is the chairwoman of the Shine Group, ShineReveille's parent company.

"We're always on the lookout for high-caliber, cutting-edge programming that plays so well across international markets," the distributor's president, Chris Grant, said in a statement. "This gripping series, which takes viewers to the front lines of the war on terror, fits the bill perfectly."


Click here to view main source.

Although we strive to provide you with relevant and reliable information on this news blog, the views and opinions expressed in the news stories posted on this blog do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Amazing Discoveries. The AD News Blog is intended only as a service to provide you with interesting end-time related news or to keep you abreast of events and attitudes of our current day. The postings are not intended to be an official statement or recommendation of Amazing Discoveries. The reader should make his or her own judgment as to the usefulness of the information provided here.
Science Deceptions
Media Deceptions
Spiritual Deceptions
A Basis for Conflict
Is there evidence for Creation science? How does it compare to evolution? The following articles give insight in to these questions and more.
Evolution Is Not Science—It's Religion Conforming Under Pressure How Can We See Stars That Are Billions Of Light Years Away? Creation and Evolution: Is Compromise Possible? Understanding the Creation Week Geocentricity: It's Time to Face the Facts The Rise of Evolutionary Thinking Earth's History: Conflicting Paradigms Lamarck Proposes Natural Selection Where did the Universe Come From? Evidence for a Young Universe Age Of The Earth Is Carbon-Dating Accurate? Flood Chronology
Evidence in Stone
Can we understand the age of the earth by the rocks? What theory does the evidence support?
Soft Rock Evidence for Rapid Washout
The Fossil Record
What does the fossil record show us? Is it all random or a defined science that we can understand? Where does evolution fit? Uncover mysteries in the history of the Earth.
Evolutionary Sequences Order in the Fossil Record Evolution of the Horse Explosive Evolution Fossils prove a Flood Fossil Footprints Dinosaurs and the Flood Petrified Trees The Biblical Flood Reasons For Extinction Fossil Reefs The Post-Flood World Human Evolution
Genes of Genesis
As we study the genome, the molecule, and the atom, we see a vast network of intricate systems beyond our understanding. Were these systems really formed by chance?
Is the Gastraea Hypothesis Viable? Mechanisms For Variation Built-in Variation in the Gene Pool Why So Many Species - Glossary "Species" versus "Kind" Molecules That Began Life Creating Life in a Test Tube? Post-Flood Distribution Answering Questions Natural Selection Reproductive Exchange Natural Selection as a Creative Force Transposable Elements Recombination of Chromosomes The Evidence of Things Not Seen Ernst Haeckel's Theories Dinosaur Extinction and Global Catastrophe Jesus Christ—All Things Become New Variation and Classification Evolution: Miracle of Miracles Why So Many Species? Is The Grand Canyon Proof of Noah's Flood? Spiders and the Creative Genius of God Things That Negate Evolution: Snake Legs Wrong Assumptions in C-14 Dating Methods Rapid Cave Formation The Australian Problem Synesthesia: Mystery of God’s Creation
Creation to Restoration
How did this world change from the perfection depicted in Genesis to a world full of thorns, thistles, parasites, and death? If God made everything perfect, how could it have all been so changed?
A Good World Gone Bad An Imperfect Planet Evidence For Design Evidence For Transformation Rapid Transformation Clean and Unclean: The History of the Human Diet The Dawn Chorus and Life Forces
Archaeology and the Bible
Archaeology and prophecy have proven the Bible to be true. But what's so special about the Bible that makes it a point of so much controversy?
Archaeology Confirms the Bible Tyre and the Bible Petra and the Bible Egypt and the Bible Babylon and the Bible The Lost Books of the Bible
Crossing Musical Boundaries
Music is a powerful emotional motivator that crosses cultural and language barriers. Its message can be understood by every culture and people across the planet.
The Philosophers Talk Music Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Christianity The Pursuit of Pleasure Music and Worship The Beat The Rave Can You Feel the Music? Whose Music? The Bible and Rock Music: Are they Compatible? The Last Great Contest – Worship The Ear Music and the Frontal Lobe Classical Music Therapy From the Horse's Mouth: The Rock Industry Condemns Itself
Hollywood and the Movies
What is the system of worship found most often in our society? Does it glorify God?
Hollywood's History Gnostic Themes in the Movies Hollywood and Gnosticism
Brain Closed—Please Come Again
Research has shown that our sensitivity to stimuli reduces itself yearly by about 1%. Is your brain hibernating?
The Dangers of Television
Beware of the television's abilities to hypnotize, alter moods, and even cause depression.
Violence and Video Games
Like music and movies, video games are addictive and can cause behavioral problems.
The Origins of Halloween
What is the origin behind this popular festival celebrated every October 31?
Introduction to the Reformation
What started the Protestant Reformation? Was the Reformation a success? Does it still matter today?
The Pope Claims to be God on Earth
Read proof that throughout the Roman Church's history, the Papacy has often claimed that the Pope is divine.
The Bloody History of Papal Rome - A Timeline
The oppression of Protestants is widespread and consistent throughout history.
The Bloody History of Papal Rome - Quotes
It was once written in America's oldest Catholic newspaper, the Boston Pilot, that "No good government can exist without religion, and there can be no religion without an Inquisition, which is wisely designed for the promotion and protection of the true faith.”

