Posts Tagged ‘Mother Jones’

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There is a plague of fake news. Der Spiegel just fired a serial fabricator. Now even left foundation-funded darling Mother Jones is embroiled in a scandal:

 

Editor-in-chief of major US magazine Mother Jones caught skewing data to trash Bernie

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Lefty Journo Attacks Millenials For Not Sucking Up To Hillary

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Joe Giambrone
At OpedNews

“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”
-George Orwell

I’ve certainly had my share of run-ins with Democratic Party apologists, the ones who insist that all the evils of today’s world are Bush’s fault, and who are impervious to contrary evidence. As if seven-and-a-half years of Obama’s imperial reign simply didn’t happen, or worse yet, that Obama is just a passive victim of circumstance. He’s merely responding to the big bad Bush world, and can only do positive things.

This is the mindset over at places like Mother Jones. You can post damning comments from Obama’s own Vice President, and yet those will not sink in. At all. The cognitive dissonance is beyond controllable levels. No truth shall pass.

“[Erdogan the Saudis, the Emiratis, etc.] poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad, except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra, and al Qaeda, and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”
-Your Sitting Vice President

Biden was told to shut up and to apologize immediately for telling the truth. Nothing was done about Erdogan, the Saudis, the Emiratis etc., except to send them more arms, such as those used to massacre the civilians of Yemen. Joe Biden thought he was informing the next generation of imperial technocrats, the Harvard graduating class, but apparently, they don’t yet possess the required security clearances to be shown the true inner workings of the empire.

The problem today is that radical fundamentalist Sunni Jihadis are willing to murder crowds and blow themselves up in the process. This was easily predicted, and little events like 9/11 may have pointed in that direction from the start. These Islamists are dedicated, well-trained, experienced in combat, and now spilling out across the world, as Syria becomes less tenable for them (mostly thanks to the Russians).

In Syria, they are proxy armies, much the same as those supported by our CIA in the Mujahadeen of the 1979-1989 Afghan War (launched by Democrat Jimmy Carter). There’s already a long history of using these types of people and having “allied” nations provide much of their weapons, money, and training to wage war covertly. It is a formula, a very successful formula. The people entrenched in the bowels of the American Empire credit this formula with bringing down the Soviet Union! Of course they’d do it again, and again, and again.

Now in 2016, American foreign policy has aided and abetted these ISIS terrorists for years. The buck stops at the Oval Office of Barack Obama. Most deluded Democrats are incapable of comprehending this, and they never will no matter the evidence.

So they say things like: Obama killed a lot of ISIS leaders.

As if that was the important point, instead of half of Syria becoming a terrorist wonderland with half a million dead and thousands of radical fighters returning to their home countries to slaughter thousands of innocent Westerners. Those attacks, such as the spree in Nice, provide endless justification for more war, more invasion, more bombing.

Since the White House publicizes this targeted-assassination propaganda it must be the crucial part of the story. We’re supposedly winning even though humanity is losing in a big way.

I’ve already made this lengthy case, of course. The US actions in Syria betrayed its lies. The Russians, who are the ultimate target of this Syria campaign, as in Obama’s other covert destabilization in Ukraine, have exposed the White House time and again. The US refused to bomb the long lines of ISIS oil tankers providing the money for their Caliphate and enriching Erdogan’s own son in the process.

The US imperial plan has been to kick the Russians out of its Mediterranean naval base and its Syrian air bases. It is Empire 101, an attack on Russia’s allies in order to weaken Russia, a seamless continuation of the rollback, which began in 1979. But the American people don’t understand how that game is played, and indeed they remain ignorant of why their country acts around the world at all.

Such ignorance is probably to be expected among most of the population, but those over at Mother Jones style themselves as informed intellectuals. Most are clearly not, as a political party’s talking point cannot be considered true knowledge about a situation. But the pseudo-intellectuals cannot tell the difference, or perhaps they just don’t want to. By accepting responsibility for Barack Obama’s crime spree this would make them culpable as well for supporting him. Thus, Democrats, and their loyal voters, remain half of the problem.

