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"All effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare necessities and then must be expressed in a few stereotyped formulas. These stereotyped formulas must be constantly repeated, for only constant repetition will finally succeed in imprinting an idea upon the memory of a crowd."
Adolph Hitler

the most media saturated country on Earth

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"Once a perception is created by misinformation,
it is tough to correct the wrongs." - Susanne M. Reyto

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"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities
has the power to make you commit injustices." - Voltaire

"It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation
of public opinion. Think of the press as a great keyboard
on which the government can play." - Joseph Goebbels

"Free speech is a bourgeois prejudice. We do not have time to play
at 'opposition' at 'conferences.' We will keep our political opponents,
whether open or disguised as 'nonparty,' in prison."
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov

"During a war, news should be given out for instruction rather than information. It would not be impossible to prove, with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the individuals concerned, that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas in disguise." - Herman Hesse

"When the mass media in some foreign countries serve as megaphones for the rhetoric of their government, the result is ludicrous propaganda. When the mass media in our country serve as megaphones for the rhetoric of the federal government, the result is responsible journalism." – Norman Solomon

"A principle familiar to propagandists is that the doctrine to be instilled in the target audience should not be articulated: that would only expose them to reflection, inquiry, and, very likely, ridicule. The proper procedure is to drill them home by constantly presupposing them, so that they become the very condition for discourse." - Noam Chomsky

"If information is, by nature, completely honest, unadorned, and clear, then propaganda, we know, is falsehood, desire for power, Machiavellianism, crooked in intent. All propaganda must be eliminated if the public is to be truly educated. Wherever there is propaganda, information, if it is to survive, must utilize the same weapons. It must engage in a struggle against the inaccuracy of the facts proclaimed by propaganda. Any kind of propaganda, therefore, forces the informant to engage in counterpropaganda. " - Jacques Ellul

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America is the most media saturated country on Earth.

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and
over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
George W. Bush, Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

Technology has made it possible to induce and disrupt cognitive functioning in individuals. In the future, your thoughts may not be your own, but ones that have been implanted into your brain through exceedingly successful, validated and proved propaganda methods.

The average American is exposed to more than 3000 advertisements every day.

"The corporate mainstream media is not going to rock the boat. Why do real journalism when you can ensure advertising dollars to please your shareholders through shallow, infotainment pieces? Real investigative reporting could threaten the bottom line if you penetrate the corrosive corporatocracy of government and business these days. The media's AWOL performance in the lead-up to George W. Bush's illegal and imperial invasion of Iraq, for example, is a clear window into the current mind-set of our Fourth Estate. Freedom will wither in America if the mainstream press continues to act as a propaganda arm of the government." - Bob Teigan

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To guide popular opinion is to practice the Art of Propaganda.

Mass media bombardment shapes American opinion of reality.

"Propaganda is most effective when it is least noticeable. What the American people don't know is that American propaganda is hidden. In a closed society, propaganda is obvious and reluctantly tolerated for fear of the negative consequences. In an open society, such as in America, the hidden and integrated characteristics of propaganda con-vinces people that they are not being manipulated. This is why the concept of propaganda in America is so problematic and painted in a strictly negative light. Propaganda is supposed to be something that Adolf Hitler mastered and that his film maker Leni Riefenstahl made into a perverse art form. It is not supposed to be part of an open society. What could be more propagandistic than George W. Bush's message that Americans are do-gooders in a global battle against evil?" - Nancy Snow

A great deal of time, effort, and wealth is spent to guide American popular opinion in a predefined direction down particular avenues to the 'correct' opinion.

Euphemisms such as misinformation, disinformation, image consulting, political consulting, news consulting, advertising, infomercials, public relations, damage control, and the art of spin have taken the place of the word propaganda in the English lexicon.

The mass media industrial concerns in both the commercial and governmental sectors that deal with information control spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually practicing the Art of Propaganda.

Corporations as well as the federal government of America have spent many decades and hundreds of billions of dollars researching how best to manipulate the opinions of the American people. Most of this information is kept secret from the public and what is known has only recently come to light because of work done by scholars – research that is dramatically under funded in comparison to corporate funding.

The information available to the ordinary common American – including the aforementioned academic scholars – is radically less than that which is available to the producers of mass media or 'information' campaigns which use advertising agencies, public relations firms and political consultants but that is also changing with the intenet.

An uninformed, ignorant populace is far easier to manipulate than an informed, thinking populace. American culture has devolved into a mirror of materialistic global consumer culture, uninformed and ignorant.

Opinion manipulation is practiced simply so individuals may acquire wealth.

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The human brain processes different sensory mediums in different ways.

Written and spoken words are put through a symbol decoding process where the brain deciphers the words and the sentence structure in order to properly interpret what the mind is reading or hearing. In this process, both the conscious and subconscious mind go through an internal debate comparing and interpreting new information with what is already known to be true.

With a graphic image the brain instantly processes the graphic image as truth. Information presented in a visual format has a much greater impact on the subconscious. Over long periods of time, recurring imagery has a built up effect on the viewer which allows for subconsciously conceived notions of truth to manifest.

In studies subjects claimed that television was a means of relaxation. This has been confirmed by electroencephalograph (EEG) readings of brain waves, skin resistance and heart rates of subjects watching television.

Ironically, humans instinctivly respond to any sudden or novel visual or auditory stimulus. This involutary reaction was first described by Ivan Pavlov in 1927. We may sit and think we are relaxing watching a screen but careful analysis reveals a startling truth.

Part of the attraction to movies and television has to do with the biological orienting response. The biological orienting response is a part of all mammals evolutionary heritage, biological sensitivity to movement and potential predatory threats.

Typical biological orienting response reactions include dilation of the blood vessels to the brain, slowing of the heart, and constriction of blood vessels to major muscle groups. The brain focuses attention on gathering more information while the rest of the body relaxes. Then in response to the stressor, the body prepares for either "fight or flight." The body responds by releasing stored fuels (sugar and fats) to provide quick energy; breathing rate increases to supply more oxygen to the blood; muscle tension increases to prepare for action; blood clotting mechanisms are activated to reduce bleeding from cuts; senses become more acute (hearing becomes more sensitive, pupils dilate, smell becomes sharper) so that one is more aware of your surroundings; heart rate and blood pressure rise to provide more blood to the muscles. This protective posture lets you cope with potential dangers. However, an individual cannot maintain this level of alertness indefinitely - although some try with stimulants.

In 1986 Byron Reeves of Stanford University, Esther Thorson of the University of Missouri and their colleagues began to study whether the simple formal features of television - cuts, edits, zooms, pans, sudden noises - activate the biological orienting response, thereby keeping attention on the screen. By watching how brain waves were affected by cuts, edits, zooms, pans, and sudden noises they concluded that stylistic tricks can indeed trigger involuntary responses through the evolutionary significance of detecting movement. Their findings explain the never ending action of broadcast advertisements and why older people prefer peaceful drama over youthful action movies.

Passivity and a lower level of alertness correlate with televison veiwing. Once the television is turned off, the sense of relaxation dissipates quickly, but passivity and lowered alertness remain for a considerable time.

As relaxation occurs quickly, people are naturally conditioned to associate viewing of television with a lack of tension. Once the screen is turned back on astral projection begins and a hypnotic state is once again entered into. The association is positively reinforced as viewers remain relaxed throughout viewing, and it is negatively reinforced via the stress and dysphoric rumination that occurs once the television screen goes blank again.

Habit forming drugs work in a similar manner. A tranquilizer that leaves the body rapidly is much more likely to cause dependence than one that leaves the body slowly, precisely because the user is more aware that the effects of the drug are wearing off. Addicted to television !

According to a report published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 2009 for each hour of television viewed per day male teenagers had a statistically significant greater likelihood of developing depression in young adulthood. Tremendous power over the consumption is bestowed upon those who control mass media.

"Moving from one stimulus to another, the mind develops a higher and higher tolerance to stimulation. And so the dosage must increase: video games that are even more exciting, television that is even faster-paced, more dramatic. Thus, movies and television programming have over the last few decades become increasingly fast-paced, the editing faster, the scenes shorter, the special effects more dramatic." - Charles Eisenstein

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"A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection - not an invitation for hypnosis."

Umberto Eco

"Much of media is now so image rich and content poor that it just serves to capture the eye, manipulate emotions, and short-circuit reason. The propaganda and advertising industries therefore function increasingly like adult obedience industries. They instruct their audiences in how to feel and what to think, and increasing numbers of people follow and accept the cues without question."

Nancy Snow

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news room culture

"Truth and news are not the same thing."
– Katharine Graham

"What were once legitimate news programs now fill our minds with stories about criminals. Dateline NBC and 48-Hours are prime examples." - John Kozy

"The reality is that it is increasingly less realistic to expect commercial broadcast outlets to effectively serve two masters: the public interest and the corporate bottom line." - Orville Schell, dean of UC Berkley's Graduate School of Journalism

Television news is driven by questions such as, "Can we get good video of this?" "Is it dramatic?" "Will it draw an audience?" It's not impossible to produce serious, quality journalism when those conditions are always on your mind, but it's difficult. The reality is that people in the United States get most of their information about politics and policy from television, and they get fed a lot of propaganda in the process." - Sheldon Rampton

"I don't think we are fully aware, no matter how many times it is said, of how television (and print) news creates a bubble in which stories are not actually reported as they are, but to fit a proscribed idea of what news should be." - Nora Gallagher

Traditional journalistic news room culture determines the basic nature of a story before the facts are assembled.

Just as theorists develop a working hypothesis before collecting data, journalists formulate the frame of a story before they interview anyone, read a document, or collect any other facts.

"A young reporter writes an expose, but the editor says, "I don't think we're going to run that." The second time the reporter goes to her editor, the editor says, " I don't think that's a good idea." She doesn't research and write the story. The third time the reporter has an idea. But she doesn't go to her editor. The fourth time she doesn't get the idea." - Nicholas Johnson, formerly FCC commissioner

The changing economic structure of the television networks has eroded newsroom values. Where once a culture committed to great journalism flourished, a culture dominated by MBAs and financial accountability has taken its place.

One of the many byproducts of news consultancy on the news industry has been the decreased time spent by news programs on each story.

This emphasis on condensation and brevity is a very subtle, but very real form of censorship in that only accepted conventional wisdom will be broadcast.

Accountability to shareholders has replaced accountability to democracy and the citizens it serves.

"The realities of journalism don't involve just facts, for if they did, computers would replace journalists. Journalism always involves choiceschoices among subjects, treatment, words. As a result, the claim of objective reporting functions simply to camouflage what is in fact a value laden activity. It is not only the readers who are misled by the claim. The journalists too can be blinded by their own cover." - Vladimir Vladimirovich Pozner, Soviet propagandist and son of Vladimir Aleksandrovich Pozner*.

(Vladimir Aleksandrovich Pozner was chief engineer of the European branch of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Paris in 1938 and in 1943 headed the Russian Section of the film department of the United States War Department. Vladimir Aleksandrovich Pozner was identified as a Soviet spy by the Venona Project and corroborated by the Mitrokhin Archives after the fall of the Soviet Union.)

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"I thought news briefings were meant to inform not entertain." -Matt Giorgi

"There's a market for news that weighs counterclaims and assesses truth value. It just hasn't kept up with demand. No wonder Jon Stewart has such a loyal audience: His perspective is rooted in reality and is not ideologically based." - Marty Kaplan, associate dean USC Annenberg School

VNRs (also referred to as fake television "news") or ANR's (audio "news" releases) are video or audio segments designed to be indistinguishable from independently-produced "news" reports. Laurence Moskowitz* is the President, Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board of Medialink Worldwide and Director of the Jewish Community Federation. Medialink Worldwide specializes in "news" releases.

Television stations incorporate VNRs into their newscasts, rarely alerting viewers to the source of the footage. While government-funded VNRs have been most controversial, most VNRs are paid for by corporations. Laurence Moskowitz worked closely with the Radio-Television News Directors Association to establish a "code of ethics" based on full disclosure relating to the production and distribution of VNRs - a "code of ethics" which appears to have been compromised as VNRs orginations are rarely disclosed!

ANRs may be simply the audio component of a video news release, from a satellite media tour or can be tailor made. On its website, one corporation outlines that it "will prepare a script, record the necessary soundbites, and then have the script professionally voiced. We will then produce and edit the ANR into a final mixed cut, and after approval from our client, distribute it to radio stations throughout the country."

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"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one."
A. J. Liebling

As America prepared in 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence, a group of intellectuals and political leaders from Japan, America, and Western Europe, organized into 'The Trilateral Commission', issued a report labeled 'The Governability of Democracies.'

Samuel Huntington, a political science professor at Harvard University and a long time consultant to the White House on the war in Vietnam, wrote the part of the report that dealt with America. Samuel Huntington identified the problem he was about to discuss: 'The 1960's witnessed a democratic upsurge of democratic fervor in America.'

In the sixties, Samuel Huntington wrote, there was a huge growth of citizen participation 'in the forms of marches, demonstrations, protest movements, and cause organizations,' 'markedly higher levels of self-consciousness on the part of blacks, Indians, Chicanos, white ethnic groups, students and women', 'marked expansion of white-collar unionism,' and all this added up to 'a reassertion of equality as a goal in social, economic and political life.'

