Posts Tagged ‘propaganda’

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Albuquerque Chaos: Anti-Tump rally explodes in hectic street battles (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

 

The right-wing demagogues are loving the chance to paint protesters as the problem. Alex Jones has been on a Jihad for months trying to smear Bernie Sanders with guilt by association. Jones has gone off the deep end and become a frothing hate-monger.

What’s more these incidents allow right wingers to paint themselves as VICTIMS, if you can believe it. Armed, ranting, raving, racist assholes are the true victims in America, so they claim.

The lurch toward fascism is very real. Many millions of Trump supporters are fed a constant diet of victim complex garbage in this bid to seize power.

We may be facing some seriously dark times ahead, no matter what happens in November.

 

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See part one here.

The interview with Roger Waters and the producer of Occupation of the American Mind completes:

 

 

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by John Kiriakou, Reader Supported News

Vice News’s Jason Leopoldreported recently that the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) provided “support” to a variety of Hollywood films, like Argo and Zero Dark Thirty; television series like Covert Affairs and Top Chef; documentaries; and even novels like Richard Patterson’s The Devil’s Light. Leopold said that the nature of the support is largely unknown because the CIA did not keep records of all of its meetings. A declassified CIA Inspector General’s report said, “OPA and other CIA employees did not always comply with Agency regulations intended to prevent the release of classified information during their interactions with entertainment industry representatives.”

Therein lies one of the problems with the relationship between the CIA and Hollywood. There’s little-to-no oversight. And when rules and laws are broken, nobody has to pay the piper.

In 2015, Vice reported that aseparate CIA Inspector General’s report found that former Director Leon Panetta “allegedly disclosed classified information” when speaking with Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal, and that Panetta disclosed additional classified information to director Kathryn Bigelow. An even earlier Inspector General’s report detailed “Potential Ethics Violations Involving Film Producers” Bigelow and Boal, and said that CIA officers had accepted gifts from the two, including watches, restaurant meals, and tickets to the movie premiere, all of which went unreported. Presumably, this was in exchange for cooperating on the film.

CIA employees taking gifts from Hollywood producers for apparently giving them, in the case of Zero Dark Thirty, classified briefings on the bin Laden raid and then not reporting the gifts in their ethics filings is bad enough. The CIA director leaking classified information with impunity to the producers is worse. Indeed, it is a direct violation of the Obama administration’s definition of espionage: “Providing national defense information to any person not entitled to receive it.” That definition came directly from the judge in my case, when I was charged with espionage for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s torture program.

But the worst, the most insidious, thing here is that the end result of the CIA’s cooperation with Hollywood and others in the entertainment industry is that it results in the propagandizing of the American people. That was illegal, until recently.

In the 1950s, the CIA initiated “Operation Mockingbird,” a long-term operation whereby the Agency planted articles in the American press. At the height of the program, some 25 major U.S. news outlets willingly published CIA propaganda meant for the American people.

That was outlawed in the immediate aftermath of the Church Committee hearings. Over time, many Americans forgot that the CIA had tried to influence them subversively. Indeed, many in Congress later said that the ban on propagandizing the American people was so that official outlets like the Voice of America and Radio and TV Marti could not be broadcast to Americans.

But that all changed on July 2, 2013, with the passage of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, which passed as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The new law allows a wide variety of propaganda meant for Americans. That includes CIA support for Hollywood.

Does this presage a period of television shows like The F.B.I., a series that ran from 1965-1974 and which had each episode personally approved by J. Edgar Hoover? Will Hollywood not be permitted to make movies or series critical of the Agency? Do we want John Brennan to be the guy who decides what we get to see?

Congress must re-implement the Smith-Mundt Act, the original one, and keep the government out of our movie theaters and televisions. Propaganda is a malicious force. It has no business in American society.


Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

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Roger Waters narrates a new documentary about Israel/Palestine.

 

 

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TAKE ACTION! Ask your Member of Congress and Senators to remove the Monsanto Promotion Act. Tell them you don’t want your taxes to be spent on corporate welfare or industry propaganda, especially not to promote Monsanto’s GMOs!

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…with Noam Chomsky, when he tells the truth.

Or with the Left media, when they tell the truth.

Or with the right, when they tell the truth.

Or with the corporate news, when they tell the truth.

The problem is that this is becoming rarer and rarer. The lies are out there, but one must be knowledgeable, well-versed in the tactics of professional propagandists, and able to counter them with reliable factual sources.

This blog was created, in part, as a clearinghouse to stuff all those sources into one place and recall them later. It is a library of reports that most news doesn’t want to cover, most people never hear about, and yet are often vital to understanding what’s really going on.

Use the search function, and you will be surprised. Guaranteed.

To get you started: Just Caught Noam Chomsky Lying About Syria

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Revelations by German editor of F.A.Z., Udo Ulfkotte, that he was on the CIA’s payroll inside the German media, for years.

“I’m fed up with this propaganda.”

He wrote a book about it too.

Yesterday America revealed that only “6%” had genuine trust in the media. Gullible fools that bunch.