Lastly, the Mother Jones crowd types passionately about George Bush but ignores the fact that it was Democrat Nancy Pelosi who decreed: “Impeachment is off the table.” The Democrats, and later Barack Obama as President, protected everything that Bush/Cheney did. We witnessed a protection racket, a criminal system of protecting war criminals from prosecution and the acceptance of an imperial model, where expansion, destabilization, and Crimes Against the Peace are normalized.

Fascism.

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Are you a “doer?”

What would the actual Mother Jones think of this latest development?

I guess I’m doin’ right now: Fuck you, Chevron.

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So, to be fair, I went and looked for editorial influence on the subject of “climate change,” which I didn’t immediately find. What I did find, however, was quite a bit worse! Commercials for military recruiting appear in the middle of articles at Mother Jones today.

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I have to get out of this insane madhouse.

The “alternative” media is now helping feed children into the military machine. Not much of an alternative, is it?

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Fits seamlessly with Goldman Fucking Sachs infiltrating PBS broadcasting. Hey — remember Goldman Sachs? Rolling Stone magazine can fill you in:

The Great American Bubble Machine

Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression — and they’re about to do it again

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US and NATO sponsored uprisings in Ukraine have exploded into violence and arson.  Mother Jones shows its true colors by ignoring the Western covert role in the violence, and the US record in causing mischief across the region.

So-called “alternative media” in the US, connected to shady foundation funding, continually press the empire’s geoppolitical agenda.

Why Kiev Is Burning, Explained

Paul Craig Roberts responds:

As I reported on February 12, “Washington Orchestrated Protests Are Destabilizing Ukraine.” Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, a rabid Russophobe and neoconservative warmonger, told the National Press Club last December that the US has “invested” $5 billion in organizing a network to achieve US goals in Ukraine in order to give “Ukraine the future it deserves.” Nuland is the Obama regime official who was caught red-handed naming the members of the Ukrainian government Washington intends to impose on the Ukrainian people once the paid protesters have unseated the current elected and independent government.

US and EU Are Paying Ukrainian Rioters and Protesters

Empire is covert as well as overt.

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The CIA, the Press and Black Propaganda

DOUGLAS VALENTINE

As soon as Kevin Drum at Mother Jones absolved the CIA of spewing poison gas as a provocation, many on the Liberal Left cautiously threw their weight behind Obama and the thrill of waging a punitive war on Syria.

“Perhaps regime change is a good idea,” Tom Hayden speculated in The Nation.

Left paterfamilias Noam Chomsky, who generally shows an appreciation for the subtleties of covert action, claimed that America is not supplying its Al Qaeda mercenary army with arms – even though Eric Schmidt at The New York Times reported over a year ago that CIA officers in Turkey were “helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arm.”

As if Hayden fomenting war and Chomsky covering for the CIA isn’t irony enough, Drum cleared the CIA in response to allegations of a provocation made by Rush Limbaugh. Which raises the question, what are the facts about the CIA’s penchant for “provoked responses” like the one in the Tonkin Gulf that started the Vietnam War?

Simply stated, black propaganda is one of many criminal but legally deniable things the CIA does. It often involves committing a heinous crime and blaming it on an enemy by planting false evidence, and then getting a foreign newspaper to print the CIA’s scripted version of events, which sympathetic journalists in America broadcast to the gullible public.

In the case of Syria, the CIA is using cooked Israeli “intelligence” as a catalyst – which is why, as Johnstone and Bricmont explain, the “intelligence” is so “dubious.”

Black propaganda has other “intelligence” applications as well, and is often used to recruit informants, and create deserters and defectors.