Samuel Huntington was troubled by what he percieved: 'The essence of the democratic surge of the 1960's was a general challenge to existing systems of authority, public and private. In one form or another, this challenge manifested itself in the family, the university, business, public and private associations, politics, the governmental bureaucracy, and the military services. People no longer felt the same obligation to obey those whom they had previously considered superior to themselves in age, rank, status, expertise, character, or talents.'

Samuel Huntington's attitude explodes the myth of the classless society!!!

Samuel Huntington further said that the president, to win the election, needed the support of a broad coalition. However: 'the day after his election, the size of his majority is almost - if not entirely - irrelevant to his ability to govern the country. What counts then is the president's ability to mobilize support from the leaders of key institutions in a society and government. This coalition must include key individuals in Congress, the executive branch, mass media and the corporate industrial sector.

At the forefront of White House thinking is the command and direction of the global economy through information manipulation and control.

American films, television programs, recorded music, theme parks, advertising and news programs offer American perspectives.

News consultants, a major part of American news programs, have spread their particular brand of program structure to television stations all over the Earth, resulting in an Americanized style which include shorter news segments, a de-emphasis on government and politics, fewer talking heads, more graphic material, "warm and fuzzy" stories and more American content.

American mass media and political establishments prefer not to acknowledge American popular cultural imageries past domination of the global marketplace that concentrated monocultural power in America. But that is changing as Europe required Netflix to include movies made by every culture if Netflix wanted to broadcast in Europe.

"Ripped from the headlines!" Millions of Americans watch the evening news. Even more watch the entertainment programming that surrounds it.

The most popular programs are fictionalized accounts of real events. Reality is tainted with a blurring of fact and fiction. Hollywood has been skimming stories from headlines for decades and television has followed suit.

"People see the headline, see what the story is supposedly about, and there's already a built-in set of expectations from the audience that when we write the stories we can play off of and play against those expectations." - Rene Balcer, executive producer of Law & Order: Criminal Intent television series.

After editing weeks of footage to fit the forty-five minute remainder – after advertisements – of a sixty minute time-slot, what the viewer ultimately gets is a highly sensationalized version of reality.

On average, individuals in industrialized nations spend three hours a day watching television – roughly half their leisure time; only to work and sleep is more time devoted.

To assume that television is free also assumes that the viewers' time is not valuable.

For every forty-five minutes of program, viewers 'see' fifteen minutes of advertisements.

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the Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission was created by the Communications Act of 1934 to regulate interstate communications that run over radio, television, wire, satellite, or cable.

The Federal Communications Commission was created for the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available to all the people of America world-wide wire and radio communication service, for the purpose of the national defense, for the purpose of promoting safety of life and property through the use of wire and radio communication.

It is the purpose of the Communications Act of 1934 to maintain government control over all the channels of radio transmission; and to provide for the use of such channels, but not the ownership thereof, by individuals for limited periods of time, under licenses granted by Federal authority, and no such license shall be construed to create any right, beyond the terms, conditions, and periods of the license.

The Communications Act of 1934 was designed to spread mass media ownership over many competing business entites to assure service, to create competition in the marketplace and to support democracy by insuring that many points of view would be heard.

In 1996, Congress passed the Telecommunications Reform Act, which amended the Communications Act of 1934 and drastically reduced the restrictions placed upon mass media ownership.

The 1996 Telecom Act was the product of the largest corporate lobbies - the National Association of Broadcasters, News Corp and Viacom(now CBS Corporation). The public played no role in its passage and it received virtually no news coverage, except in the business and trade papers where it was covered as an issue of importance to owners and investors, not citizens in a democracy.

In 2002 a federal appeals court demanded that the Federal Communications Commission provide compelling and even overwhelming evidence to justify keeping current mass media ownership rules intact.

The Federal Communications Commission had conducted biennial reviews of the mass media ownership rules in 1998 and 2000, and determined the ownership rules should remain in place.The Federal Communications Commission then developed justification for relaxing mass media ownership rules and classified those justifications as official secrets.

As of May 8, 2003, nine thousand and sixty five (9,065) statements on mass media ownership were submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by citizens unaffiliated with a self-interested corporation or trade organization. Eleven (11) of them supported the proposed changes. A little over one thousandth of a percent supported the changes.

On June 2, 2003, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to relax the rules on mass media ownership. The changes were:

1. revised the local television multiple ownership rule;
2. modified the local radio ownership rule by revising the local radio marketplace definition;
3. raised the national television ownership limit from 35% to 45%;
4. retained the dual network rule; and
5. developed a single set of cross media limits to replace both the radio / television cross-ownership rule and the newspaper / broadcast cross-ownership rule.

These new rules are specifically designed to concentrate mass media ownership under the control of a handful of corporations!!!

On September 4, 2003 federal judges blocked Federal Communications Commission mass media ownership rules.

On June 24, 2004 a United States federal appeals court blocked the implementation of new Federal Communications Commission rules that would have allowed for greater media consolidation.

October 22, 2007 Federal Communications Commission Chair Kevin Martin proposed new rules to allow for greater media consolidation.

On December 18, 2007 the Federal Communications Commission adopted proposals by Kevin Martin to loosen a 32-year-old restriction on monopolizing news that has prevented a corporation from owning both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same city


In the 1950's, the majority of the American mass media (television stations, radio stations, film studios, magazine publishers, newspaper publishers, book publishers, advertising agencies, etc.) were owned by more than 1,500 corporations.

By 1981, media outlets were owned by less then fifty corporations.

By 2005 six huge corporate media conglomerates controlled over 90 % of the media outlets in America.

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"A confluence of government policy and corporate strategy is poisoning the television business. In 1995 the Federal Communications Commission allowed networks for the first time to own the programs they broadcast. In the mid 1990s there were 40 independent production companies. By 2007 were no independent production companies. Your television may receive 200 channels, but virtually every one is owned by one of the six conglomerates - NBC Universal, Disney, Time Warner, Viacom/Paramount, Sony and News Corp." - Marshall Herskovitz 11/07

"The corporate media in America ignores many valid news stories, based on university level quality research. It appears that certain topics are simply forbidden inside the mainstream corporate media today. To openly cover these news stories would stir up questions regarding "inconvenient truths" that many in the US power structure want to avoid." - Peter Phillips

"The continuously consolidated mainstream media has long since opted out of any adversarial role with the powers that be and has become little more than a caricature of buffoons. What was a reliable source of information and a valuable educational resource has degenerated into a display of sycophants on parade parroting the party line so as not to offend their sources of disinformation." - Michael Hagerty

"Time-Warner, Disney, Viacom-CBS, News Corporation and Universal rule the entertainment world in a way that the old Hollywood studio chiefs only dreamed of. And, after all the deals and buyouts, four of the five are run by Jews. We're back to where we started, bigger than ever."- Jewish Week 1999

"The release of a few more of Richard Nixon's tapes reveals that the late president believed that Jews dominated the media. Well, if an ethnic group owns the New York Times, which owns over thirty papers, including the Boston Globe. If that same group had great influence on the Washington Post, which owns NewsWeek. Again, if that same ethnic group also owns Time magazine along with CNN, Warner Studios and AOL. If Mortimer Zuckerman, the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, owns the third largest weekly magazine, United States World and News Report and the New York Daily News. If Michael Eisner controls Walt Disney which owns ABC. Then if Richard Nixon was wrong in 1972, he is certainly not wrong today. So why the fuss? Because the mass media domination by Vampires , many of them avowed Yiddish supremacists, is something no one is supposed to notice." - Ahmed Amr, March 2, 2002

Viacom was originally created by CBS Broadcasting Inc., formerly the Columbia Broadcasting System, in 1971 to get around a Federal Communications Commission ruling that prohibited television networks from owning cable systems and TV stations in the same market. Viacom then began buying cable systems around the United States. In 1978 it formed Showtime and in 1981 an all music station called Music Television. In 1987 it was acquired by Sumner Murray Redstone's (Rothstein) National Amusements Inc, one of the larger cinema operators with theatres in the United States, Canada, South America and the EU. Viacom then bought Paramount, a conglomerate based on one of Hollywood's original movie studios which included the Simon & Schuster publishing group, and Blockbuster Video. In 1999 Viacom ate its parent, CBS.

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"Centralization of the means of communication."
Point 6 Communist Manifesto, Karl Heinrich Marx aka Karl Heinrich Mordechai

After World War II, Allied forces restricted media concentration in occupied Germany and Japan because Allied forces recognized that such concentration promoted anti-democratic, fascist, political cultures.

"Most people in America have no idea what is happening even though our very democracy is at stake."- Federal Communications Commission commissioner Jonathan Adelstein

In our current electoral process reaching audiences has become the substitute for what used to be called garnering constituencies. Just as advertisers sell products to audiences, political consultants market candidates to those same audiences. In contemporary mass media driven elections, programming, advertising, and film audiences become targeted markets of voters. Citizens are transformed into consumers, emotionally connecting with a mass media product instead of a political platform.

According to The Alliance for Better Campaigns, a non-profit once co-chaired by Walter Cronkite, television broadcasters earned around $771 million from political advertising in 2000.

On February 25, 2009 the Federal Communications Commission slapped more than 660 small telecommunications companies with a total of $13.3 million in fines for failing to certify that they're keeping their customer information safe. It seems a little disingenuous for a federal government institution to fine small telecommunications companies for failing to keep customer information safe after helping shield behemoth telecommunications corporations in the facilitation of the wiretapping of ALL telecommunications by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Comverse Infosys

Comverse Infosys, originally a subsidiary of an Israeli-run private telecommunications firm, first gained continuing access to networked telecommunications computers through a "back door" built into equipment permanently installed into the phone system that allows instant eavesdropping by law enforcement agencies on any phone in America. Comverse Infosys was authorized to do so by the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA. Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller were both warned that the system was seriously vulnerable to compromise and may have undermined the whole wiretapping system.

"Investigators within the DEA, INS and FBI have all told Fox News that to pursue or even suggest Israeli spying through Comverse is considered career suicide. What troubles investigators most, particularly in the counter-terrorism investigation of the World Trade Center attack, is that on a number of cases, suspects that they had sought to wiretap and survey immediately changed their telecommunications processes. They started acting much differently as soon as those supposedly secret wiretaps went into place." - Carl Cameron

"Federal officials this year have arrested or detained nearly 200 Israeli citizens suspected of belonging to an "organized intelligence-gathering operation." The Bush administration has deported most of those arrested after September 11, although some are in custody under the new anti-terrorism law." - Tony Snow

Later Comverse Infosys became Verint Multiple national governments including the U.S., U.K., and various European, Asian, and Pacific nations have purchased millions of dollars in Verint surveillance software and equipment. Every call that passes through these nation's elaborate network of switchers and routers compromised by Verint hardware or software can be intercepted, analyzed, recorded, and transmitted to law enforcement or intelligence agencies worldwide.

On July 7, 2008 the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments (FISA) Act of 2008, H.R. 6304, was signed into law by George W. Bush. This re-writing of the law granted retroactive immunity to behemoth telecommunications corporations that had participated in the warrantless wiretapping of ALL telecommunications for the National Security Agency.

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Within the original body of the Constitution of the United States of America individuals were given all rights, for a limited time, to their creations.

Creative works originally held an intial copyright period of 28 years from the date publication; a copyright could be renewed for another 28 years for a total of 56 years.

The 1976 Copyright Act changed existing copyright. After January 1, 1978, the copyright period was changed to life of the author plus fifty years after the author's demise.

In June 26, 1992, the 1976 Copyright Act was amended to extend all copyrights still in existence to a term of 75 years.

For works created after January 1, 1978, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, signed into law on October 27, 1998, amends the copyright protection term to endure for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. For anonymous and pseudonymous works and works made for hire, the term will be 95 years from the year of first publication or 120 years from the year of creation. For pre-1978 works still in their original or renewal term of copyright, the total term is extended to 95 years.

"It was under Eisner's watch that Walt Disney was the driving force behind the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Much of Walt Disney's success was due to its widespread use of stories and concepts from the public domain." - by Mike Masnick
Copyright periods have been more than doubled recently. This benefits the corporate elites in three ways:

first, corporate elites retain a revenue stream;

second, information known only by the corporate elite is retained by the corporate elite;

third, important broad health knowledge, economic and statistical trend knowledge, psychological operations knowledge, ecological and environmental knowledge and other general knowledge that concerns every individual citizen is not available to the general public because it lies deeply buried in a mass of separately packaged and largely insignificant knowledge that must be purchased separately, the accumulative cost of which is exhorbinant to the individual but not to the corporate elites interests.

Television has replaced traditional tales as well as family stories and community stories. The old-fashioned storyteller, someone who can spin a good yarn, is a rarity these days; rare too are the types of venues and occasions where her stories might be heard. Instead, through our consumption of television and movies, we pay remote specialists to produce our stories for us. Significantly, the producers of these stories now own them, an unprecedented development. For most of human history, no one imagined that you could own a story. Stories were simply not conceivable objects of property, but constituted in each culture a vast commonwealth. Today, corporations such as Disney mine that commonwealth, wall off parts of it for themselves, and convert it into money.