Read several authors' thoughts on papal Rome's history.
Catholic Councils
What happened at the Council of Trent? The First Vatican Council The Second Vatican Council
The Jesuits
Learn what people throughout history have had to say on the reputation, history, and political nature of the Jesuit Order.
An Introduction to the Jesuits Jesuits and the Hippie Movement Ignatius of Loyola and Martin Luther "Caring" and a New Morality Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises Ignatius Loyola and Spiritual Formation Protestantism Destroyed The Jesuit Superior General
Cross and Crown
This book "Cross and Crown" is a powerful and thrilling recital of the most romantic and dramatic incidents in history to be found on record, told in the simplest, most graphic, and entertaining form.
The Aggressive Intentions of the Papacy
The historian Ranke says this about Protestant-Catholic relations: "In the year 1617, everything betokened a decisive conflict between them. The Catholic party appears to have felt itself the superior. At all events it was the first to take up arms."

This article highlights quotes from historical and Catholic sources proving the Papacy's aggressive nature.
Christianity and Violence
Would the world be a safer place without Christian fundamentalism?
Stories of the Reformation
Dive into history to uncover the remarkable stories of faith and passion in early Protestantism.
An Italian mystic. A minister to a British king. An Augustine monk. A Swiss farmer's boy. What do these men have in common? They were used by God in powerful ways to bring about the Protestant Reformation. Enter into the lives of these ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
Inspiration for these articles comes from Gideon and Hilda Hagstoz' Heroes of the Reformation
Philipp Melanchthon John Laski Jerome of Prague John Wycliffe Louis De Berquin Gaspard De Coligny
Religious Doublespeak
Language can be used to communicate both truth and lies. Learn about the religious doublespeak being used to pull the wool over the eyes of the world.
Hegelian Thinking and World Politics
Hegelian dialectic thinking is applied in many situations in world politics. Often the ordinary people are used as pawns in the game of Hegelian psychology played by those who pull the strings of world control.
The Great Controversy
Read this classic work by Ellen G. White.
The Destruction of Jerusalem Persecution in the First Centuries An Era of Spiritual Darkness The Waldenses John Wycliffe Huss and Jerome Luther's Separation From Rome Luther Before the Diet The Swiss Reformer Progress of Reform in Germany Protest of the Princes The French Reformation The Netherlands and Scandinavia Later English Reformers The Bible and the French Revolution The Pilgrim Fathers Heralds of the Morning An American Reformer Light Through Darkness A Great Religious Awakening A Warning Rejected Prophecies Fulfilled What is the Sanctuary? In the Holy of Holies God's Law Immutable A Work of Reform Modern Revivals Facing Life's Record The Origin of Evil Enmity Between Man and Satan Agency of Evil Spirits Snares of Satan The First Great Deception Can Our Dead Speak to Us? Liberty of Conscience Threatened The Impending Conflict The Scriptures a Safeguard The Final Warning The Time of Trouble God's People Delivered Desolation of the Earth The Controversy Ended
Who is Jesus?
Is Jesus really who He says He is?
Did Jesus Ever Exist? Was Jesus the Messiah? Is What Christianity Teaches True? The Godhead and the One True God Movement Is Jesus God? Jesus: The Mercy Seat Why Did Jesus Have To Die? Six Purposes for Christ's Life and Death on Earth What Day Did Jesus Die? The 70-Week Prophecy Jesus, the Recycled Redeemer Names of Christ in Revelation
How will Christ return, and what will it mean for His people?
The First Beast—Comparing Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 Revelation Identifies End-Time Babylon The Second Beast of Revelation 13 Identifying the Antichrist The Final Confederacy Walking Through Daniel The Seven Plagues Walking through Revelation
Religious Trends
What are the trends in the religious world today? Sun Worship, The UN and the One World Religion, Eastern Mysticism and Spiritism... Just what do all these things mean in light of Bible prophecy?
Sun Worship Babylonian Religion The Charismatic Movement Politics and the Papacy Paganism and Mary Wealth Redistribution Catholic Pentecostalism Unity at All Cost? Sustainability Spiritism throughout Religions Pentecostalism The Charismatic Movement and Spiritual Gifts Paganism and Christmas Manifesting the Charismatic Spirit The New Age Movement Paganism in our Culture The United Nations' Global Government The History of Tongues Secret Societies Revival and the "Power of God" Signs and Wonders What’s So Bad about Spiritual Formation? Zionism
Most people can understand the reasoning behind nine of the Ten Commandments—don't kill, don't lie, don't steal. But what about the Sabbath Commandment? Why would God give such a law? Why should we follow it?
What is the Seventh-Day Sabbath? Creation and the Sabbath The Weekly Cycle Why Sunday? Sabbath FAQ
The Second Coming of Christ
How will Christ return, and what will it mean for His people?
Signs of The Second Coming of Christ The Second Coming of Christ Viewpoints How Christ will Return What will Happen to God's People? What will Happen to the Rejecters of God? Will there be a Secret Rapture? The Millennium of Peace
The Bible
Can the Bible be trusted to provide answers to our questions? Does it contain truth? Learn about the evidence that proves the Bible's authenticity.
Archaeology Confirms the Bible Choosing the Books of the Bible Studying Scripture Scripture is Inspired by God Testing the Gospel of Thomas Testing the Gospel of Judas The Spirit in Scripture The Lost Books of the Bible The Gospel Story Spiritual Gifts
Christian Living: Sin and Salvation
Consider the crucial points of the Christian life.
Christian Living Good God, Bad World. Why? God's Plan to Eradicate Sin Salvation By Faith The Ceremonial Feasts Pointed to Christ
Is there more to death than the fact that it is the opposite of life? What are the false doctrines involving the immortality of the soul?
Death: Understanding the Terminology A Biblical Understanding of Death The Resurrection of Lazarus Spiritism Hell and Purgatory An Immediate Afterlife? The Parable of Lazarus