In his autobiography Soldier, Anthony Herbert told how he reported for duty in 1965 in Saigon at the joint CIA-military Specials Operations Group. The spooks asked him to join a secret psywar program. “What they wanted me to do was to take charge of execution teams that wiped out entire families and tried to make it look as though the VC themselves had done the killing. The rationale was that other Vietnamese would see that the VC had killed another VC and would be frightened away from becoming VC themselves. Of course, the villagers would then be inclined to some sort of allegiance to our side.”

As counter-terror guru David Galula explained, “Pseudo insurgents are a way to get intelligence and sow suspicion at the same time between the real guerrillas and the population.”

In a similar case in 1964, a famous CIA propaganda officer organized three armed “survey teams” which operated in neighboring hamlets simultaneously. When Vietcong propaganda teams departed from a hamlet, his cut-throat cadre would move in and speak to one person from each household, so the VC “would have to punish everyone after we left.”

In other words the CIA’s mercenaries (like some the CIA’s mercenaries in Syria) were provocateurs, setting people up for recriminations, for intelligence and publicity purposes.

Here’s another example: in 1964, CIA officer Nelson Brickham worked in the Sino-Soviet Relations Branch, where he managed black propaganda operations designed to cause friction between the USSR and China. At the heart of these black ops were false flag recruitments, in which CIA case officers posed as Soviet intelligence officers and, using actual Soviet cipher systems and methodology, recruited Chinese diplomats, who believed they were working for the Russians. The CIA case officers used the Chinese dupes to create all manner of mischief.

Brickham in 1967 created the Phoenix program in South Vietnam. The Phoenix program’s operations chief in 1970, Colonel Thomas McGrevey, had a “penetration agent” inside COSVN – the Central Office of South Vietnam. COSVN’s deputy finance director was the penetration agent. The deputy alerted McGrevey when the finance director was going on vacation, enabling McGrevey to mount a black propaganda campaign which framed the finance director for running off with embezzled funds.

A circular about the Phoenix program issued by the revolutionary Security Service in 1970, described how the nationalists viewed the CIA. As stated in the circular, “the most wicked maneuvers” of the CIA “have been to seek out every means by which to terrorize revolutionary families and force the people to disclose the location of our agents and join the People’s Self-Defense Force. They also spread false rumors. Their main purpose is to jeopardize the prestige of the revolutionary families, create dissension between them and the people, and destroy the people’s confidence in the revolution. In addition, they also try to bribe poor and miserable revolutionary families into working for them.”

Forged letters are a CIA specialty. Former CIA officer Philip Agee told how he mounted a successful operation using forged letters against Ecuadoran Antonio Flores Benitez, a key member of the Communist revolutionary movement. “By bugging Flores’ phone, we found out a lot of what he was doing. His wife was a blabbermouth. He made a secret trip to Havana and we decided to do a job on him when he landed back in Ecuador. With another officer, I worked all one weekend to compose a “report” from Flores to the Cubans. It was a masterpiece. The report implied that Flores’ group had already received funds from Cuba and was now asking for more money in order to launch guerrilla operations in Ecuador. My Quito station chief loved it so much he just had to get into the act. So he dropped the report on the floor and walked on it awhile to make it look pocket-worn. Then he folded it and stuffed it into a toothpaste tube-from which he had spent three hours carefully squeezing out all the toothpaste. He was like a kid with a new toy. So then I took the tube out to the minister of the treasury, who gave it to his customs inspector. When Flores came through customs, the inspector pretended to go rummaging through one of his suitcases. What he really did, of course, was slip the toothpaste tube into the bag and then pretend to find it there. When he opened the tube, he of course “discovered” the report. Flores was arrested and there was a tremendous scandal. This was one of a series of sensational events that we had a hand in during the first six months of 1963. By late July of that year, the climate of anti-Communist fear was so great that the military seized a pretext and took over the government, jailed all the Communists it could find and outlawed the Communist Party.”