Recently there was a court case between Exxon and Kellogg over the cartoon tigers used to market their brands: the Exxon gas tiger and Tony the Tiger. The two look quite similar (and similar as well to "Tigger" of Winnie the Pooh fame, and to "Hobbes" from the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes). One of these two corporations claimed that the other infringed on its trademark rights, in effect asserting property rights over a certain rendering of an animal—the tiger—that has very deep cultural resonance. Tigers may be part of nature, but the idea and image of a tiger, with all its associations of strength, power, and beauty, is a kind of cultural capital. Since there are really only a limited number of ways to draw a tiger and have it still look like a tiger and carry these associations, the litigants were in effect asserting private ownership over an item of cultural capital that was once public, unowned.

"I'm lovin' it" is the property of the McDonalds Corporation (it has the exclusive right to a certain use of that phrase). "Make every drop count" is the property of Coca-cola. "Ideas for life" is the property of Panasonic. "Always" is the property of Walmart. "Making life better" is the property of Penn State. You can still use these words for most purposes, but not as a slogan for your organization. Penn State has taken them. Nike has taken "Just do it." Donald John Trump has taken "You're fired!" These are but a few of the tens of thousands of common phrases that have been expropriated from the public language.

Corvette owns a certain shade of red, UPS a certain shade of brown. These are parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Did these companies create these colors, or just enclose them, wall them off and call them theirs?

In 2001 a Michigan jewelry merchant using "Love your neighbor" sued a Florida charity named "Love thy neighbor" for trademark infringement, claiming that the similar name confused customers and resulted in lost profits" - Charles Eisenstein

Copyright Is Becoming Guilt By Accusation

Obama Administration Considers Joining Publishers
In Fight To Stamp Out Fair Use At Universities

The Copyright Monopoly Was Created As
A Censorship Instrument – And Is Still Used As One

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mass media and war propaganda

"We all know that our State Department, the Pentagon, and the White House have brazenly proclaimed that they have the right and the power to manage the news, to tell us not the truth but what they want us to believe." - Myron Fagan

Fear is a powerful means for establishing social control over a population.

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Even though Americans seem to have a tremendous number of magazines, newspapers, cable channels and web sites available, most of them originate from 'highly centralized outlets' that offer remarkably homogenized news. News services for dailies throughout America are provided by the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post wire services, and several foreign wire services like Reuters.

The ideological viewpoint of these 'news' conduits are always corporate.

Viewers of films, television programming, advertisements and readers of prose that includes or implies violence often look upon their fellow men as being more frightening, dangerous, and violent than those who refuse to gaze upon the beast and internalize the violence.

Psychiatrist Robert Coles writes that children in some parts of America are more frightened than children in Lebanon or Northern Ireland; this may very well have to do with the fact that some of the most violent programming on television are cartoons aimed at very young children

The consequences of this are staggering. Generations brought up on fear may be willing to back the commision of immoral acts in order to protect themselves from imagined threats that do not exist in reality. Especially ones taught that the Trinity and Fat boy saved many of their fellow Americans from death at the hands of the Japanese boogeyman empire. A good example of this may be when the weapons industry financed The Day After, a nuclear doomsday television movie, to get Ronald Reagan on board with their "Star Wars" project.

The Strategic Defense Initiative was a proposed missile defense system intended to protect the United States from attack by ballistic strategic nuclear weapons (intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles). The system, which was to combine ground-based units and orbital deployment platforms, was first publicly announced by President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983. Physicist Hans Bethe, who worked with Edward Teller on both the atomic bomb and hydrogen bomb at Los Alamos, claimed a laser defense shield was unfeasible. On June 28, 1985, David Lorge Parnas resigned from SDIO's Panel on Computing in Support of Battle Management, arguing in eight short papers that the software required by the Strategic Defense Initiative could never be made to be trustworthy and that such a system would inevitably be unreliable and constitute a menace to humanity in its own right.

Going forward with the Strategic Defense Initiative would have broken two international treaties:

The Outer Space Treaty of 1967, entered into force on 10 October 1967, requires "States Parties to the Treaty undertake not to place in orbit around the Earth any objects carrying nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction, install such weapons on celestial bodies, or station such weapons in outer space in any other manner."

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, entered into force in 1970, requires "Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control."

The programmed fear that was generated by the television movie The Day After was the impetus that allowed the marketing of the "Star Wars" defense system. The planners of 911 took note of the failure to generate enough fear. Richard Perle mentioned that it would take another Pearl Harbor to get America onboard with empire security.

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10 Basic Forms of Fake News Used by Major Media

Those brought up on fear will be willing to sacrifice
their basic civil liberties for a false sense of security.

The radio, computer, and internet are all inventions created for military purposes.

The radio was invented by Guglielmo Marconi in the mid-1890's and his first sale was to the British war office in 1896 during the Boer war. Three years later, Guglielmo Marconi made sales to the American navy. During World War I, America put all commercial, amateur, and military (except for the army's) radio equipment under the control of the navy, a monopoly pursued immediately after the war, as well. (Guglielmo Marconi was a staunch supporter of the fascism which dominated Italy beginning in the 1920's and Benito Mussolini was the best man at Guglielmo Marconi's 1927 wedding.)

The first operational electronic computer, Colossus, was built as a part of the ULTRA project for the British department of communication in the foreign office to assist in the decoding of intercepted nazi transmissions encoded with the German electromechanical devices known as the Enigma and the Geheimscheiber. The first code-breaking machine, Colossus or Mark I, was built at Bletchley Park, a government research center north of London, and was operational, cracking German codes, by December 1943. It employed approximately 1,800 vacuum tubes for computations.

The first electronic computer designed to be capable of being reprogrammed by rewiring to solve a full range of computing problems was ENIAC, Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer came out of a relationship between the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and the Ballistics Research Lab operated by the army ordinance department at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. It was designed expressly for the solution of ballistics problems and for the printing of range tables.

The grandparent of the internet is the ARPAnet, which came about in 1969. The Defense Agency Research Projects Administrations (DARPA) of the Department of Defense wished to create a communications infrastructure for the American military that could survive a nuclear attack. Many of the best attributes of the internet – including its architecture, technology, and gestalt – are the children of this military prototype.

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"The primary aim of official propaganda is to generate an “official narrative” that can be mindlessly repeated by the ruling classes and those who support and identify with them." - CJ Hopkins

Creel Commission and media psychology

US Government Propaganda Use Against American Citizens Is Officially Legal !

Why Ridiculous Official Propaganda Still Works

The Making of the Nazi (1943)

Anti Communist Propaganda (1948)

With World War I dragging on in Europe Bernard Baruch and Edward Mandell House suggested to Woodrow Wilson that there needed to be a way to convince the American public to go to war.

The Committee of Public Information(Creel Commission) primed and greased the propaganda machine.

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in a democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind." - Edward Louis Bernays

Edward Louis Bernays* sythesized the ideas of Gustave Le Bon and Wilfred Trotter on crowd psychology with the psychoanalytical ideas of his uncle, Sigmund Freud. Edward Louis Bernays felt it was necessary to manipulate the public through propaganda to dampen down the "herd instinct". Edward Louis Bernays, author of Propaganda, was one of the first to attempt to manipulate public opinion using the psychology of the subconscious.

Walter Lippmann* argued propaganda was necessary to 'manufacture consent' and that 'the common interests elude public opinion entirely'. To this end Walter Lippmann suggested propaganda could only be understood and managed by a 'specialized class' of 'responsible men' who are intelligent enough to figure out what was best for Americans.

Edward Louis Bernays, the father of the public relations industry, and Walter Lippmann, the dean of American journalists, a major foreign and domestic policy critic, and an important theorist of liberal democracy were drafted along with a group of cartoonists, writers, editors, publishers and others whose profession was to convey information to the populace.

Within a year Edward Louis Bernays, Sigmund Freud's* nephew, and Walter Lippmann through the machinations of the Creel Commission were able to turn a large number of Americans from a population friendly to Germans into a fervent anti-German populace.

"In the days before radio and television, public opinion was controlled almost exclusively by newspapers. There must have been more deliberate lying in the world from 1914 to 1918 than in any other period of the world's history." - Arthur Ponsonby

Media psychology is an emerging field of study that uses the theories, concepts and methods of psychology to study the impact of mass media on individuals, groups, and cultures. Media psychology is concerned with the social and psychological parameters of communications between people that are mediated by some technology or conduit other than simply air.

Many propagandists, practitioners in the field of media psychology, apply and ply their various skills, training and expertise in a variety of arenas including research on media issues. They appear in print and electronic media as interviewees and columnists, advising various media organizations including movie studios, independent filmmakers, television networks, screenwriters, producers and directors, on the myriad aspects of human behavior.

The field of media psychology, propaganda, has becoming increasingly interested in how the various media can help in delivering psychological treatments and intervention strategies. The media of film and television, by use of music, camera angles, editing, lighting, color and black and white recording, image size, and all facets of sound and image production that create impressions and facilitate our emersion in the pseudo-reality presented.

Media psychologists claim they attempt to understand the manner in which subconscious messages are processed in an attempt to eliminate unforeseeable effects and unintended consequences.

The field of media psychology has found the most effective means of indoctrinating and conditioning people is to embed the message to be conveyed into the storylines of fictional accounts. People are branded when the prescribed message is able to bypass the conscious attention of the receiver. Social and political agendas can be set and the manner in which reality is understood can be easily modified. It is easier to watch television than read and thus the skill of reading is further retarded.

As media manipulation by the propagandists is a complex art form it is doubtful that, even with government legislation and safeguards, the citizen-victim can ever entirely be aware of the goal directed conditioning. Corporations spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars devising ways to decieve the public, the public spends little time and little money designing counter strategies.

Media literacy, knowing how media affect us emotionally, cognitively, and behaviorally, and how to defend against indoctrinating messages, is vital for an informed, free society.

In order to adequately control a population an emotional response must be conditioned into the subconscious of the target population, an emotional response the target population is consciously unaware of.

The ease with which the American public was manipulated caught the attention of two groups:

The intellectual community which understood these new propaganda techniques provided a general means to control popular opinion on a regular basis.

Corporate interests saw a window of opportunity to increase sales by turning Americans into corporately conditioned consumer clones.

Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident that they are acting of their own free will

"Violence is to a dictatorship, what propaganda is to a democracy."
Joseph Goebbels

Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated
are confident they are acting under their own free will !

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'Anti-Propaganda' Ban Repealed

German television in the early 1930's had been conceived as primarily a tool of propaganda rather than a means of entertainment. A limited number of cinemas were equipped with 180-line projector receivers so that Nazi Party propaganda could be disseminated easily, and cinema television was used throughout the war for troop entertainment.

On March 14, 1933 Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, combined all mass media dissemination vehicles - the press, radio, film and theater - into a collectivised institution he controlled. Joseph Goebbels considered mass media "a piano… in the hands of the government" on which the government could play. Joseph Goebbels realized monotony may set in if all types of mass media reported the same information, so he developed a theory that the mass media should be "uniform in principle" but "polyform in nuances."

Joseph Goebbels concepts were based on the observations of Edward Louis Bernays and Walter Lippmann and are used by American mass media to this day.

Among one of Edward Louis Bernays' more infamous projects was the popularizing of smoking for American women, as he hired beautiful women to walk up and down Madison Avenue while smoking cigarettes, giving women the idea that smoking is synonymous with beauty. The most infamous project was the propaganda effort behind the 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala, framing it as a "liberation from Communism" when in fact it was the imposition of a decades-long dictatorship to protect the interests of the United Fruit Company, who had hired Edward Louis Bernays to manage the media campaign against the democratic socialist government of Guatemala.

"If you were a kid in the late 1950's, there's a good chance your thinking was shaped by two television programs, The Mickey Mouse Club and Howdy Doody.Hey, kids, what time is it?' some guy named Buffalo Bob yelled. A studio audience packed with kids screamed back, 'Howdy Doody time!' I can still hear Sis singing, 'M-I-C – see you real soon – K-E-Y – why? Because we like you!' I was outraged! However, you will notice that more than forty years after first hearing these lines, I still remember them. That's the power of the tube." - Bill O'Reilly, The No 'Spin' Zone

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Pentagon sanitizes movies to make Americans warlike

Hollywood film makers and the Pentagon have a long history of cooperation.

It is very difficult for a human to kill another human; humans have to be manipulated to do so. During World War II, when left to their own devices, only 15-20% of individual riflemen would fire their weapon at an exposed enemy target.

"Despite all the killing we've done, the human mind is not designed to kill. Portions of us get sick when we kill. Killing is against our nature." - Rachel MacNair

This was blamed primarily upon the training they received in which they would practice shooting at a bull's-eye. Bull's-eyes don't appear on the battlefield and after the war, the military switched to human shaped targets. By the Vietnam war, 95% of the riflemen fired their weapons at an exposed human enemy target.

Today, the Marine Corps use a modified version of the first individual action game Doom (known as Marine Doom) as a training device, along with the traditional live ammunition range targets as a means of normalizing killing among the soldiers. This has been so successful that the Marine Corps Combat and Development Command in Quantico, Virginia has evaluated more than thirty commercially available electronic games for their potential use as miltary training tools.

The American military has acknowledged for decades the success of using human likeness targets to enhance killing ability. Is the effect of similar video games the same on kids? With this in mind, the rise of school shootings should come as no surprise.

Upon America's entry into World War II, Hollywood film makers, John Huston, John Ford, Howard Hawks, and Frank Capra, were hired by the American government to make propaganda films for home and abroad.

In England three of Alfred Hitchcock's classics Foreign Correspondent, Saboteur, and Lifeboat were made as propaganda films. After the World War II, Alfred Hitchcock directed two short documentaries in England, filmed in French and shown in France after the Liberation. Akira Kurosawa did the same for Japan with his film The Most Beautiful.

Laurence Olivier was a major Hollywood presence when he made the propaganda films while enlisted, That Hamilton Woman, 49th Parallel, and The Demi-Paradise.

That Hamilton Woman was made to gather pro-British support from the American people and was Winston Churchill's favorite film.

In 1942, Alec Guinness, an accomplished actor and enlisted man was given special leave to make his New York stage debut in a propaganda play.

Alec Guinness had roles in Oliver Twist, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago and as Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi in Star Wars.

During World War II, Jimmy Stewart flew 20 missions over Germany as a bomber pilot, rising from a private to a full colonel.

Jimmy Stewart retired in 1968 from the Air Force Reserves as a brigadier general. Jimmy Stewart was the highest-ranking entertainer in the American military. Jimmy Stewart received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Neville Brand was discharged in 1946, after 10 years in the American army, as the 4th most decorated soldier of World War II .

Neville Brand had roles in the television show Combat and the movies, Stalag 17, Birdman of Alcatraz, That Darn Cat!, and Tora! Tora! Tora!.

Lee Marvin is buried at Arlington National Cemetery alongside some of the highest ranking soldiers in the history of the American armed forces.

Lee Marvin's career spanned more than forty years and included The Wild One, The Killers, The Dirty Dozen, The Iceman Cometh, The Big Red One, Gorky Park, and Delta Force. Lee Marvin was awarded a purple heart for being shot in the ass.

In the 1940's, John F. Kennedy hung out with Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, Sonja Hennie, Gene Tierney, Peggy Cummins, and Sam Spiegel.

At this time Joseph P. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy's father, was an American ambassador, a confidant of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and a friend of Winston Churchill. (Note: Joseph P. Kennedy made his fortune importing liquor during prohibition. John F. Kennedy was the son of illegal drug smuggler!)

Robert Montgomery served as president Dwight Eisenhower's speech writer and advisor who later appointed him as a special consultant to the president on television and public communications.

In 1947, Robert Montgomery headed the Hollywood Republican Committee to elect Thomas E. Dewey president and in the 1960's, served as a communication consultant to John D. Rockefeller, III. Robert Montgomery was best known for the movies Riptide, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, They Were Expendable, The Gallant Hours

In April 1953, Cecil B. DeMille, Paramount Studios, was appointed as a special consultant to the government on cinema propaganda. Cecil B. DeMille believed that the most effective use of American films was not to design an entire image to cope with a certain problem, but rather to see to it that in a regular film, the right line, aside, inflection, or eyebrow movement was introduced to reflect government desired American attitudes to whatever subject was at hand.

Cecil B. DeMille once said to C.D. Jackson, of Dwight Eisenhower's Committee of International Information Activities - who also had ties to the Central Intelligence Agency - that, "anytime I could give him [Luigi Luraschi, a longtime senior executive at Paramount Studios] a simple problem for a country or an area, he would find a way of dealing with it in a movie."

In 1956, the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with John Ford, John Wayne, and Merian Cooper, to discuss how Hollywood could promulgate the concept of "militant liberty".

They agreed on the imperative to produce films which would "explain the 'true' conditions existing under communism … and to explain the principles upon which the 'free world' way of life is based.

Kirk Douglas was a Goodwill Ambassador for the State Department and the United States Information Agency beginning in 1963. In 1981, Kirk Douglas was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, "the highest honor bestowed on a private citizen."

George L. Murphy was a Republican United States Senator for the State of California from 1965-1971. George L. Murphy films include The Navy Comes Through, Battleground, and Border G-Man.

Audie L. Murphy was the most decorated American combat soldier of World War II. Audie L. Murphy received every decoration for valor that this country had to offer, thirty three awards and the Medal of Honor, plus 5 decorations presented to him by France and Belgium.

Audie L. Murphy suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. His first wife, Wanda Hendrix often talked of his struggle with his condition, claiming he had at one time held her at gun point. Audie L. Murphy was plagued by insomnia and depression. During the mid-1960s he became dependent for a time on doctor prescribed sleeping pills called Placidyl. Audie L. Murphy movies include Battle at Bloody Beach, The Quiet American, To Hell and Back and Beyond Glory

Don Knotts, best known as the character Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show, served in the Pacific in World War II receiving the Victory Medal, among other decorations. (Andy Griffith was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.)

James Doohan ("Scotty" on Star Trek) landed in Normandy with the United Sates Army on D-Day; Donald Pleasance (The Great Escape) was an R. A. F. pilot who was shot down and held prisoner by the Germans; David Niven was a Royal Military Academy Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy; Clark Gable, assigned to the UK at RAF Polebrook with the 351st Bomb Group, flew five combat missions, including one to Germany, as an observer-gunner in B-17 Flying Fortresses between May 4 and September 23, 1943, earning the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts; Charlton Heston served for two years as a B-25 radio operator and gunner stationed in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands with the Eleventh Air Force; Ernest Borgnine was a United States Navy Gunners Mate; Charles Durning was a United States Army Ranger at Normandy earning a Silver Star and awarded the Purple Heart; Charles Bronson was a B-29 tail gunner in the Army Air Corps in the 20th Air Force out of Guam, Tinian, and Saipan; George C. Scott of the United States Marine Corps was assigned to the prestigious 8th and I Barracks in Washington, DC; Eddie Albert (Green Acres TV), a lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard in the Pacific, was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions during the Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific Novemeber 1943; Brian Keith served as a United States Marine rear gunner in several actions against the Japanese on Rabal in the Pacific; John Russell was a second lieutenant assigned to the 6th Marine Regiment at Guadalcanal where he served as an assistant intelligence officer; Robert Ryan was in the United States Marine Corps serving as a drill instructor at Camp Pendleton, in San Diego, California; Tyrone Power was a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps who flew cargo and wounded Marines during the Battle of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Okinawa.

The Pentagon has always understood that the film industry as an important part of public relations; according to a recently released memo, "military depictions have become more of an advertisement for us,'" which explains the Air Force's eagerness to be a part of the short lived 2002 CBS 'reality' television series, American Fighter Pilots, which followed three men as they trained to fly F-15s, and was executive produced by Tony Scott (director of Top Gun) and his brother Ridley Scott (director of Black Hawk Down).

Upon the release of Top Gun, the American navy set up recruiting booths in theaters where the film was being shown to capitalize on the pro-military fervor the film encapsulated.

Due to the enormous expense of military equipment, it makes financial sense for a film maker to get military cooperation. However, this often entails the altering of scripts to fit the desires of the Pentagon (i.e. military and government personnel are to be depicted in more positive and heroic ways, 'American' ideologies are reinforced and not criticized, etc.).

For example:

In Goldeneye (1995), the original script had a American navy admiral betraying state secrets, but this was changed to make the traitor a member of the French navy.

The Jackal (1997) received help after the marines were given a better role. Major Nancy LaLuntas had objected that the helicopter pilots had no "integral part in the action – they are effectively taxi drivers." A letter from the film's director, Michael Caton-Jones, stated: "I am certain that we can address the points that you raised … and effect the appropriate changes in the screenplay that you requested."

Cooperation had been given to the production of Top Gun after the character portrayed by Kelly McGillis had been changed from an enlisted individual to someone outside the military, as relationships between officers and enlisted personnel are against the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Although Hearts in Atlantis had no military in the plot, the film makers wanted to use land belonging to the army. The Pentagon suggested that the film could include a shot of an army recruiting booth in a carnival scene.

Despite having made changes to characters in Independence Day, the Department of Defense refused help because, "the military appears impotent and/or inept; all advances in stopping alien invaders are the result of actions by civilians."

Movies that receive assistance from the Pentagon show the military in a glorious light of mythic proportions and include Air Force One, A Few Good Men, Armageddon, The Hunt for Red October, Pearl Harbor, Patriot Games, Windtalkers, Hamburger Hill, The American president, Behind Enemy Lines, Apollo 13, Tomorrow Never Dies, and A Time to Kill.

Movies that were denied assistance from the Pentagon portray the reality of war and include Apocalypse Now, Catch-22, Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket, The Last Detail, Lone Star, Platoon, and The Thin Red Line.
In August of 1999, the American Army signed a five-year, $45 million deal with the University of Southern California, chosen because of its close proximity to Hollywood, to have the school's movie, special-effects and other technology experts help with troop training, including battle scenarios, virtual reality combat, and large-scale simulations creating settings similar to Operation Desert Storm.

Jack Valenti said of the this partnership, known as the Institute for Creative Technologies, "The digital world, the world of virtual reality … is going to be part of the embrace of this great, new cooperative venture."

According to James Der Derian, professor of international relations at Brown University, "What we're witnessing here today is perhaps not only the announcement of a new sort of technological center, but the creation of a military-industrial-media-entertainment complex."

In the early 1980's, the American Army asked Atari to create a special version of the game Battle Zone as a training tool for drivers of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

J.W. "Wild Bill" Stealy, the chairman of Interactive Magic, a North Carolina software company, is an Air Force Academy graduate and retired Air Force officer. His company produced Carrier Strike Fighter, a flight and combat simulator of the iF/A-18E, a fighter jet that had yet to be put into general operation.

MAK Technologies won a 1997 Department of Defense contract to make Marine Exed Unit 2000, an amphibious assault game intended for both military and commercial markets.

Every year, the American government hosts the Connections Conference, which is intended to unite members of the Department of Defense and video game makers. Attendees include personnel of the Defense Intelligence Agency and game companies like GT Interactive. Conference agendas have included such topics as 'Wargaming Design Fundamentals' and 'Department of Defense Wargaming 101'.

Col. Kenneth "Crash" Konwin, head of the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office, and Larry Tuch, a writer and designer with Paramount Digital Entertainment detailed how their organizations have adapted Hollywood multimedia technology and blockbuster movie storytelling skills to create realistic simulations that teach military officers how to make better decisions during international crises."

In early 2003, ABC aired a short lived 'reality' series labeled Profiles from the Front Line executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Black Hawk Down) and Bertram van Munster (The Amazing Race), it followed various members of the armed forces as they took part in the invasion of Afghanistan during the summer of 2002.

It was made with the cooperation with the Pentagon which screened the series before it was aired.

Vince Ogilvie, who was the Pentagon's project officer for the series, said the interactions of the film crews and military personnel provided 'a prelude to the process of embedding' media representatives in military units for war coverage.

In February of 2000, the Dutch newspaper Trouw and France's Intelligence Newsletter reported that the American Army's Fourth Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) Group at Ft. Bragg, NC, worked in news at CNN's Atlanta headquarters during the end of the 1999 Kosovo war. "In the 1980's, officers from American Army's Fourth Psychological Operations staffed the National Security Council's Office of Public Diplomacy (OPD), a shadowy government propaganda agency that planted stories in the American media supporting the Ronald Reagan administration's Central America policies.

A senior American official described National Security Council's Office of Public Diplomacy as a 'vast psychological warfare operation of the category the military conducts to influence a population in enemy territory.' An investigation by the congressional General Accounting Office found that National Security Council's Office of Public Diplomacy had engaged in 'prohibited, covert propaganda activities'.

"The readiness with which the mass media and intellectuals adapt to and serve their leaders surprises many who don't grasp the extent to which the corporate media are a part of the imperial enterprise structure, and how naturally the intellectual community accepts and works within the parameters fixed by imperial needs." - Edward S. Herman, Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had a special liking for celebrities and most of 'friends' were movie stars; Dorothy Lamour, Greer Garson, Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple and Judy Garland.

J. Edgar Hoover's special correspondents list included radio and television network presidents William S. Paley of CBS and David Sarnoff of NBC/RCA; celebrities Lawrence Welk, Billy Graham, Norman Vincent Peale, as well as executives of Ford, Sears, The United States Chamber of Commerce, and Warner Brothers.

From time to time during the 1920's to the 1950's, Walter Winchell, one of the most influential newsmen in the country both in print and on the radio, would be asked by J. Edgar Hoover to withhold the release of news stories for a myriad of reasons.

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation made an arrest in the Linbergh baby kidnapping Walter Winchell learned of Bruno Richard Hauptmann's capture less than an hour after it had occurred. J. Edgar Hoover requested that he sit on the story for 24 hours and Walter Winchell agreed. J. Edgar Hoover reciprocated the favor by providing Walter Winchell with information as to evidence the Federal Bureau of Investigation had amassed against Hauptmann.

Hollywood gossip columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons provided J. Edgar Hoover with thousands of confidential reports, from which he learned which stars supposedly had marital, drug or alcohol problems, venereal diseases, were homosexual, or involved with under aged girls.

The first known reference of Ronald Reagan's name in an Federal Bureau of Investigation file is on September 17, 1941, written by Hugh Clegg, the assistant special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Los Angeles Bureau.

Ronald Reagan was given the code name of T-10. Louis B. Mayer selected Ronald Reagan as a member of a committee - also headed by Louis B. Mayer - whose purpose was to "purge" the movie industry of Communist party members. Ronald Reagan and Louis B. Mayer , along with Dick Powell, Ray Milland and Adolphe Menjou, were also involved with the Hollywood Committee for the Re-Election of Joe McCarthy.

From 1940 until his death in 1966, Walt Disney worked with the special agent in charge of the Los Angles office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was known as a "SAC contact".