Likewise the catalyst for the 1973 coup in Chile was a forged document-detailing a leftist plot to start a reign of terror – which was discovered by the enemies of President Salvador Allende Gossens. The result was a violent military coup, which the CIA officers (who had set it in motion through disinformation in the Chilean press) sat back and watched from their hammocks in the shade.

And on and on it goes.

General Ed Lansdale formalized CIA black propaganda practices in the early 1950s in the Philippines. To vilify the Communists and win support of Americans, one of his Filipino commando units would dress as rebels and commit atrocities on civilians, and then another unit would magically arrive with cameras to record the staged scenes and chase the “terrorists” away. Cameras were the key.

The CIA also concocted lurid tales of Vietminh soldiers’ disemboweling pregnant Catholic women, castrating priests, and sticking bamboo slivers in the ears of children so they could not hear the Word of God. Lansdale’s henchman, CIA agent-cum-journalist Joseph Alsop, gleefully reported this black propaganda.

The American “press” is the vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X in black propaganda. When it comes to the CIA and the American press, one black hand washes the other. To gain access to CIA officials, reporters suppress or distort stories. They sell their black souls for scoops. In return, CIA officials leak stories to them. At its most incestuous, reporters and CIA officers are blood relatives. At one point, The New York Times correspondent in Vietnam, James Lemoyne, just happened to be the brother of the CIA’s counter-terror team chief in the Delta, Navy Commander Charles Lemoyne.

In a democratic society the media ought to investigate and report objectively on the government, which is under no obligation to inform the public of its activities and which, when it does, puts a “spin” on the news. As part of the Faustian Pact, when government activities are conducted in secret, illegally, reporters look away rather than jeopardize profitable relationships. The intended result is that the unwitting public is robbed of its freedom of speech – for how can you speak freely if you don’t know what’s going on?

If Lansdale hadn’t had Alsop to print his black propaganda, there probably would have been no Vietnam War. Likewise, Judith Miller, disgraced facilitator of the war on Iraq and rehabilitated Fox KKK-TV correspondent, brought you the Iraq War through false documents provided by CIA analysts.

We rarely know who the Alsops and Millers are in our midst, until after the fact. The CIA has a strict policy of keeping its atrocities to itself. And it is aided, in its eternal quest to deceive the American public, by the fact that black propaganda validates the beliefs of the Kevin Dumbs among us, as it assures their imagined security and sense of being exceptional.

In fact, black propaganda operations, and the CIA itself, are antithetical to democratic institutions.

A big part of the CIA’s current success is its ability to deliver its message through Left publications, and the Left’s unstated policy of self-censorship in regard to CIA operations. Most insidious, perhaps, are the former CIA officers who claim to be anti-war, and seek a veil of immunity by claiming to have been “analysts.” This is akin to saying “I was a bookkeeper for the Mafia. I never killed anyone.”

Of course it’s the bookkeepers who tell the bosses the names and addresses of the delinquents who haven’t paid their extortion money this week. The Phoenix Directorate in Saigon had analysts performing the same assassination, kidnapping and torture function on an industrial scale.

Despite the popular portrayal of the CIA as patriotic guys and girls risking everything to do a dirty job, the typical CIA officer is a sociopath without the guts to go it alone in the underworld. They gravitate to the CIA because they are protected there by the all-powerful Cult of Death that rules America.

The most dangerous facet of having former CIA officers slithering around is their uniform message that the CIA is necessary. These are not Phil Agees, revealing the ugly truth and calling for the CIA’s abolition. Like all the CIA’s political and psychological warfare experts, they are at the forefront of the war on terror, using psywar to achieve the goals of the Cult of Death that rules America. The result is a theatre of the absurd, a world of illusion.

Now we are told that the CIA Syrian mercenaries may launch a chemical attack on Israel from government-controlled territories as a “major provocation.” What you can be sure of is that some provocation will be launched and that the press, including most of the Left, will cover it up.

Doug Valentine is the author of five books, including The Phoenix Program. See http://www.douglasvalentine.com or write to him at dougvalentine77@gmail.com