On October 24, 1947, Walt Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee that films could be used successfully as a tool of propaganda and admitted his studios had already made several that dealt with subjects such as the Treasury Department, the use of air power and Adolph Hitler.

J. Edgar Hoover said in a letter dated November 9, 1956 to Walt Disney, "Your work in the past has been a credit not only to the movie industry but to the entire Nation."

In another letter dated March 1, 1957 to J. Edgar Hoover mentions "the "atom bomb" film which was designed with an 'educational slant' in order to 'enlighten' the public."

Walt Disney's fervent anti-communism stance helped him develop a very friendly relationship with J. Edgar Hoover, even going so far as to allow J. Edgar Hoover to censor and modify scripts, including Moon Pilot and That Darn Cat!

Those who advocated the blacklisting practice in Hollywood did so on the grounds that Communist and pro-Communist infiltration of the entertainment industries represented a serious peril to American values, to the American cult of materialistic consumerism and to the beneficiaries of that cult, the American plutocracy.

In the 1950's, ABC, CBS, and NBC offered Joseph McCarthy hours of free air time on television and the radio.

Both the government and Hollywood insiders consider the entertainment industry a powerful means of effectively communicating political ideology and manipulating public opinion.

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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything
the American public believes is false." - William Casey, CIA Director

When the Central Intelligence Agency was founded, originally as the Office of Strategic Services, wealthy individuals were approached and asked to spy for America. The elite were asked to do so because they traveled and socialized with the wealthy individuals of other countries. From the very beginning the Central Intelligence Agency has been more concerned with the welfare of an elite wealthy class reflecting the biases of that class. The Central Intelligence Agency never has been concerned with individuals and has mainly been concerned with not getting caught breaking the law. The Central Intelligence Agency should be abolished as the information that has leaked out over the years has painted a picture of a rogue operation beholden to a wealthy elite concerned only with corporate profits.

In the early 1950's, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were organized by the Central Intelligence Agency as outlets of propaganda.

Headed by General Rodney C. Smith of the American army, Radio Free Europe's intent was to broadcast into the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe "to keep hope alive among our friends…to confuse, divide and undermine our enemies…" and, "…to encourage uprisings against their governments."

Bing Crosby, Henry Fonda, Ronald Reagan, Rock Hudson, and Barbara Stanwyck all made propaganda films or radio broadcasts in support of Radio Free Europe.

William J. Casey, Ronald Reagan's Central Intelligence Agency director and one of Capital Cities' "founders, long-time counsel, board member and largest stock holders," put pressure on ABC and all of the major America news organizations to be more supportive of the Ronald Reagan administration's conservative agenda.

In November 1984, William J. Casey asked the Federal Communications Commission to revoke all of ABC's television and radio licenses in retaliation for the network's airing of an ABC News report suggesting that the Central Intelligence Agency had attempted to assassinate an American citizen. Four months later, Capital Cities bought ABC for $19.2 billion. William J. Casey owned 34,000 shares of Capital Cities stock worth about $7 million.

Antonio Mendez, a retired member of the Central Intelligence Agency Office of Technical Services(OTS), wrote an article in the Winter 1999/2000 issue of the Central Intelligence Agency journal Studies in Intelligence, where he documents his involvement in the rescuing of six Americans trapped in Iran during the 1979-1981 hostage crisis.

Antonio Mendez and other operatives posed as a Canadian film crew scouting locations near Tehran. Although posing as Canadians, the establishment of their false identities was done with the complete cooperation of Hollywood, including the use of Columbia Studios for their "production offices" and, as part of their disguise team, an award winning makeup artist given the pseudonym of "Jerome Calloway", who was recently awarded the Central Intelligence Agency's Intelligence Medal of Merit.

In Antonio Mendez twenty page article there is no mention of the uniqueness of either the situation or of Hollywood government cooperation and, in fact, he even mentions that his relationship with "Jerome" at the time was already ten years in the making.

Upon a search of the webpage for the Hollywood trade paper Variety, the name Tony Mendez came up as a technical advisor for the CBS drama about the Central Intelligence Agency, The Agency.

In October of 1999, the Central Intelligence Agency held a lavish gala film premier for In the Company of Spies, the first spy thriller ever to bear the Central Intelligence Agency stamp of approval even allowing the director to shoot inside the Central Intelligence Agency's Langley headquarters and provided 60 off duty employees to serve as extras.

Bill Harlow, the Central Intelligence Agency's director of public affairs, said "senior Central Intelligence Agency officials realized several years back that assisting sympathetic film makers and authors was one way the Central Intelligence Agency could be more open and accountable to the tax paying public without divulging operational secrets. They even persuaded Chase Brandon, a veteran paramilitary officer who has jumped out of airplanes for the Central Intelligence Agency all over the world, to take a job in the public affairs office as the Central Intelligence Agency liaison to Hollywood in 1996."

This has proven most effective, with scriptwriters even rewriting history to present an upbeat portrait of the agency. In 2001, three new television series The Agency, Alias, and 24 and seven films including Bad Company, The Bourne Identity, and The Sum of All Fears were made with the Central Intelligence Agency's approval.

It is almost impossible to know which corporations are owned and operated by the Central Intelligence Agency. For example Air America was a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America helped Carlos Castillo overthrow the democratically elected Guatemalan government of Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán in Operation PBSUCCESS, Augusto Pinochet overthrow the democratically elected Chilean government of Salvador Allende with the September Plan and $6.8 million+, Saddam Hussein overthrow the democratically elected Iraqi government of Abdul Rahman Arif and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi overthrow the democratically elected Iranian government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Operation Ajax which included a massive covert propaganda campaign.

In 1977, Richard Helms, the executive director of the Central Intelligence Agency who authorized the September Plan, was convicted of perjury for lying to a Senate committee about the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Chile and the murder of Salvador Allende.

Patrice Émery Lumumba the first legally elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo was deposed in competing coup d'état sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency and the KGB during the Congo Crisis.

The Central Intelligence Agency provided assistance to the Afghani mujahideen in a program called Operation Cyclone. Somewhere between $3 - $20 billion in American funds were funneled into Afghanistan to train and equip mujahideen, which included Osama bin Laden, with weapons, including Stinger surface-to-air missiles and training in the latest terrorist tactics.

"In 1953, the United States played a significant role in orchestrating the overthrow of Iran's popular prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh. The Eisenhower administration believed its actions were justified for strategic reasons, but the coup was clearly a setback for Iran's political development and it is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this intervention by America in their internal affairs." - Madeleine Albright

In 1963 General Abdel Karim Kassem was disposed by the Baath Party. The Central Intelligence Agency helped the new Baath Party government in ridding the country of suspected leftists and Communists. In a Baathist bloodbath lists of suspected Communists and other leftists provided by the Central Intelligence Agency, were used to systematically murder untold numbers of Iraq's educated including hundreds of doctors, teachers, technicians, lawyers and other professionals as well as military and political figures.

The Central Intelligence Agency directed the exile revolution, Contras, which planted harbor mines and sank civilan ships in attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected Sandinista government of Nicaragua. After the Boland Amendment was enacted, it became illegal under American law to fund the Contras (Bleeding heart liberals at work again!); National Security Adviser Robert MacFarlan, Deputy National Security Adviser Admiral Poindexter, National Security Council staffer Oliver North and others continued an illegal operation to fund the Contras which lead to the Iran-Contra scandal.

The Central Intelligence Agency has been accused since the year 2000 of attempting regime change in Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, the Palestinian Authority, Somalia and Iran.

"Psychological and paramilitary, known as PP or KUCAGE, operations differ from those of PI or CI because they are action rather than collection activities. Collection operations should be invisible so that the target will be unaware of them. Action operations, on the other hand, always produce a visible effect.

PP operations are, of course, risky because they nearly always mean intervention in the affairs of another country with whom the US enjoys normal diplomatic relations. If their true sponsorship were found out the diplomatic consequences could be serious. This is in contrast to collection operations, for if these are discovered foreign politicians are often prepared to turn a blind eye - they are a traditional part of every nation's intelligence activity.

Thus the cardinal rule in planning all PP operations is 'plausible denial', only possible if care has been taken in the first place to ensure that someone other than the US government can be made to take the blame.

PP programs are to be found in almost every CIA station and emphasis on the kinds of PP operations will depend very much on local conditions. Psychological warfare includes propaganda (also known simply as 'media'), work in youth and student organizations, work in labor organizations (trade unions, etc.), work in professional and cultural groups and in political parties. Paramilitary operations include infiltration into denied areas, sabotage, economic warfare, personal harassment, air and maritime support, weaponry, training and support for small armies.

The vehicles for grey and black propaganda may be unaware of their CIA or US government sponsorship. This is partly so that it can be more effective and partly to keep down the number of people who know what is going on and thus to reduce the danger of exposing true sponsorship.

Editorialists, politicians, businessmen and others may produce propaganda without necessarily knowing who their masters are. Some among them obviously will and so, in agency terminology, there is a distinction between 'witting' and 'unwitting' agents.

In propaganda operations, as in all other PP activities, standard agency security procedure forbids payment for services rendered to be made by a CIA officer working under official cover (one posing as an official of the Department of State, for instance). This is in order to maintain 'plausible denial' and to minimize the danger of embarrassment to the local embassy if anything is discovered by the local government. However, payment is made by CTA officers under non-official cover, e.g. posing as businessmen, students or as retired people; such officers are said to be working under non-official cover.

Officers working under non-official cover may also handle most of the contacts with the recruited agents in order to keep the officer under official cover as protected as possible. Equally, meetings between the two kinds of officer will be as secret as may be. The object of all this is to protect the embassy and sometimes to make the propaganda agents believe that they are being paid by private businesses.

Problems of communist influence in one country can be made to appear of international concern in others under the rubric of 'a threat to one is a threat to all'. For example, the CIA station in Caracas can cable information on a secret communist plot in Venezuela to the Bogota station which can 'surface' through a local propaganda agent with attribution to an unidentified Venezuelan government official. The information can then be picked up from the Colombian press and relayed to CTA stations in Quito, Lima, La Paz, Santiago and, perhaps, Brazil. A few days later editorials begin to appear in the newspapers of these places and pressure mounts on the Venezuelan government to take repressive action against its communists.

There are obviously hosts of other uses to which propaganda, both black and grey, can be put, using books, magazines, radio, television, wall-painting, handbills, decals, religious sermons and political speeches as well as the daily press. In countries where handbills or wall-painting are important media, stations are expected to maintain clandestine printing and distribution facilities as well as teams of agents who paint slogans on walls.

In order to obtain political intelligence as well as to develop relationships with potential political-action agents, most stations have continuing programs for cultivating local politicians from opposition as well as from government parties. Making acquaintances in local politics is not usually difficult because CTA officers under diplomatic cover in embassies have natural access to their targets through cocktail parties, receptions, clubs and other mechanisms that bring them together with people of interest. Regular State Department Foreign Service Officers and Ambassadors as well may also facilitate the expansion of station political contacts through arranging introductions.

When a local political contact is assessed favorably for station goals, security clearance and operational approval is obtained from headquarters, and the station officer in contact with the target begins to provide financial support for political campaigns or for the promotion of the target's political group or party. The target will use some of the money for personal expenses thereby developing a dependency on the station as a source of income. Eventually, if all goes well, the local politician will report confidential information on his own party and on his government, if he has a government post, and he will respond to reasonable station direction regarding the communist question.

As final arbiters of political conflicts in so many countries, military leaders are major targets for recruitment. They are contacted by station officers in a variety of ways, sometimes simply through straightforward introduction by US military attaches or the personnel of US Military Assistance Missions. Sometimes the liaison developed between the Agency and local intelligence services can be used for making these contacts. Again CTA officers can make contact with those military officers of other countries who come to the US for training. As in the case of politicians, most Agency stations have a continual program for the development of local military leaders, both for the collection of intelligence and for possible use in political action.

Politicians working for the Agency are expected to take an active part in working for expulsion of 'undesirables'. Similarly, where the Soviet Union tries to extend its diplomatic or commercial activities, our politicians are expected to use their influence to oppose such moves. They are also expected to take a hard line against their own nationals engaged in left-wing or communist activities. In the last of these instances success means the proscription of the parties, the arrest or exile of their leaders, the closure of their offices, publications and bookstores, the prohibition of their demonstrators, etc. Such large-scale programs call for action both by anticommunist movements and by national governments - where possible the Agency likes to use the same political action agents for both purposes.

It is not just a matter of financing and guiding local politicians. In situations regarded as dangerous to the US, the Agency will conduct national election operations though the medium of an entire political party. It will finance candidates who are both 'witting' and 'unwitting'. Such multi-million-dollar operations may begin a year or more before an election is due and will include massive propaganda and public-relations campaigns, the building of numerous front organizations and funding mechanisms (often resident US businessmen), regular polls of voters, the formation of 'goon-squads' to intimidate the opposition, and the staging of provocations and the circulation of rumors designed to discredit undesirable candidates. Funds are also available for buying votes and vote counters as well.

If a situation can be more effectively retrieved for US interests by unconstitutional methods or by coup d'etat, that too may be attempted. Although the Agency usually plays the anti-communist card in order to foster a coup, gold bars and sacks of currency are often equally effective. In some cases a timely bombing by a station agent, followed by mass demonstrations and finally by intervention by military leaders in the name of the restoration of order and national unity, is a useful course. Agency political operations were largely responsible for coups after this pattern in Iran in 1953 and in the Sudan in 1958.

An infiltration team may perform sabotage through the placing of incendiary devices or explosives at a target-site timed to go off days, weeks or even months later. Sabotage weapons include oil and gasoline contaminates for stopping vehicles, contaminates for jamming printing-presses, limpets for sinking ships, explosive and incendiary compounds that can be molded and painted to look like bread, lamps, dolls or stones. The sabotage instructors, or 'burn and blow boys', have staged impressive demonstrations of their capabilities, some of which are ingeniously designed so as to leave little trace of a cause.

The Economic Warfare Section of the PP staff is a sub-section under Paramilitary Operations because its mission includes the sabotage of key economic activities in a target country and the denial of critical imports, e.g. petroleum. Contamination of an export agricultural product or associated material (such as sacks destined for the export of Cuban sugar), or fouling the bearings of tractors, trucks or buses destined for a target country may be undertaken if other efforts to impede undesired trade fail. As Economic Warfare is undertaken in order to aggravate economic conditions in a target country, these operations include in addition to sabotage, the use of propaganda, labour, youth, student and other mass organizations under CIA control to restrict trade by a friendly country of items needed in the target economy US companies can also be called upon to restrict supply of selected products voluntarily, but local station political-action assets are usually more effective for this purpose.

Although the Air and Maritime Support section of the staff supervises standing Agency operations to supply insurgents (Air America and Civil Air Transport in the Far East, for example) additional resources such as aircraft can be obtained from the Defense Department. These operations included the Guatemalan invasion in 1954 (aptly given the cryptonyrn LCSUCCESS); Tibetan resistance against the Chinese in 1958-9 and the rebellion against the Sukarno government in Indonesia in 1957-8; current training and support of irregular forces in South Vietnam and Laos; and increasing sabotage and paramilitary operations against the Castro government in Cuba. Leaflet drops as part of the propaganda aspect of paramilitary operations are also arranged through the Air and Maritime Support section.

Closely related to paramilitary operations are the disruptive activities known as militant action. Through organization and support of 'goon squads' sometimes composed of off-duty policemen, for example, or the militant sections of friendly political parties, stations attempt to intimidate communists and other extreme leftists by breaking up their meetings and demonstrations. The Technical Services staff of the DDP makes a variety of weapons and devices for these purposes. Horrible smelling liquids in small glass vials can be hurled into meeting halls. A fine clear powder can be sprinkled in a meeting-place becoming invisible after settling but having the effect of tear-gas when stirred up by the later movement of people. An incendiary powder can be moulded around prepared tablets and when ignited the combination produces ample quantities of smoke that attacks the eyes and respiratory system much more strongly than ordinary tear-gas. A tasteless substance can be introduced to food that causes exaggerated body colour. And a few small drops of a clear liquid stimulates the target to relaxed, uninhibited talk. Invisible itching powder can be placed on steering wheels or toilet seats, and a slight smear of invisible ointment causes a serious burn to skin on contact. Chemically processed tobacco can be added to cigarettes and cigars to produce respiratory ailments.

When cover foundations or companies are used for funding they may be chartered in the US or in countries such as Lichtenstein, the Bahamas and Panama, where commercial secrecy is protected and governmental controls are minimal.

Secret CIA operations constitute the usually unseen efforts to shore up unjust, unpopular, minority governments, always with the hope that overt military intervention (as in Vietnam and the Dominican Republic) will not be necessary. The more successful CIA operations are, the more remote overt intervention becomes - and the more remote become reforms." - Philip Burnett Franklin Agee

Stop government funded propaganda

CIA Front Companies

The Last CIA Whistleblower

John Stockwell - CIA's War on Humans

RFK Assassination, MK Ultra, Jonestown

Gary Webb on C.I.A. Trafficking of Cocaine

CIA Funding and Manipulation of the U.S. News Media

the broadcasting board of governors

"The voluntary press censorship regarding government policies and behavior is so blatant. Voluntary censorship is just about as bad as state ordered censorship, because the end results are the same." - Jean Gerad

"Modern censorship is defined as the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in our mass media outlets. On a daily basis, censorship refers to the intentional non-inclusion of a news story - or piece of a news story - based on anything other than a desire to tell the truth. Such manipulation can take the form of political pressure (from government officials and powerful individuals), economic pressure (from advertisers and funders), and legal pressure (the threat of lawsuits from deep-pocket individuals, corporations, and institutions)."- Project Censored

When dissenters from conventional wisdom appear on 'news programs', they often appear as radicals because they aren't given the time necessary to adequately establish the fundamental basis of their claims.

The broadcasting board of governors, with an annual budget of $544.5 million, was developed to oversee all civilian, non-military international broadcasting funded by the American government.

This includes Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Voice of America, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. The mission statement spells out their purpose very clearly: "to promote and sustain freedom and democracy by broadcasting accurate and objective news and information about America and the world to audiences overseas," with an ultimate goal of creating a "Worldwide United States International Broadcasting System."

Some of their current projects include: Voice of America, with programming in 53 languages to more than 90 million listeners and television and internet viewers around the world, "broadcasts daily editorials reflecting the views of the American government", with a recent creation of programs for North Koreans, "including North Korean Periscope and North Korean Defectors' Odyssey to provide a forum for defectors"; Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty "continued its emphasis on regions in the front line of the American led 'war on terror'. The Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which oversees Radio and Television Marti, "is to emphasize American Cuban relations, the state of the Cuban economy, international human rights and the dissident movement on the island."

More than half the languages broadcast by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty are aimed at areas where the majority populations are Muslim.

Among the board of directors for the broadcasting board of governors are Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, appointed director of Voice of America by Ronald Reagan in 1982; Joaquin F. Blaya, a former CEO of the Telemundo Group, Inc.; D. Jeffrey Hirschberg, a former special attorney of the United States Justice department and deputy chief of the criminal special litigation section; Norman J. Pattiz, founder and chairman of Westwood One which supplies radio and television stations with information services and programming.; Steven J. Simmons, chairman and CEO of Patriot Media and Communications, LCC, a new company formed to purchase cable companies in America; and as an ex-officio member of the broadcasting board of governors, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

pimping Martin Luther's legacy

Robert Welch Explains Purpose of Vietnam War

the Vietnam war

58,249 young American men and eight young American women killed.

2,000,000 to 3,000,000 Vietnamese killed.

"The Government of Vietnam (GVN) lacked legitimacy with the rural peasantry, the largest segment of the population. The peasantry perceived the GVN to be aloof, corrupt, and inefficient. South Vietnam's urban elite possessed the outward manifestations of a foreign culture. This small group held most of the wealth and power in a poor nation, and the attitude of the ruling elite toward the rural population was, at best, paternalistic and, at worst, predatory." - Eric Bergerud

George Will Confirms Nixon's Vietnam Treason

In 1968, as a presidential candidate, Richard Nixon ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade the leaders of South Vietnam to refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.

"I sat in on every Vietnam meeting in which Lyndon Johnson was engaged, from the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination to the day I left the White House in mid-1966. I think I know as well as anyone the ebb and flow of the Vietnam tides inside the White House." - Jack Valenti

Jack Valenti was born in Houston, Texas and began work as an office boy for the Humble Oil Co., now ExxonMobil. After the assassination, Jack Valenti flew on Air Force One back to Washington as the Special Assistant to Lyndon Johnson. Jack Valenti became a close aid to Lyndon Johnson and lived in the White House.

Jack Valenti, co-founder of the advertising and political consulting agency Weekly & Valenti, was in charge of the press coverage when John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.

"In early August 1964, Lyndon Johnson used a murky set of events in the Gulf of Tonkin, off the coast of North Vietnam, to launch full-scale war on Vietnam. Lyndon Johnson and secretary of defense Robert McNamara told the American public there was an attack by North Vietnamese torpedo boats on American destroyers. It later turned out that the Gulf of Tonkin episode was a fake, that the highest American officials had lied to the public." - Howard Zinn

This manipulative lie, with melodrama straight out of Hollywood, was paid for by the lives of 55,000 Americans, while the weapons suppliers raked in the money so the "dominoes would not fall!"

And the marriage between Hollywood and the military-industrial complex resulted birthing the now existent military-industrial-entertainment complex. Former president and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Jack Valenti guarantee the cooperation government agencies required – and still require - from Hollywood.

"Jack Valenti knows the players, he's got a sense of the issues, he knows his way around town, he knows how to use the glitter of the motion picture industry in a city that loves that sort of stuff." - Stephen Hess committing on Jack Valenti's position in Washington.

In January of 2007 Jack Valenti was in the process of writing a book about his relationships with eight presidents.

In a 1975 lecture in Hong Kong, Barry Zorthian - the head of Joint United States Public Affairs Office which ran the propaganda of the Vietnam war – "complained that some of the 'embedded' journalists of that time were so dumb that they could not take signals." Barry Zorthian gave up his position and went back to his old job as vice-president of Time Magazine.

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
Martin Luther King
Riverside Church in New York, New York

"As I ponder the madness of Vietnam and search within myself for ways to understand and respond to compassion my mind goes constantly to the people of that peninsula. I speak now not of the soldiers of each side, not of the junta in Saigon, but simply of the people who have been living under the curse of war for almost three continuous decades now. They must see Americans as strange liberators.

The Vietnamese people proclaimed their own independence in 1945 after a combined French and Japanese occupation, and before the Communist revolution in China. They were led by Ho Chi Minh. Even though they quoted the American Declaration of Independence in their own document of freedom, we refused to recognize them. Instead, we decided to support France in its reconquest of her former colony. Our government felt then that the Vietnamese people were not "ready" for independence, and we again fell victim to the deadly Western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for so long.

With that tragic decision we rejected a revolutionary government seeking self-determination, and a government that had been established not by China (for whom the Vietnamese have no great love) but by clearly indigenous forces that included some Communists. For the peasants this new government meant real land reform, one of the most important needs in their lives. For nine years following 1945 we denied the people of Vietnam the right of independence.

For nine years we vigorously supported the French in their abortive effort to recolonize Vietnam. Before the end of the war we were meeting eighty percent of the French war costs. Even before the French were defeated at Dien Bien Phu, they began to despair of the reckless action, but we did not. We encouraged them with our huge financial and military supplies to continue the war even after they had lost the will. Soon we would be paying almost the full costs of this tragic attempt at recolonization.

After the French were defeated it looked as if independence and land reform would come again through the Geneva agreements. But instead there came the United States, determined that Ho should not unify the temporarily divided nation, and the peasants watched again as we supported one of the most vicious modern dictators -- our chosen man, Premier Diem.

The peasants watched and cringed as Diem ruthlessly routed out all opposition, supported their extortionist landlords and refused even to discuss reunification with the north. The peasants watched as all this was presided over by American influence and then by increasing numbers of American troops who came to help quell the insurgency that Diem's methods had aroused. When Diem was overthrown they may have been happy, but the long line of military dictatorships seemed to offer no real change - especially in terms of their need for land and peace.

The only change came from America as we increased our troop commitments in support of governments which were singularly corrupt, inept and without popular support. All the while the people read our leaflets and received regular promises of peace and democracy - and land reform.

Now they languish under our bombs and consider us - not their fellow Vietnamese - the real enemy. They move sadly and apathetically as we herd them off the land of their fathers into concentration camps where minimal social needs are rarely met. They know they must move or be destroyed by our bombs. So they go - primarily women and children and the aged.

They watch as we poison their water, as we kill a million acres of their crops. They must weep as the bulldozers roar through their areas preparing to destroy the precious trees. They wander into the hospitals, with at least twenty casualties from American firepower for one "Vietcong" inflicted injury. So far we may have killed a million of them - mostly children. They wander into the towns and see thousands of the children, homeless, without clothes, running in packs on the streets like animals.

They see the children, degraded by our soldiers as they beg for food. They see the children selling their sisters to our soldiers, soliciting for their mothers. What do the peasants think as we ally ourselves with the landlords and as we refuse to put any action into our many words concerning land reform? What do they think as we test our latest weapons on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicine and new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe?

Where are the roots of the independent Vietnam we claim to be building? Is it among these voiceless ones? We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village. We have destroyed their land and their crops. We have cooperated in the crushing of the nation's only non-Communist revolutionary political force -- the unified Buddhist church. We have supported the enemies of the peasants of Saigon. We have corrupted their women and children and killed their men.

Liberators? Now there is little left to build on - save bitterness. Soon the only solid physical foundations remaining will be found at our military bases and in the concrete of the concentration camps we call fortified hamlets. The peasants may well wonder if we plan to build our new Vietnam on such grounds as these? Could we blame them for such thoughts? We must speak for them and raise the questions they cannot raise. For these too are our brothers.

At this point I should make it clear that while I have tried in these last few minutes to give a voice to the voiceless on Vietnam and to understand the arguments of those who are called enemy, I am as deeply concerned about our troops there as anything else. For it occurs to me that what we are submitting them to in Vietnam is not simply the brutalizing process that goes on in any war where armies face each other and seek to destroy. We are adding cynicism to the process of death, for they must know after a short period there that none of the things we claim to be fighting for are really involved. Before long they must know that their government has sent them into a struggle among Vietnamese, and the more sophisticated surely realize that we are on the side of the wealthy and the secure while we create hell for the poor.

The war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, and if we ignore this sobering reality we will find ourselves organizing clergy - and laymen - concerned committees for the next generation. They will be concerned about Guatemala and Peru. They will be concerned about Thailand and Cambodia. They will be concerned about Mozambique and South Africa. We will be marching for these and a dozen other names and attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy. Such thoughts take us beyond Vietnam, but not beyond our calling as sons of the living God. "

- Martin Luther King Jr., Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

U.S.S. Maddox

On August 2, 1964, the U.S.S. Maddox, a navy destroyer was operating in the Tonkin Gulf off the coast of North Vietnam in support of South Vietnamese operations. On that day, the Maddox was engaged by three North Vietnamese patrol boats. On August 4, 1964 in inclement weather, the Maddox reported to CINCPACFLEET that it had again been attacked by North Vietnamese patrol boats. Within forty-eight hours, after careful analysis of the ships radar systems by the crew it was determined that the Maddox had in fact, not been attacked. The images on the radar screens were induced by a malfunction of the ships radar caused by the weather.

The findings were reported up the chain of command to President Johnson who chose to ignore them and press the case for war in the media, before Congress, and the American people with a presentation by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara on August 6, 1964. During his testimony McNamara characterized the August 2nd attack as “unprovoked”, he also claimed that there was “unequivocal proof” of an “unprovoked second attack against the U.S.S. Maddox on August 4th”. As a consequence of McNamara’s testimony, the U.S. Congress passed Joint Resolution HJ 1145 on August 7, 1964 leading to the increased U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The entire story behind the alleged attack has been detailed in the National Security Agency Signals Intelligence (SIGNET), reports declassified on 1 December 2005. Included in the release of comments is an article first published in early 2001 by NSA historian Robert J. Hanyok in the NSA’s classified journal, Cryptologic Quarterly. The article confirms that there was no 2nd attack against the U.S.S. Maddox on August 4, 1964.

PROJECT 100,000

"PROJECT 100,000, a program to salvage the poverty-scarred youth of our society at the rate of 100,000 men each year - first for two years of military service, and then for a lifetime of productive activity in civilian society.

Poverty in America pockmarks its victims inwardly. If unchecked and unreversed, that inner ghetto of the poverty-scarred personality of these men can fester into explosive frustrations of bitterness and violence. Chronic failure in school throughout their childhood, they are destined to a downward spiral of defeat and decay in a skill-oriented nation that requires from its manpower tool an increasing index of competence, discipline, and self-confidence.

Their average reading score is a bare sixth-grade level; and 14 percent of them read at a third-grade level or less. Many are poorly motivated when they reach us. They lack initiative. They lack pride. They lack ambition. If nothing were done to give them a strong sense of their own worth and potential, they, their wives and their children would almost inevitably be the unproductive recipients of some form of the dole 10 years from now.

Men who would have formerly been draft rejectees are termed New Standards men. But the men themselves are never informed that they are in this category. Hundreds of thousands of men can be salvaged from the blight of poverty, and the Defense Department — with no detriment whatever to its primary role — is particularly well equipped to salvage them." - Robert McNamara November 7, 1967

"Beginning in 1965 and for nearly three years McNamara each year drafted into the military 100,000 young boys whose scores in the mental qualification and aptitude tests were in the lowest quarter - so-called Category IV's. Men with IQ's of 65 or even lower. They were, to put it bluntly, mentally deficient. Illiterate. The young men of Project 100,000 couldn't read, so training manual comic books were created for them. They had to be taught to tie their boots. The cold, hard statistics say that these almost helpless young men died in action in the jungles at a rate three times higher than the average draftee." - Joseph L. Galloway

"McNamara pointing out how a key element in a U.S. decision seriously to escalate the war had been the 1965 Vietnamese attack on the U.S. Pleiku Air Base the day a senior U.S. official arrived in Saigon. The United States was determined it could not be humiliated in this way." - Gregory Clark

The Phoenix Program

The Phoenix Program was the collection of intelligence information identifying officials of National Liberation Front which had within each village cell a secretary; a finance and supply unit; as well as information and culture, social welfare, and proselytizing sections to gain recruits from among the civilian population.Between 1968 and 1972 the Phoenix Program neutralized 81,740 National Liberation Front members, of whom 26,369 were assassinated.

" The problem was, how do you find the people on the blacklist? It's not like you had their address and telephone number. The normal procedure would be to go into a village and just grab someone and say, 'Where's Nguyen so-and-so?' Half the time the people were so afraid they would say anything. Then a Phoenix team would take the informant, put a sandbag over his head, poke out two holes so he could see, put commo wire around his neck like a long leash, and walk him through the village and say, 'When we go by Nguyen's house scratch your head.' Then that night Phoenix would come back, knock on the door, and say, 'April Fool, motherfucker.' Whoever answered the door would get wasted. As far as they were concerned whoever answered was a Communist, including family members. Sometimes they'd come back to camp with ears to prove that they killed people." - Lieutenant Vincent Okamoto, intelligence-liaison officer for the Phoenix Program, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross. Wounded 3 times.

the Gulf war

Upon the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq on August 2, 1991, the Kuwaiti government hired at least twenty law and lobby firms to help shape the opinion of the Americans.

Hill & Knowlton, at the time the largest PR firm on Earth, sponsored "Kuwaiti Liberation Day" passing out tens of thousands of T-shirts for more than eleven million dollars. Thomas Ross, senior vice-president, was a Pentagon spokesman during the Carter administration; vice chairman Frank Mankiewicz was a former press secretary and advisor to Robert F. Kennedy and served as president of National Public Radio; Robert Gray, the chairman of Hill & Knowlton's United States offices had leading role Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign; Lauri J. Fitz-Pegado, supervisor of the Kuwait account, was a former Foreign Service Officer at the United States Information Agency; Lew Allison, producer of Hill & Knowlton's video news releases – distributed to news channels and often broadcast unedited as "news" – was a former producer at both CBS and NBC news. Craig Fuller, the president of Hill & Knowlton , was Ronald Reagan's Chief of Staff, handled George H. W. Bush's presidential campaign public relations during the 1988 elections and later became Phillip Morris' top public relations executive.

{"The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has retained the major public relations firm Hill & Knowlton for one year, to boost the international financial institution's "global outreach." Hill & Knowlton's press release quotes CEO Paul Taaffe as saying, "The IMF plays a crucial role around the world working to stabilize financial markets. H&K's regional expertise and global network means the firm is ideally suited to support the IMF." The firm will also design "customized contact programs with key opinion formers, influencers and the wider financial and economic community." - Hill & Knowlton press release, September 22, 2008}

Through its network of international offices and strategic alliances The Rendon Group provides communication services to clients in more than 78 countries and maintains contact with government officials, decision-makers, and news media around the globe. The Rendon Group was hired "to run a covert anti-Saddam propaganda campaign. A February 1998 report by Peter Jennings cited records obtained by ABC News which showed that The Rendon Group spent more than $23 million dollars in the first year of its contract with the Central Intelligence Agency. The Rendon Group has been involved with information manipulation, propaganda, for years.

"I am not a national-security strategist or a military tactician. I am a politician, a person who uses communication to meet public-policy or corporate-policy objectives. In fact, I am an information warrior and a perception manager. We've worked in ninety-one countries. Going all the way back to Panama, we've been involved in every war, with the exception of Somalia."- John Rendon

The Rendon Group hires individuals with experience in both government and mass media. John Rendon, the firm's creator and senior partner, "previously served as a Public Information Officer for the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and as a member of president Jimmy Carter's national political staff. Phil Angellis, the Director of Operations, spent 22 years working in the Massachusetts State Senate and 11 years as Assistant Clerk and Parliamentarian; Jeff Schmidt, The Rendon Group Productions producer/editor/videographer, was on staff at ESPN; and Tara Haggett, The Rendon Group's production manager, has coordinated various levels of marketing campaigns and post production for over 40 movies.

"Our clients are government agencies, private sector enterprises, and non-governmental organizations that face the challenge of achieving information superiority in order to impact public opinion and outcomes." - statement on The Rendon Group's website.

A completely separate campaign headed by Charlotte Beers, "a former Madison Avenue advertising executive who was recently named the State Department's Undersecretary of State for 'public diplomacy', the official government euphemism for 'public relations', was reported by The New York Times as "planning a television and advertising campaign to try to influence Islamic opinion."

On Thursday, May 15, 2003, French officials formally complained in letters to the White House, State Department, and Congress, that their country was the victim of a campaign of 'repeated disinformation,' which they say is being fed to the press by George W. Bush administration officials.

One of the false claims was that France and Germany supplied Iraq with precision switches that could be used in nuclear weapons, that French companies sold Iraq spare parts for warplanes and military helicopters, that France possessed prohibited strains of human smallpox, and that France most recently helped Iraqi leaders escape to Europe by providing them with travel papers.

During the first Gulf war, each of the big three networks had profound financial ties to the war.

ABC was owned by Capitol Cities, now owned by Disney. The chairman of the board of directors was on the board of directors of Texaco Oil.

CBS, at the time owned by Westinghouse, now owned by Viacom, also owned the RAND corporation and the Honeywell corporation, both of which are major defense contractors.

NBC is owned by General Electric, which had a $2 billion weapons contract with the United States military, making both the Tomahawk and the Patriot missiles. The Kuwaiti royal family were major General Electric stockholders.

Jack F. Welch, CEO of General Electric, insists that NBC News had no greater responsibility for public service than any of General Electric's traditional lines of business.

During the Gulf war, according to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Patrick J. Sloyan, The Associated Press, which benefited most from a system that turned all journalists into wire service reporters, sent photographer Scott Applewhite to cover victims of a SCUD missile attack near Dhahran.

The warhead had hit an American tent, killing 25 Army reservists and wounding 70. Scott Applewhite, an accredited pool member, was stopped by United States Army military police. When he objected, they punched and hand cuffed him while ripping the film from his cameras.

Dick Cheney, quoted in America's Team: Media and the Military, was honest after the Gulf war about his treatment of the mass media. 'Frankly, I looked on it as a problem to be managed. The information function was extraordinarily important. I did not have a lot of confidence that I could leave that to the press.'"

{"During the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91, the HW Bush administration paid Binladen Brothers Construction - later the Saudi Binladen Group - to help build airfields for U.S. aircraft and later to construct an American air base in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Prince Waleed bin Talal employed Carlyle as investment banker in his purchase of 10 percent of Citicorp's preferred stock. The Carlyle Group, a huge international investment and defense firm, directors at various times have included H.W. Bush, Frank Carlucci, James Baker, Richard Darman and GW Bush was a director of a Carlyle subsidiary. HW Bush visited the bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia on Carlyle's behalf. The Saudi royal family was a key investor in Carlyle as well. BCCI, a Pakistani-operated institution with connections to the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, was used by US Central Intelligence (CIA) agents to funnel money to Osama bin Laden and the Mujahideen in Afghanistan as they fought against the Soviet-backed government in the 1980s. Through BCCI, later closed by federal investigators after $10 billion disappeared, HW Bush was loaned the funds to form Arbusto Energy which later merged with Harken Energy. Harken Energy had first been incorporated as an unprofitable collection of Texas oil wells for investors seeking tax write-offs. George W. Bush's investment in Harken Energy was enhanced by Sheik Abdullah Bakhsh, a Saudi billionaire, and by the Emirate of Bahrain, who granted Harken Energy an extraordinary off-shore oil concession, choosing it over Amoco Oil. George W. Bush sold two-thirds of his stock in Harken Energy two months before Saddam Hussein sent Iraqi troops into Kuwait netting $1 million in profit before Harken Energy stock crashed." - adapted from Jackson Thoreau}

911 response

In November, 2001, George W. Bush's top political strategist, Karl Rove, met with many entertainment executives to discuss the war on terror and ways that Hollywood stars and filmmakers might work together with the administration's communications strategy.

Aimed directly at Americans this was an attempt to unify the American people behind a strategy that would cement American aristocracies hold over the American people while appearing to be bold and broad initiative to end terrorist acts.
The meeting was spearheaded by Karl Rove and Jack Valenti, and organized by Sherry Lansing of Paramount Pictures. Among those represented at the meeting were CBS, Viacom, Showtime, Dreamworks, HBO, and MGM. Jack Valenti is a periodic visitor to the White House for briefings on major issues and initiatives.

To assist in the preparedness of possible future terrorist attacks, the Pentagon put out a mayday call to film makers skilled at imagining potential terrorist acts, including writers Steven E. DeSouza, David Engelbach, and directors Joseph Zito, David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Mary Lambert, and Randal Kleiser.

They were asked "to engage in apocalyptic brainstorming of the category that has yielded acts of cinematic terrorism." The group, a part of the Institute for Creative Technologies, was assembled by Army Brigadier General Kenneth Bergquist.

On February 19, 2002, the New York Times reported that the Pentagon's Office of Strategic Influence was developing plans to provide 'news' items, even false ones, to foreign mass media organizations in an effort to influence public sentiment and policy makers in both friendly and unfriendly countries.

The Pentagon's Office of Strategic Influence was created just after 911 to publicize the federal government's perspective in Islamic countries and to generate support for the America's 'war on terror.'

The government is barred by law from propagandizing within America (although this has never stopped it), but the Pentagon's Office of Strategic Influence new plan has lead to disinformation planted in a foreign news reports being picked up by American news outlets.

Soon after the September 11th attacks, Bill Maher, in response to the labeling of the hijackers as cowards, said on his late night ABC program Politically Incorrect, "We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly." Less than a week later, his show was cancelled by ABC.

AOL Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin told MSNBC that his internet company had already helped terror investigators, " providing access to e-mail traffic."

"There's an implicit quid pro quo here…the industry seems to be saying to the administration, 'we're patriotic, we're supporting the war…now free us from constraints'." - Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy

contradictory propaganda

the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

The invasion of Afghanistan was just the beginning step in the drive to regain physical control of the oil in Iraq and Iran. By tying the Taliban in with Osama Bin Laden there became a national enemy that the federal government could go to war with. The Taliban forces in Afghanistan would be no match for American air power.

On October 7, 2001 United States Air Force general Richard Myers, chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that approximately 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles, launched by British and United States submarines and ships, 25 strike aircraft from United States aircraft carriers, USS Carl Vinson and USS Enterprise and 15 United States Air Force bombers - B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress were involved in the first wave, launched from Diego Garcia.

During the Afghanistan war, the Pentagon found a very direct way to "gain control" – it simply bought up all commercial satellite images of Afghanistan, in order to prevent anyone from accessing them.

With the passage and signing into law of the USA Patriot Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) on October 26, 2001 any nation, group or individual could be declared a terrorist supporter.

With the whirlwind destruction of the Taliban and the occupation of Afghanistan Americans showed they were willing to go to war against those evil doers - the wily murdering al-Qaeda terrorists. No Americans questioned the need to crush the ruthless al-Qaeda terrorists who numbered between 1200 to 2500 men or their purported Taliban supporters who numbered between 10 to 30 thousand men with hundreds of tons of high explosives.

With the fresh success of American military power in Afghanistan the neo-cons suggested that Iraq be invaded as well because the Baath regime of Saddam Hussein was in cahoots with al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. From the inception of the invasion of Iraq the George W. Bush administration with the help of the neo-cons attempted to control the news about, and from Iraq. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on an assortment of media projects that were specifically designed to sell "good" news about the invasion and occupation.

The Lincoln Group initially worked with the Rendon Group, who helped Ahmed Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress supply false information to the American people. The Lincoln Group acted as an intermediary between the United States military and media outlets. Stories were authored by United States military information operations' troops, translated into Arabic and covertly placed in Baghdad newspapers. American commanders in Iraq created the Baghdad Press Club were Iraqi journalists were paid to cover and produce stories about American reconstruction efforts, such as openings of schools and sewage plants. The Lincoln Group managed to place more than 1,000 stories in the Iraqi and Arab press.

"The war in Iraq has spawned a new industry in Washington that could be called Psy-ops Journalism. The new breed of journalists are following the money trail to the Pentagon. Some $400 million in media consulting contracts has been awarded during the past few years by the Pentagon. Psy-ops journalism is a cross between what is accepted as the mainstream journalism and what is known psychological operations, those engaged in mind control warfare, to gain military advantage by fooling the enemy." - Alvin Snyder, a former Executive of the United States Information Agency (USIA) and a Senior Fellow at the USC Center for Public Diplomacy

The Lincoln Group, once located on K Street, moved to larger quarters in the Pennsylvania Avenue building that housed Jack Abramoff's* famous restaurant, Signatures.

"Lincoln has also turned to American scholars and political consultants for advice on the content of the propaganda campaign in Iraq. Michael Rubin, a Middle East scholar at the American Enterprise Institute ... said he had reviewed materials produced by the company." - New York Times, January 2, 2006

Michael Rubin was political adviser for the Coalition Provisional Authority (Baghdad), 2003-2004, following two years (2002-2004) as staff assistant on Iran and Iraq in the Office of Special Plans in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

In an impressive collection of news reports, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) showed that in 1998, ABC World News This Morning, NBC's Today, The Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, CNN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsday all reported the fact that the United Nations weapons inspection teams were removed from Iraq by order of the United Nations.

Four years later, every one of those sources - ABC World News This Morning, NBC's Today, The Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, CNN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsday - reported that Saddam Hussein had forced the inspectors out effectively re-writing history with propaganda. The Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's 1984 could not have done a better job.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) conducted a quantitative study from January 30, 2003, to February 12, 2003, concerning ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. They concluded that of the 393 on-camera sources who appeared in nightly news stories about Iraq, more than two-thirds (267) of the guests were from the United States and 75% of those (199) were either current or former government or military officials with only one expressing skepticism or opposition to the war.

In an early attempt to stamp out dissenting opinions the District of Columbia police force arrested 120 protestors protesting the war in Iraq in 2002. In a legal settlement reached in the summer of 2007 the District of Columbia agreed to pay the protestors illegally detained $1 million. 14 other demonstrators illegally arrested were paid $640,000.

The Geneva Conventions forbid the targeting of civilian installations – whether state-owned or not – unless they are being used for military purposes. The broadcasting of propaganda is not considered military use under the Geneva Conventions. "The coalition of the willing" launched missiles at the Iraqi television offices on March 25, 2003. Despite this violation of the Geneva Conventions, United States media applauded the action without a single reference to its illegality.

Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, who was once Ronald Reagan's point man for crisis management and coordinator of United States counter-terrorism efforts in the 1980's, a staff member of Ronald Reagan's National Security Council, and one of the main players of what has become known as the Iran-Contra scandal, which involved the illegal selling of weapons to the government of Iran, was a frontline "embedded" war correspondent for FoxNews during the 2003 war on Iraq.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Peter Arnett, an NBC and National Geographic correspondent in Baghdad, was fired at the end of March, 2003, for granting an interview with state controlled Iraqi television. In his short interview, he stated, in part, that "the first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance. Now they are trying to write another war plan. Clearly the war planners misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces …George W. Bush says he is concerned about the Iraqis. But if Iraqis are dying in numbers, then American policy will be challenged very strongly."

In The Daily Mirror, his new employer, Arnett wrote, "My NBC reporting career was turned to ashes because I stated the obvious to Iraq television; that the United States war timetable has fallen by the wayside… I don't want to give aid and comfort to the enemy – I just want to be able to tell the truth."

The current George W. Bush administration has taken their communications department very seriously, utilizing the skills of several television professionals.

Scott Sforza was a former ABC producer. Sfozra created "the White House 'message of the day' backdrops and helped design the $250,000 set at the United States Central Command forward headquarters in Doha, Qatar."

Bob DeServi, a former NBC cameraman has the title of associate director of communications for production.

Greg Jenkins a former FoxNews television producer in Washington is now the director of presidential advance. Greg Jenkins manages a small army of staff and volunteers who move days ahead of George W. Bush and his entourage to set up the staging of all White House events.

"We pay particular attention to not only what the president says but what the American people see." - Dan Bartlett.

When George W. Bush gave a speech in Indianapolis regarding his economic policy, White House aides had the people in the background remove their ties so they'd look more like ordinary folks. At a speech given at Mt. Rushmore during the summer of 2002, the platform set up for the television cameras was on George W. Bush right, rather than directly in front, as had been done with other presidents. George W. Bush was captured in profile with his face alongside those on the mountain.

After George W. Bush landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln the stage was set for a declaration of victory. Lincoln crew members are arrayed in coordinated shirt colors over George W. Bush's right shoulder with the 'Mission Accomplished' banner. The speech was timed for what image makers call the 'magic light hour' which cast a golden glow on George W. Bush.

'If you looked at the television image, you saw there was flattering light on his left cheek and a slight shadowing on his right ... It looked great,' said Joshua King, director of production of presidential events in the Clinton administration." George W. Bush's communications department "understands the visual as well as anybody ever has," commented Michael Deaver, Ronald Reagan's chief image maker, who was convicted of perjury in 1987 under the then newly-signed Ethics Act. "They watched what we did, they watched the mistakes of George H. W. Bush they watched how Clinton stumbled into it, and they've taken it to an art form."

"The recent poll (summer 2006) that has 43% of Americans continuing to believe that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 911 should not be surprising. The White House misinformation campaign has been the cornerstone of George W. Bush's political survival. In speech after speech, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have done their best to deceive Americans. The uncourageous media has gone with the flow." - Bill Rolfing

breaking news

corporations and the news

Proctor & Gamble, one of television's largest advertisers, had a policy for many years that stated, in part, "There will be no material that may give offense either directly or by inference to any commercial organization of any sort. There will be no material on any of our programs which could in any way further the concept of business as cold, ruthless and lacking in all sentimental or spiritual motivations. If there is any attack on American customs, it must be rebutted completely on the same show."
In 1990, Neighbor to Neighbor, a peace organization, asked actor Ed Asner to do a public service spot calling for a boycott of Folgers Coffee for buying its coffee beans from El Salvador, which was ruled by a brutal military regime at the time. Proctor & Gamble, owners of Folgers, threatened to pull its sponsorship from any station airing it. Boston television station WHDH ran the ad and lost about $1 million in advertising revenues.

The Fox network was sued by two veteran journalists under Florida's whistleblower law. Steve Wilson and Jane Akre uncovered an important story "critical of Monsanto, the world's largest agrochemicals company, second largest seed company, fourth largest pharmaceutical company, and a main advertiser on Fox television nationally.

In his 1995 autobiography, Lawrence Grossman, former president of PBS and NBC wrote, "The corporate culture came to dominate the news business, treating news as a commodity or service no different from 'toasters, light bulbs, or jet engines.'

Bill O'Reilly, in an interview with CBS News anchor Dan Rather, stated that news on the corporate owned networks refused to challenge "persons of power" because "the corporation have to do business with the powerful and they don't want to make enemies" to which Dan Rather responded, "You're absolutely accurate about that."


the revolving door

"The revolving door between Washington government offices and lobbying firms is so lucrative and so established that anyone pointing out that it is institutionalized corruption is seen as baying at the moon." - Fareed Zakaria

"The same revolving door that exists between the military establishment and defense contractors is also observed to exist between the Washington-based think tanks and U.S. government departments." - Rodrigue Tremblay

Wendy Gramm, Texas Senator Phil Gramm's wife, headed the Commodity Futures Exchange Commission. At Enron's request Enron became exempt from Commodity Futures Exchange Commission regulations in January 1993. Wendy Gramm resigned her position and 6 weeks later was appointed to the Enron board of directors.

In December 2000 Bill Clinton signed a bill with an amendment sponsered by Phil Gramm to entirely exempt Enron from oversight thus creating the private trading floor that lead to the Enron trading schemes - Fat Boy, Death Star, Get Shorty - leading to the California energy debacle which eventualy, with the help of Arnold Schwarzenegger, lead to quite a nice profit for the Wall Street bond brokers. Wall Steet took Californians on this one twice!

Richard Perle , a former assistant defense secretary in the Ronald Reagan administration and a chairman of the Defense Policy Board, advisors to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, was also employed as an advisor to Global Crossing, a major telecommunications company with strong financial interest in lobbying the Defense Department.

Richard Perle was being paid $750,000 by Global Crossing, including $600,000 if the government would approve the sale of Global Crossing to Hutchison Whampoa and Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte.

Once Richard Perle's involvement with Global Crossing was exposed by The New York Times on March 21, 2003, Richard Perle resigned his position. Of the major corporate melt downs at the turn of the millennium Gary Winnick of Global Crossing alone remained unscathed.

Franklin Raines, Bill Clinton's White House budget director became the chief operations officer of Fannie Mae. Franklin Raines is accused by The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), the regulating body of Fannie Mae, of abetting widespread accounting errors based on the overstated earnings estimated at $6.3 billion. The OFHEO announced a suit against Franklin Raines in order to recover some or all of the $50 million in payments made to Franklin Raines.

Andrew H. Card Jr. was General Motors vice president of government-relations. Andrew H. Card Jr.represented GM on matters of public policy before Congress. Andrew H. Card Jr. became George W. Bush's White House chief of staff.

Jacqueline Glassman was a senior regulatory counsel at Daimler-Chrysler. She became acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Jeffrey A. Rosen was a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis, a law firm that has defended GM in numerous product liability suits. Jeffrey A. Rosen became general counsel at the department of transportation.

"We need to be using all the means available in the war of ideas: public diplomacy, psychological operations, influence agents, disinformation and computer information warfare - from open and overt to clandestine and covert, from public explanation of policy to secret subversion of enemies. All of these must be well-orchestrated.

In 1953, the Central Intelligence Agency's celebrated cold war information and disinformation arm - centered in the "Mighty Wurlitzer" propaganda offices of OSS veteran Frank Wisner - was an enormous operation, with thousands of employees adept at planting press and radio stories, engaging with labor unions, applying economic pressure, offering direct monetary payments and waging political and cultural warfare.

According to a 1977 New York Times investigative series, the Central Intelligence Agency owned or subsidized, at various times, more than 50 newspapers, news services, radio stations, periodicals and other communications facilities.

Paid Central Intelligence Agency agents infiltrated a dozen foreign news organizations, and at least 22 American news organizations employed American journalists who were also working for the Central Intelligence Agency. Nearly a dozen American publishing houses printed some of the more than 1,000 books that had been produced or subsidized by the Central Intelligence Agency.

A permanent leadership is needed in the form of a new Cabinet department that can knock together heads to force integrated influence activities - a Ministry of Propaganda."- Walter Jajko, retired brigadier general Air Force currently of Institute of World Politics, November 2005.

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